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Book Review • June 2010

7 Fires

By: Bearcloud; Thunder Spirit Publishing; 2009; 439 pages; $29.95 (hdbk, book only); ISBN 978-0-615-33784-5; $115.00 (hdbk in cardboard slipcase with DVD and 3 full-color posters; special offer $77.00 on Web site);

Why does the top of Egypt’s Bent Pyramid slope at a different angle from its lower walls? What is the significance of the drop in the walkway of the Queen’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid? How can we explain pyramid “passageways” that go nowhere?

And why would these and other ancient secrets of Egypt’s ancient pyramids be revealed in the late 20th Century to a Native American who had never given any thought at all to Egyptology?

After years of intuitive visioning and on-site research, Bearcloud, a Ni U kon ska visionary artist and owner of two galleries in Sedona, Arizona, continues to puzzle over that question.

7 Fires is the enthralling story of a series of mind-boggling events that began to unfold some 25 years ago with a vision of an unusual stone symbol that took him to a particular mountain in Arizona—and back thousands of years into the prehistoric symbols of his own ancestors.

Haunted by the implications of that stone symbol, he was stunned to see it reappear, years later, on a magazine cover depicting a photo of a mysterious circle laid down in a field in England. Thus began a research project that would send Bearcloud to England, Egypt, and South America to uncover and document an intricate web of answers to conundrums that have forever stumped pyramid researchers.

His discoveries indelibly link the design of the pyramids to ancient indigenous symbols found all over the world and to a star language of which modern scholars are woefully ignorant.

Bearcloud happens to be a longtime friend from my years in Sedona, and I had the honor of working with him on this book. That said, what you’re reading here is not an impartial review.

At the same time, I can offer you assurances I couldn’t offer if I didn’t know him so well: I can assure you that he is a wise and profoundly authentic man, a man deeply committed to a higher truth. He is perhaps the most balanced human being I know — a man who has learned to trust his visions, to probe in search of further revelation; still and all, he is detail-oriented and a realist, and you will find his claims borne out by a hundred or so meticulously detailed full-color geometric drawings in the beautiful “Legends” section at the back of the book.

From beginning to end, this first edition of 7 Fires is a collector’s dream. The hardbound book is a work of art, complete with representations of several of Bearcloud’s inimitable spirit-inspired paintings; I cannot believe he’s making it available at this price. The posters are exquisite and precise, the DVD fascinating, and the cardboard slipcase makes this a unique and gorgeous package.



Rocket Fuel for the Soul
Blissercise Seminar Manual

By: Jim Kitzmiller; 2006; 248 pages; $19.95 (pbk);;

Blissercise?? Yeah, right. Sounds like exercise— something I have to do. My idea of bliss? A hammock somewhere on a tropical isle with the love of my life— doing absolutely nothing. So, how do the two come together into one concept?

Rocket Fuel for the Soul is a treasure chest of over four hundred joyous not-doings – positive experiences you can enjoy in the privacy of your own mind with the help of a pen and paper. Each one comes in the form of a question, inviting you to “observe” not what you’re doing that you’d like to change, but how your soul is inviting you to be.

Let go— Imagine your life the way it would be if— and write about that for fifteen minutes. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to let go of any need to think about what you’re writing, or to be correct, or profound, or right, or to understand why, or when, or how. And then, spend five minutes writing about the gratitude you feel for the bliss you’ve accessed and the insight you’ve gained.

What sort of person would have been so committed to bliss as to come up with hundreds of questions, each designed to send you off on an elating inner journey? A man who looks at life a little differently, who sees with a smile in his heart, whose eyes shine with self-acceptance and celebration of life. Jim Kitzmiller is a living example of the upliftment that can occur when human beings choose to bypass the logical mind for moments every day and enter the kingdom of unlimited possibilities.

Rocket Fuel for the Soul is a fountain of inspiration and self-renewal. It will change your perspective, not by offering you another, but by encouraging you to explore the vastness of your limitless self. I can’t imagine a simpler way to evolve your soul.

This delightful book was published several years ago, but in these times of impending darkness it shines a light that could make all the difference.

(Who knows? You might get inspired enough to lead a seminar and use it as a manual. That seems to be what Jim was hoping for.