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  • Creator and Creators
    Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen

    Book review

    This enlightening book, “Creator and Creators”, so convincingly carries us a big step forward to the goal of human life-spans on earth: enlightenment and perfection, to “…receive an ability to produce creations of immortal beauty.”

    By understanding anew our “spiritual science”, we can eliminate wars, and stop our abuse of Mother Nature. The profound, timely knowledge, so lovingly given in this book “Creator and Creators”, is so relevant to our age, to the modern man, who has to understand “The Whole” in order to live an evolutionary life on Mother Earth.

    In our scientific age, we can now - anew - understand our ancient forefathers’ spiritual concepts in their profundity. In this book, “Creator and Creators”, they are re-interpreted for us.

    “….But usually, while acting in the Solid World, we haven’t experienced all the experiences upon which the perfect picture is based and therefore our manifestation is rarely complete.” Have we ever thought about this? We should!

    Thank you for this marvellous work!
    Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir
    Óðsmál research Iceland


    ~ Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Óðsmál Research Iceland

  • Transformational Truth of YOU!, The
    Tiffany Crosara
    Subtitled ‘the magician’s journey’, this book is about cocreating your life reality and turning loss into transformation, as illustrated through the author’s own experience, especially that of losing her young daughter. Each chapter has a corresponding Tarot card heading that illuminates its message, often based on one of life’s ironies and synchronicities. The purpose is for readers to tune into their depths and to face their own truth by understanding the deeper reality of their life experiences. It is also important to balance the function of the ego, develop trust in life and harmonise head and heart. There is a good exercise to work out one’s values and align one’s actions to the highest good. Readers can also learn from the author’s own ‘mistakes’ and the lessons she drew from them. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm explorer

  • The Golden Dawn - A Key to Ritual Magic
    Gordon Strong
    This is the story of the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn inaugurated in 1888 more or less dissolving 15 years later through internal politics. The author observes that the question asked of the initiate ‘why do you seek?’ has only one acceptable answer, ‘I seek in order to serve’, an adage as true today as ever when it comes to power. The 1890s were an exciting period in esoteric history, and the Golden Dawn proved an important meeting point for many prominent people including AE Waite, WB Yeats and Charles Williams. The central character was McGregor Mathers with his wife Moina, who was the sister of Henri Bergson. Women played an important role at a time of emerging sexual equality. The history of the Order and its many colourful characters are vividly evoked and it is easy to see why it could not last. Members chose their own motto, and Yeats selected ‘Demon est Deus Inversus’. There is also a good discussion of the meaning of magic in the Western tradition with its associated history. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Creator and Creators
    Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen
    Creator and Creators: Co-Creation with Nature: A Synthesis of Spiritual Philosophy and Science by Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen. Edited by Andrew Rooke. John Hunt Publishing (Axis Mundi Books), 2018. ISBN: 978-1785357053. Reviewed by Paul Rooke. Two copies available for loan from our Melbourne library. Cost to buy: $35 – now available from the Theosophical Bookshop, 128 Russell Street Melbourne. Also available online via Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, etc. (Theosophy Downunder: Newsletter of the Theosophical Society , Pasadena, Australasian Section, March 2018, http://www.theosophydownunder.org/newsletters.php).
    This book is written by Australian authors with a Russian background. It is therefore quite understandable that they draw much of their inspiration from Russian spiritual thinkers. The authors make frequent reference to the works of HPBlavatsky (Theosophy), Helena Roerich (Agni Yoga), and Alexander Naumkin (Kalagia). Using these sources, their writings cover the development of Russian spiritual thinking as it matured from 1875 to 1993.
    This span of time has also seen an exponential growth in the development of scientific thinking. Coupled with this, science has seen a movement away from an unquestioned belief in its classic materialistic methods, to a much more open-minded approach to the role which philosophical disciplines might play in our scientific understanding of the Universe as a whole. The writers develop this theme of interfacing science with, for want of a better term, ‘New Age’, spiritual thinking.
    However, their approach to spiritual thinking is anything but ‘faddish’ and ‘New Age’. Their thesis is based on the Theosophical notion of an ultimately ‘Unknowable Source’ (see article on page 26 of this issue on The Secret Doctrine: The One Principle) expressing Itself through a series of inter-penetrating planes of consciousness in the form of a Multiverse created from its own energies.
    The book begins by stating that the Creation is a Holographic process. This is a process of creation in energy and light, a process whereby the Spiritual Source divides its fundamental energies into working components of Manifest Life of all forms. This enables the process of Co-Creation to take place. The Ultimate Spiritual Source learns from its Creation, and its Creation simultaneously learns about its Ultimate Source. The process begins in the initial chaos of involution into Matter, and concludes in the beauty and harmony of completed evolution into Spirit. The authors re-affirm their point of view with frequent reference to the three principle sources of spiritual literature upon which they base their work, ie. Theosophy, Agni Yoga, and Kalagia. However, the fundamental basis of their work lies in the authors’ spiritual and daily life experiences in Russia and Australia.
    After explaining the holographic nature of the Universe and the process of manifestation in some detail, the authors continue on to examine the ways in which commonly manifest phenomena accord with the scientific principles of holographic manifestation.
    They discuss manifestation both in nature and in the human body. In this section of the book they elaborate on the role of ideal archetypes in the creative process. These archetypes embody ultimate perfection and the challenge is for the imperfect material life-forms to replicate the perfection embodied in these archetypes in their respective planes of consciousness. The authors then take a brave step forward to look at the ways in which the human embryo materializes from its Spiritual sources. Relevant sciences in the fields of physics, botany and biology are frequently and coherently referenced throughout this section of the book. Predictably, many of the scientists whose works are discussed are of Russian origin.
    The book also has a strong practical emphasis. This emerges particularly in the last chapter. The authors state that the ultimate aim of this creative process is to re-harmonize Spirit’s Creation with its Ultimate Source. This is done by acquiring wisdom through the development of loving experience in all the aspects of our lives. Along with the development of this loving wisdom comes greater personal power. The challenge is to use this increased personal power in the cause of initiating, developing, and expanding harmony and beauty throughout the Universe. There is a responsibility on all of us to continue to do this throughout our infinite spiritual journey.
    This book is challenging reading. In fact, one could say it is almost a meditative experience! It is something to be read, absorbed, and then embraced for further study and contemplation. It is a brave, and in my opinion, a very successful attempt to demonstrate the truth that Spirit and Matter are a Unity and that both Science and Philosophy are intertwined in helping us to understand more about this Unity. I strongly recommend this book to all committed Seekers. – Reviewed by Paul Rooke, Melbourne, Australia.
    ~ Paul Rooke, (Theosophy Downunder: Newsletter of the Theosophical Society , Pasadena, Australasian Section, March 2018, http://www.theosophydownunder.org/newsletters.php).

  • Creator and Creators
    Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen
    In Creator and Creators, Co-creation with Nature: A Synthesis of Spiritual Philosophy and Science by Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen, the authors set out to synthesize knowledge from a variety of sources, including their own experiences, to discover the “mysteries of the universe.” The brilliance of Creator and Creators is that they actually do potentially solve one mystery in spiritual philosophy. When studying the works of Qabbalah or Theosophy, one is immediately confronted with the doctrine of the Seven Rays. In both spiritual philosophies, these rays have to split up in order to manifest life. But has anyone ever actually questioned why these rays have to split in order to create the universe and its inhabitants? Roza and Margarita ask the question and they answer it. By comparing the universe to a giant hologram, a ray of light has to split in order to encode information in its inhabitants and establish their appearance in a constructed reality. The information in light is burned into the physical, mental, and spiritual bodies of mankind; mankind subsequently co-creates with his Creator to establish the type of society that reflects the information in the rays of light. The thesis is genuinely intriguing and has to be taken seriously. After all, theoretical physicist Brian Greene has argued that the universe and all its objects may very well be holograms that are mere representations of a deeper unknown realm where the real events in the cosmos take place.

    In their book, Roza and Margarita recognize that the fundamental property of the universe is its “pulse” or its “rhythm.” This pulse transfers archetypal information into the material worlds; patterns such as spirals, solids, and mathematical/musical sequences are simply the reflections of such archetypal information encoded in light rays. These patterns contain the mystery of the universe because “every part and particle of holographically manifested matter possesses the qualities of the whole hologram.” For human beings, the ancestral Adam in spiritual philosophies is simply a symbol of an archetype in a sphere of the “highest vibrations” that is beyond “Time.” Through the coils of the mythical serpent (which are simply the paths of the light rays as they split to manifest as different appearances), the human body, with all its complexity of cells and DNA and genomes and amino acids, becomes a “holographic memory.” Mind programs the brain precisely because the human body is a holographic memory. For Roza and Margarita, “Raising our Thoughts to the level of archetypes actually means reaching into the depths of our essence.” Over centuries and centuries, spiritual philosophies have taught us to try to become like Adam. Working from the theory of holographic memory, we now have a scientific reason behind our efforts. Adam, as an archetype of encoded knowledge within the light rays, is the source of holographic memory and thus a more perfected state of enlightenment.

    In their final chapter, Roza and Margarita develop this theory of holographic memory to its logical conclusion, “We can see an example of the connection between the potential and its realization in the genetic code and its manifestation in an actual human life.” Through an understanding of this connection it will someday be possible to consciously shape our future as human beings because our genotypes provide the potential. We will become conscious co-Creators with our Creator. ~ Dr. Don Shepherd Ph.D. in Intellectual History, Theosophy Northwest website http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/reviews/creator_and_creators.htm

  • The Master, The Raven, and The Ageless Teapot
    Denise McDermott-King
    Praise for Denise McDermott-King's first book The Master, The Lover and Me: This is an important book. Raymond Moody’s 1975 groundbreaking book 'Life After Life' brought near-death and out-of-body experiences to the public, increasing our awareness of the human spirit. For most of us, spiritual journeys and spirit beings have remained out of reach. This has now changed with Denise McDermott-King's book, which I believe will rank amongst the groundbreaking books of spiritual awareness. Now, if we so desire, we can go on a spiritual journey accompanied by spirit beings while still in human form. If you are a spiritual seeker this book will take you on a captivating journey. ~ Bud Carroll, Writer

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King


    Denise’s writing has a depth of insight and clarity of voice that touches a place in the soul, calling forth love and joy. This work is a practical guide to personal and collective spiritual wholeness. It illumines the eternal quest for truth. Through the insights of the Adepts and Masters and through the author herself, the book reveals modern esoteric teachings of the Ageless Wisdom. Denise courageously shares her spiritual journey with candour, gentle humour, and enough intimacy that we get a glimpse of her innermost self. This helps recall the divine mission that belongs to each of us. I truly loved reading this book.

    ~ Jeanette Wood , Retired teacher and student of Theosophy.

  • Creator and Creators
    Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen
    ...full of interesting ideas and concepts, this is a book which presents a possible view of life and existence. Much of it should be familiar to those with some experience of esoteric traditions and the authors' hypothesis that existence is a multi-layered hologram is a good addition to the esoteric literature. ~ Dr. Gregory Woodford, PhD in mathematics, Melbourne University

  • Creator and Creators
    Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen
    I would like to congratulate you on this great work. It is quite comprehensive. ~ Sanjay Raghav, MBBS, MD, DM, FRACP, adjunct senior lecturer, Monash University, Department of Medicine, Therapeutic Director at Yarra Valley Living Centre, House of Gawler Cancer Foundation

  • Creator and Creators
    Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen
    Many Thanks for your Great Wisdom and Artistry. ~ Victoria LePage, author of Shambhala and Mysteries of the Bridechamber

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King

    Denise,
    I knew your story was going to be centered, and I was not disappointed. I haven't read clear TRUTH like your narrative in a very long time . . . and the words of your ‘Masters’ are ringing in my ears still with a clear frequency. You write with a reverence and passion, clearly and concisely, casting a full-spectrum light on questions difficult to answer, and answer them you do. Your story reminds me of "Autobiography of a Yogi", by Paramahansa Yogananda . . . I am so pleased you wrote The Letter . . . . .


    ~ S.C.Thompson, Author/writer

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    Denise, Your amazing well written Journey reminds me a lot of the book: “The New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle, this work concentrates on the "Ego" and living in the "Now". I always said, if ever I reached the point where money was no object, I would send this bulk mail around the world. It is so important for spiritual journeys to be documented and shared for we each resonate to different things. It is our responsibility to share these journeys so they may reach the multitudes not the select few.

    I think your journey is one of enlightenment for many, and I know that your letter has brought you to this time of sharing and purpose.
    ~ Columbia Scott , Author

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    It is thought provoking and written in a non-lecturing manner. Professionally presented and some beautiful descriptions.
    Wishing you every success

    ~ Paula Cuthbert

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    An inspirational and thought provoking read that has been executed exceptionally well. You have some lovely phrases, like the sun rose kissing my face gently. Chapter two you conveyed your fear and your anger at God very well.
    An exciting read and enhanced beautifully by your wonderful clear and concise writing. Fine writing.

    ~ Mel Comley

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    Denise, Your amazing well written Journey reminds me a lot of the book: “The New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle, this work concentrates on the "Ego" and living in the "Now". I always said, if ever I reached the point where money was no object, I would send this bulk mail around the world. It is so important for spiritual journeys to be documented and shared for we each resonate to different things. It is our responsibility to share these journeys so they may reach the multitudes not the select few.

    I think your journey is one of enlightenment for many, and I know that your letter has brought you to this time of sharing and purpose.

    I thank you for allowing your Master to bring this to. God Bless you and Keep you, backing with certainty.
    ~ Columbia Valentine Scott, Author/writer

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    I am attracted to this type of subject matter. Your story reminded me of The Shack and The Disappearance of the Universe, both of which were impactful to many people with their messages of hope. I found your writing style to be easy to follow, clear and set at a good pace. I think you have a great piece of work and I wish you every success with it. The world needs inspiration, hope and a better understanding that we are not ALONE. Would buy with pleasure.


    ~ Craig Painted Lives

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    This Letter, wow - I like the notion of ascension as rising above negative reactions. A letter written thirty years ago - bring it all on - releases its force. Running after the Divine, until finally doubt hits a cold place, a turning point. The miracle projected, the desideratum returns. I can well believe that .... What we fix on we continue to re-create ... what we see is in ourselves ...
    An inspirational sharing.
    Backing this book, with pleasure. ~ PIa, Author/writer

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    I connect with the truth that resonates within this book. How well you describe your journey, thanks for making me, the reader, feel one with you in the Canadian Rockies. I want to strongly encourage you to write more, if you have not done so already. This book contains an important message which needs to be shared with those ready to hear it. The message, miracles are natural creations stemming from natural law.

    Your story was miraculous, and we all need to believe in something more as being easy to obtain. I am off to write my own letter.

    ~ Penelope Yorke, Author

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    This is both a personal story and one that can be embraced by millions. Beautifully written, and I mean that on every level, it is challenging, thought provoking and poignant. Fascinating. ~ Carl Ashmore, Author

  • The Master, The Lover, and Me
    Denise McDermott-King
    This book demonstrates the power of putting something to the Universal and trusting the response will follow the action. I propose two questions before you start this read. 1/ How open are you to experiencing a journey such as the one in this book? 2/ Are you prepared to step onto a road and walk it with the Master? I was, and I can tell you it changed my life. ~ Marianna Wilson, President of KID dynamics

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