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The Center Of The Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is - IBA Finalist
Mystic Ink Publishing's 2018 International Book Award Winning Finalist challenges our "modern" cultural assumptions and deconstructs how our language and consciousness have separated us from the natural world that lies at the root of our being.
The Center Of The Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is also provides a detailed map that points the way through the non-sense hall of mirrors that we currently find ourselves trapped in while weaving a convincing tapestry that alternates threads of ancient philosophies and preserved indigenous wisdom with recent discoveries in quantum physics, psychology, and the timeless, persistent archetypes of our subconscious.
Dr. Stanley Krippner PhD -- Five Star Amazon Review
Matthew Pallamary has done it again. All of his books are memorable masterpieces, but this one reveals him to be a 21st Century Renaissance Person. The span of his knowledge ranges from shamanism to cosmology, from sacred geometry to neural networks. He shares his wisdom in a manner that is articulate, entertaining, and -- I suspect -- for many of his readers transformational. Read this book at your risk. It might change your life!
Excerpt from the Santa Barbara Literary Review by Shaun Sanders
Pallamary's encyclopedic mind takes us on a voyage of discovery in an attempt to connect the dots between ancient shamanic traditions and the discoveries of science. On that voyage, we stop at the following locations: Objective versus subjective phenomena; quantum physics; shamanism as the world's oldest profession; atomic physics and energy; electrical pulse rates; audio and color frequencies;
So Pallamary may not be the next Malcolm Gladwell when presenting his findings to the world, but even though you'll need to don your thinking cap for this one, it is well worth it. My guess is that Pallamary's ultimate goal is to give us hope: hope that we can get it right, hope that we are not so close to the edge of the abyss that we cannot pull back, and hope that we will understand the depth of healing that is offered to us in every moment by the natural world we inhabit.
As we continue our voyage, we learn about our inner workings; our relationship to external stimuli; the magic of the number 8 (infinite unity, of course); and the significance and healing power of art, music, mathematics, and symbols. And last but not least, we come to Language with a capital L. For writers like me, this is absolutely riveting stuff. I sometimes teach college writing. I tell students that literacy is probably the most powerful technology ever devised by humans, and that it is a recently developed technology when compared to the other arts. And I wonder, as I tell them this, whether we shape language or language shapes us. In the beginning was the word, and all that.
Pallamary points out that with the introduction of literacy began a disconnect from nature and a disconnect from the sacred breath of life. He then links that idea to shamanistic practices which have always understood most of what we can now prove with science, adding that language plays a part in shamanistic healing. This then leads to Jung's exploration of the shamanic in his archetypal healing process. So the drive seems to be toward proving that shamanism—a la Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan—had the answers all along. But, while this work goes much deeper than Castaneda's, it feels slightly too disconnected to achieve its lofty goal. In fact, parts of this complex book dazzled me so completely that I lost track of where we were going. And I didn't mind—I was agog with wonder!
Perhaps Pallamary had no intention of writing a best-selling crossover book, but he is not far from it. Not very far at all. If you've ever had a big idea, you need to read this book, even if it's just to remind yourself that you're not nuts and you're not alone. And, of course, you'll probably also experience wonder and hope.
The Center Of The Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes But Home Is Where The Heart Is, is available in print and in multiple ebook formats through the following link:
Matthew J. Pallamary has thirteen books in print in both fiction and nonfiction titles that cross genres and boundaries. He has spent extended time in the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures.