Book Signing Event for Healing Circle Puzzles by Cindy O’Neil at The Purple Door in Kingston, Sat. Dec. 15th

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Holiday gift buying can be an emotionally and financially gruelling experience, so Canadian author Cindy O’Neil is aiding philanthropy with her newly released Healing Circle Puzzles book, and helping shoppers give three times at once.

Healing Circle Puzzles – Word Searches beyond words is a unique book that Cindy began creating in the winter of 2001 after having just been released from a month long stay in hospital and diagnosed with severe, systemic Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

From December 1st to 31st O’Neil is donating $4 from each Healing Circle Puzzles book sold.  The donations will be divided evenly, with $2 each going to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) respectively.

“The people who buy my book are showing their trust in me, and supporting Cindy Head Shotme as an independent writer. Every purchase is a big deal to me because of the sense of connection it builds.” says the author. “I want to extend that connection and say thank you by giving to society at large.”

Online purchasing is available from the book’s website https://www.passionatepuzzler.com

The public is invited to join Cindy for this upcoming book signing of Healing Circle Puzzles in Kingston, Ontario:

Saturday, December 15th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Purple Door Books & Gifts
376 Barrie St., Kingston ON 7K7 3T4

I haven’t been able to donate blood for years due to my health. Before the RA struck I donated regularly.” states Cindy. “That’s one of the reasons I chose the CRC. Both organizations do incredibly important work while maintaining higher than 87% efficiency in spending. The donation helps the organizations and people who buy the book because they get to give three times at once.

About the book:
Healing Circle Puzzles combines original paintings and photos with unusually crafted word searches.  Full colour images by very talented, undiscovered artists are featured throughout. Puzzle themes encompass things that helped Cindy’s healing: positive thoughts, music, books, therapies, foods and more.

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Cindy, Susan Brecht (owner of The Purple Door) and I hope that you’ll join us for this special book signing event.  Healing Circle Puzzles truly makes for the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person on your list!

For more information, email http://www.cindyoneil.com/contact
705-207-4123.  Learn more about Cindy at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorandSongwriterCindyONeil

Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide For Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace by Dawn James

Book Review
Title: Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace
Author: Dawn James
Publisher: Lotus Moon Press
Released: 2010
Pages: 172
ISBN-10: 0986537810
ISBN-13: 978-0-9865378-1-3
Stars: 3.5

Canadian author, vibrational healer and public speaker (Toastmaster) Dawn James believes that “all you need is within you.” She proves her point most eloquently in her informative, well-researched and helpful guide book, Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace. In it, Dawn provides her readers with the knowledge they will need to truly raise their vibration in order to transform their lives and she also believes that healing begins with you. Her 20 years of research, interviews and experience is evident on each and every page.

Vibrational frequency is the constant rate of electrical flow that is measurable between two points.” In her book, Dawn covers various subjects and their vibrational frequencies including, the vibration and health connection, making conscious choices, food and drink, detoxification, mass media, breath work, essential oils, chakras, gems and crystals, sound and colour, nature, meditation, gratitude, and forgiveness among other things. She has presented an all-encompassing plan for personal action and included easy to read charts, key messages, tips and exercises that will assist you with your own plan. This is an exceptional physiological, psychological, spiritual and holistic guide book that you will refer to again and again.

Dawn’s chapter on Detoxification was particularly interesting, as was the Brain Waves-Stress-Health Connection which for someone like me who suffers from poor sleep proved to be quite thought-provoking:

“There are four basic brain waves: beta, alpha, theta, and delta, which are linked to different states of brain functioning and different states of consciousness. Each of the four brain waves is good for some activities; however, we can become imbalanced or stressed by overstimulating some brain wave states and ignoring or suppressing others. For instance, if we cannot turn on theta or delta brain waves, we can suffer from insomnia, restlessness and impatience.”

While much of Dawn’s book reads like a text book, I was truly moved by her personal story in the chapter on The Vibration of Forgiveness and concur that it is so true that forgiveness is about personal power and it’s a process for finding peace. The final chapter, Living in Love, contains one of my favourite paragraphs:

“By actively choosing to raise your personal vibration, you are choosing to love yourself by removing stress and regaining vitality, by transcending your ego-mind to your higher mind of Divine Wisdom and by living in harmony to experience oneness with all aspects of yourself. Self-love is like the seed from which love for all others is born.”

Dawn James, who is also formally trained in Reiki and distance healing, and lives on purpose, will be facilitating a Raise Your Vibration workshop in Kingston, Ontario on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 2pm – 6pm at The Purple Door Books & Metaphysical Gifts. With your workshop fee of $65, you receive a copy of Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life and the afternoon promises to be an inspirational one of high vibrations and friendly fellowship! Dawn will teach you the “laws of vibration and how they can be used to repel disease, increase vitality and cultivate inner peace” and you will take home your own personal action plan for transforming your life. She hopes to see you there!

For a complete list of Dawn’s upcoming workshops all over Ontario and Quebec, visit her website at www.raiseyourvibration.ca.

The Wizard Within (Gold Edition) by Albert Thor

Book Review
Title: The Wizard Within (Gold Edition)
Author: Albert Thor
Publisher: Soul Purpose
Re-released: 2008
Pages: 318
ISBN 10 – 0969587309
ISBN 13 – 978-0969587309
Stars: 4.5

Jay Wiles should be ecstatic, but he’s not. A 33-year-old advertising executive, who quit his M.B.A. program two months shy of graduating because he felt his mind could not process any more learning, lives with his bank manager wife of 9 years, Liz, in a state that can only be described to most people as “the Good Life.” Jay and Liz have already paid off the mortgage on their lovely home with an in-ground pool and they talk about having a baby, next year…possibly.

Jay has been having profoundly strange dreams of late, in which a wizard, dressed much like Merlin might have, inhabits his dreams and encourages him to ask himself why he is not ecstatic and what he has to do in order to slay the Serpentine Dragon that haunts his nightmares. The wizard continues to make guest appearances in Jay’s dreams and upon waking, leaves him in a confused and vulnerable state; questioning everything about the life he’s made for himself.

Why has sex with his wife lost most of its spontaneity and passion?

“All of my life something has bugged me about this world – nothing I’ve ever put my finger on but something that comes and goes like a cool pocket of air that causes me to stop and shiver. I mean just look around you, Liz, surely you must feel it, too…There’s something wrong with the government, with religion, with education, with our economy, with the very basis of our lives and yet I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly. It’s like there’s something evil about this world that we can’t ever escape…So we’re left fighting even our own sexual urges. And if you think about it the ultimate question is this: Why are we terrified of being who and what we really are, why are we so divided from our natural selves?”

And so begins the journey of enlightenment of Jay Wiles. And it just might be driving him stark raving mad.

In the meantime, we follow Gail, a 45-year-old therapist for Individual and Family Counseling Inc. and her most recent client, Vanesa, who is proving to be nothing like the person Gail initially thought she was. Vanesa is a tall, handsome woman with short, black hair who dresses conservatively and is an executive for her company. She makes important decisions and tells people what to do every day. However, she’s been having an incredibly intense, life-changing affair with a mystery married man who is taking her to the outer limits of everything she ever knew about herself and is changing her in overwhelming ways. Her mystery lover writes the most remarkable poems for her that she shares with Gail in therapy, as they both try to make some sense of where he’s coming from and what he’s all about.

“As long as people believe the lie that wisdom is outside of themselves and is acquired, they are forever lost…”

There are no chapters in The Wizard Within but at the beginning of each new section there is a thought-provoking and often profound introductory paragraph in bold and italics that challenges the reader to think.

“As long as we mistakenly externalize the source of the experience of wonderment we will always give false credit to things outside of ourselves like a person, place, object or activity. Once we have been removed from ourselves we move further and further from ourselves: we look for ourselves outside of ourselves.”

Jay Wiles undergoes the quintessential spiritual transformation in The Wizard Within against the background of training for running his first marathon, the 79th City Marathon, and while many of those around him think he’s lost his mind and should be contained within the walls of a psych ward, Jay is convinced that he’s discovered the Ultimate Truth of the Universe – “I am you and you are me because we are the Eternal me∞, the experiential part of the Universe which is Immortal.” We are all connected. We are God because God is within us. We cannot search for a higher meaning to life through a god outside of ourselves, all we have to do is be willing to take the risk of going deep within (into the belly of the Serpent) and realize that there is no fear, no anxiety, no risk in pure acceptance.

Jay is left in charge of Mindbenders ad agency while his boss Ted goes on a two month adventurous kayaking vacation in Peru. This is Jay’s chance to start changing the world with his new found wisdom and truth. He now knows that “Consumerism is the symbolic equivalent of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as our own fallible creation becomes the agent of our own untimely death.”

As synchronicity would have it, this philosophical thriller The Wizard Within (which was originally written in 1992) has at its core a very similar message as James Cameron’s current movie masterpiece, Avatar. Every single living thing on this planet is connected and if we realize this there is no need or room for life with fear, anxiety or hatred. Having faith in a Higher Power will ultimately save us from total annihilation and that Higher Power is within each and every one of us.

Albert Thor lives what he writes about and he may be a genius, or he might just be crazy. You will have to decide for yourself through reading his work. “Thor considers himself a ‘rational mystic’ in as much as he used his scientifically created tools to launch his Awareness into the mystical realm which blew the doors of his perception wide open, revealing the fundamental wisdom driving the entire Universal show.”

A lot of what he has written in this highly entertaining and often humour-filled book resonates with me, but it’s an intellectually and spiritually challenging novel that will make you think until your head aches. I haven’t quite decided whether Thor has managed to find a way to live in an ego-less state or whether he has the biggest ego in the Universe. This book was recommended to me by my cousin, Susan, who sells it at her book and gift store for the body, mind and spirit, The Purple Door, in Kingston, Ontario.

Thor, who survived a brain hemorrhage in November 2007, has a website at www.soulpurposepublishing.com and there states that “SoulPurpose Publishing is dedicated to contributing to the next evolution in human Awareness and to inspiring a new literature of hope from the perspective of Albert Thor’s brainchild, Reaction Manageme∞nt.” The Foundation for the Reaction Manageme∞nt System™ is developed across these three startling books: Flight Manual For The Soul (1997), The Wizard Within (1992), The Emotional Fitness Revolution (to be released in April 2010), as well as upcoming titles including The Good Shepherd.