Mind, Body & Spirit
A Bestiary of Devils, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Magical Creatures
Every society has its monsters, and visual depictions have been created from the earliest times. Here, art historian Christopher Dell presents a broad selection of bestial images that span centuries, from the one-eyed giants of Japan and Ancient Greece to dragons, demons, werewolves and ghosts. Often with strangely similar attributes, Dell examines the cultural significance of these monsters and the insight they provide into the human mind.
A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof
Roger Clarke is now best known as a writer on film, but was once the youngest member of the Society for Psychical Research. He has now returned to his childhood obsession by writing this history of ghosts and ghost-hunting in Western culture. Asking not whether ghosts exist but rather what our ghost stories reveal about us, he examines both famous hauntings such as the notorious events at Borley Rectory and investigations by sceptics and parapsychologists.
Encounter in Rendlesham Forest
The Inside Story of the World's Best-Documented UFO Incident
Over three nights in December 1980, a series of UFO incidents took place in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, close to two US Air Force bases. Nick Pope is joined by two American eyewitnesses to tell the inside story of ‘Britain’s Roswell’.
The History of Initiation
First published in 1829 and reprinted complete with its voluminous footnotes, for The Lost Library, Oliver's twelve erudite yet entertaining lectures explore the common roots linking many of the world's initiatory traditions, and describe rites including those of the Celtic mysteries, Bacchus, Zoroastrianism and Freemasonry.
The Templar Treasure at Gisors
When the French King Philip the Fair ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and the confiscation of their property in 1307, the Order was one of the most powerful and wealthy forces in Europe, answerable only to the Pope. Focusing on the medieval city of Gisors in Normandy, Jean Markale tells the story of the hunt for the fabled wealth that disappeared with the Templars, and sheds new light on the activities of the mysterious Order.
Return of the Magi (1931)
'It is more profitable to study the history of the imperfect masters', writes Magre, than those 'so near the gods that they have been enveloped in the clouds of the empyrean'. His compendium of attainable spiritual heroes includes an anonymous master of the Albigenses who succumbs under torture, the Templars, the alchemist Nicolas Flamel and Madame Blavatsky. Translated from the French.
The High History of the Holy Grail
In an epilogue to his translation, Evans declares this to be 'the original story of Sir Perceval and the Holy Graal, whole and incorrupt as it left the hands of its first author' and he commends it to all who love the Arthurian legends. The translation is of Potvin's 1866 edition of the anonymous 13th-century romance, Perceval le Gallois.
The Universal Kabbalah
Deciphering the Cosmic Code in the Sacred Geometry of the Sabbath Star Diagram
Alongside her career as a professor of English, Leonora Leet spent two decades working on the Kabbalah and Pythagorean geometry to produce this magnum opus, in which she derives a new model from the Tree of Life and her own Sabbath Star Diagram, based on seven Star of David hexagrams. She thereby expands the four worlds of the classical Kabbalah, synthesizing science and spirituality as she provides a mathematical basis for aspects of the Jewish mystical tradition.
The Story of You
‘In the brain’s microscopically small circuitry is etched the history and future of our species.’ The neuroscientist David Eagleman looks deeply into what the latest brain science findings mean for our lives. Without presupposing any specialized knowledge, the book challenges readers’ assumptions as it tackles questions such as how we decide, how we perceive reality, who we are, who’s in control and where we are heading as a species.
Sane New World
Taming the Mind
With characteristic wit, honesty and clarity, Ruby Wax draws on her personal experiences of depression as well as her studies in psychotherapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to introduce practices that can ‘change your mind and how you think’. Explaining why the way we think about our experiences is so important for our mental health, Wax shows how to regulate mind and moods, creating healthier, happier and more flexible ways of thinking.
Using Mental Imagery to Reach Your Full Potential
This practical guide shows how to use the power of the imagination to achieve positive goals and unlearn old habits. The author explains the concept of mental imagery in the context of other cognitive processes, describes how to develop and improve the necessary techniques, and offers advice on how to apply new skills to personal and professional activities to promote the best possible outcomes.
Mindfulness & the Journey of Bereavement
Restoring Hope after a Death
Having lost both his parents through suicide, Peter Bridgewater has used his own experience of coping with grief, and what he has learned from counselling others, to create this guide to dealing with bereavement through a meditative approach. Dealing in turn with each stage of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance – the book also includes enlightening quotations from writers, thinkers and religious figures.
The Concise Book of Muscles
The latest thinking on the operation of muscles is that they are part of a complex interplay of ligament, connective tissue and bone. This book uses hundreds of illustrations to explain the musculature, with an emphasis on the most important for sport, dance and bodywork therapy. Colour diagrams show how muscles relate to the skeleton and describe their range of movement and directional strength. There are also tips on stretching and strengthening specific muscle groups.
Drop a Dress Size
Losing weight needn't be about drastic calorie restriction and deprivation. Indeed, recent studies have found such diets to be counter-productive. What does work is making small changes to your overall lifestyle and maintaining them. With meal planners, clever swaps for eating out, realistic portion descriptions, exercises, store-cupboard guides and recipes, this book will help you lose enough weight to drop a dress size.
The Revolutionary Life of Richard Doll
By the late 1940s, lung cancer had reached an unprecedented level in Britain; in 1950, the number of deaths (13,000) exceeded those from tuberculosis. That same year, a research paper by Richard Doll (1912–2005) concluded that smoking cigarettes was ‘a cause and an important cause’ of lung cancer. This biography describes Doll’s life and politics, his work in wartime, his immense contribution to epidemiology, and his long crusade against premature death and the tobacco industry.
The Book of Martial Power
The Universal Guide to the Combative Arts
Different martial arts emphasise different approaches and each has its own set of techniques, training methods and philosophies. Having studied Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Western traditions, Steven Pearlman has identified the underlying principles that he presents in this book, proposing a set of fundamental physical movements and postures and spiritual or mental attitudes that are applicable and enlightening to martial artists of all styles.
The Secret Language of Anatomy
An Illustrated Guide to The Origins of Anatomical Terms
With its profusion of Latin and Greek words, anatomical terminology can be daunting. The authors of this primer therefore take a novel approach, arranging 125 terms under headings – such as ‘architecture’, ‘landscape’ and ‘fabrics’ – to show connections between an organ or structure and the object from which it takes its name. Each term is also illustrated with a pair of drawings highlighting the visual resemblance. Foreword by Prof. Alice Roberts.
And Other Occult Writings from La Flèche
These 20 articles are mostly taken from a newspaper published in the 1930s by Maria de Naglowska. The paper promoted her religious system – the Third Term of the Trinity – which taught that the Holy Spirit of Christianity was feminine, and that sex could uplift humanity. Most of the articles are written by Naglowska herself; they cover topics including sacred sexuality, religious philosophy and feminism. è
Advanced Sex Magic
The Hanging Mystery Initiation
This sequel to Naglowska’s The Light of Sex – appearing for the first time in English since its French publication in 1936 – focuses on the Hanging Initiation and comes with a warning that this should never be attempted alone. Sensory deprivation practices were necessary for initiation into Naglowska’s Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow, which believed in the transformative power of sex.
A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World
Mixing personal reminiscences with facts about each product – from Pears soap and Chanel No 5 to bath bombs – the author presents a photographic collection of familiar beauty-related bottles, tools and labels that have shaped and sometimes changed our modern lives.
The Complete Tao Te Ching with the Four Canons of the Yellow Emperor
In 1973 a Han burial place yielded up manuscripts of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching in versions much older than those previously known. They include a long-lost treatise, The Four Canons of the Yellow Emperor, which complements Lao Tzu’s philosophy with practical advice on the art of ruling, metaphysics, military matters and meditation. This annotated translation – the first to present both texts together – contains an introduction explaining their main themes.
Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain
Hero Myths in the Mabinogion
The synopses and commentaries in this ‘explorative study’ help the reader to unlock the cultural significance and spiritual meanings of the ‘Four Branches’ and ‘Taliesin’, the most ancient myths in the Welsh Mabinogion. Matthews’ interpretations focus on the initiatory pattern of Britain’s inner guardians and the figures of the archetypal liberator Mabon and his mother, Modron the Great Goddess. Revised and updated edition of Mabon and the Mysteries of Britain.
The Complete Reiki Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
Reiki as a natural healing technique was rediscovered and developed in the late 19th century. It involves the transferring of energy through the arms and hands, and can be used to heal the self and others. This detailed guide explains the background to the practice and works through first, second and third degree healing. Suitable for beginners, the book also offers advice on how to become a Reiki practitioner.
The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong
Widely practised in the Far East, Qigong is growing in popularity in the West as a system of simple exercises that, used regularly, can help to improve movement, breathing and inner concentration. This guide explores the theory behind Qigong and includes detailed advice on how it should be practised. The final section describes the 18 core movements with clear diagrams to help achieve the correct posture.
The Cure Within
A History of Mind-Body Medicine
Can positive thinking make us well? Does loneliness cause illness? Written by a Harvard professor, this study of mind-body healing practices examines a range of treatments and beliefs from early religious ideas to mesmerism and acupuncture (first scorned then embraced by Mao), where sufferers, often frustrated by Western medicines, seek solutions from within. Dr Harrington evaluates stories of miraculous recoveries and discusses the science behind alternative treatments, whilst acknowledging the human need to make sense of suffering.
The Secret Life of the Mind
How our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides
Mariano Sigman’s bestselling examination of human thought begins by asking how babies communicate, and goes on to explore how we relate to our unconscious mind, what happens when we dream and why the brain is constantly changing. This concise, approachable guide to neuroscience questions how we perceive, reason, feel and communicate, with the aim of better comprehending the inner workings of the human brain and understanding ourselves and others more deeply.
Stop Snoring the Easy Way
And the Real Reasons You Need To
Snoring occurs when structures in the throat – the soft palate, the uvula and the epiglottis – start to flap, trapping air and momentarily creating a high-pressure build-up that produces the sound. This book explains the causes of snoring and the health risks associated with it, and sets out a series of simple daily exercises that may help to restore muscle tone in the throat and eliminate the problem.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
The Complete Complementary Health Program
Cases of asthma are on the increase, but symptoms such as wheeziness and breathlessness may be eased with complementary treatments and lifestyle changes. This book suggests foods to avoid, breathing exercises, and therapies that can help to relieve the condition.
Overcoming High Blood Pressure
The Complete Complementary Health Program
High blood pressure often goes undetected, and can lead to heart attacks and strokes. This book outlines simple steps, such as taking regular exercise and relaxation through meditation, to overcome symptoms and treat the condition naturally and safely.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
Galileo & The Art of Ageing Mindfully
Wisdom From the Night Skies
As we grow older, time seems to pass alarmingly quickly. But retired priest Adam Ford has learned from a lifetime’s fascination with the night sky that contemplating unimaginably ancient stars gives an opportunity to develop a more positive perspective on ageing. In these meditations inspired by the life of Galileo he reflects on our place in the universe and shares his wisdom with younger generations.
Oracles of the Dead
Ancient Techniques for Predicting the Future
Robert Temple examines four forms of institutionalized prophecy from the ancient world, comparing Greco-Roman practices – consultation of oracles and divination by entrails – with the Chinese use of Oracle-Bone cracking and the I Ching. He describes each system’s techniques, uses his own visits to Greek sites to reconstruct how ancient visitors experienced contact with the divine and draws connections between the Chinese system and the discoveries of modern science. Originally published as Netherworld.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Journeys into The Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
The Middle East has long sheltered many strange and distinctive faiths, the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations of antiquity: Persia, Babylon, and the Egypt of the pharaohs. Former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to remote regions where these mysterious religions cling on, living alongside Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Copts, now under threat from militant Islam. Drawing on extensive research and intrepid travel, this book provides a vital record of the past, present and perilous future of these remarkable religions.
A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Little was known about morphine and its addictive qualities when Louis Lewin published his first study of the drug in 1874, and his continued work in pharmacology and toxicology contributed greatly to the field, culminating in this classic manual, published in 1924. The book sets out detailed information on the properties and effects of all major drugs known at the time, including opium, cannabis, peyote, cocaine, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.
The Seven Sisters of Sleep
The Celebrated Drug Classic
Given the date of authorship (1860), Mordecai Cooke's examination of drug use and abuse is notable for its open-mindedness and even-handedness when discussing the addictions of world cultures beyond the tobacco habit of Victorian England. Exploring the science and social history of narcotic plants and the attempts to curb their use, the seven substances discussed are opium, cannabis, betel nut, coca, tobacco, the datura plant and the fly agaric mushroom.
The G Plan Diet
The Revolutionary Diet for Gut-Healthy Weight Loss
G is for gut, and this revolutionary diet aims for both a healthy gut and weight loss. The 21-day plan first gives your digestion a rest then gradually builds up gut health, banishing feelings of bloating and discomfort and improving energy levels. The book includes details of gut-friendly foods such as garlic, bananas and natural yoghurt; lists those you need to avoid; and provides 75 quick, easy and delicious recipes.
Crystal & Dragon
The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry & Chaos in Nature, Art & Consciousness
Presenting his argument for the dualistic interpretation of nature – order and disorder, symmetry and asymmetry – David Wade explores the interplay of form and energy and seeks to show how modern science is turning away from deterministic and inflexible views of the universe to embrace ancient philosophical traditions. He traces prevailing conceptions about the nature of the universe in religion, history, philosophy, science and art, and graphically illustrates their interconnectedness.
The Green Roads of England
Starting at the 'central gathering ground' at Avebury, Cox's guide covers all the ancient roads of England, following the Stone Age ridge roads of southern England, describing, with the help of maps, plans and illustrations, the hill forts and other earthworks found along them and discussing other aspects of neolithic civilization. Facsimile edition.
The UFO Files
The Inside Story of Real-Life Sightings
From the ‘foo fighters’ that accompanied aircraft during the Second World War, through episodes such as the Roswell incident, the flying saucer sighting by RAF personnel at Farnborough in 1950 and the phenomena seen by radars at RAF Lakenheth-Bentwaters, to crop circles and alien abductions, this book examines the most impressive UFO stories of last century and weighs the claims of alien craft against the evidence as recorded in the Ministry of Defence files.
How to Reach Enlightenment
This inspirational guide contains practical advice to help you unlock your spirituality. Its chapters offer strategies for learning how to live a conscious life enriched by enlightenment; find quiet and balance; serve others with compassion; and step into your authenticity. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Secret Life of Sleep
Beyond the data of modern scientific sleep research, the author explores every kind of information and writing about sleep, but looks particularly at how knowledge about it exists in cultural practices, rituals, oral teachings, proverbs and song. Arranged in chapters following the progress of a night’s sleep, the book discusses topics as diverse as sleeping babies and the meaning of dreams to reveal the importance of sleep and the interdependence of our waking and sleeping lives.
Your Menopause Bible
The Complete Practical Guide to Managing Your Menopause
This substantial guide provides practical and reassuring help on all aspects of the menopause, from recognizing and easing the effects of hormonal insufficiency to maintaining healthy bones and general wellbeing, and ensuring a satisfying sex life. Hormone therapy and its natural alternatives are covered, as is advice on healthy eating, exercise regimes and when to seek medical intervention for your symptoms. The text is accompanied by charts, photographs and illustrations. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
The Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally
Beginning with an overview of nutrition and food safety, this directory explains the links between nutrition and health and includes features on topics such as dietary supplements, travel and food, and glycemic index. Part 2 comprises an A–Z of more than 170 foods – from acorn squash to zucchini – with details of their nutritional benefits and risks; and Part 3 lists over 100 health problems, with advice on which foods to eat to help the condition and which to avoid.
Wisdom of the Stars
Astrology and Spiritual Biography
People have been studying the effects of the stars on worldly events for thousands of years. This book traces the development of astrology and the use of personal horoscopes in different cultures throughout human history, and advocates the development of a new tool in astrology: a 'spirit birth chart' created in a person's later years that reflects the fruits of their life.
Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness
How Stories Create the World
This spiritual guide explores how the profound power of stories has given our world meaning and made us human. Exploring how ancient myths, megalithic structures, the formation of language and prehistoric cave art are narratives shaped by sacred proportion, Richard Heath explains that stories enable us to identify the spiritual aspect within the material world and to participate in the evolution of human consciousness.