Jun 092014
 

To my regular readers:

You may notice a preponderance of reviews here recently, which is not my usual fare. This is because I’m on sabbatical!

So … I’m not doing my regular posting these days. However, I am reading and reviewing and will continue to share my impressions as I go along. I hope it’s helpful — and thanks for your patience in the meantime!

Namasté,

Patti

Jul 252014
 

All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and IntuitionI can’t believe I debated whether or not I’d find value in this book, All is Well, by Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz.

If you have any question at all, or are on the fence: Get it! It is fantastic!

Part of the book description states: “For the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work”.

I think I’ve had my fill of scientific evidence, so I thought most of the book would not be helpful to me. These methods work, let’s move on! I’ve been using these ideas successfully for decades and don’t care to spend a lot of time reading material written for people who still can’t embrace a holistic idea of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual system.

But even though this book is very convincing, that’s not all this book is.

And in fact, the information that does show that “undeniable link” is fascinating; and more to the point, applicable.

Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz did an amazing job giving us exactly the kind of information that helps us connect the dots so that we can apply what she’s saying and easily expand upon it if need be.

It’s just the right amount of breadth and depth.

Because of that, I found a lot of insights as I read, even though I’m already familiar with the core ideas upon which this book is based.

Besides covering the interconnected nature of our amazing bodies and healing abilities (along with fascinating and useful biological/physiological details), it includes specific remedies such as herbs, supplements, pharmaceuticals, and supportive life style suggestions including various therapies and practices.

Along with that, it illustrates the value of heeding your own powerful intuition as you move through health challenges (and life in general, of course).

And last but not least is the abundance of affirmations that help whittle away at the stuck patterns near the root of it all. You know when you hit on the right one because you feel your energy shift immediately.

As always, I really wish it had an index (it doesn’t); I think it could double the usefulness of the book. There’s an affirmation table in the back organized alphabetically by “Problem” (similar to the tables in Louise Hay’s indispensable classic You Can Heal Your Life), but an index that includes some of the causes and remedies would be very helpful for cross reference.

But regardless, this is a great book, and I’m impressed.

Not only have I been able to apply some of the many helpful suggestions immediately, but I am grateful to have this book to refer to in the future.

I highly recommend this practical book to everyone!

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

In health and wholeness,

Patti

Jun 252014
 

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.The process and concepts set forth in this book, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph. D., can be life-changing.

I’m really excited about practicing the simple suggestions over time and experiencing their benefits.

Contrary to some reviews, I didn’t find it technical at all, much less overly-technical. It’s interesting and easy to read, with a nice balance of breadth and depth.

I also consider Dr. Hawkins a valid and impressive authority on this topic; not always easy to find or distinguish in these days of wildly proliferating “experts”.

He begins the book by explaining the mechanism of letting go. Since it involves emotions, he then follows by going into depth with each of the emotions he has already delineated in his previous books (most notably the fascinating Power vs. Force).

I don’t think he’d have had to include them in this book, but for those who don’t already have his other(s), or even just for reference, it’s helpful to have it all in one place. Plus, here his discussions of the emotions are more focused on the letting go process.

Along with his descriptions of the emotions and how their “hierarchy” comes into play, he gives great examples which help clarify and elucidate the letting go mechanism.

And if you’re like me, you’ll find that reading about the more difficult emotions will trigger in you some recollections and/or sensitivity to your own experiences with it, making it clear that it’s still lurking around.

And by this point, you know what to do next.

In fact, while reading one of the first few chapters, I allowed myself to go with what I was feeling at the time (i.e. using his letting go process), and although it didn’t even seem like a huge “cleansing”, I was astonished to find that the next day I felt remarkably better; lighter, happier, more prone to laughing, etc. I wasn’t even looking for a change, it just was impossible to not notice! It had to have been the process, proving to me that if it could have that effect even when done half-a**ed, imagine what might be in store if I actually do it more thoroughly and deliberately.

Wow.

So, as I said, I’m quite excited to have this book.

My only complaint is that he doesn’t go into the mechanism of letting go in as clear a way as I expected and would have liked. Since this is something you want to get in the habit of practicing regularly, it would be nice to have one part of the book to refer to easily.

Within his chapter “The Mechanism of Letting Go”, there are really only 3 pages that tell you how to do it. And even then, it’s really only a few paragraphs of that. And it’s not written as steps of a process, but rather just a few instructions (two, actually) without a lot of detail.

But maybe that’s enough. Sometimes the most simple things hold more truth, depth, and power than those that are complex. (And who would really do it consistently if it was too involved, anyway? Not me!)

But I find that as you read the rest of the book, some of the details become more clear, although I found some of the details a little contradictory to his simple description of the process. I can only conclude that perhaps you have to learn the subtleties on your own as you practice, i.e. how it works best for you.

So although it’s not written with the process described thoroughly and concisely in one place, it seems that the book ultimately gives you what you need.

Again, I feel lucky that this book crossed my path, and feel it’s potentially very powerful.

Definitely recommended.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

May 232014
 
Holy Shift! - Book Review

I love this book (Holy Shift!, edited by Robert Holden). I’m pretty stingy with stars but this one gets all 5, meaning it’s a book I expect to treasure and use always, and which I highly recommend. This isn’t a book you read; it’s a book you use. I’ve had it for a few weeks [more *magic*]

Mar 202014
 
Power Words - Book Review

I really liked this book. It’s made me so much more aware of my language, not only of the words I speak but also the words that appear in my self-talk (i.e. thoughts). “Any word you use invokes the exact energy of that word from a very responsive world around you.” ~ Sharon Anne Klingler, [more *magic*]

Feb 112014
 
How to Live a Fully Engaged Life

This is a review of the fun-to-read book Play Your Bigger Game by Rick Tamlyn. I really liked it, and am eager now to play my own bigger game! Here’s why. [FYI, I'm not going to discuss the layout or the squares on the game-board. A lot of other reviewers have done that if you're [more *magic*]

Jan 132014
 
Love Your Enemies - Book Review

I was going through a period where I was working through some anger toward someone who’s repeatedly frustrated me with her power games. I was eager to read Love Your Enemies by Sharon Salzberg & Tenzin Robert Thurman to see how effectively I could apply its lessons. Well … In the end, I was a little [more *magic*]

Sep 252013
 
Focus to Raise and Deepen Your Awareness

So, recently we talked about Eagle Eyes and expanding our attention out past what we might normally notice. If you took part in the 30 Day Conscious Living Challenge at OM Times, you may remember that on day 2 of my challenge “The ABC’s of Actively Being Conscious”, we talked about what you can think [more *magic*]