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How to be sick

5

I somehow heard about this book and ordered it from the library. I have been living with chronic pain off and on for a year or so. I would consider this book to be gentle in the sense that it is a combination of Toni Bernhard's story and includes Buddhist based practices that are accessible to someone like me who may be reading the book in the middle of the night because she can't sleep. 

 

Kahou's delights

5

Kahou Nakabayashi's 2019 calendar is filled with delightful artwork, just as was her 2018 calendar.  Since there is no image available to entice buyers, I suggest taking a peek at her work on Facebook.  I recently ordered some original art from the 2019 calendar which she managed to ship to here in Canada.  Delightful treasures.  Poetry in Japanese and in English as a bonus on the calendar, lovely.

Loved the book

5

I could hear music in my breath as I was turning each page.

Imagination - Midwife of the Soul

5

Marlene Schiwy’s Gypsy Fugue is a book of levels, depths and realms portraying the inner and outer life so vividly, passionately and intimately that you will want to discover such juicy richness in your own life.

With years of scholarly and personal research, Marlene grounds the reader in the historical and current reality of the Roma with great care and respect. At the same time, she reveals the gypsy as a personal image that has been present in her life from earliest memory, and also explores the gypsy as universal archetype, weaving these multiple layers throughout. To read this memoir is to be midwifed into a new and unexpected world, possibly to be overtaken by an irrepressible curiosity and urge to unearth the personal and universal images in your own story and to partner with your imagination. This archetypal memoir is pure transmission, from soul to soul and heart to heart.

Reading Gypsy Fugue, I found myself at once earthbound and at sea, fired up with memories mostly forgotten, flying over unique and hidden lands, and transported through spheres of images, sounds and senses both known and unknown. Closing the book, breathless and having barely landed, I felt inspired and renewed, the symbolic life finally meaningful and anchored, begging for attention and form. Through this passion-textured tapestry, the portal to the imaginal opened its generous arms into mystery, grace and hope. Human and transpersonal, this immersive book will dance into your bones and sing through your heart.

 

 

Love it!!

5

I truly love this deck ~ very connected ~ very powerful.
Messages are short and sweet and hit it on the head every time!

For anyone who is interested in meditating, not just channeling

5

People may shy away from this book because of the implications associated with the word "channel." The word "channel", as it is used here, simple means clearing the mind so as to allow the universe to give the answers you seek. Many would understand this process as a component of meditation.

Regardless of the linguistics, this book is a must read for anybody interested in meditation or channeling. There are many “how to" books, but this is one of the few that will answer all of the questions you have on the subject. This book sets the standard.

If you’re unhappy and you know it…read this book

4

The inside flap does a far better job of describing what Live Happy is all about, so rather than re-invent the word, I will defer to the author, Deborah K. Heisz’s own words, ‘Live Happy brings together eye-opening findings from the science of happiness with illuminating real-life stories, empowering us with easy, practical steps we can take deeply fulfilling, joyful lives.’

There are 40 very short stories in total, from a diverse group of people–some of whom you might recognize: Alanis Morissette, Arianna Huffington and Shawn Achor– whose life experiences are interwoven into a discussion pertaining to one of the “Ten Practices for Choosing Joy.” The “Ten Practices for Choosing Joy” make up the ten sections/chapters of the book and they are follows:

1) Attitude
2) Connection
3) Meaning
4) Creativity
5) Gratitude
6) Mindfulness
7) Health
8) Resilience
9) Spirituality
10) Giving back

In addition to the stories included with each of the ‘practices’, the chapters contain: ‘Happy Acts’ and ‘Get Happy’ activities, which are simple and useful activities to help you get your happy on. Suggestions based around: smiling more, active listening, counting blessings, scheduling time for fun, random acts of kindness etc. Generally, I believe that even though many of the ‘Happy Acts’ are likely familiar to most readers, I think the acts can be easily implemented and should improve our lives - IF we actually do them.

Finally, each ‘practice’/chapter ends with some of the scientific basis for implementing that specific ‘practice’ into our lives. I found the scientific discussions informative and not overly intellectual and they add a sense of purpose to why we should be implementing activities for a happier life.

When all is said and done, I found Live Happy easy to read, enjoyable, and I appreciate the practical tools/exercises–backed up with scientific research–the author provides. Some of the stories that are included were very uplifting and serve as a great example of how people can overcome their challenges or, in some cases, how they can live in very uncomfortable/terrible conditions and, nonetheless, remain positive and happy.

An important and empowering book

5

Having listened to Bruce Lipton speak at the annual IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) conference I was excited to read this book. Bruce has a knack for taking the information obtained from his scientific background in Biology and making it understandable to someone who has no education in the field of Biology.

The format Bruce uses, as well as his style, is very user friendly and this made for an enjoyable read. As for the material itself, I found that I learned a great deal about the field of Epigenetics and it is refreshing to hear another voice disagreeing with, in my biased opinion, the deterministic views coming from the choir of the majority.  I am no expert in the field of genetics; however, anytime I hear that scientists have found "the answer" I shudder. The fact that DNA sequencing was supposed to be the holy grail of all things living is no different than when the world was flat and at the center of the universe. I do not dispute the fact that DNA research and the field of genetics is important, but when part of that conclusion says that Mother Nature decided to make 96% of that DNA useless (junk DNA) I tend to believe that there is more to the situation than what we are perceiving or what we have the ability to measure. Perhaps the beleifs of genetic determinism are incomplete, perhaps we need better tools, and perhaps the final word on DNA has yet to be written; however, one thing is certain, the fact is that we don't know everything there is to know and we will only expand our awareness by being open to new ideas.

Science is about discovery and a desire to get to truth, yet it seems that many "so-called" scientists are no different than the religious zealots that burned people at the stake 500 years ago. Anyone remember Giordano Bruno?  So, what does this have to do with the Biology of Belief? Well, in this book Bruce goes against the deterministic view and says that it is not only genetics that shape our inner world, it is the environment as well. This book is one of self-empowerment because it says that you arent just a machine following orders that came from pond scum 700 million years ago.  You have the ability to transform your outer world and INNER world. 

Certainly empowered people are healthier and harder to control then their unaware counterparts and they use less pharmaceutical interventions. Hmmm, so by being aware of our power we take money out of the pharmas pockets, who are the ones providing so much of the funding to the scientific quacks. No wonder the mainstream scientists resist work such as this, its their pocket book stupid (you need to read the book to get the gist of that last statement). In the end, ironically perhaps, the quasi-scientists of today will go the way of their ancestors and go extinct because they refuse to look at the facts, to adapt to the environment and view new ideas with curiosity rather than dogma. Perhaps the title of Bruces next book could be something like, Did Dinosaurs wear lab Coats?

Supernormal is Super-fantastic

5

Having attended an annual conference of IONS (Institute of Noetic Science), I had the pleasure of meeting Dean Radin. I mention this because Dean’s speaking style and demeanor are also reflected in Supernormal, his most recent book, and these qualities are what make his work interesting and informative. Contrary to what seems to be the standard stereo type of scientists, Dean, Bruce, and the other scientists at IONS have an uncanny ability to make scientific research and technical information more palatable to those who do not have a scientific background.

As for the book itself, Supernormal is a wonderful blend of scientific research and all things yoga. Dean uses his skills and scientific background to investigate the claims appearing in the ancient Yoga Sutras. Originating around 2000 years ago and compiled and recorded by Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras discuss more than just the standard, physical aspects of yoga, they also discuss mental/meditation practices that enable the practitioner to activate extraordinary powers. Of course many believe that such feats of super human abilities are simply the stuff of exaggerated legends and delusional observations. With standard, repeatable, scientifically based experiments Dean demonstrates that many of the superhuman feats found in the ancient text are indeed possible. Certainly no claim is made that all of the feats can be substantiated; however, there does appear to be a growing body of evidence that supernormal abilities do exist and they are not exclusive to a select few. It has been demonstrated over and over again that pre-cognitive abilities, psychokinesis, telepathy and various other abilities are inherent in everyone, it’s just that these abilities are not as developed as they are in those people who practice certain mental and physical techniques.

With modern research in hand Dean shows the reader that it is often the illogical and biased views of a small group of skeptics, who have not kept up with modern research, that use their own personal limitations/biases/agendas to deliberately cast doubt on the research being done at the frontiers of human development. Rather than view the new research with an open mind and stretch the boundaries of their knowledge, they seem to prefer the comfort and certainty that living on a flat earth provides. In my biased opinion, a true scientist is fascinated by the unknown and he/she is motivated to explore new frontiers. I believe that Dean shares these views and he is indeed living the wise words shared by Rumi so long ago, “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

Magnificent photos and quotes for every day of the year

5

Daily Gratitude: 365 days of Reflection - Photos and Wisdom to Enrich Your Spirit is the third installment in a series created by National Geographic and, like the two previous books, Daily Calm and Daily Joy it showcases 365 fantastic photographs with an inspiring daily quote.

The pages in these books are not labeled with page numbers, rather the books are arranged in a daily calendar format, labeled with the month and day--commencing with January 1 and ending with December 31'and there is no year given; therefore, the book can be used indefinitely (for the sticklers, February 28 and 29th are included as one entry).

The photographs are the quality you would expect from National Geographic, with some taking up a full two pages and others taking up merely a portion of the page.

Just as with the photographs, the words shared on these pages will touch you at a very deep level and inspire you to see the world with new eyes. The quotes come from many notable people throughout history, such as: Henry Ford, Oprah Winfrey, Khalil Gibran, Robert Louis Stevenson, Desmond Tutu, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Sigmund Freud, Michael J. Fox, C.S. Lewis, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Moore, Winston Churchill, Aristotle and so many more.

Randomly opening the book to seven different pages I came up with:

We can choose to hate the rain or dance in it.’ -Joan Marques

may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living’ -E.E. Cummings

If light is in your heart you will find your way home.' -Rumi

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.’ -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.’ -Zelda Fitzgerald

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.’ -Louisa May Alcott

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom’. -Marcel Proust

In addition to the stellar quality of the content in this book, the physical production is also second to none. The pages are made from glossy, high-quality paper; the spine is very solid and well bound and there is even a bookmark ribbon to help you keep your place.

If you are looking for the daily dose of inspiration, the combination magnificent photos and insightful/inspiring quotes that you will discover in Daily Gratitude: 365 days of Reflection would be perfect for you. Furthermore, this book, and the others in this series, also make for a wonderful gift that can be enjoyed by friends and loved ones all year long (actually for many years because there is no specified year).

Packed full of wisdom, with a dash of wit

5

With a wonderful, light-hearted attitude, Peter McWilliams shares his thoughts, and quotes from many of the greats in history, as he discusses how our thoughts form our reality. Indeed, from the very first sentences in the book we get the essence of everything that the author is trying to say,

A simple thought. A few micromilliwatts of energy flowing through our brain. A seemingly innocuous, almost ephemeral event. And yet, a thought—or, more accurately, a carefully orchestrated series of thoughts—has a significant impact on our mind, our body, and our emotions.

On this journey to help us purge our mind of negative thinking, all aspects of life are discussed and no excuse is left undisturbed. Life-threatening illness, the death of a loved one, failed relationships, addictions and many other “reasons” for negative thinking are all addressed, as are the negative emotions that are often associated with some of life’s most trying circumstances.

Simply bringing our negative thoughts into the light of awareness is not enough, so Peter emphasizes the steps we can take to focus on the positive aspects in our lives. Pro-active steps to better thinking include: meditation, visualization, using affirmations, having an attitude of gratitude and learning forgiveness.

This is quite a lengthy book, and the information is quite extensive, so if you’re expecting a quick read this might not be what you are looking for. On the other hand, if you truly want to make your life better, and if you are truly interested in reading a book that will help eliminate stinkin’ thinkin’, then this could be precisely what you need to read.

Quotes and reminders to help you find your quiet voice within.

5

Sonia Choquette’s book, The Time Has Come…To Accept Your Intuitive Gifts is an uplifting, little treasury of her personal quotes, with a smattering of related quotes from various other prominent people throughout history, all pertaining to intuition.

Some of her profound thoughts include:
- “An intuitive insight is almost always better than any answer your ego could come up with on its own.”
- “If you accept that you are Divine, your sixth sense makes sense. If you reject your Divinity, then nothing makes sense.”
- “Intuition doesn’t compete with reason—it compliments it. They’re natural partners and designed to work together. The key to their compatibility, however, is to not confuse the faculty of reason—also a gift from Spirit—with the blathering of the ego, which bears no gift at all.”

Some of the supplementary quotes are:
- “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” - Euripides
- “Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the information society precisely because there is so much data.” – John Naisbitt
- “The power of intuition will protect you from harm until the end of your days.” – Lao Tzu

with numerous other quotes from the likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Robin Williams, Mahatma Gandhi etc.

In addition to the profound words, the book is made even more useful because its small physical size makes it very convenient to take it along in a purse or perhaps an inside coat pocket. Then, when you need that quick quote of inspiration, or when you need to remind yourself that your intuition needs to be heard, this book will be close at hand - or close at heart.

Love this book

5

Really well written! Have noticed huge changes within our family! What a blessing!!!

67 quick tips for the road to success

4

In general, I am a big fan of Bob Proctor’s books and audio programs and, while I did like The ABC’S of Success, I would say that I prefer another book that he wrote, You Were Born Rich.

Regardless of my personal preference though, The ABC’s of Success provides readers with 67 success principles that are conveniently organized in an alphabetical fashion (A-Z with only a few of the more uncommon letters, such as X, Y, Z, being omitted). This astute reader is, of course, aware that there are far fewer than 67 letters in the alphabet and they will discover that numerous letters, such as ‘A’ and ‘C’, receive preferential treatment and these letters are used in more than one topic.

A small sampling of the topics included:
Achievement
Action
Ambition
Attitude
Change
Choice
Courage
Effectiveness
Fear
Goals
Gratitude
Money
Obstacles
Opportunity…
Worry

Each of the topics is covered in as few as two pages and the content is comprised of Bob Proctor’s personal insights, some anecdotes or some introspective questions, and then each topic ends with a few relevant quotes.

One minor shortcoming for me, that may or may not be relevant for other readers, is that many of the quotes are unaccredited and I’m not sure if these are from Bob Proctor himself, or if the source is unknown.

A few the quotes/insights that I found poignant were:
Your results are a physical or outward expression of the inner conditioning in your subconscious mind.” - Bob Proctor
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The secret of happiness is freedom… And the secret of freedom is courage.” No source provided
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” No source provided
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” - William Shakespeare
The highway to success is a toll road.”- Bob Proctor

In general, I like the fact that a person can open up to any of the topics and read that section without having read previous sections and I appreciate the fact that many of the sections can be read in a matter of minutes; however, as with so many things in life, the positives can also be a negative and the fact that some of the sections are so brief means that there is the potential for some readers to be left wanting.

Readers looking for a book on success that is easy to read and covers a broad spectrum of information will very likely find their needs met with The ABC’S of Success. On the other hand, readers who are looking for in-depth discussions on a particular aspect of success might not be satiated with this book.