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Reflections In Grey

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Robert Cracknell's latest book 'Reflections In Grey' is now complete. Although only on sale for a few months,
it has already received critical aclaim from prominent Journalists and academics alike (see reviews below).

In this, his fourth book, Robert Cracknell embarks on a journey of self-discovery; a route which will take him in many different directions. His travels take him back in time, to fondly recapture evocative childhood memories and ahead - towards a precarious and unsettling future, questioning along the way our respective roles on this planet, and offering his personal predictions.
Ever controversial, he takes issue with the Church, the world leaders and politicians who have all contributed to create the chaos and turbulence that we experience every minute of every day, resulting in senseless and bloody wars which take the lives of so many.

Laugh with him - but be prepared also to recoil with disturbing unease, as he presents the reader with some startling and alarming revelations.
Be there with him when he stands in front of the mirror and faces his frailties and insecurity; his demons.

Dare you look in that mirror?

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This book is available for download in a PDF format, suitable for printout
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------------------------------ Reflections In Grey - Articles & Reviews ------------------------------

Jean Christou
Cyprus Mail - 21st January 2010

Joseph M. Felser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Kingsborough Community College/ City University of New York.

A psychic detective consumed by fiery passion. It was Socrates who said the unexamined life is not worth living. Some people's lives may of course be more exciting than others but everyone has a story or two to tell, even if their biography never makes it to the New York Times bestseller list.

Limassol-based Robert Cracknell (or Bob) to those who know him, has has his fair share of publicity as the psychic detective who helped catch the Yorkshire Ripper, and as a author relating those experiences, and others. His latest foray into writing is much more to do with who Cracknell is rather than what he has done in his three-score and ten years plus.
It's a life that spanned a harrowing childhood farmed out to abusive strangers during the Blitz to the twilight of his years in expathood in sunny Cyprus, with being a psychic detective, and consciously living as a hobo somewhere in between.

In Reflections in Grey, Cracknell wanders into the realm of philosophy and self-reflection; where did he go wrong, what could have been done better and "what's it all about; what's it all for?"

Joseph M. Felser, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy Kingsborough Community College at the City University of New York, in his introduction to the book, describes Cracknell as "a man consumed with a fiery passion for greater awareness, perception, consciousness and self-knowledge". The fiery passion becomes apparent in the first half of the book where Cracknell touches on such worldly issues as climate, media, the powers that be, Hiroshima, Iraq, religion 9/11, Kennedy, Obama and racism among many other issues.

It's written as if he hadn't paused for breath, and it was obvious that he was angry several pages before he actually wrote down those exact words. "Every time a stone and/or mud brick building in some village in a remote district of Afghanistan, Iraq or another vulnerable part of this planet is razed to the ground by a missile it costs in excess of a million dollars to achieve an act of rendering a human being homeless," he writes.

Cracknell says his experiences as a psychic detective gave him an insight into the true wickedness and mental confusion that lies in the labyrinth of the human mind. "However, you cannot eradicate evil. It is not a separate state but an integral part of us," he says.

But constantly lurking in the background was also "that undeniable awareness of a spiritual identity" and the dilemmas that come with this world view. "To turn the other cheek takes more then courage, and it would take a spiritual awareness that I cannot now, or indeed ever will, claim to possess. To turn the other cheek is to invite another blow, apparently ad infinitum," he says.

Years of searching and researching for the objective truth of existence more often than not lead to the same conclusion as Cracknell has reached: "The final truth is that we do not know the truth."

Many of those who go on an earnest journey of self-discovery, in whatever form it takes, ultimately find the answers they were seeking at the start. Reflections in Grey starts with the words 'I am dying' in the sense that biologically speaking we all are from the moment we're born. However this book ends with these very same words probably meaning much more to Bob Cracknell than they did in the beginning."

A bad case of bronchitis has sidelined me for a couple of days, so I had a chance to read "Reflections." I think it is a marvelous expression of an inquiring soul-brutally honest and thoroughly heartfelt. I am glad that you completed it, and honored that I had a small part in birthing it by prodding you with my little introduction.

I was not totally surprised but not any the less distressed when I read the final chapter. Have you had any treatment for your condition? Has it stabilized? Often when such things show up in later life, they become manageable chronic conditions. My uncle lived with cancer for many years after he had been given up for dead by doctors who "removed what they could" on the operating table and closed him back up again. He lived to enjoy many years of fishing and playing golf and cards. And he did not die of the cancer.

As for some of the important questions you raise, I have no easy answers. It may very well be that the experiment called "human civilization" is in the process of coming to an end. Frankly, I don't see how things can just go on indefinitely as they are. Neither science nor the existing religions can provide a sound basis for a truly human society any longer, if they ever could. Bankruptcy looms. As to whether this ending, when and if it comes, would be a "good" or a "bad" thing, I cannot judge. Both, I suppose, from various standpoints. Perhaps what would replace it would bear a stronger resemblance to the naturalistic tribal cultures that were everywhere eradicated and displaced in order to make room for "us".

As to the metaphysical question of whether human personality survives death, I often muse that this is a meaningless tautology. I don't think that we have the slightest clue, really, of what personality or consciousness truly is-they're mysteries. And so is death. Does mystery survive mystery? Of course it does. Well, if I were to be a bit less flip, I would venture that something continues, but the idea that it would be an unchanging element does not accord with the fact that we are changing all the time, in relation to certain relatively constant patterns of the psyche. I suspect that neither the western idea of the single, simple perdurable soul, nor the eastern idea of the drop vanishing into the ocean, is a correct picture. It's far too complex for that. Beyond that, however, I really cannot say.
Space is indeed the final frontier for the country of manifest destiny, but it need not be a shallow and vainglorious one, if we can learn to see this path as the outer manifestation of the infinity within. Only time will tell whether this is still possible for us.


Nicoletta Georgio.
Clinical Psychologist, M.A.

Robert Cracknell in "Reflections in Grey" presents an extraordinary attempt to reexamine the big issues in life -death, religion, love, war - in a somewhat different light. Drawing from different scientific disciplines, but also using his own knowledge as acquired through his "different" experiences, he manages to puzzle the reader and indeed make us wonder as to what we have been considering as facts up to now.
This book can only be thought of as contemporary philosophy, suggesting that scientific thought is only one way to understand and explain things. The writer invites his readers to think "out of the box" since important truths might have been missed and can be found out there.
"Reflections in Grey" is a guide for everyone who is searching for meaning, in a confusing reality where values have been lost and truth is constructed to fit purposes. However, even in this context, Robert Cracknell avoids presenting the reader with what he has found to be true and invites everyone to reach their own conclusions drawing from their personal journey through this life.
Being a psychologist, taught and trained to think in strictly scientific terms, I found this book to be pure food for thought.

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