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Mr. White's Confession: A Novel
Mr. White's Confession: A Novel
by Robert Clark
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life is what you make of it..., Oct. 27 2003
Although ostensibly a "mystery", the crime/detective backdrop in this story is clearly secondary to the ongoing musings in Herbert White's journal - which revolve around how we perceive ourselves in the world and the nature of the past, the future, reality, memories, and happiness.
The crime caper part of this story is pretty thin and has to do with a homocide detective (Wesley Horner) in 1930s Minnesota trying to solve the murders of two dance-hall girls. At the same time we watch as this character wrestles with lonliness and a search for meaning in his life. Horner, although possessing a place in the world, seems a lost soul - a castaway in his own life, looking for salvation outside of himself. His character is contrasted with Herbert White, a naive oddball who although rejected by the world finds a salvation of sorts because of the lens through which he views life.
The characters are well-written, and the story while somewhat bleak contains an uplifting message for those who want to find it.

Your Shadow
Your Shadow
by Robin Robertson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction / layman's guide to the Shadow!, Oct. 13 2003
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Concise, easy-to-read, and practical introduction / layman's guide to the Jungian concept of the Shadow self.
Robertson avoids the stuffy, technical writing so often found when reading about Jung's ideas, and instead presents the material in a very down-to-earth manner, - aimed squarely at the average reader.
And unlike other materials I've read on this topic, Robertson's purpose is to give the reader some practical ways that they can begin to acknowledge and re-integrate their Shadow.
Quick, worthwhile read!

The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings
The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus' Sayings
by John A Sanford
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but he left out the most important part!, Oct. 2 2003
Jung suggests that each of us has a "mask" and a "shadow"; the mask being the conscious ego that we present to the world and the Shadow self being our unconscious, where we repress all of our secret and socially-unacceptable desires. We identify so tightly with our ego that we don't even realize that it's not our true self, and we are are oblivious to our shadow self and the inner-conflict between the two that adversely influences our behavior and our psychological and spiritual health. Psychological and spiritual wholeness then comes from integrating these two disparate parts of our psyches.
In this book, Sanford reads Jungian meaning into the Biblical message, essentially asserting that the salvation Jesus was talking about was actually the same process of reconciling the unconscious and conscious that Jung hit upon 1900 years later.
To support this arguement he explains how Jesus' parables and other Bible stories (Prodigal son, etc) can be seen as Jungian metaphors. For example, the well-known story of the Prodigal son can symbolically be seen as telling us that in order to be a completed work the good son in us must acknowledge and accept back the prodigal...
Sanford is essentially telling us that our modern understanding of Jesus' message is mostly wrong and that the "narrow" path that Jesus' spoke of is actually the path of reintegrating the unconscious in order to achieve psychological wholeness. Of course the trick with that is that, because it is our unconscious, we are naturally "unconscious" of it - i.e. how can we go about reintegrating the unconscious without being aware of it?!?!?!?
That question begs for an answer, but to my utter dismay Sanford never bothers to address that question, - which more or less rendered the whole book a tribute to his own intellect rather than something with any practical use.
Overall I liked his ideas, but without recommendations for how to apply this information to our own spiritual quest Sanford has essentially written only half a book (and it's the most important half that is left out).
Note: If you're interested in Jungian psychological wholeness as a path to spiritual enlightenment, and you're open-minded enough to accept radical rethinking of Jesus' message then I suggest "Putting on the Mind of Christ" by Jim Marion.

Journeys Out of the Body
Journeys Out of the Body
by Robert Monroe
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An outdated "classic", Sept. 29 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Journeys Out of the Body (Paperback)
When Robert Monroe began leaving his body decades ago he couldn't just hop on the web to locate others with this ability, or one hundred books that expound on this phenomina. Thus, his experiences here are those of a pioneer of sorts trying to figure things out more or less on his own. Consequently, his terminology and ideas are a bit outdated. And oddly enough, his experiences themselves seem different than those typical of todays astral projectionists(?!).
For someone who has read a bit on OBEs I recommend this book for its perspective and for its status as an early classic. But for those new to this topic I'd recommend something more current such as Buhlman's "Adventures Beyond the Body" or Bruce's "Astral Dynamics".

Adaptation (Superbit) (Bilingual)
Adaptation (Superbit) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Nicolas Cage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jungian metaphor!, Sept. 26 2003
Warning: spoilers! Don't read if you don't want to know key plot points.
Wonderful and funny Jungian story. Background: Jung would argue that we repress those qualities we don't like in ourself onto our "Shadow" self, and that our conscious is in constant conflict with our shadow in order to preserve the illusion of the "mask" or false self that we believe we are and that we present to the world. Thus, the qualities that we've repressed onto the Shadow, we associate with the enemy and we project them onto the world. So those qualities that we loath most in others are precisely those qualities that we secretly loath in ourselves - and in order to attain psychological wholeness we must recognize, embrace, and re-integrate the Shadow (unconscious).
The screenwriter here, Charlie, abhors shallowness and superficiality in his craft and strives to write movies of substance without having to resort to formulas & gimmicks. He resents having to pander to the shallowness of the audience and feels that he has risen above this, but really he has just repressed it onto his shadow (represented by his twin, Donald) who is his exact opposite: shallow and unbothered by artistic considerations.
Charlie, is racked by insecurity and self-loathing (the result of his inner battle), while Donald is confident and oblivious to self-judgment. So, in order to become whole, Charlie first has to realize his state of conflict (represented by his writer's block), recognize the value in his shadow self (he seeks Donald's opinion and help), and work to reintegrate the unconscious (they work together on the screenplay) so that he can achieve psychological wholeness - which is represented in the movie by the brother dying (the unconscious ceases to exist because it has been reintegrated). At the end of the movie Charlie having become whole is no longer judgmental or insecure but rather is hopeful and healthy.
Note: Adaptation as a title is an interesting play on words, also, because the movie deals with the evolutionary process of Adaptation in orchids, the process of writing a screen adaptation of a novel, and most importatly the process of several characters (Charlie especially) negotiating (some successfully, others not) the process of personal adaptation when faced with life's challenges.
Another note: the movie is its own "Shadow". It preaches against cheesey literary techniques while employing them liberally at the same time (such as voice overs, the use of twins to display two sides of one's personality, and ultimately resorting to gratuitous sex, violence and action to compensate for lack of substance). Hilarious!

Secret of the Soul: Using Out-of-Body Experiences to Understand Our True Nature
Secret of the Soul: Using Out-of-Body Experiences to Understand Our True Nature
by William Buhlman
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something old, something new..., Sept. 9 2003
Buhlman's last book on Astral Projection "Adventures Beyond the Body", in addition to covering the basics of Astral Projection tended to focus on Buhlman's ideas regarding the structure of the multidimensional universe. My main complaint about that book was it's lack of focus on the spirutal implications of Astral Projection.
In "The Secret of the Soul" Buhlman probably reiterates half of the information from the previous book (which is necessary to make the topic accessible to those who haven't read the previous book) but shifts the focus from the structure of the universe to the use of Astral Projection for spiritual development. He also includes various accounts of Astral Projections and results from his ongoing survey into the phenomina.
Overall I found his ideas compelling and found the book well-worth reading. However, considering that the book concerns itself with spiritual development I would have liked to have seen a discussion of how this type of spiritual seeking relates to prevailing worldwide religious thought: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etc. Most people's spirituality is practiced within one of these traditions so by advocating astral projection as a means for spiritual growth without tying it into these various traditions - the proponents of astral projection unwittingly doom astral projection to be regarded as a weird, marginal or occult activity.
Overall, well-worth reading.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It defnitely puts our modern "troubles" into persective!, Sept. 8 2003
This isn't the type of book that I would normally read, but someone loaned it to me and I was hooked almost from Page 1. It's an awe-inspiring portral of the human spirit enduring incredible suffering and tribulation in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. It truly puts our own lives in perspective and demonstrates what humans are capable of when put to the test.
My only gripe is that the story ended rather quickly. I would have loved to have had an additional chapter that detailed the aftermath of their journey, along with additional information about what happened to these men subsequent to their rescue.
Overall, one of the most fascinating stories I've ever read.

Holographic Universe
Holographic Universe
by Michael Talbot
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but it takes a lot of liberties..., July 29 2003
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Talbot begins by summarizing the basic theories of renowned physicist David Bohm (the universe is a hologram) and neurophysiologist Karl Pribram (the brain stores memories holographically). The basic implication of this is that the universe and everything in it (including us) are not seperate "things" but one great, big, multifaceted, interacting thing - and that our current views of nearly everything are entirely wrong because of our basic, underlying misunderstanding thinking of things as seperate entities unrelated to everything else - and our insistence on seeing things as separate things.
Once he establishes that, framework, which is firmly based on Bohm's non-local universe theory - then he takes a flying leap and explains how this theory could explain UFOs, ESP, ghosts, near-death experiences, astral projection, stigmata, and any other "supernatural" phenomina. In that sense he pushes Bohm's theory well beyond the limits that even Bohm would feel comfortable with (if he were still alive).
Nevertheless, his discussions of the various supernatural phenomina and interesting and reasonably well-presented, although you get the impression that "he never met a phenomina he didn't like" - i.e. he's clearly biased and this book isn't going to convert very many skeptics but will provide an interesting scientific tie-in for those who already are sold on the reality of these phenomina. Plus he makes some good points about the arrogance of some in the sciences who (just as he does) begin with a firm belief in something and then won't consider evidence that goes against those firmly held stances.
Good book for those who are open-minded and like pondering the nature of this thing we call reality, for lack of a better word.

Night of the Avenging Blowfish: A Novel of Covert Operations, Love, and Luncheon Meat
Night of the Avenging Blowfish: A Novel of Covert Operations, Love, and Luncheon Meat
by John Welter
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sets a record for the # of plotlines left unresolved..., July 28 2003
If you've read Catch-22, envision the protagonist Yossarian as a love-sick secret service agent - that's this book. The writing is funny/cynical but there is almost no sustained plot. A covert baseball game between the secret service and CIA ends in a thud. The luncheon meat scandal just kind of hangs around, before whimpering out without much of a climax. The love story is left hanging as are several other minor plotlines. Also, a large part of the book is comprised of the main character, Doyle, pining over the woman he loves. That part of the book is like reading 50-pages of whining, love-sick, dreck.
The bottom-line is that Welter has a funny writing style, but there wasn't much of a plot, the plotlines that were there generally went unresolved, and Doyle's obsession with Natelle got old really fast. It all added up to a pretty average read, in my humble opinion, but I liked the author's "voice" enough that I'll probably try another of his books.

Celebration Of Discipline
Celebration Of Discipline
by Richard J Foster
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insights, but there's a trick..., July 14 2003
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God is so vast and undefinable that by even assigning a word to him (or it) we are in danger of venturing down a misguided path that leads to a limited understanding of God and our understanding of his nature and our relation to him. This is what so frustrated Jesus - trying to explain the nature of something unexplainable to people, who by their nature, cling desperately to legalism because true spiritual freedom is too scary.
Foster outlines a variety of practices (meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration) which will serve as valuable tools to bring us closer to God if we invoke them faithfully and with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
He has done a wonderful job in presenting these disciplines, and yet I was left with the distinct impression that, as with any exhortation to spiritual growth, it is too easy to read them, nod our heads and to walk away and not put the advice into action. Or worse yet, to subjugate our newfound techniques to our already misguided understanding of God or to a pastor, church, spouse, or peer group that is geared toward making sure we do not break out of the spiritual status quo.
I am convinced that these disciplines will work wonders, if pursued passionately and with the leading of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of bringing about the radical internal transformation that Jesus compelled us to. However I am equally convinced that 99 out of 100 readers of this book will benefit only marginally from what they read, and will not incorporate these practices very fully.
Maybe I've just read too many books telling me how to be a good Christian, but if there is one thing I've learned, and that this book (although excellent) re-confirmed for me, it's that reading and hearing are the easy parts. Continually striving to incorporate spiritual disciplines into our lives, however, is something entirely different.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that this book, and many others, will point the way but if you're like me you've already (on some level) been pointed there before (in fact the Holy Spirit is pulling us all in that direction if we'd just relent and submit ourselves to it's guidance). : )

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