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19 books--some fantastic, some not--in one massive volume

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To review each of the 19 individual books found in 'The Prosperity Bible' would make this review as unwieldy as the book itself; therefore, I will just share some general thoughts about the content as a whole.

First off, I think it is important to state that the word 'Prosperity' is used in a broad sense by the authors. As it is used, it does not only mean physical wealth, but it also incorporates abundance in other areas of one's life as well. This is not a compilation of books on ways to get rich quick, rather it is a compilation of books that explore how we can enrich our lives through personal development.

I originally purchased 'The Prosperity Bible' because it was precisely the book I had been wishing for: a compendium of material written by some of the early, Personal Transformation/New-age/Self-help authors in one book; however, as the adage warns, 'Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it' and that is exactly how I feel about this book now.

Having a book comprised of so many individual works is convenient, and it takes up less room on the bookshelf than 19 individual books, yet it also makes for an unwieldy, 1272 page, three pound (1.5kg) behemoth. Carrying the book in your backpack, or trying to hold the book aloft while reading it might save a few reps at the gym, it just didn't make for an enjoyable read. In addition, in order to save more weight and to reduce the actual thickness of the book, the pages are very thin and can be easily torn. If you like highlighting, be prepared for it to bleed through to the other side of the page.

As far as content goes, with so many books included in one volume it is reasonable to assume that the group will include exceptional books and some lack-luster titles as well and, indeed, that is what I found here. Of the 19 books there were several that I did not enjoy at all, but I felt the majority were well worth the time it took to read them. Even with the occasional book that I didn't like, at this price the collection is an exceptional bargain (considering how much the individual books would cost if purchased separately).

For those wanting a complete list of these individual books:
1) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (original 1937 edition)
2) Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell
3) A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard
4) As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
5) The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn
6) The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
7) Creative Mind and Success by Ernest Holmes
8) Prosperity by Charles Fillmore
9) In Tune With the Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine
10) The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
11) The Secret of Success by William Walker Atkinson
12) The Act of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum
13) The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin
14) The Secret of The Ages by Robert Collier (original 1926 edition)
15) The Conquest of Poverty by Helen Wilmans
16) How to Attract Success by F.W. Sears
17) The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont
18) How to Grow Success by Elizabeth Towne
19) The Mental Equivalent by Emmet Fox

When it's all said and done, I am grateful that this book exists because it gave me exposure to many great books that I might not have purchased separately. Anyone unfamiliar with the authors who contributed to 'The Prosperity Bible', or for those who want to read the books in an inexpensive format, getting the 'The Prosperity Bible' will meet your needs. Personally, once I realized how transformative some of these books were, and how much I disliked reading them in this hulking book, I went out and bought the individual titles that I wanted to re-read.

The rating for this book is 3.5 stars (of course I can't give half stars with these ratings so I will bump it up to a 4-star rating overall) and it would be derived as follows:
Physical Quality = 2-stars (thin paper and the massive size weren't to my liking)
Quality of Content = 4-stars (most of the individual books would merit 4 or 5 stars, with a few warranting 2 or 3 stars)
Overall Value/Price = 5-stars (buying all of the individual books would likely cost 10x as much)

A calming voice in the storm

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When you pick up Thich Nhat Hanh's book, 'Fear', you immediately get the sense that the words come from a person who is very gentle and whose aim it is to help people overcome the energy draining force known as Fear. Many people spend a great deal of life's precious resources dwelling on the past or fretting about the future - often which never materializes - instead of living in the present moment, where our true power lies.

Indeed, staying grounded in the moment is the starting point to overcoming the debilitating effects of fear. When we are mindful of the present moment we can deal with 'what is' and not get caught up on the roller coaster of negativity that leaves us powerless. From this place of mindfulness we can observe the fear, embrace it, and then allow it to dissolve. This is a process of 'working with' rather than 'fighting against.' This is a process of acceptance and then embracing our fear rather than trying to bury it or bully it into submission, 'Invite your fear into consciousness, and smile through it; every time you smile through your fear, it will lose some of its strength. If you try to run away from your pain, there is no way out. Only by looking deeply into the nature of your fear can you find the way out.'

Perhaps this sounds a lot easier to do then it truly is in real life, and while this might indeed be the case, Thich Nhat Hanh provides many lessons on mindfulness and numerous exercises, especially involving breathing, to help us along the way. As the author states, 'When we practice walking meditation, when we breathe mindfully, we generate a powerful energy of mindfulness, which can recognize and embrace our suffering and fear. After doing that for a time, you will see that the fear goes back down to its former place as a seed, and to understand that the next time that it manifests, you'll be able to do exactly the same thing. Your chronic fear and anxiety will be genuinely reduced.'

In the end, it doesn't matter what we are fearful of, or how the fear came to exist in the first place, the root of all fear exists in the mind and is reinforced by our beliefs that some external influence is more powerful than our own divine nature. While some degree of fear might be necessary for the survival of our physical being, on a deeper, spiritual level, when we come to realize that true nature extends beyond the mere physical world we see that many, or perhaps all, of our fears are unfounded, 'Birth and death, coming and going, are just concepts. When we are in touch with our no-birth, no-death nature, we have no fear.'

By giving us the benefit of his compassionate wisdom, Thich Nhat Hanh is empowering people to overcome the limitations that their fears have imposed upon them. In essence, Thich Nhat Hanh is not giving us keys to our prison cell, he is showing us that the door was never locked to begin with.

A book about more than just simple ways to spark a romantic relationship

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When doing book reviews there is a fine balance between providing a lengthy/thorough review and providing a short, concise review that sums up a book in a few brief statements. So, in this review, rather than choose just one way, I will provide a short review as well as a long review of, “The Honeymoon Effect.”

The short review - If you have ever had a relationship: good, bad or otherwise, or if you ever intend on having a relationship, then the information in this book will be of interest to you. I quite enjoyed Bruce’s writing style and learned a great deal about myself and relationships in general.

The long review.
In his latest book, “The Honeymoon Effect” Bruce Lipton once again employs a relaxed style to blend experiences from his personal journey with scientific processes to explain why it is that we so frequently sabotage our relationships. This s not a ___ step book to finding love, this book is designed to make the reader aware of the internal processes, most of which are unknown to us on a conscious level, as a means of making more loving and positive connections.

In a manner that is interesting, and often entertaining, Bruce illustrates how the body and brain behave when in different emotional states. The information is presented in a manner that can be easily understood by someone who has never taken a biology class (that would be me). There is nothing overwhelming in this section of the book and it is relatively short.
The next component of the book, and perhaps the section that contains the most crucial information, is the section on how it is that the conscious mind, full of good intentions, can be overwhelmed by the programming existing in our subconscious mind. Many people might not realize that it is the subconscious mind calling the shots 90% of the time. This means that all of our conditioned responses in relationships are often calling the shots without us even being aware of it. In other words, the captain of the love boat is only at the helm 10% of the time and the other 90% of the time the “computer” is running things.

This is not to say that we did not have a role in our failed relationships, this is simply saying that the programming in our subconscious mind played a large part in how our relationships unfolded and how they continue to unfold. By becoming aware of our “hidden programs” we are empowered and can make the changes we need for finding relationships that are positive and life affirming.

On a final note, with Bruce being so willing to self-disclose, I believe I should do the same. I have to admit that normally I do not seek out books related to building “loving relationships.” I know that many people enjoy these books and they have benefited from reading them; however, in my experience I found that many of the books I encountered were very general and the changes they suggested only dealt with conscious-mind issues. The changes that occurred, if any, would only have a temporary benefit. Now, having read, “The Honeymoon Effect” I understand that changes made to the conscious mind, even with the best of intentions, do not overcome the programming running in the subconscious mind. In order to truly have fulfilling and nurturing relationships one must become aware of the programming behind the scenes and then re-write it to be in alignment with our greatest desires. In simple terms, if we wish to have the feelings of love and joy that we experience in the initial moments of a loving relationship, if we wish to experience this “honeymoon effect”, we need to have harmony between four minds not just two.

Channeled messages providing personal empowerment

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Can a book be called a classic when it is 30 years old? Written 30 years ago (where does time go?) “Personal Power through Awareness” shares ideas on personal empowerment that are as useful and relevant today as when they were written – it seems that regardless of the era we live in, many of our challenges exist independent of time or space.

The reason I also say ‘space’ is because the information that Sanaya shares comes to her during ‘channeled’ readings with a ‘gentle spirit teacher’ known as Orin. Now, before you get squeamish with the idea that the information is coming from a source outside of the physical realm, let me remind you that all of our thoughts and ideas have no definable, physical point of origin. How does a musician create new music? How does a scientist come up with a new theory? Where does your thought to watch Oprah come from? Some of the greatest minds in history have said that ideas just ‘come to them’.

So, ALL of our thoughts come from the ‘great unknown’ and the fact that Sanaya brings information from a source that she refers to as Orin has no relevance to whether or not the information is useful to me. I would suggest that ANY information that improves the quality of your life, and the lives of others, is worth the time to explore/read.

Perhaps sharing some quotes from the book will help you decide if the information is of interest to you (these quotes are not random; they reflect my personal bias as to what I considered noteworthy):

‘Take responsibility for the thoughts and emotions you send out, for they go out into the universe and create the events and circumstances that come back to you.’
‘Use positive, high words when you speak to yourself, words such as EFFORTLESS, INSPIRED, and CREATIVE.’
‘You could not grow without challenges. Your attitude towards them either helps you go higher and grow faster, or keeps you in the dense levels longer. The more you dislike problems, the more you rebel against things not going your way, the longer your problems will stay with you.’
‘Symbols are, in fact, more direct and more healing than words, for they are not connected to your belief system.’
‘Emotions help you create reality.’
‘Fear is a place that has not yet discovered love.’

Wisdom comes from being open to new ideas and, because we all need to hear information in a way that fits into our own internal dialogue, it is good to explore new sources of information/inspiration. And, while the information shared by Sanaya Roman in “Personal Power through Awareness” is very similar to those shared in some of the more ‘main stream’ books in the Personal Transformation/Self-help genre - books written by authors such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Doreen Virtue, Louise Hay etc. – her uniqueness has resonated with, and continues to resonate with, countless people searching for ideas on how to improve the quality of their lives.

**As a side note, Sanaya has written and co-authored several other wonderful books, including: “Living with Joy” and “Opening to Channel”.**

A small book sharing profound insights from the founder of Aikido

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Prior to discussing content, it is important to note that The Art of Peace is literally a ‘pocket book’ - with the physical dimensions being ~ 2.5x3.5x.5 inches (~ 5.5x8x1 cm). Consistent with the small physical size, the thoughts/aphorisms contained in this book, acquired ‘…from Morihei’s collected talks, poems, and calligraphy, and from oral tradition’ are also very brief – most being a sentence or two in length. Translation of the material was provided by John Stevens: a Zen scholar and Aikido instructor.

While John Stevens certainly has the background to compile The Art of Peace, as the person reviewing this book, I have NO knowledge of Aikido and no prior knowledge of the founder: Morihei Ueshiba. That being said, at the very beginning of the book it was plain for even me to see that the essence of Morihei’s teachings are truly based on a system of harmony within that allows us to interact in a harmonious way without. “Unlike the authors of old-time warrior classics such as ‘The Art of War’ and ‘The Book of Five Rings’, which accept the inevitability of war and emphasize cunning strategy as a means to victory. Morihei understood that continued fighting – with others, with ourselves, and with the environment – will ruin the earth…. What we need now are techniques of harmony, not those of contention."

Many of the quotes/aphorisms are profound and they inspire the reader to ponder various aspects of life in general. The wisdom is essentially timeless because the ideas are a philosophy on life, a way of living in harmony with the universe, not simply a series of techniques to throw an opponent across the room. Indeed, the “…real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness and love of nature.”

Other ideas put forth by Morihei Ueshiba that I particularly made note of:
- ‘Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.’
- ‘There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit – love.’
- ‘A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing.’
- ‘Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature’s grand design—do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.’
- ‘ULTIMATELY, you must forget about technique. The further you progress the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really No Path
.’

As much as I enjoyed, and will certainly benefit from, reading the ideas of Morihei Ueshiba, the fact that no specific sources were provided with the individual thoughts is a disappointment. I don’t have any doubt that what John Stevens shares is accurate, it’s just that I would like to examine some of these quotes/aphorisms in context or I would like to follow the train of thought all the way to the station. On the other hand, if the intent of not providing the source information was to compel the reader to go on a journey of discovery, then I would say that the aim was successful because I will certainly be reading other books on the philosophy of Morihei Ueshiba.

In the end, if I had to sum up the essence of Morihei Ueshiba’s thoughts, as they appear in The Art of Peace, it would be thus: ‘Walk softly and carry a big stick.’

A Worthwhile read -but not my favorite from Dr. Fox

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Originally penned in the 1940’s and reprinted numerous times since, “Make Your Life Worthwhile” was written by Dr. Emmet Fox as a follow up to his previous book, “Sparks of Truth” and it is his intention to elaborate on his belief that, “True success: happiness, peace of mind, prosperity, and real help are within the reach of all who sincerely want them…”

Rather than a book of lengthy chapters, “Make Your Life Worthwhile” shares short essays (although I did not do a precise count, it appears there are approximately 150 essays in total), only a page or two in length, which “… were published once a week over a number of years. The subjects are usually handled in a light and amusing style, and often deal with similar incidents in everyday life.”

While the information itself can likely prove beneficial to people of any faith, there are frequent references to the Bible; however, Dr. Emmet Fox seems to interpret and apply the information from the Bible in a more liberal/non-traditional manner. As an example, in the section where there are 11 short essays that deal with some of the key words in the Bible, the word “repentance” is defined as, “to change one’s mind concerning something…. Repentance does not mean grieving for past mistakes, because this is dwelling in the past, and our duties to dwell in the present and make this moment right. Worrying over past mistakes is remorse, and remorse is a sin, for it is a refusal to accept God’s forgiveness.”

Given the previous definition, and the numerous other interpretations of biblical verses/words, I rather doubt that Dr. Emmet Fox would be categorized under traditional denominations and I personally do not know how he “labeled” himself, so my personal belief is that he was “spiritual.”

In order to better decide if this book is for you, here are several quotes that appear in the book:

- “…we make our own world by the way in which we think; for we really do live in a world of our own thoughts.”
- “Practice is the price of proficiency.”
- “The man who overstresses his ANCESTORS is like a potato plant–the best part of him is underground.”
- “Determine today that you will demonstrate health, happiness, and true success, by realizing that God is working in and through you to bring these things about; and do not, for a single second, allow the carnal mind to tell you that it cannot be done. It can be done…”
- “You can build any quality into your mentality by meditating upon that quality every day.”
- “No one has ever lived in any moment except the present. To know this is the door to freedom.”
- “Too often we think of our salvation as being a greater or lesser distance ahead of where we are now, whereas in reality it is right here, or nowhere.”

With these short essays, readers who are looking for lengthy discourses may be disappointed, yet if you are looking for a book that offers some profound insights into life and that can be digested in small independent chunks, the ideas shared by Dr. Emmet Fox in “Make Your Life Worthwhile” may very well be just what the doctor ordered.

Working with Mother Nature and Ancient wisdom to find your way

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For those of you that are interested in the zodiac or horoscopes, or for those that have an interest in native American culture, this book will be of interest to you. The indigenous population was able to work with nature and their culture had a deep respect for the animals in their surroundings. They believed that animals were able to give us wisdom and that each animal has a different wisdom to share based on it’s own traits. By knowing what traits a particular animal has, we learn how to adapt to our surroundings in a mental, physical or spiritual sense. The amount of information is this book is amazing and it is THE most complete book on the interesting and mind expanding topic of animal totems.

If this subject interests you, I would also recommend:
Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals - David Carson
ISBN-13: 978-0312204914

An educational & exhaustive look at how the Placebo Effect can transform our lives

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In Dr. Dispenza’s newest book, "You are the Placebo" we are provided with the life-affirming knowledge that our thoughts and expectations can transform our lives by helping us overcome illness, disease, and numerous other afflictions that limit our ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

I do not read medical journals, so I can’t make this statement with certainty; however, I would suggest that this book is likely one of the most up-to-date and exhaustive works on the Placebo Effect available today. Furthermore, for those that do not enjoy overly technical books, I would say that in spite of the fact that the nature of this book requires medical and scientific terminology to be used, this is still a very readable book.

In my own words, in very simple terms, I see the essence of the placebo effect as: mind over matter. Our minds have the power to overcome disease, depression and a vast number of negative situations that manifest in our body. Our thoughts, combined with expectation, can remedy heart disease & cancer, reduce pain, and even simulate the benefits of an actual operation. Perhaps it sounds too good to be true; however, the placebo effect has been rigorously studied throughout history and continues to fascinate/confound scientists to this day.

In order to better acquaint the reader with the workings of the Placebo Effect, Dr. Dispenza uses the first part of the book to recount numerous scientific studies that illustrate how our minds can physically change our bodies, simply through what we think and what we expect. A doctor using saline water as a replacement for morphine in the late stages of the war, people suffering from depression feeling uplifted by simple sugar pills, even patients who underwent simulated knee surgery feeling less pain and being able to walk properly again – all the result of the a placebo being used.

There is also the negative side of the placebo, referred to as the nocebo, wherein a person believes that they are ill, will die, or that they are suffering from the ill intentions of another person. For example, in some cultures where people believe in the ability for a person to be “cursed” by a witch doctor, there is the potential for negative beliefs and expectations to due substantial harm. The “curse” thought is implanted in the mind of the individual who then believes in the “curse”, which then eventually manifests in physical form. People have been admitted to hospital and, even under medical supervision, with no detectible illness, have died because of their negative expectations and beliefs.

After the initial discussion and the sharing of the scientific research on the placebo effect, Dr. Dispenza goes on to the most important part of the book: how we can make use of the placebo in our personal lives.

By providing actual, coloured, brain scans and EEG scans Dr. Dispenza illustrates that by altering our thoughts and beliefs we actually alter our physical bodies. This part of the book is very detailed and a cursory discussion would not do it justice, but I think this quote from the book will emphasize the essence of what is being said, “…we direct the formation of new neural pathways and the destruction of old ones through the quality of the experiences we cultivate…The goal here is to change our beliefs and perceptions about your life at a biological level so that you are, in essence, loving a new future into concrete material existence.”

This then leads into the final portion of the book wherein Dr. Dispenza provides information on a meditation that will assist us in making use of the placebo effect.

With over 300 pages in this book, there is certainly a lot of detail and information for anyone simply interested in learning more about the placebo effect. More importantly though, if one truly grasps the essence of what is being shared, that our thoughts and beliefs have a vast potential to heal or harm us, then a person becomes empowered and they can then more consciously create a life in line with their desires. In a very real, physical sense, the placebo effect proves that we can change our reality with our thoughts and expectations: what information could be more empowering than that?

** While this book can be read independently of Dr. Dispenza’s previous book, "Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself" I would suggest that reading it prior to, "You are the Placebo" would be worthwhile.**

An in depth look at how to reprogram our negative beliefs

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'Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself' is quite lengthy, at 300+ pages, and those pages contain a vast amount of information for anyone trying to reprogram their thought patterns or for those who are just curious about the mind and how it functions.

I am certainly no speed reader, and with the depth and breadth of knowledge that Dr. Joe Dispenza presents in this book it did take some time for me to complete. If I were to summarize the content of this book in my own words, it would be that we all have within us programming that has been learned and acquired over our lifetime thus far. This programming is akin to autopilot where-in we go about our daily routines in an unaware state of mind and even if this programming does not serve our highest good, we continue on thinking that there is nothing we can do to change it.

Our past experiences and the emotions associated with them have created a neural network, analogous to a computer program, and when we encounter familiar situations the old programming goes to work and we repeat patterns of behavior, whether “good” or “bad.” On the positive side, we are capable of creating new neural networks when we overcome our self-limiting beliefs by aligning our thoughts and feelings: referred to as quantum creating.

“Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” very clearly demonstrates that we do indeed have the ability to overcome our limitations and programming by re-envisioning our lives through the use of intent and the quantum field. Although this might sound very technical and daunting, the author does a superb job of clearly illustrating how our minds work, why we think as we do, and most importantly, how to change our thoughts/programming to assist us on our journey rather than hinder us.

The last third of the book goes on to give the process by which we can move toward our new destiny, a process of relaxation and meditation that will dissolve our existing programming and replace it with the new and improved version. This is to say that the old computer software is overwritten with new and improved code that will facilitate our progression to higher awareness and improved states of being.

The bottom line, to quote from the author himself, “You are a multidimensional being who creates your reality.” If you want happy with your life and you are looking to understand why that may be or if you have already progressed past that stage and are looking to make subconscious changes to improve the quality of your life, then this book will be a valuable tool in that process. As I mentioned though, this is not a quick fix solution that is obtained by skipping through a few pages in a seven-step program.

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

5

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.

The Compassionate Equestrian

5

Whether you are an equestrian already, or simply love horses and other animals, this book will open up a new world of possibilities for you, based on our 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation. My coauthor and I, Dr. Allen Schoen, invite you to join us on a journey that extends beyond the book, and into a "call to action" for creating a happier and healthier world for horses, and all beings. It is designated to become a paradigm-shift for equine welfare, and a proposal for all equestrians to take up the cause of life-cycle management and a sustainable lifestyle with a foundation of compassion. And, please note, the authors both reside on Salt Spring Island! Susan Gordon was born in Vancouver, B.C., and Dr. Schoen hails from New York. Please check out further reviews on our website at www.thecompassionateequestrian.com

Can't wait

5

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

4

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.