Review: Do It Yourself Akashic Wisdom

akshic wisdomDo It Yourself Akashic Wisdom: Access the Library of Your Soul

by Jacki Smith, Patty Shaw

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1578635403
ISBN-13: 978-1578635405

(Barry’s score 4 1/2 stars out of 5)
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Do It Yourself Akashic Wisdom: Access the Library of Your Soul

My thoughts:

This is such an unusual title that it jumped to the top of my TBR pile. I really expected it to be a disappointing mix of new-age fru fru with a dash of nineteenth century Theosophy. What I got was a book that was as entertaining to read as it was informative. I guess their description of  the Akashic dimension was the best that I have ever read.

The Akashic dimension was created as an interface with the universe or higher knowledge (God) so we can count and recount all of our thoughts, intentions, dreams,  actions, relationships, faux pas, successes, karmic credit cards, past lives, sneezes, farts, and coughs.

Those ladies had me hooked with “farts.” Not only do I have to worry about wearing my past sins like some grizzly war trophy, but now I have to worry about an Akashic  vault filled with the farts of previous lives (and people, I love spicy food).

The  book is broken into 14 chapters easy to digest chapters with a nice though diminutive glossary at the end of the book.  Having said that, I would like to have seen more than just a couple of pages on the “Trailblazers of the Akashic Craze.” I loved the “Tips” from Aunt Patty and Aunt Jacki. All in all, I enjoyed the book and I give Do It Yourself Akashic Wisdom 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I recommend it for your esoteric home library.

Product description:

The Akashic Records, or “The Book of Life,” is a dimension of consciousness that contains a vibrational record of every soul and its journey. For the spiritual seeker or the average Joe, most of us would like to know the meaning of our lives. And we’d all love to have a handbook to guide us through the pitfalls and challenges, and learn to embrace our place in it all. The Akashic Records offer just that–a guide to understanding your life and its lessons. In fact, they are a complete library of guidebooks, which help you understand yourself and your place in the divine universe.

Akashic Anarchist Sisters Patty Shaw and Jacki Smith not only teach you how to access your records, they also teach you how to break into the library and bring home the books! Through the use of journaling, mediations, personal rituals, and visualizations, you’ll learn how to read your records, understand their meaning, and use that knowledge to change your life. With humor and spiritual wisdom that comes from a lifetime of hacking into their own records, Shaw and Smith offer readers a unique and practical guide to learn the true wisdom of the Akashic Records.

Readers learn:

  • How the divine communicate with you, every day
  • What to do when life throws you a curveball
  • The Who’s Who of the Akashic Records
  • A Glossary of Akashic Terms

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day

Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day:
Learn the basics of: Islam Buddhism Hinduism Mormonism Christianity And many more…
by Garry R. Morgan
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0764210033
ISBN-13: 978-0764210037

(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5 — link)

From the Back Cover

A Concise, Easy-to-Understand Overview of the World’s Religions

What religions are represented in your neighborhood, your workplace, and your children’s school? Things seem to be changing every day, and it can be hard to keep up. You may know a little about some of these religions. Others are new to you. You’d like to learn about them and how they differ from your beliefs, but who has time to do all the research?

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar–Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism–and some of the lesser known–Baha’i, Sikhism, and New Age religions. Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand. In just minutes a day you’ll soon have a better understanding of the world’s beliefs.

My thoughts:

It’s been three decades since I had my “Religions of the World” course and my now 53 year-old brain struggles to pull up the various religions on command. The little gray cells need a kick-start and a brief reminder is all that it needed to get the ball, or in my case, brain rolling.

Symbol of the major religions of the world: Ju...
Symbol of the major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, Morgan covers a religion in about 4 pages to a chapter. Some religions have multiple chapters, Islam has six chapters and Christianity has five. I really liked that Secular Humanism was included as a religion. I imagine that a few professors’ heads exploded reading that!

All in all, I think that Morgan has put together an instructive book covering the broader aspects of the world’s religions. It should make for a solid introduction for those wanting to learn the basics or in my case a quick refresher course. I give Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day 4 stars out of 5 and I recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: The Book of Transformation

Lisa Barretta
Subject:New Age, New Thought
Book description:
We live in a universe of infinite possibilities. Right now, a wave of frequency is lifting the veil and opening the portal for us to experience a higher consciousness. We are evolving into the lighter, more sentient psychic and authentic existence for which we were originally designed. We have the ability to transcend the limits of the time-space paradigm and go through a transformation that will redefine reality itself.
The Book of Transformation guides you through the phases of your awakening and shows you what you can expect as you evolve into a world defined by frequency and light. In this revolutionary book, you will:
  • Discover how to successfully “hack into” the nonverbal universal language of synchronicities and number patterns
  • See how the Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children are the precursors to our evolutionary “upgrade”
  • Learn the symptoms of shifting into a higher frequency
  • Understand how the chakra centers are the hub for your extrasensory psychic system
  • Recognize that birthmarks are signs of past-life traumas
  • Learn how to prepare yourself to welcome visitors from other star systems

My thoughts:

Will the events described in Barretta’s new book come to fruition?  I don’t know … only time will tell. I do maintain a healthy skepticism of new age claims. Having said that, I found the book to be only mildly interesting or thought-provoking and the lack of documentation was maddening.

The book is on the small side weighing in at a diminutive 224 pages.It has a healthy Index at the back of the book and a small Glossary before the Preface.

She quotes herself on almost every page which was annoying. I don’t mind the occasional large print quote to highlight something important on that page, but not every freaking page. If you must use large print quotes, use other authors to support your arguments.

Let’s take a look at Barretta’s DNA comments. On page 124, she writes “That ‘junk’ DNA isn’t really junk at all: It is merely waiting to be activated when the time — and frequency — was right.” Documentation? It begs the question, what is the author’s knowledge of DNA? If it is little more than High-school biology class, I remain skeptical.

Sadly most of the book is like that: Indigo children will be this, rainbow children will be that, alien’s altered man’s DNA, etc. I would like to have seen Barretta pull in other books to support her revelations. A few quotes and footnotes would have gone a long way.

The lack of any documentation makes it little more than new age fluff. Sadly, I can not recommend it to anyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Army’s New PTSD Treatments: Yoga, Reiki, ‘Bioenergy’ | Danger Room |



The military is scrambling for new ways to treat the brain injuries and post-traumatic stress of troops returning home from war. And every kind of therapy — no matter how far outside the accepted medical form — is being considered. The Army just unveiled a $4 million program to investigate everything from "spiritual ministry, transcendental meditation,
[and] yoga" to "bioenergies such as Qi gong, Reiki, [and] distant healing" to mend the psyches of wounded troops.

As many as 17 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, one congressional study estimates. Nearly 3,300 troops have suffered traumatic brain injury, or TBI, according to statistics assembled last summer. And the lifetime costs of treating these ailments could pile up to as much as $35 billion, a Columbia University report guesses.

Small wonder, then, that the government is looking for alternate means to treat these injuries. The Defense Department "is dedicated to supporting evidence-based approaches to medical treatment and wants to support the use of alternative therapies if they are proven efficacious," notes a recently-issued request for proposals. 

But many of these treatments haven’t been held up to much rigorous scientific scrutiny before. So the Army is looking to hand out $4 million in "seedling grants" to "conduc[t] rigorous clinical studies" into all sorts of "novel approaches." Projects "containing preliminary data" will be eligible for up to $1 million. But even "innovative but testable hypotheses without preliminary data" could get as much as $300,000. Proposals are due May 15.

"Music, animal-facilitated therapy, art, dance/movement, massage therapy, EMDR [Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing] program evaluation, virtual reality, acupuncture, spiritual ministry, transcendental meditation,
[and] yoga," might all be considered worth of the military’s largess. So would "biologically-based treatments, botanicals, and nutritional supplements for enhancing cognitive function and mood in patients with trauma spectrum disorders, including
TBI and/or PTSD, depression, anxiety, and/or substance dependence/abuse." Even proposals for wild-sounding "therapies using bioenergies such as Qi gong, Reiki, distant healing and acupuncture" would be accepted.

The program also wants to investigate the "perceptions" of these treatments, and any "gender-specific implications and issues" involved. All "proposals must provide a clear justification and military relevance for the choice of therapies selected," the Army reminds grant applicants.

This isn’t the first time the military has investigated these sorts of nontraditional approaches. The semi-legendary "First Earth Battalion," immortalized in The Men Who Stare at Goats, advocated that soldiers utilize everything from "yogic cat stretch[es]" to "Ginseng tab regulator[s]" to "amphetamines." A 1973 RAND Corporation study, put together for Darpa, lamented Soviet advances over the American military in everything from yoga to telekinesis. More recently, Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., inserted $2 million into last year’s defense budget bill for "research into the effects of prayer." Darpa has invested millions into natural dietary supplements. Troops — even flag-level officers — have been known to do yoga on their own.

And while some of these techniques seem way out there — I mean way, way out there — others may have a more practical effect on psychiatric health. Yoga, for instance, has been shown to improve the mood of psychiatric inpatients and reduce so-called "stress hormones" like cortisol. After promising early results, planning is underway for a major study into the effects of yoga on the treatment of schizophrenia. Full disclosure: The doctor running that study is my wife, Elizabeth. But she’s not planning to take any Army money.

Army’s New PTSD Treatments: Yoga, Reiki, ‘Bioenergy’ | Danger Room |

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