Book Review: Voyages into the Unknown by Bruce Moen

Book Review: Voyages into the Unknown

Bruce Moen’s book, Voyages into the Unknown is deep and profound, with it’s assay into the bottomless mysteries one might imagine when you dare to dive into Afterlife exploration.

Sometimes, the word for word familiarity was uncanny with things I have experienced–other times, passages or terms were, at least initially, way over my head. Yet, Bruce’s writing kept me intrigued from start to finish–though I’m not entirely finished, as there are more books in this series to eagerly inspect.

For those of us who love fiction based on true stories, enjoy deep and riveting mysteries, or simply have a passion to dig through the numerous tangles within our Connections, I believe you’ll find this a treasured book.

Voyages into the Unknown
Voyages into the Unknown

I have enjoyed the challenge and stretch Voyages has brought to my ever evolving consciousness.

Consciousness, as a topic and in all of its aspects, beckons me to study it further, not out of mere curiosity as much as out of this fantastical question of “where do I stop and you begin?” –and because of my mother, aunt, and grandmother all suffered with Alzheimer’s dis-ease. I am a sleuth of sorts, always and in ALL ways forward-thinking to try and solve the riddle of why we’re here.

You may also like my post, Expanding Consciousness here.

Connections

I came to know Bruce’s writing through his beloved wife, Pharon. And I desired to finish her husband’s book before embarking on a Sacred Celtic Journey with my husband (a journey that Pharon, Patricia McGivern, Kim Cintio, and several more would also join).

I met Pharon on my Sedona journey, and we have stayed connected since. But, I had not gotten to know Bruce before his passing, or crossing over beyond The Veil. And I wanted to learn about him and his Afterlife exploration from having attended his memorial service, or Celebration of Life.

In order to live a wholly vibrant life, I feel we must continually expand our awareness. And when I saw several people from Bruce’s past Afterlife exploration attend his service (from as far away as Japan), I knew I must read his books. I love reading books, but reading books by those I know (or know their family member) is a real thrill!

Synchronicities

I don’t want to reveal too much, but I thought you might be interested in a few inside peeks to see what engaged me so much!

I’ll share three relevancies or synchronicities that struck a chord within me as I read, Voyages into the Unknown:

1) “Bits and pieces that ring true to your own experience…” (Bits and Pieces was the name of an establishment in my hometown of which, I can’t explain much about except it intrigued me and I looked forward to going there for years. When I was finally old enough to get in, it had closed for business.)

2) “All the events of my life seem so woven together and interconnected…” (I probably don’t need to explain why this sentence resonated with me, but if I do, read this.)

3) A powerful explanation about reoccurring dreams and how many times we remember these dreams 30 or 40 years later!

Believe it or not – a key to healing

Bruce details in his book a question that I have pondered for years. Why some people can have spontaneous healing in their bodies, yet others not–and while I agree none of us can really know how much Faith a person has, I dare say that I’ve known many who displayed great Faith (especially believing for others), yet continued to personally suffer. A key answer to this perplexing conundrum is put forth in Voyages–and it relates to how each must believe within our own frame of reference for the body to accept the healing!!!

Fascinating topics

If you are fascinated by any of the following, I believe (no, I FEEL), that you’ll love Voyages into the Unknown:

  • Afterlife exploration
  • Astrology
  • Hypnosis
  • Numerology
  • Paranormal experiences
  • Past lives
  • Quantum entanglement
  • Reincarnation

I wish for all of my readers to have fantastical synchronicities and experiences also!

Be open to receive.

Many blessings to you in ALL ways.

Amen and Namaste. OM

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On the uplifting side

Check out this original song, When I Dream. Written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 11) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26

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An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

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Book Review: Riding the Dark Horse And the Fall of Man

Riding the Dark Horse And the Fall of Man was a deeply engaging book to read and study! After taking more than two months to read, research, and fully absorb this intricately written book, here’s my review:

As a reader and author of non-fiction works, I’ve taken my time to dig into Lama Nicholas Packard’s exceptional writing about the Fall of Man.
From the “Contents” section to the “About the Author” pages, this intelligent and insightful book is well put together and nicely organized. In fact, I didn’t find one typo. That means a lot since typos nearly always jump off the page to me!
I took so long to read this enlightening book, because I felt it worthy of an in depth study. I would read one or two chapters at a time, ponder what I’d read, and then research some of the historical points of what had been presented.
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As I read, I learned quite a lot about Western culture and how we’ve wound up in the mess that we’re in! I dug deep, underlining many passages–all while learning many reasons why people get caught up in consumerism.
Considering this book focuses a great deal on cultural history, as an aside let me explain that Lama Nicholas and I share a similar background. Lama Nicholas was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I was born and raised in the Mid-Ohio Valley area of West Virginia, often called the Chemical Valley–and in my youth, Pittsburgh was one of the closest metropolitan cities to my hometown.
In Lama Nicholas’ early career he moved to Washington, D.C., New York and Italy, but he eventually gave up everything to live a life of personal transformation and renunciation. He has lived, studied, and practiced as a healer in India , China, Tibet, Bhutan, and Thailand. Conversely, I only moved from West Virginia to Florida (primarily to escape the chemicals in that environment so I could breathe easier), and chose a simple life of living full-time in an RV (mainly to reduce expenses).
Similar to Lama Nicholas, I’ve studied and worked alongside those of different cultures, and languages. When I was in college, as well as at work (in the IT industry) I’ve sat beside and gotten to know many people from different backgrounds, religions, beliefs, and who spoke differing languages.
Something I noticed through the years, was that even though I couldn’t always understand an international person’s dialect very well (typically because they learned English as a second language and continued to speak their mother tongue at home), I found that if I looked at them directly–in the eye–I could get a sense of the person. This knowing somehow helped me focus, and improve our communication.
I’ve met Lama Nicholas Packard in person and listened to many of his presentations when he’s visited the St. Petersburg, Florida area. I feel very fortunate to have been able to meet him and learn from him. Thus, I could hear his voice often as I read the pages of “Riding the Dark Horse.”
I’ve even had a healing session with Lama Nicholas, which you can read here. But I digress. Let me return to my review of his book.
The book is organized into three parts.
The first part lays out how man separates from heaven. The second part presents how man separates from nature. The final part presents how man separates from self.
As I read, I grasped the importance of this work. This book could serve to answer many questions for myriad of seekers. Read it.
 The first 9 chapters give a broad brush background, and details about Plato and Aristotle to help the reader understand the beginnings of, and the meaning of Duality. And how the obsession of worldly desires began to shake the very foundations of culture and religious beliefs.
I read about the Cathars, whom I had only first heard about a few years ago. Catharism focused on spirituality, which was unaccepted by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus spirituality and religion were split. The Cathars believed that the Church moved far from the true nature of God, instead becoming drawn into ritual, power, materialism, and sensual gratification.
Think about the rites and traditions of  your church, if indeed you attend any of the large organized religious churches–most of which have somehow descended from Catholicism.
Have you wondered why sometimes you attend church out of habit, not because you feel an intense thirst to seek the face of God?
I was raised to seek the presence of God by going to church, and had been told that my particular faith was “the one true church.” Sensing that may not be all there was to it, as a teenager I attended other churches. And over the years, attending each church provided me varying degrees of “Connection”–or you might say, “a feeling of God’s presence.” But, as for “one true church” I don’t believe that anymore. Instead, I turn within. And perhaps that is why I am open to books such as this one.
Chapter 10 was one of my favorite, and most marked chapters. I won’t spoil it for you and describe it, but to convey my take-aways (what I got out of it). The following are the notes I wrote in the blank spaces:
  • We have free will to consciously access God
  • God is in every breath, every molecule of air
  • Amazing and authentic history of the Cathars – yes!
  • Many Cathars consciously chose to be burned at the stake
  • The Cathars felt they had fully realized God
  • Realize = Real Eyes
  • Abandon Dogma – yes! There’s also a Dogma within Science
  • Churches only feed milk
  • Any spirit independent of the Holy Spirit was called wrong, bad, evil (Duality)
  • What’s wrong with a person’s individual spirit?
  • Giordano Bruno – heliocentric universe, without limitation, unfathomable, infinite – yes!
  • Body can be destroyed by weapons and fire, but not the human spirit
  • The Church adopted Aristotle’s view
Chapter 11 goes on to explain how Galileo used a mathematical model to challenge the Churches authority, by proving their “truths” wrong. He did not believe in the same ideas as Plato and Aristotle.
Chapter 12 presents Isaac Newton’s discoveries and world of reason and mechanic predictability. Newton killed Aristotle’s ideas. Newton wasn’t a religious person, but he was a spiritual person. He was always concerned about what links the immaterial to the material; believing in an immanent God, and a pure substance called, ether. Yes, Newton believed in an invisible force, spirit, or chi that could organize life and act over great distances. His peers and eventually, scientists, disagree with Newton’s esoteric leanings. But I question, what is hidden or occult, if God is Omniscience?
Ah, then again, I am a spiritual and mystical person with deep knowing of our Limitless Creator Source God, and as an educated mathematical and analytical type, I think in terms of reducing the complex down to its smallest common denominator. Breathing into this, I must try to stick to the subject at hand.
Chapter 13 ends the first part of the book with us learning more about how Westerner’s have been conditioned to believe in Duality and Materialism.
In the second part of Lama Nicholas’ book we look at Descartes and how he’s a bit like Byron Katie, always asking what is real and true. Descartes gave humanity a new philosophy, to give humans the permission to rule nature.
We see that the new age in the West is really all about Science. Most people were educated in the public school system to turn away from anything to do with heart and soul, and definitely anything of a spiritual nature was left to the Church (and as stated earlier, that was defined in a narrow sense, being the Holy Spirit). Predominately, students were taught scientific theories, including evolution.
Sorry to diverge once more, but I must say that few things upset me more than to think about how the Native Americans had been forced to attend public school, in a blatant attempt to civilize them and strip away their natural beliefs. I am part Cherokee and I still remember the disempowering stories my grandmother shared with me about her childhood. It’s perhaps a strong reason why today, I embrace diversity.
It seems we only have free will insomuch as it suits the ruling class of the place and time.
Reading about natural considerations, artificiality, and the monster Descartes created (the ego), I understood how the West came to believe in the split of mind and body.
Apparently, this mind-body split needed to occur in order for science, and eventually, chemical, mechanical, and pharmaceutical industries to take hold. And instead of living as the Native Americans had in harmony with nature, we wouldn’t flow with nature, we would control it.
The Reformation dramatically changed the Church. There had been a time when all of the Catholic churches were torn down and Protestant ones built in their place. And that the view, or interpretation, of Christianity changed too. Alters were stripped of idols and sermons were no longer preached in the Latin language.
In the third part of this informative book, we learn that the Western perception of reality was changing, and not for the better. Instead of embracing ourselves in a holistic way, we began to experience the world more abstractly, through words over the wire, words on paper, and eventually, screens–certainly less physically connected.
It is explained that in spiritual traditions, the essence of a person is honored, their words only explaining who they are, as much as the garments one wears show you who they are.
Continuing, we learn about the Renaissance and Newtonian physics and how these shaped the Western mechanical and non-spiritual mindset. And that we welcomed a rebirth of Greek culture for it’s art, heroes, and warriors–but of course!
Modernity is presented, with all of the why and wherefore of it with the rise of educational institutions to teach engineering, to build our infrastructure, train civil libertarians, and indoctrinate our politics with secularism. We needed modernity with its principles of progress, didn’t we? We all know Western medicine and good sanitation have been welcome advances–or have they? But where I feel it falls apart is that we’ve allowed modernity to shape our material reality.
The last chapter reveals much about our true nature and if we can be awake and aware, how we can live moment-to-moment in alignment with our true nature–and not be afraid of it. Talk about a light at the end of a tunnel! Namaste.
Things I loved learning about this book:
  • The laying bare of how we got here
  • The most important non-event in the history of the West
  • Reading about the seed of life; the spirit behind everything
  • The understanding of how America came to be such a competitive society
  • The stories of individuality within each culture
  • What the mind seeks to know and the heart’s instinct
  • What conscience, essence, and potential are
  • Why so many yearn to find their purpose
  • Why so many don’t believe God speaks anymore
  • Each is a product of his/her past conditioning
  • Why some cannot/will not listen to anything about holistic health
  • That the global community is an artificial construct
  • How Science replaced a Divine Creator for many
Areas that I would love learning more about:
  • How we can live more in tune with the natural ebb and flow of life
  • Even a baby can be scared, will jump if you startle it–why?
  • How or why we store trauma in the cells of our body
  • How to live more peacefully and with more vitality from the Eastern traditions
  • Name the virtues and provide practical ways to live virtuously each day
  • Ways of practicing non-attachment
  • Methods of meditation and healing
  • What we are ascending to–what’s next?
  • If peace can be found by renouncing our desires, why do we desire?
  • Direct experience can be so painful–do not the most wise learn from others?

Thank you, Lama Nicholas! I’d love to read a second book!

If you haven’t purchased Lama Nicholas’ book yet, here’s a link to it on Amazon:

http://amzn.to/2FCoDwx

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

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Book review: Echoes From Punjab

Echoes from Punjab was a deeply moving and enchanting story to read! The following is my heartfelt book review:

As a reader and author of non-fiction works, I am delightfully surprised by this beautiful novel, which was so well written that it could be non-fiction!
From the velvety soft book cover, to the pacing, the story moves at such an elegant pace, it can keep a reader meaningfully engaged from beginning to end.
echoes-from-punjab-book-cover
As I read this endearing story, I learned some Indian words–even some new English words! I laughed, cried, and experienced many emotions–all the while I read about Jasmine’s journey.
Jasmine, the central figure and main character, has led a similar life to mine, except that I only moved to a different state in the USA, not to a completely different country (so obviously I did not have the racial or language challenges she had).
I so enjoyed the way the author interlaced descriptions of places in India, Indian history, and lots of Punjabi (the 10th most widely spoken language in the world) into her novel.
For example, in Chapter 2 – The Land of Milk and Honey, Daljit teaches us, “Tussi Punjabi ho” [you are Punjabi] as very early on in the story Jasmine meets a stranger in the U.S.A. who is also from Punjab. Somehow I knew I would love this book just by seeing the title of this chapter–as this is indeed what America is–The Land of Milk and Honey!
Speaking of favorites, Chapter 6 – The Twins knocked my socks off! My daughter is expecting twins and lives far from me, plus, I’d only recently learned of this glorious news when I began reading Echoes from Punjab! Obviously, synchronicity was working spectacularly for me! I read this chapter and the many to follow about Jasmine’s twins with eager excitement! I could really visualize so much of this story… Oh!! I love it so much!
I also truly grasped the richness of the vivid imagery the author detailed, both in the Indian scenes and in the northeastern U.S.A. Since, I lived a good many years of my life in the northeast, and traveled to many of the destinations that Daljit writes about, I had those scenes well set in my imagination. When she took me to India, a place I’ve only seen in many movies, well, I could paint them easily from her words.
What is hard to imagine is just how far away Punjab is from America. I’ve talked with several coworkers from India over the last few years who have tried to explain the travel time and how tiring it can be, so I have an inkling–but mostly it’s mind boggling to think about the actual distance, time, and money involved in the travel.
Chapter 9 with its aptly fitting title, The Journey, does its best to convey about the burdensome travel though. This chapter gives us shocking twists and turns in the drama of what is becoming Jasmine’s life–I won’t tell you what happens as I don’t want to spoil it for you–but I can say, that again, I’ve shared some of these life experiences and oh, how good it is to have them behind me!
On one particular page during The Journey, I can tell you that I absolutely agree that “I love my country as I love my mother but that does not mean I cannot see its shortcomings.”
I have so much respect and admiration for those who leave their home to go live in another country, as until I read Echoes from Punjab, I could barely imagine how one could be so far from loved ones, deal with a different language, culture, time zones, currency, racism, and so on! I have a hard enough time dealing with the fact that I have dear loved ones several states away from me within our own country, much less having to deal with all of those other pressures! I also believe one must really be dedicated to make such a sacrifice.
The Distressed Visit, Chapter 12 was intensely emotional for me. I was “with” Jasmine in every gut-wrenching moment! Having lost several friends in my life already, I know the pain of what she must have felt, and I grieved with her. When you have to say goodbye to friends, especially so far away, and when you have not seen them face to face in a long time, it can be especially difficult. Our family and friends are so important to us all! I think I now realize why so many people do not move away from their home places!
Chapter 20 – The Weddings, was as bright, light, and uplifting as The Distressed Visit was sad! Through Echoes from Punjab you get all of the ups, downs, good, not-so-good, colors, sounds, and intensity of life that one could want. I would smile and laugh, then reminisce of times gone by. I definitely could correlate several times of my life, alongside Jasmine’s up and down experiences. Thus, in the end, through sadness, grief, joy, and bewilderment, I shared her humanity. And I will be forever grateful to a new yet, dear friend who was thoughtful enough to gift me with this timeless book. (Thank you Rekha!)
Visit Rekha at her store in Sarasota, Florida:
1899 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
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A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

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