Douglas De Long's primer on "ancient teachings" is a grab-bag of spiritualtechniques and theories. The book gives a broad overview of current NewAge thinking and practice, as well as practical suggestions for how tomeditate, open your chakras and get in touch with past lives--and how todo so quickly, without devoting a whole life to spiritual training. Thereare chapters on the "human aura" and how to visualize it, and how tochannel your angels and spirit guides, and astral projection, includingthe suggestion that if you drink a glass of water before going to sleep,you will be more likely to remember your astral journeys.

De Long portrays his hybrid mystical philosophy as "the original trueteachings of Jesus Christ," and the book ends with anamazing description of De Long's own "vivid remembrance" of his past lifeat the time of Jesus' death. Jesus tells "a follower" that he neverintended his teachings to be codified as a "religion," that he thinks Paulis sexist, and, most amazingly of all, that Jesus sent his twin, JudahIscariot, to be crucified in his place.

It's not for nothing that De Longimplores readers to keep an open mind; this final passage may well strikethem as not only bizarre but sacreligious.