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IS: Your Authentic Spirituality Unleashed

Mar 13, 2013

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This book has been described as a jumping off place for spiritual mavericks to develop their own vision or philosophy. More than that, it's kind of like having life, the universe, and everything explained through the mind of a sexy, interesting, self-described party girl. I'm rating it 5 stars, because I see so many reviewers on amazon giving it 4, and I am a true maverick. There are certainly concepts here that have been discussed countless times before, but they're approached in a fresh way. If this were the first book on consciousness I'd ever read, I'd be completely blown away. Having read plenty already, I'm still quite blown away. The author views IS (Infinite Source) through the visual cue of a disco ball broken down into 4 quadrants. It's goofy, but it's a fun way of looking at deep concepts. When spirituality and holistic notions are presented in a more down to earth manner, they're much more digestable, and seem more reasonable. The idea of living an enlightened life is more accessible when all the b.s. is stripped away, and it's looked at from a different perspective. I particularly enjoyed the sections of the book that dealt with taking personal responsibility for your physical health. That's a key item that's missing from most spiritual teachings, and it shouldn't be considering its importance. The divine disco ball might not appeal to you, but it's still a great book to get a ball of your own rolling.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from Hay House, and was not financially compensated. This review represents my honest assessment.

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E Squared

Mar 10, 2013

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I really enjoyed E-Squared by Pam Grout. If you've ever wanted to put the teachings of Esther Hicks/Abraham or "The Secret" to the test, well this is the book for you. The hands on approach with the 9 experiments were a lot of fun, and I learned quite a bit that I really wasn't expecting. Since each exercise takes a day or two to complete, it was nice to slow down and really absorb each of the messages the author was teaching, rather than speed read. I was planning on doing a write up on my personal experiences, but I found a lot of it, a little too personal and profound to share. Besides, I wouldn't want to give anything away, or ruin anyone else's experiments. Suffice to say, this book will get you thinking. It's well written, well researched, enlightening, and entertaining. It's full of great, inspiring stories and quotes as well. I recommend giving it a chance. The idea of woo-woo new age mysticism and scientifically measurable data meeting at a comfortable middle is too much fun to pass up.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from Hay House, I was not paid for my review or opinion. My honest opinion of this book is that it is a fantastic 5-Star read.

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The Importance of Being Extraordinary

Feb 18, 2013

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I received this CD set from Hay House for review purposes, I wasn't financially compensated, and this is my honest opinion of the product. I've followed the teachings of Dr. Dyer for a few years now, but I'm probably one of the few who has not read Eckhart Tolle. However, I found this 2 CD, live lecture intense, empowering, and enlightening. Both men have a wonderful gift of simplifying those deep spiritual, endlessly debatable Truths. Ideas that could be considered fighting words, or major points of contention in exclusionary religions, are dusted off and given a deeper perspective. They do this in a gentle, easily understood way without stepping on any toes or pointing any fingers. This is a conversation that you'll want to listen to several times, and revisit occasionally. The teachings are simple, beautiful, and profound, but not necessarily a listen to it once, and you've learned it kind of experience. Any western student of Zen Buddhism or Taosim should certainly give it a chance. You can create an extraordinary life by finding your power within, by discovering where your inspiration lies, you'll have no need for motivation. Very good stuff here.
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ThetaHealing Rhythm for Finding Your Perfect Weight

Feb 07, 2013

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Thetahealing Rhythm For Finding Your Perfect Weight by Vianna Stibal is an incredible book. It isn't for everybody, but if you have experience, or are interested in energy healing, this will be right up your alley. Being unfamiliar with the author's previous books, I was initially confused about what thetahealing entails. However, she cleared up my confusion pretty quickly. The integrated mind, body, spirit approach she offers is what sets this program apart from so many others. Her introduction contains the divine revelation "Anyone who tells you that you can release weight without exercise is trying to sell you something. You have to exercise!" The latter sections of the book deal with exercise and nutrition. But like all good teachers she starts by taking a deep look at the foundation of the issue. Beliefs. Those of us who have successfully lost extreme amounts of weight know, that the outward changes only mirror the effect of the inward changes. And those beliefs must change drastically. Vianna Stibal covers many of the limiting, dangerous beliefs in detail. That section alone makes this book a 5 star read. This is a fantastic book. The author sums it up best by saying, "This program is for those people who are intuitive;who realize that there is no separation between mind, body, and soul." Many of the ideas offered, are concepts I wish I'd have been exposed to years ago. There are empowering points she makes, that I've been trying to teach to my own personal training clients. The sections on running and exercising "without exercising" are brilliant. This book is a powerful tool, and is a definite keeper in my fitness library.

I received a free copy of this book from Hay House for review purposes, I was not financially compensated. This review reflects my honest opinion and assessment of this book.
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All Is Well

Jan 28, 2013

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I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes, I was not financially compensated for my opinion. That said, I rate this book at a full 5 out of 5 stars. Brilliant. This is a home run. Louise Hay has brought so much public awareness to the mind/body connection since the 1980's, and now Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz has taken those ideas to a level of deeper understanding. If you've enjoyed any of their previous works, this one is a no-brainer, you'll love it. And if you're new to the idea that our thoughts manifest in the body as conditions, you'll enjoy it too. The research that backs up the theory is astonishing. The authors do a great job of explaining how thought patterns affect the human body, and then go on to teach an integrated treatment approach; never a one size fits all prescription. The reader is given a lot of information on the seven emotional centers, and how and why they affect they body the way they do. At the end of each section case studies are offered, and their treatment plans are detailed. Patients were given daily affirmation work to help heal and strengthen their mindset. Diseases were treated, not just with medical drugs, but through adjustments in nutrition, supplementation, visualization, and exercise or activity levels as well. This book gives me hope that more people will get the lesson, and start taking responsibility for their health. This is a very empowering book. It could very well change, or even save your life.
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You Can Trust Your Life DVD Set

Jan 23, 2013

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You Can Trust Your Life is the new 4 disc DVD intensive from Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, two beautiful souls who are responsible for bringing a lot of good into this world. This 2 day seminar was filmed in front of a live audience, and manages to entertain while getting across some very deep spiritual teachings. If you're new to the ideas of consciousness, or a veteran on the path, there is much to benefit from here. The interaction between these two ladies, and the audience is delightful, and inspiring to watch. They certainly walk their talk. They really go deep in this seminar. I particularly enjoyed the section on "tapping", or Emotional Freedom Technique. The question and answer period with the attendees was most enlightening. Positive thinking, affirmations, and mirror work are powerful techniques. The practicality of each is given a thorough examination. For instance, the difference between an affirmation and a denial is discussed, and expertly explained. You will learn life saving, and life changing tools in these lessons. If you're interested in improving your life, your self esteem, becoming more grounded in the present moment, and/or discovering your true potential you'll discover a lot of valuable information and inspiration in You Can Trust Your Life. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the DVD set from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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Integrative Wellness Rules

Dec 22, 2012

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Sometimes books written by Dr.'s (Phil and Oz come to mind) can be a bit bossy, and tedious. Not the case with Dr. Jim Nicolai's book Integrative Wellness Rules. He speaks in a way that's easy to understand. Refrains from getting too preachy, and he entertains without belaboring his point, and wearing out his welcome with the reader. The book is divided up by subject, with each subject containing several rules, or theories. Each section of the book gets right to the point without wasting any time. It's a great collection of, not just, Dr. Nicolai's knowledge, but also, many leaders in the health industry who have inspired him. Leaders like Anthony Robbins, Bill Phillips, and Dr. Andrew Weil are cited and given the respect they deserve. Dr. Nicolai describes health as our destination, and wellness is the road map to get there. That is really what this book is, a road map. It's a reference manual, you are going to want to keep on hand while planning, or fine tuning your fitness journey. Whether you're just beginning that trip, or you're an old pro, Integrative Wellness Rules will be of value to you. It's very easy to get caught up in one aspect of wellness, at the expense of others. The ideas, and rules taught in this book can help you keep the whole map in perspective. It's become popular nowadays for fitness professionals to talk about, not just nutrition and exercise, but a lifestyle change. Dr. Jim Nicolai can show you exactly what to do to create that lifestyle. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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F**K It Therapy

Nov 28, 2012

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F**k it Therapy by John C. Parkin is going to help a lot of people. Wherever you are in life, you know that stress has a stranglehold on a great number of us. Not good, considering stress is the number one killer nowadays. John offers many techniques to help you escape from the self imposed prisons we check ourselves into. The prisons of fear, self-doubt, perfectionism and many more are looked at in great detail. I found the sections dealing with the ancient art of qigong particularly refreshing. Taking something sacred and powerful, and presenting it in a unique, down to earth, fun, and naughty way is just f**king brilliant. There is great magic in those two little words "f**k it" that I can't really put my finger on to describe, but the author sums it up perfectly. I recommend you give this book a shot, but take it slow. There is a lot going on within these 316 pages, powerful processes, and even some links for helpful, exclusive online content. There is a brief section on diet and exercise, which I didn't particularly care for, but it's only a short three pages. Overall, this is a fantastic, thought provoking read. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Transcendance Expanded

Nov 07, 2012

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You might have seen Michael Bernard Beckwith on Oprah, or experienced his dynamic presence in the film that brought the law of attraction mainstream, The Secret. He's the Founder and Spiritual Director of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, but he's much more than a preacher. He is a man of God. Now I don't say that lightly. I've spent much of my life running from the idea of God. The concept of God I was raised on, was a God of rules and submission to his will and his word. If you weren't with him, you were against him, and you were screwed. Eternal hellfire damnation awaited those who didn't accept the gift of salvation. That's not the kind of God you're going to find in Transcendance Expanded, nor will you find anything here blasphemous or at odds with scriptures. The book is made up of eight lessons, that explore the idea of universal spiritual truths, and a God who offers true free will without judgment. He speaks of how to unify yourself with the creative energy that formed all that is, while retaining your unique individuality and perspective. You learn that the divine energy wants to be used, not obeyed. Your Belief System, or B.S., as The Rev so poignantly puts it, cannot comprehend the greatness of the creative force. We are the universe becoming aware of itself, and we might as well accept our greatness, he says. The CD is something else out of this world. It contains musical versions of the 8 Transcendance talks produced by some of the best in the music industry, with Beckwith delivering lines with a passionate punch, in a style described as Rhythm and Joy. Both the book and the music offer a unique and positive vibrational lift. There really is some magic here worth checking out. On a side note, as a personal trainer who loves to exercise, the CD is exceptional in that it can bring positive energy into the weight room, cardio machines, or burn it to mp3 and take it on a run. It can definitely bring some empowerment and vitality to your workouts. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Self-Hypnosis And Subliminal Technology

Oct 28, 2012

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The good people at Hay House publishing sent me a review copy of Eldon Taylor's book and CD, Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Technology. I wasn't paid for this review, and this is my own, honest opinion. As a personal trainer I've long been fascinated by this subject, and its effect on personal change, specifically breaking through weight loss and bodybuilding plateaus. Eldon Taylor is an expert in his field, with over 30 years of experience. He's written many books. This was my first exposure to his writing. I give both the book and the accompanying audio CD a hearty thumbs up. This is important work. Nowadays many of us are spending a lot of time running around on autopilot, or the subconscious mind. The more we can learn how to influence that underlying mind, the more empowered our lives will be. The ideas in this book teach you ways you can rewire, or reprogram your inner self; your excuses and self-imposed limitations can be pushed to the side and you can reach previously unreachable goals. There is a section on creating your own subliminal self-hypnosis sessions. It teaches the basics to really personalize a program and make it work for you. The CD is brilliant, I've used audio programs designed by other professional hypnotists, and I have to say this disc is superior to most of them, maybe all, I need to listen some more. It definitely took me to a very deep hypnotic state. My mind is swimming in the possibilities that opened up to me after reading this book.
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The Only Thing That Matters

Oct 18, 2012

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Wow! I can honestly say, I have never read a book like this one. Ever. And I've read most of the Conversations With God series. I've gotten a lot out of the works of Neale Donald Walsch over the years, though I did find Happier Than God a bit confusing on the first read. That said, The Only Thing That Matters really, and I mean really, stands out from the pack. There's some mind blowing stuff in this sucker. A couple times, I just put the bookmark in, closed it, and stared at the back cover while I assimilated what was just communicated. This is Book 2 in the Conversations With Humanity series, I haven't yet read Book 1, but I didn't find that to be any hindrance whatsoever. You know, it's really great when a self-help book actually helps you better understand your self, your place in the grand scheme of things, and how to improve your experience of both. The Only Thing That Matters lays it all out in a way that is easy to understand (once you get past startled). It also contains five powerful gifts that will change your life if you let them. It's ironic that a book on spirituality and oneness can be so unique, the author truly outdid himself on this one. I swear, I'm not just saying that.

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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Secrets of Meditation

Oct 03, 2012

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The author begins by telling his personal story of transformation, how his life was quite successful in many ways, but he'd fallen into that easy trap of drifting through the days, working and making money, yet not feeling any inner peace or fullfillment. A state familiar to many of us. The story of his awakening was very cool, and interesting, so I won't spoil it for you. After the author tells about his personal journey, the rest of the book is a breakdown of different techniques, tips, ways, and means of meditation. Many questions I've collected over the years, were answered by this book, so I'd highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of whether they're a beginner or a seasoned meditator. The author is very good at keeping the subject interesting. Stillness and quietude can have a profound effect on one's life, but when life gets overwhelming it's often easier to just stay an overwhelmed victim, rather than dedicate yourself to a daily practice. It can be tough to see the benefits of meditation when you're caught up in the volume and drama of the daily grind, but davidji has written a great book that clears up a lot of misconceptions, and teaches how you can make time for and benefit powerfully from meditation.
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What Makes Us Healthy

Sep 18, 2012

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Caroline Myss's audio program What Makes Us Healthy? is amazing. About halfway through disc one, I found myself shouting "Holy crap!" several times. This is the heavy duty approach to spirituality. Caroline pulls no punches whatsoever. I was blown away, quite a few times I had to hit the pause button and just sort of let the messages sink in. If you are interested in a holistic approach to healthy living and healing, you need to hear this lecture. I've been drawn to the ideas of the consciousness movement for a few years now, but I've never heard it explained this well, nor have I heard anyone so succinctly describe the history of new age ideas and where we as a people stand right now, and how we'll most likely be remembered by future generations. Caroline Myss is a great teacher. There are some hard lessons she teaches over the course of these 6 cds. Frankly, some of them scare the Hell out of me, but I intend to "cowboy up" and do the work. If you like your inspirational teachings "airy-fairie" and weak in the knees, you may not want to hear all that Caroline has to say on "What Makes Us Healthy?" but I really think you need to give it a listen. She's funny, and entertaining yet tough as nails. Tougher than many a good coach, personal trainer, or drill sergeant.

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

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Wishes Fulfilled

Sep 09, 2012

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I've read several books by Dr. Dyer over the years. My favorite was Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, I didn't think he'd ever top it. With Wishes Fulfilled, though, I think Wayne Dyer has broken a lot of new ground, and maybe even surpassed all of his 30 plus books he's written over the past 40 years. The consummate teacher, this brilliant man, is capable of putting his own ego aside and weaving in the teachings of past luminaries from the Bible, and early 20th century consciousness leaders such as Neville Goddard, Uell S. Anderson , and the Saint Germain Discourses. The Dr. does a fantastic job of taking the huge ideas, and lofty language of the aforementioned, and boiling it down to easily digestible yet profound messages. This is an inspiring, heartfelt book. You won't feel this kind of honesty from most spiritual teachers. This is an important book, it isn't just about manifesting wishes, but creating a better world for you and yours. It's about rediscovering your true self, and potential, and then actively living it. This is an empowering book that I didn't want to put down, and will most likely read several more times. 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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Great Sex, Naturally

Aug 26, 2012

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I don't think it's possible for Great Sex, Naturally to have had a more intriguing title. This book was written for women specifically, and authored by Dr. Laurie Steelsmith, and her husband Alex Steelsmith. As I guy, I was expecting it to be filled with Kama Sutra-like positions, and secret, little tricks you can perform with your anatomy. This wasn't the case, but I wasn't disappointed. There are plenty of sex books out there like that. This one's chief concern is to empower a healthy sexuality treated with a holistic, or whole person approach. This idea permeates the book, and offers some paradigm shifting ideas. Of course our heart health, diet, exercise, and self-esteem affect our sex lives, but at a cursory glance it just doesn't seem that way. Looking deeper, the authors make a great case for their point, that a holistic, or balanced approach to your entire life will greatly enhance your sex life as well. Great Sex, Naturally is divided into two sections. The first part deals with balancing your lifestyle. The second part is about new ideas for enhancing your sex life. It seems to be written more for monogamous couples, but certainly, singles could benefit as well. This is a great reference book to keep around for the detailed information on harmonizing your hormones. There is also tons of great info on aphrodisiacs, lubricants, and pressure points which I think many people are going to find really exciting.
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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Meals That Heal Inflammation

Aug 06, 2012

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Meals that heal is a beautiful concept. So many of us, who deal with food issues, need to replace emotional attachments that no longer serve us with positive, beneficial ones. In Meals That Heal Inflammation, author Julie Daniluk R.H.N. has put together a wonderful book. It clocks in at almost 400 pages. The last half of the book consists of recipes that aren't too complicated to pull off, and very satisfying and healing. The first half is dedicated to the studies and the science of inflammation, and how it affects us.

Inflammation is at the core of most of the disease and pain that we can experience throughout our lives. Inflammation is also a side effect of some pharmaceuticals prescribed by physicians to fight these same diseases and pain. That's not to say that this book takes on the conspiratorial tone some health and nutrition books embrace, far from it. Meals That Heal Inflammation offers a lot of choices. Read it, and you will find yourself armed with good information, and scientifically supported food choices.

The book is set up very well, in that each chapter reiterates important points made in previous chapters. I wish more nutrition oriented books would take that approach. It clears up a lot of confusion. Actually, there were several questions I've had for years that Julie Daniluk answered for me. The sections in the book that deal with food cravings really got me thinking. The idea that the foods we crave most, are often the foods we are most sensitive too, never occurred to me before. The eating plans offered, are easily managed, well thought out, and thoroughly explained. As someone who loves training with weights, and long distance running, I'm quite familiar with inflammation in the form of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This book has opened my eyes to some previously unconsidered options, lessened my pain, and cleared up more time to engage in the training activities I love. For that I am truly grateful, and recommending this book to anyone who trains on a consistent basis, or struggles with food and/or weight issues.

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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