July 23, 2007

Book Review: Diplomatic Immunity

The Melchizedek Ambassadors Training Program, by Anrita Melchizedek (Dolphin Ray Productions, 2003, ISBN 1-903248-01-9)

This book was written by: Anrita Melchizedek, who "had two Angel friends, both little boys, one with a dove on his shoulder, who were her constant companions for just over two years. She further communicated with Nature Spirit Intelligence, seeing fairies, as well as communicating with animals. Through this plane of dualities, Anrita chose a multi-colored weaving in preparation for her light work, including drinking and drugs." (p.421)

What is in this book: "An accumulation of Mystery School teachings that have previously been taught in ancient Egypt and Atlantis. These teachings are now being shared through an experimental understanding of the Eye of Horus and Tantric Immortality to bring about One Unity Consciousness."(p.xi)
We need One Unity Consciousness because we "requested that the Spiritual Hierarcy allow [...] laggard souls to incarnate onto the Earth plane," so we could "assist them to move forward into the light." Unfortunately, as is so often the case in these situations, "through the accumulation of negative energy of these laggard souls around the Earth plane on an astral level, the Christ Consciousness grid around the Earth plane began to dim."(p.37) Things go so bad that Arcturian Emissaries of Light, the "most celestial, Angelic Beings of Light," "chose to no longer incarnate onto this Earth plane due to the denser dimensional frequencies." (p.38)

What is not in this book: Name-calling, mudslinging, and other criticism. The book uses positive reinforcement to remind us of the greatness that we once possessed, and seem to have forgotten after our universal paradise of learning and enrichment got crapped up by the trash we accepted from all ends of creation. Does this sound at all familiar, New Jersey?

Would you recommend this book to Jenny Craig? No, she works with a different kind of light being.

Would you recommend this book to a citizen of the former Soviet Socialist Republic state of Uzbekistan? Most definitely. Preferably before an ill-fated sea voyage together. I would get a chair near the purser's office, so I could begin my harrowing tale of survival with the phrase, "Before the wreck, I was sitting on the deck when an Uzbeck Melchizedek tried to cash a check..." Depending on the buffet options available at the time, I might also be eating speck.

What was interesting about this book? The warning printed on the back of the title page. "Using these guided visualizations will create physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual change. If you have any conditions that might make participation unwise, or if you are currently taking anti-psychotic drugs, we advise you to reconsider participating in these guided visualizations."

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July 7, 2007

Book Review: It's Not Your Fault She's Damaged Goods.

For Mothers of Difficult Daughters: How to Enrich and Repair the Bond in Adulthood by Charney Herst with Lynette Padwa (Villard, 1998 ISBN 0-679-45765-8)

This book was written by: Dr. Charney Herst, whose teenage daughter got the whole family brought up on drug charges by growing marijuana in the rose garden. Standing before the judge in court, "at that moment, a mother's advocate was born."(p.xiii) Mothers need an advocate like Herst, since "daughters have a whole society - not to mention most therapists - supporting their claim that they were damaged by mom" (p.19).
Lynette Padwa is a professional collaborator who has spent 20 years in publishing to become "a pro at every phase of writing and editing manuscripts" (her website).

What is in this book: Dr. Herst sees 3 types of difficult daughter, the dependent daughter, the dissatisfied daughter, and the distant daughter, so she has written a book on how to deal with the problems that their mothers face. Either that, or this is only volume "d" in Dr. Hearst's alliterative encyclopedia on dealing with family members, including problem parents and worrisome wives, soon to be followed by veterinary guides on dealing with complicated cats and daunting dogs.
Herst's advice is that too many people are ready to blame the mother for the problems of the daughter, and sometimes the best thing a mother can do is to put her own needs first.

What is not in this book: Practical steps you can take to get your daughter to stop stripping, or to see that the loser she married is never going to get off the couch and get a real job.

Would you recommend this book to Samuel L. Jackson? No. Mr. Jackson has already worked very hard to become one bad ass mother. He does not need any advice.

Would you recommend this book to Dina Lohan? No. That ship has not only sailed, but is unloading its cargo at its next port of call while its sailors are drinking, gambling, and raping their way through their shore leave.

What was interesting about this book? The personal stories about specific problem children, like the daughter who "gained a lot of weight, and wears flowing robes that make her look like she lives in an ashram,"(p.66) or the daughter who demanded her inheritance money while her mother was still living so she could fund a foundation for abused children. "Goodbye, Mother," was her response to her request's refusal, "When you decide to be a human being, give me a call."(p.197)
Dr. Herst has also developed a set of flash cards that moms can use to assist them in dealing with their daughters, that are reminders like "I will not gossip about my daughter to other family members" and "I will question all reports of mysterious diseases my daughter claims to have"(p.267).

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