The Better Life is the result of a wisdom quest the author engaged in after having lost more than one third of his fortune in an unlucky real estate investment. During this time of great loss and financial difficulty, he remembered and applied some of the teachings of the ancient stoics, and this helped him overcome the personal crisis and recover both emotionally and financially.
The intention behind this book is to share helpful and practically useful methods the author applied to bring a new balance in his shaken life, and to live life more consciously, more happily, with more gratitude, and a stronger grounding in the present.
The main questions the book asks and answers are how to use the power of your subconscious mind to steer your life in alignment with your higher purpose, and how to adjust your thinking process so as to attract harmonious conditions, success, and wealth.
Furthermore, the author explains the creative process with many practical and biographical examples, and teaches techniques such as creative writing, affirmative prayer, and spontaneous art. Besides, topics such as positive parenting, health, making friends, and success strategies are covered in this uncanny selfhelp guide that comes with an extensive bibliography and Q & A sessions after each of the 9 chapters.
The Leadership I Ching (2nd Edition, 2015) is a scholarly yet practical edition of the I Ching both for beginners and seasoned practitioners. The special focus of this divination guide is upon leadership, self-leadership and leading others.
The central concern of the author is to help the reader to understand the I Ching from a point of view of decision-making, and as an aid to decision-making. In this sense, the ‘oracle book’ becomes an effective guide for taking action, which can mean bold action, nonaction or retreat. The wisdom is to arrive at right action, in whatever form it has to be carried out.
The difference between the Eastern approach and the Western leadership approach to leadership is obvious. In the West, only going forward with a project is considered as the correct action to take. Notions such as nonaction or retreat are easily connoted with character weakness or procrastination.
However, such a limited approach can lead one into an impasse and can even potentially be dangerous. This is why the integrated approach developed from timeless wisdom makes much more sense, for it engages one to develop a flexible attitude.
The book comes with a practical guideline how to easily make divinations, it explains the base structure of the I Ching and why it works, and it includes a complete interpretation of all 64 hexagrams.
Shamanic Wisdom Meets the Western Mind provides a synthesis of realms of knowledge that hitherto were either blinded out from human consciousness or that were seen from a disparaging perspective that is in turn the result of a fragmented perception.
Shamanism, perennial science traditions and modern science have been relegated to different cognitive and experiential realms; they were seemingly different topics, while in reality, they belong systemically together. The need for this book is evident in a time where an intuitive and integrative approach to life is going counter to ‘authoritative’ scientism, and where people begin to build awareness of their multiple fragmentations.
The study is destined to broaden the reader’s awareness for apprehending a network of hidden connections that is spanning the whole gamut of human experience, once one honestly approaches living systems with a mindset that is as much as possible free of conceptual conditioning and intellectual assumptions and projections.
The book is designed to show that at the basis of shamanism, there is not myth and mythology, but empirical and logical behavior that approaches nature without preconceptions, and an open inquisitive mind.
The study outlines the shamanic science paradigm, which is empirical and holistic, and then presents and discusses, as a first-person account, a mind-opening psychedelic voyage of the author through the use of Ayahuasca. Further, the book outlines the person of the warrior-scientist, the shaman, his or her roles, and the scientific nature of their proceedings.
The author presents 20+ years of research on shamanic cultures to find eight specific dynamic patterns of living that characterize their living continuum, and that are the pillars of their peaceful and nature-loving kind of life.
The author comes up with an integrative vision; in this sense, he goes beyond mere science and reveals to be a visionary.