March 19, 2017

Issue 09 – October 2007

By In Volume 4 2007

Recommended Reads

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Peacemaker of the Pecos
By C.E. Edmonson


www.peacemakerofthepecos.com
(Fiction)
Gritty, fast-paced tale about a man with a hidden past who stands up to a ruthless land baron

in the Old West.

Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with fast-paced action.

The End of Sorrow: The Siege of Leningrad in World War II
By J.V. Love


www.EndOfSorrow.com
(Fiction)
Based on true events, a compelling account of Hitler’s 900-day siege of Leningrad and how the city’s inhabitants dealt with massive death and destruction…
Read Review

A Winter’s Vigil
By Norval Rindfleisch


www.iuniverse.com
(Fiction)
Well-written, nostalgic tale about a young man’s apprenticeship at a movie theater in the early 1960s and the mentors who taught him about life.

Terrorism 101
By Leon Newton, Ph.D.


www.terrorism101.info
(Nonfiction)
A library reference and selected annotated bibliography that describes how to fight terrorism not with bombs and bullets but by using experts in diplomacy, intelligence gathering, and crisis management.

The Final Human
By David M.Yourtee


yourteeD@umkc.edu
(Nonfiction)
An engaging search for higher meaning in life that challenges rational thinking about the value and future of humans.

Warming the Stone Children
By Christine Sandor


www.christinesandor.com
(Nonfiction)
A shocking true story of mother-daughter sexual abuse and eventual spiritual healing.

The Bible’s Cover Stories Revealed: The Golden Keys That Unlock History
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D

www.fearorlove.com
(Nonfiction)
An illustrated historical treatise that purports to solve the puzzle of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and resolves the riddle of Judeo-Christian religion by using an apocalyptic revelation of
the akashic records.

Remembrances of Times Past
By Marta Hiatt


www.northstarpress.com
(Nonfiction)
A nostalgic collection of stories and photographs recalling life in the early part of the 20th century.

Apollo 21
By Frank Hogan


www.lulu.com/content/165544
(Fiction)
&nbsp An exciting thriller about a murderer on board a lunar space flight.

Destiny
By Frank Hogan


www.lulu.com/content/467566
(Fiction)
A suspenseful thriller about a space shuttle that has been hijacked.

There Is No Key to Happiness,
The Door is Always Open

By Marc Gohres
www.authorhouse.com/BookStore
(Nonfiction)
A common-sense guide to happiness based on personal experience and wisdom
from the ages.

A Bedroom Occupation:
Love Elegies

By Mark Scott
www.lumenbooks.org
(Poetry)
Lyrical, heartfelt poems about love, passion, and relationships.

Millennial Harvest: Life and
Collected Poems

By Charles Greenleaf Bell
www.lumenbooks.org
(Autobiography)
A towering, intellectual book of essays, poems, and personal narrative in the tradition of Dante’s La Vita Nova.

Wearing the Spider
By Susan Schaab
www.galavantpress.com
(Fiction)
A fast-paced, high-tech thriller about a female attorney who gets caught in a web of sexual harassment, identity theft,
and political intrigue.

 

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click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

 

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/EdNews.com: “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.
• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

 

 

We Are Compassionate–
Why Are You Killing Us?

By Paul Levy

When I first started studying Buddhism over twenty-five years ago, I deeply connected with a number of Buddhist monks from Burma. They were of the “Therevadan” tradition, which is the “way of the elders,” the most ancient Buddhist lineage. They were “forest monks” who lived in the forest and followed as completely as possible the way of the Buddha. They only ate one meal each day by noon and they only ate what was offered to them.

The only possessions they owned were a robe and a begging bowl. They could literally sit in meditation all day, moment by moment just watching their mind. They didn’t sleep lying down but sat up all night in meditation position. They were some of the most amazing and kind human beings I have ever encountered. These Buddhist monks were “awake” in a way I had never experienced before. They seemed totally unselfconscious, very happy, and incredibly joyful. It seemed like all they wanted to do was to help people.

Simply being in their presence was literally mind-blowing. It was as if they were all connected through the heart with each other, as if they existed in a higher, more expansive, and freer dimension of our being. I had never before experienced being around other human beings who had a palpable spiritual vibration that was effortlessly radiating through their hearts. These Burmese Buddhist monks were tapped into and embodying nothing other than love. It was one of the most profound blessings of my life to have spent some time with these monks. It felt like they were teaching me in everything they did: the way they walked, the way they ate, the way they did anything.

What is currently happening in Burma is a crystallization of a collective psychosis that is ravaging our planet. This psychic epidemic, what I call “malignant egophrenia” (please see my article Diagnosis: Psychic Epidemic – www.awakeninthedream.com/diagnosis.html) pervades the entire field of consciousness, which is to say it is not localized in one place or limited in time, in that it exists everywhere in potential at any moment. What is happening in Burma is a localized, acute outbreak of a nonlocal, virulent, pathogen that has infected the global body politic. The situation in Burma is an out-picturing on the world stage of a deeper, archetypal process that exists enfolded within the collective unconscious of our species.

What is being played out in Burma is a living “symbol” of a deeper, mythic process which is currently en-acting itself in a variety of scenarios around the world. Being a timeless, archetypal process that has materialized into our time-bound reality, it can be recognized to be an amplified version of what can happen or what actually is currently happening in the U. S., as our country becomes more and more a military, police state, which oppresses the freedom of its citizenry.

What is happening in Burma is the latest manifestation of the underlying psychic epidemic into which our species has fallen prey, simultaneously revealing the collective psychosis in bold relief for all who have eyes to see. Something is being revealed to us through what is materializing in Burma: the underlying world process, which is also incarnating itself in the Middle East, in the U. S. and all over the world, is crystallizing itself into a fully clarified symbol. The situation in Burma is only the latest iteration of an archetypal process that has played itself out throughout human history.

On the one hand are the Buddhist monks, who are truly revered by the people of Burma, and who genuinely represent the will of the people. The monks are devout followers of the Buddha, “the awakened one,” who taught that “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love, this is the eternal rule.” The monks are holding up signs saying things like “Stop Violence” and “We are compassionate. Why are you killing us?” What clearer expression do we need to reflect the insanity that pervades our planet? As if actors in a cosmic play, the Buddhist monks are re-presenting the role of loving-kindness, of compassion. They are even carrying a victory banner which reads, “Love and kindness must win over everything.” While nonviolently protesting the abuse of power, they are chanting the “Metta Thoke,” the “loving-kindness sutra,” which sends out and shares loving-kindness and its merit to all living beings, including the militarized government who are oppressing them. They are literally embodying the very teachings of both Buddha and Christ.

On the other hand is the militaristic government, which represents the will of the elite few. They rule by force, by “might makes right.” Whereas the monks embody love, the generals and their minions re-present the ultimate abuse and perversion of power. Seen symbolically, the militarized government re-presents the very opposite of both love and of life itself, which is to say they represent, in full-bodied form, the archetypal quality of “evil.” An archetypal, timeless drama is being played out in Burma between the monks and the military, freedom and oppression, and good and evil. But like Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate says, “There will be change because all the military have are guns.” People, groups, or nations who abuse their power over others invariably self-destruct; it is merely a question of time.

When what is happening in Burma is viewed symbolically and seen as a dreaming process – as an externalized reflection of something going on deep inside the collective unconscious of humanity – it is recognized that the opposites of archetypal good and evil, embodied in the figures of the monks and the military junta, are completely polarized and split, encountering each other in living, breathing, form through the Burmese theater. The very opposites, which animate the extreme tension in the world psyche, are being played out on the world stage for all to see.

Recognizing what the situation in Burma is “symbolically” revealing to us is to have an expansion of consciousness. When recognized as a symbol of the deeper process that is incarnating throughout the collective body politic, including within ourselves, the horror that is playing out in Burma can activate our lucidity and help wake us up. We can only recognize what is symbolically being revealed to us if we realize that the people in Burma, both the monks and the military thugs, are not separate from ourselves. To see symbolically is to recognize that, just like a dream, all characters in the situation in Burma are interconnected aspects of ourselves. The energetic expression of our realization is loving-kindness and compassion for all these various and multiple parts of ourselves.

Having loving-kindness and compassion, however, does not mean doing nothing. It does not mean that we let abuse happen when we are in a position to stop it. We should not forget to take what is happening in Burma “literally” too, which means we should listen to what the people in Burma, these parts of ourselves are saying: “Help!” In their cry is a part of ourselves calling for help. Let us hear their cries, which are none other than our own, and answer.

To show your solidarity with the Burmese people, and support the movement for peace and democracy in Burma, please sign the following emergency petition:

www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/t.php

Paul Levy is an artist and a spiritually-informed political activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of, ‘The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis,’ which is available on his website
www.awakeninthedream.com.

 

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Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.

 

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Bush on the Couch
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Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

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Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

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Crossing the Rubicon
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Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

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