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Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, January 2015

by: Brent Raynes

The Nature of Reality:
Akashic Guidance for Understanding
Life and Its Purpose
By Aingeal Rose O’Grady

Wild Flower Press
P.O. Box 1429
Columbus, NC 28722
2014, 268 pages, US $16.50
ISBN: 978-0-926524-73-6

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

I would say that for the vast majority of us exposed to metaphysical terms and beliefs, the word Akashic is commonly associated with the trance readings of America’s “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce. Author and psychic Aingeal Rose O’Grady also claims to be able to tap into the legendary Akashic Records, a spiritual dimension where it is said that the entire history of the cosmos (and thus humankind’s history as well) can be located.

In this book, this author and psychic describes tapping into those cosmic records to try and bring light and understanding to some of our most challenging and complex life mysteries. For example, she explores the nature and reality of miracles, the nature of time and dimensions, angels, dreams, light bodies, kundalini and chakras, even alien abductions, and much more.

Although I’m not ready to give up on so-called hard science just yet, I do like to see what the psychics, sensitives, mystics, shamans, and prophets have to say – and sometimes they square off rather closely. Other times not, but it’s always an interesting and entertaining avenue to follow.


How Do You Pray?
Inspiring Responses from Religious Leaders,
Spiritual Guides, Healers, Activists,
& Other Lovers of Humanity
Edited by Celeste Yacoboni
Foreword by Mirabai Starr

Monkfish Book Publishing
22 E. Market St., Suite 304
Rhinebeck, New York 12572
2014, 269 pages, US $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-939681-23-2 (trade paper)

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The editor of this book, Celeste Yacoboni, maintains a private practice out in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she helps her clients to bring about transformation and the sacred in their daily lives, integrating together the components of body, mind, spirit and emotion, utilizing her mastered talents of a number of the healing arts involving breath, touch, prayer and song.

This book is a thoughtful interspiritual prayerbook and resource guide that contains prayers and brief biographies of some 129 contributors from all over the world and from a wide range of different spiritual backgrounds. Nonetheless, all of the contributions resonate as one.


Evil Empire of the ETs and the Ultra-Terrestrials
By Timothy Green Beckley
Sean Casteel, Karla Turner,
Tim Swartz, and Brad and Sherry Steiger

Inner Light Publications/Global Communications
Box 753
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
2012, 284 pages, US $19.96
ISBN: 978-1606111-1-54

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The concept of unfriendly intruders from a parallel world or dimension, along with the term ultra-terrestrial, was certainly popularized by New York journalist John A. Keel back in the late 1960s. The major part of this book however revolves around the late Dr. Karla Turner’s Into The Fringe, a book that described how in 1988, this former college instructor living with her family in Roland, Arkansas, suddenly found herself and her family at the center of what has become known as the “alien abduction” phenomenon. Their experiences were very disturbing, very frightening, and included bizarre sexual elements as well.

Contributions by other noted and seasoned ufological authors in this book also include Timothy Green Beckley, Sean Casteel, Tim Swartz, and Brad and Sherry Steiger.


Lost Secrets of the Gods:
The Latest Evidence and Revelations on
Ancient Astronauts, Precursor Cultures, and
Secret Societies
Edited by Michael Pye & Kirsten Dalley
Original essays by Jim Marrs, Robert M. Schoch, Nick Redfern,
Steven Sora, Thomas G. Brophy, Micah Hanks, Laird Scranton,
Frank Joseph, Scott Alan Roberts, John Richard Ward, Ardy Sixkiller
Clarke, and Paul Von Ward

The Career Press, Inc.
220 West Parkway, Unit 12
Pompton Plains, NJ 0444
2014, 249 pages, US $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-60163-324-8 (paperback)

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The editors of this book bring together twelve of the most prominent authors and recognized authority figures known for their insights and knowledge into ancient historical anomalies ranging from reported findings of a race of giants, hybrid races, people with elongated skulls, stories of mysterious visitors (ancient aliens?) that provided ancient cultures with advanced knowledge of science, agriculture, and astronomy, reports of frightening apparitions/monsters at ancient sites, language commonalities between different cultures, and much more.

Fascinating and thought-provoking, the authors take us to numerous exciting and well-known global locations, like Turkey’s Gobekli Tepe, Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Egypt’s Giza plateau, to other exciting and yet lesser known sites like the undeciphered petroglyph covered Judaculla Rock of North Carolina, a place associated with a slant-eyed giant of ancient Cherokee mythology.

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