A hefty, expansive exploration of New Age spirituality, not for the uninitiated.


Mind Travel In Other Worlds


A metaphysical guide focuses on navigating one’s inner realm and exploring other planes and facets of existence.

This guide to clairvoyance and esoteric realms takes the form of an extended collection of visualization exercises rooted in chakra meditation and Taoism, incorporating elements of the Buddhist perspective on attachment and the law of attraction. Marks (And Now for a Word from the Angels, 2015) encourages readers to experience these “celestial journeys” in any order of their choosing. The exercises place an emphasis on cultivating self-acceptance, well-being, and a sense of one’s enduring spiritual connection to an all-encompassing, broader universe. Over the course of five chapters, the visualizations move from nurturing a sense of grounding in the body to contemplating aura work, the astral plane, and parallel universes. Several sections are narrated by what the author describes as the channeled spirits of angels, the most prominent of whom are Séan and Crystal. The text is punctuated throughout with vivid illustrations and an assortment of colorful typefaces. A large portion of the text consists of a detailed series of appendices containing extra pointers for fostering a mindful state of being and further details about the author’s own “dimensional travels,” along with foundational information about chakras, auras, and other metaphysical concepts. Abbreviated versions of the visualizations complete the volume. Marks’ idiosyncratic book should appeal to those with a strong knowledge of metaphysics, New Age philosophies, and clairvoyance. But novices in these subjects may find the abstract concepts and ideas offered difficult to grasp, partly due to the free-form structure and style of the book, which can sometimes feel more like a memoir of the author’s experiences than a practical how-to guide for developing one’s own spiritual practices. An introductory section outlining the basics—and perhaps companion audio to facilitate the visualizations and guided meditations—might enhance the book’s appeal to a broader audience.

A hefty, expansive exploration of New Age spirituality, not for the uninitiated.

Pub Date: April 26, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5227-2813-9

Page Count: 444

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Sept. 22, 2016

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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