Healing and Transformation

Healing and Transformation

 

 

Book: “Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary” by Eric Alsterberg, Ph. D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a combination psychological book and spiritual book. It discusses case examples and references many books. The overall encompassing message is that we, as a people, are having a spiritual experience while in human form. This message is emphasized throughout the book.

I like the case examples including the ones from the author’s life. He brings insight into the spiritual life and of that entering into the New Golden Age. The author covers many life subject areas from masculinity and femininity roles, intimate relationships to parenting.

Eric Alsterberg says there are no coincidences – that everything is as it should be. However, depending upon how we think positively or negatively determines what kind of world we will have. Depending upon our actions to be Christ-like or opposite also determines the kind of Earth we will live in.

He speaks of listening to the inner voice, the higher self or God presence in our intuition or while we meditate. We can hear from angels, ascended masters or our guides. We will be only give so much information as we can handle. We make decisions based on what we know and sometimes information is withheld for our own benefit.

Dr Alsterberg says there are many traditional methods for healing which include psychotherapy, self-help groups, twelve step tradition groups, self-help books and technologies, seminars and workshops, massage therapy, Reiki, meditation and prayer.

He uses hypnotherapy in his practice and sometimes deals with past-life regression. He believes that many issues that we currently deal with may have their karmic beginnings in past lives. This is something we need to deal with.

Dr. Alsterberg mentions some of his client’s problem with abuse. In one situation, a woman kept attracting abusive partners. He concludes that “Guilt is often an attack on us for not being able to forgive ourselves.” Further forgiveness is important because God is Pure Love and has already forgiven us. Yet people struggle to forgive themselves. We need to release the negative and fear-based emotions within ourselves. Dr. Alsterberg makes his clients visualize positive and love-based emotions leaving and then coming back down a beam of light from higher dimensions and going back into the person.

This book tries to cover many aspects of life. It is am ambitious project. It is an interesting book. Some points, I do not agree with because they have not been proved but they are minor problems with the book. You will know them when you see them. I recommend this book to those who like psychological and spiritual books.

Tags: psychological, spiritual, New Golden Age, coincidences, angels, ascended masters, guides, psychotherapy, self-help groups, twelve-step traditional groups, self-help books and technologies, seminars, workshops, massage therapy, reiki, meditation, prayer, abusive partners, higher dimensions, beam of light

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Life Loves You

Life Loves You

Life Loves You

Book: “Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay and Robert Holden

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a reflection of a nice conversation between Louise Hayden and Robert Holden. You follow them through time having conversations about life loving you. They go over their childhood memories and their past. They come to a conclusion that they did not love or accept themselves when they were younger.

They quote Albert Einstein and Buddha for how we should love and accept ourselves so that Life Loves You or God Loves You. The universe, according to Albert Einstein, is either a friendly or unfriendly place? Which do you decide upon? It’s a choice.

Each chapter is followed by an exercise. The first is to do mirror work. Being able to face yourself and say that you love yourself is key. Then the 10 dots of Affirmations, lets you place 10 markers around your house where you affirm something positive in your life every time you see the 10 dots or 10 stickers around your house.

An Affirmation Board is like the Vision Board – simply affirming what is important in your life. Daily Gratitude whether first thing in the morning, throughout the day or last thing before you go to sleep is very important. Being receptive to receiving good is very helpful. By creating a receiving journal you open yourself to what the world can provide. Finally, blessings to and of the world, heals the future.

This book is enjoyable to read. It reads very easily and reflects upon Louise’s life and how she has progressed. She did not expect or know Hay House would be the sensational success it is today other than she wanted to self-publish – “You Can Heal Your Life.” From there, she simply did what was in front of her. Many of her successes were at a later stage of life but that did not stop her from moving forward. From learning to ball dance to producing art work at a elderly age, Louise does not let life stop her and so we should follow a similar example. She produced the “Blessing Buddha” as a work in progress for five years and it became a hit at Art Beat in Vista, California with many prints being sold. The Blessing Buddha is currently in the Hay House headquarters.

I recommend this book for spiritually aware people or people who would like to become more so. If you are feeling down about yourself, this is a good book because it helps you to love yourself more.