Category Archives: Book Review

Deepak Chopra: Life after Death

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Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die?

Is this one question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that “the world beyond” is not separated from this world by an impassable wall; in fact, a single reality embraces all worlds, all times and places.

At the end of our lives we “cross over” into a new phase of the same soul journey we are on right this minute.

In Life After Death, Chopra draws on cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the great wisdom traditions to provide a map of the afterlife. It’s a fascinating journey into many levels of consciousness.

But far more important is his urgent message: Who you meet in the afterlife and what you experience there reflect your present beliefs, expectations, and level of awareness. In the here and now you can shape what happens after you die.

By bringing the afterlife into the present moment, Life After Death opens up an immense new area of creativity. Ultimately there is no division between life and death—there is only one continuous creative project.

Chopra invites us to become co-creators in this subtle realm, and as we come to understand the one reality, we shed our irrational fears and step into a numinous sense of wonder and personal power.

Healing Grief Residential Program in NSW with Petrea King

Healing Grief is a weekend residential program that acknowledges the pain of grief as
well as providing an understanding of bereavement, its idiosyncrasies and practical strategies to begin or continue the process of healing, integration and making meaning of our loss.

This program is suitable for anyone who has lost a loved one either recently or in the past and who finds that grief is ongoing.

There are limited spaces available for the upcoming program on 19th – 21st February in Bundanoon, NSW (90 minutes from Sydney). Financial subsidies are available for people who live in NSW, through support from NSW Health.

Reading Petrea’s book, Sometimes Hearts Have to Break is highly recommended before attending this program.

For more information visit http://www.questforlife.com.au or phone 02 4883 6599.

BOOK REVIEW: Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond

Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond is beautifully written by a bereaved mother of her grief journey.

It is filled with love, inspiration, and the spiritual piece that makes this book so unique. It was very moving to read Chris Mulligan’s journey following the death of her son, Zac. As she wrote about afterlife agreements and contracts we set up with our loved ones prior to birth, my own beliefs were validated, impleted and solidified. The grief process is so very difficult , but to know that our children are still very much a part of our lives can help lessen that grief.

Chris openly shares her “new relationship” with Zac, allowing us to know that their bond remains strong and loving. As the pain of Chris’ grief is journaled, she reminds herself and us that she and Zac set up their contracts for growth and learning. I am grateful Chris Mulligan followed her heart and Zac’s request that she write this book to help all bereaved parents look beyond their pain to the love and lessons that remain.

You can buy the book online at Amazon here.

BOOK REVIEW: Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life

sacreddyinglrgAt some point in our lives, many of us will find ourselves sitting at the bedside of a dying loved one. Thanks to Megory Anderson’s Sacred Dying, we now have one of the most important and eloquent books available on tending to the dying. Anderson offers readers rituals and interactions to soothe and support a dying person as he or she crosses over into death. Even in situations where there is a specific religious ritual at hand–such as summoning a priest for the last sacrament–there are still many hours (and even days) that can be used to make a dying person feel spiritually and physically comforted and prepared.

As the founder of the Sacred Dying Foundation in San Francisco, Anderson provides real-life examples and strong storytelling to cover all aspects of dying, including how to help someone let go of “unfinished business” and how to massage a dying person to help them let go of their body. Anderson lists the tools for rituals (such as holy water, incense, and markers and paper for writing final thoughts). She even devotes an entire chapter to music–a powerful tool in healing and transcendence. Anderson offers a lovely book that covers everything you need to know to help a dying person feel deeply cared for, whether you choose to read poems aloud from the final chapters or simply sit in silence, holding the hand of a loved one.

Buy it online here.

BOOK REVIEW – Stroke of Insight

my stroke of insightJill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who, at 37, watched her brain unravel as a haemorrhage in the left hemisphere gradually obliterated her story, her separateness, her past, her future, her inner critic and her capacities to comprehend letters, numbers and speech. She was left with profound bliss in the present moment and discovered that this experience (of bliss) is possible for everyone – and better still, that we don’t need to suffer a stroke in order to achieve it!

Through determination and hard work, Jill fully recovered all her capacities and found that she had a choice about which parts of her story she would retrieve. For instance, she had been quite an angry person and she simply decided not to re-establish any of the patterns from the past which no longer served this new heightened state of awareness, gratitude and contentment.

Read more about Jill Bolte Taylor’s book on Petrea Kind’s site Quest for Life.

BOOK REVIEW: Sometimes Hearts Have to Break

sometimes hearts have to breakIt sometimes takes a lifetime to bring us to our full glory. And sometimes it takes a life-threatening illness. The events of our lives, however tragic, can be a catalyst by which we shed all that stands in the way of us feeling deeply alive and at peace.

For people facing death the challenge to find peace is more urgent. They must struggle to find understanding, acceptance and meaning in what is happening to them.

This is Petrea’s story, when diagnosed with leukaemia and given only a few weeks to live, and the stories of twenty-five of those whose lives she has enriched and been enriched by in turn. Full of quiet courage, humour, wisdom and joy, these inspirational stories are a reminder of the importance of inner peace and the need to create an environment for healing within ourselves, our families and our communities.

Click here to purchase Petrea’s book.

BOOK REVIEW: The Healing Book: Facing the Death, and Celebrating the Life, of Someone You Love

Picture 1The Healing Book is a memory book that is designed to help children and teens who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is a place to remember and celebrate the life of someone who has died, while at the same time exploring the complicated and often scary questions that kids have about death.

The Healing Book uses real language such as died and death, rather than euphemisms like loss or passed. This is very important because grieving children and teens need real words and real language to help them come to terms with the death of someone they love. This book is very hands on, with a lot of spaces for kids to write down how they’re feeling and what they’re experiencing.

It is very detailed, colorful and well written. It paves the way for children to have ongoing discussions about the person who died and also discussions about why people die in the first place.

You can buy The Healing Book from Amazon.com here.