Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review by Ed Farolan

12 Golden Keys to a New World by M.J. Milne
Book Reviewer Ed Farolan

I was moved by this book, both emotionally and spiritually.  God moves the spirit in strange ways.  In one of the book's episodes, it talks of a woman who wanted to go to Mt. Grouse, but she ran out of money.  But lo and behold! The bus driver that drove up to Grouse gave her the money she needed to get on the gondola and back, plus a transfer for the bus to go back to Vancouver! 

But that’s not the end of the story.  While shopping, she heard an old lady in a department store saying she didn’t have that extra dollar to buy something.  And here she was, this lady who had the same experience in Grouse, come and offer her the dollar. Coincidence? Not really, answers Milne in her book, because that’s what 12 Golden Keys is about, its main theme being “Live to live”, where apparent coincidences aren't really coincidences. It's the way things flow, the ways things are meant to be.

In this book, Milne talks of the twelve secret keys to your encounter with your soul, with God.  It talks of listening quietly to your inner voice who is our soul and God talking to you and answering your prayers.
There’s a lot of talk these days of the end of the world, this material world we’re imprisoned in.  Perhaps because a new world awaits us, the spirit world where we’ll float in weightlessness like spirits, as testified by those who have died and come back to life again.

Just recently, the Vatican opened St. Lucia’s letter, the third letter from the Virgin of Fatima, prophesying the end of the world, to prepare us for our spiritual travel.  Our Lady’s letter to Lucia (1916) prophesizes the advent of earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, plagues, deadly viruses—all signs of the beginning of the end.  All these we are witnessing today.  In fact, Jehovah’s witnesses have been talking about the beginning of the end for the past several years.

This book with its 12 secret keys prepares us so we don’t panic when the end comes.  It’s a well-organized book with detailed footnotes, articles from different contributors and spiritual key exercises. Marilyn J. Milne wrote another book in 2005, a prophetic novel, Universal Tides, ( out of which evolved 12 Golden Keys.  Why the magic number 12 is also discussed in this book by this Canadian author who is also an artist and scriptwriter born and raised near the rainforests of Vancouver, B.C. 

Her upcoming free workshop “Keys for Change: Create Your World, Your Way!” is on March 30th at the West Vancouver Library, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. For more info, check her website

© 2011 Ed Farolan

Isn't it About Time?

ARTICLE: Senior Living Magazine – March 2011

Isn't it About Time?
By Joan W. Winter
Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Twenty years ago, while driving a B.C. transit bus, Marilyn Joyce (M.J.) Milne had a strange encounter of the mystical kind. As she pulled into a stop and opened the door, a maroon-robed man with a black goatee beard was standing at the stop. He didn’t board the bus, but stood there silently staring up at her. Impatient, she closed the door and drove away. But the second day, and then a third, he was there again, and the same thing happened. Although he didn’t speak, he seemed to be telepathically communicating a message to her. “Isn’t it about time?”

To M.J., the incident didn’t seem odd. She had always been a spiritual seeker. Perhaps it was time, she thought, as the stranger disappeared in the rear-view mirror, time to look inside herself for the answers she sought; time to change her life and listen to the inner messages of soul. The appearance of the stranger, who she thought to be a spiritual master, was a turning point, the catalyst, which set her on a path of spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery.

Born in Vancouver in 1948, the eldest of three girls, M.J. moved with her family to North Vancouver. As a child, her abilities as an artist and writer, her love of travel and her interest in the world of spirit, emerged early. After graduating in 1967 from Delbrook High School, she studied art at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, attended Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Planning a career as an artist, she painted, working hard at improving her skill.

While at university, following a series of profound occurrences, M.J. began investigating alternative ways of living, thinking and believing. She disagreed with the man-made theories of the many university philosophy books she had to read, and the traditional world religions she researched failed to provide satisfactory answers to her many questions. She sought spiritual paths in the “New Age” movement. She joined the feminist movement and became an activist; wrote screenplays, magazine articles, and hand-wrote a revolutionary New Age science-fiction novel, *Universal Tides: Barbed Wire Blues* - a tome some 500 pages long, which she stored in a trunk at her parent’s house, and promptly forgot about as life and living intervened.

Accepting a job up north, M.J. worked as an assistant to a geologist at an isolated goldmine north of Stewart, B.C. There, in her spare time, her connection with nature heightened, she painted imaginative landscapes in oils, which were sought after by art collectors. She exhibited in a gallery and all her paintings sold.

Settling again in North Vancouver, she served as a grassroots publicist for Canadian music groups, and produced and directed several music events. She travelled extensively. And over the years had two long-term relationships, which played a very important part in her life.

After her experience with the spiritual master at the bus stop in 1983, which she interpreted as a "calling," M.J.’s life changed direction. She began an intense spiritual journey. Instead of searching for answers in the experiences of others, she began looking inward to find the answers within herself. She sought to understand the profound occurrences that had transformed her life, their usefulness to her, and to listen to the voice of Soul.

Returning after 25 years to her parents’ home to take care of her ailing father, M.J. rediscovered her handwritten novel tucked safely away in a wooden chest. “It was strangely prophetic and relevant to today’s world,” she says. “So much of what is written in the book has come true; and more, I feel, is yet to happen.”

Feeling the book contained an important message, one she wanted to share with others, she rewrote it and published it as an e-book entitled Universal Tides: Barbed Wire Blues. It found an instant audience. “Little did I know that the theme of UTides - the fall of Man and the rise of the Spirit - could actually happen, depending on our choices! Included in the book are 12 Golden Keys. While helping the characters in the book, the 12 Golden Keys also helped many readers gain inner insights. They began using the keys to ask Soul all of life’s most intriguing questions - and getting answers!”

The idea for the 12 Golden Keys came through as she was rewriting Universal Tides and, together with her own life-altering experiences, became the inspiration for M.J.’s startling non-fiction book 12 Golden Keys for a New World: Unlocking the Door to Conscious Freedom - Change Your Life, Change Your Planet.

With the book written, M.J., with true entrepreneurial spirit, decided not to go the traditional publishing route, that of finding an agent and publisher and perhaps waiting up to five years for the book to be published. Or, if she couldn’t find a publisher, risk the book not being published at all. Using her own literary and artistic ability, she launched her own publishing company, Blue Heron Productions, with the added responsibility of self-marketing and promoting her book.

"Two years to write it, one year to publish it," M.J. smiles, "and 20 years to live it!" With a wink, she says, "And I loved every moment. If you don't love what you do, you're not meant to do it! When you discover your passion, you have a reason to live."

For more information about M.J.’s books, visit or

PHOTO: Joan Winter for senior Living Magazine.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Change is inevitable. Discover inner guidance. And . . . Be your own light.
"All individual things pass away. Strive on, untiringly." INFO:

Sunday, March 6, 2011


FREE TALK & WORKSHOP: Wednesday March 30th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. 

M. J. Milne talks about her new book 12 Golden Keys for a New World: Unlocking the Door to Conscious Freedom—Change Your Life, Change Your Planet (ISBN 978-0-9739654-1-4). 

Discover 12 strategies to create your world, your way. Her book about 12 Golden Keys is a powerful toolbox for tackling the challenges of a world in transition and a catalyst to reignite your spiritual quest.