Mindfulness

Mindfulness

 

Book: “What’s Beyond Mindfulness: Waking Up to This Precious Life?” by Stephen Fulder, Watkins Media Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available January 15, 2019

It has taken me quite some time to read this book as I had to keep getting re-acquainted to the book as I needed to keep putting it down for consideration and reflection The book is about mindfulness. It is about Buddhism being part of our way of life that can be inclusive of already understood religions like the Judeo-Christian ones. Buddhism, as a way of life, adds to these existing religions in a way that is not adverse to them and so it is a good adjunct.

Stephen Fulder has done a lot of things including having Israeli-Palestinian workshops trying to give peace a chance in the Middle East. People leave behind their pre-conceived notions of the “enemy” and come to see that there is a humanity and spirituality in all people.

I appreciated the appendix as it offered a question/answer format. I would have, in many ways, preferred if the entire book had been written this way. Buddhism some may say is easy to learn, however, I find it much more difficult to understand and therefore difficult to write and read about.

I appreciated quotes from spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi and the many Buddhist and Hindu spiritual leaders. The books goes into the stories of the bible like Jonah and Job, as well as into a number of psalms. Stephen also has written a number of poems throughout the book.

One quote early on I like is “We can live a wise inner life of reflection, creativity and inspiration, a life with wide horizons.” Another quote towards the middle that I like is “Consciousness is pure, it is our Buddha-nature, our pure being.” Finally, a quote near the end is that “The Sanskrit wordsamadhiis used for deep quiet, serenity and concentration, and it actually means to gather ourselves together. To bring ourselves back home.” The eight tenets of Buddhism were mentioned as well.

There is a lot of information provided but I am coming from a spiritual/New Age perspective so I found myself at odds with a number of the concepts. One example is karma. I disagree with what the books says. I do think it is about cause and effect. I do think that what you have done in a previous lifetimes affects you in your current life. Many situations that you are dealing with in life are as a result of either good intention or bad intention actions in past lives.

I appreciated the vocabulary of terms in the appendix in the back. I commend Stephen Fulder for the positive work he has done in society overall.

I am giving this book 3.5 stars out of 5 because it is informative but not in a structured way. Like I mentioned above, I think the book would have been more logical to understand and also more focussed if it were a question-answer process as the concepts are difficult to grasp due to our dualistic way of thinking.

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HSP – Highly Sensitive People

HSP

Book: “The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People:How to Transform Feeling Overwhelmed and Frazzled to Empowered and Fulfilled,” by Mel Collins, Watkins Media Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

The book is available January 15, 2019.

Mel Collins worked in a prison for over 10 years as a HSP or Highly Sensitive Person. She realized that this was not the best match and so studied to become a therapist which was ideal for her intuitive abilities.

Some people are scared that they are so highly sensitive or intuitive but Mel Collins sees this as a gift. She believes in having a balanced life between the feminine and the masculine aspects or the yin and yang of the person.

She also believes in having a balance between physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. By keeping these areas balanced and shiny like a diamond, there will be very positive results for the HSP.

Mel Collins talks about the chakras and the auric field. She talks about EFT tapping. She discusses ways to protect HSP from outside energies in a number of ways.

There area a number of ways to deal with energy fields. First is the golden light technique, second is visualizing using colours, third is the spotlight method, fourth is crystal therapy and fifth is prayer or faith-based techniques. It is important to clear energetic hooks or cords and cleansing your aura and chakras by the silver shower method, the violet flame method, or smudging or burning sage. Plus, there is the power of salt and the pool of purification method.

Mel Collins says there are earthbound spirits that may attach to a HSP because of the lighter and higher vibrations the person is giving off and because the person is a helper. In these cases, it is important to get the spirit to understand that they are no longer living and should move onto the light.

She talks about the divine blueprint that is with all of us before we reincarnated. We often deal with outstanding issues from previous lifetimes. Mel also does past-life regression therapy work and feels it could be important to realizing why we are here on Earth.

I found the book about Highly Sensitive People to be a good one because I am one. I thought what can this author teach me that I already don’t know about myself and the spirit world but she did a pretty good overview. I liked the book and would recommend it to people who are intuitive but still developing their spiritual practice. For those who have been evolving for awhile, it is a good overview.

Tags: highly sensitive people, person, intuition, yin, yang, masculine, feminine, chakras, aura, energy field, spirit, spirituality, past-life regression, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.

365 Ways to Beat Stress

365 stress

 

Book: “365 Ways to Beat Stress: How to Relax and Find Perfect Calm” by Adam Gordon (ed), Watkins Media Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available April 16, 2019

There are a few sections to this book: Mornings, Dealing with Stress and Emotions, Positive Change, Mind and Spirit, Body, The Peaceful Home, Work, People, Creativity and Play, and Evenings.

There are common-sense and yet new ways of dealing with stress. This book is full of good ideas from drawing insight from your dreams to thinking how you can give joy to one person today as you walk to singing in the showers.

I recommend this book to those who would like to give a thoughtful gift. It can be used daily as an inspiration to what to do with your life to destress. It is well thought out and worth it.

Tags: peace, meditations, inspirations, spirit, Mornings, Dealing with Stress and Emotions, Positive Change, Mind and Spirit, Body, The Peaceful Home, Work, People, Creativity and Play, and Evenings.

365 Ways to Find Peace

365 peace

 

Book: “365 Ways to Find Peace: Meditations and Inspirations” by Marcus Braybrooke (ed), Watkins Media Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available April 16, 2019

There are a number of sections to this daily book of 365 ways to find peace through meditation and inspiration. It splits off in a number of sections: The Centre of Being, The Inner Circle of Love, and The Outer Circle of Spirit. There is a quote for each day from the Buddha, to Epictetus to George Washington Carver and George Herbert.

One that I like as an example is in the Svetashvatara Upanishad approximately 600 to 399 BCE in India.

“All is change in the world of the senses, but changeless is the supreme Lord of Love. Meditate on him, be absorbed by him, wake up from this dream of separateness.”

And then there is a more modern one from Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945) USA

“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.”

It is good as a gift for a friend. It is best read one quote at a time to consider and reflect upon each day.

Tags: peace, meditations, inspirations, spirit,

Living Aware

Living Aware

 

Book: “Living Aware and Inspired: Intuition, the Bioenergy Field, Mind and Emotions” by Helen Pankowsky, MD, Boutique of Quality Books Publishing and WriteLife Publishing, 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

The book is available January 1, 2019.

I have enjoyed reading this book immensely. It is very good at what it has served to do as its goal. The first part of the book deals with Intuition. The second part of the book deals with the Bioenergy Field. The third part of the book deals with “The Mind-Field, Emotions, Body, And Soul.”

For Dr. Helen Pankowsky, being called to the arts but eventually being drawn to the sciences, it was as if “In the ongoing dispute between my psychic/artistic/mystical self and my rational/ scientific/logical self, intuition was caught in the middle. ”

It is important to know how the mind-field works. It is also important to know about the brain and how it functions. Intuition may come as dreams, synchronicity, body information, meditation, art, and mental imagery. “Intuition is like tuning in to a radio frequency.” Senses may be used to download or receive information. Many of these are: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, telepathy, extrasensory perceptions, and psychometry.

Intuition can be received through emotions as well: anger, sadness, fear, or happiness. The question for the next phase is dynamic and begs the question what to do with it. There is the “three-times rule” that says if it comes once, send the information away, if it comes a second time, send it away again. If it shows up a third time, you should be able to deal or impart the information to the person. Consider – “What is my intent in revealing this intuitive information?”

Some obstacles to intuition may include: fear, denial, invalidation, self-deception, control, and willpower.

Remember what Albert Einstein said “Everything that is, is energy.” and so the human bioenergy field exists. The seven chakras relate to the plexuses and the aura is the bioenergy system.

There is a CD of music made by Dr. Valerie Hunt called “Music of Light” which helps with the bio-energy field or auras of the body. One of the examples of colours is – “Elevating (blue-white-gold): stimulates higher awareness, peace, and contentment, a sense of unity, and clearer thinking and facilitates processing of problems at a higher level of consciousness and access to more wisdom. It enhances feelings of spirituality and lovingness and can enhance meditation.” It is no coincidence that the walls in my house are blue, gold with white trim.

Robert Monroe has developed Hemi-Sync technology which is basically binaural beats which can be used in healing. The highest frequencies deal with altered states, high consciousness and spiritual contemplations. Middle frequencies deal with material problem-solving. Lower frequencies deal with grounding, being healthy, attentive, creative, intuitive and spiritual. So, develop higher frequencies but don’t forget the lower frequencies by going for a walk or lifting weights.

You can use a pendulum on the chakras. “When there is a flow of energy (electrical force is greater than magnetic), the pendulum moves in a circular clockwise direction. When the energy is disturbed (magnetic force is greater than electrical), the pendulum moves back and forth. “When there is no flow or a very weak one, the pendulum stays still.” Check at the soles of the feet, the knees, the elbows, the shoulders and the seven chakras.

Learn to breathe through your chakras and to visualize it spinning clockwise through the various colours of the chakras.

Unresolved emotions are held within the mind-field of the bio-energy field. The three strongest emotions are anger, fear and love. There are many subemotions but essentially they are all a part of the three main emotions with various energy levels. Dr. Pankowsky is a psychiatrist first and still will medicate people as needed to get their physical functioning a boost and then deal with the emotional and spiritual components of the problem. With awareness, comes changes in the body field.

The soul-breath is very important. The Kundalini experience exists at a low-level to exist as human beings and can be experienced under certain circumstances. “The totality of all experiences exists in the mind-field as packets of information, accessible through the mind and which influence patterns of behavior, the emotions, and the physical body of the current life.” Lifehood or past life regression through hypnotherapy or psychics, can be an important avenue to seeing blockages in the current life. Mind dives, life shock or lifehood memory recovery can figure out current problems in this lifetime based on emotional trauma in previous lifetimes.

“There is a complex interplay between the information held in our soul, mind, bioenergy field, and physical body. ” The mind-field is where transformation takes place. You can access the mind/cell memory of your being.

This books includes excellent questions to help guide you. There are exercises as well as meditations for you to do. They are quite good. I would recommend this book for people interested in the spiritual discipline whether a novice or highly experienced.

The book is available January 1, 2019 when it will be released to the public.

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Everyday Empath

Everyday Empath

Book: “The Everyday Empath: Achieve Energetic Balance in Your Life” by Raven Digitalis, Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

The book is available March 8, 2019

Raven Digitalis has been an empath all his life. He has focussed on Wiccan and pagan pursuits and is also a farmer. He now explores empathy for those who are newly grounded in it or for those would like to understand highly attuned empaths in their lives. Empathy is an emotional internalization. It is a word that is less than a 100 years old and comes from the German word to “feeling into” where you feel somebody else’s emotion as your own. “Empathy is considerate, compassionate and engaging.”

Unlike sympathy which is a feeling “for” somebody, empathy is a feeling “as” somebody. The empath is “absorbing” the emotional frequency. Everyone is empathic to one degree or another. It all depends on how much you have developed it. Many spiritual people indicate that the emotional response of empathy affects our karma.

Our empathic techniques include the following points: we don’t need to have all the answers, it’s good to be honest, disapproval is ok sometimes, you are not a victim, put yourself first, and cultivate gratitude.

Psychics have an enhanced ability to perceive energies and are more focussed as empaths. For those with highly-developed empathy, we have the benefit of transforming or transmuting the energies by increasing the vibrations. Emotional absorption can take place while on the phone, watching TV, and reading the newspaper, in that these are examples of everyday life energy and it is everywhere. If you feel something negative, transmute its energy field to something positive. If you feel something positive, amplify that to the energy grid.

Although the empath is more compassionate, he/she may be scared and see something they don’t want. Some sensitives turn to alcohol, drug abuse, addictions, video gaming and other methods of emotional disconnection. It is really a good thing to be an empath as we are helping to bring in a new aeon of ages into being. If we isolate ourselves for long periods of time, we are bringing in external negative energy without the ability to project our positive energy.

Some methods for dealing with empathy are to: look at the third eye instead of the eyes, covering up your crown chakra with a a hat or shawl, “fake it till you make it,” carry a rock or gemstone, watch your breathing, and surround yourself with like-minded empaths.

Having said all this, it is important for the empath to have boundaries and reinforce this with visualizing a shield of protection. The Mother Earth and Father Sky shield is a good grounding one. You can try a crystalline shield, an egg shield, a mirror shield, shield of iron, a cloak of invisibility, coat of arms, patterned shield, an empath’s heart shield, shield of prayer, or elemental shield.

Empaths are prone to anxiety, depression and emotional imbalances. There are ways to deal with these problems or issues. An empaths purpose is to inspire unity, growth and healing. Empaths are natural healers and that is what we are supposed to do. That is one reason we should be continuing in our community doing the work of transmuting empathic energy and vibrations.

There are a number of exercises in the book. The first one is to observe people and figure out what is going on. It there a dominant personality and a submissive one? Is it a mother and child trying to work out a conflict? What is the feeling between the couple or the group? A second exercise involves you meeting and talking to your Shadow Self. A third exercise is regarding absorptive and projective empathy. A fourth exercise is self-limitation cord cutting. A fifth exercise is morning and evening rituals for empaths. A sixth exercise is a bathing cleansing. A seventh exercise is an empathic journey into art. An eighth exercise is to think globally and act locally. A ninth and final exercise is for action for animals.

Remember “We are not mere emotional sponges. We are emotional alchemists!”

As a fellow empath, I found the book a good review with some very good insights and also some good suggestions for exercises. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels they are developing feelings of empathy towards others or are into metaphysical subjects. I found the book valuable for myself and found it a good read.

The book is available March 8, 2019 when it will be released to the public.

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Déjà vu?

Past LifeBook: “The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Platforms” by Ann Barham

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Have you ever met someone and been automatically in sync with them, be they male or female? Conversely, have you ever met someone and instantly disliked them? Do you have an affinity for doing things despite not being really trained in it? Are you really connected to a certain part of the world, certain cultures, foods or foreign languages? If you have said “Yes” to any of these questions, you may have a clue to as your past life.

One of the best things you can do is start paying attention to your dreams looking for recurring patterns, be they specific people , scenes or circumstances. If you can afford it, travelling to different parts of the world can trigger past life memories. If you are able to be familiar with certain territories without a guidebook, you may be “home.” If you have a deep profound connection to a place, you may be reconnecting to a past life. You may use the services of a past-life regression therapist who will put you into a light meditative state. Usually a person who is used to meditation is able to hit a trance quicker and be able to reflect upon a past life regression quicker but not always.

There are difficulties in doing a past life regression such as hitting traumatic events, which need to be processed, developing closure and learning the lessons from them. For this reason, it is better to use the services of a certified regression therapist instead of doing it yourself. Mind you, some people are excellent dreamers and so can remember and reflect over a past-life regression during dreams or sleep time. If a person is not able to regress it is because they have a hard time relaxing in normal life or they are not to get a message at this time. Their issues may simply be from this current lifetime and so conventional therapy is the answer with counselling.

I found the past-life regression stories very interesting. They ranged in dates, times and spaces. I felt like I was reading short-story historical fiction and yet it was somebody’s regression. In some ways, it does matter whether past-life regression is a fact or not because if the therapy works in solving problems in your life, it was worth it. People have gotten over fears, resolved feelings with loved ones and found renewed purposes with their life.

I found this book extremely entertaining and interesting. I recommend it for New Age spiritually-minded people. This paperback book edition will be available through Atria Publishing in June 2016. I give it a 5 out of 5 rating.

Tags: in sync, connection, repulsion, affinity, hobby, practice, talent, country, culture, food, foreign language, travel, dreams, meditation, traumatic events, historical fiction, New Age, Spiritual, interesting.

Money Worries?

Money MythsBook: “The Abundance Code: How to Bust the 7 Money Myths for a Rich Life Now” by Julie Ann Cairns

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book was very hard for me to read as it brought up many money issues for me. It looks at 7 money myths. They are commonly held beliefs. They are: Money doesn’t grow on trees/ Time is money/ I have to do something worthy to get something that I get/ It takes money to make money/ The rich get richer while the poor get poorer/ Easy come, easy go/ Money won’t make me happy/ Money can’t buy me love /and Money is the root of all evil.

Julie Anne Cairns is a woman who had a well-to-do upbringing but it came tumbling down as her parents faced alcoholism and divorce. She went from living in a stately home on a lake into just being common, like everybody else. She has since worked on her belief systems and now is a respected financially well-established person. She has studied and ended up working for some well-established companies in Japan and Australia. She knows what it is like to have money and not to have it.

Julie Ann Cairns write that there are 7 possible affirmation methods for changing root belief systems. The first is the “The Sleepy Mind Affirmation Method” which works when you are about to sleep or to wake up. The second is “The Relaxation Affirmation Method” which is similar to the sleepy mind affirmation but is induced throughout the day by reaching a state of relaxation. The third is the use of Vision Boards; a collage of images and words. The fourth is Mind Movies which is a way of visualizing a new life. You can prepare a PowerPoint presentation with your beliefs on each slide. Fifth is using hypnotherapy. It is similar to the Sleepy Mind and Relaxation Affirmation Methods, however done with a professional hypnotherapist. Sixth is Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP. Seventh and finally, there is Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

This book is about dealing with Scare-city of your money belief systems. It is taking it to a new level of understanding so that you can reach the Abundance Forest where there is wealth, success and financial freedom. I am including a graphic that the author drew of Scare-city and Abundance Forest at the end of this article. It outlines emotions associated with these two belief systems. Finally, remember Desire + Knowledge + Belief = Success whereas Desire + Knowledge – Belief = Frustration. When money myths are removed, it is then safe to be generous, to share and to collaborate.

This book is a good review of your money belief systems. I found the videos that came on Julie Ann Cairn’s website helpful as well.

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Tags: money, trees, easy come, easy go, root of all evil, belief systems, Sleepy Mind Affirmation Method, Relaxation Affirmation Method, Vision Board, Mind Movies, NLP, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, videos, website.

“Is Your Spirituality Making You Go ‘Crazy?’”

Synchronicity“Is Your Spirituality Making You Go ‘Crazy?’”

Book: “Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence” by Chris Mackey

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a book undertaken and written bravely by someone in the mental health field. The author, Chris Mackey, is a psychologist in Australia. Despite his work environment, he has been hospitalized twice for depression. As well, he has had psychotic tendencies that have gone untreated. He was experimenting with hypomanic wellness instead of hypomanic illness. He was able to do more on less sleep. Some of his closest associates warned him that he was taking his experiment too far and required medication but he was able to pull himself out of his manic state without medication or intervention. To this day, he has a well-established psychological practice.

He looks towards neuroplasticity which forms new neural pathways with new synapses and neurons in the brain. This is one way of looking at psychological problems from a positive psychology point of view and also positive psychiatry. Many drug companies spend much more money on marketing than on actual research. Placebos in anti-depressants show that they are as affective as the drugs that are administered. Ernest Ross of “The Psychobiology of Gene Expression” talks of PET scans picking up activity in the dopamine receptors of patient’s with Parkinson Disease given a placebo.

Similarly, Mario Beauregard speaks of serotonin levels increasing in method actors when they are playing happy parts and dropping when they are playing sad parts in “Brain Wars.” Likewise, the drug companies do not have much encouragement for coming up with placebo or alternative methods to non-medical ways to influencing mental health. Their profits are based on people believing in the need for their medication. The disease or illness is seen as genetic and so not able to change it. It is negative in that once you have this condition, you have this condition for life. You are stuck taking the medication that may or may not be helping you.

The studies are completely devoid of transpersonal or spiritual experiences. Clients may be having a satori type of experience but it would be neglected or forgotten or taken towards being in a manic state. One such person that the author encountered was considered psychiatrically inclined and yet he would be among the most enlightened of the Buddhist religion. Many other examples of clients that have intuition and synchronicity as part of their life are spiritually aware but are also considered as having some psychosis.

Chris Mackey writes how important synchronicity is to his life and how it keeps popping up in his life. He believes one is on their path when the sychronicities are happening more.

An interesting example in the book outlines what happened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A grandfather clocked stopped working when a 72 year old man died with no apparent heir. Several years later it started to work again and a within moments the widow received a call to hear that a grandson had been born 15 minutes earlier. As a Winnipegger, I find this story interesting.

Chris Mackey uses the work of Carl Jung quite extensively. Carl Jung saw synchronicity when two events of a meaningful and uncanny coincidence which connects our inner and outer worlds. “Synchronicity” is a good book for people questioning the spirituality and psychology of their lives. Chris speaks of events being numinous (sacred or spiritual) and are particularly valuable when kairos (action) is combined with synchronicity.

Tags: mental health, psychology, hospitalization, depression, psychosis, psychiatric, hypomanic wellness, hypomanic illness, neuroplasticity, Ernest Ross, Marie Beauregard, Brain Wars, Genetic Expression, placebo, transpersonal, spiritual, satori, Buddhist, grandfather clock, Winnipeg, Carl Jung, numinous, kariros.

 

Prof Reader Professional Reader

Trust

Trust

 

Book: “Trust: Mastering the Four Essential Trusts” by Iyanla Vanzant

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book of “Trust” by Iyanla Vanzant is very involved. She covers trust from the perspective of Trust in Self, Trust in God, Trust in Others and Trust in Life. “Cause and effect, correspondence, vibration, attraction, love and forgiveness are all concrete laws that govern the movement and unfolding of life.”

This book is a good read from the beginning stories of Iyanla’s life when she had to claim bankruptcy in her life. She had to live in a renting situation for years even after starting the “Iyanla: Fix My Life” TV series on the OWN network. After having risen from poverty to a high state of living, she was not used to this style of life. When her relationship with her husband broke down and other relationships broke down in her personal and professional life, her standard of life went downhill. She prayed to God for direction. She was happy to be living in a rental situation with limited opportunities when friends asked her when she would be moving on. She gave it some reflection over a couple of years. She had to overcome her bankruptcy situation. She had to be pre-approved for a mortgage. She found a place in need of much repair. To make a long story short, it was her friend, Oprah Winfrey, who came in with Nate Berkus and repaired it for her as a surprise. She was very grateful.

Next comes the part of trusting in God. Actually, this theme carries throughout the book. Without God’s prime direction, you are missing out. It is God who provides the lessons to be learned. It is with trusting in God that he/she has your back that good things happen to you. It is through God, that you are able to listen to your intuition or your inner guidance system. Plus, if you are able to say “No” to circumstances that do not serve your better interests or desires, you will be better off.

Dealing with trust in others is an interesting expression of situations that Iyanla has found herself in. She is able to tell interesting stories of people she has met on their path. Some of the stories seem so dramatic but it is only because I find the stories so heart-wrenching. Person after person, has been let down by their parents, by their spouses, by their employer or by their business. Lessons need to be learned and through the process of identifying issues affecting the small little girl or boy inside, it is necessary to deal with the past issues without getting stuck there. People make progress by believing in God and trusting their intuition. They lean into trust and make hard decisions. Iyanla even speaks of Jay, the man who fathered 34 children with 17 different women that was featured on “Iyanla, Fix My Life.” Somehow he was able to convince all these women to trust him and that he would change just for them.

Finally, Iyanla speaks of trust in life. She outlines many people who were cut off before they even started. She mentions people like George Lucas who spent four years trying to sell his script for Star Wars which is now a block-buster set of movies. Then there was Michael Jordan who was cut from his high school basketball team and came to be a legend in and of himself. It took Harland David Sanders 1010 attempts to sell his secret chicken recipe before he got a bite and became Kentucky Fried Chicken fame. Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job for lacking ideas and went into personal bankruptcy before he was able to establish the world famous Walt Disney Theme Parks. Fred Astaire after his first screen test was given a less than passing mention and was said to be able to dance a little bit. Vince Lomardi was said to have minimal football knowledge and went on to be one of the best NFL coaches. Tyler Perry was so poor he lived out of his car for six years while trying to establish himself as an actor and movie mogul. Forbes put him as the second highest earning man in 2011 and then there is J.K. Rowling who was a depressed single mother trying to make her world of Harry Potter come alive. Now she is a billionaire author. Success came to these people because they continued to try and so can you.

Trust in the process of life. I would recommend this book to those willing to explore this process of life and trust.

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