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Friday, September 11, 2015
INVOKING SUPPORT FROM THE HIGHER REALMS by guest blogger Aleya Dao, author of SEVEN CUPS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
By Samy AbulEla

When was the last time you felt like you needed more support in your life? Where did you turn? Family? Friends? Colleagues? Was the support they offered enough? So often, the challenges that we face in life force us to look for support from others. But when was the last time you looked for support from the beings in the higher realms?

After an enlightenment experience I had in 2001, I became acutely aware of other dimensions and the beings that exist in these higher planes. These beings are often referred to as guides. As I explored my relationship with these beings of light, I identified a group of beings around me that I called my Team. These beings were slightly different than guides. Most of my angelic guides came and went depending on my needs and circumstances, but the members of my Team were always with me. 
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Thursday, September 03, 2015
ON BEING BLIND: An Excerpt from AND THERE WAS LIGHT by Jacques Lusseyran
By Samy AbulEla
When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a Resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand Resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. 

Lusseyran’s remarkable memoir And There Was Light, which is now also available as an audiobook, is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published. It was chosen as one of the “100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century” by a jury of writers including Harold Kushner, Thomas Moore, Huston Smith, and Natalie Goldberg. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. 
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
BEING: THE SOURCE OF CREATIVITY, by guest blogger Steve Taylor, author of THE CALM CENTER
By Samy AbulEla

In general, there are three different modes in which we can live our lives: doing, thinking, and being. Most of the day we’re busy doing — working in our jobs, doing chores, following our hobbies, and enjoying ourselves in our free time. Thinking usually takes place between activities, when there’s nothing to occupy our attention, or during activities that are more repetitive and undemanding, when we don’t need to concentrate much.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION author Barbara Marx Hubbard on MAKING THE MOST OF GETTING OLDER
By Samy AbulEla
We hope you'll enjoy this short video, in which 85-year old Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution, talks about making the most of getting older. We also invite you to subscribe to New World Library's YouTube Channel for immediate access to the latest author interviews, book trailers, and more.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Marc’s Picks: CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION by Barbara Marx Hubbard
By Samy AbulEla
Barbara Marx Hubbard begins chapter 1 of her great book with these words (and I can’t think of any better words to introduce readers to the scope and power of her book):

 “Occasionally in the course of human events, a new worldview emerges that transforms society. It happened when Jesus’ disciples were inspired by his life to believe in radical transformation of the person and the world through love. It occurred in the Renaissance when the idea of progress through knowledge was born. It took place in the United States when the ideas of freedom and democracy became institutions through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. . . . It happened with the dawn of science through Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton, and again among the transcendentalists, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, who believed that each individual is an expression of the divine, a free and sovereign person.(READ MORE)

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
NEW WORLD LIBRARY STAFF PICK: Assistant Editor Jonathan Wichmann Recommends SOULCRAFT by Bill Plotkin
By Samy AbulEla

When I was in high school, I went on a camping trip with a couple of friends and one of their dads in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. One night, I went out by myself with my sleeping bag. I lay down on a rock surrounded by water and discovered a new kind of peace.

Everything was so quiet, but so alive: the waves lapping all around me, the moonlight flickering on the waves. I started to feel as if I were touching the edge of some hidden kind of experience. I fantasized about returning someday for a solo trip; given enough time alone, I thought, I might find something special, some key to life.


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