A Conspiracy of Spirits - Wall Street Vs. the 99%: Has Your Soul Ever Screamed That to Remain Normal Is Insane? You Are Not Alone. (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/10/29
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A crime, perhaps the greatest in the history of humanity, is unraveling the fabric of the web of life. In Southern California, a corporate ladder-climber awakens in the middle of the night to find himself standing naked in his backyard, thunderstruck by the images flooding his mind. Compelled to write to make sense of what has just happened, he is guided toward issues in the Arctic. The feelings exploding through his heart and mind threaten to tear him apart-his only relief is in writing them down. Fifteen hundred miles away the nine-year-old daughter of illegal Mexican immigrants is plagued by a series of cataclysmic visions about Arctic polar bears. In Russell, Kansas, an aged Chinese woman is stunned by a violent vision of a young girl and a man connected in the vast web of life. The web has been disturbed by a crime of such proportions that its perpetrators have the blood of nations on their hands. She can only watch as the crime's rippling upheaval tears at life's fabric, leaving the two strangers' lives shattered in its wake. Their survival is entwined with the fate of us all. Will they make it? Will we? So begins . . . a conspiracy of spirits.
Bill Douglas is an award winning novelist, nonfiction author, and essayist. Bill's first novel, "2012 The Awakening" was chosen for the Best Fiction of the Year Award, by Spiritual Enlightenment Magazine, and he was the United States Award Winner for the AOL / Chicken Soup for the Soul Global Essay Awards Contest. Comments and Reviews on his first novel "2012 The Awakening" include: "What a gift to see fictional entertainment tackling the large issues of humanity!" - Deepak Chopra "Riveting ... a must" - Midwest Book Review "Mind Blowing! Ten out of ten stars" - Enlightenment Dudes Book Review Comments on "A Conspiracy of Spirits - Wall Street vs. The 99%" include: A Conspiracy of Spirits is about conflict between powerful private interests and the global good. It is about pitting innocence against greed. - David M. Caditz, Ph.D., former Director of the Stanford University Solar Vehicle Project A Conspiracy of Spirits is an exciting and refreshing new take on the potential of the human spirit to connect to the mystery of life in ways which often go unnoticed. Bill Douglas has, in an almost poetic way, woven together timeless spiritual insight with a timely crisis affecting us all, to create a narrative tapestry with as much wisdom as suspense. This is a story the world needs to hear! - Rev. Nathaniel G. Haaland With the advent of Bill Douglas's extraordinary tales, we may well be witnessing the establishment of a wholly new genre of fiction . . . the transcendental-thriller novel. - Jais Booth, Founder of San Francisco's Liminal Arts Movement Bill Douglas is also the Founder of World Healing Day, an annual global event held in hundreds of cities in over 70 nations, created to focus human consciousness en masse on personal and global healing. Bill has written on issues dealing with human consciousness and the evolution of humanity for publications worldwide. He has been a source on these issues for The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; Reader's Digest; The South China Morning Post; China's Xinhua News Agency; BBC World Radio; and media worldwide.
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I read it in two days straight – eyes glued to the page! At one point I was reading while cooking dinner and yelled “Noooo! Noooo!” The kids came running to see if I’d burned something, and when they saw the situation they patted my arm and gently suggested, “you could put it down...” I shouted, “No I CAN’T! The bad guys are almost getting them! I HAVE to see what happens next!”
I’m usually a nonfiction reader. So what makes this novel particularly satisfying to me, is the very real organizations, corporate and governmental agencies, that the fictional versions are based on. It’s a reality we all need to know more about.
On another level, it’s so wonderful to read a novel in which Tai
Chi is an integral component. I was so moved by how it illumined other effects, ripples, from my Tai Chi practice. I can see this clearly in my own life. I had stopped practicing, actually for about three years -- just overcome by family needs, caring for my elders, and – as was so compassionately shown in the book -- just struggling to do what I had to survive day to day. My quality of life, quality of Being changed dramatically for the worse.
Rarely have I read a novel which has taught me so much. The involvement of Tai Chi in the story, has given me a renewed reverence for my own practice, and an interest in expanding and following my intuition, as our daily practice may have some higher purpose, beyond just ourselves.
Several scenes were so moving, I was weeping while reading. It was very instructive, to see a character “get it,” (connection) then lose it, numb out, even deny his experience, then find his way again. It was compassionate and realistic. And I can certainly relate to that. I've had extraordinary experiences from Qigong practice, but it's amazing how quickly the impact of "ah-ha's" can fade away in my mind, when covered over by the busyness and stress of having to do whatever needs done next. The next thing I know, the extraordinary experience is so far removed, that it no longer motivates me, or even seems real. It took a fiction story, to put me back in touch with what I experienced in reality!
I emerged from reading “A Conspiracy of Spirits” with a strong sense that one individual matters. Matters tremendously in this planetary crisis – the many crises we are facing together.
And I learned how important it is for me to find my peace, before choosing where I can help the most, to see clearly what action to take. Instead of using my skills to “fill in as needed” with the causes I choose to volunteer for, I am now more carefully discerning what I uniquely have to offer.
And I’m encouraged that through my practice, I, too, can step into that healing web of light and love.
Bill's second book was just as fascinating as the first.... I can't wait for his third book. I know he's completing it ... keep an eye open for it. For sure it too will be a Fantastic read.
I used to wonder if global warming was really human-made or just a natural cycle. Then, I became convinced that humans were definitely changing the climate, but I thought it wouldn't affect me in my lifetime. Recently, a spate of information from various sources has convinced me that catastrophic climate change is here now. It is a factor in many international and national news stories every day. And soon it will have an impact that I can barely imagine on my personal, sheltered, middle class American life.
But we have a way out! If we will only be smart enough to take it. Before it's too late.
Everyone should read this book.