Tiny Thought Guy Book Reviews: Page 3

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Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality - Dean Radin
ISBN-13: 978-1416516774

In his book, “Entangled Minds”, Dean Radin blends his experience as a scientist with his sincere desire to present readers with easily understood and timely information about quantum mechanics and Psi research (Psi as it is used here can be defined as, “A means by which information can be gained from a distance without the use of the ordinary senses.”)


After a brief, but thorough, look at the history/origins of Psi, dating all the way back to 2000 BC when the Egyptians used a practice known as ‘dream incubation’ to connect with oracles, Dean takes us through many of the most recent studies into the nature of Psi and then connects this to the realms of science via the world of quantum physics.


As science progressed from Newtonian physics into the world of quantum physics in the early 1900s, many of the traditional views and beliefs that were held for hundreds of years started to be re-examined. In spite of assertions made by people like physicist Albert Michelson, the first American to win a Noble prize, who claimed that the laws of physics had all been discovered (by the end of the 19th century), we see that the five basic assumptions in classical physics: reality, locality, causality, continuity, and determinism are now being questioned under the new rules of quantum physics.  Non-locality, entanglement, the Observer effect, and even retroactivity are terms now being used that at one time would have been considered preposterous, nonsensical and even heretical.


Scientific research, conducted over many decades, in different labs around the world, with different research teams and participants, has proven that various forms of Psi do indeed exist; however, the precise mechanisms of how these phenomena work is still a mystery and the topic of much debate. In spite of this, various hypotheses do already exist and one underlying fact that they all seem to have in common (in my layman’s opinion) is that the mechanisms of Psi cannot be explained with traditional, Newtonian physics: it seems that the answer lies in the quantum world.


It is this possibility that Dean explores with a sense of wit and optimism in “Entangled Minds” and I believe a comment that Dean makes sums up perfectly the views that scientists must take if they do wish to discover the nature of the universe. Dean states that, “My prejudice is that it’s more important to promote the serious study of novel ideas than it is to worry that some of those ideas might be wrong. I feel this way because history shows that virtually all exciting breakthroughs in science come from entertaining “crazy” ideas.”


Perhaps one day in the not too distant future, scientists like Dean Radin will have conquered the unfounded fears of Flat Earth folks who refuse to accept that there might truly be “spookiness at a distance” and perhaps at that time it will be common sense that the field of science and, heaven forbid, psychic phenomena are indeed children of the same parents.

365 Prescriptions for the Soul – Bernie Siegel
ISBN-13: 978-1577316565
Although different in format from many of the other books that Bernie has written, this one is just as empowering and life-affirming. As the title states, there are 365 ideas meant to be a, “…daily guide and resource…” for anyone on this journey through life. In addition to the daily “prescriptions”, Bernie has added relevant quotes from other luminaries throughout history and he follows the prescription with a “Solution of the Day”. I understand that life makes no guarantee; however, I also know with great certainty that if you read this, and take the time to implement the “solution of the day”, your life will be improved, as well the lives of those care about. I don’t mind being redundant when it comes to reviewing Ernie’s books, he is truly one of the gentlest and kindest souls among us.

Being Happy!Andrew Matthews

ISBN-13: 978-0843128680

Almost 25 years old now and the second book written by Andrew Matthews, Being Happy, is still a treasure trove of information and insights into the concept of happiness. Using his amazing artistic ability to include cartoons to emphasize poignant truths, Andrew makes reading this book humorous as well as informative. Dealing with such topics as forgiveness, depression, the law of attraction, and the power of words themselves, one eventually sees that the most significant aspect of being happy is… well, I will leave that to you to discover and this book.

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles - Bruce Lipton
ISBN-13: 978-1401923129
Having recently listened to Bruce Lipton speak at the annual IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) conference I was excited to read this book. Bruce has a knack for taking the information obtained from his scientific background in Biology and making in understandable to someone who has no education in the field of biology. The format Bruce uses, as well as his style, are very “user friendly” and this made for an enjoyable read. As for the material itself, I found that I learned a great deal about the field of Epigenetics and it is refreshing to hear another voice disagreeing with, in my biased opinion, the deterministic views coming from the choir of the majority. Certainly I am no expert in the field of genetics; however, anytime I hear that scientists have found “the answer" I shudder. The fact that DNA sequencing was supposed to be the holy grail of all things living is no different than when the world was flat and at the center of the universe. I do not dispute the fact that DNA research and the field of genetics is important, but when part of that conclusion says that Mother Nature decided to make 96% of that DNA useless (junk DNA) I tend to believe that there is more to the situation than what we are perceiving or what we have the ability to measure. Perhaps the beleifs of genetic determinism are incomplete, perhaps we need better tools, and perhaps the final word on DNA has yet to be written; however, one thing is certain, the fact is that we don't know everything there is to know and we will only expand our awareness by being open to new ideas.

Science is about discovery and a desire to get to truth, yet it seems that many "so-called" scientists are no different than the religious zealots that burned people at the stake 500 years ago. Anyone remember Giordano Bruno?  So, what does this have to do with the “Biology of Belief”? Well, in this book Bruce goes against the deterministic view and says that it is not only genetics that shape our inner world, it is the environment as well. This book is one of self-empowerment because it says that you aren’t just a machine following orders that came from pond scum 700 million years ago.  You have the ability to transform your outer world and INNER world.  Certainly empowered people are healthier and harder to control then their unaware counterparts and they use less pharmaceutical interventions. Hmmm, so by being aware of our power we take money out of the pharma’s pockets, who are the ones providing so much of the funding to the scientific quacks. No wonder the mainstream scientists resist work such as this, it’s their pocket book stupid (you need to read the book to get the gist of that last statement). In the end, ironically perhaps, the quasi-scientists of today will go the way of their ancestors and go extinct because they refuse to look at the facts, to adapt to the environment and view new ideas with curiosity rather than dogma. Perhaps the title of Bruce’s next book could be something like, “Did dinosaurs wear lab coats?”

The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
ISBN-13: 978-0061122415
This is one of my all time favorite, fictional books and judging from reactions around the world, with millions and millions of copies sold, this indeed is a special book.  The Alchemist is a fable about a young shepherd who travels the Mediterranean in search of a treasure. The plot itself is gripping, but veiled in the adventure there are profound truths that are a definite cause for pause in our hectic lives. Coelho does an amazing job of teaching us “the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.” Warning, once you start this book, you won’t want to put it down.
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small - Ted Andrews

ISBN-13: 978-0875420288
For those of you that are interested in the zodiac or horoscopes, or for those that have an interest in native American culture, this book will be of interest to you. The indigenous population was able to work with nature and their culture had a deep respect for the animals in their surroundings. They believed that animals were able to give us wisdom and that each animal has a different wisdom to share based on it’s own traits. By knowing what traits a particular animal has, we learn how to adapt to our surroundings in a mental, physical or spiritual sense. The amount of information is this book is amazing and it is THE most complete book on the interesting and mind expanding topic of animal totems. 

Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals - David Carson
ISBN-13: 978-0312204914

This item is actually more than just a book: it also includes a deck of cards, similar to a Tarot deck, that depicts a variety of North American animals. The information contained in the book is derived from centuries old wisdom held by the North American native peoples. Used in conjunction with one-another the set is designed to:

1) assist people in determining their animal totem and

2) provide a means, another perspective, when dealing with life issues/questions.

Overall, this set is an invaluable resource and it is a must have for anyone interested in improving the quality of their journey, ... I was originally going list all the types of people who may benefit from David's information, but then realized that I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from it....

Life After Death – Tom Harpur
ISBN-13: 978-0771039386

This Canadian author, priest, Rhodes scholar and columnist does a good job of presenting a remarkably unbiased viewpoint about the universal topic of life after death. Tom Harpur provides a summaries of how most of the worlds major religions feel about life after death, he provides accounts of those who have had near death experiences and he discusses various scientifically based arguments for and against. Overall, Tom does a fine job of shedding light on a topic that has  interested man from the beginning of time.


Gifts from the Spirit: A Skeptic's Path - Dennis F. Augustine

ISBN-13: 978-1889797007

This book is probably not very well known, but it is a great book. The story is a true account of Dennis Augustine as he grows from a gang member to an extremely successful, highly sought after, surgeon. When his life takes a turn for the worst, he is forced to confront his ideas and views of reality and consider what is really important in life. As it says on the back of his book, "this is a powerful tale of the human spirit in search of its higher self." It is so powerful to hear how Dr. Augustine had more success than most people could imagine, yet it is this very success that almost destroyed him. It brings to mind that adage, "Be careful what you wish for."

The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
ISBN-13: 978-0446671002

One of the all time success stories for new age/spiritual growth books, not with standing the fact that it was originally self-published.  This book went from obscurity to one of the best known and widely read books in this category. The book is based on an adventure to find an ancient manuscript, found in Peru, that outlines nine key insights that humankind will go through during our spiritual evolution.  The story is quite intriguing, but I found the most amazing part to be how the events in the story are so common and real to those readers who themselves are on a spiritual quest.

The Celestine Prophecy – An experiential Guide - James Redfield

ISBN-13: 978-0446671224

I would strongly recommend that anyone reading the Celestine Prophecy acquire this book at the same time and use it while reading the aforementioned book: especially those of you that are skeptical about spirituality.  This book offers a condensed summary of each chapter in the Celestine Prophecy, in addition to a discussion about the insights as they appear. Essentially this book is a study guide to assist the reader with the core component of the Celestine Prophecy, the actual insights, with only a minimal story line.

Saved by the Light – Dannion Brinkley

ISBN-13: 978-0061662454

An amazing and true story about an ex-CIA hit-man who was clinically dead for 28 minutes after

 he was struck and killed by lightning. In this book Dannion shares a little about his early years as

 he grew up as a mean spirited boy in the south and then how he went on to become an expert

 marksman and assassin. The majority of the book however, discusses the events surrounding his

 near death experience and how it changed his life upon his return. A very easy to read and

 intriguing story that will re-assure many about the validity of life after death. As a side note,

 Dannion is also the founder of an organization that is dedicated to easing the transition for those in their last days.

Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff 

ISBN-13: 978-0140067477

To be honest, I am not a big "Winnie the Pooh" fan, and I was going to put this book down after the first 30 pages, but I am thankful that I kept reading. Benjamin Hoff does a fantastic job of explaining Taoism in an easy to read, intellectually stimulating format. In addition, even if you don’t want to specifically know about Taoism there are some real pearls of wisdom in this book and the application of these concepts will definitely impact your life.

Guiding Yourself Into a Spiritual Reality – Tolly Burkan

ASIN: B000K01ZFY

ISBN: 0-935616-05-5

I found some real nuggets of wisdom in this rather short, 120 page, book and although it might not be that common, there do appear to be some used copies available on Amazon. 


In any case, I feel fortunate to have purchased this book when I did because I found some great information contained on these pages, and one of the sections that was truly unique had to do with what the authors called, “the continent of human games.”  It is a metaphor for spiritual development and it starts at the tip of the continent with the “caves of pain”,  then as one journeys they may encounter “the forests of fear” and/or the “the marsh of resistance”, and once over “the river of blame” we find “the field of rewards.” I can’t do the chapter justice here, nor the rest of the book for that matter, but I have yet to see anything similar to this book on the market.

If you can find it, I would suggest getting a copy.

Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges - Deepak Chopra
ISBN-13: 978-0307719171

It is very refreshing to find a book in the spiritual genre that provides real solutions to everyday, universal problems that are impacting so many of us on this human journey. Many books provide relief to the reader in the form of long-term practices that are meant to help the individual evolve their consciousness, which of course is of great benefit; however, being human means that we sometimes need immediate, easy to apply solutions as well.

 

In Deepak’s book, “Spiritual Solutions” we find some heartfelt advice to help us overcome many of the challenges we face in our day to day existence. I understand that many of our challenges have their roots in very individual circumstances, yet the advice given by Deepak seems to be easily applied regardless of the unique nature of the particular problem. Whether it’s relationship problems, financial problems, or questions related to consciousness and enlightenment, you will find numerous answers to these questions in, “Spiritual Solutions.”

 

As many notable people in history have stated, and I am paraphrasing here, the level of consciousness that created a problem needs to be exceeded in order to find a solution to the problem, and through expanding our awareness we are able to see our problems in a different light, or at least able to perceive  solutions that we did not see previously. I believe that this book will assist the reader in expanding their awareness while providing immediate solutions to some of life’s great challenges. I tip my hat to Deepak for sharing his thoughts and solutions so directly in an era when so many have chosen a more indirect  route.