Ebook Deals for a Man and His Best Friend

Dudes. Let’s talks some real talk. There are times that you just need some skills. This really could be the case anytime and anywhere. That’s why were suggesting these two books here today. And not just the books, we’re talking the ebook version that you always have the information you need at hand. Ebooks are awesome because they’re:

1) portable

2) you can’t forget to return them to your friend

3) your friend can’t forget to give them back to you

Why are you lending books to all of your friends? Because you’ve got the skills and they’re just as into body, mind, beauty, and health (maybe) as you!

From today to 8/24/14, these two Amazon Kindle ebooks are EVEN BETTER than usual because they’re seriously discounted, and just as awesome as when they were full price. Check them out!

Manskills

Manskills: How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself and Impress Everyone Else

A peek inside:

Break Up a Bar Fightmanskills break up a bar fight wolves at bar dogs growling beer
It’s the truly selfless man who doesn’t want to see two strangers maim each other in the middle of a bar. Kudos to you if you’re going to be the calmer head that prevails, but use that cool to determine if you should be getting involved at all.

Judge how serious the potential fighters are and abide by the cardinal rule: Don’t get yourself mangled in the process. A quick assessment is key. Two dudes in polo shirts who’ve had one too many grasshoppers and are prepping for an ugly slap fight—by all means, jump in. Two giant bikers flying gang colors and snarling at each other in a drug-induced rage, not so much.

If you don’t feel you can overpower at least one of the fighters, best to try words alone. In any case, words are the place to start. You can try, “C’mon, let’s chill out before someone gets hurt,” or a similar pearl of wisdom. Or you can go with the more effective, “Cool it, the cops are right outside.” If you actually take the plunge to break up two guys in contact, don’t go it alone. Find an ally in the crowd and enlist him with “Let’s stop these two fools before they hurt someone else.” Never get in the middle of two combatants. The idea is to separate them out of the range of attack without putting yourself in harm’s way. The best way to do that is to hook your arms under the fighter’s arms. Pull him back out of fighting range with a calm, simple sentiment like, “Let it go, he’s not worth it.”

If all that doesn’t do the trick, get yourself another beer, put ten down on the big guy with the goatee, and settle in to watch the battle.

 

DIY Projects for Dog Lovers

The Dog Friendly Home: DIY Projects for Dog Lovers

A peek inside:

Raised Dog Bowlsraised dog bowls pet feeder pet home dog proof

Dog bowl choices are remarkably varied. You can get bowls made of plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel. Each material has its own pitfalls. Plastic can be chewed, and may harbor bacteria; ceramic can break and get jagged edges; stainless steel is light and can get moved around easily by an enthusiastic eater. Wide, shallow bowls are available for dogs with pushed-in faces; narrow, deep bowls allow the fur of long-eared, hairy-faced dogs to drape outside the bowl and stay neat and clean.

Specialty bowls abound. Some keep dogs from snarfing down their food, a behavior that can lead to bloat, a life-threatening stomach condition. Some are continuous feeders that fill a dog’s bowl automatically. And some are elevated.

Especially useful for large and geriatric dogs, elevated bowls alleviate strains caused by leaning down to eat, aid good posture, reduce stomach and other digestive disorders, and can help long-eared, hairy-faced dogs stay neater and cleaner. Plus raised bowls are out of reach of rodents, ants, and dirt. No matter your dog’s size, there is an optimum eating height: six inches below a large dog’s withers, or shoulders; and 4 inches below a small dog’s withers.

Banish These Food Enemies if You Want a Healthy Heart

“The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook” is the companion to the top selling book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth.”

This cookbook not only provides lots of heart-friendly recipes that you can enjoy at home, it also provides tips for avoiding nutritional traps.

As cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD, and nutritionist Jonny Bowden, PhD explain, the key to a healthy lifestyle is to increase your intake of good foods while reducing your intake of these food “enemies.”

“Here are the things that have got to go in your diet, at least if you want to keep your heart in tip-top shape.

Sugar

Sugar is the number one dietary enemy of heart health. As we’ve pointed out, sugar hides in ingredient labels under numerous disguises, including many with healthy-sounding names. Honey, agave, brown rice syrup, organic cane syrup: Whatever you want to call it, sugar is sugar is sugar. The less you eat, the better off you’ll be.

Processed Foods

Most of the foods in the center aisles of your grocery store are processed foods. And this includes foods that have labels proclaiming “whole wheat goodness.” It also includes a number of low fat chemical concoctions passing as real food these days. Don’t be fooled. Your heart and your health deserve better than these Frankenfoods.

Trans Fat

Never mind that the label boasts “zero trans fat.” Read the actual ingredients. If you see the words “partially hydrogenated,” that food has trans fat. Put it back.

Processed Meats

Bologna, sausage, and sliced luncheon meats come loaded with gluten, preservatives, sodium, nitrates and a lot of other crap you don’t want. When it comes to meat—or should we say, meat “products,”—these are the worst of the worst (followed by feedlot-farmed meat, which is high in antibiotics, steroids, hormones and inflammatory omega-6s.

Processed meats bear no resemblance to the grass-fed meat we talk about in the book, which is a true health food.

When in doubt, just remember that when it comes to selecting foods, the emphasis should be on whole, unprocessed, nutrient-rich foods. Stuff your great-grandparents would recognize as food.

Stuff that Dr. Jonny has been referring to for years as members of the Jonny Bowden Four Food Groups–food you could hunt, fish, gather or pluck.

Most of this comes without a bar code and spoils relatively quickly, because it’s actually alive (or recently was). Compare that with a Twinkie, which has a sell by date of nearly forever.


The Great Cholesterol Myth CookbookFor decades, low-fat and low-cholesterol diets have been touted as the way to prevent and reverse heart disease. In this groundbreaking book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth“, Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra debunked that assertion, arguing that fat—often curtailed on traditional low cholesterol “heart-healthy” diets—is not the enemy and may in fact be part of the solution.

Now, in The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, the authors and nutrition expert and whole foods chef Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., put their findings into action with a detailed meal plan and 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that will prevent and reverse heart disease and give you back the foods you thought were gone forever. Learn how to live a life free of heart disease without the use of harmful statin drugs. Based on the latest studies, discover why sugar (not fat), inflammation, stress, and high-carb diets full of processed foods are the true culprits of heart disease. Combat heart disease with 100 mouthwatering recipes designed to satisfy your taste buds, provide key nutrients, and keep your heart healthy

 

 

The Crop Circle Engima, Part III

Welcome to Part III of our four-part series on Crop Circles, written by new age author Judy Hall.

Hall, who lives in England, spent time visiting crop circle formations that appeared there earlier this summer, and has been sharing her experiences and background on these phenomenons on our blog this month.

In part 1, Hall chronicled her trip to see a crop circle earlier this summer. In part II, she wrote about the effects that crop circles have on those who visit them. Here in part 3, she discusses some of the first recorded instances of crop circles.

So where did it all begin: the ‘Mysterious Crop Formations’

In 1972, Arthur Shuttleworth and Bryce Bond were on the slopes of Star Hill near Warminister in Wiltshire on a UFO watch. That part of the world had become a mecca for unidentified flying object watchers, and sightings were frequent – I saw one there myself in the early 60s.

But this time, they witnessed something even more extraordinary. One hundred feet away, a large circular 30 feet in diameter hole opened “like a lady opening a fan.” It was the first recorded direct experience of a crop circle forming in modern times. One of the witnesses described it:

“Suddenly, I heard a noise. It seemed as if something pushed down the wheat. That night the air was completely still. I looked around. The moon had just appeared, shining brightly. In front of my eyes I could see a great imprint taking shape. The wheat was forced down in a clockwise direction.” (Arthur Shuttlewood and Bryce Bond, night of August 12, 1972).

Since then, almost one hundred eyewitnesses from as far away as British Columbia and New Zealand have reported similar events, usually taking less than twenty seconds to materialize. These events are often accompanied by sightings of unusual lights and, on occasions, strange craft beaming shafts of light onto the field the night before. Even allowing for the power of suggestion, accounts are remarkably congruent. However, it is far more usual for a crop circle to be seen for the first time the next morning often from a light aircraft passing overhead.

But farmers have reported finding strange circles in their fields for centuries. A 17th century English woodcut shows a devilish creature making a crop circle. People who lived in the area called the creature the “mowing devil.”

 The mowing devil

When crop circles first came to the attention of the British public, the journalist mother of a friend of mine happened to be searching the archives of her local paper in Hertfordshire.

To her surprise she found the story of “the mowing devil” from 1678, an event captured for posterity in a wood engraving that is now all over the internet. It comes from a pamphlet or “chap book,” the original of which is held in the British Library. It also appeared in several 19th century books so has impeccable provenance from before the current crop circle fever began. The five page A5 pamphlet tells the story of a farmer who encountered ‘the mowing devil’ and the complete text can be read online but here’s a flavour:

TheMowingDevil

THE MOWING-DEVIL:

OR, STRANGE NEWS OUT OF HARTFORD-SHIRE

Being a True Relation of a Farmer, who Bargaining with a Poor Mower, about the Cutting down Three Half Acres of Oats: upon the Mower’s asking too much, the Farmer swore That the Devil should Mow it rather than He. And so it fell out, that very Night, the Crop of Oat shew’d as if it had been all of a Flame: but next Morning appear’d so neatly mow’d by the Devil or some Infernal Spirit, that no Mortal Man was able to do the like. Also; How the said Oats ly now in the Field, and the Owner has not Power to fetch them away.

Licensed, August 22, 1678

The pamphlet ends with the words: ‘But not to keep the curious Reader any longer in suspense, the inquisitive Farmer no sooner arriv’d at the place where his Oats grew, but to his admiration he found the Crop was cut down ready to his hands; and [as] if the Devil had a mind to shew his dexterity in the art of Husbandry, and scorn’d to mow them after the usual manner, he cut them in round circles, and plac’t every straw with that exactness that it would have taken up above an Age for any Man to perform what he did that one night: And the man that owns them is as yet afraid to remove them.’

It’s not the only 17th century reference to the phenomenon.

In 1686, Professor Robert Plot published a book entitled ‘A Natural History of Staffordshire’ in which he made reference to rings, circles and other shapes found in grassy fields. Whether or not these were the forerunners of crop circles has been, and still is, hotly debated. Many scientists attributing it to the fungal ‘Fairy Rings’ that can look like simple crop circles.

The audience is split. If you’re interested, follow it on the internet. There’s even a discussion as to whether the phenomenon is recorded in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

**Stay tuned for part 4 next week.**

Acknowledgements

{My thanks to Steve Alexander for permission to use his stunning images and for his rapid and helpful response and also to Peter Sorensen, Colin Andrews and Lucy Pringle. Enjoy!}


 

240x4009781592335220Crystals and Sacred Sites

From the pyramids of Giza to Stonehenge to Machu Picchu, people are captivated by the magic of the world’s most sacred and mysterious sites. Crystals and Sacred Sites teaches you how to tap into the healing energy of these sites from anywhere in the world using the power of crystals and sacred stones. Noted crystal authority Judy Hall takes you to the most revered sacred sites in the ancient world as well as newly discovered ones that are emerging as power points critical to our evolution as a planet. With the assistance of specially selected crystals and accompanying meditations and rituals, you can open the doorways to transformation and healing.

Power Crystals Journal

It is no wonder that crystals have always been regarded as a source of power. Bright andPower Crystals Journal flashy, and impressive no matter what their size, crystals hold an aura of mystery. With Power Crystals Guided Journal, you can work your way through hundreds of crystals, gems, and stones that have been revered and used for healing for thousands of years as well as five exciting, newly discovered stones. Enjoy exploring the history, mythology, and symbolism of the crystal in addition to its healing properties and environmental effects. Work at your own pace through both “high vibration” crystals that experienced crystal workers will want to explore as well those suited to beginners.

101 Power Crystals101 Power Crystals

The definitive resource for working with powerful crystals! Sparkling, luminous, and colorful, it is no wonder crystals have always been regarded as a source of power from ancient times to present day. But with the enormous number of crystals now on the market, it is difficult to choose exactly the right stone. In 101 Power Crystals, internationally renowned crystal expert Judy Hall brings together 101 crystals that are powerful across a wide spectrum of uses and suitable for all types of user. Not all crystals suit everyone, and the selection has been specially chosen to offer alternatives and new possibilities that may not have been thought of before.

This complete collection includes high vibration crystals that experienced crystal practitioners will want to explore as well as those with earthier vibrations that are suited to beginners or those developing their sensitivities. It also features some rare and recently discovered crystals and stones that have not been included in any other volume, such as Aurora Quartz, Que Sera, Trigonic Quartz, and Preseli Bluestone. Each entry covers the history, mythology, and symbolism of the crystal in addition to its healing properties and environmental effects. There are crystals and stones for love, health, protection, abundance, and many other powers.

The Encyclopedia of Crystals

The ultimate guide to crystals gets even better in this new edition of The Encyclopedia of Crystals! International bestselling author Judy Hall presents a comprehensive guide to more than 400 powerful healing crystals, plus information about 150 newly discovered stones in this new edition of The Encyclopedia of Crystals.

Beautifully illustrated and effortless to navigate, The Encyclopedia of Crystals, 2nd Edition is organized by crystal color for easy reference, relates the colors of the crystals to chakras, and lets you know how to cleanse and activate them.

This book is also full of helpful authoritative advice on healing with crystals. This encyclopedia is an essential addition to the libraries of everyone working with crystals.

 

When Pizza Captured America’s Imagination–And Tips for Enjoying It at Home

In her new book, Pizza: A Slice of American History, pizza journalist Liz Barrett takes us on a cross country tour of one of America’s favorite foods. The book explores the many different styles of pizza that have developed across the nation, from thin crust New York-style pizza to Chicago deep-dish to everything in between.

Barrett also talks about the craftsmanship that goes into making pizza, the pride that pizza makers have in their recipes and the years of experimentation and trial and error that it takes to get the pizza dough just right.

Here is some historical background on the sudden explosion of pizza popularity in the US in the 1950s, followed by some smart tips for getting the most out of eating pizza at home.

Brooklyn Slices of Pizza

Pizza slices photo by Ashoka Jegroo courtesy of Wikimedia commons

The Rise of the Pie

With more than seventy thousand pizzerias in America, pizza has become so familiar to us that it’s sometimes difficult to imagine a time when it didn’t exist. But the reality is, before the 1950s, most people in America had never seen or heard of “pizza.”

Once the masses got wind of it however, the floodgates opened. The industry exploded, with pizza shops—both mom and pops and chains-churning out pies, while manufacturers set out to create pizza mixes and frozen pizzas for busy housewives to prepare at home.

The industry, and our growing consumption of pizza, has not waned since.

Tips for Enjoying Pizza at Home

Always use a thermometer to judge water temperature for yeast. If the water is too hot, you’ll kill the yeast and your dough will not rise. Try to stay around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven before you preheat and give it plenty of time to get nice and hot. The hot surface will help mimic a deck oven.
  • Mixing the dough raises the temperature, so gauge your water temperature to allow for a temperature increase.
  • Try to resist microwaving refrigerated pizza slices. Pop them in the oven and turn the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. By the time the oven has reached temperature (around the time you start smelling the pizza), the pizza should be just about done.
  • The oven temperature on the dial isn’t always the true temperature. Invest in an oven thermometer to know how hot your oven is.
  • Made too much pizza or brought home too many slices? Wrap them in foil and a freezer bag. They’ll keep for at least a month, and you can reheat them in the oven whenever you have a craving.
  • No time to knead? Ask your local pizzeria, bakery, or grocery store for ready-made dough. Just form your crust and your ready to go.
  • Has pizza given you heartburn in the past? Ditch the dried oregano and opt for a fresh variety instead.

Pizza A Slice of American HistoryWith liberty and pizza for all. There is no doubt that pizza is one of the most popular foods in the United States, cherished by everyone from your average family guy to the Leader of the free world. Americans reportedly eat a combined 350 slices every second! Although pizza has its origins overseas, it has come into full (ahem) flour here in the States. Pizza: A Slice of American History tells the story of how this beloved food became the apple of our collective eye–or, perhaps more precisely, the pepperoni of our pie.

Pizza journalist Liz Barrett explores how it is that pizza came to and conquered North America and how it evolved into different forms across the continent. Each chapter investigates a different pie: Chicago’s famous deep-dish, New Haven’s white clam pie, California’s health-conscious varieties, New York’s Sicilian and Neapolitan, the various styles that have emerged in the Midwest, and many others. The components of each pie—crust, sauce, spices, and much more —are dissected and celebrated, and recipes from top pizzerias provide readers with the opportunity to make and sample the pies themselves.

Illustrated throughout with modern and historical photographs, postcards, and memorabilia, Pizza: A Slice of American History is the most comprehensive and fun cultural history of pizza in the USA ever written.

Own an Excercise Ball? Try this Twist on the Traditional Push Up

The pushup may seem like a simple exercise, but it is remarkably effective at working a wide range of muscles in the body, especially if you take care to maintain good form throughout.

What muscles? Well, there’s the chest, shoulders, biceps and triceps to start, plus a pushup also works the core if you are keeping your midsection tight throughout.

The good thing about pushups is that you can do them almost anywhere you have space.

The drawback? Besides the fact that they are hard to do (especially as you get into later sets), they can also get repetitive.

That’s why we love these variations on the traditional pushup that utilizes the extra leverage of an exercise ball, from Lucy Knight’s book, “The Exercise Ball Bible.”

WHAT IS THIS EXERCISE FOR?

To strengthen and tone the muscles in the chest, shoulders and triceps. This is also a great exercise for testing your neutral spine position and core contraction. Much more versatile than the traditional push-up on the floor.

  1. Start on your hands and knees over the ball. Walk yourself out onto your hands and keep walking, allowing the ball to roll down your legs. Stop when the ball is underneath your thighs. Ensure your hands are directly under your shoulders and your core contraction is activated, maintaining your neutral spine position.
  2. Bend your arms, lowering your nose to the floor. Keep your focus down to the floor and make sure your back does not sag in the middle.
  3. Extend your elbows again, pushing the floor through the heels of your hands.
  4. Repeat 12-15 times. Walk your hands back in until you come onto your hands and knees over the ball.

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INCREASE THE LEVEL:

  1. Repeat step 1 as before, but continue walking out on your ball until it is underneath your lower legs. The farther you walk out, the harder this exercise will become. Make sure you only walk out as far as you can maintain neutral position in your spine.
  2. Repeat steps 2-4 as before.

ADVANCED LEVEL:

You can also try walking out even farther on the ball until it is underneath the balls of your feet. This is a very advanced exercise, so only attempt it when you have built up enough strength to stabilize the spine in this position.

TIPS:

  • Your shoulders should be directly over your wrists at all times throughout the exercise. Don’t allow yourself to roll backward on the ball.
  • Keep your elbows slightly softened when extended—don’t lock the joint
  • Your spin must stay supported by your core contraction. Do not start sagging in the lower back. This will put a lot of pressure on your spine and could potentially cause injury. If you sense this happening, walk yourself back onto your ball a bit until you feel you can maintain neutral spine position.
  • Your body should remain strong and stable as a whole unit throughout.
  • Keep your focus down to the floor. This will ensure your head stays in line with the rest of your spine.
  • Coordinate your breathing. Breathe in as you lower, and out as you push up.

Exercise Ball BibleThe Exercise Ball Bible is the most up-to-date, authoritative and comprehensive guide to maximizing the use of this ever-popular exercise equipment. Whether your goal is to stay trim and toned or you need to correct your posture, professional dancer and fitness trainer Lucy Knight offers over 200 exercises to help you lose weight and improve your strength and flexibility. With more than 300 full-color photographs, this book demonstrates the many different ways you can make use of your ball and offers a workout option for every stage of life.

Chapters include exercises for getting toned, tight, and strong; fun cardio routines for burning fat; ball-assisted pilates and yoga; ball stretches for a healthy back and posture; and ball exercises for easier pregnancy and birthing.

Maybe This is the Real Reason Hermione Used Essence of Dittany on Ron!

You guys, I may have a hair-brained theory…

According to Harry Potter Wiki: “Dittany is a magical plant used in Potion-Making, and is a powerful healing herb and restorative. Its use makes fresh skin grow over a wound, and after application, the wound seems several days old.[2] In addition to its essence being applied topically, the raw plant can be consumed to heal shallow wounds.[3] Shredded Dittany is an ingredient in the creation of the Wiggenweld Potion. Also known as Burning Bush, it sometimes releases flammable vapours.[1]Hermione Granger used Essence of Dittany to heal Ron Weasley‘s arm when he splinched it Disapparating soon after the trio’s escape from the Ministry of Magic…”

But according to The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg, Dittany has far more amorous properties.Dittany Origanum dictamnus essence of dittany magical plants

Dittany

Origanum dictamnus

Helps you give birth to your dreams.

Dittany Will: Deepen love, Help you connect with spirits, Increase your ability to manifest your hopes and dreams

The Plant: Dittany was originally a native of the mountains on the island of Crete. It is one of the best-known healing herbs of antiquity. It was also considered a symbol of love, and young men risked climbing the steep mountains to pick bouquets to prove their love.

Today, this perennial herb is grown primarily as a potted plant or as an ornamental plant in a garden. The small green leaves are velvety, and the plant can grow to one and a half feet tall. It has flowers that range from light pink to deep purple during the summer months.

How To Harness Dittany’s Magical Properties: To contact spirits and facilitate visions, burn the dried leaves and flowers as incense. Spirits will often materialize in the smoke. A tea made from Dittany will enhance your ability to astral project (separate your consciousness from your physical body). To make the tea, place two tablespoons of the dried leaves in two cups of boiling water and allow the mixture to steep for about ten minutes before straining it.

Placing the leaves on your altar will help you manifest your hopes, dreams, and desires. To provide an aura of protection, sprinkle a handful of the dried leaves around the outside of your home.

Medicinal Uses: A tea made from Dittany can be used to heal wounds, soothe pain, cure snake bites, and ease childbirth. Hippocrates recommended for diseases of the digestive system, rheumatism, arthritis, and irregular menses.

 

Perhaps Hermione was trying to deepen Ron’s love for her? Or maybe she was just trying to heal his wound… yeah that’s it.

For more magical plants, check out Gregg’s book:

the complete illustrated encyclopedia of magical plants by susan gregg

The Crop Circle Enigma, Part II

Judy Hall

Judy Hall – Encyclopedia of Crystals/Power Crystals Journal

Welcome to Part II of our summer feature on the Crop Circle Enigma by new age author Judy Hall.

In Part 1 last week, Judy wrote about her recent experience visiting a newly formed crop circle in England, and talked about the difference between real vs. faked crop circles.

Here in part II, she writes about what she felt the first time she stepped inside a crop circle years ago, and how that shaped her pursuit of spiritual insight and healing.

What are the effects of Crop Circles?

Well, as one of the first people to enter an early circle, just an hour or two after its formation, I can tell you that there was a huge current of electricity still running through it. As though the circle was still discharging its energy. There’s a theory that they’re made by a discharge of plasmic quantum flux.

Whatever that means, that’s how it felt. My whole body was tingling and sparks flew off it. I felt dizzy and disorientated. Had a headache that threatened to take over my whole body. Indeed, it felt as though my head was about to explode as it was being pumped full of information that I was too dazed to decode. What I call a Monty Python moment after those surreal Terry Gilliam drawings of the top of a head being lifted up and a whole load of stuff being shoveled in before the top is abruptly replaced.

It was the first circle I’d been in and it was overwhelming. A friend who was with me ran out of the circle and vomited in a massive purging. Another companion went completely manic, racing around like an over-excited dog frenziedly chasing its own tail as he rushed from one part of the circle to another babbling uncontrollably. ‘It happens,’ said a seasoned croppies, ‘you’ll get used to it.’ We had no option but to leave.

When we returned several hours later, having visited a couple of older circles nearby that were much calmer and which allowed us to harmonise our vibrations, the circle had settled down. Or should I say settled in? It was as though it had become one with the landscape and created a still, sacred space.

But, equally, my energies had adapted. I’d raised my frequency to a point where I could accommodate the energies exactly as I have to do with a new high vibration crystal. We could sit in the middle and meditate, experiencing a profound shift in consciousness.

As my friend, who’d recovered from the purging, said: ‘Be still and know that I am God’ came instantly to mind. At the same time, we watched Colin Andrews and his co-researchers eagerly photographing the circle with cameras high on poles. More and more people arrived but the atmosphere, whilst still highly charged and full of activity, had the clarity and calmness of a huge medieval cathedral and the same aura of sanctity.

Attending the yearly Crop Circle Conferences and watching image after image projected onto a screen produced the same blitzed-brain effect, as though stuff was being triggered that I would only understand maybe months, maybe years later. But the circles were definitely communicating, I just had to learn the language. Something felt rather than thought. An energetic communication that occurs at a completely different level to everyday consciousness. I was convinced that something profoundly other was creating these circles and that it had a message for us. But had no real idea what it was at the time.

However, it greatly enhanced my ability to see and feel energies when healing or using crystals and opened my awareness still further to higher beings.

With the benefit of hindsight, that’s when my work really took off. I began to write books, my healing work dramatically increased and demand for my karmic readings and workshops was high. I spent many hours exploring past lives and their effect on the present and the future we were creating.

My interest in earth healing and sacred sites intensified and, although not mentioned in my Crystals and Sacred Sites book, I was aware that the formations are often associated with sacred sites or leylines. Not a coincidence I’m sure. The two interact to send energy around the world.

So, crop circle experiences can be amazing, or disconcerting, to say the least. Everyone has a different experience depending on how their own energies function and how they interact with the circle. And how the circle interacts with them. Individual formations can affect you very differently. I’ve been in circles that were instantly peaceful, welcoming, enfolding you in love and a very light vibration. I’ve been in one or two that said ‘go away and leave me alone.’ Some of these were dark and heavy, others light and buzzing. I’ve learned to respect the energies and to ask permission before I enter and then await results.

Acknowledgements

{My thanks to Steve Alexander for permission to use his stunning images and for his rapid and helpful response and also to Peter Sorensen, Colin Andrews and Lucy Pringle. Every effort was made to obtain permission from other researchers to quote material from their websites but no response was received. Perhaps not surprising as it was one of the busiest weekends of the year in the crop circle calendar. So, I’ve ensured that I’ve attributed everything and guided you to my source material. Enjoy!}


Crystals and Sacred Sites

Crystals and Sacred Sites

From the pyramids of Giza to Stonehenge to Machu Picchu, people are captivated by the magic of the world’s most sacred and mysterious sites. Crystals and Sacred Sites teaches you how to tap into the healing energy of these sites from anywhere in the world using the power of crystals and sacred stones. Noted crystal authority Judy Hall takes you to the most revered sacred sites in the ancient world as well as newly discovered ones that are emerging as power points critical to our evolution as a planet. With the assistance of specially selected crystals and accompanying meditations and rituals, you can open the doorways to transformation and healing.

Power Crystals Journal

It is no wonder that crystals have always been regarded as a source of power. Bright andPower Crystals Journal flashy, and impressive no matter what their size, crystals hold an aura of mystery. With Power Crystals Guided Journal, you can work your way through hundreds of crystals, gems, and stones that have been revered and used for healing for thousands of years as well as five exciting, newly discovered stones. Enjoy exploring the history, mythology, and symbolism of the crystal in addition to its healing properties and environmental effects. Work at your own pace through both “high vibration” crystals that experienced crystal workers will want to explore as well those suited to beginners.

101 Power Crystals101 Power Crystals

The definitive resource for working with powerful crystals! Sparkling, luminous, and colorful, it is no wonder crystals have always been regarded as a source of power from ancient times to present day. But with the enormous number of crystals now on the market, it is difficult to choose exactly the right stone. In 101 Power Crystals, internationally renowned crystal expert Judy Hall brings together 101 crystals that are powerful across a wide spectrum of uses and suitable for all types of user. Not all crystals suit everyone, and the selection has been specially chosen to offer alternatives and new possibilities that may not have been thought of before.

This complete collection includes high vibration crystals that experienced crystal practitioners will want to explore as well as those with earthier vibrations that are suited to beginners or those developing their sensitivities. It also features some rare and recently discovered crystals and stones that have not been included in any other volume, such as Aurora Quartz, Que Sera, Trigonic Quartz, and Preseli Bluestone. Each entry covers the history, mythology, and symbolism of the crystal in addition to its healing properties and environmental effects. There are crystals and stones for love, health, protection, abundance, and many other powers.

The Encyclopedia of Crystals

The Encyclopedia of Crystals

The ultimate guide to crystals gets even better in this new edition of The Encyclopedia of Crystals! International bestselling author Judy Hall presents a comprehensive guide to more than 400 powerful healing crystals, plus information about 150 newly discovered stones in this new edition of The Encyclopedia of Crystals. Beautifully illustrated and effortless to navigate, The Encyclopedia of Crystals, 2nd Edition is organized by crystal color for easy reference, relates the colors of the crystals to chakras, and lets you know how to cleanse and activate them. This book is also full of helpful authoritative advice on healing with crystals. This encyclopedia is an essential addition to the libraries of everyone working with crystals.