Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide For Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace by Dawn James

Book Review
Title: Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace
Author: Dawn James
Publisher: Lotus Moon Press
Released: 2010
Pages: 172
ISBN-10: 0986537810
ISBN-13: 978-0-9865378-1-3
Stars: 3.5

Canadian author, vibrational healer and public speaker (Toastmaster) Dawn James believes that “all you need is within you.” She proves her point most eloquently in her informative, well-researched and helpful guide book, Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace. In it, Dawn provides her readers with the knowledge they will need to truly raise their vibration in order to transform their lives and she also believes that healing begins with you. Her 20 years of research, interviews and experience is evident on each and every page.

Vibrational frequency is the constant rate of electrical flow that is measurable between two points.” In her book, Dawn covers various subjects and their vibrational frequencies including, the vibration and health connection, making conscious choices, food and drink, detoxification, mass media, breath work, essential oils, chakras, gems and crystals, sound and colour, nature, meditation, gratitude, and forgiveness among other things. She has presented an all-encompassing plan for personal action and included easy to read charts, key messages, tips and exercises that will assist you with your own plan. This is an exceptional physiological, psychological, spiritual and holistic guide book that you will refer to again and again.

Dawn’s chapter on Detoxification was particularly interesting, as was the Brain Waves-Stress-Health Connection which for someone like me who suffers from poor sleep proved to be quite thought-provoking:

“There are four basic brain waves: beta, alpha, theta, and delta, which are linked to different states of brain functioning and different states of consciousness. Each of the four brain waves is good for some activities; however, we can become imbalanced or stressed by overstimulating some brain wave states and ignoring or suppressing others. For instance, if we cannot turn on theta or delta brain waves, we can suffer from insomnia, restlessness and impatience.”

While much of Dawn’s book reads like a text book, I was truly moved by her personal story in the chapter on The Vibration of Forgiveness and concur that it is so true that forgiveness is about personal power and it’s a process for finding peace. The final chapter, Living in Love, contains one of my favourite paragraphs:

“By actively choosing to raise your personal vibration, you are choosing to love yourself by removing stress and regaining vitality, by transcending your ego-mind to your higher mind of Divine Wisdom and by living in harmony to experience oneness with all aspects of yourself. Self-love is like the seed from which love for all others is born.”

Dawn James, who is also formally trained in Reiki and distance healing, and lives on purpose, will be facilitating a Raise Your Vibration workshop in Kingston, Ontario on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 2pm – 6pm at The Purple Door Books & Metaphysical Gifts. With your workshop fee of $65, you receive a copy of Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life and the afternoon promises to be an inspirational one of high vibrations and friendly fellowship! Dawn will teach you the “laws of vibration and how they can be used to repel disease, increase vitality and cultivate inner peace” and you will take home your own personal action plan for transforming your life. She hopes to see you there!

For a complete list of Dawn’s upcoming workshops all over Ontario and Quebec, visit her website at www.raiseyourvibration.ca.

Synchronicity in Motion: A Timely Email From Author Albert Thor

Author Albert Thor

Back in January of this year, I wrote a book review for a brilliant philosophical thriller called The Wizard Within by Albert Thor. One of the best things about writing reviews is when you can honestly be positively crazy about something you like and it ends up really making the artist’s day.

Last week, I received an email from the eclectically delightful Albert Thor and he gave me permission to share it with you here.

“Hello there,

Just dropping you a note to thank you for taking the time to read and review my novel.

You did such a great job of it! Finding something like your review online is always such a treat.

If you get a chance please go to my new website and read the beginning of the intro to my new book which I have slightly re-titled. I know this may sound absurd but I’ve solved the meaning and the purpose of the universe and to boot I’ve made it perfectly relevant to our day to day lives. And it certainly has got me out of a few scrapes!!!

I’ve also written Flight Manual for the Soul and The Man who became a Woman who became God and saved the World (an unpublished manuscript/research journal that lead to what I now call Quantum Philosophy and the Reaction Management System but is too controversial to publish at this point in my life. I’m thinking posthumously).

I’m now at www.reactionmanagement.ca.

Interestingly, since my brain hemorrhage (Nov/07) I’ve become a musician, too. I have some of my clips on my website if you care to listen. I’m just in the process of getting organized to do some videos of both my songs and my poetry. I’ve been thinking lately that a poem read in the context of a music video (obviously with the emphasis being on the spoken word and not the music) might be the ticket to reintroduce poetry as a viable entertainment. It’s funny but poets are supposed to be so creative yet all they ever seem to do is stand up quite statically before an audience and read their poetry usually in a hard-to-take monotone. I know because I’ve done exactly this, too. Except once I did a really wild show at a local venue that people still sometimes make reference to.

Of course the nudity helped!!!

Anyway, all the best to you, love and joy!!!

Albert”

Needless to say this email has opened up a wonderful conversation between Albert and me. As synchronicity would have it, I had just found out that the next book that The Purple Door book club will study this coming September is going to be The Wizard Within.

Albert has graciously agreed to be interviewed online by our book club members and he will answer any questions that we have and will also provide us with relevant study materials to “help flush out some of the latent knowledge.” I am very excited about this and it’s always great to have something fun to look forward to for the fall season.

I do hope that my readers in Kingston will consider joining us at The Purple Door at 376 Barrie Street for our September 2010 book club. All you have to do is watch The Purple Door’s Facebook page for details.

The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin

Book Review
Title: The Seven Whispers
Author: Christina Baldwin
Publisher: New World Library
Released: 2002
Pages: 120
ISBN: 1-57731-505-7
Stars: 4.0

The Seven Whispers (A Spiritual Practice For Times Like These) by Christina Baldwin is the second book studied by our book club at Purple Door Books. It’s a short, small book that’s doesn’t waste any space whatsoever and you can read it in one sitting. Every sentence and idea conveyed by Baldwin has meaning and purpose and I love that. It’s the kind of book that you can keep at your bedside table and refer to again and again.

Christina Baldwin shares the core of what is at her own spiritual practice through these seven whispers of spiritual common sense:

• Maintain peace of mind (“…it is the cornerstone of spiritual life.”)

• Move at the pace of guidance (“…combine the practices of measured movement and listening.”)

• Practice certainty of purpose (“…a commitment to figure out why we are here and what we are going to do about it.”)

• Surrender to surprise (“Surprise is a chance to open something new.”)

• Ask for what you need and offer what you can (“…we enter a dance of unavoidable reciprocity.”)

• Love the folks in front of you (”…look for the good in other people, even if we don’t think it’s there.”)

• Return to the world (“Return to the world of the body, the senses, the world of Nature.”)

Christina opens the book by declaring that “I have believed all my life that there is a necessary interaction that occurs between a person and the Divine.” If you believe this too, you will get something valuable from this book. One of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much is because she is also a person who finds the Divine in Nature, which is where I feel most connected to my Higher Power. I also appreciate the fact that reciting the seven whispers is a simple practice and the whispers do not possess any hidden meaning.

Christina offers some of her own personal anecdotes in order to draw a parallel to the meaning behind each whisper but doesn’t go on and on in order to get her point across. In order to maintain peace of mind, we need only to remember to pause and breathe deeply. “One breath to let go. One breath to be here. One breath to ask now what? Now what is trying to happen in my life?” All we have to do is breathe deeply and ask God, “please help me maintain peace of mind.” Deep breathing is at the heart of most holistic healing and it just makes common sense. All you have to do is try it. Inhale. Hold your breath for a moment. Exhale and push all that worry and stress out of your body. Maintaining this simple ritual at any time of the day really works! All we have to do is to invite peace of mind into our life.

When we move at the pace of guidance, it occurs to us to wonder what plans the Divine might have for us, in the midst of the plans we have for ourselves.” What Christina is saying here is, slow down, and take the time to look around and really listen and think about what you are doing because life is about being fully present and we should not allow ourselves “to become doing machines.” The practice of mindfulness at all times goes a long way when seeking connection with the Divine. Ask “what do you want me to do” and “how do I need to change in order to do it.”

My favourite quote in the book is:

“See emotions as a form of weather, as changeable as the sky. When you have fear, put up your umbrella and keep walking. When you have joy, take off your sweater and enjoy the sun.”

If we stop to take the time to remember that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, then life takes on a whole new perspective.

When we practice certainty of purpose, we balance our personal will to fulfill certain needs and desires with an awareness that our individual lives affect the needs and desires of the larger community.” “We need each other to fulfill our destinies.”

The fourth whisper, Surrender to Surprise, was one of my favourite chapters. “Surprise encourages us to relate to experience with a sense of wonder…challenges us to be startled awake, and sometimes shocked to our core.” It is a spiritual skill to become aware of how surprise supports us and in living consciously we have to be prepared for both the good and the bad things that will happen.

We also need to practice helping others, nurture our relationships with neighbours, commit to friendships with others even when the spark isn’t obvious, and look at the ways in which we need each other.

Finally, and what works best for me, is to remember to return to the world of Nature to bear witness to the Divine in the elements, in the landscape, in the wildlife, and in the sheer beauty of every unspoiled natural thing because Nature’s healing power is wondrous! And so is The Seven Whispers.

Introducing Purple Door Metaphysical Books & Gifts and KingstonPsychic.com

Miss Merle a.k.a. Marilyn Shannon of KingstonPsychic.com

On a more personal note than normal, I would like to share something that I have become involved with and delighted by of late. I have had an interest in metaphysical, mystical, paranormal, pagan and spiritual ideologies for many years although it’s not something I talk about a lot, unless it’s with friends who know me well. I read my horoscope quite frequently (I’m a Capricorn and was born in the Year of the Rabbit); I’ve been to see a number of different psychics and spiritual healers over the years; and my best friend gave me my first tarot deck when I was 16 years old. Ever since then I would occasionally give myself (and a friend here and there) the odd reading and read the book that came with my Aquarian tarot.

Recently, I bought The Llewellyn Tarot because I fell in love with the pictures on the cards and I’m taking a tarot class hosted by Marilyn Shannon at Purple Door Metaphysical Books & Gifts to learn more about the Major Arcana cards and how to read them. It’s fun and more often than not, the issues that come out in the cards are eerily accurate.

A few years ago my beautiful and beloved cousin, Susan Brecht, opened a very special store in Kingston, Ontario at 376 Barrie Street called The Purple Door. She sells a wide range of spiritual, metaphysical and mystical books, as well as CDs, DVDs, candles, incense, perfume, tarot and oracle cards, mandala colouring books, greeting cards, jewelry, statuary, and many more beautiful and intriguing items. It’s really hard for me to walk in there and not leave without having purchased something!

Susan’s daughter Nicole works with her in the store (and in Susan’s hair & aesthetic salon, The Sapphire Room, which is in the back), along with Kingston Psychic, Marilyn Shannon, who offers psychic readings, psychic roundtables, tarot classes, crystal ball classes and coaching.

A couple of weeks ago I had a one hour tarot card reading by Marilyn and I was amazed by how intuitive she is and how accurate and interesting the reading was. It was almost like having a psychotherapy session! Marilyn is very kind and friendly and states right up front that her readings are meant to be entertaining and enlightening but if you’re looking for medical, financial or legal advice, consult a professional. I left with three new crystals, a notecard filled with “homework” and a digital recording of my reading, not to mention a renewed sense of hope.

Susan, Marilyn and Nicole are three very lovely and loving ladies who really do practice what they “preach.” In fact, Susan has been a great inspiration to me because she’s living proof that the Law of Attraction really works if you believe in it. She has made astonishingly positive and fantastic changes in her life over the past five years since she’s been seriously involved in new age spirituality/metaphysics. She started by posting positive affirmations all over her house and repeating them every day for two years and I can’t tell you what an incredibly positive and prosperous impact that had on her life. (Well I could, but it is personal, so I’ll let her tell you if you happen to visit her!) I struggle with hope, faith, and belief in the power of positive thinking but I want to believe it all so badly, that sometimes it hurts.

For those of you who are interested in such topics, I would encourage you to visit the Purple Door fan page on Facebook as well as Marilyn’s KingstonPsychic.com fan page. You can also check out their official websites and sign up for Marilyn’s newsletter which will keep you informed about special events and offers both at the Purple Door and KingstonPsychic.com.

As Marilyn says,

“See Me … See You … Find Peace For Your Soul.”

The Wizard Within (Gold Edition) by Albert Thor

Book Review
Title: The Wizard Within (Gold Edition)
Author: Albert Thor
Publisher: Soul Purpose
Re-released: 2008
Pages: 318
ISBN 10 – 0969587309
ISBN 13 – 978-0969587309
Stars: 4.5

Jay Wiles should be ecstatic, but he’s not. A 33-year-old advertising executive, who quit his M.B.A. program two months shy of graduating because he felt his mind could not process any more learning, lives with his bank manager wife of 9 years, Liz, in a state that can only be described to most people as “the Good Life.” Jay and Liz have already paid off the mortgage on their lovely home with an in-ground pool and they talk about having a baby, next year…possibly.

Jay has been having profoundly strange dreams of late, in which a wizard, dressed much like Merlin might have, inhabits his dreams and encourages him to ask himself why he is not ecstatic and what he has to do in order to slay the Serpentine Dragon that haunts his nightmares. The wizard continues to make guest appearances in Jay’s dreams and upon waking, leaves him in a confused and vulnerable state; questioning everything about the life he’s made for himself.

Why has sex with his wife lost most of its spontaneity and passion?

“All of my life something has bugged me about this world – nothing I’ve ever put my finger on but something that comes and goes like a cool pocket of air that causes me to stop and shiver. I mean just look around you, Liz, surely you must feel it, too…There’s something wrong with the government, with religion, with education, with our economy, with the very basis of our lives and yet I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly. It’s like there’s something evil about this world that we can’t ever escape…So we’re left fighting even our own sexual urges. And if you think about it the ultimate question is this: Why are we terrified of being who and what we really are, why are we so divided from our natural selves?”

And so begins the journey of enlightenment of Jay Wiles. And it just might be driving him stark raving mad.

In the meantime, we follow Gail, a 45-year-old therapist for Individual and Family Counseling Inc. and her most recent client, Vanesa, who is proving to be nothing like the person Gail initially thought she was. Vanesa is a tall, handsome woman with short, black hair who dresses conservatively and is an executive for her company. She makes important decisions and tells people what to do every day. However, she’s been having an incredibly intense, life-changing affair with a mystery married man who is taking her to the outer limits of everything she ever knew about herself and is changing her in overwhelming ways. Her mystery lover writes the most remarkable poems for her that she shares with Gail in therapy, as they both try to make some sense of where he’s coming from and what he’s all about.

“As long as people believe the lie that wisdom is outside of themselves and is acquired, they are forever lost…”

There are no chapters in The Wizard Within but at the beginning of each new section there is a thought-provoking and often profound introductory paragraph in bold and italics that challenges the reader to think.

“As long as we mistakenly externalize the source of the experience of wonderment we will always give false credit to things outside of ourselves like a person, place, object or activity. Once we have been removed from ourselves we move further and further from ourselves: we look for ourselves outside of ourselves.”

Jay Wiles undergoes the quintessential spiritual transformation in The Wizard Within against the background of training for running his first marathon, the 79th City Marathon, and while many of those around him think he’s lost his mind and should be contained within the walls of a psych ward, Jay is convinced that he’s discovered the Ultimate Truth of the Universe – “I am you and you are me because we are the Eternal me∞, the experiential part of the Universe which is Immortal.” We are all connected. We are God because God is within us. We cannot search for a higher meaning to life through a god outside of ourselves, all we have to do is be willing to take the risk of going deep within (into the belly of the Serpent) and realize that there is no fear, no anxiety, no risk in pure acceptance.

Jay is left in charge of Mindbenders ad agency while his boss Ted goes on a two month adventurous kayaking vacation in Peru. This is Jay’s chance to start changing the world with his new found wisdom and truth. He now knows that “Consumerism is the symbolic equivalent of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as our own fallible creation becomes the agent of our own untimely death.”

As synchronicity would have it, this philosophical thriller The Wizard Within (which was originally written in 1992) has at its core a very similar message as James Cameron’s current movie masterpiece, Avatar. Every single living thing on this planet is connected and if we realize this there is no need or room for life with fear, anxiety or hatred. Having faith in a Higher Power will ultimately save us from total annihilation and that Higher Power is within each and every one of us.

Albert Thor lives what he writes about and he may be a genius, or he might just be crazy. You will have to decide for yourself through reading his work. “Thor considers himself a ‘rational mystic’ in as much as he used his scientifically created tools to launch his Awareness into the mystical realm which blew the doors of his perception wide open, revealing the fundamental wisdom driving the entire Universal show.”

A lot of what he has written in this highly entertaining and often humour-filled book resonates with me, but it’s an intellectually and spiritually challenging novel that will make you think until your head aches. I haven’t quite decided whether Thor has managed to find a way to live in an ego-less state or whether he has the biggest ego in the Universe. This book was recommended to me by my cousin, Susan, who sells it at her book and gift store for the body, mind and spirit, The Purple Door, in Kingston, Ontario.

Thor, who survived a brain hemorrhage in November 2007, has a website at www.soulpurposepublishing.com and there states that “SoulPurpose Publishing is dedicated to contributing to the next evolution in human Awareness and to inspiring a new literature of hope from the perspective of Albert Thor’s brainchild, Reaction Manageme∞nt.” The Foundation for the Reaction Manageme∞nt System™ is developed across these three startling books: Flight Manual For The Soul (1997), The Wizard Within (1992), The Emotional Fitness Revolution (to be released in April 2010), as well as upcoming titles including The Good Shepherd.