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Mind, Body & Spirit Books Review

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Complementary Medicine
Complementary medicine, although often used in conjunction with traditional Western medicine nowadays, is not actually taught alongside Western medicine. A practitioner of complementary medicine will focus on treating their patient holistically: this can take the form of acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, herbalism or a range of other alternative practices that are defined by the various complementary and alternative medicine bodies. One of the more definitive guides is Bartram’s Encyclopaedia of Herbal Medicine, originally written by Thomas Bartram. In this definitive guide to the herbal remedies that can be used to alleviate any symptoms and information about many illnesses, you will find just the information you require to decide whether to obtain treatment for yourself through traditional or complementary medicine.

What’s more, Bartram’s Encyclopaedia of Herbal Medicine has been organised in alphabetical sections that makes it easy to locate whatever you are looking for. You will actually find this book on our website, amongst the Mind Body and Spirit section, in stock and available for you to order today. Bartram’s Encyclopaedia of Herbal Medicine is, in fact, such a well-thought-of book that even Members of the International Register of Consultant Herbalists use it to thumb through as a useful reference book. There is certain criticism levelled at this encyclopaedia – mainly due to its allopathic approach – but, over and above all, this encyclopaedia is an interesting and well-written treatise that uses the best in complementary medicine to recognise and treat various symptoms of illness.

Despite divination being described as an abomination in the Quran [Surah IV, The Table], with equal hostility to divination being shown by Bible, there are still many thousands of people around the globe who turn to divination to foretell future events. This may be in a social context just as much as in a religious context, although divination is more ritualistic than the practice of fortune telling is. Gregg Braden is an author who has written a number of books on ancient cultures, their prophecies and what the future may hold. Amongst our pages in the Mind Body and Spirit section you will find one of Gregg Braden’s newest contributions: ‘Fractal Time: the Secrets of 2012 and the New World Age’ which focuses on events that are predicted to occur during the winter solstice period of 2012: events which could see the eradication of the human race and herald in a new period of enlightenment.

In this latest book Braden draws on geological records and quantum physics and interweaves teachings from the Bible, the Torah and from the Mayan and Hopi to come up with events that are predicted to occur during the latter months of 2012. According to divination, time has a cyclic pattern, with a pattern occurring within a pattern – hence the title for this latest book. The Earth is based on a 5,125 year cycle whereby this being the time it takes to cross the ‘galactic equator of the Milky Way’ – together with a cycle of 25,625 years signifying the evolution of the equinoxes. I would hate to give away the secret punch-line of the book – but you need to read what happens at the culmination of these cycles. Gregg Braden tells all in his latest book on divination.

Earth Based Religions
Any religion that revolves around care and love for nature and the land around us could well be described as an earth based religion. In fact, although not represented in so many words, there is a correlation between Gregg Braden’s description of fractal time and the Gaia hypothesis. The Gaia hypothesis suggests an amalgamation between the different physical components of the Earth which, taken together, interrelate in a multifaceted and integrated manner that assimilates climatic conditions and the biochemical environment on Earth, ensuring they are sustained within a pre-arranged homeostasis.

Amongst our section on earth based religions, there is a book written by Drunvalo Melchizedek that relates the story of the indigenous peoples’ ceremonies relating to the relocation of the Kundalini serpent. The book is called ‘The Serpent of Light: The Movement of the Earth’s Kundalini and the Rise of the Female Light, 1949 – 2013’. This book does relate to various earth based religions – the book is highly recommended as a good read, whether you believe in earth based religions or not.

The world of mythology tends to be interpreted somewhat differently according to whether it relates to Greek mythology or whether it refers to comparative mythology or whether it simply relates to stories from antiquity, upon which many traditions come to be based. Geraldine McCaughrean tends to be of the persuasion that focuses on Greek mythology and her book ‘The Orchard Book of Greek Myths’, found in our Mind Body and Spirit section of our website, features 16 popular Greek myths. All are retold by McCaughrean in a unique and interesting manner, with each story delightfully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark who studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art and who, in 1988, won the Mother Goose Award as ‘the most exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration’.

Most readers who have reviewed her book on Greek mythology describe her writing with dynamism and profundity, depicting the activities of the characters she includes with colour and excitement. There are other, more erudite readers who recognise that McCaughrean has confused various Roman and Greek gods – such as the story of Pluto and Persephone, if completely accurate, should be entitled ‘Hades and Persephone’. Personally, I think this is a minor offense: it may be an error between Roman and Greek gods but I am sure that most of her readers will forgive her once they become enthralled in the activities of Icarus and the Sun, and the story about Pandora’s Box. 

There are many other sub-sections amongst the Mind Body and Spirit division of our website. There are books on occultism [read about Yehudda Berg’s ‘The Power of the Kabbalah’]; paranormal and unexplained phenomena such as that represented by William Cooper in ‘Behold a Pale Horse’. This book is an absolute must – regardless of your own personal beliefs: read it with an open mind and you are bound to thoroughly enjoy this book. We have another section with a wide range of books dealing with parapsychology, such as Ted Andrews’ ‘How to Uncover Your Past Lives’. ‘Practising the Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle can be found in our section of spirituality whilst the section on thought and practice may well give you food for thought: have a read of the Urantia Foundation’s ‘The Urantia Book’. I am sure you will find this a stimulating subject of conversation.