| Favourite Readings by Lee White
Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison
Sabrina Ward Harrison’s first book has the ability to conjure the artist
in us all to poke its head out and just try. It is a book that lingers in one’s
thoughts long after reading it, a portal into soulful artistic creation. Sabrina
takes us on a walk over rocks, revealing her underbelly of open expression. One
comes away from reading Spilling Open seeing subtle reflections of beauty abundant
around us all the time but often unseen if not for the artist’s eye.
Sabrina’s paintings, photos and words converge with uninhibited emotion
and meet us at a confluence of fluid inspiration. In a world largely governed
by right angles or rational thought, Spilling Open cries out as colorful, curvaceous
and dangerously honest. Sit a copy on your coffee table just to see who picks
it up and how long they linger. Spilling Open is the perfect catalyst for suspending
the moment and forcing honesty from it.
While Awake: Techniques for 24 Hour Lucid Dreaming by Arnold Mindell, Ph D
Imagine seeing the subtle fluctuations of energy beneath our everyday reality
as they ebb and flow into now. Dreaming While Awake is a practical guidebook into
other realms. Arnold Mindell has diverse interests beyond practising Jungian psychotherapy
and group process work; in his most recent book he blends his insights spanning
the fields of psychology, quantum physics, Taoism, Zen, shamanism and the Australian
Aboriginal concept of The Dreaming.
In Dreaming While Awake Mindell is able to reveal the broad scope of his thought
much like a synthesis of his earlier books, integrating archetypal Aboriginal
outlooks into a Western world view. Despite the abstract nature of the material
covered in Mindell’s work, his writing is easily comprehensible for the
lay person. Mindell manages to bring The Dreaming universe down to earth.
Dreaming While Awake clarifies the process of dreaming, outlining a progression
of exercises and activities to enable the reader to wake to the dreaming beneath
reality. Mindell has transferred his experiences as a therapist, exploring dream
interpretation and expanded this awareness to the relationship between our dreaming
mind and our waking reality.
Hampton Roads Publishing, 2000
The Tibetan Art of Living: Wise Body, Wise Mind, Wise Life by Christopher
This book is a comprehensive collection of steps for the journey to well being.
As a Westerner trained in the ancient art of Tibetan medicine, Hansard bridges
diametrical worldviews into a still point of calm. As though his pen was dipped
in humility, Hansard’s words tell the remarkable story of his own life,
having been identified astrologically by a Bon shaman at four years old in his
native New Zealand and his training as a Tibetan doctor from then on.
The book is well paced between elegant storytelling, Tibetan principles of health
and practical exercises to awaken an enlightened self. Compassion oozes out of
the spaces between words and life energy actively flows simply by reading the
The meditation and visualization exercises help to make space for a deep soulful
emergence. Like most other alternative forms of healing and well-being, the Tibetan
approach begins with the premise that the body, mind, and spirit can all heal
themselves, that it is our own personal blocks that bar us from enjoying perfect
health. What ever your ailment, illness, or imbalance, the Tibetan Art of Living
may improve your life.
Hansard writes with elegant ease a progression toward inner peace. One does not
need to analyze the Tibetan world view to benefit from it. Understanding follows
practice. Hansard writes, "Your breath is the only thing that you own,"
my teacher told me. Through these meditations you may see that it is the only
thing that you need.
Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
Book reviewer and author Lee White lives near Pemberton, BC. His website