Book Review, “STONEHENGE, IF THIS WAS EAST,” and A New Idea to Save the Melting Polar Ice Caps

Note: This is a book review of Thomas O. Mills’ book, STONEHENGE, IF THIS WAS EAST, from the Chairman of the Manataka American Indian Council, who, after reading the book, was inspired with a new idea to correct the melting of our polar ice caps. It is, indeed, a very interesting letter to other members of the Manataka Council Fire and I share it here with you, hoping to generate more interest in Tom’s thoughtful book and Chairman Michael Burton’s fascinating idea.

By Michael “Eye of Eagle Feather” Burton

Manataka Council Fire

Dear Beloved sisters and brothers,

Thank You to those who are contributing their monetary and volunteer support for the sacred site…the outpouring of contributions has enabled us to clean and prepare the site and prepare a new garden.  Our initial plan is to plant heirloom species of corn, squash and beans. We are about to get a permit for water lines, though we have not planted due to the rains…maybe this weekend!!!

sTONEHENGE If this was EastToday, I write about a book Lee Standing Bear gave to me, written by Thomas O. Mills entitled “Stonehenge ~ If this was East.” In this publication, Tom Mills explains the Stonehenge site and many ancient mystery sites around the globe, using the Hopi creation history passed to us through thousands of years of oral tradition. It simply shows, when these sites were created ‘East’ was radically different, and they were perfect astronomical computers during their time. Current knowledge grossly underestimates their age and can’t figure out why they aren’t precisely aligned with the heavens today.

The axis we turn on would have to shift significantly for these things to line up. It makes sense and when taken as a whole, with all sites considered and realigned with the ancient axis points, they are a testament to a message from the past, built in such a way that NO ONE COULD ALTER THEM THROUGH TIME. It was that important! Continue reading

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Book Review: Love By the Numbers, by Glynis McCants

Love by the Numbers: How to Find Great Love or Reignite the Love You Have Through the Power of Numerology (Nonfiction: Self Help)

By Glynis McCants
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc., Naperville, IL
Hardback, 336 Pages, U.S. $21.99

Numerology is the study of the vibrations of numbers and how to use them to better understand ourselves and the important people in our lives. In Love by the Numbers, author Glynis McCants focuses on our relationships with spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends—our significant others. She identifies the important numbers in love connections, explains what they mean and how they relate to each other. McCants uses numerology to counsel people who want to improve their unions.

The author says we can better understand ourselves and the person we love by calculating our numbers based on the names we use in the present. Men’s names don’t generally change, but if a man goes by a shortened version of his name, such as Joseph becoming Joe, Joe would be used for the numerology blueprint. Women may also use a nickname and their last names may have changed with marriage.

Three numbers in the numerology blueprint are determined by the letters in our names: the Soul, Personality and Power Name numbers. (McCants offers a chart in which each letter of the alphabet is assigned a number. The numbers are added up, then reduced to one number.) Three numbers derive from the birth date: the Birth Day, Life Path and Attitude Numbers. The Life Path numbers are the most important in any numerology blueprint because neither partner will be happy and fulfilled unless they share compatible Life Path numbers.

Only one number is calculated using the full name on the birth certificate and that is the Destiny number. McCants answers the question, “Are you destined to be together?” She also calculates the Maturity number by adding together the Life Path and Destiny numbers and reducing them to one number.

Once the reader has calculated her and her partner’s numbers for the Numerology Blueprint, the author details how they affect each other. Natural Match numbers indicate an instant rapport. Compatible numbers mean couples get along most of the time but will agree to disagree at other times. Challenge numbers are tough; misunderstandings and communication breakdowns are common and the relationship could become toxic.

A Soul Mate is indicated when two parties share three of the six main numbers. These can be people we need to learn difficult lessons from, and those who are wonderful blessings in our lives. For any of the matches to work, McCants notes, both people must be living on the positive side of their numbers. (The positive and negative attributes of each number are given.) If addictions or mental illness are present, even Natural Match numbers are disregarded.

With each new year, we begin a new Personal Year Cycle. McCants explains that this is why couples may have been happily married for several years and suddenly hit a snag. (She makes suggestions for getting through the difficult years.) If couples have enjoyed a strong, healthy relationship prior to getting married, she recommends calculating whether a woman should take her husband’s last name when getting married. This change could strengthen or sour the relationship.

McCants explains everything from picking the best hotel room to how to pick the best wedding date—by the numbers, of course! Anyone interested in understanding the potential of a new relationship, what happened to a past or current relationship, or how to strengthen one will benefit from using the book, Love By the Numbers.

Book Review: What To Do When You Can’t Decide, by Meg Lundstrom

Book: What To Do When You Can’t Decide: Useful Tools For Finding The Answers Within (Nonfiction: Self Help)
Author: Meg Lundstrom
Publisher: Sounds True, Boulder, CO.
ISBN: 978-1-59179-816-3
Paperback, 240 Pages, US $14.95

SUMMARY: How to use divining tools for direction and to overcome obstacles, with an emphasis on “now” and taking action. Methods are: kinesiology (muscle testing); pendling (using a pendulum); and chits (casting folded pieces of paper).

STYLE: Conversational, Thorough
CONTENT: Informative, Practical
CONSCIOUSNESS: Divining bypasses the dictates of the mind and emotions; taps the profound depths of the unconscious mind (God, the universe, higher self, angels, etc.) to help us be in the right place at the right time; puts us on a spiritual path in which our blocks and beliefs surface for transformation.

Interested in the subject of inner guidance, I was surprised when I began reading What To Do When You Can’t Decide and realized it was about dowsing methods, such as using pendulums to help make decisions. I am intuitive and somewhat skeptical about such methods, but the author’s convincing focus on getting calm, clear, open and neutral to tap the higher self for learning the truth, convinced me to read on and give it a try. Lundstrum stresses that divining should be taken seriously and treated with reverence. She recommends using it when we:

Have a genuine dilemma
To diagnose ailments and find a healing path
Need a ‘friend’ to talk things over
To move beyond repeating behavior patterns that are not for our highest good
For a dose of courage
To sort information
To explore the unknown

The use of divining puts us in a receptive state (yin) for opening to guidance that meets our deepest needs and highest good–from which we gain peace of mind. With the confidence gained from receptivity, we use our willpower (yang) to manifest an outcome without the ego.

She advises keeping a journal of questions asked, guidance received and the outcome. Sometimes the guidance feels ‘wrong,’ but we received it because we needed to take that journey. In the end she says we will see that the guidance is almost always correct. Sometimes we don’t receive an answer because we need to use our intuition instead.

Lundstrom gives detailed instructions on the use of kinesiology, pendling and throwing chits, beginning with learning the signals for yes, no, not now or restart. She says divining will not work if we’re not open to it, and a good portion of the book is focused on techniques for becoming quiet, connected and neutral so the answers received are accurate. Before divining, ask, Is my mind engaged? My heart open? My body feeling sensations? Is now a good time to ask this question? Should I ask this question? If not, she recommends trying again later. If an answer feels ‘off,’ ask later using different words, or another divining tool. If unsure about divining, ask for a synchronicity, a dream, an inner shift.

Muscle testing and using the pendulum relay information from the unconscious mind via slight neuromuscular movements and can be easily affected by our thoughts, emotions and desires for specific outcomes. Throwing small pieces of folded paper (chits) is straightforward and more a ritual that can be used when feeling too emotional to use muscle testing or a pendulum. Though we must build our trust to be guided by the use of chits, emotions make the chits more accurate.

Muscle testing demands self-honesty, focus and precision in execution. We ask a question and the body is either weak or strong. I have an illness that affects my muscles (stiffness, pain, fatigue) and it was interesting to me that fatigue and pain affect the outcome when using muscle testing. (I received no input when using my muscles.) Kinesiology is effective when making choices, purchases, choosing courses, books and finding a professional who is competent and will work for our highest good.

Pendling should be used in a quiet place when in a focused, neutral state of being. It is especially good for finding a health practitioner, using maps to locate the best geographic areas for healing, safety, finding a spiritual path and for travel; the best foods and vitamins for our bodies, finding lost objects and diagnosing car problems. It can be used when making need-based financial questions, but doesn’t work with greed.

To use the chits, place a sacred item or a candle in front of you. Write options on same sized pieces of paper (including the outcomes you don’t want) and others like wait, wrong question and do not use chits for this question. Then fold them exactly the same, get deeply connected and throw them in front of you. The one landing closest to the sacred object is your answer. Or you can close your eyes, toss them, reach out and pick one up—then open your eyes. We must be willing to follow the guidance in order to receive accurate answers.

Lundstrom does an excellent job explaining all the dos and don’ts and how the divining processes work. It can seem a bit repetitive when reading the whole book because the instructions for becoming quiet, connected and neutral are repeated in the chapters for each of the three processes. This book is for those who are serious about using divination and following the guidance received. She also offers a good troubleshooting guide. The pendulum did move for me, but not strongly; this could have been caused by my skepticism or my health problems. I will have to spend more time becoming quiet, connected and neutral to try again.:)

Pam, Notes Along the Path