Mind, Body & Spirit
The Ancient Brotherhood Revealed
This introduction outlines the history and practices of Freemasonry, from its legendary origins to modern incarnations around the world. The author argues that, although the Craft has frequently been viewed with suspicion, Masonic ideals are a force for good.
The Masonic Magician
The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite
When he was arrested by the Inquisition in 1789, Count Alessandro Cagliostro had won fame across Europe as an alchemist, healer and Freemason. This account of his rise and fall draws on new documentary evidence to examine both the case against him and the reasons for the devotion and ridicule that he attracted. The book features a full English translation, with commentary, of Cagliostro’s ‘Ritual of Egyptian Freemasonry’.
The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
Heather Harpham relives the anguish she experienced when her new-born daughter Gracie was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease requiring ongoing blood transfusions. The best option is a stem-cell transplant from a future sibling, a risky path fraught with moral implications and made more complicated by the difficult relationship Heather had with Gracie’s father.
I Want to Concentrate
Improve Focus and Achieve More
The relentless external interruptions associated with our modern world, combined with internal preoccupations, can affect our concentration. Punctuated with quotes from noted thinkers, Harriet Griffey offers practical information, pointers and ideas on how best to marshal our thoughts and actions, improving personal and business relationships and reducing stress.
The Angry Chef
Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating
Popular blogger and professional chef Anthony Warner is angry about the increasing prevalence of unscientific food and health experts making misleading claims about superfoods and miracle health regimes. Investigating these claims with academic rigour as well as humour, this well-reviewed book is an exposé of the pseudoscience sometimes presented by food bloggers, self-styled nutritionalists and diet gurus.
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.
The Herbal Remedy Handbook
Treat Everyday Ailments Naturally, from Coughs and Colds to Anxiety and Eczema
This holistic guide to well-being explains how to treat a range of health conditions using traditional remedies made from ingredients that can be easily foraged from hedgerows or sourced from the supermarket. Covering both minor illnesses and injuries and more complex issues such as insomnia, the recipes, which include balms, tonics, poultices and teas, are easily tailored to individual needs.
Boost Your Brain
From simple tricks to overcome short-term lapses to methods for recalling information such as PINs over a longer period, the puzzles and tips in this illustrated volume offer ways to improve all aspects of memory. A series of questionnaires establish existing skills, and later chapters focus on numeric, verbal and logical reasoning for a complete mental work out. Answers are at the back.
Ouija, Firewalking, and Other Gibberish
Henri Broch takes a sceptical look at a range of phenomena that are often considered paranormal or mystical, from dowsing and astrology to the mysterious image on the Shroud of Turin. He describes the alternative explanations provided by scientific experiments, reveals how some tricks are performed and shows how to recognize the kinds of argument used by pseudoscientists. Foreword by Nobel laureate Georges Charpak.
Don’t Just Sit There
Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health
Explaining how simple tweaks to a conventional office set-up will result in a more dynamic, creative and energy-filled working environment, Katy Bowman shares corrective exercises that can be carried out seated and standing.
An Imperfect Science
Opened in 2019, the Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum, London, bring together the personal collection of Henry Wellcome and the Museum’s own medical holdings to provide the world’s most extensive display of the history of medicine. Arranged in ten chapters that reflect the interests of the curators, the book covers topics including protheses, military medicine, iron lungs and psychiatry, and illustrates artefacts as diverse as moles’ feet amulets (to ward off cramp) and a 21st century athlete’s running blade.
Advice for the Dying
And Those Who Love Them, A Practical Perspective on Death
The nurse and award-winning writer Sallie Tisdale offers a thought-provoking and practical perspective on death and dying in this meditation on the inevitable. Comprising intimate anecdotes based on the deaths she has witnessed in her life and work, as well as insights gleaned from literature and other world cultures and traditions, this volume offers the resources and reassurance required to plan compassionate end-of-life care.
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.
The Long Path to Wisdom
Tales from Burma
Featuring talking animals, wicked mothers-in-law, monks and deities, this compendium of Burmese folk tales encompasses themes including sorrow, betrayal, atonement and love. The stories reveal both the profound influence of centuries of Buddhist thought on the nation's rich mythological heritage and the extent to which every culture draws upon universal wisdom.
Breaking Mum and Dad
The Insider's Guide to Parenting Anxiety
Based on her own experience of post-natal anxiety, and with contributions from the Clinical Psychologist Dr Reetta Newell, Anna Williamson offers empathetic, practical advice designed to help new parents manage and conquer stress and low mood in the early days of parenthood.
The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety
Approaching depression and anxiety with straightforward explanations, simple advice and light-hearted illustrations, this pocket guide discusses the mechanisms that trigger anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, low mood and insomnia and offers tips and activities designed to counter them.
How to Treat Your Own Achilles Tendon
Expert Advice at Your Fingertips
Swelling in the Achilles tendon can cause significant pain and reduced mobility. This guide by physical therapist Paula Clayton shows how to identify, self-treat and rehabilitate tendonitis, and includes tailored exercises to relieve the symptoms. Slightly off-mint.
How Hormones Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, and Make Us Wiser
Marie Haselton offers a detailed study of hormonal intelligence, exposing its powerful influence on every aspect of women's lives from puberty to menopause. She also explores topical issues such as giving birth in middle age and taking hormone supplements in later life.
Sex After Sixty
From couples who have long-since given up sex altogether to people who discover new aspects of their sexuality, or even enter a second adolescence in advanced age, this study by a French psychologist draws on extensive interviews and case studies to reveal insights about attitudes to, and experience of, sexual intimacy among older people. Slightly off-mint.
The Curious Science of Our Bodies
Can the power of thought outwit ageing? What’s it like to be struck by lightning? Could 3D printers make body parts? These are among the intriguing questions discussed in stories that explore the stranger aspects of the human body. These 17 articles were originally published on mosaicscience.com, an online magazine created by Wellcome.
The Secret Life of the Mind
How Your 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. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Mighty Healer
Thomas Holloway's Victorian Patent Medicine Empire
Selling the ‘cure-alls’ he made by bottling leftover cooking grease in the kitchen of his parents' Cornish pub set Thomas Holloway on the road to becoming one of the richest self-made men in Victorian England. Here the author (a distant cousin) explores the rise and fall of his patent medicine empire and reveals how he used his millions to build the enormous Gothic college that still bears his name.
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.
Body-weight Exercise for Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
In contrast with training on gym machines, body-weight exercise uses only the resistance and movement of the body to improve the health of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Designed to prevent injuries and aid recovery, this guide presents a range of targeted exercises, supported by diagrams and photographs describing the anatomy behind body movement and demonstrating the routines.
Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement
Biomechanist Katy Bowman proposes that a movement-filled life is the best way to achieve optimum mental and physical health. She explores the mechanics of inactivity, inviting the reader to consider how technology encourages a sedentary lifestyle and impacts our wellbeing and the natural world.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Exploring an ostensibly simple activity, this manual analyses every aspect of the sport from the mechanics of the running action and the body's energy systems to specific training programmes and exercise routines for sprinting, middle distance and endurance running.
The Most Effective Ways to Take Back Your Back
Beth Murison, the Director of Pain Education at the renowned Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explains how to diagnose and manage different types of back pain, such as muscle injuries, slipped discs and sciatic nerve compressions. With the aid of detailed illustrations, she outlines the medical, surgical, therapeutic and alternative treatments that are most appropriate for each condition and highlights commonly misdiagnosed issues.
Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core
An Illustrated Guide to a Safe and Effective Core Training Program
By discussing the six fundamental principles of the Pilates method alongside a clear explanation of functional core anatomy, this illustrated manual demonstrates how to develop proper movement patterns without risking injury.
The Science of Stretching
There are varied stretching modalities, or types, and choosing which is most appropriate depends on the exercise, environment and target outcome. This guide draws on recent scientific research to explain different stretches, including static, dynamic and ballistic, and assesses each technique in the context of its effects on performance, pain and injury. Diagrams, tables and step-by-step illustrations are included to help you to choose the most beneficial regime for your requirements.
The Shrinkology Solution
Discover Your Eating Type, Lose Weight and Keep it Off – For Life
This scientific approach to dieting identifies the different eating ‘types’, considers the emotional, behavioural and lifestyle issues that may influence how we eat and offers advice on how to lose weight healthily and sustainably. Slightly off-mint
Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer the way it does other diseases? Told through the experiences of patients, doctors and immunotherapy researchers, this is the story of the game-changing scientific discoveries that unleash our natural ability to recognize and defeat cancer.
Out of the Woods
A Guide to Life for Men Beyond 50
This practical guide is aimed at the maturing man, offering insight and advice on how to handle the changing roles and responsibilities of midlife onwards. Addressing a wide range of possible issues, from relationship breakdowns to health problems, there are checklists, case studies and exercises to help navigate the pitfalls and possibilities of the years beyond 50.
Mapping the Mind
The latest techniques for imaging the brain have enabled scientists to see some of the biological mechanisms that create our thoughts, memories, feelings and perceptions. This book describes these first insights into the secrets of the brain, with illustrations based on scans which have helped to explain a range of phenomena, from dyslexia and obsessive behaviour to schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease, and reveal how our culture has been shaped by the ebb and flow of our neurotransmitters.
The Longevity Bible
The Definitive Guide to a Long, Healthy and Happy Life
Following the premise that ageing well is about staying motivated and content, this illustrated guide explains how to build the resilience to achieve a long and healthy life. Incorporating numerous yoga poses and balancing Eastern philosophy and Western science, it considers the importance of staying active and alert, eating a healthy diet and having a rewarding social life.
Are You Sharp Enough to be a KGB Agent?
In a course that progresses from the level of junior operative to double agent, Spy School aims to sharpen your mind using techniques developed to train Russian intelligence agents. Following the story of a counter-intelligence operation, the book presents a series of documents and diary entries along with instruction on memory formation techniques, practical exercises, tasks and questions on the central plot. This Russian bestseller was translated by Svetlana Shcholokova.
Our Ultimate Challenge
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has crossed both Poles on foot and fought with the SAS: in spite of also having scaled mountains, he is still so scared of heights that he hates climbing ladders. In this meditation on the physical and psychological aspects of fear, he explores how they can be overcome, using his own experiences and historical moments in which fear played a critical role.
How Your Body Defends and Protects You
Without an immune system, we could not survive the battle between our microscopic enemies and ourselves. Drawing on sources from ancient Egyptian medical texts to cutting-edge medical science, the academic Catherine Carver explores the many facets of our natural defence system – including how it knows what to attack and what to defend, how diseases try to evade it, and how researchers are designing new drugs to harness its power.
The Disordered Mind
What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R Kandel, recipient of a Nobel Prize for his pioneering research, demonstrates how studies of brain disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, have improved our understanding of the close connections between neurological and psychiatric illnesses. He discusses the ways in which these findings are not only contributing to the development of effective treatments but are also helping to explain the mysterious origins of consciousness and creativity in the intricate interactions of brain cells.
Taoist Astral Healing
Chi Kung Healing Practices Using Star and Planet Energies
Taoist astrology teaches that harnessing the energies of the stars can break cycles of attraction and addiction, promote longevity, and enable us to heal ourselves and others. This step-by-step guide explains its origins and principles and offers practical meditation techniques that are intended to allow the inner and outer universes to become more connected, expanding self-awareness, balancing the emotions and promoting spiritual growth.
Beat Stress with Meditation
Meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety by developing a calmer and more balanced approach to everyday situations. This practical step-by-step guide describes how to master progressive exercises and integrate meditation techniques into daily life, emphasising the importance of a holistic approach to health for the body and the mind.
Breakfast with the Centenarians
The Art of Ageing Well
The renowned gerontologist Daniela Mari draws on her extensive experience of elderly care to reveal the art and science behind a healthy, happy old age, explains the concept of 'active ageing', and looks at how our sleeping habits and diet contribute to longevity.
The Lean Machines
Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome
The personal trainers and popular YouTubers Leon Bustin and John Chapman advocate a balanced, fad-free approach to well-being, and here they share a variety of nutritious recipes, workout plans and mindfulness tips designed to improve overall health and happiness.
The Journey within
Exploring the Path of Bhakti
In this sequel to his spiritual autobiography The Journey Home, the monk and activist Radhanath Swami combines personal anecdotes with the wisdom of gurus, saints and sacred texts. He guides the reader on the devotional path of bhakti yoga – ‘this timeless way of transforming consciousness’ – explaining how to awaken the potential to love, to balance our lives and to become instruments of change, showing kindness to others and care for our environment.
Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day
In this guide to yoga for people of all shapes and sizes, Anna Guest-Jelley explains the philosophy behind the exercises, describes how to adapt traditional poses to suit body shape, and shows that yoga can improve not only strength and flexibility, but also self-image.
Muscle Exercises Encyclopedia
Illustrated by a specialist in anatomical drawing, this reference book offers more than 440 workouts designed to increase muscle size. Each entry comprises a clear description of the exercise, the muscles used while performing it, the correct stance and manner of execution and ways to adapt it according to need.
Greek Myths Reimagined
Looking out from the terrace of his house above the Gulf of Argos, John Spurling intertwines ancient and modern in a reimagining of Greek mythology. He tells stories of the god Apollo (who lends his name to the local football team) and the region’s great heroes – Agamemnon, Herakles, Perseus and Theseus. With added context and dialogue, he locates the myths in their real-world settings and makes them fresh again for today’s readers.
The Complete Yoga Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
This manual of Hatha Yoga, written by the founder of Dharma Yoga London, is aimed at serious practitioners and aspiring teachers. Step-by-step instructions for 65 asanas (postures) are given, accompanied by notes on the benefits of each and photographs of yoga practitioners executing the pose. Breathing, anatomy and the science and history of yoga are also covered in this comprehensive handbook.
An A–Z Guide for More Than Forty Medical Conditions
Suitable for both the professional and the layman, this illustrated guide to healing massage – the practice of manipulating the muscles and soft tissue – provides information on more than forty health conditions and explains how to use massage to treat them.
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 Complete Idiot's Guide
To Pain Relief
Offering an overview of the conditions that cause pain and providing advice on how to live with, manage and treat it, this guide looks at over-the-counter and prescription medications and considers a range of alternative therapies such as acupuncture and meditation.
A Brief History of Secret Societies
The idea of secret societies that preserve hidden knowledge has exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination for centuries. Taking a balanced view of the evidence for such groups, a former intelligence analyst traces the history of beliefs about arcane wisdom, from the ancient roots of esoteric religion and magic to medieval movements including the Knights Templar and the present-day secrets of the Freemasons.
Can Onions Cure Ear-Ache?
Medical Advice from 1769 by William Buchan, MD
William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine was an 18th-century bestseller, a self-help manual intended for those who could not afford professional medical assistance. It covered everything from hiccups to consumption but, as Robert Winston writes in his foreword, ‘most remedies in Buchan’s time remained distinctly dodgy’. Melanie King introduces a selection from his A–Z of often hair-raising advice.
Sharing the Wisdom of the Enlightened Sufis
The ancient Sufi way, which leads spiritual seekers past ordinary states of consciousness, still thrives in the modern Islamic world. This book comprises personal reminiscences of travels to Sufism’s holy sites and meetings with its teachers, from India and Pakistan to the Maghreb and South Africa. These are interspersed with an outline of Sufi history and the words of great masters of the past.
The Accidental Memoir
This book is designed to guide you through the process of writing your life story. Work through it from start to finish or dip into it at any point. Its pages are filled with prompts, tips and exercises to get you writing, ranging from the creation of lists of your secrets and regrets to descriptions of food, music, pets and people special to you.
The Social Animal
A Story of How Success Happens
Arguing that public policy failures result from a simplistic model of human behaviour, Brooks explains what brain research has revealed about the influence of the unconscious mind on our actions. He illustrates these ideas through a fictional story of two ordinary people who led lives fulfilled, not by intelligence, wealth or prestige but through the character and ‘street smarts’ developed in the unconscious realm of emotions, intuitions and social norms.
Your Superstar Brain
Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Mind
Combining insights from groundbreaking research with anecdotes from her own life, a neuroscientist here provides an accessible introduction to the evolution and functioning of the human brain. She explains how our personalities, memories and emotions are created, considers the foods, music and activities that can supposedly benefit or harm our intellectual abilities, and examines why our big brains still make bad decisions and reward addictive behaviours.
The Man Who Saw the Future
The 17th-Century Astrologer Who Changed the Course of the English Civil War
William Lilly (1602–1681) produced uncannily accurate forecasts about the country’s fortunes during the Civil War and predicted the Great Fire of London. Highlighting the links between prophecy and politics in a tumultuous age, this biography describes how Lilly rose from humble farming origins to become an astrologer consulted by both King and Parliament, how he produced his prophecies and evaded efforts to silence him, and how his almanacs and astrological guidebook influenced popular culture.
Anatomy and 100 Stretching Exercises for Runners
This detailed guide offers stretching exercises to help runners of all levels improve their flexibility, enhance their performance and decrease the risk of injury. Each activity includes photographs and anatomical illustrations of the relevant primary and secondary muscles. Off-mint.
What's Your Type?
The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
The Myers-Briggs personality test was created in the 1920s by a mother–daughter team who had been inspired by Carl Jung. This account of its history and adoption by organizations worldwide acknowledges both believers and sceptics while exploring our need to categorize our ‘true selves’.
Wicca for Everyday Living
The Definitive Guide to Magic and the Craft
With claims to being the fastest-growing religion in the West, Wicca draws on pagan and hermetic traditions, and practitioners believe that we all possess the ability to improve our world. This illustrated handbook features practical information, such as how to build an altar; offers advice on visualization, the five sacred elements and the timing of spells and rituals; and explains the importance of nature, spirituality and the Sabbats.
A Mood Apart
Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self
This groundbreaking work on the science of mood disorders by the distinguished psychiatrist Peter Whybrow has now been updated to include the latest research and considers how the culture surrounding mental illness has progressed since the book was first published in 1997.Off-mint.
Overcoming Chronic Fatigue
A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Explaining possible causes of chronic fatigue, this book includes case studies, exercises, fill-in sections and advice for partners and relatives, and provides a range of strategies that can help people to cope with the condition.
An Owner's Manual
One in eight women is likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. The American surgeon Dr Kristi Funk provides information on diagnosis and treatment for those living with and surviving the disease; the latest research on lifestyle choices including food, supplements, hormones and exercise; and a long-term risk reduction plan that can be tailored to the individual.
Kings of the Grail
The location and even the very existence of the Holy Grail have been shrouded in mystery for centuries. In this book the authors present the texts of parchment documents recently discovered in Egypt, revealing that the relic passed through the hands of kings and reached the Iberian peninsula in the mid eleventh century, having previously been preserved in Jerusalem. This evidence is combined with material from other sources to identify the Grail as a chalice now kept at León in northern Spain.
Body Transformation Manual
The Ultimate 12-Week Workout Plan Suitable for Women and Men
This health advice guide acknowledges that physical training is only part of getting in shape, advising on nutrition and lifestyle as well as demonstrating specific exercise routines to provide a complete programme for weight loss and fitness.
The Life and Times of the Penis
To possess a penis, Sophocles said, is to be 'chained to a madman'. This light-hearted but impressively researched book ranges across history, world cultures, literature, art, medicine and myth to examine man's relation to his characteristic member. It investigates the reasons why this unruly appendage all too often appears to have a mind of its own - and the joint relationship of man and his madman to the opposite sex.
The Invisible Woman
Taking on the Vintage Years
Following the success of her ‘Vintage Years’ column in the Guardian, Walmsley-Johnson bases this humorous guide around her own roller-coaster life. She tackles topics such as shopping, sex and finances, describes the difficulties of finding work at the age of 45 and discusses how lack of opportunities and the media’s negative attitude can combine to make middle-aged women feel invisible.
The Telomerase Revolution
The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging... and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives
Why does growing old lead to so many forms of illness? Recent advances in the study of human cells have revealed that the key to answering this question lies in the telomeres – the tips of chromosomes – which shorten every time a cell reproduces. As he explains these insights, Fossel highlights the ability of the enzyme telomerase to re-lengthen the telomeres and discusses its potential as a means of treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life
Thousands of people have adopted a gluten-free diet, believing it to be healthier. This book reveals how little scientific evidence there is to justify this trend, and shows that while a gluten-free diet is a lifesaver for those with coeliac disease, for others, it may injure their health. Dr Green provides an in-depth examination of every symptom and condition associated with gluten, how gluten works in the body, what the gluten-free diet cures – and what it doesn’t. Off-mint.
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 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.
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.
Mindfulness in Eight Weeks
The Revolutionary Eight-Week Plan to Clear Your Mind and Calm Your Life
With downloadable audio materials, this illustrated manual uses mental and physical exercises with clear step-by-step instructions to help readers to become aware of their habits, learn how to breathe, understand their feelings and reactions, and live mindfully.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
In August 1890, Robert Koch, Europe’s greatest scientist, was rumoured to have found a cure for tuberculosis; sufferers began to arrive in Berlin in their thousands. In November, when Koch was scheduled to make public his miraculous substance, physicians joined the pilgrimage – among them, the young Arthur Conan Doyle. In this study, Goetz explores the ‘historic if unwitting collaboration’ of Koch and Doyle; how both men’s lives were undone by tuberculosis; and the positive contribution of failed theories to medical progress.