Now and Zen

The New Age Reviews
Cotton Ward gets in touch with her inner self.

The Chopra Centre for Well Being

Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and two best-selling authors, psychologist Wayne Dyer and health enthusiast Louise Hay, will share their thoughts about spirituality and wellbeing at a one-day event, Today’s Wisdom, in Sydney on March 31. Chopra wrote the best-sellers Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. He practises ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old healing tradition that originated in India.

Feng Shui resources

According to the Chinese art of feng shui, moving your furniture around can change your destiny. Visit this hub and gasp at the confession of Lin Yun, of the Black Hat Sect: “The best advice I can offer is … that you are better off believing yourself instead of … me. I am a wandering impostor whose predictions have been 99.9 per cent wrong.” His followers claim, however, that he was misquoted.

How to see auras

Never seen an aura? Aussie Robert Bruce outlines an “easy new way” to do this. The technique seems similar to when you look at those 3-D pictures – “relax and concentrate” and “focus the eyes in a special way”. He suggests practising by first looking at the aura of a book covered in blue or red paper (these create yellow and green auras, which are the easiest to see). Next, try several books at a time, then a pot plant.

Nature Spirit Magic

The ability to communicate with “nature spirits” comes in handy when you’re practising magic rituals in the forest. The idea is that each plant, animal and rock has a spirit and these can join together to create “spectacular physical manifestations”, such as swirling clouds, birds flying overhead in circles and insects, birds and animals joining in with your chants.

Karma and reincarnation

Joseph Morales has taken all the hard work out of researching Eastern texts about karma. He says: “I have always found the descriptions by Eastern teachers to be frustratingly vague. I set out to find out what, exactly, the doctrine of karma is.” So what is it? “Beginningless.” Hmmm. Later, he says karma is “a spiritual-magnetic energy form” that generates a vibration that continues to vibrate in the mind. A bit of a boomerang theory – when you do something it comes back at you.

Angel Haven

Share your angelic experiences, dreams and poetry, send an angel gram, read weekly columns and buy angel figurines. Discuss whether that white ball of light you caught a glimpse of out of the corner of your eye was actually an angel. Or “plan a trip to meet an angel” (a fancy way of saying “meeting up with friends”). Heavenly.

Homeopathic Educational Services

Californian Dana Ullman describes this practice as a system of using plants, minerals or animals to stimulate the natural defences. Homeopaths try to find substances that cause similar symptoms to those from which the patient is suffering. Ullman says it’s based on the “law of similars” used in conventional therapies such as immunisation.

Yoga Research and Education Centre

The centre estimates there are 20 million yoga practitioners throughout the world, so it won’t cost each of us much to donate a total of $US11 million ($22 million) to build the first yoga university in the West. The “Instant Good Karma!” link takes you to a page where you’re asked to give $20 towards this project. Don’t be put off by this, because it has an excellent beginner’s tour.


Kelli Fox offers free horoscopes, Chinese astrology, zodiac signs and compatibility tests. She gives you lots of information free, but for more details you have to pay. The personality profile was interesting, but contained many generalised statements.

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