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October 2017
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Lisa's October Insights

Hello Friends! Autumn is officially here and the turning of the wheel that brings a time that offers physical rest after months of action and much movement. October starts us on a journey that is more contemplative and allows our bodies to rest after the harvest. This time of the year encourages us to listen more to our inner stirrings and to become reflective as we get ready to be less physically active and prepare mentally for the long nights ahead. I personally think there is real magic in the air this time of the year. We can now focus on our more primal needs now without the distractions that spring and summer bring. This is a time to exhale, find comfort in both our homes and our hearts and guilt free stillness here under the growing veil of darkness.

#1. The Werewolf comes to us as asks us to think about letting go, trusting the process of change that unfolds in front of us and to in a sense, let our wild instinctual side out. When man becomes the beast he has no choice but to go with the flow. He cannot control the shape shifting. He is forced to go into an altered state of instinct, strength and freedom. He is forced to allow his primal dominate side to take over and does not pander to anyone's notion but his own. The werewolf is a creature of wild abandon and is in-tune with his most basic instincts and allows his senses to guide him. He is not inhibited by the watchful and critical eye society, family and friends etc. He listens solely to himself and his own voice. The Werewolf comes to us and asks us where can we be more wild and free in our lives? Where can we rip off the constraints of societal expectations? Where can we allow our souls, our primal needs and instincts to run freely? These questions are not to be answered quickly or through whimsy. The Werewolf asks us to go and look deeper into some of our primal needs as we move to The Underworld.

#2. The Underworld image can be a scary place and conger images of hell and demons. But this card is not about that. This Underworld card is actually about new beginnings, transitions and changing course. Not unlike The Death card in traditional tarot decks, this card asks us to look at where we need to start over. What can we let go of once and for all?? Just as the Werewolf asks us to look deeper so does The Underworld. What needs or ideas have we buried deep that need to be transformed? What deep seated urges have we ignored for a more authentic life? The Underworld asks us to be still and meditative. To give these primal stirrings the time they need to manifest clearly and to honour them but taking our time and to have them to surface without judgment. Allow the vast space of The Underworld to bring you clarity and re-birth. Once we acknowledge and plant these new seeds of authenticity and change we need a little light to help them grow as so we given the gift of the Lamp.

#3. The Lamp card is that asks us to acknowledge where we need to shine light on our growth, sacrifices and lessons but also on the gifts we can learn from those who came before us. It is a time to honour and reflect upon those who came before us. The Lamp is a reminder that as we contemplate the transitions we make in our lives that we learn from those women who came before us. Who can inspire us? Who from the past can help illuminate our challenging but exciting new path? This card asks us to not only learn for the wise and strong women of the past but also to thank them and honour them for the gifts they pass onto us. There is much wisdom to be gained from centuries of women who have paved these paths for us. Both those we knew as family and those we did not.

The Aura Observation Card is a reminder to take a look around at who we surround ourselves with and if these people and circumstances are in accordance with the transitions we seek. Watch, listen and learn. What once needed to be a part of your journey may no longer be helpful or needed. Observe what you have outgrown and no longer serves your highest good. Be aware of people who affect our aura energy. How do they make us feel about the journey we are moving towards? Be more aware of the energies around us and how they affect us Contemplation and insight can not only be restorative but will help guide us in the direction we need to go. This brings us to the 8 of Cups.

#5 The 8 of Cups our final card, is a message to give ourselves the time and space needed to figure out these deep shadowy issues before us. Finding a way to give ourselves safe, quiet time we need to go within and reflect. Look at our situation and ask what stays and what goes. What makes us feel whole, worthy and alive? What is stale, hurtful or outgrown?? The 8 of cups allows us to go far and deep into the cave of our hearts and minds to make these decisions. This is not a card of quick action. It is long and heartfelt. Consideration everyday will help you create the energy and awareness needed for most authentic changes, re-birth and renewal. Like the figure in the card give ourselves permission to turn away from the chaos of everyday life and find some inner peace. Enjoy and embrace the journey friends. Change is scary but do not fear transition and change as it can bring freedom and peace that we wonder how we lived without.

Happy Halloween and Merry Samhain xo

Much love to you all, Lisa G.
Crystals that can help at this time:
smokey quartz, hematite, rose quartz (always!), black tourmaline, turquoise, tigers eye and citrine
Decks Used:
1. The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco
2. Divination of the Ancients by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free & Flavia Kate Peters
3. Witches Tarot by Ellen Dugan

We live in difficult times, leaving far too many of us suffering from anxiety and depression, fear and anger. In her new and most anticipated work since Loving What Is, beloved spiritual teacher Byron Katie provides a much-needed beacon of light, and a source of hope and joy.

In A Mind at Home with Itself, Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated in these pages by Stephen Mitchell) to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts, using her revolutionary system of self-inquiry called “The Work.” Byron Katie doesn’t merely describe the awakened mind; she empowers us to see it and feel it in action. At once startlingly fresh and powerfully enlightening, A Mind at Home with Itself offers us a transformative new perspective on life and death.

In the midst of a normal American life, Byron Katie became increasingly depressed and over a ten-year period sank further into despair and suicidal thoughts. Then one morning in 1986 she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her. Its direct result, The Work, has helped millions of people all over the world to question their stressful thoughts and set themselves free from suffering.

ISBN: 978-0062651600 * HarperOne, 2017 * 302 pages * $34.99


How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around

Byron Katie

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The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Brené Brown

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“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

ISBN: 978-0812995848 * Random House, 2017 * 208 pages * $37.00

Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection—a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success.

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today's Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide.

At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become. There have been monopolists in the past but today's corporate giants have far more nefarious aims. They’re monopolists who want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our decision-making. Until now few have grasped the sheer scale of the threat. Foer explains not just the looming existential crisis but the imperative of resistance.

ISBN: 978-1101981115 * Penguin Press, 2017 * 257 pages * $36.00

The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Franklin Foer

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The Wonder Method

Alain and Jody Herriott
with Tyler Odysseus

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Come with us on a journey of discovery as we uncover new and powerful healing states full of wonder and possiblity, and then show you how to use these techniques for yourself! From these healing states, we expand into the realm of emotional healing, self-discovery, and the philosophical and spritual implications of a fundamentally flexible reality.

In this book you will learn to:

  • Enter a wondrous state of being for powerful energy healing.
  • Rediscover your true self through feeling and wonder.
  • Free yourself from the drama in your life.
  • Be fully immersed in joy.
  • Solve problems in unique and wondrous ways.
  • Use life's challenges as a tool to set you free.
  • Dream a whole new reality into being.
  • Find balance and even enlightenment.

ISBN: 978-0998103501 * Herriott, Herriot, & Odysseus, 2016 * 241 pages * $27.95

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain.

Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the "I" as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate, either in the waking state or in a lucid dream, we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as "me." We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self.

Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life's profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.

ISBN: 978-0231136952 * Columbia University Press, 2015 * 453 pages * $32.95


Self and Consciousness in Neruoscience, Meditation and Philosophy

Evan Thompson

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How Meditation Works

Shinzen Young

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“Enlightenment”—is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now—and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions.

For decades, one of the most engaging teachers of our time has illuminated the many dimensions of awakening—but solely at his live retreats and on audio recordings. Now, with The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to readers an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences.

As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore:

  • Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths
  • How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice
  • Concentration, clarity, and equanimity—the core catalysts of awakening
  • Impermanence—its many aspects and how to work with them
  • Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self
  • Purification and clarification—how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work
  • Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more
For meditators of all levels and beliefs—especially those who think they’ve heard it all—this many-faceted gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.

ISBN: 978-1591794608 * Sounds True, 2016 * 230 pages * $29.95

In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India—400 years before the birth of Christ, when the foundations of western science and philosophy were being laid by the great minds of Ancient Greece—a prince turned ascetic wanderer sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was discovering the astonishing capabilities of the human brain and the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual “enlightenment,” the foundation of Buddhism.

Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha’s Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial and so important for human beings across time. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support and have been proven to be effective in combating many contemporary psychiatric disorders. Siddhartha posited that “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” As we are increasingly driven to distraction by competing demands, our ability to focus and control our thoughts has never been more challenged—or more vital.

Siddhartha’s Brain offers a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why meditative practice has never been more important.

ISBN: 978-0062403872 * William Morrow, 2017 * 343 pages * $21.00

Unlocking the Ancient
Science of Enlightenmnet

James Kingsland

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The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Robert Wright

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Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

ISBN: 978-1439195451 * Simon & Schuster, 2017 * 321 pages * $36.00

Leah Guy believes that disconnection is the root of all fear, and the attempt at letting go causes more problems than it solves. Debunking the myth of detachment and other popular New Age ideologies, she emphasizes that there's no escapism in emotional healing. Rather, the process is about putting the personal pieces of your heart, mind, and soul back together again. The Fearless Path offers a radical approach that will heal trauma, fear, heartache, and mental and physical health.

Overcoming anxiety, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and addiction using the principles in this book, Leah has spent her life helping others find relief and freedom from personal afflictions.

In The Fearless Path, you will learn:

  • Why “letting go” is the worst advice for healing, and how to really move on.
  • How to understand the stories your energy system tells about your mind, body, and spirit-and how to rewrite the script.
  • How to transform fear and anxiety into love and inner peace.
  • Why the law of attraction isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • Find strength and serenity in the midst of a personal storm.

ISBN: 978-1632650870 * New Page Books, 2017 * 219 pages * $20.95

A Radical Awakening to Emotional Healing and Inner Peace

Leah Guy

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How to Be Kind & Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation

Tami Simon, Editor

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Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still have trouble with one essential challenge: self-acceptance. How do we stop from constantly judging ourselves as inadequate, finding fault with our bodies, or being plagued by our inner critics? The Self-Acceptance Project was created to help us find a solution. In this collection of essays, contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity offer insights and teachings for truly embracing who we are no matter what our circumstances, including:
  • "Waking Up from the Trance of Unworthiness”—Tara Brach illuminates the source of self-rejection and offers a powerful process to reverse unconscious patterns
  • "Compassion for the Self-Critic”—Dr. Kristin Neff shows how self-judgment is often a misplaced but well-meaning survival instinct
  • "Held, Not Healed”—Jeff Foster on making the space to accept anything that arises with open-hearted curiosity
  • No Strangers in the Heart”—poet Mark Nepo helps us reconnect to the sense of deep aliveness that we were born with
  • "Taking in the Good”—Dr. Rick Hanson offers effective neuroscience-based insights and practices for overcoming our “negativity bias”
  • "Transforming Self-Criticism into Self-Compassion”—Dr. Kelly McGonigal reveals practical strategies for changing the habitual way we treat ourselve
Why is it often so much easier to feel compassion and forgiveness toward others than toward ourselves? Where do our self-critical voices come from? Can we be motivated to grow and excel while still accepting ourselves as we are? In these 19 offerings, some of today’s most trusted teachers share their most valuable practices and techniques for building confidence, transforming our relationship with our inner critics, and using any circumstance as an opportunity to treat ourselves with kindness, compassion, and love.

ISBN: 978-1622034673 * Sounds True, 2016 * 187 pages * $22.95

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52 inspiring messages to help you open up to the power of the Universe.

This inspiring 52-card deck offers spiritual guidance to help you find strength when you are down, synchronicity and support when you are lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy in all circumstances. Now it is in your hands. Surrender to the guidance that the cards provide, practice patience and peace, and trust that the Universe has your back.

ISBN: 978-1781809334 * Hay House, 2017 * 52-card deck * $26.99

A 52-card Deck

Gabrielle Bernstein
Artwork by Micaela Ezra

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Activation Cards for the Soul

Nari Anastarsia


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The Cosmic Reading Cards activate your soul to the memory of its true creative potential with 36 visionary artworks containing daily healing messages for growth, clarity and direction.

Working in unison with the spirit of Mother Earth, who invokes a universal energy that is sacred and ancient, the Cosmic Reading Cards have been created with the highest energy: love.

The joyous artworks and messages have been channeled by loving sages and teachers of our higher consciousness; and will assist you to move through the worlds within this realm of enlightenment with greater understanding and ease.

Trust in the spirit that moves through these messages connecting you to your inner God/Goddess. Whether you are a first-time pilgrim of the soul or already in tune with your psychic abilities, these cards will act as a channel for inspired spiritual insight and a powerful tool for transformation.

ISBN: 978-1925017946 * Rockpool Publishing, 2017 * 36 cards * $31.95

The chakras are powerful energy centers located in your subtle body. Unknown to many people, these vortexes of life energy govern and regulate your physical body. According to the ancient Tantric and Vedic scriptures of India, there are 14 chakras, seven major ones along your spinal column, and seven others, most of which are located in your brain. Each chakra performs a specific function and is associated with discrete body parts and aspects of mind.

Each chakra (or “wheel”) has a hub, where subtle energy conduits intersect; and spokes, which are radiations of subtle energy. Chakras are often likened to lotuses, and the radiations of energy are equated with lotus petals. The lotus petals on six of the seven major chakras comprise the entire Sanskrit alphabet, and the seventh major chakra vibrates all 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet.

Each left-hand page in Color Your Chakras includes a description and explanation of each chakra or chakra deity. Each right-hand page is an appropriate drawing. The explanations include information about the drawings and the specific colors that are mentioned in the scriptures of ancient India.

ISBN: 978-1632650412 * New Page Books, 2016 * 120 pages * $16.95

An Interactive Way to Understand
the Energy Centers of the Body

Susan Shumsky

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