Manga Monday #10: “Princess Jellyfish” by Akiko Higashimura

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Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura (Amazon) (Goodreads)

A jellyfish fangirl has her normal life turned upside down after a fabulous fashionista helps her save a jellyfish from a careless pet store death.

I’m only going to tell you this manga is full of otaku, shady vixens, and hilarious hijinks with a pinch of romance. Quite a fun manga! Tsukimi (the jellyfish girl) reminds me a little bit of myself back in high school. I was a bit shy and obsessed with unusual things (not jellyfish though).

Oh wait, I’m still am but I’ve upgraded on my confidence level.

Have you read this manga?

What do you think of the anime? Yep, there’s an anime too!

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BOOK REVIEW: “Saint Germain on Alchemy”

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Saint Germain on Alchemy by St. Germain, Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Saint Germain on Alchemy: For the Adept in the Aquarian Age
  • Authors: St. Germain, Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet
  • Publication: Summit University Press (Jan. 1, 1985)
  • Genre: New Age/Metaphysical
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Saint Germain’s alchemy book is about achieving ultimate spiritual wealth through self-transformation. If you were expecting this book to tell how you can conjure gold out of thin air with special mind powers, you got the wrong book! Here, alchemy is uplifting your entire being into higher consciousness. The information in this book is supposed to be from the legendary Comte de Saint Germain recorded by “ascended masters” messengers Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet.

The Prophets were part of the New Age “I AM” movement claiming close contact with the ascended masters. These “masters” have gained immortality by mastering esoteric wisdom and paying back karma. After immortality has been achieved, they no longer have to go through reincarnation’s repeatable cycle. A few ascended masters mentioned in this book (besides St. Germain): Jesus, Quan Yin, Gautama Buddha, Serapis Bey, and El Morya. Guiding humanity is their main task.

The ascended master St. Germain reportedly lived past lives as an Atlantean high priest, Christopher Columbus, and Francis Bacon. The book mentions he took part in influencing the French revolution and the Declaration of Independence. During his official recorded lifetime in the the 18th century , he was known as an “alchemist” courtier who knew many languages, played the violin, and made jewelry. Little is known of his birth and death.

Saint Germain on Alchemy was an uplifting book despite the wild claims about the Prophets (more on that later). The idea of ascended masters came to me from a random YouTube video claiming they were the spiritual leaders of Atlantis and/or Lemuria named the Naacaals.

If you’ve been reading my book reviews on anything related to Atlantis/Lemuria theories, you should know how much I’m attracted to them!

Now, to the crazy cult story about the Prophets, specifically Elizabeth Clare Prophet. After her husband passed away (or “ascended”), she founded the Church Universal and Triumph (CUT) where members gathered for ascended masters teachings. Eventually, Prophet warned her followers of an upcoming nuclear war. Hideout shelters were made and armed weapons were collected.

Guess what? No nuclear apocalypse! *womp womp*

Prophet believed the power of prayer prevented the world disaster from happening. The nuclear war prophecy flop brought a big wave of media attention.  Several members of the CUT were arrested for  purchasing the guns under false names. The CUT didn’t want any attention for taking firearms. The whole affair was a hot mess but the negative media attention didn’t stop the church.  The CUT is still running today along with Mark Prophet’s branch: The Summit Lighthouse.

Now, putting the whole Prophet craze aside, On Alchemy was a spiritually inspiring, mystical book. I have to admit the whole “ascended masters” concept is a bit far out for me but it’s nice to read new subjects within my spectrum of interests with an open mind.

This book is terrific for those interested in alchemy,  familiar with the ascended masters, and theosophy in general. If you’re familiar with the Law of Attraction, this book has a place for that too.

Have you read this book?

Do you know anything about the ascended masters?

What’s your take on the Prophets? 

Manga Monday #9: “Moyasimon” by Masayuki Ishikawa

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Moyasimon by Masayuki Ishikawa (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Dear germaphobes, be grateful you don’t have the ability to see germs every single day. College student Tadayusu Sawaki was born with it. Sawaki has to keep his strange ability under wraps from those who might take advantage of him while attending agricultural school. Only a few know about it: his best friend, grandfather, and a trusted college professor close to Sawaki’s family.

How long can Sawaki survive in school without being discovered?

Moyasimon is fun and educational. You won’t be left out from any informative tidbits on bacteria and other micro-organisms. Sucks the library I regularly attend only has the first two volumes. I’m finding a way to get more volumes asap (without going to the bookstore or reading online)! There are thirteen volumes in the series.

Have you read Moyasimon?

BOOK REVIEW: “The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt” by Edward F. Malkowski

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The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt: Sacred Science and the Mystery of Consciousness (Goodreads)
  • Author: Edward F. Malkowski
  • Publication: Inner Traditions (Oct. 3, 2007)
  • Pages: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 2/5 stars

Before reading The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt, I thought Edward Malkowski would present an in-depth discussion how the ancient Egyptians  blended spirituality and technology with the products made out of it.

Nope, none of that!

I received a load of anthropology, the Lost Gospels, Moses, Greek philosophers, and more quantum physics than I desired. Overall, the author made an interesting point how religion and science today is possibly rooted from the ancient Egyptians. Thumbs up for Malkowski on that!

The book had its ups and downs. It was exciting when the author focused on ancient Egypt but tedious when he went on forever on the non-related subjects barely mentioning the Egyptians’ connection to them. I hoped Malkowski would explain the ancient Egyptians’ spiritual/scientific purpose for building their temples and pyramids (besides the obvious) but he barely made a clear mark.

I would’ve had a better experience with this book if it mainly focused on ancient Egypt. There were maybe three major chapters dedicated to them. If you’re interested in modern science, this book is definitely for you! Despite my disappointment, Malkowski made some excellent scientific discussions. His answers simply contrasted with my questions.

Have you read this book before or any works of Edward F. Malkowski?

July 2016 Library Book Haul

What’s your business? I have plenty. After reading The One Thing, I’m inspired to read more business related books. Here’s what I’ve gathered to read this month.

 

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Think Like Zuck by Ekaterina Walter (Amazon) (Goodreads)

In order to to be awesome like Mark Zuckerberg, you have to have his mindset. This book will show you how Zuckerberg does his thing.

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The Six-Figure Second Income by David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek (Amazon) (Goodreads)

The authors reveal how you can make an income with an online business without ever leaving your dreadful 9 to 5, low-paying job.

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I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief shares secrets  for women interested in career advancement.

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Power Friending by Amber Mac (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Using social media can be a mighty networking tool if you know how to use it right.

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Create Your Own Future by Brian Tracy (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Brian Tracy is fantastic! I’ve read a few of his books and listened to him on YouTube. I’m looking forward to knowing what are his “12 factors of success” in this book.

And that’s it for this month. Psh, probably not! Knowing me, I’ll be reading more. I always do! I love my reading life.

Have you read any of these books?

Any recommendations?

 

BOOK REVIEW: “The One Thing” by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

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The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results 
  • Authors: Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  • Publication: Bard Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Pages: 240
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Business
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

The work/life balance isn’t real. Multi-tasking is a joke. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan makes it clear to readers focusing on one simple goal is the path to utmost success. The One Thing presents the high value of simplicity. The book lays out tips to become more productive in life with focus on health, work, relationships, and life in general. Important passages readers can take from are even underlined throughout this book (how thoughtful).

Become a focus master and the rewards will certainly follow!

The One Thing has automatically become my “must buy” book as I was reading it. I’ve already put the book’s method into practice. For instance, one chapter mentions dedicating four hours a day to an important goal. Of course, I’ve chose reading, and I felt ten times more accomplished than I ever had before.

Why successful people are so successful? The answer lies within this very book: The One Thing. This book is a keeper!

Have you read The One Thing?