14 April 2021
Believe it or not, books are part of Everyday Magic, about which we reflected last time.
“Books and Magic?” you wonder.
Last time, we focused on what might be called the Essentials of Magic.
This time, we point in a different direction. One maybe more
metaphorical than energetic. We also must – in full disclosure – admit
that our interests are blurred in this essay, as you will see before
Magic is in fact all around us as well as within us. A noted astronomer
of a generation past, whom one might think would be the last one to
speak for magic, left us some very touching words on the subject. The
following brief paragraphs connect his thoughts on Books and Magic in a
magical way. Don’t you think?
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a
tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark
“But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person,
maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an
author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to
“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together
people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books
break the shackles of time.
“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
Well, you might think that Dr. Sagan has stretched his ideas a bit far
in connoting books with magic. But, we think there is really much more
to his observation.
There is not much magic, per se, to creating a physical collection of
papers with squiggles and binding them into a form. It is the mental
part of the deal which he points to. Through books, ideas and images
can be passed across oceans and centuries.
But, there is an even deeper, subtler part which points to the minds
which were inspired to create languages which could be translated into
squiggles. Then, those squiggles had/have to be understood by people we
call readers. Even more so, there is the wonder of human beings having
visual senses, brains and mental apparatus to take the images into
themselves and make some sense of them.
This is all magic. The greatest of neuroscientists after many decades
of study and billions of dollars in research monies expended still do
not understand these simple but magical things. That is, understand how
the mind-brain works in general, as well as particularly in how we
translate images in the outer world into meaning in our conscious
beings. It is still a mystery – magic – to scientists, physicians and
This Magic cannot be explained genetically or biologically or
physiologically or chemically or neurologically. Life, consciousness
and form eventually fall back on spirit and soul. And those two are for
eons to come beyond our recognizing and explaining even in our Magic
Synchronistically, we came across this quote from Carl Sagan as we were
developing the idea for an Online Bookstore. Which is the punch line
for this essay.
Bobs Best Book Store has found a home on the internet – http://bobsbestbooks.net
While it is a “bookstore,” it is a focused one as shown below:
Almost all the books housed there involve healing and
medicine. There are now 7 currents titles which can be read in toto for
free. These books were written by evangelist-healer Kathryn Kuhlman,
Drs. Robert Mendelssohn, Edward Bach, Bernie Siegel (a chapter from an
anthology), and Bob himself.
There are dozens of our Reviews with extended commentary on
Books devoted to Healing. More will be added over time. For those
interested, most of the reviews give substantive synopses and overviews
of the titles.
There are also 100+ Giveaway books, ones needing new homes.
The books are free, you merely pay for shipping by media mail. Check
Finally, we have posted three of Dr. Bob’s books for sale at inexpensive, almost giveaway prices.
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