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Paperback — The Dancing Wu Lee Masters (2001)
With its unique combination of depth, clarity, and humor that has enchanted millions, this beloved classic opens the fascinating world of quantum physics to readers with no mathematical or technical background. "Wu Li" is the Chinese phrase for physics. It means "patterns of organic energy," but it also means "nonsense," "my way," "I clutch my ideas," and "enlightenment." These captivating ideas frame Zukav's evocative exploration of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. Delightfully easy to read, The Dancing Wu Li Masters illuminates the compelling powers at the core of all we know.

Author: Gary Zukav

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Review: Perception, as it turns out, is not reality. Gary Zukav takes us on a journey of discovery through the bizarre landscape of quantum physics. Beautifully written. Some of the hardest scientific concepts to understand are explained in simple conversational english. This book is a must read for anyone on a quest of discovery.

    — Doug
Stephen Hawking — Brief History of Time
A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology, A Brief History Of Time is the story of the ongoing search for t he tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.:

Author: Steven Hawking

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   * A Brief History Of Time (1996)
   * The Universe In A Nutshell (2001)
   * A Briefer History Of Time (2005)
   * A Brief History Of Time & The Universe In A Nutshell (2007)
Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters.
Paperback — Stalking The Wild Pendulum (1988)
Itzhak Bentov was an outstanding exponent of the new science of consciousness up until his untimely death in 1979. He specialized in bio-medical engineering and instrumentation. In this exciting and original view of the universe, Itzhak Bentov provides a new perspective on human consciousness and its limitless possibilities. Widely known and loved for his delightful humor and imagination, Bentov causes us to rethink everything about the nature of reality. He gives us a provocative picture of ourselves in an expanded, conscious, holistic universe.


Author: Itzhak Bentov

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Review: This book has made an indelible mark on me. It has shown me that consciousness is perhaps the greatest mystery we face. The author has approached his subject intelligently, without a predetermined mindset, or being swayed by an established dogma. He is rational in his approach, and yet, his conclusions will astonish you! I recommend his book highly. .
DVD — Seeing is Believing (1988)
Peter Jennings last special before his death, and without a doubt the most comprehensive mainstream UFO report ever aired. It was a two-hour primetime special that reported on the entire scope of UFO experience—from the first famous sighting by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 to the present day. The program draws on interviews with police officers, pilots, scientists, military personnel, and ordinary citizens who give extraordinary accounts of encounters with the unexplained. Also included are the voices of professional skeptics about UFOs, including scientists who are leading the search for life forms beyond Earth. The program explores the facts behind the enduring mystery of the incident at Roswell, N.M., and looks into strange stories of alien abductions.

Reporter: Peter Jennings

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"Seeing Is Believing" takes a fresh look at the UFO phenomenon. "As a journalist," says Jennings, "I began this project with a healthy dose of skepticism and as open a mind as possible. After almost 150 interviews with scientists, investigators and with many of those who claim to have witnessed unidentified flying objects, there are important questions that have not been completely answered—and a great deal not fully explained."

   — Peter Jennings Reporting on UFOs
Paperback — Beyond the Brain (1968)
Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy rethinks virtually every aspect of human maturation science, paying crucial attention to the simple observational facts of birthing and how they vary from individual to individual in contributing to a staggering range of lasting psychopathologies. As a result, Beyond the Brain has become one of the essential works of the 20th century.This landmark book is a massive, clinically-worded text for the advanced psychology reader that testifies to the fact that events of lasting developmental significance happen to many people before the dawn of ego and conscious memory (age 3-4).


Author: Stanislav Grof

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Review: I first encountered Stanislav Grof in the late 'seventies at a seminar in California. He was a featured speaker, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. Beyond the Brain speaks of paradigms—the model of reality that scientists foster by accepting certain basic assumptions and rejecting others. He shows how the Newtonian / Cartesian paradigm (a system of thought based on the work of Sir Isaac Newton and Rene Descartes) is the foundation of precepts still used by psychiatry, psychology, anthropology and medicine. He shows how physics has been elevated to a new paradigm based upon relativity and quantum theory, while psychology and anthropology have languished. He claims it is time for them to re-examine their fundamental beliefs and move on.
Paperback — Yoga and Psychotherapy (1976)
If you have ever tried to conceptualize the difference between the brain and the mind this book will be of great interest. You will be fascinated with the authors' description of the psychotic, the neurotic, and the mystic. This book will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys studying psychology and wants to continue the study as it progresses after the achievement of a healthy ego. Skeptics will be intrigued by the account of Swami Rama stopping his heart while the observers monitoring him with laboratory instruments looked on in horror, afraid he might have died. It provides and in-depth analysis of Western and Eastern models of the mind and their differing perspectives.

Authors: Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, Ph.D., Swami Ajaya (Allan Weinstock, Ph.D.)

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Reviews:

"This superb work is probably the best book presently available on what might be called Yoga Clinical Psychology...marvelously clear and concise...The book is outstanding (and non-doctrinaire), from its fine introduction to its solid bibliography. In summary, this is a must read. --Journal of Transpersonal Psychology"

   — Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

"The presentation is clear, free of spiritual and psychological jargon, and obviously informed by extensive clinical practice."

   — The Mind Brain Bulletin
Hardcover— Man And His Symbols (1968)
Man and His Symbols is arguably one of the most important books ever written. It presents a lifetime of study regarding the symbolic imagery of human experience and dreams. There is no other book that has stayed in print for over 40 years that can clearly and informatively deliver the depth and breadth of Jung's lifetime of wisdom. Jung is the greatest mind and heart of the 20th century.

Author: Karl Jung
With: M.L. von Franz, Joseph L. Henderson, and Jolande Jacobi

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Review: Do NOT buy the paperback if you can help it. The hardcover is out of print and will cost $100 or more, but it is well worth it. The hardcover is profusely illustrated, with pictures from a variety of cultures and periods of history, sciences and the arts. These are not available in the smaller edition. Prepare to learn more than you ever imagined about human nature, the human condition and human potential. After I read this book, I went through a series of "Grand Jungian Dreams" that were a great help on my process.

Hardcover— Hero With A Thousand Faces (2008)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (first published in 1949) is a non-fiction book, and seminal work of comparative mythology by Joseph Campbell. In this publication, Campbell discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies. Since publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell's theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists. The best known is perhaps George Lucas, who has acknowledged a debt to Campbell regarding the stories of the Star Wars films.

Author: Joseph Campbell

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** Hero With a Thousand Faces will be released July 28, 2008 **
Review: Although they are perceived as two different concepts, "fact" and "fiction" are really opposite sides of the same coin—two ways of expressing the same truth. According to the brilliant scholar and writer Joseph Campbell, myth is the way a culture becomes reconciled to the universal truths of human existence—the joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures of life. In short, it is a philosophical text, but one which reveals truth in symbolic terms. This classic cross-cultural study examines the most basic myth of all. Portraying the archetypal hero in light of modern psychological ideas, Campbell uses fairy tale narratives across time to discuss the three stages of the heroic journey (departure, initiation, and return) and examines the macrocosm of the universe and the role the hero plays in its cycle of growth, dissolution, and redemption. A rich source of study for generations of readers and scholars.
DVD — The Hero's Journey (1997)
If you know Joseph Campbell's work, this documentary provides little new info but plenty of big insight into his teaching and personal life, with especially generous sketches of his dancer wife, and her spiritual and artistic journey parallel to Campbell's own. The mere hour long film flies by, a tribute to its integrity. One sterling aspect is the footage of Campbell talking with friends and students, a palette of wonderful interviews that clearly show their affection for Campbell's vast contribution to religious studies. The master is his genial, intense, unflappable best throughout, trademark ruddy cheeks in full bloom. This bio documentary is a reat companion piece to Bill Moyers' "The Power of Myth."

Author: Joseph Campbell
Directors: David Kennard, Janelle Balnicke

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Review: "The Hero's Adventure" is drawn from Joseph Campbell's study of mythology. Joseph Campbell is one of the world's foremost authorities of mythology, which really makes the movie interesting because of his ability to tie mythology in with the every day events of people's lives. He presents the idea that a hero or heroine is not just a person that commits a supernatural act, but that we can find a hero or a heroine all around us in different shapes and forms. Joseph presents a hero as someone who has given his life to something bigger than himself or other than himself. According to Joseph Campbell, the moral objective of heroism is saving a person or idea. Also, all heroes must go through trials and tribulations in order to complete the serendipitous task asked of them. They must also under-go a near death experience.

   — Phoebe Halliwell
DVD — August Rush (2007)
This is a fantastic, feel-good, movie about an orphan who finds his parents by discovering he is a musical genius. The story was inspired by Oliver Twist, with Robin Williams playing Fagan, a disillusioned musician who collects kids and turns them into street performers. It's a story of love and psychic awareness, and the music throughout is great! This movie was panned by some nationally acclaimed critics, which proves there is still work out there for the walking brain dead. It's brilliant!!! You will want to watch it again and again.

Directed By: Kristen Sheridan
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Ken Russell, Robin Williams

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Review: August Rush is part romance, part gentle fantasy, but this sweet drama is all heart. And while it is fiction, it is also the way of the Non-Mechanical Universe. Stories no less fantastic wok out every day around the globe. August Rush isn't a film for the cynics, but even the hard-hearted in the audience will have difficulty not being touched by this sentimental film. Music plays a central role in August Rush, and it's tough not to let your heart soar along with the melodies.
DVD — Siddhartha (1972)
Conrad Rooks' Siddhartha is the English-language classic based on the best-selling novel by the Nobel Prize winner Herman Hesse featuring astonishing cinematography by the great Sven Nykvist. Unavailable in North America in any format since 1985, Milestone will celebrate the 125th anniversary of Hesse's birth with brand-new 35mm prints from the restored negative. Siddhartha was filmed entirely on location in Northern India, the holy city of Rishikesh, and the private estates as well as in the palaces of His Highness the Maharajah of Bharatpur. The film is absolutely a ravishing visual experience!

Directed By: Conrad Rooks
Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Romesh Sharma

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Review: Siddhartha is the disarmingly simple story of a young Brahmin, and his search for a meaningful way of life. This search takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, then self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness and harmony with himself that he had been seeking. Siddhartha learns that the secret of life cannot be passed on from one person to another, but must be achieved through inner experience.
DVD — Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1982)
A well-researched historical account of the spiritual life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis was the only son of a wealthy Italian Merchant. The movie chronicles his life from the time he left a knight on horseback. bound for the Crusades, to his return on death's door. He emerged from a near death coma

Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker
Music By: Donovan

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Review: The film literalizes (and celebrates) this manifestation of God's spirit in "nature," condemning institutional indirection along the way. When Francesco climbs onto the roof outside his window to follow a bird, then goes skipping through the meadows, alive to all of nature and Donovan, our first instinct may be to laugh. But mock this sweet and noble sentiment at your own peril. That Francesco's denunciation of worldly possessions and unabashed love of love and faith seem corny should make us as ashamed as Pope Innocent at film's end, when he bends to kiss Francesco's dirty bare feet. Such love is what is best in man, or so Zeffirelli reminds us.

   — Erich Kuersten
DVD — Gandhi (1972)
Ben Kingsley stars as Mahatma Gandhi, who rose from small-time lawyer to India's spiritual leader by using his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest that helped end British rule in India.

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen
Directed By: Richard Attenborough

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Review: Sometimes, there is nothing more powerful than the truth. No matter how it is delivered, Gandhi is a film of and about truth. By the movie’s end, Mohandas Gandhi is reduced to a battered and aged man, resembling more an elderly, green Jedi master than a world-changing leader. But his message is not weakened, nor is its honesty. And for that, Gandhi is a film not to be missed.

   — Joshua Tyler
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