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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK)
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25 Hawid 210x33mm stamp mount strips - Black
25 Hawid 210x33mm stamp mount strips - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stamp mounts, 2 Jan. 2016
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I have always found these Hawid stamp mounts to be completely reliable and the service from Dauwalders of Salisbury excellent.


The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Recordings 1978-2010)
The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Recordings 1978-2010)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cello arrangements of orchestral favourites, 2 Jan. 2016
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Still working my way through these 8 CDs I had for Christmas but all so far are beautiful interpretations. Strongly recommended!


BMA New Guide to Medicine & Drugs
BMA New Guide to Medicine & Drugs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guidebook to pharmaceuticals, 2 Jan. 2016
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I bought one of the previous editions of this book and found it so useful I decided to get the latest edition. For those of us dependent on a range of medication, it is extremely useful.


Indian Handmade Small Wooden Jewellery Box for Girls Personalised - Brass Inlay Design Keepsake Boxes Personalised Gifts for Wife Birthday - Size: 5x5 Cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ornate wooden box, 2 Jan. 2016
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This attractive little box is proving to be quite serviceable in use.


25 Hawid 210x55mm stamp mount strips. Black.
25 Hawid 210x55mm stamp mount strips. Black.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... stamp mounts to be completely reliable - and extremely useful to keep stamps safe, 2 Jan. 2016
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I have always found these Hawid stamp mounts to be completely reliable - and extremely useful to keep stamps safe. Dauwalders of Salisbury also offer excellent service.


Wooden Jewellery Box Storage Keepsake Trinket Organiser with Beautiful Brass Corner Home Decor Accessories
Wooden Jewellery Box Storage Keepsake Trinket Organiser with Beautiful Brass Corner Home Decor Accessories

5.0 out of 5 stars Ornate wooden box, 2 Jan. 2016
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The Reason Why You Were Born: 2014 Edition - Written in the style of an easy to read 'letter to a friend' - Outlining Spiritual Knowledge, Truth and Wisdom
The Reason Why You Were Born: 2014 Edition - Written in the style of an easy to read 'letter to a friend' - Outlining Spiritual Knowledge, Truth and Wisdom
by Mr James J McQuitty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The purpose of human life, 2 Dec. 2015
Why You Were Born by James McQuitty – review

This is a book that contains an enormous amount of information about the spirit world and how our current incarnation relates to that world and our ongoing ‘journey’ of incarnations.

Written in the style of a ‘letter to a friend’, initially I found the author’s idea of addressing the reader directly somewhat irritating but, as I progressed through the book and read, with great interest, what he had to say, I barely noticed this. The book covers a great deal of ground spiritually and, from the outset, gives clear descriptions of the topics that are addressed later.

Some authors try to explain these ideas using complicated metaphors but McQuitty just cuts straight to the chase and gives the information clearly and succinctly whilst still coming across as sensitive and compelling. He clearly has no inflated ego and readily recommends the books of other authors to enrich and expand on the information in his own books. I feel this book would be excellent for those who are just starting to become curious about their spiritual nature and for those who have just awakened to their potential spiritual path here because it is unlikely to scare them off, as so many books tend to.

I also visited the author’s website which contains a wealth of information for the spiritually curious. There are also several other books available by the same author, all on the same general theme and all short and very inexpensive.


The "Multiple You" Universe: Sacred Science for the 21st Century
The "Multiple You" Universe: Sacred Science for the 21st Century
by Cassandra Lea Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Links between rational science and mystical spirituality, 1 Dec. 2015
The “Multiple You” Universe: Sacred Science for the 21st Century by Cassandra Lea Martin, 2013, 254 pp

Reverend Cassandra has used her professional experience as a Christian minister to interpret what she has gleaned from the worlds of quantum physics, philosophy and neurology to show how these disciplines all relate to the same cosmos and our place in it. The author clarifies the significance of her title at the start of the book. As a mystic who believes in reincarnation, she sees herself as a part of the community of selves who have successively incarnated through past ages.

The next point she makes is that all these selves have helped shape the soul that she is now. It is a fundamental principle of the universe that each of us undergoes a succession of lives in order to refine and develop our individual souls which together comprise a communal soul – The Multiple You Universe. This spiritual evolution represents a reciprocal relationship with the Divine inasmuch as each of us is a constituent part of the Collective or Communal Soul that is the Divine, so that we are in the Divine and the Divine is within us. What form does the Divine Communal Soul take? It is a universal consciousness that has existed from all time and will continue through all time.

This inextinguishable consciousness appears on the Earth plane in folk tales and myths, which are as significant in their way as science because they represent the aesthetic dimension of the human spirit. From a rational point of view, scientists now talk in terms of a universal quantum field, or spiritus quanta as the author calls it, equivalent to Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere and Jung’s collective unconscious. The author urges that every individual needs to be striving towards Teilhard de Chardin’s omega point, the point where each of us communes constantly with the cosmic consciousness in everything that we do. This realm of cosmic consciousness was described by the ancients as the akashic field.

We, as individuals, need to make positive contributors to this cosmic consciousness through our intention to work continually for the greater good. Volition or intention is shaped by our belief or faith, which also defines our vision of reality – we all live in a self-created world, for the external world that impacts on our senses has to be continually interpreted by our beliefs. Consciousness is energy and energy is both eternal and universal.

Chapter 6 on The Eternal Now builds on ideas from Eckhart Tolle and Buddhism; we have past and future streaming in the two directions of one dimension but everything merges in the eternal now, each event with its infinity of possibilities. Although the author is formally a minister of the Christian church, her philosophy is predominantly spiritual rather than dogmatically religious, and she talks constantly of “Christ consciousness”. She points up the very important differences between the world explained by science, which is deterministic, and the world of quantum physics, which is indeterministic and random. In quantum physics we can determine “laws” only from a huge number of observations which help us to establish a pattern.

Chapter 9 gives us an overview of some of the most important features of science relevant to spirituality. The author recounts past life experiences under hypnosis. Apart from her initial meditative experience that recalled past lives, she recounts more formal sessions of PLR with a hypnotist. There is an interesting discussion about the possibility of consciousness within DNA, such that it continually shapes our lives in a much more active way than merely through our hereditary genetic makeup. This would provide a mechanism for the contention that consciousness is primary to material creation. We now know through the work of Bruce Lipton and others that DNA operates continually in the human body through the agency of RNAs.

Part of the thesis herein is that it is necessary to have an evolving God in place of the unchanging and intransigent God of western religion. In later chapters the author moves into the realm of holofields – universal fields of the energy of consciousness that help shape our souls.

This is a readable book, very approachable, containing a wealth of ideas that help forge links between rational science and mystical spirituality.


Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception
Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception
by Claudia Hammond
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing commentary on the significance and experience of time, 19 Aug. 2015
Time Warped: Unlocking the mysteries of time perception, by Claudia Hammond, Canongate, Edinburgh, 2012, 344 pp.

This is an entertaining book about how we perceive time in various situations depending on our age, current activity, state of mind, social popularity, the presence of medical conditions like ADHD or depression, and many other factors – some, quite extreme, like being alone in an ice-cave for two months or being taken captive by Islamic extremists. The author is a psychologist and broadcaster who has already written a best-selling book, Emotional Rollercoaster.

The first chapter serves as a general introduction to the subject. Chapter 2 looks at how different parts of the brain contribute to different aspects of our conception of time – for long or short periods, or under various types of stress or distraction.

The next chapter deals with those people who see the passage of time laid out in space – as many as 20% of the population according to the author. It’s interesting that Einstein saw the world laid out in a four-dimensional space-time continuum. Most English-speakers use spatial adjectives to describe time intervals as short or long but Hammond suggests that in other languages they use descriptions of amount, like much or little, to describe time. She suggests that associating time with space might be a specific kind of synaesthesia – a condition in which the individual blends various kinds of sensory experience in the mind. Most often this is met with when people assign colours to particular sounds in music, but spiritual healers often associate the chakras (vortical concentrations of spiritual energy in the body) with colours. The connections or synapses between neurones are not firmly established in new-born babies and the theory is that when these develop at around four months, some of the pathways for colour or sound get crossed over and synaesthesia results. If people are asked to draw circles to represent past, present and future, English-speaking people put them in this order, in a line, from left to right.

Chapter 4 focuses on ‘Why Time Speeds Up As You Get Older’. The chapter opens with a list of 20 momentous world events that we are challenged to date – I must confess that I didn’t do very well! The chapter then explores many incidents that support the author’s heading.

As someone who believes in the validity of psychic events, the title of the penultimate chapter – ‘Remembering the Future’ – intrigued me. But this has nothing to do with clairvoyance. It is about ‘future thinking’ – mental time-travel into the future which matters, as the author tells us, because creating images of the future is essential for planning in our lives but problems in this area are often linked with amnesia or the ability to remember the past. She points up the difference between semantic memory (of factual knowledge) and episodic memory (of personal events). A similar differentiation exists with future thinking. There is more detail here on how different parts of the brain function. There are also a few more ‘reader-participation’ tests.

The sixth and final chapter is what might be called the self-help bit of the book: ‘Changing Your Relationship With Time’, with recommendations that are all evidence-based. There are suggestions for making your personal time seem to speed up or to slow down, depending on your immediate personal situation.

This book is full of short and accessible psychology experiments that illustrate the points Hammond makes in the text and which I found fascinating. There are 15 pages of references and a good Index.

Howard Jones is the author of Evolution of Consciousness


Thirty Years Among The Dead: Complete and Unabridged -- Obsessions And "Curses" Removed Through The Work Of The Medium Mrs. Wickland
Thirty Years Among The Dead: Complete and Unabridged -- Obsessions And "Curses" Removed Through The Work Of The Medium Mrs. Wickland
by Dr Carl A Wickland M.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbed spirits removed from the living through mediumship, 13 July 2015
Thirty Years Among the Dead by Carl Wickland, 1924, Global Publications, 2014, 592 pp.

Carl Wickland was a Swedish-born American psychiatrist who created a novel way of treating patients with some mental or emotional disorder. His wife Anna was a medium who seemed to specialize in talking with disturbed spirits which her husband believed were responsible for the mental disorders in his patients. Carl’s technique was to pass a small electric current through his patients while Anna communicated with the attached disturbed spirit. This enabled the spirit to detach from the living patient and move on to spiritual development.

This book gives detailed accounts of these conversations involving several dozen patients. The first chapter is devoted to convincing the reader that there is such a thing as discarnate existence and that these accounts are genuine and then in the second of the seventeen chapters we move on to the discussions themselves. In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries there have now been many books about spiritualism which, unless you dismiss the whole genre as fiction, present a convincing body of evidence of continuing discarnate existence. Whether or not the psychopathology of Carl Wickland’s patients was really due to the presence of malignant spirits and whether it was Carl’s electric shock treatment or Anna’s counselling that brought patients back to health we shall never know. Whatever the methodology, this treatment obviously worked in restoring patients to health and the book, written in what reads like Victorian English, presents a useful body of treatment of some kinds of mental disturbance.


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