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The Secret History of the World
The Secret History of the World
by Jonathan Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bold Attempt to Gently Unveil the Secrets of the Ancient Mysteries to the Un-initiated, 15 May 2014
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I won't attempt to repeat the many credits that have been given in other reviews.
This book is excellent and was very well researched and casts a radically different light on history - not always as it has been written by the victor...
The first few chapters may be slow and difficult but the story gradually picks up and gathers more and more momentum.
Perhaps some people might find it better to read the final chapters and then having their curiosity aroused - go back to the beginning but overall the scope and breadth are wide ranging and consistent.
If you already suspect that there is something missing (or hidden) from the modern way of life then this book will move you forward otherwise it just might be the spark you need to make you wake up from your dream...

God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
by John Lennox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

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5.0 out of 5 stars An uncompromising and Devastating attack on Scientism and the New Athiesm, 15 May 2014
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John Lennox succeeds masterfully in demolishing the arguments for scientism - which is based on the dogmatic belief in reductionist materialism.
The latest science (dna and the genetic code) is indicating clearly that true science is really about the discovery of how the world works even if it means that we have to re-evaluate our underlying beliefs (or metaphysics).
The question is traditionally asked in the format Science vs Religion (or in Lennox own case - Christianity)
There are many questions that modern science simply cannot explain and systematically avoids - including the origin of life and missing evidence of the fossil history and in this excellent book Lennox pulls many of these ideas together in a clear concise and readable way.

However Lennox is limited by his own faith and does not go into the meaning of quantum mechanics and it's implication for non-duality so the third alternative of a mystic/esoteric approach and it's implications are never explored.
There is no shortage of books on the failure of materialism including Mind and Cosmos (Thomas Nagel - philosopher), Why Materialism is Baloney (Bernardo Kastrup - scientist), The Language of God (Francis Collins, project manager of the genome project) and There is a God (Anthony Flew, philosopher and well known athiest) and The End of Materialism (Charles Tart - Transpersonal Psychologist) however this is probably best even tho I don't count myself as an othodox christian.
Consider that materialism simply doesn't have a theory of consciousness so it's time to explore idealism and non-duality as the alternative metaphysics.

Mystical Christ: Religion as a Personal Spiritual Experience
Mystical Christ: Religion as a Personal Spiritual Experience
by Manly P. Hall
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book being offered at crazy prices, 9 May 2014
as a student of mysticism who has read and learned much from the writings of manly p. hall i can only recommend this book along with all his others

in recent days i have seen the price of the book rise from something very reasonable (£10-£15) to a ridiculous amount between £35 and £70 per copy and up to 990 GBP

there is an enormous amount of wisdom here but it can be found in other books at a much more reasonable price

Turning the Solomon Key
Turning the Solomon Key
by Robert Lomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.90

2.0 out of 5 stars really not one of lomas best books, 21 April 2014
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author robert lomas has written several very good books about the masons - "turning the hiram key" and "secrets of masonic rituals" however this one really fails to meet the mark for me.

there are some cute quotations from the diary of george washington but there is no mention of the pentagon/pentagram nor the hidden meaning of the bright morning star.

the second half of the book investigates astrology within the bounds of "science" as defined by richard dawkins which is a complete absurdity as the essence of masonic ritual is based on mysticism and religious experience (or cosmic experience if you prefer) - the existence of which is denied from a materialist perspective (scientism)

much better to read something like "the secret teachings of all ages"; "how to understand your bible", "Mystical Christ: Religion as a Personal Spiritual Experience" by Manly P. Hall (33 degree freemason) or "Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy" by Robert Hewitt Brown in which the deeper meaning of the myths and symbols is more fully revealed.

as i said above - lomas' books on masonic ritual are well worth reading but for a deeper understanding it is important to study astro-theology and the inner meaning of the masonic symbols and metaphors.

Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis (Vera Stanhope)
Hidden Depths: The Story of Hypnosis (Vera Stanhope)
by Robin Waterfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1.0 out of 5 stars A seriously flawed account of hypnosis, 29 Mar 2014
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The author has clearly done a lot of research however in my view he does not understand and is not qualified to write a book on the history of hypnosis.

As a Master NLP Practitioner and qualified hypnotherapist who has investigated buddhist meditation, rieki healing and shamamism I find the world view of the author incredibly restrictive. His has an unduly tight definition of hypnosis from which he concludes that it was not part of primitive, ancient or the egyptian and greek cultures. He goes on to say that there are no references hypnosis in the bible.

Waterfield also seems to think that mesmerism was really merely faith healing.

Later he dismisses NLP and describes John Grindler and Richard Bandler (the creators of NLP) as "arch-hypnotic imperialists". This, despite the fact that the NLP Milton Model of hypnotic language has clearly facilitated modern teaching of hypnosis in the style of Milton H. Erickson.

There are always two ways to compare things - by similarity and by difference to really understand hypnotic phenomenon (Deep trance Phenomenon - Tad James) we are better comparing hypnotic effects with those of religious experiences (Varieties of Religious Experience - William James), Varieties of Psychedelic Experience (Masters and Houston), the meditation experience (Varieties of Meditation Experience - Daniel Goleman) and the work of Dr James Austin MD (Zen and the Brain)

The we come to realize that hypnotic trance is an altered state that can be induced by breathing, physical awareness, chemicals or hypnotic language (verbal or non-verbal).

If you are looking for a serious and credible book on the history of hypnosis then you might consider Hypnosis - A Brief History by Judith Pintar and Steven Jay Lynn (Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology series) presents is a much more academically sound book by professional psychologist (and hypnotherapist) and a social historian.

The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness is well worth a look too.

The Zero-Point Universe
The Zero-Point Universe
Price: £6.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Aug 2013
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Ray Flemming has written an excellent book here - going further than Bernard Haisch (The God Theory) describing how the four fundamental forces can be derived from the Zero Point Field.

This book was perhaps the last few that I read before I was inspired to put together my own Theory of Everything and wrote Einstein's Dream. Einstein's Dream

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