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4 december 2019

Children of Infinity – The Religion, Legends and Gods of Pre-Christian Hawaii

By Leinani Melville.

183 Pages | Copyright 1969, third printing 1990 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835600025.

Long before the white man arrived in the new world, the people of Hawaii had developed a high culture, with many fascinating legends and myths concerning the people of MU. Many of these traditions had a deep spiritual meaning, which unfortunately became lost with the Christianizing of the islands. In this book, Leinani Melville writes of the esoteric code of the tahunas (priests) of Hawaii and recounts some of their traditional mythology. He received his instruction from an elderly Hawaiian woman, who he believed was a tahuna mataura (seer). She drew the sacred symbols on the sand and explained their meaning to him. Later, he learned to interpret the sacred chants and temple prayers, many of which contain concepts akin to the religions and folklore of other ancient cultures.

The author was a merchant sailor, who steeped himself in the pre-Christian culture of his native Hawaii. He tells with simplicity and beauty some of the teachings and beliefs of the religion of the MU. Written in popular form this book conveys the understanding and reverence, which the author feels for the traditions of his forefathers. The book contains 34 illustrations of sacred symbols of Hawaii, together with descriptions as to their significance.

From Chapter 3: ‘Tane, Our Father in Heaven’ (p. 15):

He Pure I O Tane E, Te Hatu O Havai”i (Prayer to Tane, Lord of Hawaii)

Hail! Tane, creator of the heavens,
The heavens of our ancestry,
The heavens of beneficence,
That shower this earth with blessings,
Hail! Father, hail!

Lord of Light, God of Might,
From Your Temple of the Sun in the blue of heaven – 
Breath! Through the invisible spiritual channel
that links the mind of man with the Infinite
Mind of God – 
Life! That floats in the living water of Your
Holy Breath,
Breathe health unto me, Your offspring.

Benevolent Man, who warms humanity,
Warm me with Your love.
Forgive, Oh Father, forgive my sins.
Liberate me from the transgressions of others.

O Spirit, dear God,
Sacred!
Eri Eri
My prayer is ended.
Let Your blessings liberally descend. ” 

Auteur: Meville, L.
ISBN: 0835600025
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War and the Soul – Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Edward Tick, Ph.D.

329 Pages | First Quest Edition 2005 | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608312.

Post-traumatic stress disorder increasingly afflicts veterans of modern warfare. The New England Journal of Medicine (July 2005) reports, that it affects almost 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq. Tragically, PTSD impacts all aspects of life. Some vets can’t hold jobs or sustain relationships. Others have recurrent nightmares or won’t leave home, fearing they may attack ‘the enemy’ seen in the faces of those they meet.

To begin healing, says Edward Tick, we must see PTSD as a disorder of identity itself. War’s violence can cause the very Soul to flee and be lost for life. Drawing on history, mythology, and thirty years of experience, Dr. Tick reveals the universal dimensions of veteran’s Soul wounding. He uses methods from ancient Greek, Native American, Vietnamese, and other traditions to restore the Soul so that the veteran can, at last, truly return home. His work is invaluable for veterans of any war as well as for their families and all, who would help them.

From the Conclusion (p. 286):

” Our goal is not just to awaken the Soul; that is what childhood, religious and secular education is meant to do. Rather, our goal is to ‘grow’ the Soul large enough, to help it become wise and strong enough, so that it can surround the dominating wound we call trauma. When we do this, PTSD can evaporate and we can have people like Mr. Tiger, devoted to the peaceful cultivation of the earth and to international friendship and reconciliation. The formula for the war-wounded Soul is simple: surround trauma with Soul. Its application may be the most difficult and important work we ever undertake. ” 

Auteur: Tick, E.
ISBN: 9780835608312
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Changing Reality: Huna Practices to Create the Life You Want

332 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2013 by Serge King

“Reality is experience, and experience is reality,” says Hawaiian shaman Serge King, speaking of Huna, the esoteric tradition in which he was reared. King emphasizes that all of us have the ability to shift from one world to another. The difference is that shamans do it purposefully, while the rest of us are unaware of it. He trains us to engage in the process consciously in order to expand our human potential. Among books on Huna, this one is unique for offering actual practices for changing our reality to create the life we want.

auteur: King, S.K.
ISBN: 9780835609111
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In a user-friendly, conversational style, King’s chapters explain the four worlds of a shaman and basic Huna principles. Then, citing case studies, he guides us in how to change reality in each of the four worlds, bringing in ESP, telepathy, the perception of auras, telekinesis, dreaming, magical flight, and, finally, soul retrieval and the great power of healing. “It sounds simple,” says King, “and it is. The most difficult part is to accept the simplicity, because that means changing one’s idea about what reality is. And that’s what this book is all about.” “I am a huge fan of Serge Kahili King’s books, and his latest offering, Changing Reality, offers tools for understanding reality at a deeper level, and for changing your life in amazing ways.” — Mary Olsen Kelly, author of Path of the Pearl; Discover Your Treasures Within, Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul and Finding Each Other “If you want to go from aligning with reality to actually creating it, this book is your guide. Brimming with solid shamanic techniques for bringing the extraordinary into the realm of the ordinary, it will help you transcend your beliefs and assumptions so that you can not only experience, but live, the spirit of Aloha.” — Tamarack Song, author of Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature. “As an energy healer, I found the exercises, especially on how to increase your aura, both easy and effective. Whether you want to increase your own health and happiness, or work as a healer, this book clearly and concisely explains how to use the special shamanic tools available to us all. King has let out the secrets to shamanism!” — Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries Serge Kahili King, PhD, a master Hawaiian shaman, is the world’s foremost author of books on Huna; he founded Huna International, which leads workshops in personal effectiveness and trains shamanic healers to work in urban settings. Other titles by the author: Earth Energies: A Quest for the Hidden Powers of the Planet Kahuna Healing Mastering Your Hidden Self: A Guide to the Huna Way

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The Natural Man – A Thoreau Anthology (A Quest Miniature)

119 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 1988

This Quest Miniature presents a lively selection of Thoreau’s writings, topically arranged.

Popular quotes:

Page 1 – I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.‎

Page 5 – If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.‎

Page 7 – I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.‎

auteur: Thoreau, H.
ISBN: 9780835605038
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Page 8 – Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.‎ Page 8 – Some are dinning in our ears that we Americans, and moderns generally, are intellectual dwarfs compared with the ancients, or even the Elizabethan men. But what is that to the purpose ? A living dog is better than a dead lion. Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can ? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.‎ Page 31 – In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost ; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.‎ Page 50 – I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil, — to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.‎ Page 52 – At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.‎

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100 Years of Theosophy – History of the Theosophical Society in America

By Joy Mills (1920 – 2015).

215 Pages | First edition 1987 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. |  ISBN: 0835602354.

Theosophical history seldom lacked the colorful personalities and intriguing situations that always lend piquancy to human narratives.

Beginning with ‘Birthing and Growing Pains’, concluding with ‘A New Vision is Granted’, historian Joy Mills relates the founding, the growth, the goals achieved and not achieved, the momentous and the less significant vicissitudes that accompanied the theosophical movement in America.

In this meticulously researched work, Mills captures the intense dynamics, the human drama, that is inevitably part and parcel of any revolutionary movement away from society’s established religious pattern. This history of The Theosophical Society in America is, in a very real sense, the history of a small group of spiritually dedicated individuals; people determined to establish a nucleus of Universal Brotherhood and to encourage a search for ‘Truth’ in this world of illusions, dilemmas, sufferings and satisfactions.

100 Years of Theosophy is a definite overview of the evolution of Theosophy and the Theosophical Society in the United States, But it is necessarily more. It is also the story of the people involved. Their daring, their commitment. Their extraordinary spiritual perspective. Their quarrels and their caring. So complete is this chronicle that Dr. Ellwood suggests that it ‘is certain to be the standard history of the Theosophical Society for years to come.

 

 

auteur: Mills, J.
ISBN: 0835602354
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Native Healer – Initiation into an Ancient Art

By Medicine Grizzlybear Lake.

199 Pages | Copyright 1991, third printing 1993| Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606678.

Many claim to be healers and spiritual teachers: the author is both. Here he explains how a person is called to be a medicine man or woman and the trials and tests of a candidate. Lake gives an exciting glimpse into the world of Native American Shamanism. He was trained by numerous Native American teachers, including Rolling Thunder, and has conducted hundreds of ceremonies and lectures.

From the Introduction (p. 1):

” Traditional Native healers were the people, who provided medical leadership for the c0mmunity in the past, for most Native tribal systems. They were the seers, visionairies, doctors and counselors for the people. They advised the people about good health practices, which were medico-religious in nature, and they taught them to develop spiritually. When the people became sick, the Native healer doctored them. And if the healer did not have an answer to a particular problem, he or she would seek a vision by consulting with the Great Creator and spirits to find solutions. During such times the shaman could often see into the future. In some ways, that is what I am trying to share here. “

 

auteur: Lake, Medicine Grizzlybear
ISBN: 0835606678
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Earth Energies – A Quest for the Hidden Powers of the Planet

By Serge Kahili King Ph.D.

243 Pages | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606821.

How can understanding energy principles make our homes and our landscapes healthier and more balanced? In this intriguing mix of science and speculation, Hawaiian shaman Serge King explores the hidden powers of the Earth. Drawing on the Wisdom of ancient civilizations and on more recent research, King describes the wonders of the unseen natural force known as vril.

Serge Kahili King holds a doctorate in psychology from California Western University. He has studied with Master shamans from Africa from Hawaii and has trained thousands in his popular seminars. He is author of Mastering Your Hidden Self, Imagineering for Health, Kahuna Healing, Urban Shaman, and the audio cassette, The Road to Self-Mastery.

From the Preface:

” We are of the earth, earthy. We certainly have amind and/or spirit which can transcend this planet both physically and metaphysically, but in addition we have animal bodies with animal natures which respond to and interact with the natural forces such as electricity, magnetism, and gravity. Modern science recognizes two others you may be less familiar with, which are called the strong and weak nuclear forces. Shamans, mystics, metaphysicians and more liberal scientists recognize additional forces that can be termed ‘psychoenergetic’, a Russian term meaning that they intera. They interact with the mind as well with the body. These are the ones discussed in the book, because they are so little known, so influential in our lives and so very useful. “

auteur: King, S.
ISBN: 0835606821
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The Sage from Concord – The Essence of Ralph Waldo Emerson (A Quest Miniature)

Compiled by V. Hanson and C. Pedersen.

127 Pages | First Quest printing 1985, 2nd printing 1987 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605930.

In a spiritual sense one might describe the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson as that of a nineteenth century ‘Voice of America’. Contained within his writings one will find almost incomparable insights into the nature of America, of America’s people and their destiny.

Emerson’s essays are based on his sensitivity to the fundamental fellowship of all that lives. The 301 excerpts in this book have been culled from the author’s best-known works including The Oversoul, Compensation, Fate, Friendship, Nature, Heroism and Self-Reliance. Here then is The Sage from Concord at his transcendental best – a selected digest of his philosophy particularly suitable for today’s seeker, who must ‘read as he/she runs‘.

Terminus (p. 127):

” As the bird trims her to the gale

I trim myself to the storm of time

I man the rudder, reef the sail,

Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:

‘Lowly faithful, banish fear,

Right onward drive unharmed;

The port, well worth the cruise, is near,

And every wave is charmed’. “

auteur: Hanson, V. (comp.)/Pedersen, C. (comp.)
ISBN: 0835605930
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I Send a Voice

By Evelyn Sybil Mary Eaton (1902 – 1983).

178 Pages | First Quest Book edition 1978, 5th printing 1990 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605116.

A FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT of the consciousness expanding, transforming rites of an Amerindian Sweat Lodge.

Evelyn Eaton writes of her compelling determination to become worthy of participating in a Sweat Lodge healing ritual. Later, after undergoing ordeals inside and outside the Lodge, she dared to ask Power Man for a Pipe. I Send a Voice provides an unusually authentic picture of the Amerindian during one of his most sacred and esoteric rites. With Evelyn, we live through the deep drama of numerous experiences of physical and spiritual healings: grow to love, admire, and respect the powerful Grandfathers.

From page 36:

” Sharing was the point. Someone gathered and brought the tule reeds. Someone brought the rocks and the wood for the fire. Someone drew the water and carried it in pails. Many hands must have built the Sweat Lodge, cutting and trimming the willow trees, planting them in the ground, bending them symmetrically together to support the roof. In the old days someone would have cured the deerskin or the buffalo hide to stretch on the framework. Then there would be a ritual to bless it, in which everyone concerned would take part.

The description of such a ritual was in Chapter III of Brown’s The Sacred Pipe. There was a diagram showing the Inipi, the purification lodge. The Sweat Lodge here was made by another tribe, but the principle was the same. I thought of the circle, in all its symbolism, from a glyph of the Creator, that Point within the Circle, whose center is everywhere, to its representative, the sun, source of light, life and spiritual illumination. From there, I went to meditation on the Medicine Wheel, a mandala of concentric depths and intricate designs, where everything in the universe has its appropriate place. “

 

auteur: Eaton, E.
ISBN: 0835605116
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Freedom through the Balisier (A Quest Miniature)

By Cyril H. Boynes.

113 Pages | First edition 1984 – A Quest Miniature | Softcover| Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835605841.

The colorful balisier is indigenous to Trinidad. The fiery plant has taken on deep mystical overtones for many of the natives, because of its unusual characteristics. It represents a symbol of life’s conflicts and eventual victory over our temporal nature. It might be said, it represents eternity itself, because of its almost indestructable nature. Because of the snake, that makes the balisier its home, it represents the dangers we encounter in our search for Truth. All this and more is brought to light in this Quest Miniature booklet. A  native of Trinidad, points to many symbolic correspondences between the balisier and Christianity in an ecumenical sense.

” I go to prepare a place for you… that where I AM, there you may be also… “

auteur: Boynes, C.H.
ISBN: 0835605841
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