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Allen & Unwin
Review by Nicola Silva
Recently, an acquaintance phoned me out
of the blue; he was struggling, he said.
About 12 months previously, he had lost
his wife to cancer and understandably still
missed her dreadfully. Although glad that
his wife was finally at peace after suffering
for so long, nevertheless, he and his teenage
daughter remained overwhelmed by their
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THE WAY OF THE
Leisa Millar & James Ketub
Review by Margaret Evans
"What makes a good healer or therapist?"
It's a question most of us have probably
pondered at some time. And this inspirational
book goes a long way to answering it for us.
For Leisa Millar and James Ketub Golding,
their motivation in compiling The Way of the
Natural Therapist was both philosophical
and practical. They had both just left
professional careers and the safety net of
financial security for the work that spoke to
their hearts. Now it was time to find out what
was really involved in becoming a natural
therapist -- and one who was there for the
In a stroke of inspiration, they understood
from the beginning that personal stories
carry most passion and so this small volume
contains 22 personal accounts from therapists
in all branches of the holistic industry. They
follow a structure, from a dawning awareness
of working with the power of the universe,
through the gradual opening up of a bud until
it reaches full flower in Lorna Patten's final
story of dramatic highs and lows, "Opening
Along the way we meet some familiar
names -- NOVA's own Chandrika Gibson,
still continuing her journey into wisdom as a
holistic naturopath and yoga teacher, and Jost
Sauer, another national writer whose energy
and drive for authenticity have taken him
into many areas but who now finds himself
returning to the teachings of Yogananda
and the Dalai Lama. He says in a way that
paraphrases many of the other contributors,
"They are a constant reminder that we are
all here on Earth to be of service to others
regardless of what profession we are in."
The best of these therapists, I feel, never
lose sight of this awareness. It may wax and
wane, generally in direct relationship to their
financial situation, but those truly on the path
-- the Way -- convey this sense of service and
One whose modesty and balance speak
to me is massage therapist Allan Mourad who
describes himself after 26 years of practice
as, "still stooped over a massage table, still
fascinated and absorbed by the people I
meet and treat, and constantly blown away
with the body's enthusiasm to heal itself."
His advice on avoiding burnout, something
that's stood him well, is to establish clear
boundaries to keep energy in reserve at
the end of each day, and to never lose your
sense of humour. As he dryly suggests, "People
are not usually seeing you because they feel
great and on top of the world."
A strong sense of self belief emerges as a
clear common factor in the success of these
practitioners, most of whom have been
plying their trade for a decade or more. The
antithesis of shallow ego, it is a firmly and
deeply held respect for themselves which
then flows on to a respect for others. I'm
struck, too, by the depth of learning of many
of the featured therapists, and in fact this
was a factor in their selection to appear in
the book. Many have travelled widely, often
to the East to seek the most authentic
traditions of India, Japan, China and
elsewhere, and have completed multiple
qualifications that show both the depth of
their passion for following the Way and the
breadth of knowledge available in today's
holistic industry in Australia.
Multi disciplined Paul Movsessian is a
case in point with knowledge encompassing
Ayurveda, macrobiotics, shiatsu, Bach flowers,
Japanese sotai and other therapies, always
seeking "to understand the strengths and
weaknesses of any system". As a holistic
magazine editor, I support his determination
to encourage his clients to inform them-
selves rather than accept as gospel the
latest media hype, often generated by the
The Way of the Natural Therapist is a
quietly empowering book and we should
all be thankful for such committed and
impressive practitioners working in our midst.
Proceeds from the sale go to the Gawler
loss. To those on the outside it appeared that
the family was coping bravely; he knew it
was finally time to reach out for help. At
the time I hadn't read Barry Eaton's book
Afterlife but anyone who is grieving for a
loved one will find in its pages both hope
It takes a certain amount of boldness to
write about life after death, for this is an area
of strongly held beliefs and deep emotions.
Those who speak with authority on the
afterlife are usually the leaders and ministers
of established religions. Barry Eaton is an
astrologer, medium, broadcast journalist
and presenter of an Internet radio program
with the intriguing title, "Radio out there".
His comments on the afterlife are not
gospel, but surely that's the point?
How do we discover the afterlife and
interact with those on the other side? The
ancient Greeks used mythology; religious
people find consolation in their particular
set of beliefs, but inevitably we seek simple
human reassurance as we come to terms
with our bereavement. How are our loved
ones faring? What does dying feel like and
what really happens after death?
Eaton answers these questions through
the lens of his own past life experience as
Brian, a 19-year-old soldier fighting in the
devastating Battle of the Somme where
58,000 British troops were killed on 1 July
1916, the first day of the encounter. Eaton
paints a vivid picture of the terrors and
degradations of trench warfare and the
impact this has on an individual's psyche
continuing after death.
As the reader follows Brian's shade
beyond the battlefields, Eaton unravels
the process of dying with sensitivity. It is
comforting to read that the crossing from
this life to the next is not lonely. Loved
ones, guides, even pets who have already
passed are often there to greet and guide
the new arrival.
Eaton's vision of the afterlife is blissful
and peace-filled, particularly in Brian's case
as he requires much healing to overcome
the trauma of his war death.
There is, however, no getting away
from accounting for one's past actions
while alive. The surprise here is that small
details and passing acts of generosity and
kindness are profoundly important because
these are often moments of unconditional
love: "We come to see that these were the
gestures that mattered, because they were
loving in nature."
Although I don't agree with everything
Eaton says, I thoroughly enjoyed reading his
book. Using a range of reports, anecdotes,
exploratory research, his work as a medium
and past life regression, Eaton weaves
together a plausible picture of life beyond
the veil. If you ever wanted to know what
people do in the afterlife you will be
pleasantly surprised. He also expounds
on experiences in the tunnel, karma, soul
groups, the Akashic Records and the inter-
Many people are uncomfortable with the
idea of death or afraid of what it potentially
represents -- the end of all we have known,
experienced and loved on earth. Eaton
treats death as if it were a new beginning
and this is deeply comforting. I don't want
to sound morbid but some day we will
encounter the great unknown for ourselves.
Till then, though, books such as Afterlife
add to our collective knowledge of life
beyond the grave.
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In 1978, Bruce Springsteen
released the formidable Darkness On The
Edge Of Town, an album that cemented
his place in the songwriting firmament,
as a follow up to the universally saluted
Born To Run.
As great an album as it was, he was
such a prolific songwriter that he has now
put out The Promise, a double cd (!) of
leftovers from the Darkness sessions that,
though recorded 30 years ago, stands tall
as a top quality contemporary release.
All the Springsteen hallmarks are
here - an emotional resonance to the lyrics
that shoot the everyday with colour and
drama, an unabashed love for tin pan alley,
faultless performances from his amazingly
sturdy band, and a voice that's unshaven
and hard-edged but with a heart of gold.
There are big choruses, mournful
ballads and joyous pop songs.
The two most interesting artifacts
are the ones that became hits for other
artists, namely Because The Night (Patti
Smith) and Fire (Pointer Sisters), which
give the strange feeling that these are cover
versions due to their familiarity when, in
fact, they're the originals.
A lot of work and love has been put
into this project - sonically it sparkles
and there isn't even a hint of rough mix
throwaway material that normally clutters
albums under the banner of "bonus material".
The result is a brand new Springsteen
album written and recorded by a 60 year
old in his mid 20s.
MUSIC REVIEWED BY PHIL BENNETT
'this small volume contains
22 personal accounts from
therapists in all branches of
the holistic industry.'
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