Archive for February, 2012

Book Review: Paranormal by Raymond Moody, MD

I was sent a copy of Raymond Moody’s latest book Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife to review, and found it an interesting read. Moody previously published Life After Life, in which he coined the phrase “near-death experiences” and examined that phenomena in a purely factual manner. I wasn’t aware of his work before reading Paranormal, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment or interest in his memoir in the slightest.

Moody was raised atheist and assumed, like his father, that there was no afterlife. He explains in Paranormal how his views changed over the course of his life, starting with the seed planted by a story his father told him. Moody’s father was a surgeon and he came home one day with the story of how he had opened up a man’s chest and hand-pumped his heart back into action though the man was dead for several minutes. This was Moody’s first encounter with the idea of something existing beyond death.

Raymond Moody

Moody goes on to explain how his fascination with philosophy, especially with Plato, and near-death experiences grew throughout his adolescence. By the time he entered college, he started collecting the stories of near-death experiences, and soon had created the body of work he published as an undergraduate in Life after Life.

Though Moody still didn’t believe in an afterlife or past lives at the point of that book’s publication, he was convinced to attempt past-life regression after a woman admonished him after a lecture to not dismiss the idea out of hand. He went into hypnosis and experienced 9 past lives, but still wasn’t sure what to make of the experience except as a powerful took for therapy.

Soon he became interested in the idea of scrying to communicate with the dead – largely through his reading about Greek psychomanteums (which he describes as “specially designed caves to experience facilitated apparitions” pg. 190) – and  he approached this from a practical point of view as a psychologist, rather than a spiritual one. After witnessing the powerful effect the experience had on himself and on hundreds of patients, Moody began to broaden his viewpoint of reality.

Soon Moody began to study shared-death experiences, in which living persons experience a collective spiritual change at the point of a loved-ones death. Still desiring to find the logic behind all of these events and methods, Moody’s viewpoint on God and the afterlife had changed completedly.

This was a fascinating story of someone who very rationally explored aspects of people’s minds and experiences that most scientists ignored before his research came out. Moody’s life-long sense of curiosity and love of logic lead him on a great adventure that is truly worth reading about. He provides stories told by those he encountered as patients, lecture audience members, and volunteers. Moody also outlines the common elements of near-death experiences, past-life regression, and shared-death experiences. I would recommend this to anyone interested in those topics.

You can buy it now on Moody’s website.

February 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm 1 comment

Helpful Crystals for Consciousness Shifting

I’ve been discovering new crystals to aid me and re-discovering ones that I’ve had for a while. I’ve been amazed at how many I’ve felt drawn to all have in common the ability to aid in consciousness shifting in one way or another. I wanted to share them with you.

Green Calcite – Green calcite can assist in dissolving old rigid belief systems, restoring balance to your mind. It aids any transition from a stagnant to a positive environment. It is also used to stimulate the immune system and absorb negative energy. (Source)

Ruby in Ziosite – This stone has a strong spiritual nature, that may alter your consciousness, and give you access to your soul memory, to help you with spiritual learning. It supplies a vibration that creates an altered state of consciousness to help you to understand yourself and the world around you. Its vibration within the third eye chakra then combines with the heart chakra as it enhances the energetic and neural connections between your brain and your heart. Its vibration is powerful at the heart chakra… Centered there it encourages the mind to hear the desires of the heart and to understand them enough to accomplish what is needed. (Source)

Selenite – Selenite exists at the doorway between spirit and nature. It is the fiber holding these two worlds in communication with each other and is a receiver for information from the causal plane. It provides its owner with more facility to reach these planes and communicate with the higher spiritually evolved beings, masters and teachers who are willing to use Selenite as a means of communication. Selenite comes originally from ancient oceans and seas. So it is a water element just as the emotions are associated with the element water. . It has been found that Selenite has a direct effect upon balancing the emotions. That feeling of complete balance when you are in a very spiritual state of calm and joy, that is the sense of spiritual light force that Selenite can bring to you. (Source)

Rose Quartz – Often called the “Love Stone” or the “Heart Stone”, it is a gem of unconditional love that opens oneself to all forms of love, self love, family love, platonic love, romantic love. This quartz will give the proper enhancement of love in virtually any situation. Emotionally rose quartz brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance as well as balancing one’s emotions; thus bringing inner peace and harmony. It helps balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas, even grief, bringing peace and calm. Rose quartz removes fears, resentments and anger. It can also heal and release childhood traumas, neglect, and lack of love, in part by enhancing inner awareness. (Source)

Larimar – Larimar has a nourishing, watery energy and activates our self – healing forces. It can bring much that is gotten stuck in motion and is specifically useful in dissolving physical and mental blockades such as headaches, back pain, anxiety complaints, nightmares etc. Larimar is an excellent companion in times of changes and crises. Larimar creates a gentle and peaceful connection between heart and mind. It brings calmness, like gazing at a placid sea. We are better able to accept things as they are. Beyond that it helps us to look at events from a different perspective and maintain respect for another’s point of view. It is one of the most important healing stones for the 21st century. (Source)

Malachite – Malachite is a good stone for transformations, helping the wearer adapt to changing situations and to get closer to what you want to be. It helps to release past negative experiences, even without consciousness. Malachite helps you to clarify and understand your emotions. Malachite can be used to identify the step-by-step way to get to a goal. It also helps one to accept responsibility for one’s actions and situation, helping the wearer to be more pro-active. (Source)

Unakite – Unakite is a stone of visions. Unakite is particularly good for helping one stimulate and open their third eye for deeper visions and psychic work. Unakite helps to provide a gentle release of blockages that have been inhibiting your growth. It also can assist one in staying grounded through meditation and other work like that. (Source)

Turquoise – Turquoise is found around the world. Its history as a spiritual stone goes back over 7500 years. Turquoise is still a valued power stone. It will strengthen and align all of the Chakras; and it can be used to cleanse your energy centers. As a meditation tool, the gem can assist in clearing your mind, opening you to the Universal All. Use turquoise to attune to the spiritual plane or provide protection during vision quests or astral travel. It enhances meditation by helping with creativity, peace of mind, communication and emotional balance. A protecting and balancing stone, it gently urges the wearer to seek out answers and knowledge. (Source)

Blue Lace Agate – Blue lace agate has a strong unparalleled relation to our physical body, and it works from there upwards, gradually affecting the more sublte manifestations of our being in rising sequence. It is excellent for dealing with your throat chakra issues, or communication issues in general. This stone can easily be linked to hope, unity, optimism, and positive thoughts. Indeed the feeling it provokes in you is nothing less than positive mood and optimistic outlook. Blue lace agate is able to work beneficially on the smooth circulation of pranic energy in your energy body. It can neutralize anger, and help deal with emotive traumas in your inner emotional world. Agates are excellent stones when there is a difficult battle ahead, either in your personal life or in your professional life. Whenever you have to be open and truthful with yourself, you should prefer agate over any other stone. (Source)

Garnet – Garnet is usually held in the hand or placed on top of the head when searching or meditating on past lives. Information that is beneficial and helpful will usually be released for the searcher. Garnet is a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion. The information released in a search may be painful, but it will always be what the searcher needs. Garnet will help everyone’s security level and spiritual awareness. (Source)

Obsidian – Obsidian is used to aid in removing doubt and negative thoughts. It is also used to ward off psychic attacks and for divination. Obsidian is known as the Crystal of Truth and helps with issues of honesty and truth. Obsidian absorbs and destroys negative energy such as anger, criticism, and fear, and may be used in protection or centering rituals. Obsidian is associated with the root and third eye chakras. (Source)

Emerald – It offers physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Although Emerald is a stone of prosperity and riches, it is not just a materialistic stone. It also encourages spiritual growth, clear vision, memory, faith, intelligence and communication, inspiration, joy, intuition, clairvoyance, sensuality, love, romance, beauty, harmony, tranquility, serenity, clarity, cleansing, justice, friendship and unity. It seems that more kinds of physical healing have been ascribed to the emerald than to almost any other stone. It allows access to the mystery we hold deepest in our hearts, thereby healing and activating our highest hearts desire. (Source)

Moonstone – Long considered to have inherent connections to the moon by all ancient cultures familiar with the stone, it was used during the waxing of the moon for love charms and during the waning of the moon to foretell the future. Vibrating with the feminine wisdom and Goddess energy of the waxing and full Moon, moonstone has a reflective, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception and brings balance and harmony with the All. It is said to have the power to grant wishes. Moonstone Honors the Goddess in all women. It aids in dieting, gardening, psychic awareness and meditation. It soothes stress and anxiety, and it enhances intuitive sensitivity via feelings. Promotes greater flexibility and flow with life. Helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine/yin receiving side. Helps one be more conscious of the fact that all things are part of a cycle of constant change. (Source)

Serpentine – Serpentine gets its name from the word ‘serpent’ because it resembles the skin of a snake. It has been used since ancient times to guard against disease and sorcery. Serpentine makes an exceptional meditation stone. It helps you to find inner peace, and encourages the ability to solve conflicts by peaceful means. (Source)

Most of these stones are ones I’ve been carrying with me in a charm bag or wearing in jewelry. Others sit on my altar and I’ve used them as meditation aids.

If you found yourself particularly drawn to the description of any of these stones and their properties, I encourage you to seek out the stone or stone and use it for yourself.

February 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment


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