Of all history’s questions, the uncertain and often-confusing origin of man tops them all. From the story of Adam and Eve to thousands of science-based theories, nobody has definitively set out to discover the prevailing truth.
In his powerful and life-changing new book, Martin Hinde comes as close as anyone can. ‘Children of Eden’ will surprise and shock many, yet its revelation of man’s origin could just be the biggest discovery of the millennium.
Starting at the beginning – the creation story of Adam and Eve – the author traces the true origins of humankind using the best available evidence. This leads to the startling revelation that humankind may have originated as hominid Primates who have been genetically-modified by a higher civilization in our own Solar system. Created as hybrid Spiritual Beings bonded to physical Primate forms – this is the crux of the situation facing humankind. But there is a way out. Martin follows the path of some secret knowledge that was handed to a few from the creators of humankind: Knowledge that has been hoarded by elites and priesthood class, from the time of the Pharoahs and the’ Mystery Schools’, up to the present day. This is the knowledge that empowers humanity to brake the chains of physical bondage, and allow our Spiritual Beings to rise to their auspicious place in the Cosmos. This book shows us a way out of the quagmire – that is our lives and our planet today – to a future where we can reconnect with our (true) higher Self; take back control of our lives, our governments, our environment; and leads us to the Return of Eden.
“This is a holistic, comprehensive volume that will satisfy both faith-based theories of mankind’s creation, as well as the world of science,” explains the author, who is passionate about Eastern Spiritual Enlightenment and its related concepts. “We start right back at the beginning, travel through mankind’s lifespan and end up at the present. It’s as close as we’re ever going to get to a definitive, unambiguous answer.”
Continuing, “Knowledge truly is power. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the inspirational or western spiritual space; for example, fans and followers of the works of people like Deepak Chopra. The goal is that people can use this new knowledge to reconnect with themselves, with the world’s elite powers and ultimately bind humanity together in a new common, peaceful goal.”
With the volume’s demand expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.
About the Author:
Martin Hinde grew up as the only child of itinerant parents stationed at various outposts of the British Empire. Living amongst different peoples and cultures from an early age imbued the author, in adulthood, with the sense of being a citizen sans frontiers; a global citizen – a citizen of Humanity. Through a series of ‘chance’ encounters with strangers, Martin’s life became guided in a direction towards Eastern Spiritual Enlightenment. As one of very few individuals in the West who has achieved the status of a Yogic Siddha, Martin has been given access to knowledge of the deepest – and sometimes darkest – secrets and challenges facing modern citizens of Humanity; challenges which threaten our very existence. Martin’s work is a rallying cry to his readers – and collectively to Humanity – to awaken, confront and eliminate the forces of Darkness that are preventing us from becoming us who we really are.
In her new book, “Hogan’s Hope: A Deaf Hero’s Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance” (published by iUniverse), author Connie Bombaci shares the story of her deaf Dalmatiannamed Hogan, who learned over 65 signs in American Sign Language. Bombaci’s success with Hogan led to TV appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and Amazing Tails.
“Deaf dogs are often destroyed, mistreated, or abandoned,” says Bombaci. “(Hogan’s) story continues to provide the hope of life for many deaf dogs worldwide. But, more importantly, his courage to overcome challenges and prejudice continues to give inspiration to anyone, human or pet, that accomplishment, success, and genuine love are truly possible.”
Bombaci saved Hogan from neglect when he was a puppy. Through hard work, dedication and an understanding of Hogan’s unique limitations, Bombaci demonstrates that success can happen regardless of the circumstances one is faced with – and that “all God’s creations … are worthy of acceptance and love.”
An excerpt from “Hogan’s Hope”:
“Hogan taught me how to live my life as a courageous journey. I determined right then that his life was going to be “A gift that keeps on giving.” Our mission was to carry on the signs of God’s unconditional love and to share Hogan’s Hope.”
“Hogan’s Hope: A Deaf Hero’s Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance”
By Connie Bombaci
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781532014611
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781532014604
E-Book | 152 pages | ISBN 9781532014628
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Connie Bombaci, a retired educator, is resolute in her love for animals, belief in the goodness of all God’s creations and desire to provide encouragement no matter what the challenge. The author lives with her family in Connecticut. “Hogan’s Hope” is Bombaci’s first book. More information is available at: http://www.conniebombaci.com.
By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
This is the legend of the Ancient One, a spiritual being that has been asleep for 1000 years. According to prophecy he awakens to lead the people of the city plain out of despair and oppression. Offering a message of hope and renewal, he sets in motion universal forces, which restore the balance.
This captivating tale parallels the challenges of modern society where wars rage with elusive terrorists, millions are homeless without shelter or nourishment and the rich continue to amass fortune. We are in need of a permanent solution to these age-old problems.
So come join the Ancient One as he brings Light to the mountain and reveals the inherent power of our collective human potential, working together and reaching higher.
People treat others badly
Because they do not know
How to treat themselves well.
The ills of the world
Are correctable only
By raising better people.
One of the ways
Better people are produced
Is through human development systems
That offer higher knowledge.
Higher knowledge is available
If you search for it
And are fitted to receive it.
That is the quandary.
The task of the rightly Guided Ones
Is to tend the flame of knowledge
And under the proper conditions share it.
These conditions include:
Right time, right place and right people.
So you think I am talking in riddles?
Perhaps I am or maybe
You need to change your way of thinking.
Among the people of the city plain and mountains
There is an ancient tale
About a magical, glowing Light.
This wonderful Light appears
From time to time
To help people in need
Or those who are frightened
And have lost hope.
In the darkest hour
When all is thought to be lost
This Light appears
And turns problems into solutions.
Over the years countless people have been helped.
The pure of heart, the broken and the lost
Have been rescued
From seemingly impossible situations.
Tradition has it
By focusing inward on the Light
And saying the prayer of submission
Further it is believed
That when this Light is about to go out
Another will come to take its place.
Herein is the origin of this Legend.
Ancient One: Eternal being and Guardian of the Light.
Escobar: Mountain guide and cousin to Loopi.
Rosa: Wife to Escobar.
Loopi: Young girl of 12 years and cousin to Escobar.
Rado: Youngest member of Council of Governors; former friend of Escobar who is sent to search out second Sun.
The Guard: Company of soldiers joining Rado in his search for second Sun.
King: Distant ruler who demands taxes for War Fund; grandson of former King who banished Priests of Unity.
Fortuun: High Priest (Priests of Unity) leader of the people who prayed for the Ancient One’s return.
Mylan, Wylmar: Senior members of the Council of Twelve (People of Unity) working with Fortuun.
The People Of Unity: Group of 200 believers lead by Fortuun, High Priest who helped pray The Ancient One into existence.
For millennia the Ancient One slept. Beneath the earth in the subterranean caves of the Oreen Mountains his body waited for the hour of rebirth. Here the temperature preserved the flesh until it was needed again.
During this time of sleep the Ancient One served in other capacities. His soul was of the Anointed and there was work to be done in other forms and worlds. The Light was the binding force which held all things together; he served the Light as few could.
The hour of rebirth was at hand.
* * * *
The people were weary from the wars. Long ago tears dried like morning dew on a hot summer’s day. Most had forgotten why the wars were fought and lost faith in the Governors. It was the Governors who maintained the wars were necessary.
For the people of the city?plain, it was a time of despair. Elected officials lined their pockets with the peoples’ gold and many went hungry. Most of what the people worked to create went to sustain the wars or was lost in graft among the many layers of government.
The people needed change and hope.
* * * *
As the morning sun burned away the mountain mist, the Ancient One took his place outside the caves. The mountains were his friends. Until the hour of service they protected and housed him. As he entered into his meditation, and began to reflect the Light across the hills, a wondrous thing happened. Light began to flow from the Ancient One and the mist evaporated. And as this holy man went deeper into his meditation, the Light began to intensify. Slowly he became a sun unto himself.
And as the people of the city?plain looked into the mountains, they saw not one, but two suns. This morning, the eastern sky had two orbs of brilliance to greet the day; one from the heavens and one from the hills beckoning them onward.
And as neighbors called to neighbors to see the miracle in the mountains, their despair began to lift. This day was greeted by a sun of hope.
* * * *
Escobar beheld the second sun and wondered at its origin. He knew the mountains around the city?plain as well as any. At this point in the eastern slope there was no structure of any kind that might serve as a mirror to reflect the morning sun. All that existed in that location was the entrance to the caves.
Could the caves be leaking a gas that illuminated the slope? That was possible but highly unusual. Escobar continued to stare at the Light. Something seemed to be going on within its energy pattern. Whatever it was, it was calling to Escobar. The energy was pulsating and calling his name.
Escobar the renowned mountain guide stared in amazement. He had never seen anything on the mountains like this and needed to discover its origin.
* * * *
Loopi, a young girl of 12, awoke and looked out her bedroom window. This morning the eastern sky was aglow with two suns. She stared at the horizon transfixed wondering what it meant.
Was the world ending? Or was the world beginning? She was unsure and grew increasingly excited.
* * * *
As the Ancient One continued his meditation, he could feel the Light reaching the people of the city?plain and knew it had begun.
Like a beacon in the night, the Light was calling to those who were in despair. It was his mission to replace sorrow with joy and anger with love.
And as he continued lighting the morning sky, he lost track of time. He was one with the moment and lost in the glory of the Light.
* * * *
The Council of Governors arrived. This morning they were to discuss the tax shortfall. Without taxes, they could not meet their portion of the War Fund and the King expected the Governors, personally, to make up the difference. The King allowed the Governors to rule only if the War Fund was maintained. None wished to anger the King or pay with their own gold. The only option was to get the people to work harder. This was the morning agenda.
The four Governors’ took their seats and instead of talking of revenues, they discussed the second sun. Everyone including the Governors was bewildered by its origin and significance.
Was this Light permanent? Where did it come from? Should it be investigated? Was it a threat to the city?plain? Did it have economic value?
Throughout the session these questions took precedence over the shortfall in taxes.
* * * *
Then just as unexpectedly as the second sun lit up the morning sky it was gone. One moment, an orb of brilliance and warmth calling to the people of the city?plain, and then it disappeared.
The Ancient One ended his morning meditation. The message was sent. As the Light willed people would respond.
* * * *
For those minutes, when the mountain celebrated its own sun, all the city-plain stopped. Every eye gazed upward toward the mountain. Work halted. People stopped in the fields and factories and began to talk to each other. The despair of the long war years was replaced with a song of hope.
Now the Light was gone and for the people the absence of Light signaled a return to work. For most the second sun was a momentary interlude in a dreary day. As they walked to the factories and fields, the people continued to speak to each other about this wonder. Some claimed it was the result of luminescent cave gas; others said the sun reflected off the coats of a herd of mountain goats. These herds were plentiful and the sun’s glare created the brilliant orb. Still others said it was the mountain facing and the sunlight reflected off of the cliffs.
Throughout the day people talked to each other and were caught up in the excitement of the message of hope emitted by the second sun.
* * * *
Since early youth Escobar was a mountain guide. He listened to the others discuss their explanations for the appearance of the second sun. While these were possible, Escobar knew none of them were probable. Something else was going on.
And as Escobar looked around and saw the people excited by the promise raised by this event, he had to see for himself what caused these phenomena. Was this a permanent source of Light and energy? Or was it transitory? Escobar knew the answer was on the mountain and he would find it.
Today the people of the city?plain were filled with hope and anticipation. Temporarily forgotten were the years of war and oppression by the Governors. Again the people were expectant and joyous. If Escobar could find the source of this new Light, might he be able to bring back news that helped people? Intuitively he knew this Light was something good.
If the Light appeared again, in the same location, Escobar wanted to be there. He wanted to examine and learn from it. Escobar asked his wife to quickly prepare food; he had work in the mountains.
For nearly ten years Rosa and Escobar had been married. Rosa was used to her husband leading travelers across the mountains. After all he was a mountain guide. However this morning things were different and Rosa suspected Escobar was going to find the source of the second sun. Although worried she knew none were more qualified.
As Rosa prepared food and got ready to work in the factory, she did not speak of this to Escobar. Rosa realized, that whatever the reason for the appearance of the second sun, their lives would never be the same.
* * * *
Loopi decided she was not going to school. She did not tell this to her parents and went looking for her cousin, Escobar. He was like an older brother and by nature very curious. Loopi knew that he too would want to know more about the mountain sun.
Escobar was considered the best mountain guide. He knew the mountains and their changing conditions. Whenever wealthy caravans had to cross this range his expertise was sought. He studied the weather conditions and the movement of rocks. Escobar had been taught mountain trails and the relationship between plants and animals by his father and grandfather. Over the years Escobar developed an inner feel for the mountains. Loopi was certain Escobar would be able to find the true meaning of the second sun.
* * * *
The Governors were relieved. The people went back to their daily routine. Once the second sun receded people realized there was work to be done and returned to their normal activity. Only minutes were lost from the morning productivity schedule.
Yet as the morning progressed, reports came into the Governors’ Chamber that although people were working they were distracted by this morning’s event. The second sun was being discussed by everyone and affected the workers’ productivity. The morning’s quotas for agriculture and manufacturing were not being met.
As the day continued people remained distracted. The Governors realized something must be done. It was decided Rado the youngest Governor would travel to the mountain to discover the phenomena’s source. The Governors were worried should it persist, that tax quotas would not be met. If the King’s quotas were not met by the people, the money would come out of the Governors’ pockets. The King accepted no excuse; money was needed to keep the War Fund going.
Without hesitation Rado accepted the assignment. He viewed this as a sign of recognition by the older, longer tenured Governors. Rado had some knowledge of the mountains, but to insure success a guide and accompaniment of soldiers was needed.
Rado was to lead five of the Governors’ Guard. This was to assure, if necessary, the new sun’s destruction. These troops were known for their determination and ferocity.
Then Rado summoned Escobar.
* * * *
Escobar was nearly packed and as he loaded his gear, he heard his cousin Loopi approaching. Escobar turned to greet her. “Loopi it is good to see you, but shouldn’t you be in school?” Loopi replied, “Yes, but I have something more important to do.” “What is that?” inquired Escobar. “I have to find out about the second sun,” said Loopi. “Isn’t that what you are preparing to do?”
Escobar smiled and gently replied, “Loopi if your parents allow, I will take you with me.” So Escobar kissed Rosa goodbye and they began walking toward Loopi’s house.
As the two cousins talked, Escobar was encouraged by Loopi’s enthusiasm. It was good to see he was not the only one excited by this morning’s event. If others were similarly affected, the second sun might signal an awakening and positive change for the people of the city-plain.
* * * *
Escobar was surprised how easily Loopi’s parents agreed to the trip into the mountains. They wished they could leave their work in the fields and also join the adventure. When they saw both suns that morning, they realized anything was possible. A glimmer of hope awoke in their hearts.
Both agreed it had been a long time since there was something to be hopeful about. Also Loopi’s going made them feel as if they were going. They could live and experience through her adventure.
So the two cousins began their climb. When next the second sun dawned they wanted to be there.
* * * *
Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, spiritual traveler is an advocate of Sufi mysticism and the perennial philosophy. Professionally specializing in the healing applications of therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health treatment; he holds a doctorate in education and served on the faculties of multiple colleges and universities.
by Sameena Khan
We are all here on this planet searching for something, evolving, waking up. In a world where we are trying to survive everyday struggles, wouldn’t it be wonderful for us to have more joy in our lives as we learn our lessons and gather experiences? How would your life change if you were happier? How would you change?
The Book of Joy helps us to understand how to attain joy and teaches us that we are here to thrive, not just survive. It’s an empowering dialogue between the Dalia Lama and Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop of South Africa that underscores the concept that our happiness really does lie within ourselves and that we have the power to create a more blissful reality.
Why read yet another book on Joy?
We’ve heard this before but what sets this dialogue apart from much of the existing literature is not only the content, but also the process in which it is presented. The dynamic between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu is instantaneously uplifting as they use respect, authenticity, and humor to interact with one another and impart their wisdom on such topics as the obstacles and pillars of joy. There is a lightness to the heavy subject matter that helps us, the reader, absorb, process, and hopefully incorporate into our every day lives. Not only do they teach us how to create more joy in our lives, they are living examples of it.
The path from suffering to lasting happiness.
This book illustrates is that we have the power to transform our suffering into joy. It is not easy; it requires going into the wounds and feeling those uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, and then shifting our perspective to that of forgiveness, or gratitude, or compassion, or love. One might long for a specific formula, one that is directionally linear where we can check off certain boxes along the way, but it’s a squiggly line as we work through the many layers of feelings and looping thought patterns we’ve internalized since childhood.
That being said, if one is committed to the process of replacing destructive thought patterns with ones that are healthier—ones that focus on things such as compassion or love instead of anger or fear, then you are well on your way. The Dalia Lama and the Archbishop refer to this as Mental Immunity, which doesn’t mean we need to be Tibetan Monks to achieve joy, but it does require shifting our perspective, accepting where we are at, and doing the internal work to get to a place of compassion and gratitude in order to reach a more enlightened state.
Find meaning in the experience.
One way to get through our suffering is to find meaning in our experiences, whether it is heartbreaking grief, a physical illness, past trauma, or everyday stress and frustration. When we are consciously committed to finding the lessons in a given hardship we are more likely to feel as though the pain was worth it, which in turn provides us with a sense of purpose for the suffering. Furthermore, we are more likely to not repeat a harmful pattern of thinking or behaving. In doing so we honor ourselves, the experience, and find the higher perspective for it. We can then work it through, and become more aware should the issue arise once again. And it likely will just to test us on our progress, but according to these two men we are now more equipped to remain in the state of Joy.
Drop into your heart.
The Archbishop goes on to say that joy is a not only a state of mind but a state of the heart as well. The authors highlight compassion as a wonderful way to stay in our hearts. Sometimes humanity can be in so much fear and anger that this leads to a disconnection from one another and ourselves. This is highly destructive to our well-being. Many psychologists posit that disconnection is even the leading cause of addictions. If we tend to focus solely on our own pain and struggles and lose the space to have compassion for others we run the risk of interacting with others in harmful ways. By understanding that we are all connected and that we all experience the spectrum of human emotions and hardships, we can better relate to one another and form more authentic and healing relationships. It is important to note here that having compassion for others and for ourselves and what we are experiencing is very healing, and leads us to a more joyful state of being.
There’s even more.
These are just a few concepts that The Book of Joy asks us to consider. It also highlights the importance of forgiveness, generosity, humility and humor and demonstrates how we can get to make the changes to be in these states of being. The psychological and spiritual content of this book are presented in a, well, joyful way, and one that does not come off as blaming or shaming. or preachy. The dialogue is easy to read and inspires the reader to do the internal exploration or self and make positive changes in our hearts and minds as we learn how to transcend our suffering.
Book Source: Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu & Douglas Carlton Abrams. “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/WDXkbb.l
About the author:
Sameena Khan is a Clinical Psychologist, Writer, Holistic Lifestyle Consultant, and Alchemist. Her intuitive psycho-spiritual work helps others explore and work through their psychological, emotional, physical, and overall energetic blockages in order to live a healthier and more joyful life. You can visit her at HolisticSoulPsychology. Sameena is also a Content Manager at Instaread, a genius app that provides key takeaways and summaries of best-selling books. “Learn something new today!”