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Ryan Valentine is a practicing witch-doctor. He lives with his partner in Toronto and L.A.'s infamous porn valley, depending on the weather.

Divine Duality, by William Keepin

By Ryan Valentine | April 25, 2011 | 1 comment

Divine Duality, by William Keepin, Ph.D. with Cythia Brix, M. Div. and Molly Dwyer, Ph.D.Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, by William Keepin, Ph.D. with Cynthia Brix, M. Div. and Molly Dwyer, Ph.D.
Hohm Press, 9781890772741, 298 pp., 2007

Divine Duality is perhaps one of the most interesting attempts at a meaningful reconciliation of contemporary gender issues I have read in a long time. It asserts no certain formula or particular answer and so I cannot find any particular or certain fault with it. Abandoning the trite simplifications of popular self help models (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) which ultimately not only fail to address the deeply conditioned and limiting idea’s about gender (held internationally, regardless of social model, religious bias or cultural prerogative,) but most often shamelessly reinforce them.

Instead, Dr. Keepin attempts to provide guidelines for a compassionate deconstruction. Men and women are brought together and made to confront the realities and limitations of each other’s lives and perspectives. Continue reading


Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth, edited by Ervin Laszlo and Allan Combs

By Ryan Valentine | April 7, 2011 | 1 comment

Thomas Barry, Dreamer of the Earth, edited by Ervin Laszlo and Allan CombsThomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth: The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism, edited by Ervin Laszlo and Allan Combs
Inner Traditions, 9781594773952, 160 pp., 2011

Dreamer of the Earth is a collection of essays written by intellectuals and eco-activists regarding the impact of Berry’s writings on their lives and philosophies as well as a lengthy essay by Thomas Berry himself.  Thomas Berry was a Christian mystic, a student of Thomas Aquinas and Teilhard de Chardin his writings remain some of the most thoughtful commentary on the modern condition produced in the last 80 years.

Alan Combs’ introduction to the text is excellent, Continue reading


Everyday Sun Magic, by Dorothy Morrison

By Ryan Valentine | March 14, 2011 | 1 comment

Everyday Sun Magic, by Dorothy MorrisonEveryday Sun Magic, by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Worldwide, 0738704687, 336 pp., 2005

He brings us joy and warms our hearts,
He promises a brand new start,
He doles out doses of Vitamin D,
To increase our Calcium absorbency,
[…]
-from “Embracing the Sun”

I will, for the sake of brevity, stick to the glarifng theoretical errors within the text. For instance, the author’s assertion Continue reading


WorldShift 2012, by Ervin Laszlo

By Ryan Valentine | March 4, 2011 | Leave a comment

WorldShift 2012: Making Green Business, New Politics, and Higher Consciousness Work Together, by Ervin Laszlo
Inner Traditions, 1594773289, 144 pp., 2009

Mr. Laszlo successfully illustrates the great potentials sleeping in humanity, the potential triumphs and catastrophes both. His contention that the problems facing humanity are largely systemic and require equally systemic solutions seems unarguable, he is a scientist after all and he makes an excellent case for the ideological roots of our current dilemmas.

The author in co-operation with an impressive number of intellectuals and scientists then proceed to put a relatively novel spin on the old New Age formula of enlightening oneself through the adoption of new moral or ethical codes and structures by suggesting that instead it’s about what you’re willing to forget. I feel the shift in focus Continue reading