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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. This book gives a good discussion of the basis for, the history of, the development of and the meaning of the concept of a duel soul. It is written from the perspective of a trained psychotherapist and has some practical use to assist a therapist in learning the difference between a client's idiosyncratic experiences and experiences which appear to be based on more collective experiences.
As such it is significantly helpful. Two significant weaknesses: References are taken at face value for their subjective content. For instances: Castaneda's universe does not acknowledge it's objectively fictional nature. Castaneda's work is still an important basis for discussion, for it's subjective rather than objective reality. The use of Swedenborg has mixture of secondary, tertiary and legendary sources. Et cetera. Repetition becomes burdensome though this may help clarity for the reader who is unfamiliar with the subject.
This book faithfully follows an old "tell me three times" communication style: Tell them what you will tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them. But it gets very old when you do so at multiple levels and have a fairly good reading knowledge of the subject.. I gave this book three stars because it contains some interesting information and a fresh perspective on the meaning of certain prophecies and scriptures that I've read before.
And also because I believe that the author is sincere and wishes to share his views on an important topic with others who are interested in spirituality. In the end, however, Novak's assertions just don't ring true. Try as I may, I can't accept the idea that we have two souls, never mind the even more oddball ideas this book contains. Novak would probably say that I'm simply in denial about the so-called "binary soul doctrine" because it's scary, which indeed it is. Seems to me, though, that he is trying to preempt criticism by branding challengers as self-serving cowards before they have a chance to question his analysis.
Many of his assertions are pretty far fetched, particularly in regards to passages from the Gnostic gospels and other well-known ancient texts. I have done a fair bit of reading in this area and certainly resist the idea that things are quite as black and white as Novak appears to believe.
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And his interpretations of the modern seers like Edgar Cacye also leave me wondering how closely he has actually studied Cayce's readings, as opposed to merely scanning them for potential evidence to back up his theory. One thing I like about Novak's approach is his outright caution to readers early in the book to beware of New Age charlatans, of which I've learned there are a gracious plenty.
He is right to encourage readers to think for themselves and not merely accept the conventional interpretations of scripture and related texts just because someone with a post-graduate degree has proffered them. In that spirit, I encourage people to read Novak's books and decide for themselves whether or not his theories are convincing. As for me, I've given his ideas a fair reading and doubt that I'll be saving this book as part of my permanent collection. Both of these are well researched, well written and, in my view, more believeable.
This book ought to be read by every thoughtful person on this planet - because by studying the after-life, we can all learn to get more out of our current lives. Through his comprehensive research, lasting over a decade, Peter Novak has shown that the current major World Religions have all been partially correct in their after-life beliefs about what transpires after we leave this three-dimensional existence, but none has had the whole picture.
The simple, yet profound, very early Christian belief of the Binary Soul Doctrine, which was effectively squelched over time by a variety of means, has been almost single-handedly resurrected by Peter Novak. And now, with the advent of the Internet, the ideas discussed in this book, may have a real chance to elevate our global consciousness and unity.
Passages from the Bible, whose meaning had heretofore eluded comprehension by most of us, now re-looked at through the Binary Soul filter, make a lot more sense! While his book is brilliant, Peter would be the first to admit that his attempt to resurrect the ancient binary soul beliefs is a work-in-progress. Peter continues fleshing out the nuances of the ideas proposed in his book, via his web site and discussion groups. I think a third book may eventually result from his continued research and I'll be one of the first in line to purchase and read it!
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Return to Book Page. Colin Wilson Foreword by. Novak investigates a belief called the Binary Soul Doctrine BSD which states simply that humans possess two souls which split at death, the conscious going on to reincarnate again and again, while the unconscious ends up in a type of limbo judging itself for all eternity. He goes on to explain that long ago the BSD was the primary belief of a single world religion, which Novak investigates a belief called the Binary Soul Doctrine BSD which states simply that humans possess two souls which split at death, the conscious going on to reincarnate again and again, while the unconscious ends up in a type of limbo judging itself for all eternity.
He goes on to explain that long ago the BSD was the primary belief of a single world religion, which since has been broken into more and more fragments. However, he claims that twentieth-century findings, including the work of Freud and Jung, as well as findings of modern neuroscience and Near-Death research, has marked a resurgence of belief in the veracity of the BSD. Novak argues--just as those long ago did--that it is essential for humans to integrate these two souls together before death to avoid the nightmare of being split in two at death.
He even offers a few steps to help readers start the process of integration.
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