by John Calabrese, Huntington, NY
THE VITAL PRINCIPLE:
Teachings of Spirit
A collection of short essays, articles and poetry gleaned from the pages of Creations Magazine, The Vital Principle spans an impressive array of meaningful subjects. Organized into the seasons of the year, the writings illuminate areas such as health, forgiveness, relationships, religion, spirituality, and ecology. But even that is too dry a description for this book.
Both readable and insightful, The Vital Principle is a textbook in disguise, offering a fascinating curriculum from a variety of teachers. Garvey has done an excellent job of selecting relevent pieces to provide, as they say, something for everyone. And, as only the best books can do, it teaches, inspires, and entertains you.
The subtitle, Teachings of Spirit, represents a belief that nothing in life is separate from spirit, even politics, as illustrated by Robert Rabbin writing in one distinctly powerful essay. Seeking to understand existence and purpose from an expanded perspective - thanks to those who have developed this skill - we find that there is no separation. Along with this newfound eye on life comes a feeling of connection, and therefore a desire to help others reach the same understanding. This is the “vital principle” for all of us to learn and, more importantly, to live. Available at Amazon.com.
THE GIFT GIVER: A True Story
Awakening one day to find her husband dead beside her, Hawkins begins what can only be described as the most grueling of spiritual journeys, when terrible loss preceeds tremendous insight.
Short chapters and authentic dialogue detail in compelling fashion the story of how a mother and two young sons carry on, the lessons they learn, and the strength they uncover. The Gift Giver also shows how death can deepen a relationship – a concept I personally experienced many years after the loss of my father.
“What’s the difference between you and me?” Mark asks his wife during one of their extraordinary encounters. After several tries, she exclaims “You don’t have a body, and I do!” - a simple declaration underscoring the book’s most important message, that life is eternal, changing only in form and condition. “Everyone has the key to bliss with them at all times,” Mark instructed. “Most just don’t know how to turn it in order to unlock the door. The mistake most people make is to think life has to be complicated; it doesn’t.”
All of us have experienced, or will experience, profound loss. In addition to the normal supports, there are also many unexpected forms of reassurance around us. This book is one of them.
The Path to
Sanctuary is potentially one of the most groundbreaking books you will ever read. Be prepared, however, to enter its pages with a very open mind, as some of the information may challenge your conditioned beliefs about what is possible with healing.
Written in novel form yet based on real life, the book chronicles the genius of Stephen Lewis, portrayed as the extremely interesting “Max,” who sounds like an Einstein with his voluminous knowledge of energy and life force. Examples abound of individuals who achieved a state of health, simply because their immune systems were given the opportunity to work optimally, thanks to what is referred to as “an energetic balancing act.”
The AIM program, or All Inclusive Method, is a healing technology on the cutting edge of our current knowledge base. Being this far outside the accepted medical paradigm, the claims may seem fantastic, yet they are apparently all true, with their genuineness enhanced by endorsements from people such as Wayne Dyer and Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith. The program seeks to identify energetic imbalances, which are then rebalanced with the correct frequencies, and wellbeing is thus restored. How this is done is, without exaggeration, absolutely fascinating. Note: the program is offered free to children with autism and downs syndrome.
John Calabrese is the Editor-at-Large at Creations Magazine and has a private counseling practice in Huntington, NY.