Book reviews

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In The Silent Path by Michal Eascott

An introduction to Meditation - in which this phrase is quoted, the author,   deals with mediation in a practical manner. He first starts with the human presence and the spheres in which we live: Physical-Emotional-Mental. Then he goes on exploring the hidden aspects of our self where Mediation functions as a tool for bridging. Other chapters include Concentration-Visualization, the types of Meditation, and the service of Meditation.

Most remarkably the author in his last chapter notes: "So many words has it taken to trace a Silent Path of Meditation Words, when silence is the true medium! Yet such is inevitably the complication of the way by which mankind proceeds on the long journey from the Infinite to the finite and back to Infinity again."

If you feel intrigued to read about Meditation and have enough courage to keep a Heartful Mind that is not seeking conclusions and limitations, do not miss out on this book.

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

Surely enough that  most of you have read this book, but it is worth reviewing here to bring your attention to it once more. Other than enjoying the Pilgrimage of Paulo Coelho on San Tiago's road in Spain to find his sword after losing it; the series of exercises given to Coelho's by Petrus his guide are propelling to try; one of which we have tried several times in classes: The Seed Exercise. Well there are 11 exercises you can find your way through, if you are curious.

The Practical guide of Meditation - The First and the Last Freedom by Osho

An enormous book to reflect of meditation, can give you many keys and let you enjoy this special question with joy and fun of Osho's style.
"The essential core, the spirit of meditation is to learn how to witness+Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation+ the whole point is, one should not move in sleep, then whatsoever you do is meditation."

The book is formed of several parts. By first introducing the meaning of meditation, the author passes to the methods, giving very practical advice to avoid being lost in the plentitude of them. Osho's style is encouraging and very transparent, his indications let you start anew if once you have already tried and did not feel at ease. His suggestions concern space, place, inner comfort and a kind to start with. He, for instance, recommends the beginner not to start with sitting meditation, that can provoke much disturbance: "You will become aware of your insane mind and nothing else. You will create depression, you will feel frustrated, you will not feel blissful. Rather you will begin to feel that you are insane. And sometimes you may really go insane!"  

The other book chapters consist of various methods - traditional and invented by Osho - followed by difficulties in meditation as chattering mind, ego, false methods etc. And at the end there are some curious questions to the master that reflexes the most common dilemmas and difficulties a practitioner meets.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (reviewed by Khatchig Khatchadourian):

The book is a narrative, and is divided to three portions: Italy,India, and Indonesia. The three themes are Pursuit of Pleasure,Pursuit of Devotion, and the Pursuit of Balance, respectively. The book is about the author's travels and her experiences in the three countries. I particularly like the India and Indonesia sections,because that is where the author starts to make connections and explore her spiritual depth, but the Italy section is nevertheless entertaining.

Le Second Messie - Les templiers, Le Suaire de Turin et le grand secret de la franc-maçonnerie by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas

According to the authors, right after the especially provoked fire at the Alexandria Library hardly few percent of the Roman Empire population were literate that allowed according these authors to manipulate the belief systems of the population. Let’s take advantage of this gift of literacy and have fun together. The abovementioned book is and interesting version on the stages development of Christianity and its connection with the previous cults in this region. The secrets of the order of the Knights of the Temple and the mysterious canvas with the prints of a human body attributed to Jesus Christ himself. The book contains a lot of historical facts to be worth of reading it, and the scientific approach to the facts we used to have for granted.

Puissance de la pensee by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

This book was chosen by chance: apparently by its size, color and format parameters J and few words read at random in the page open by chance. But once started I could help reading it till the end. Omraam Aivanhov has never wrote any book. All the texts we find are copied after his public lectures and discussions. One could compare this book main idea as “The Secret” seen and retold by an initiate. The power of thought could be applied differently. Aivanhov angle of perception is: the thoughts have power and can form the material reality, but how to form it? Which way to send one’s personal effort – here is a vision of a pure spiritualist. He gives comparison between an ordinary man state and an initiate, giving very “material” explanations and reasons why meditation and concentration should be applied. The text is often illustrated by The New Testament quotations showing unusual logics in its interpretations.

Le Feu du Dedans; La Force du silence by Carlos Castaneda

For those who has never heard about Castaneda’s books let me present these two books as the research of a young ethnologist of the California University on shamanic practices in Mexico, this study drove him through the years to make of him the initiate of these practices and it resulted in many books from the most descriptive to the most abstract ones. For a TJQ practitioner it could become a curious journey of recognizing the same phenomena in the system quite alien to him. The guidance of Don Juan – the main “sorcerer” - draws a magical picture of the world, it involves though the habitual for TJQ values – of refining and purifying the heart, the spirit and the mind. The efforts to achieve this refinement are experimented in real life – so they could inspire the reader for his own explorations. An elegant theory about “petty tyrant” is a magical way to see differently stressful and traumatic situations – again as the means to increase one’s efficiency and capacities; and to diminish one’s self-pity – the main obstacle to live easily and happily.

Another interesting theme of the books – the acute state of consciousness and the phenomena related to it. All to read and find out. Some aspects could sound fantastic or completely absurd for a reasonable reader, the only this I could guarantee – they won’t be boring!

Your Aura and your Chakras (the Owner’s Manual) by Karla McLaven

Another method that allows exercising awareness of oneself and towards others as well as the environment. The book contains techniques of grounding and aura realization as well as creating safe protecting mechanisms without really protecting or blocking. There are exercises to channel emotions, transform destructive images and create inside a sacred place. A big part is dedicated to aura reading. The style is light and reassuring.

Karma for today’s traveler by Phra Bhasakom Bhavilai

A book kindly donated by Youmna Medlej. It was written by a Thai Buddhist monk, former physisit and photographer - translated by his colligue - an America teacher of English. One hundred pages - to explain in modern language the basic concepts of Buddhism, especially the law of karma. It contains quite sophisticated philosophical surveys as well as simple practical advice to follow regularly in everyday life. Since it is a book about connection of the mind and reality - the view is much farther than "The Secret" for example. Really inspiring as the first glimps of Buddhism.

It is a fascinating book that in 90 pages performs an essence of the Buddhist system of Karma. Together with practical advice to what aspects to pay attention it contain charts and this time they are very applicable, as for example 10 virtues in action – body, verbal and mental. All together there is enough information and keys to unfold our own truths.

Les enigmes du vampire by Anne Pouget

The author – a historian, Middle Age specialist, tells an ancient Indian folklore document dating from V century. “In the remote corner of the cemetery there is and ancient tree with a repugnant cadaver hanging on it. The prodigious king Vikrama must carry this incarnation of evil forces to its tomb and learn the secret of Joyful”

The epic document containing 12 stories and 1 unexpected end.

Femmes qui courent avec les loups by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

A fascinating research of myths and realities to show men and women female essence in many aspects of the outside world and to find them in the inside. I am just at the beginning of it and will be able to tell you more soon, unless you decide to discover it yourself.

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho

Another novel of Paulo Coelho. The plot is developing in a remote village of Viscos, where a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven golden bars. He comes searching for the answers to a question that torments him: Are hu! man beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives.
Very amusing internal dialogues and psychological tricks - we all play from time to time. "Viscos is just like any other village in the world, and whatever happens there happens in every continent, city, camp, convent, wherever+"

The Elixir and the Stone - A History of Magic and Alchemy by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh

A book for Harry Potter lovers :-) . To be more serious, let us call it a fine collection of information on the origin and development of a part of human philosophy and ideology that fascinated the most prominent minds of the past. It influenced on the culture and art of the humanity. The book answers to many questions to those who once were eager to quest for! Saint Graal with Harrisson Ford :-)

Mencius

Kindly donated by Ibrahim Khazakka - is a classical work of a well-known Confucius follower. The book is a document witnessing the conversations of Mencius, discussions wi! th princes and answers to their "wise" questions, mostly concerning morality (in phylosopho-psycological way)and virtu of man. Recommended for Chinese culture enthuiasts. Just to give you an example on the style: "When the city walls are not intact and arms are not abundant, it is no disaster for the state, when wasteland is not brought under cultivation and wealth is not accumulated, this, too, is no disaster for the state. But when those above ignore the rites, those below ignore learning, and lawless people arise, then the end of the state is at hand."

Aura Reading Through All Your Senses by Rose Rosetree

A very friendly book, that fits you to gentle and soft intention, increasing you sensibility "through all your senses". It is a gradual course composed of exercises explained in details and answering questions even the dumbest ones. Your would better! find a partner to practice with, or to read it alone to spy by-passers :-)

Maturity – The Responsibility of Being Oneself by Osho

One of the volumes contributing to the creation of an integral vision of Man. Together with "Courage", "Awareness", "Inteligence" "Maturity" offers a lot of material to scan our behavior personal choices, asking ourselves if our state really corresponds to maturity."That what every parent is trying to do - to reproduce copies, carbon copies. Remember, existence accept only the originals." (p.74)

Your Body’s Energy edited by Emma Mitchell

This book consists of many 2-3 page articles written by specialist in the field. They approach human energy through different traditions and methods, i.e. Qigong, Yoga, Massage, Reiki, Relaxation, Stretching, Feng Shui and many others. Considering the size of the article the information is concentrated and correct. It may give an idea to continue later researches. It shows as well the relations among many systems, or relation among body and mind regulations. Big format, clean design, illustrations.

Consciousness. A very Short Introduction by Susan Blackmore

A clean scientific and philosophical approach to the problem of human consciousness. The starting key question: How does it feel to be a bat? It does not teach you but presents a lot of questions with possible answers. (Who knows maybe you can answer better). “How to define a state of consciousness and the state of corresponding brain activities?" You will know many new terms and phenomena from the field of neurology, physiology and the human paradox thinking (Synaesthesia? Occipital lobe? Ventral stream?) . Curious chapters like “Speed and Consciousness”, “Drugs and consciousness”. Funny drawings make it easy to read indeed. The book size is also inviting – 143 page, 15x10cm.

La Revelation des Templiers by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince

That’s where Dan Brown excavated the intrigue for his “Da Vinci Code”. The opening chapter is named: Le code secret de Leonard de Vinci” and so on and so on. The dim places in the Bible, mysterious images in the early Christian churches, the history of the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and other secret societies. A luxury compilation of information of this kind. Read “”The Pendulum of Foucault” By Umberto Ecco – have a cold shower.

Professeur Cheng Man-ch’ing: Un grand maître de Taichi parle by Wolf Lowenthal

Another witness a taiji-mate Wolfe Lowenthal wrote a book about his training together with one of the most prominent contemporary masters Cheng Man Ching. He shares many memories about the master his way of teaching and character. Many thing you know definitely – and many would be quite knew and encouraging.

Corso Pratico di Tai Chi Chuan by Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi

This book is in Italian! But don’t get upset, it is a practical course, so it is very well illustrated and if you try to find out the taiji martial combinations – there are good and clear photos that anyone can follow. So do not wait, borrow the book and visualize or better – find a friend for sparing and pack him with you iron arm in velvet glove.

The Complete Illustrated guide to TAI CHI by Angus Clark

The book is quite complete, it provides a modern non-martial view on taijiquan; let’s say for better living and understanding the complex simplicity of the Universe. The necessary basics are given in a good and well-illustrated way, it could help those who are looking to sum up there knowledge or expose it to others in a systematic way. Exercises for warming up and key movements. Few glimpse of Chi Kong and pushing hands.

Chinese Swordsmanship – The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition by Scott M. Rodell

History, way of the Sword, basic cuts with explained movements with photos as well, secret and public sword forms, martial applications, combat strategies. A book to revise your taiji jian even if the Yang Style form carries some diversity.

Les Contes des Arts Martiaux collected by Pascal Fauliot:

They are short, very short stories, true and “legendary” true coming from Chinese and Japanese traditions. To learn more about the nature of the sword, to escape from the mortal danger with Yang Lu Chan, to learn about Tea Ceremony and how it helps in Bu Do (martial arts) – and many other stories to read, meditate on and share with brothers and children.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne:

Decide what you need in your life, then: Step 1 - Ask, Step 2- Believe, Step 3 - Receive. As simple as this to explain, but a way to explore by yourself. This is the main meaning of the Secret. Related scientifically with quantum physics theory this vision explains how your decision becomes a physical vector directed towards one of the possible types of reality existing in the Universe. A great inspiration to start traveling in the space of opportunities.

Notre Corps – Cette Prodigieuse Machine:

Originally written in German, these are 400 pages of richly illustrated articles about systems, rules and phenomena of our lovely physical form. A great sense of humor – “The most important muscle to climb up is the brain” – a remark from and a mountain climber.

The Future of the Body (Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature) by Michael Murphy:

It is an impressive collection of tendencies and phenomena in every aspect of human nature: physiology, psychology, parapsychology, philosophy and other fields. By paging this work one comes across with titles like: Pain and Pleasure, Extraordinary Communication abilities, Eye Coordination and Dexterity, The Charismas of Catholic Saints and Mystics …– possible and impossible directions in the evolution of the human race.

The Ultimate Athlete by George Leonard:

A book to read for the athletes looking to communicate with a proper
body. What is a modern sport activity, what you can discover through
it, how to cross imaginary and real boundaries of our organism, to
overcome limitations. To have fun in sport and to play happily the
Game of Games.

L’art de la realisation by Chandra Swami:

This book is about a timeless idea of self-realization. Surprisingly it reads very familiar, but notions and the way of seeing things are different for habitual Chinese “amateurs”. The main chapters are:
I. Does the God exist?
II. An the God be known?
III. Fundamental Qualifications
IV. Spiritual contemplation and meditation
V. Some exterior experiences
VI. The Praying
VII. Start here and now.

Rituals for Sacred Living by Jane Alexander:

For more consciousness in in your life – for better and happier home create your own living rituals. Small glimpses to fill your life with new sense, tastes, smells, emotions. Nice illustrations.

The Gospel of Judas from Codex Tchacos, edited by Rodolph Kasser, Mawin Meyer and Gregor Wurst. National Geographic 2006:

Coming from the division of Faith – this book is something special – The Gospel of Judas – few years ago would sound scandalous – and it still does. Do not feel afraid – they will not burn you for reading it – not any more. Found in the 50-es in Egypt this manuscript illustrates the diversity of visions among early Christians about “who Jesus is and how one should follow him”

Traite des cinq roues by Miyamoto Musashi:

A famous book written by an invincible samurai of XVI century a few months before his death, it is named after the five elements composing the universe according the Taoist tradition. Symbolically he attributed certain components of the Art of Sword to certain elements: basic qualities and facilities of this arm come with “Earth” (basic element), positioning and limb works with “Water”, as well as other “water” strategies as sticking and following. “Fire” deals with application of extra energy – taking initiative, dominating, producing a cry, intimidating etc. “Air” – characteristics of other schools and traditions – to know and understand the others’ way of acting. These are four primordial components. The fifth is the “Emptiness” – the description takes two pages but as the masters says “Think well about it” – and I let you discover it by your own.

The Tao of Gung Fu – A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art, by Bruce Lee:

This book is a result of many years of experience of martial arts, a carefully created system collecting everything efficient and cleaning away useless – a great master as Bruce Lee could afford doing. Except its technique and tactics basics the book is interesting for its philosophical content – Bruce Lee studied and applied the ancient principles in his “modern” fight system. In the way of martial artist development he writes about three stages – Primitive stage, stage of Art and stage of Artlessness. (Sounds familiar?). It is a stage of cultivated ignorance – to create new. Discover the rest!
“I’d like to inform the public that the gung fu cannot be mastered in just “three easy lessons”. Intelligent thinking and hard work are required.” - Bruce Lee

Chi Gung – Chinese Healing Energy and Natural Magick, by L.V. Carnie:

Lily Carnie – has devoted her life to the study and practice of QiCong. A different book on QiCong, in this understanding it is a beginning of another perception of life. Nothing of the traditional exercises is altered, and still a big part of the book is dedicated to various exercises to spread QiCong state in other systems and moments. All the tricks to increase the intensity of being (touch, smell, mental exercises, learning from other being and objects, from a Wicca's point of view).

The Future Healer. Spirit Communication on Healing. Ronald Henry, Dc ND, with Kevin Ryerson:

Ronald Henry (chiropractor and naturopath) writes down his personal experiences of spiritual channelling during his healing practices with Kevin Ryerson (thirty years of exploring intuition, past lives and altered states of consciousness) who helped Ronald in his communications. The book carries a very important message of common responsibility of the humanity toward its future and the hope that we are not being alone in the attempt to create a better world.

The True Power of Water by Masaru Emoto:

The author of “The Hidden Message in Water” (existing in CD video version in the library), a Japanese scientist, explains his method of detecting water quality and his experiments showing magical potential of water to absorb and transmit “information” (? Finally a reasonable explanation for all kinds of water rituals! In this book he emphasizes on healing with water. An alternative way to stop your influenza! – And more than this, since we are 70% made of water! Guess what? (Knowledge to practice daily)

L’aventure Supreme (L’experience du Siddha Yoga), Peter Hayes:

Twenty years after the publication of this book people seem less interested in yoga. It seems so known – sutras and mantras. The modern fashion brings us to new systems, even if they are as old as this one. You will meet Indian terms, but do not worry; it will show amazing similarity to the systems you know already. Just a slightly new view point, to doubt and to ask. It’s curious as well to see how these ideas are perceived twenty years later. “Reflechissez. Si le Soi etait concient de son omnipresence, il ne pourrait pas prendre les formes individuelles. Si il savait qu’il etait Dieu, il ne pourrait faire semblant d’etre un trottoir, du jus de pommes, vous et moi.” ? p.66 – personally I like paradoxal thinking, one of the expressions of which is a sense of humour.

The Complete Illustrated guide to TAI CHI by Angus Clark:

The book is quite complete, it provides a modern non-martial view on taijiquan; let’s say for better living and understanding the complex simplicity of the Universe. The necessary basics are given in a good and well-illustrated way, it could help those who are looking to sum up there knowledge or expose it to others in a systematic way. Exercises for warming up and key movements. Few glimpse of Chi Kong and pushing hands.

Chinese Swordsmanship – The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition – by Scott M. Rodell:

History, way of the Sword, basic cuts with explained movements with photos as well, secret and public sword forms, martial applications, combat strategies. A book to revise your taiji jian even if the Yang Style form carries some diversity.

ChengTzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan by Cheng Man Ch'ing:

A fine book written by a well-known Chinese master, whose life story is very inspiring. Taking the name after the "Sun's Book of War in thirteen parts" he composed his own classic for foreigners looking for perfection of their body and mind. It is illustrated by photos of the author. There is a section of Tui Shou with five basic movements. Apart from Yang Style Cheng Man Ch'ing practiced the book has a lot of values about general methods in taijiquan. There is an attachment of Taijiquuan Classical texts.

From the series TEACH YOURSELF - Tai Chi - Robert Parry:

In spite of its simplicity it is still a valuable book. I found good advice for foot positioning and weight distribution. There is advice to keep your life balanced and practice taiji in every day life. No martial use, no Tui Shou.

Mastering Yang style Taijiquan by Fu Zhongwen:

A classic on the Yang Style form execution. It is written by a student of Yang Chengfu - a legendary Yang master of the XX century. It describes in detail every movement from the "long" Yang form, giving the full name, precise movement description, important points and
possible mistakes. Besides it gives once again The ten Taiji essentials and clear dynamics of taiji basic movements: Grasp Sparrow's Tail. There is explanation for basic Tui Shou with fixed feet position and active feet position. Can be useful to find correspondences with 42 movements form which is mostly composed with Yang movements. By the way the postures in the pictures are not so high.

Pensées de Jade by Pierre Boudreau:

A many-year taiji Canadian practitioner is discussing about the art, its philosophy, application, mutation power etc. Many observations are interesting as if it a class-mate, a comrade speaking about a common thing. Many new details about history of styles, stylistic differences, taiji poetry. But as well the perspective taiji offers for a modern human and the limitations of this “elixir”. Approach you cannot find in Chinese classics.

Professeur Cheng Man-ch’ing un grand maitre de Tai chi parle – Wolf Lowenthal:

Another witness a taiji-mate Wolfe Lowenthal wrote a book about his training together with one of the most prominent contemporary masters Cheng Man Ching. He shares many memories about the master his way of teaching and character. Many thing you know definitely – and many would be quite knew and encouraging.

Corso Pratico di Tai Chi Chuan by Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi:

This book is in Italian! But it is a practical course, so it is very well illustrated and if you try to find out the taiji martial combinations – there are good and clear photos that anyone can follow. So do not wait, borrow the book and visualize or better – find a friend for sparing and pack him with you iron arm in velvet glove (you may borrow a glove as well).

Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, Osho:

This man was born in the 30-s in India, died in the 90-s and lived his life in many countries in a way that many breathed with relief when he died and many more continue being his supporters. Special for his personal language, sense of humor and controversy. Even if you do not agree - you will enjoy it. It is not a light genre of reading anyway! (NB - there is a way to fight with flies)

Your Body's Energy - General Editor Emma Mitchell.:

This book consists of many 2-3 page articles written by specialist in the field. They approach human energy through different traditions and methods, i.e. Qigong, Yoga, Massage, Reiki, Relaxation, Stretching, Feng Shui and many others. Considering the size of the article the
information is concentrated and correct. It may give an idea to continue later researches. It shows as well the relations among many systems, or relation among body and mind regulations. Big format, clean design, illustrations.

Consciousness. A very Short Introduction - by Susan Blackmore:

A clean scientific and philosophical approach to the problem of human consciousness. The starting key question: How does it feel to be a bat? It does not teach you but presents a lot of questions with possible answers. (Who knows maybe you can answer better). "How to define a state of consciousness and the state of corresponding brain activities?" You will know many new terms and phenomena from the field of neurology, physiology and the human paradox thinking (Synaesthesia? Occipital lobe? Ventral stream?) . Curious chapters like "Speed and Consciousness", "Drugs and consciousness". Funny drawings make it easy to read indeed. The book size is also inviting - 143 page, 15x10cm.

La Revelation des Templiers - Lynn Picknett- Clive Prince:

That's where Dan Brown excavated the intrigue for his "Da Vinci Code". The opening chapter is named: Le code secret de Leonard de Vinci" and so on and so on. The dim places in the Bible, mysterious images in the early Christian churches, the history of the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and other secret societies. A luxury compilation of information of this kind. Read ""The Pendulum of Foucault" By Umberto Ecco - have a cold shower.

Santana - Une expérience de vie auprès de maître Goenka en Inde:

Dominique Godreche followed the teaching of breath meditation (Anapana) with a famous Buddhist master. The technique which is very simple - breathing observation -inspired the author to share his experience of personal transmutation. Through his practice he became convinced that Anapana could help drug-addicts in their attempt to quit. He tells about his work in this field explaining that a drug-addict as an individual who found a channel to divinity and how he should be really treated. It is 200 pages to keep under the pillow.

Zen et Christianisme - et l'enseignement de Maitre Deshimaru, Evelyn de Smedt:

For an individual unconsciously brought up on Christian basis - it would be very interesting to see the sophisticated pattern of connections and interferences between Buddhism and Christianity. A Buddhist monk - tried to do first steps to integrate the "internal" aspects of both religions. The book informs about basic Buddhist doctrine, and notions that seem common for Christianity as well (take in consideration the differences of the original conditions): Bodhisattva and Saint, the Nature of Buddha and the God is in everything, illusions and sins. It gives you a fresher enriching view on your "inherited" religion.

Message des Hommes Vrais au monde mutant, Marlo Morgan:

Being a personal experience the book is really amazing. The biggest surprise for me was to discover at the end of reading that the writer is a woman - it is not clear from the name and taking into account all the dangerous adventures she lived in the book. Through her courageous spirit we learn about the of Australian aborigine society , amazingly existing along with the "white civilization" but refusing the "artificial" life in the cities and calling themselves "real men". Herbs instead of medicines, telepathy instead of telephone, and communion with animals instead of psychologist - all this produced a big change in her vision of human adventure called life. "Il y a eu croissance spirituelle parce que je considérais comme un dû m'a été refuse et que j'ai pris conscience de la dualité".

Conscious Evolution (Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential) by Barbara Marx Hubbard:

It seems that all Marx family has a futurist tendency. The first experiment on "constructing a just society where everybody would be happy" was done at the beginning of the XX century. (I mean socialist countries). With all the positive and disastrous consequences. Now standing in front of a new spiral of evolution we can try to see what is in the agenda of futurist vision for the humanity for the XXI century. A new Marx system! It collects a lot of interesting information of "new Age" kind and shows the futuristic vision of the society with and approach integrating the personal and social needs; it includes the Attraction Law and the last achievements in psychology and Sciences etc. It is really inspiring - and worth reading... Just, excuse me, as a product of the 1st socialist experiment I feel that it is still a vision of an American; meanwhile the world is such a melting pot, various and constantly changing. One thing is indoubtful - everybody has an important role in our future.

Le Pendule by Sig Lonegren:

It is a playful book on a serious subject. A manual of using pendulum as an art of divination (known as well as "radiesthesie"). Fascinating and unusual, difficult to believe and still functioning. Try it by yourself (sorry for the commercial slogan - it is a technique the book gives many applications but you could find much more by yourself). Make a break try pendulum!

Lao-Tseu TAO TE KING (Le Livre de la Voie et de Virtue) ed. Mille Et Une Nuits 1996 - complete text parallelly with the Chinese original:

it was impossible for me to "read" this book, the acceptable approach is to read a chapter before sleeping and try to meditate while falling asleep. Psychologically liberating. There are interesting Notes with detailed explanations of translation ambiguities and cultural peculiarities.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey , ed. A Signet Book, 1963:

A novel - for those who have never seen the film (starring Jack Nicolson) it would create an explosive effect - for those who have - still very interesting - since the language is affecting and elaborated - so you would be fascinated by your own pictures. The novel environment is a Mental Institution Department, the view angle - are the visions of a huge giant Indian patient working as a janitor there, the main character - Randle Patrick McMurphy - a boisterous, fun-loving rebel challenging the lifeless peace of the Big Nurse. The shocking climax of the story makes its metaphorical meaning much larger than the doctor-patient conflict.

Le Magnetisme Personnel - Valery Ramponi , ed. Editions de Vecchi, 1989:

A book occasionally got in my hands - It was probably due to the desire of personal charisma. It is a good illustration of how the "internal development" literature has changed during the last 20 years. This book is very useful for those who have no idea how to start - with the title of personal magnetism it presents useful exercises of relaxation, meditation, ways to activate imagination - i.e. to start searching for internal resources. Nevertheless it is a big melting pot - from "creating magnetic power of look" to "meditation exercises with mandalas". One of the advantages - no words difficult to understand and easy to assimilate information.

Intelligence - The Creative Response to Now - Osho, ed. St.Martin's Grifin, 2004:

Osho challenges the idea that the best way to promote intelligence is to train intellect. Intellect is logical, he says, intelligence is paradoxical. Osho believes that when our educational system put too much emphasis on development intellect, an unbalance is created and both individual and society suffer. It is only though intelligence that we can respond creati vely to the challenges of a challenging world.

The parent's Tao Te Ching - Wiliam Martin(ancient advice for modern parents) ed. Marlowe and Co, New York 1999:

Applying or rather embodying the Taoist principles in our relations with children, in the forms of rhymed prose - there are 81 of them each with a title and an ink illustration. To let you touch it - here is one:
Perfection

If you expect to have perfect children
You will be constantly disappointed
And your children
Constantly frustrated.
If you realize that your children
Are perfectly themselves
In every moment
You and your children
will be in peace.

You child's behaviour may displease you
It may even be destructive
But it is what it is
It is up to you to understand it
And to use it for good for your child
And for you.

This book is so gentle that the message flows inside without creating any resistance; it could be for the actual parents and "still children" as well.

Movies and Documentaries

Save the Last Dance
Step Up
Stomp the Yard
Companie Kafig
The first three of them are light-hearted comedies with a lot of dancing, ballet and hip-hop and black street dance, to observe their body potential for the Thursday and Saturday classes! Companie Kafig – theatre performances of a modern expressive dance group with its own style, a lot of acrobatics as well.