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April Book Review: A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential by Michael E. Reynolds

Earthships, WizardsThere is a magical, enchanting and beautiful plot of land on this planet that has inspired many to change their lives and follow their dreams. This spot is about 20 miles west of Taos, New Mexico, and is the inspiration for one man, Michael E. Reynolds, who is on course to change the world. An ahead-of-his-time visionary and entrepreneur, architect, author, environmentalist and inspirational warrior, Reynolds is nothing less than brilliant. His book, A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential, is written to explain his method of thinking behind his revolutionary “Earthship,” a beautiful, fully sustainable structure made mostly from garbage (cans, tires, bottles, and dirt for starters) and recycled materials for off-the-grid living.

Do not let the title fool you! A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential is a unique text in that it covers the author’s history and personal story and his thoughts and views on world ecology, architecture, spirituality and physics. It also includes Reynolds’ poetry throughout. This book is very engaging and thorough. The author shares many diagrams to explain his concepts and also pictures of his Earthship structures in New Mexico from the simple to the more complex. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a more sustainable way to live, those who are environmentally conscious or those interested in radically changing society for the better.

Part one explains the author’s state of mind, the human condition and the basic way of thinking required for humans to reach their innate potential. In part two and three of this book, Michael Reynolds presents the “wizard Information”(essentially, divine or innate wisdom that can only be attained with a proper and open state of mind) along with a real and practical way of applying it in our lives. He then explains the wisdom gained that enabled him to begin his architectural work and then expand it, and the type of thinking required to manifest such a reality. Thus, this book is about finding and moving toward our human potential and learning to work with and not against planet Earth. In his own words, “the way to ride the energy to its full potential is to know the nature of the energy, so that it doesn’t control or harm us, and to also realize we cannot control it. We are talking about an alignment or a union, or a merging with energy. This is the way of the wizard. Control is the way of the ego.”

I had the pleasure of touring some Earthships recently on a trip I took to New Mexico. I also had the opportunity to not only view the Earthships, but also to spend a few nights in two different, beautiful ones! It was an experience I will never forget, and one of my goals now is to eventually live in an Earthship myself. Below, are some photographs from my visit:

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A bit about the author, Michael E. Reynolds:

Mike Reynolds, Earthships

Michael Reynolds is a world famous architect who has spent the last forty plus years evolving the concept of “ home.” His vision is for the home to care for its inhabitants and not vice versa. With this logical goal in mind, he set out to design, build, refine and master the Earthship, which is now an affordable reality and can be built easily.  Designed with concepts that any person can adopt, these self-sustaining buildings can provide housing for all people on any place on the planet. To learn more about Michael E. Reynolds and his Earthships, visit: Earthship.com or GarbageWarrior.com. To purchase a copy of A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential, visit: Earthship.com.

© 2015, Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

 


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The Crack

On the last day of the year, 2013, I thought I would ponder, once again, that age-old question: “What is the meaning of life?”

What a crazy question that has been asked over the centuries since the beginning of time! There is no other question, I believe, that has been asked more. And, answers? There are probably as many answers to this question as there are thinkers and philosophers who have asked it over the ages. It is a question that really has no direct, easy answer.

One such thinker and philosopher who asked this question and contemplated the answer to it was Henry David Thoreau. In the mid 1800’s, this man decided to take up the challenge of trying to answer the important question, “What is the meaning of life?” Thoreau decided to ponder the question as he lived by himself in a small house in the woods which contained one room and a nearby outhouse for two years, two months, and two days. There, in this peaceful and serene place, he thought, studied, meditated, and experimented, deeply pondering not only what the meaning of life is, but also why it is that man is always wanting more and seems to never be satisfied with what he is and has. Alone and at peace, Henry David Thoreau became in tune with the Creator, the force that exists in all creation, the universal spirit and intuition that resides in all people and which stimulates man to live. During this momentous time, he wrote his best work, Walden. Thoreau discovered that life is always seeking to expand, emerge, to grow. He also concluded that what we dream about for our lives is not only that which is seeking to emerge from us, but it is nothing less than the creative force, the infinite Creator, or God (whatever your choice of words) that wants to manifest itself in our lives through our expression and creativity. Life, and the meaning thereof, is all there is. The meaning of life is to adhere to the creative force within and express it outward. It is to allow the life spirit within to live.

Have you ever taken a walk and have you ever pondered the cracks in the pavement? How many times have you seen that tiny, soft green plant emerging from concrete? It has managed to grow through that thick material wanting to live, hasn’t it?  We are the same. Everything we do, the very reason we get out of bed in the morning is because life is seeking to emerge from us; life is seeking to have a fuller and freer and more expanding expression through us, all the time.  We want more clothes, more money, more friends, a bigger house, a larger yard, a new profession, a new book to read, a special relationship, more freedom, more creative expression, more LIFE! We seek because we are expanding beings who MUST create and expand. It is not wrong to want more; it is actually normal and natural. Like the blade of grass that needs to break through the payment, we always need to break through to a fuller and more expansive life. And, this is where our dreams come in. The life we would love living is the life that is seeking to emerge from us.

How do we live our dream life? Our first step is to decide what our core values are and then start to imagine a life we would love that would encompass those values. You might value your time with your family, or you might value spending time by yourself reading and need this time to relax and recharge. You might value nature and prefer to spend an hour a day experiencing the outdoors. You might value health and prefer to eat healthy foods and exercise daily. You might value peace, love, or respect. Or, perhaps you value friendships and desire to spend time socializing more than spending time alone. Whatever it is that you value must be in line with whatever you desire for your dream life.

Once we know what our core values are, we then decide what it is we LOVE. What makes you smile, makes your eyes and body light up fully? What activity do you do that when you do it makes you wish time would stop at that very moment? Or, what do you day dream about doing and wish you could practice all day?  What do you know that is welling deep inside that needs to be shared with others? What passion do you have that you desire to share with the world? These are only beginning questions to ponder in starting to create a life of your dreams, the life that is seeking to emerge from you.

Henry David Thoreau truly believed that the creative force within is seeking to come forth and blossom into a greater and fuller life through us on this side of existence. Many other thinkers and philosophers have agreed with Thoreau and have lived magnificent and full lives of creative expression and true happiness. But before they were able to create truly fulfilling lives, they learned that they needed to listen to their creative voices first. What is it that you feel and know in your spirit that wants to emerge in 2014? Whatever it is, there is never a better time than NOW to allow it to come forth.

Life. It really can be ALL that it is cracked up to be.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.com Inspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life. 

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso

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August Book Review: Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Look no further for a very comprehensive and thoroughly researched text in regards to the relationship that the mind has with disease and health. Dr. Lissa Rankin brilliantly explains the how our minds, thoughts and beliefs can alter our health dramatically! Dr. Rankin brings her medical experience, knowledge and expertise, her thorough research, her passion, and her amazing journey in self-healing and personal experience in this beautifully written and hard-to-put-down book. She demonstrates with scientific evidence how intuition and science DO live together and includes a step by step plan on how to diagnose and heal yourself in Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.

A bit about the author, Dr. Lissa Rankin:

Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a mind-body medicine physician, speaker, artist, blogger, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and is a New York Times best selling author. Dr. Rankin is on a grass roots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities – HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter. 

Visit Dr. Rankin at www.lissarankin.com and buy Mind over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself here.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso


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June Book Review: Awakening Intuition by Mona Lisa Schulz

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For those who are interested in the mind/body relationship, Awakening Intuition by Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz explains the relationship between intuition, memories, dreams and the body.  She demonstrates how to read the language of your body, such as interpreting your physical ailments, as she discusses the seven emotional centers that correspond to different stages of physiological and emotional development. Her brilliant book teaches us how memories stored in the brain are communicated to us through feeling, sensation, pain and disease. Ultimately, Awakening Intuition teaches how to understand the language of intuition to empower us to create healthier and happier lives.

About the author:

Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D., is a neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist, and medical intuitive since 1987. During a medical intuitive consultation, knowing only someone’s name and age, Mona Lisa discerns both a person’s physical condition and the emotional state of his or her life, explaining how the two are linked.

Dr. Schulz has also published other books, including:

All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition

The Intuitive Advisor

The New Feminine Brain

To learn more about Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, visit her website: www.drmonalisa.com

Purchase a copy of Awakening Intuition here.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso


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March Book Review: Notes to Self: Inspirational Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter B. Roth

Note to Self: “The Universe is one, but not one-sided.”

There is always time for inspiration! What better way to become motivated and encouraged than to read a short phrase of insightful wisdom every day?!  How about a reminder to motivate you to live a more authentic life, to think differently, and perhaps change the way you view the world, your situation, or your latest endeavor?

Begin your day with Notes to Self:  Inspirational Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter B. Roth, 365 concise nuggets of wisdom all compiled in one amazing e-book! Or, if you are not a morning person, contemplate these astute “notes” after a day at the office or before retreating for the night. Either way, you will get a dose of spiritual enlightenment each day!

A little bit about the author, Peter B. Roth:

Peter is a transformational spiritual healer, teacher, writer and entertainer.

Peter showed an interest in spirituality and well-being from an early age. Over the years he has become proficient in obtaining guidance from his intuition while employing practices from astrology, qigong, nutrition and even humor on people who have sought his assistance in experiencing well-being and claiming personal power in order to live a more fulfilling life.

Besides his e-book on Amazon.com and his blog, Peter’s writings include his contribution to the e-book, “Small Ways to Make a Big Difference“, as well as his translation and commentary of the “Dao De Jing,” all of which can be found on his website. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter to view his interesting posts, including many a “Note to Self” that he frequently shares.

To learn more about Peter and the services, writings, and other resources that he offers, visit his website, http://peterbroth.com.

Notes to Self: Inspirational Wisdom for Daily Living by Peter B. Roth is available on Amazon in Kindle version. Buy it now!

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso