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A ‘new’ perspective on an ‘old’ book

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The essence of “Your Faith is Your Fortune” is that, “The Scriptures are psychological dramas and will reveal their meaning only as they are interpreted psychologically.” So, in essence, Neville Goddard says that much of what is written in the Bible is not to be taken literally; rather, he feels that those who wrote the Bible were predominantly sharing wisdom through symbols and metaphors and that by understanding the symbols and metaphors we can apply the underlying principles in our own, modern lives.

 A key component for us to be able to use the wisdom in the Bible comes from first realizing that we are divine creations coming from an all-powerful source and that we too possess the ability to create our reality. We are not simply pawns tied into a predetermined destiny, we are beings who possess the ability to manifest as we become aware of our ability to do so. In Neville’s own profound words, “…you are not a victim of fate but a victim of faith (your own).”

By using our God-given talents – namely our thoughts, emotions and intentions (desires) – we mold our reality as we wish it to be, rather than as we currently see it. Our senses are able to tell us what currently exists and that is based on our previous thoughts and actions; however, we need to be careful that we do not assume that what currently exists is all that is capable of existing. In other words, “If you judge after appearances, you will continue to be enslaved by the evidence of your senses” and that if you “…go to the end of that which you seek; witness the happy end of it by consciously feeling you express and possess that which you desire to express and possess; and you, through faith, already understanding the end, will have confidence born of this knowledge.”

There are 27 main topics of discussion in “Your Faith is your Fortune” and each of these main topics connects directly to verses from Scripture.

Due to the fact that I personally do not have extensive knowledge of the Bible I cannot say with any certainty how accurate each specific reference is, I can only say that Neville’s interpretation’s do seem realistic and well thought out. Furthermore, regardless of whether or not the initial authors of the Bible were presenting events literally or metaphorically, the interpretations presented in “Your Faith is your Fortune” seem to be a beneficial addition on the quest for personal growth and understanding.

To me, it seems that some ideas transcend religion and are universally acceptable. Ideas such as

We can only be to others that which we are to ourselves.”

“Education is not accomplished by putting something into man; its purpose is to draw out of man the wisdom which is latent within him.”

Most men believe that fame, great wealth or political power would secure them against the storms of life. So they seek to acquire these as the anchors of their life, only to find that in their search for these they gradually lose the knowledge of their true being.”

When you drop your desire in consciousness as a seed, confident that it shall appear in its full-blown potential, you have done all that is expected of you. To be worried or concerned about the manner of their unfoldment is to hold these fertile seeds in a mental grasp and, therefore, to prevent them from really maturing to a full harvest.”

If these ideas resonate with you, and if you are open to new interpretation on some age-old ideas, then this book may be to your liking. On the other hand, if you are a firm believer that everything in the Bible can only be seen in the literal sense, or if you see God in the traditional Christian sense, then it is likely that you will find “Your Faith is your Fortune” to be frustrating or perhaps even blasphemous.

Powerful words to help heal those dealing with trauma and drama in their lives

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While usually recognized for one of her many books, or card decks, related to angels, Doreen Virtue’s latest book, “Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle”, uses a blend of her personal wisdom and her formal education (she has various degrees in counseling psychology) to help people ‘break free of negativity and drama’ in their personal lives and in their relationships.

I think it is important to say that this book is not written like a psychology textbook or like a speech from the Dr.’s office, rather Doreen communicates on a heart level that makes it easy for the reader to understand the negative consequences that drama has in our lives and the consequences if we don’t deal with it. In her words, “Drama, a secondary pattern following trauma, is a form of self-sabotage and self-punishment that is highly addictive.” 

The premise is that when we have a traumatic experience in life, and the definition of a ‘traumatic experience’ will vary from person to person, our brain produces chemicals to help us deal with the trauma; however, if we don’t deal effectively with the experience the potential is there for us to become addicted to these chemicals. “Our brains are remarkable, ingeniously creating chemicals to insulate and protect us from pain. The trouble is, some of these brain chemicals feel so good that they become addictive.” The addiction to these chemicals then causes us to seek out other situations, forms of entertainment, relationships etc. that stress us out and give us a chemical cocktail high that will eventually cause us physical harm. This trauma-drama process, and a quick and easy questionnaire to help the reader determine their ‘drama quotient’, are all discussed in the first section of the book.

In the second section of “Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle” Doreen shares numerous ways in which we can return to health and ‘regain our sparkle.’ Specifically, Doreen gives us: ways to reduce stress, information on foods that assist in the healing process, ideas on creating a healthier living environment, natural ways to deal with depression and anxiety, and some surprising information about yoga and how certain forms/types of yoga can actually hinder our health.

The third section of the book deals specifically with regaining our sparkle as we interact with others: whether it is family, friends or co-workers. With so many of the people in our society being addicted to drama we need to ensure that we are in nurturing environments, or that we develop the skills to deal with adverse relationships and not get caught up in destructive patterns.
 

Regardless of the level of trauma we have experienced in life, all three sections in “Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle” provide lots of useful and life-improving information. Even if the reader doesn’t feel that they have personally experienced trauma themselves, this book will help the reader gain an understanding of why somebody in their life might be behaving in a self-destructive manner. In other words, this is a powerful book because it can help the reader heal themselves or it can help the reader be more aware and empathetic to the struggles of the people around them.

If the information in this book is not sufficient for the reader, or for those wishing to get more detailed information about some of the studies mentioned by Doreen, there is an extensive bibliography provided as well.

As a closing remark, I want to restate that this book is not one of those ‘heavy’, hard-to-read, self-help books. Doreen Virtue’s uplifting writing style and her lively, sparkly personality very much shines through on these pages and it is very apparent that she is using her own challenges as a foundation for helping people overcome the trauma-drama in their lives. Even if you aren’t dealing with any issues personally, I believe that there will be somebody in your life that will benefit from the words in this book.

Fun and educational - a wonderful read

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Almost 25 years old now and the second book written by Andrew Matthews, Being Happy, is still a treasure trove of information and insights into the concept of happiness. Using his amazing artistic ability to include cartoons to emphasize poignant truths, Andrew makes reading this book humorous as well as informative.

Dealing with such topics as forgiveness, depression, the law of attraction, and the power of words themselves, one eventually sees that the most significant aspect of being happy is… well, I will leave that to you to discover and this book.

Can't wait

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I love John de Ruiter's work. He is such a powerful teacher that initiates real change and growth. So looking forward to reading this book.

devient moon-beautiful cards

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The artwork on these Devient Moon cards cards is beautiful. The images are dark, but very alluring. I went into the store to purchase a few other decks, but when i saw them i knew i had to have them, and ended up leaving with this deck aswell as the others i came in for. Im excited to see what they have to show me, especialy after there first official clensing bath/charge i gave them during the super blood moon eclipse we just experienced this past Sept.28.

Invaluable translations of "ancient reality teachings"

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This book was previously published by the Dawn Horse Press under the above-quoted title and I think it is a much better one. Adi Da here has "freely rendered" into english ancient essential teachings of truth, drawing out the real Truth of what these Teachers uttered in their time and place. For those who can appreciate that there are such Truth-teachers and that Adi Da is such a one, this book provides stunning Insights no mere academic or "inspired" translation could provide (or even reading it in the original, for that matter--as these teachers spoke from the culture they appeared in.)

Highly recommended for psychological insights

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This book has some amazing talks that cut to the essence of psychological truths of the emotional dimensions of our beings. Frequent referencing to Freud's discoveries, Adi Da really hones down to the primal motivations, but also the practicalities in addressing these. Anyway, I found it fantastic, though I recommend the Dawn Horse Press edition simply because it laid out nicer and has an evocative cover.

highly recommended for beginning lay buddhists

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Which I am--just at the very early stages of learning about Buddhism, doing my best to meditate daily (and not always succeeding at that). This book narrows in on the concept of "no-self" and emptiness and the author explains it in contemporary terms, but not by dumbing it down or by euphemisms. Instead, he makes what I've found very difficult to grasp, easier. Not that it comes to me in a flash or that I entirely get it, but I'm closer. It's definitely worth reading.

 

Here's a small taste, from page 36, on Skillful Means:

 

"Having a problem actually defines the self and keeps it occupied with the noble goal of problem solving. The question of "how" is an attempt around a problem; it is not seeing what a problem actually is. It is taking a problem to be real and outside "me," but all problems are derived from "me."

 

I take from this as I have from other texts that when I say "this is a problem" or "this is causing me stress" in fact both the problem and the stress are coming from me; the event is not a problem, it simply is (or is imagined). An algebra problem is only a problem to those who cannot solve it. A rock face with few obvious hand holds is only a problem to those who cannot find a route and a means up. Traffic downtown is not stressful: I can choose to become stressed by it or not.

Natural fibre mat has good energy

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I first purchased this natural fibre mat some months ago and didn't use it much for a while because it doesn't have the 100 per cent traction of a sticky mat.  I mentioned this to my teacher (of 14 years), who commented 'yes, the sticky mat lets us cheat on not having proper alignment.'

A bit taken aback, I again brought out the natural fibre mat and have used it since in my nightly practice, to my great benefit.  I have adjusted those few asanas where slippage seemed a factor, so I am now doing them in a better way, and I thoroughly enjoy the natural good energy emanating from the mat -- sometimes even catching a fragrance reminiscent of sweet grass.

It feels like it would make a wonderful gift for a yoga teacher!

prem,

john

 

A Missing Bridge and a Reluctant Dragon

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I love books about dragons, well Chinese dragons, that is (not the fire-breathing, damsel-chomping Western beasts). Kids stories are particularly interesting because of the illustrations that adorn the fables. Because of that, I was particularly taken with writer/illustrator Ann Howard's new picture book. The watercolor illustrations are highly detailed and beautifully rendered. The cover painting has such depth and personality that you just want to know that dragon better. Several of the paintings occupy two-page spreads and are a real feast for the eye. But, as Walt Disney once said, you must begin with a story; and this cleverly-crafted original tale, that sounds like a centuries-old fable, really draws you in from the very beginning. The mystery and the final solution were both delightful and surprising. I bought some additional copies to give to the young and young at heart in my family. The book is written in English but also features bilingual translation in Chinese. It should be a great 'read to' or 'read along' for kids depending on their age.

Exit The Life and Death Planner

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This workbook was invaluable in helping me with the dreaded task of organising my affairs.  I started with trying to organise a representation agreement to empower someone to speak on my behalf if I were no longer able.  The exercises led me through this process but also pointed out to me how much else needed to be done.  Best of all, it persuaded me that these tasks were manageable!  I'm still midway through the process, but I now have a path to follow.