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Human Population Academy: Laws of Human Nature by Kate Bazilevsky

2940015771367_p0_v1_s260x420Review:  Whether its a theory, belief system, or science: there are many schools of thought, which may have similarities or basic premises that are common enough to be believable, reasonable and/or acceptable in some way. I can completely agree that humans need to live in harmony with Nature, and also that there are similarities between some people/populations based on a variety of factors, though there are no hard or fast rules regarding that.

“We people have mysteries. Things we cannot explain. Things we don’t know how they came to be or how they stay alive but it’s all part of life. For some things we have legends and tales passed down from our ancestors, and they’re enough though now we have science and all kinds of stuff which explain how things work inside. Or they try to anyway. There are still mysteries and will always be. There are some things you don’t need answers to in order to have a happy life or just get by even.

Every body should just be how they are and be allowed to. I can be happy with very little because their definition does not apply to me. They might be unhappy with what I had. I think that’s why they are so unhappy and so far from the earth. They’re always looking at someone else and trying to change them when they don’t really know themselves in the first place.” M.G., Lakota Elder, from a speech   I recorded during an Indian Education gathering. This is my perspective.

Living in Germany as I do, and using its modern society as an example, there are so many people who are searching for some meaning to life and they look to this or this or that belief system, philosophy, ancient teachings or people, trying to find explanations on the “whys” of life and living, their failures in relationships, career, and so forth. They can fasten onto some particular belief or explanation that more suits their needs or what they know of themselves, things gleaned from their experiences and observations, and say, “Aha!” That belief system or philosophy can then explain everything to them they need, and they begin to work their lives around it and advocate it to others. That is what I felt this work delivered, but for me, I simply believe there can be too much overthinking, too much overstatement and all inclusiveness in terms.

All in all, it is somehow more of a distraction from simply coming to know yourself through yourself, whatever that takes, though some people clearly would feel Catalogs, manipulation modes, things advocated by this system, are tools to help an individual do so. I think the philosophy based on Shan Hai Jing manuscript is something you have to personally accept and believe in, and its a model among thousands or millions of others, and simply one interpretation of what the “human psyche” is, encompasses and needs. It was certainly a readable, well put together work that an individual should try for themselves, and see what it means to them.

Description: “Have you ever considered that the root or cause of many problems and misunderstandings are fundamental differences between people? The solution to problems is in knowing these differences and living in harmony with Nature, because laws of Nature apply to everything and everyone!

Power gained through the knowledge about Nature and programs implanted by Nature guarantees the survival of the fittest, and enables anyone to organize things around them to their own benefit. Education increases one’s cultural level and, as a result, one’s survival rate in the environment.

The results of this research include detailed recipes on how to develop, solve any problems, improve sex life, and more. Now any human being can achieve their goals and dreams, become stronger, healthier, wiser, sexier, more powerful, and get to such heights, of which many do not even know. The journey is worth it! By learning how to live in harmony with Nature itself, together we can advance this civilization as a whole. Begin your journey right now!”

  • Genre: Non-fiction, Philosophy, Self-Help
  • Publisher: HPA Press
  • Publication date:  Nov. 18, 2012
  • Available at Amazon
  • ASIN B00A7E1D78
  • Source: Author

Author Profile:

Kate Bazilevsky was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in Boston, MA, USA. She holds a degree in MIS and Psychology. In 2008, she began her studies in the field of Non-traditional Psychoanalysis, based on research by Andrey Davydov and Olga Skorbatyuk.

In 2011, Kate founded the Human Population Academy, and opened a publishing company called HPA Press in 2012. HPA Press publishes works that further Human Population Academy’s mission: to educate people around the world about the laws of human Nature, the Catalog of Human Population (Catalog of Human Souls) and scientific research of its source Shan Hai Jing based on discoveries by A. Davydov and O. Skorbatyuk.

Website http://www.humanpopulationacademy.org/

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The Great Lessons from the Martial Arts by Tim Johnson

16457669Review: As detailed in its description, this is a non-fiction work related to martial arts philosophy that is a compilation of quotes from the author and others, combined with his artwork.

For myself, having studied a certain school of martial art before, as well as read various books on the subject, although certainly there are masters and students from other countries who have turned to Asian based arts in this way, I prefer to primarily read from “the originals,”  so to speak.

This very much had a contemporary American feel to it, though I believe something can be learned from anything we read, see or experience, yet there was nothing that really inspired me personally, providing a spark I needed to connect, a spirit of affinity. I wouldn’t say it was an “enormous” cross section at all either, for at 67 pages, several of which are artwork exclusive, I would rather say the opposite.

Overall, I couldn’t help but feel the amount of that artwork and the layout and design somewhat clashed with the messages being presented: color and contrast, page to page harmony and flow was at times abrupt. However, it is up to the reader to glean what they may from each quote and up to an individual to determine what is “the greatest lesson,” as stated, “No answer (or review) will ever be correct or incorrect.”

Description: Some of the most distinguished martial artists in the world were asked the question “What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from the martial arts?” This full-color book is a compilation of their responses.

No answer will ever be correct or incorrect. This book provides an enormous cross-section of answers to this same question which proves the versatility of the martial arts. By answering this one question, martial arts masters and amateur students alike share their most profound lesson with others to encourage the practice of martial arts worldwide.

Contributors include:
Diana Lee Inosanto
Dr Yang Jwing-Ming
GM Wong Kiew Kit
Kancho Deena Naidu
Guro Peter Freeman and many more…

The term “martial art” has been defined for thousands of years and continues to have its own definition to every practitioner who has ever set foot on the mat, or defended their home and family from danger.

Martial arts instructors and masters will define martial arts in their own way and they will impress that upon their students. That message will be received and changed by every student to come after them and will be a function of their own situation, their own beliefs, their time in history and their place in the world. The definition of a martial art is ever-changing, and like the oceans of the world, will continue to change and reshape themselves, and transform the lives of those involved.

  • Published: Dec. 9, 2012
  • Publisher: Martial Arts Lineage Project
  • ISBN: 1480156434
  • Available: Amazon
  • Source: Publisher

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Interview & Review: Managing Common Health Problems Holistically (Volume 1) by Orchid Ch’ng

Review: The book is written in a straight-forward manner, easily understandable with terms and references the average person can relate to and apply in their own lives and shopping habits as necessary. Some points might seem common sense regarding colds and flu, exercising regularly or eating certain foods, but they are crucially important and we could all use such reminders. The addition of Chinese medicine and herbal remedies to some of the treatments westerners might already know was quite interesting and coincided with some of my own knowledge of herbs and healing. Many were also fascinating and new.

I was personally familiar with some of the topics such as acne, which I suffered with greatly as a pre-teen, yet rarely afterwards. One note I thought of also was not aggravating the skin or existing bumps, cysts or lesions by using products or material that “scrub” the skin. Often, this can cause yet more problems. Another note, herbal or natural product we also used as a blood cleanser to help with acne was cayenne pepper, taken in the powdered form in gelatin capsules. Later in the book, the author mentioned several ways cayenne or capsicum can be used to benefit health.

For allergies sufferers, as with Chinese medicine, one of the common remedies we used was taking a daily teaspoon of “local” honey, meaning honey that had been produced by bees who gathered from the blooms in the area where you live. In this way, it is believed the body builds up a greater tolerance to allergens as it makes them a “part” of itself.

I greatly appreciated the information about magnesium, and how having lower levels of it in the body can cause things such as lower back pain, restless syndrome and muscle twitches. One of the contributing factors to low levels of magnesium could be based on the fact that much of our food is now grown in mineral depleted soil and ends up lacking this vital mineral and others. So often we may be eating foods that look good, but really don’t contain all the necessary nutrients, which cause a number of nagging ills. Supplements of some sort, herbal or mineral can really aid in better health.

Special care was taken to ensure proper credit was given to quotes, and references and permissions from websites, group or medical practitioners.  Obviously a lot of time, care and the desire to help others went into the writing and compiling of “Managing Common Health Problems Holistically.” It is a health-related book I would absolutely recommend.

Description: “Are you sick and tired of having to use a lot of medications which leave you feeling worse than ever? Have you ever wondered to yourself that there has to be a better way to manage your health problems? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, this book may be for you.

Using simple everyday language that is easily understood, this book addresses nine of the most common health problems. The book uses a natural holistic approach which includes Western Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Author Bio:

Orchid Ch’ng was born in Malaysia and lived her childhood years on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) and is now currently living in Perth, Western Australia with her family. Her career has been widely varied throughout her life. She has always had a strong interest in health, reading & writing which led her to writing her first published health book about health problems. Other interests include movies, bushwalking, travel and photography.

Website: http://orchidchng.com/

My Interview With The Author:

What genre(s) do you write?

Currently I write nonfiction in the health genre.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy reading books, watching some of my favourite tv shows, watching movies and DVDs, bushwalking, practice meditation and Taoism (exercises, not the religion) and photography.

Where are you from originally?

I was born in Malaysia, and I lived my childhood years on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). Family? My father has passed away several years ago, but my mother is still alive and well and is retired. I have two brothers; one is an electrical engineer and the other works in IT.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

My author website is http://orchidchng.com and my blog is also on my website. I also have a Twitter account, which is on my website as well.

What types of books do you like to read?

I tend to read a variety of books from fiction to nonfiction. For fiction, I prefer to read fantasy and for nonfiction, health/nutrition books of course, and occasionally some gardening/horticultural & cookbooks.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

I love Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, because his books never fail to make me laugh. He has the wonderful ability to blend humour and drama seamlessly in a single page. You never know what’s around the corner. Lately, I noticed that his books were getting increasingly darker. I also loved the late Sara Douglass’s fantasy novels, for the complexity and depth of the storylines and fantastic complex characters that populate her stories. She’ll be sorely missed in the literary world.

Your Writing Process:

Why do you write?

I write to express and explore my ideas and communicate them to readers.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Quite eclectic, as no one day is the same. On some days I will devote entirely to researching topics, on others I will write, and on other days I’ll be selling/promoting/marketing/general admin work.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Never give up and continue to write. Always do your research before jumping into anything, don’t simply rely on other people’s recommendations, as their recommendations may not suit you at all. Set clear goals and create a plan with achievable targets. If you don’t know how to create a website yourself, for e.g., hire a website designer to create a professional looking website for you. You can always outsource work to others if you don’t have the expertise in that area. Get your work professionally edited, as this is a must for any writer/author. Writing is only a small part of the process as the sales/marketing/promotion is the dominant one.

Use social media wisely. Contact book bloggers in your genre that you are writing in and ask them to do book reviews for your book. You will encounter criticism about your book, so don’t take it personally. Instead learn from it. Everyone has an opinion, but remember it’s just opinion, not fact. You will find that one reader loved what you wrote in your book, and another will dislike it. What to do? Just remember to keep it in perspective. You can’t please everyone all of the time. It is important to consider what your readers’ like and don’t like, but don’t get too hung up about it. In the end, you have to love what you’re writing.

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

I’ve considered writing fantasy.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

I try to aim to write for about 3-4 hours a day.

Your Books:

How many books have you written?

I’ve actually written 2 books, but decided to publish the second book (health book), as the first book, which was a fantasy novella, had too many flaws in it.

When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

Yes, as you never know how people will react to it; you always hope that people will react favourably towards it.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

I’m currently working on my second book which is the follow up to the first volume.

What kind of research do you do for your books?

I mainly do internet research and occasionally interview some individuals. Do you enjoy the research process? Yes, I love research, as I always discover something different and new. Research is an essential component of the writing process.

 Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Sometimes I create an outline for my book, and at other times I just write. It just depends on my inclination.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first published work is my current book and it was published during March/April 2012.

If your book is available in print, how does it feel to hold a book that has your name on the cover? 

Immensely satisfying to finally see my name in print on the cover.

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Zen Anti-Diet: Mindful Eating for Health, Vitality and Weight Loss by Aaron Hoopes

Review: Eating healthier, taking time to prepare, consume and digest foods that will provide the most nourishment for body, mind and spirit is something almost everyone understands on some level. But being aware of patterns, behaviors and activities which can sabotage our bodies in our environments is not always as easily understood.
With the stresses, strains and demands of modern life, it’s easy to fall into negative eating and thought patterns which can make us ill on a variety of levels. It is not impossible to counteract that negativity. It is possible to take simple steps to bring yourself back to the beauty and balance found in nature. In Aaron Hoopes’ book “Zen Anti-Diet”, he helps us both recognize some of the contributing factors of ill health and eating habits which make us less than we could be.

In clear, precise language and concepts, Hoopes explains the origin of the Zen philosophy, for contrary to what some people think, it is not a religion in the western sense of the word. It is a sense of being, and is the basis of all life and living. From daily habits which can be modified, to food additives which are toxic and harmful, we are introduced to doable solutions such as reading those labels and being aware of what you’re taking into your body or giving to your loved ones. But eating better and making more informed choices are not the only things which can improve vitality and longevity, exercise is important as well. Unsure of how to do it on your own? Why not take one of Aaron’s online immersion courses, or purchase one of his DVDs which help you flow through the forms of yoga which improves both body and spirit.

Without a doubt, “Zen Anti-Diet” is a book I believe every man, woman and child should read. Yes, children included, a healthy life and mind begins in childhood as one is developing the thought processes to do what one knows is good for oneself, to help stop “the disconnection between the mind and body” before it occurs.

Note: To learn more about the author, please read my interview with Aaron Hoopes here on Flying With Red Haircrow, and visit the links to his websites below.

Published: by Aaron Hoopes

Buy Link: Smashwords

Publication Date: 21 June 2010

Source: Author

Genre: Lifestyles, Health & Well-Being, Eating Disorders

Author Bio:

For over twenty-eight years Aaron Hoopes has been a student of the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and alternative medicine. He has a degree in Asian History and Japanese Culture from Tulane University and has spent many years studying in Japan, Australia and the USA. He holds a third degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and is a certified instructor of karate, Shanti Yoga and Meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.

He is the founder of Zen Yoga which combines clarity of thought and awareness found in the martial arts with the peaceful stretching and breathing of yoga. He strives to make Zen Yoga available to anyone regardless of fitness level, age or mindset. He travels and teaches around the world. He also teaches an Online Correspondence Course that assists people with putting this work into daily practice.

Links:

Website: http://www.artofzenyoga.com

Blog: http://wanderingsagewisdom.blogspot.com

http://www.zenantidiet.com/

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