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#42: Death & The Afterlife

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Winter 1997
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News & Notes
Aura photography; Baha'i Conflicts On-line.

Special Forum: The Enneagram in Contention
With comments by Helen Palmer, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Nicolas Tereschenko.

Introduction: The Big Unknown
by Jay Kinney
What do the Sufis mean when they say, "Die before you die?"

Don Juan and Death
by Thomas Murphy
Carlos Castaneda's famed sorcerer describes death as a relentless mocker, upsetting our notions of what's meaningful and real.

The Case Against Reincarnation
by Joscelyn Godwin
Why the great French esotericist Rene Guenon said reincarnation was not only false but impossible.

Afterlife Visions of a Sleeping Prophet
by K. Paul Johnson
Between lives, do we spend time on other planets? Edgar Cayce said we do.

Coup de Grace: Neo-Pagan Ethics and Assisted Suicide
by Judy Harrow
The Wiccan Rede says, "An it harm none, do what thou wilt." How does this apply to helping others end their lives?

Meeting in the Body of Hope
by Cynthia Bourgeault
A profound exploration of mystical Christianity, subtle bodies, and bonds that are stronger than the grave.

Standing Between Life and Death
by Mary-Frances Taffe
An interview with the Rev. Walter Makichen, who uses shamanic techniques to help departed souls adjust to other realms.

Kabbalah and the Afterlife
by Edward Hoffman
What the esoteric core of Judaism has to say about death, dying, and reincarnation.

Book Reviews
  • The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption by Liz Greene
  • The Secret Heresy of Hieronymus Bosch by Lynda Harris
  • Whispers of the Moon: The Life and Work of Scott Cunningham by David Harrington and de Traci Regula
  • Energy Anatomy: The Science of Personal Power, Spirituality, and Health by Caroline Myss
  • The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1932 by C.G. Jung edited by Sonu Shamdasani
  • Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teaching edited by Jacob Needleman and George Baker
  • Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Escuse to Teach Myth as History by Mary Lefkowitz
  • Ancient Philosophy, Myster, and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition by Peter Kingsley
  • The Acentric Labyrinth: Giordano Bruno's Prelude to Contemporary Cosmology by Ramon G. Mendoza
  • The Ramadan Sonnets by Daniel Moore

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