I’m Leaving this Site…

This Duckie is moving to a new pond!

No worries my friends, I’m transitioning over from a “wordpress.com” site to a self-hosted WordPress “.com” site. I love my book blog and I want to do more with it! I’ll be posting further updates about the move and a final date this site will be an archives site and redirect folks to my new one.

For now, I’ll still be posting book review posts and whatnot while I’ll continue to construct my new site before it goes live.

Have a great day filled with books!

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55 Books for Atlantis & Lemuria Nerds

Don’t have any friends to nerd out over Atlantis and Lemuria? It’s harder finding books about them!

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For those who don’t know, Atlantis is a mythical civilization allegedly sunken in the Atlantic Ocean. Lemuria, thousands of years older than Atlantis, suffered the same fate at the Pacific Ocean.

People still talk about Lemuria and Atlantis despite little evidence of their existences.

My thoughts about it: anything’s possible. There’s so much about this world we don’t know.

Here are 55 books for Atlantis and Lemuria nerds like you:

ATLANTIS BOOKS

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  1. Ancient Aliens of Atlantis by Frederick Dodson
  2. The A.R.E.’s Search for Atlantis: The Ongoing Search for Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis in the Bahamas by Gregory L. Little
  3. Atlantis and the Coming Ice Age by Frank Joseph
  4. Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations by Joscelyn Godwin
  5. Atlantis and the New Consciousness by Stuart Wilson
  6. The Atlantis Blueprint by Rand Flem-Ath & Colin Wilson
  7. Atlantis and the Other Lost Worlds: New Evidence of Ancient Secrets by Frank Joseph
  8. Atlantis in America by Ivar Zapp & George Erikson
  9. Atlantis in the Amazon: Lost Technologies and the Secrets of the Crespi Treasure by Richard Wingate
  10. Atlantis in the Caribbean: And the Comet that Changed the World by Andrew Collins
  11. Atlantis in Wisconsin: New Revelations about the Lost Sunken City by Frank Joseph
  12. Atlantis Rising: The Struggle of Darkness and Light by Patricia Cori
  13. Atlantis: An Interpretation by Manly P. Hall
  14. Atlantis: Ancient Legacy, Hidden Prophecy by John Michael Greer
  15. Atlantis: Insights from a Lost Civilization by Shirley Andrews

MORE ATLANTIS BOOKS

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  1. Atlantis: Star Beings and Earth’s Ancient History by Stephen Shaw
  2. Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius L. Donnelly
  3. Atlantis: The Eighth Continent by Charles Frambach Berlitz
  4. The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories by Edna Kenton
  5. The Destruction of Atlantis by Frank Joseph
  6. Discover Atlantis: A Guide to Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Ancients by Diana Cooper
  7. Edgar Cayce on Atlantis by Edgar Evans Cayce (MY REVIEW)
  8. Egypt: Child of Atlantis by John Gordon
  9. From Atlantis to the Sphinx by Colin Wilson
  10. Gateway to Atlantis by Andrew Collins
  11. Lost Cities of Atlantis, Ancient Europe & the Mediterranean by David Hatcher Childress
  12. The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History’s Greatest Mystery by Gavin Menzies
  13. Our Story of Atlantis: Written Down for the Hermetic Brotherhood by William P. Phelon
  14. The Secret of Atlantis by Otto Muck
  15. Survivors of Atlantis: Their Impact on World Culture by Frank Joseph
  16. When the Sky Fell: In Search of Atlantis by Rand & Rose Flem-Ath
  17. White Beacons of Atlantis by Natalie Sian Glasson

LEMURIA BOOKS

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  1. The History of the Hopi From Their Origins in Lemuria by Oswald White Bear Fredericks
  2. In Search of Lemuria by Mark R. Williams
  3. Kirael: Lemurian Legacy for The Great Shift by Fred Sterling
  4. Lemuria: The Buried Truth by Tiffany Wardle
  5. Lemuria: The Lost Continent of the Pacific by Wishar S. Cerve
  6. Lemurian Scrolls: Angelic Prophecies Revealing Human Origins by Satguru Sivay Subramuniyaswami
  7. Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria and the Pacific by David Hatcher Childress
  8. The Lost Civilization of Lemuria: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Oldest Culture by Frank Joseph
  9. The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward (MY REVIEW)
  10. The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories by Sumathi Ramaswamy
  11. The Magic of Lemuria by Christine Auriela Aloisio
  12. Ra-Mu of Lemuria Speaks by Ruth Norman
  13. Telos: The Revelation of the New Lemuria by Aurelia Louise Jones (MY REVIEW)

ATLANTIS AND LEMURIA BOOKS

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  1. The Ancients: Investigations into the Lost Civilizations of Lemuria and Atlantis by Fernando S. Gallegos
  2. Atlantis & Lemuria—The Lost Continents Revealed! By Tom T. Moore
  3. Cosmic Memory: Atlantis and Lemuria by Rudolph Steiner
  4. Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis and Lemuria: The Lost Civilizations in the Light of Modern Discoveries by Frank Joseph
  5. Lemuria & Atlantis: Studying the Past to Survive the Future by Shirley Andrews (MY REVIEW)
  6. Atlantis-Lemuria and the Modern Connection by Teodor Gherasim
  7. The Lost Lands: A Magickal History of Lemuria, Atlantis, and Avalon by Lucy Cavendish
  8. The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria by William Scott Elliot
  9. The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria by Rudolf Steiner
  10. Three Worlds Lost: The History of Mu, Lemuria, and Atlantis by Denny Highben

Which Atlantis or Lemuria books have you read? Comment your list below!

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My May 2018 Book Haul

GOOD NEWS

I’ve completed one of my 2018 book resolutions: read three YA books!

  1. 23:27 by H.L Roberts (January 2018)
  2. Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu (April 2018)
  3. Hurricane Kiss byDeborah Blumenthal (February 2018)

One goal down, two more to go! Now, here’s my May 2018 book haul!

ADULT NON-FICTION

NEW AGE/METAPHYSICAL

1. The Hermetica by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy (5/5 stars) (review)

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Interested in mystical philosophy? Read The Hermetica. This book is a condensed version of the Corpus Hermeticum, a collection of writings from the legendary Hermes Trismegistus.

For readers into:

  • Ancient Egyptian philosophy
  • Esoteric wisdom
  • Hermes Trismegistus

2. The Sariel Crystals by Frederick A. Elder (3.5/5 stars) (review)

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Before Sariel left our planet eons ago, he left 14 crystals for humanity. The crystals were never found.

Sariel reveals his position as an “Earth Watcher” and the missing pieces of history you won’t find in any mainstream history textbook.

For readers into:

  • Alternative ancient history
  • Channeled books
  • Extraterrestrials

SELF-HELP

1. The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale (4/5 stars)

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Everybody wants money to fall in their lap with ease. It can be hard nowadays with unsuccessful job searches and disappointing careers with low wages. It doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Joe Vitale believes money is attracted to those with the right energy and mindset. Use the tips in this book and your finances might change for the better.

I’ve written tons of notes from this book. Law of attraction followers will love it.

For readers into:

  • Affirmations
  • The Law of Attraction
  • Self-help books

WRITING

1. Write Faster, Write Better by David A. Fryxell (3/5 stars)

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I’ve felt Writer Faster, Write Better was too long even though I enjoyed the material. The key lessons I’ve learned is to cut the crap while editing and get straight to the questions you want to be answered during the research process.

Don’t forget: outlines are your best friends!

For readers into:

  • Books about writing
  • Writing faster
  • Non-fiction writing

2. Writing Feature Stories by Matthew Ricketson & Caroline Graham(4/5 stars) (review)

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I thought Writing Feature Stories was a mistake. At first, it started out as a book focusing on magazine writing, but it turned to blog writing topics (why I checked this out).

Since this book was published in Australia, there are many references you won’t understand. Don’t let it discourage you from reaching its valuable writing tips. This book has helpful “how to write reviews” infographics too. I forgot to scan them before I returned the book to the library.

For readers into:

  • Learning how to compose great interview articles
  • Perfecting the article research process
  • Writing for magazines and blogs

COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

MARVEL

1. Infinity Incoming by Stan Lee (3/5 stars)

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After watching Avengers: Infinity Wars, I’ve been hunting down any comics I could find about Thanos. Infinity Incoming is a compilation of comics somewhat related to the Infinity Wars.

One story shows Thanos when he was a kind, genius kid. A tragic event changed him forever into the mad villain we know today.

Thanos’ mother almost killed him when he was born. From the beginning, she knew Thanos was bound to be a destructive force upon the entire universe.

For readers into:

  • The Avengers
  • The Inhumans
  • Marvel comics

2. Thanos: The Infinity Revelation by Jim Starlin (3/5 stars)

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In The Infinity Revelation, Thanos brings back his archrival Warlock to life to do some cosmic multi-dimensional business. This comic is not for the Marvel noob like myself, but it’s still worth the read.

For readers into:

  • Alternative/multi-dimensional reality themes
  • Marvel supervillains
  • Thanos

3. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v.1 – “Squirrel Power” by Ryan North (3/5 stars)

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Squirrel girl? Marvel seriously made a hero named Squirrel Girl?

Doreen Green has been on Marvel’s pages since 1991. Will she make an appearance in the Marvel films? A Netflix series at least. Reading this comic has certainly given me hopes.

For readers into:

  • Marvel comics
  • Squirrel Girl
  • Superheroines

ORIGINAL

1. California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu (3.5/5 stars)

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Have you heard of “California Dreamin” by the Mamas & Papas? I heard the song before, but I didn’t know Cass Elliott or the band’s history.

Penelope Bagieu has created an intimate story about Elliott’s life making her way to stardom despite facing family loss, her weight, and band drama.

For readers into:

  • The 60s music scene
  • Biography comics
  • Comics featuring female leads

2. Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu (2/5 stars) (review)

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I didn’t know what was going on with Exquisite Corpse. The main character complained through all her problems and received a happy ending for doing nothing.

Yeah, no. I love Pénélope Bagieu’s works, but this story was meh.

For readers into:

  • Comics with female leads
  • Romantic comedies (This was supposed to be one?)
  • Stories set in Paris

3. Paper Girls v. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan (4/5 stars)

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Every Paper Girls volume I’ve read so far has taken me deeper into a world full of time-traveling plot twists! I love it!

For readers into:

  • Sci-fi comics
  • Suburban kids on grand adventures
  • Time-travel stories

I also read: Paper Girls 1, 2, & 3

What was in your May book haul? Comment below your list or post a link to your haul post!

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Sariel Crystals”

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14 holographic crystals were placed on Earth long ago for anyone to find and learn about their true origins. Now, lost forever.

Sariel, an extraterrestrial being, chooses author Frederick Elder to channel his teachings compiled into The Sariel Crystals. This book discusses some rather interesting topics reminding me straight from Ancient Aliens. Not to say it’s awful. I mean, I freaking love that show even the crazy ones.

 ANCIENT EGYPT & THE BIBLE

According to The Sariel Crystals, King Akhenaton is part alien, and the government is covering up aliens’ existence.  You must read this book with an open mind especially to the Biblical topics. Sariel reveals Mary, mother of Jesus, was inseminated.

Jesus was never meant to be titled “Christ” or “Son of God.” His true purpose was to spread the truth of God, not from a religious standpoint, but spiritual. God is all-powerful energy, not some old man chilling in the skies judging everyone.

The purpose of our very existence is to reunite with God.

Sounds a bit much, right? Like I said before, this is one of those books you must approach with an open mind.

One favorite portion of The Sariel Crystals was the Sphinx and the pyramids. Sariel says the Sphinx was originally a dog representing the dog star Sirius. Over time, a pharaoh’s head replaced the dog’s head.

Archaeologists always wonder why the Pyramids never had any tombs sealed inside. Sariel reveals the Great Pyramids was a communication and energy center.

Still like WTF? Yeah, I know. It’s a lot to take in.

CONCLUSION

I recommend The Sariel Crystals for readers who like reading channeled books, conspiracy theories, and ancient alien theories. This book may make you wonder and review your current religious and historical beliefs.

Personally, I’m not sure what to think about our origins, but I’ll tell you this: there’s so much we don’t know about our planet, much less, our universe.

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Manly P. Hall: An Author Highlight

What do Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, and the occult have in common?

Nope, not the Illuminati.

These notable figures have read books from the occult philosopher Manly P. Hall. Hall’s The Secret Destiny of America influenced Reagan’s speeches. Meanwhile, Presley wanted to meet Hall in California after reading The Secret Teachings of All Ages (review). Fearing he would meet up with fan mobs, he sent his wife Priscilla in his stead.

I came across Hall through my interest in Atlantis. Various books on the lost continent have briefly mentioned him.

WHO WAS MANLY P. HALL?

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Manly Palmer Hall (1901-1990) was born in Peterborough, Ontario. With his parents divorced, he temporarily stayed with his grandmother in South Dakota. When she passed away, Hall moved to California where his mystic journey began.

OCCULT RISING

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Hall wrote extensively on arcane symbolism, secret societies, and lost ancient knowledge throughout his life. He wrote over 150 publications on esoteric topics and delivered over 8,000 speeches. One of Hall’s first books was on Freemasonry before he officially joined the brotherhood. He became a 33˚ Freemason (Scottish Rite) in 1973.

In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society(PRS) in Los Angeles.  People from all over can visit the site and read the books Hall has collected in his research library. Eager learners can attend classes for a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and master degrees in consciousness studies and transformational psychology.

Someday, I’m visiting the PRS! I already see myself buying many books from the official bookstore!

BOOKS (more on Amazon & Goodreads)

  1. The Initiates of the Flame (1922)
  2. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry (1923)
  3. The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
  4. The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God (1934)
  5. The Occult Anatomy of Man (1937)
  6. Healing: The Divine Art (1943)
  7. The Secret Destiny of America (1944)
  8. The Mystical Christ (1951)
  9. Reincarnation: The Cycle of Necessity (1979)
  10. The Spiritual Centers of Man (1987)

MANLY P. HALL QUOTES

Man’s status in the natural world is determined therefore by the quality of his thinking.” –The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)

All things manifesting in the lower world exist at first in the intangible rings of the upper spheres, so that creation is, in truth, the process of making tangible the intangible by extending the intangible into various, vibratory rates.” –The Qabbalah, The Secret Doctrine of Israel (2012)

“The pineal gland is a link between the consciousness of man and the invisible world of Nature. Whenever the arc of the pituitary body contacts this gland there are flashes of temporary clairvoyance, but the process of making these two work together consistently is one regularly not only years but lives of consecration and special physiological and biological training. This third eye is the Cyclopean eye of the ancients, for it was an organ of conscious vision long before the physical eyes formed, although vision was a sense of cognition rather than sight in those ancient days.” –Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire (1927)

VIDEOS

Manly P. Hall – Cause & Effect in Mental Process

 

Manly P. Hall – Pineal Gland & the Endocrine System

 

Manly P. Hall- Unseen Forces that Affect Our Lives *comes in five parts*

  • The Living Universe Beyond our Sensory Perceptions
  • Demonism in the 20th century
  • Obsession and Spirit Possession
  • Thought Forces and Psychic Ghosts
  • Secret Powers and Why We Should Not Use Them

 

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Master Key System”

  • Title: The Master Key System (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Author: Charles F. Haanel
  • Publication: Brownstone Books (June 18, 2007)
  • Pages: 136
  • Genre: Self Help, New Age/Metaphysical
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

What would do if you had unlimited abundance? Sure, you would quit your day job and travel around the world, right?

What if I told you all the power is inside you? The Master Key System reveals every person has an unlimited power: thought. In this book, Charles F. Haanel shows you how to harness it for your own benefit.

There are 24 chapters in The Master Key. Each of them is a lesson you practice each week.

UNIVERSAL POWER

According to Haanel, our minds are connected to a universal mind:

“Thought is the connecting link between the Infinite and the finite, between the Universal and the individual.”

Think of the house you live in. Someone had to build it. The architect has summoned the vision for your home from his imagination. This imagination comes from the universal mind.

If we’re connected to the Universe, we’re connected to endless possibilities. Our minds are infinite. We can conjure anything we desire due to our connection to the Universal mind.

Yet, we let doubt, fear, and other bullcrap get in our way. We let our negative thoughts cloud our minds. Thankfully, Haanel reminds us we are powerful imaginers.

MIND DESIGN

“A builder cannot build a structure of any kind until he has first reached the plans from the architect, and the architect must get them from his imagination.”

One of the most beautiful lessons from The Master Key is the gift of imagination. Where would we be without it?

According to Haanel, where we are in life solely depends on our thinking. Think positive, you get positive, think negative, well, you wouldn’t like where you’ll end up.

THE KYBALION CONNECTION

All the topics Haanel discussed in The Master Key have strong connections to The Kybalion by the Three Initiates.  Both speak of common subjects revolving around cause and effect, vibration, and mentalism. It makes me wonder if Haanel were one of the Initiates or affiliated with them in some way.

Look at the similarity between The Kybalion’s laws and The Master Key System’s passages:

LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT

Master Key System: “Every thought therefore is a cause and every condition is an effect.”

Kybalion: “Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”

VIBRATION

Master Key System: “Vibration is the action of thoughts.”

Kybalion: “Nothing rests, everything moves; everything vibrates.”

 MENTALISM

Master Key System:“Things are created in the mental or spiritual world then appear in the outward act or event.”

Kybalion: “THE ALL IS MIND. The Universe is Mental.”

You see? Interesting, isn’t it?

CONCLUSION

The Master Key System is a thought-provoking, reality-bending tool. Haanel has written a book noting imagination is our greatest asset. This book will change the way how you use your mind.

Note: It takes practice!

Be sure to apply the weekly lessons provided and watch your world shift to new heights.

Have you read The Master Key System?  How did this book help you?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Writing Feature Stories”

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  • Title: Writing Feature Stories (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Authors: Matthew Ricketson, Caroline Graham
  • Publication: Allen & Unwin, 2nd edition (Jan. 1, 2018)
  • Pages: 384
  • Genre: General Non-Fiction, Writing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Congratulations, you landed your first assignment as a journalist!

Oh crap, an interview?! You’re not ready for that!

Have a 2,000-word feature article as well? Where did that assignment come from?!

This situation sounds familiar? If you’ve ever suffered through such chaotic writing and deadline situations, pick up your very own copy of Writing Feature Stories by Matthew Ricketson and Caroline Graham.  You don’t have to be on the journalist’s path to read this book. This is valuable for all writers.

If you’re interested in composing great interview, column, and feature articles, this is for you.

I read this book because I wanted to write more longform articles including listicles. Listicles are all the rage these days especially with sites like Buzzfeed and Listverse.

WRITING LESSONS

In Writing Feature Stories, you’ll learn:

REVIEWS

The more you write reviews, the better. It may seem daunting at first. You’re only revealing your experiences with a product or an event to your readers.

EDITING

Editing can be your worst enemy or your best friend. You’d want it to be the latter. Sometimes with editing, you’ll have to add more relevant information to your article. This is a task impatient writers will have to get used to.

You’d want your readers to receive much value from your article as much as possible. Take your time, and edit with much information you see fit.

KEEPING AN IDEAS FILE

An ideas file, whether it be on your computer or a basic notebook, is an excellent way to stay out of writer’s block. I write 10-20 ideas a day in the mornings.

Find potential article ideas through Google News, Pinterest, your favorite sites related to your interests, and more. The amount of ideas is infinite!

CONCLUSION

Writing Feature Stories is a helpful book for writers. I appreciate the example feature stories, and infographics added. Overall, this book has a worthy spot in any writer’s bookshelf.

Have you read this book before? Comment below your favorite writing book!

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Hermetica”

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WHAT IS THE HERMETICA?

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The Hermetica is a spark-notes version of the massive Corpus Hermeticum, a collection of ancient texts on divine wisdom, alchemy, and magic. Hermes Trismegistus, meaning “Thrice Great,” is the author. He’s more mythical than real, a combination of the gods Hermes and Thoth.

According to authors Peter Gandy and Timothy Freke, Hermeticism has inspired many notable figures including William Shakespeare, John Dee, and Plato. Pythagoras studied its teachings in Egypt for 22 years.

Gandy and Freke hinted former Catholic priest Giordano Bruno was executed not only for his scientific beliefs but his Hermetic associations.

Hermeticism had its rise and fall in history. It gained popularity during Egypt’s Ptolemaic era only to be taken underground during the Dark Ages. Once again, it became a trend during the Italian Renaissance amongst many scholars, artists, writers, and philosophers. Eventually, the Roman Catholic church attempted to snuff it out like a light.

What’s the big deal? Was it a serious threat to the Church?

Once you read The Hermetica, you’ll understand this book reminds readers of their inherited infinite power.

LAW OF ATTRACTION CONNECTIONS

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What I loved about The Hermetica is its relations to the law of attraction.

For those who don’t know, the law of attraction is the belief your thoughts create your reality. More than likely, you have heard Oprah raving about it with The Secret. I read the book a while back. How did it influence me to read The Hermetica?

In The Secret movie, a man buries a curious set of green tablets, referring to Thoth’s Emerald Tablets. This introduced me to The Kybalion which later brought to requesting The Hermetica as a Christmas gift.

Perhaps the Church didn’t want people to know they might have the same powers as God (or Atum as referred in The Hermetica).

According to The Hermetica, thoughts come first before anything else. We can create anything from our thoughts. Since we are part of God, we have the same powers of him, but on a smaller scale.

“The human mind is an image of the Supreme Mind. Through the power of the imagination, it can roam the universe and be, like God, in all things and places.”

CONCLUSION

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I’m inspired to read the entire Corpus Hermeticum after reading The Hermetica. I must find more information on Giodarno Bruno’s connection with Hermeticism. Frances Yates’ Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition seems like a good start.

If you like ancient esoteric wisdom, and you don’t feel like reading big books like The Corpus Hermeticism yet, check out The Hermetica.

Comment below if you read The Hermetica. What do you think of it? Any related recommendations?

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