40 Years of Inner Traditions

June is a pretty exciting month. For starters 11 different friends have birthdays this month, there’s Father’s Day, and there is my wedding anniversary. So one thing I’m telling you is that I am totally broke at the end of June, but also that there is a lot of stuff happening in June for me. However, there is a reason that you should be excited that it’s June, and that is because June 2015 marks 40 years of independent publishing for Inner Traditions!

Inner Traditions is a wonderful company that was one of the first to offer The Magical Buffet review copies. Obviously, that makes them tops in my book! It could also be their founder, Ehud Sperling’s, commitment to preserving and discovering new age and spiritual traditions of the world that date back to his days as an employee at the bookstore Samuel Weiser’s Inc. in 1970. Their books are published using sustainable forestry that is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The company generates power from solar panels on the roof of its office and its solar farm, both in Vermont. Lastly, Inner Traditions supports and administers the Hacienda Rio Coté. The project has acquired land in Costa Rica adjacent to the Rio Coté National Forest along the Rio Coté, which flows from Lake Coté, once an active volcano. They planted more than 56 different species of trees to help restore the watershed and reforest the farms that were acquired for this project. What I’m saying is, they’re definitely one of the good guys.

Inner Traditions in Vermont

They are so good that when I emailed them and told them that I was going to be doing a giveaway to celebrate their 40th anniversary they sent me some of the nicest tote bags I have ever seen. Seriously, so nice. I don’t want to be shown up though, so I have pulled from my own library 10 different books that have been published by Inner Traditions (or one of their imprints) to give away!

Let’s lay it all out here. To celebrate Inner Traditions’ 40th anniversary I went through my personal library and pulled 10 different books that have been published by Inner Traditions (or one of their imprints) to give away to ONE winner along with a super snazzy Inner Traditions tote bag, which you will need to haul ALL of these books around! What books? Here we go:

“Shamanic Awakening: My Journey Between the Dark and the Daylight” by Sandra Corcoran

“The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think” by Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Spiritual Growth with Entheogens: Psychoactive Sacramentals and Human Transformation” edited by Thomas B. Roberts

“Mysteries of the Ancient Past: A Graham Hancock Reader” edited by Glenn Kreisberg

“The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Unexplained Powers of Human Minds” by Rupert Sheldrake

“Discover Your Soul Template: 14 Steps for Awakening Integrated Intelligence” by Marcus T. Anthony, Ph.D.

“The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field” edited by Ervin Laszlo

“Energy Medicine Technologies: Ozone Healing, Microcrystals, Frequency Therapy, and the Future of Health” edited by Finley Eversole, Ph.D.

“The Temples of Light: An Initiatory Journey into the Heart Teachings of the Egyptian Mystery Schools” (comes with a guided meditation cd!) by Danielle Rama Hoffman

“Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature” by Tamarack Song

And you’ll also win……

The kick ass Inner Tradition tote bag.

But wait! Inner Traditions was cool and sent more than one sweet tote bag so there is going to be a second winner who will win….

An Inner Traditions tote bag. Haven’t you been paying attention?

Due to what I can only assume will be hernia inducing shipping costs, this contest is only open to residents of the United States. Sorry. Next contest will be wide open again, promise. Contest is open to individuals 18 years of age and older. Contest runs 06/06/15 and end at midnight on 06/13/15.

We’re going Rafflecopter again for this contest, so if I may direct your attention to the Rafflecopter box below to get you started on entering. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Boy and His Comics

Ugh, my right hand and wrist are killing me. I just spent hours scrolling through Amazon.com’s comic and graphic novel sale and then their selection of DC comic graphic novels. My faux nephew Jacob’s birthday is at the end of the month and along with the stuff I know he wants, Nerf guns and/or Pokemon cards, I have my mind (or probably more accurately my heart) set on getting him a graphic novel. For those of you who don’t know, a graphic novel is a collection of comics bound together into a book. It usually covers a story arc.

Now the sticky wicket of course is that Jacob is still young and most of the comics I read are definitely adults only. It’s on days like this that I miss my old comic book store. Both owners were insanely knowledgeable and I have no doubt they could have taken my taste in comics and cross referenced it with Jacob’s age and the next thing I know there would be several graphic novels on order. With them out of business, I’m left reading online reviews and making judgments based on cover art. If you have a good local comic book store, support them!

There I am, scrolling through the DC comic category of the comics and graphic novels of Amazon.com. So many memories surface scanning through the titles. The first comic I read was the graphic novel “Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes” and it’s still available and came up in the search. “Watchmen”, which was the book Jim gave me to read while we were dating. I saw the first Batman graphics that I read. “Preacher: Gone to Texas” and “V for Vendetta” that a customer loaned to me when I worked in retail. The list goes on. I was surprised by how many emotions just remembering the books evoked.

But perhaps not this Batman for the boy.

But perhaps not this Batman for the boy.

And eventually those are the feelings I want for Jacob. The DC universe is often criticized for being relentlessly dark. Sadly, in many ways, that is the real world that my faux nephew is growing up into. People are right, the DC universe is populated with crumbling utopias, corrupted paradises, and realities coming apart at the seams. Often the heroes in these worlds are mentally unstable billionaires, fallen angels, humans that court demons, animated vegetable matter, stage magicians, orphaned aliens, and fairy book characters on the run.

Yet despite how messed up the world is, and how screwed up they are, they always find something worth saving in the world, and something worth saving in each other. There’s a beauty in that. It’s that kind of shit that helps a boy become a man.