Picks and Pans Review: Shopping for Enlightenment

updated 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/05/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Laura Eisen and Mark Frey

Karma need recharging? Can't recall whether you were Karl Marx or Harpo in that previous incarnation? Wind up in a holding pattern over O'Hare Field whenever you astral project? Here's some help, subtitled, "The Whole Universe Catalog," from an Olga, Wash., couple.

Among the items offered are "Self-love Dolls," which include "crystal prisms and reflective mirrors that allow you to see and love all aspects of yourself." There are also "Yin Yang Suckers," which are "available in totally yin or yang sucker for correction of severe energy imbalance or to get a taste of how the other half lives."

The psychic-phenomena business, of course, isn't all that tough to satirize, but this book does so in a playful, only reasonably derisive way. Under "Customer Service," they advise those who have complaints about their products: "If you experience what at first seems like a problem with damaged merchandise or missing parts—STOP—take a few deep breaths to center yourself, close your eyes and then ask yourself why you have attracted this experience." (Celestial Arts, paper, $5.95)

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