Goddesses Never Age

Goddesses

Book: “Goddesses Never Age” by Christiane Northrup M.D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I took a long time to read this book due to a number of factors. First of all, personally, I was very busy in my life and was not able to dedicate a lot of time to this book. Second of all, it is such a thorough compendium of information that it took awhile to read. Dr. Northrup provides many studies to back up her theories and insights.

The biggest thing to know is that Dr. Christiane Northup acknowledges the unity of mind, body, emotions and spirit. Her book, therefore, provides insights into this collective knowledge base. Did you know for example that the emotional pain that you have registers in the same part as your brain does for physical pain? Did you know that the gene expression of a person is strongly influenced by their beliefs and emotions as well as lifestyle choices? Did you know that laughter releases nitric oxide and beta-endorphins into your bloodstream boosting your immunity?

These tidbits of information are some of the insights that Dr. Northrup provides. She shows how we can age without being caught up in what society expects of someone our age. She shows how baby boomers have impacted many generations and that they will continue to do so as they age. It is no longer a world revolving around the young. Older people are worthy and deserve respect. Dr. Christiane Northrup challenges us to do things for ourselves from being more active by moving around and challenging gravity to doing something special and fun like learning to dance. Christiane provides a 14 day outline of what to do each day to become an Ageless Beauty.

This book is particularly good for anyone turning 50 or more. It is basically geared towards the baby boomers who are looking towards having an engaging life towards being a centenarian. It is hope-filled and directive towards not buying into the negativity as one ages in this North-American world who values and glorifies youth. Unlike other cultures and countries where ageism is not a problem and elders are appreciated and revered. There is a lesson for us to learn here.

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 Plant Plus Diet Solution

Personalized Nutrition for Life

Personalized Nutrition for Life

Book: “The Plant Plus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life” by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

If the Pareto Principles is correct a 20% change in your eating habits can make an 80% change in your diet. This book is full of science bites – chapters explaining medical terminology and nutrition. It was so technical at times, that I wish I had pictures of the part of the body that the author was talking about or the sample of fatty-acid chains as examples to better illustrate the words.

Nonetheless, the book goes through quite a few studies to highlight the most recent findings. Many scientific studies can be geared a certain direction especially if an industrial giant is sponsoring the study or a scientist has a certain predisposition or bias.

The discussion covers proteins, carbohydrates and fats. There is a great deal of research on fats, especially those that are good for you which ones are not. It continues to discuss the fat versus calorie perspective and the breadth of diets from Atkins to the Zone Diet. It discusses a fair bit about gut microbes and also the Standard American Diet (SAD). It discusses epigenetics which is how the environment affects your genetics.

Largely, this book lets you design your own diet based on your own needs. It talks about having low-glycemic foods instead of high-glycemic foods in your diet. It talks about increasing your plant intake so as to provide fibres and needed foods for the bacteria in your gut. It talks about how many illnesses will be reduced or eliminated depending on how well we are able to create a plant-plus diet.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in your health and would like to lose weight. Finally, at the end, there are some recipes made with super foods.

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.

The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You

Ten things dead people want you to tell you.

The top en things dead people want to tell you.

Book: “The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell” by Mike Dooley

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I start off this review by mentioning what Mike Dooley signficantly writes in the Epilogue: “Some of what I shared might be extremely offensive to those who are not ready (or don’t want) to hear it.” Mike indicates that what he has written about may be hard for some people to see, hear and acknowledge.

Mike normally writes about the Law of Attraction where “Thoughts become Things” or TBT. He was a teacher on “The Secret” produced by Rhonda Byrnes. He is able to present how our thoughts plus actions in a positive direction will help manifest our desires. Our vibe is very important in how we end up getting what we want in life.

Mike covers ten things that dead people would want you to know. They are:

  1. We’re not dead
  2. There’s no such thing as a devil or hell
  3. We were ready
  4. You’re not ready
  5. We’re sorry for any pain we caused
  6. Your dreams really can come true
  7. “Heaven” is really going to blow your mind!
  8. Life is more than fair
  9. Your “old” pets are crazy as ever
  10. Love is the way; truth is the path

Life is a school and we are here to learn. Mike Dooley speaks of reincarnation and the fact that most of have lived many times. He explains some of the victimization problems as to very young souls who have most likely not lived many lifetimes and so are scared and deal with anger and other hostile emotions. He indicates that life is fair because we do attract absolutely every experience to us although he does try to deal with the “unfairness” of being a victim. However, he says that love is the ultimate goal and that love is in everybody and everything. He believes that initially people have the right intention of being good but that some people get lost or misdirected.

Mike supports his beliefs based on a number of books that he has read which he included in a recommended reading list at the back of the book. I would recommend the books of Dr. Michael Newton who is a hypnotherapist and has regressed people to in between lives. His website is here: http://newtoninstitute.org/ The interesting point is that despite different people’s religious and cultural references, their view of “heaven” is very close to one another. Mike seems to discuss some of the points that Dr. Michael Newton also speaks of.

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.

Book Review: The Big Book of Angel Tarot

Big Book of Angel Tarot

Big Book of Angel Tarot

Book: “The Big Book of Angel Tarot: The Essential Guide to Symbols, Spreads and Accurate Readings” by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is compendium of information that goes along with the Angel Tarot Card Deck. The beginning of the book, reviews the history of tarot and how this deck compares to the traditional Rider-Waite deck. These cards are positive in nature while still dealing with events in a person’s life that may be perceived as negative or difficult to deal with. For this reason, the cards do not have a reverse meaning. If the cards are upside down, you simply put them the right direction and read the reading based on what has been written symbolically, according to the picture itself and based on both angel numbers and astrology.

The Major Arcana is now the Dreamer’s Journey. You follow him/her as they progress through life until you reach the World along with Archangel Michael. Each Major Arcana card has an Archangel attached to it which gives you further information as to how the card works in the spread or reading.

The Minor Arcana has pip cards which are the numbered cards and the court cards which include the Page, the Knight, The Queen and the King. The Ace starts off each suit. The suits have been changed to Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

The Fire has dragons and wands in it, Water has cups in it plus merpeople, Air has unicorns in it (swords in previous tarot decks) and Earth has fairies and gold coins in it.

I studied this book by having physically organized my cards according to the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana in the order they are presented in the book. Then it took time, however, I studied the card, then read the reading, reflected on the card some more and paused to think about it all. Then, I proceeded to the next card. In time, the whole deck and book were finished.

My head is now full of imagery, stories and symbolism. It is an appropriate book to have as a reference guide to go along with the Angel Tarot Cards. The little guide book that comes with the deck are good for basic information and then this big book gives you far more detail. This deck obviously took into consideration a lot of factors.

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.

Book: “E3” by Pam Grout

E3

Book: “E3” by Pam Grout

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book offers 9 energy experiments for manifesting magic and miracles in your life. E3 (E Cubed) is a successor book to E2 (E Squared). It is based on the new age idea that you cause your reality based on your thoughts. Quite simply, if you are negative and complaining, then you will experience “bad” things. If, on the other hand, you continue to be positive in thought, your experience will also be positive.

This talks about the world being abundant. Pam points towards nature and the way that everything is perfect in that world. People, on the other hand, have hosts of negative ideas streaming through their consciousness.

It has been a 100 years since Marconi claimed he could make radio frequencies that would cross the ocean in a wireless way. People laughed at him and said he should be put in an insane asylum. He proved them all wrong. We can’t see the waves of a microwave oven, but it is there. We depend upon cellular phones, but you can’t see those energy waves either. We continue to use what we do not understand.

Until something is done, people think it can’t be done. This is the same for breaking the 4 minute mile. Once it was accomplished by Roger Bannister, many others thought “If he can do it, why can’t I?” Many went out to break the 4 minute mile afterwards despite people thinking it was impossible to do so. Life is this way too. If we see a person doing something extraordinary, it won’t take much more convincing to follow through in the same fashion.

This book gives you 9 experiments to try. E2 had the first 9 experiments for producing actual events instead of just new age theory being discussed. Pam Grout wants you to try these experiments so that you can prove the abundance of the world and how you can obtain the positive energy into your life.

This book was an interesting read. I found parts of it would be hard for say an immigrant or someone from another culture from understanding the references. Pam uses a lot of slang and normal cultural references from what goes on in North America. From references to TV shows like Flinstones, Friends and the Seinfeld shows, it helps to know what has been going on in the cultural world. There are many other references to movies, other books, and quotes from people which you can understand if you have been alive for awhile and can relate to these iconic references that only make sense if you have lived through most of them.

The original E2 book came out around the time of “The Secret” but was not well received because of the dominance of the book and movie coming out. It has since been rebranded and sold under another title, that of E2 and now we have the next edition in the series, E3.

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in quantum physics or new age philosophies.

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.

Book: “Quantum Creativity” by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Book Review

Book Review

Book: “Quantum Creativity” by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

First of all, I would recommend that you read this book over a period of time. It is the type of book where reading one or two chapters at once is enough. I read through the chapters fairly quickly and I believe I would have gotten more out of it if I had taken due time and consideration.

 

This book does cover many of the quantum theories with some drawings, explanations and examples.

 

I found that as I continued to read, the understanding on my part improved. I found the first chapter hard to get into but then found the second chapter more easily. The sections of the book include: Steps to Understanding Human Creativity, the Creative Process, Can Anyone be Creative?, New Paradigms in Old Creative Arenas, Spiritual Creativity, Bringing Creativity to the Center of Your Life.

 

One of the most ways to get more creativity is “Do, be, do, be, do” which means doing something and then just being. The author gives examples as to how this works with your creative part of your brain. You can work on writing a book which is a creative part of the brain but then you need to do something else that is not related like doing the dishes or cleaning up the house. You need to change up what you are doing so that your creative mind can continue to work on your problem, issue or creative pursuits while it is not directly focussed all the time on the same issue.

 

The author brings through many Hindu and Buddhist analogies or story lines to understand and relate to the creative brain and how it operates.

 

Overall, I found the book good but with some reservations. The author assumes you know and understand “Archetypes” as defined by Carl Jung. He does not give examples of Archetypes until page 132. For this reason, I recommend having a dictionary handy for difficult terminologies. As well, you can have the internet close at hand to get further explanations if you wish. When I read the book, I was not near a connected computer so all my references had to be taken from the text itself.

 

This book is good for people who are willing to think about things. The book, as I have said, is complicated in places but it manages to offer another view of physics by talking about consciousness.

 

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.