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Paraview Media Guide

December 2004

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If you want to be entertained while being enlightened -- and find your inner god or goddess, too -- talk to Agapi Stassinopoulos. This Greek-born writer, actress, and lifelong student of mythology is the author of Gods and Goddesses in Love, a recent Paraview Pocket Books release. The book has gotten raves. Deepak Chopra said, “Stassinopoulos helps men and women gain value as they claim the power of the archetypes in themselves so they can enjoy deeper and more meaningful relationships." Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, said, "Agapi reaches into the depths of women and draws out the juicy goddess in each of us." And Marianne Williamson, author of Everyday Grace, had this to say: "Agapi Stassinopoulos brings the Greek goddesses alive. She helps them speak from deep within the heart of the universe, telling us what we need to know to be the women we want to be, attracting the relationships we want to have."

You may also know Agapi from her many appearances on TV, from her one-woman show, “Conversations with the Goddesses,” or her website. This month, Agapi guest-edits our monthly media guide and her recommendations are truly transforming.



I think that Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses by Isabel Allende is the most brilliant encounter with the senses and Aphrodite. Allende takes it to a whole other level, and even explains how you can entertain like Aphrodite with recipes and herbs and spices that are sacred to Aphrodite. It's beautifully illustrated, too. It’s simply a feast of creativity.

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung is a journey to the unconscious, where Jung describes his experiences. It's such a treasure to have something like this from one of the great masters of psychology.

Momentum: Letting Love Lead: Simple Practices for Spiritual Living by John-Roger and Paul Kaye explains how we can let go of things we hold onto and move into the heart consciousness of spirit. You can open it at any page and it will uplift you.

I also recommend Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks. Rumi is my favorite poet in the whole world. He transcends this world and goes straight to the spirit. His poetry is just incredible.

Must-Hear Music I love L'Essentiel by Alabina, which is a sort of Middle Eastern gypsy music. It's so enlivening -- I often play it when I work and it gives me so much energy. Anything by Mozart is energizing, too!
One of my favorite movies is Dangerous Beauty, starring Catherine McCormack as the real-life 16th century Venetian courtesan Veronica Franco. She has a passionate affair with a senator played by the English actor Rufus Sewell. It's deeply romantic and definitely worth watching.

I also love a recent adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. It's transporting and does a great job of portraying how women were confined back then. Kate's character is a beautiful character, one who reminds me of Persephone. She has to go down to the depths of the underworld and the film shows how she gets through it and comes back up again.

I must also mention the classic film Zorba the Greek, which I recently watched again. The characters remind me of the Greek gods Dionysus (Zorba, played by Anthony Quinn) and Apollo (the Englishman Basil, portrayed by Alan Bates) and how they approach life in very different ways. It's a celebration of life and freedom and can be watched over and over again.
You can read all of the columns and thoughts of my sister Arianna Huffington on her website. She has a blog, posts her schedule, and provides a forum for discussion. I like hearing what she has to say about everything that's going on in the world.
The spiritual teachings of John-Roger can be found at his website, too. He provides information on knowing your light -- your soul -- and becoming aware of your divine being. This knowledge will help you live a happy and productive life.

What’s New at Paraview
New Releases!

Psychic Living: "One of the best psychic primers ever written" -- James Van Praagh

Thunderbirds: evidence of a monstrous bird in the North American skies

The Healing Power of Anger: view anger as positive, natural energy

Venerable Father: this underground classic on Ajahn Chah is newly reprinted

Colm Kelleher speaks out on the mad cow risk in the U.S.

See you next month!

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