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Returning to the Lakota Way

Nov 10, 2013

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Mr. Marshall is an incredible story teller. This book is filled with beautifully crafted tales. Legends told by the Lakota from one generation to the next, going back farther than can be known. He wraps up each story with a commentary, sometimes relating the story to his personal experience of growing up on a reservation with his family in the mid 20th century, and sometimes how an ancient legend can still have so much relevance in today's technologically advanced society. I found myself really taking time with this book, not just reading each story, but often, throughout the day, reflecting back on them and the ideas and lessons contained within. As a history buff, I'm always amazed at how much of the story of America is glossed over in the public school system. Hopefully someday we can get over that collective "white guilt" and teach our kids about all the other fascinating history that happened in United States. Returning to the Lakota Way manages to be insightful without being preachy, and a thoroughly enjoyable read, certainly deserving of 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes. I was not paid for my opinion, it is mine alone.
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Choices and Illusions

Oct 01, 2013

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Eldon Taylor's new book Choices and Illusions is a fascinating study of the human mind. It goes beyond what most motivational or inspirational leaders teach. If you are a person who is serious about improving some area of your life, you'll benefit greatly from Choices and Illusions. By focusing on how the mind relates to perceptions and behaviors, the reader is educated in the how and why it can be difficult to change. Some of this is heady stuff. I found myself having to reread sections, several times, but didn't mind at all because the writing is brilliant and thought provoking. The idea that our subconcious belief patterns hold us in check, and prevent us from achieving what we truly want, is something everyone should take a look at. The book comes with a CD of Eldon Taylor's patented Innertalk technology. A 55 minute program entitled Unlimited Personal Power. I've been using it for about 4 days, a little early to say so, but I do feel maybe a bit more confident and hopeful. As a daily meditator, and someone who's been using subliminal technologies going back to Robert Monroe's original Hemisync tapes, I have to say it certainly hastens me into a deeper trance state than any of the other technologies on the market today. This book is worth taking a look at if you're curious, but especially if you're serious about taking control of your life and the mind that colors it, even when you're not looking.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing. I wasn't paid for my opinion, it's mine alone. I suggest you read Choices and Illusions (2013 edition) to develop an opinion of your own.

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Money, A Love Story

Sep 11, 2013

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I've read fifty times my weight in self-help books, but Kate Northrup's "Money A Love Story" takes the cake as the one I had the most resistance to. I don't think I'm unique in the sense that money is a hot button, uncomfortable, emotional issue for me. It brings up a lot of fear and pain. I'd rather discuss my sex life with my mom, than discuss financial matters. That said, this book was a real eye opener for me. The author has been there, and done that when it comes to debt and overspending. The fact that she has overcome those stumbling blocks, and created a healthy, abundant financial situation for herself is extremely inspiring. Her book really gets to the heart of the issues surrounding money. Stepping into prosperity thinking is not an overnight change. I suppose that could be the case for some, but for many of us it's about baby steps, and not taking any leaps before we're ready. My favorite part of Kate's book, is where she shows how Esther Hick's Abraham material fits into financial planning, and taking an active role in being money minded. This is a fantastic book, a fun read, and inspiring. Certainly one to keep around, and reread over the years. I look forward to reading future books by Kate Northrup.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes. My opinion is mine alone, I encourage you to formulate one for yourself after reading this book.

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Feng Shui Simply

Aug 07, 2013

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For years I've wanted to learn about Feng Shui, but not known where to start. The little effort I put into understanding its concepts just left me confused, and I gave up. What's brilliant about Cheryl Grace's book is not just the simplicity implied in the title, but how each lesson is so easily absorbed, and instantly you find yourself ready to put it into practice. Her explanation of how clutter affects the subconscious mind, and blocks the flow of energy in our lives seems spot on. The way she speaks about the power of intention resonates deeply with me. From bedroom to the weightroom, and all points in between, my home is experiencing a daily transformation thanks to this guide.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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From My Hands and Heart

Jul 18, 2013

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I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering, or already, receiving Craniosacral Therapy. It's an interesting type of energy healing, specifically in the way the treatment addresses how trauma or injury can be stored in the body over long periods of time. As someone who has never experienced it personally, I feel as if I'm missing a piece of the puzzle, in order to give it a proper review. However, I'm giving it 5 stars, because the individual case studies provided suggest that this therapy works. It seems to have some similarities to Reiki, Qigong, and other forms of energy healing. So anyone familiar with those modalities would find this book an interesting study. If you've read Dr. Wayne Dyer's recent works, you're probably already aware of Kate Mackinnon, as she has worked with him and he is a proponent of CST. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes. This review represents my honest assessment.
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The Honeymoon Effect

Jul 09, 2013

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I wish I could've read this book twenty years ago, would've saved me a lot of grief. That's my only complaint about Bruce Liptons The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth. Even the part about chemical compounds and noble gases was interesting, and made accessible for the average Joe or Jane. What separates this book from the usual, run-of-the-mill relationship book, is that it deals with the unseen forces that affect our individual drives, subconscious programming, quantum physics/attraction, and how to make each of those factors work for you rather against you in your marriage. If you're a fan of the Abraham-Hicks material, you'll love this book, as it fits perfectly with what they've said about vibration and relationships. This is the first time I've ever recommended a book's appendix section before. The resources in the back of the book are fantastic, making it a definite keeper. Living happily ever after is absolutely possible, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants that for their marriage.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.


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Directing Your Destiny

Jun 24, 2013

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What I enjoyed most about Jennifer Grace's Directing Your Destiny, is that it's such a well thought out, and vividly presented plan that you don't even need to take notes to refer back to while you're putting her ideas into action. It's a powerful system of 30 transforming days. Four specifically themed weeks can take you from where your life is now, to a whole new show. The movie metaphors work incredibly well for portraying how possible transformation really is. If you've ever done any acting, directing, or writing at any level, you'll really enjoy this book. Even if you haven't, we're all creative spirits on some level. We're all armchair directors when we want to be. There is some mind boggling, life changing material here that is definitely worth checking out. My initial concern when I first saw the title, was that it was going to be a sort of instruction manual on "fake it til you make it" manifestation. It isn't that, it's an empowering way of looking at your life, and it morphs easy so you can personalize the author's thoughts and examples. The book also gives you access to a website where you can download guided meditations. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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The Kinslow System

Jun 18, 2013

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What I like about this book is the simplicity of the technique. Anyone who has experience in Reiki, Qigong or other types of energy work will benefit from this book. I enjoyed the visualization exercises and instructions. With a little effort I was able to quickly catch on to what QE, or Quantum Entrainment, is, and how powerful it can be. Dr. Kinslow is a good teacher. I did find myself needing to reread a few sections, but that was due to my mind overcomplicating the instructions. Another great thing about this book, is that it focuses solely on one healing technique, rather than attempting to bring all energy work under one umbrella. In some other forms, it's necessary to ask a person's permission before sending them healing forces. However, Dr. Kinslow succinctly explains that permission isn't necessary as the healer isn't doing anything, isn't fixing someone that's broken, just becoming aware and getting out of the way of ego and desire, and letting the powerful, natural energies flow. The book does a much better job of explaining it than I can. The mp3 downloads on the author's webpage are invaluable to really getting the hang of the Kinslow System, and I highly recommend those as well.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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Stress Free in 30 Days

Jun 12, 2013

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In Stress Free in 30 Days, Charles Linden does a wonderful job of explaining the difference between stress, anxiety, and depression, which people often lump together. He explains the differences in their causes, and manifestations. The main focus of the book is recovering from stress and/or anxiety. The author shows the chemical reactions caused by stress, and how they damage the body in the short and long term, as well as how if left untreated they can lead to an anxiety disorder. The 30 day program is easy to follow. All the solutions offered are helpful. It's not complicated, but it requires following through with it. Whether you're dealing with the stress of raising kids, or a high pressure sales job, this book could point you in a more productive direction. Within the first few days you should be feeling better, and find yourself more equipped to handle pressure and demands. The CD that comes with the book contains a short summation of how stress can mess you up, as well as several empowering visualizations to help you with relaxation and self-confidence. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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Reveal

May 29, 2013

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In the interest of full disclosure: I'm a guy, but I did get a lot out of this book. I've heard many male authors and guru types speak of the Divine Feminine, but always as something that's making a comeback or soon to be re-ushered in. Never many details offered other than, religious history has treated women horribly, but that's changing. What I particularly enjoyed were the feminine goddess stories like Ishtar and Isis and several others. The author's pilgrimages to holy sites, also make the book worth reading. They can best be described as adventures. Her authenticity and frankness in speaking about her diagnosis with General Anxiety Disorder is something I found brave, and inspiring. Too often our spiritual teachers are expected to be perfect, it's nice to see an author admit they're human for a change. There's a lot to study here, fascinating on many levels. I had no idea there was an entire language created, and only spoken among certain women in our past. I don't want to give too much away, it's a cool story. Meggan Watterson has written a great book.

I received a copy of this book for free, for review purposes from Hay House. I was not paid for my opinion, and it's my honest assessment.

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Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting Your Life

May 28, 2013

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A healthy amount of skepticism when dealing with so called channeled material isn't a bad thing. There's lots of junk out there. Mostly, the junk ones, rehash trite platitudes while taking a really long time to deliver the same old new age message of oneness and all you need is wuv. That said, when the message can resonate so deeply with you, that you don't care who wrote it or how; well then it stands on its own.

The concepts presented in Solomon Speaks, while not necessarily new to anyone following the consciousness movement, new thought, new age, whatever, are presented in a unique light. Perhaps light isn't the best word to use, as Solomon shows no mercy in dealing with gurus and healers of the white lighter variety who "do it for the applause." I love the idea he speaks about, that the very word "healing" implies that one is somehow wrong or bad, and needs to be made better. If you are interested in energy healing, Qigong, or Reiki, I think you will love this book.

I also think anyone in any of the healing arts could enjoy this book if they can get past the channeling and the energy work stuff. At the risk of sounding trite, this book requires you read it from the heart and not the head.

I received this book free, for review purposes from Hay House, was not paid for my opinion, and this is my honest assessment of this book.

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Your Hidden Symmetry

May 25, 2013

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I found Jean Haner's new book Your Hidden Symmetry: How Your Birth Date Reveals the Plan for Your Life very interesting and Insightful. Her system is based in ancient Chinese medicine, a unique combination of dates and cycles of life that isn't quite astrology and isn't quite numerology either. It takes a little getting used to, but is absolutely fascinating. I quickly found myself figuring out the numbers on my family and friends, and often stunned at the accuracy. Reading my own 3 numbers in the Nine Star Ki System, I was blown away. This personally revealing reading cleared up a few issues I've never quite gotten a hold on until now. I'm beyond intrigued, and feel a deep enough gratitude to the author, that I plan on reading her other books as well.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.

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Life's Operating Manual

May 22, 2013

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You definitely want to read this book. Life's Operating Manual is so engaging I read it in one sitting. I'm finding it hard not to gush over this one, it really grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Mr. Shadyac makes an incredible argument that competition is not our natural state. If we were hardwired for fighting, then he points out, our systems would flourish under those conditions. Of course the opposite is true, and stress is the number one killer of modern man. We never truly own anything, so why do we strive so hard to get more and more? To lead a simpler, more compassionate life makes a lot more sense than the direction most of us are heading. The fear/truth dialogue technique at the end of each chapter is pretty darn cool. It's an amazing way of taking each idea further, and bouncing it back and forth, while viewing it from every possible angle. I first heard of Tom Shadyac when he was a guest on my favorite internet radio show, Whitley Strieber's Dreamland (http://www.unknowncountry.com). That interview led me to see his film "I Am", which was absolutely brilliant. This book goes much deeper into his philosophy, and his amazing story of how he went from directing blockbuster motion pictures to finding true happiness. Even though I have slightly differing views on God and "The Secret", I have to say this book blew me away.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.

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You Are More Than That

May 21, 2013

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Rajiv Juneja, M.D. is a deep thinker, and a great storyteller. This book is overflowing with excellent ideas on how to empower your life. It's optimistic while being realistic. The Dr. offers tools to help you "fail forward" when you hit the inevitable stumbling blocks, and how to successfully maneuver the purpose driven highway and achieve a more meaningful life. This book is a great read, but I think its real worth lies in rereading it, and journaling along with some of the exercises. The tools Dr. Juneja teaches can be utilized to drastically improve your life; not in a "keeping up with the Jonese" way, but in a way that's personally meaningful and profound.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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Mind Over Medicine

May 21, 2013

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The intriguing title Mind Over Medicine scared me a little at first. I'm a big believer in taking responsibility for one's health, but I worried that the book would take a blaming pointing finger approach. I stopped worrying after visiting the website mindovermedicinebook.com and read more about Lissa Rankin, M.D. This book is fantastic, she takes the reader along on her personal journey as a medical doctor who came to understand deeply the link between our emotions and our health. She does a wonderful job of clearly proving that "we store our issues in our tissues" isn't just new age woo-woo, but a physiological fact. There are case studies presented that will inspire, as well as some that will just plain tear your heart out. The minds important role in healing is thoroughly explained, and many different recovery options are explored. This book is full of valuable information about the dangers of the stress response and the necessity of the relaxation response, as it relates to a long, healthy life. The ideas presented by Dr. Rankin are profound, empowering, and could very well change the way medicine is practiced. Let's hope so. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Positive Vibes

May 15, 2013

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Positive Vibes by Gordon Smith is a book filled with brief yet profound insights. The ideas he presents can help you to slow down and go within; not in a trite fortune cookie kind of way, but in a stop you in your tracks and make you really think way. Positive Vibes is divided up into several sections, each dealing with an aspect of life's journey. Staying calm and centered during life's storms can be tricky, these short meditations can be helpful, and inspire some fire inside you to create a more powerful life for yourself and those you love. If you enjoy being peaceful and grounded despite the hectic world around you, or that's something you want, then this is the book for you.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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Being of Power

May 06, 2013

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The 9 practices to ignite an empowered life contained in this book are simple, profound, and doable. Baron Baptiste writes from the heart and does a great job explaining how we can dig deeper, drop our stories and masks while developing authenticity and the empowered kind of life most only dream of. He shows how we are not only responsible for what shows up in our life, but who shows up and how. That may sound a little extreme to some, but the author does a better job of laying out that concept than I can. What's nice about the 9 practices, is that it isn't set up as steps you go through, learn and just put on autopilot. These ideas will show up over and over. I found the individual examples provided to be very helpful. Nobody's perfect, but to be of power is to be more flexible and know how to find your alignment when you need it most. This is an inspiring book. I found it easy to absorb. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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The Second Rule Of Ten

Apr 17, 2013

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The Second Rule of Ten is a fantastic read. The story and characters leap right off the page and make a grab for your heart, throat, or both. Ten Norbu, the former Buddhist monk, ex-cop, private detective is such a cool, interesting, conflicted, and human character that I found myself easily pulled into the narrative. Hardboiled detective fiction has been my favorite genre since childhood. So when I heard Hay House was putting out a detective series, I was skeptical. However, Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay did great work. The first book was also a 5 star read, but this one is a little more dangerous, and a bit more insightful and thought provoking too. The concept of how unconscious beliefs can blind us, is explored deeply throughout the story. This would make a great movie.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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Archetypes

Mar 27, 2013

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I received a free review copy of this book from Hay House, wasn't paid or influenced in any way. My honest opinion of this book is that it is a 5 star read. One of the things I really like about Caroline Myss is that she pulls no punches. If you're looking for spiritual truth and universal laws, you won't get them with a candy coating and side dish of "woo woo" from her. Archetypes is a fantastic book, and a subject she has put years of thought and study into. If you've ever had that feeling that you weren't living up to your full potential, or life is passing you by; learning about your archetypes could be of great benefit to you. For instance, I learned something I'd never considered. I've based many of my major decisions on the fear of humiliation. Up until now, it has never occurred to me to view failure as a "badge of courage", but it's certainly a more productive and empowering perspective. Caroline Myss explains the ten most common archetypes, and how most of us are some combination of 2 or 3. The website archetypeme.com offers a test to learn where your particular leanings lie. I was pretty surprised at the results I got. Archetypes is a thought provoking, life enhancing book. This is much deeper than most self-help books are willing to go.
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The Body Ecology's Guide to Growing Younger

Mar 14, 2013

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I understand how health and nutrition books can strike a nerve with people, but I don't know how anyone could give this book less than 5 stars. Well researched, well written, insightful, and thorough. This isn't a diet or recipe book. It is a comprehensive guide on, as the title says, growing younger. Two principles separate this book from the morass of nutritional science: the principle of uniqueness, and the principle of balance. There is no one size fits all, magic formula for health, fitness, or longevity. Nor is there one magic, nutritional or fitness trick that fixes everything. Donna Gates has written a fantastic book showing a much wiser path to wellness. Throughout this indispensable guide she manages to cover all the bases of creating your own personal fountains of youth, all the while, going much deeper than most health authors. For instance, many talk about the ancient Chinese theory of Chi energy, but she goes a step further with a complete explanation of what Taoists call The 3 Treasures; Chi, Jing, and Shen. She even manages to do a better job of explaining them than most Tai Chi/Qigong instructors. This book bowled me over. If you have the slightest interest in reversing the aging process, you need to read The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger, and keep it on your shelf as a reference tool.

I received this book free, for review purposes from the good folks at Hay House. I was not paid for my assessment, and it is my honest opinion that this book rocks and you need to read it.

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