Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Event - Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Money. Karen McCall

     After healing her own unhealthy relationship with money, and transforming her financial disaster into prosperity and security, Karen McCall created a recovery program she has now used for more than twenty years to help individuals, couples, and businesses large and small. In the midst of her money troubles, she saw a need for something other than financial planners, accountants, and credit counselors.  Stepping Stones Books and Gifts presents Financial Recovery:  Developing a Healthy Relationship with Money, featuring Karen McCall in another free author event at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

Friday, April 13, 2012
7:00 pm

     Karen McCall, founder of the Financial RecoverySM Institute, has revolutionized the financial counseling industry with her highly acclaimed Financial Recovery process — a compassionate, comprehensive system that liberates people from the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that keep them stuck in a self-defeating relationship with money. This highly acclaimed system, which was developed by Karen after she struggled for years to heal her own crippling relationship with money, has saved thousands of people from the nightmare of financial ruin and given them the insight, understanding and tools they need to sustain financial stability for the rest of their lives.

Today Karen runs and owns the Financial Recovery Institute, which she founded in 1988. The Institute trains mental health care professionals and entrepreneurs in how to use the counseling processes and practical tools of Financial Recovery to help people transform their relationship with money and create life-long financial well-being.  Successful graduates are certified Financial Recovery counselors.  A nationally recognized speaker and financial expert, Karen is often quoted in publications such as Entrepreneur, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,, Bottom Line, Women’s Day, Working Mother, and USA Weekend.

 In addition to her most recent book, Financial Recovery: developing a healthy relationship with money, she is the author of It’s Your Money: Achieving Financial Well-Being and is creator of several MoneyMinder® products. Karen lives in Petaluma, CA, where she spends her limited spare time gardening and spoiling her grandchildren.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book Review: Mantra Meditation by Thomas Ashley-Farrand


Change Your Karma with the Power of Sacred Sound

by Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Namadeva Acharya)

     This 90 page book is written by a Vedic priest, Thomas Ashley-Farrand, Namadeva Acharya, (1940-2010).  He was one of the Western world's foremost authorities on the application of Sanskrit Mantra to life's problems.  Everything you ever wanted to know or understand about the Sanskrit mantras are in this comprehensive teaching of 12 chapters.  He talks about the fact that there are "no rules" in life, and that we have complete freedom of choice, even though we are bound by the karma we are creating through our choices.  He shares the four aims of human life:  Artha, Kama, Dharma, and Moksha, (prosperity, fulfillment of desires, to live in divine order, and liberation respectively).  The last 7 chapters are devoted to specific mantras that address each of these aims, giving their translation and specific purpose.  The highlight of this book is the CD containing 14 mantras being chanted with authentic Vedic pronunciation and in the melodic voice of the author.  You will hear authentic pronunciation of the Gayatri, the Vasudeva, and the Great Mani mantras.  I was profoundly affected by simply listening to the chanting.  The sounds and the words transported me into an altered state and stirred emotions and feelings deep within me.  This is by far the most masterful resource for engaging with and practicing the deeply spiritual practice of chanting and using mantras for healing, protection, prosperity, removal of obstacles and more.

Mantra Meditation is available now at Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Review by Sanna Rose, RScP.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Album Review: Beyond - Buddhist and Christian Prayers


Buddhist and Christian Prayers

Tina Turner   Chanting and Spiritual Message
Denchen Shak-Dagsay   Buddhist Voice
Regula Curti   Christian Voice

This musical montage of East and West is a trance-inducing experience.  A Pair of women singers were inspired by the works of the Dalai Lama that encouraged actively deepening one's own cultural spiritual traditions while searching for shared values across belief systems.  This Music Therapist and Tibetan mantra singer have created a sacred cathedral/temple sound of Christian Mass chants and Tibetan traditions in chant and musical prayer with grand instruments deepening the experience.  The Ave Maria is in an intimate relationship with Om Ma Ii Pe Me Hung.  This pair of East/West women brought Tina Turner into their project by adding her soulful voice in a sacred narrative, as well as interweaving her voice in the chants.  This is something to experience.  A marriage of two sacred traditions has been consummated in this wonderful musical event.

BEYOND is available now at Stepping Stones Gifts and Books

Review by Sanna Rose, RScP

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