Happiness Now!

Happiness Now

Book: “Happiness Now: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast” by Robert Holden

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

After finishing this book, I took some time to reflect upon it. It is a good read. It makes a lot of common sense. Ultimately, it is important to love yourself now – not in the past or some time in the future but now. It is the sacredness of loving yourself that makes you more loveable and special. The world is a mirror. You only can see what you are prepared to see. If you have guilt in your life, you will see guilt. If you see failure, you will see failure. If you see goodness, you will see goodness. To find joy, you must uncover the guilt, the fear, the doubts, past conditioning and your history. True happiness, on the other hand, is an inner power which is “…natural, healing, abundant and always available.”

Interestingly, the EGO can be seen as Edging God Out or Everything Good is Outside. The ego or the conditioned self sees you as being in the wrong; as having something inherently wrong with you. One way of thinking about the ego is to think of a bird flying high in the sky trying to find the sky. Thy are already in it. It is like a fish in water being thirsty.

Robert Holden mentions a lot of psychological schools from Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, Roberto Assiagolio, R.D. Laing, Janov, Eric Berne and Dr. J.L. Moreno. He indicates what the schools calls the ego and the unconditioned self or spirit. Even Sigmund Freud changed his mind towards the end of his life and said “In the final analysis, we must love in order not to fall ill.” Psychology is finding its soul.

Robert Holden further looks at Eastern Mysticism for enlightenment. He even searches Christianity Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism. He quotes “Search not in distant skies; in man’s heart God lies” and so forth. “Ye are Gods,” Jesus said to the people.

During Robert Holden’s Happiness Project, they did everything to elicit emotion and to deal with it. They remember the truth and let go of the pain. Robert indicates that you need to be able to spend time by yourself and love yourself while doing that.

Mr. Holden, however, has the belief that you can’t do the healing by yourself. I disagree. He thinks you need a counsellor or some sort of way of releasing the emotion. He says “…a true healer helps you to remember and reconnect consciously with your inner light.” Your inner light being the unconditioned self that is loving, free of fear and creative.

He indicates that there are a lot of positive things that happen when you are happy. People will gravitate towards you and will not know why. To be happy, you must first undo your misperceptions, false conditioning and fearful beliefs. It is a road that people can and should travel. It is the journey that matters and not the destination.

The book has a number of poems and sayings that are positive and helpful. The book is a reminder to be happy now instead of a prolonged time afterwards. It is a call to action. I recommend this book for those who wish to pursue more happiness in their lives. It is an anniversary book put out by Hay House.

Tags: Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, Roberto Assiagolio, R.D. Laing, Janove, Eric Berne and Dr. J.L. Moreno, psychology, self, love, soul, inner light, Happiness Project.

Vibrations

Vibrations

How do you raise your vibrations?

Book: “’Raise Your Vibration: 111 Practices to Increase Your Spiritual Connection” by Kyle Gray

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I have always wondered how to increase my vibration and here I found a book exactly to deal with this subject-matter. It recommends that you do the 111 practices – one per day, however, as I was reviewing this book, it necessitated me doing the practices in a relatively short period of time.

Kyle Gray is the young author at only 28 years of age. He has been intuitive for a long period of time. When he was 4 years old, he was visited by his grandmother’s soul. He continued to be intuitive into his teens when he developed an interest in spirituality and angels.

He covers many of the main topics such as everything is energy and that God is love. He writes that what he discussed in this book is not contrary to any religious doctrine and that it can be acceptable to all people. The information is basic to becoming a lightworker who does good in society and is trying to make a positive difference in the world.

Kyle Gray goes through presenting the practices or vibes according to the main seven chakras plus three others. One is the Earth Star Chakra which is found 6 to 12 inches below the feet. The second is the Soul Star Chakra which is found 6 to 12 inches above the crown or head chakra. Finally, there is the Stellar Gateway Chakra which is found 12 inches above the head chakra and with its connection to the cosmos.

When we accept the spiritual gift and mission that lightworker is on, we “awaken and empower ourselves from the inside out.”

One of my favourite vibes is vibe number 73 which is affectionately known as Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize. It speaks of the importance of cutting or shearing off the negative chords that are connected to us and then to recognize divine light as our inner being and finally to protect ourself with a shield in a colour of our choosing. By surrounding your aura, you can protect yourself against negative influences.

The first 90 practices or lessons make up the main part of the book. They are to be done one at a time on a daily basis as if you were doing A Course in Miracles. Then the next 21 vibes are affirmations that you can reflect upon also on a daily basis.

Finally, the book ends off with the Declaration of a Lightworker where you sign your name to it.

I recommend this book for people who are into New Age Spirituality and specifically as a good training book for Lightworkers. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. It was released on March 29, 2016 by Hay House.

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Tags: vibrations, chakras, energy, love, Jesus, Ascended Masters, Angels, Archangels, Lightworker, spiritual, vibes, practices, lessons, A Course in Miracles, Affirmations, Intuition

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.

 

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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.

Tags: trust, self, God, others, life, Villa Nova, bankruptcy, Iyanla’s life, Oprah, Nate Berkus, God, spirit, inner guidance system, intuition, personal stories, George Lucas, Michael Jordan, Harland David Sanders, Walt Disney, Fred Astaire, Tyler Perry, JK Rowling, process, life, Course in Miracles.

Assiniboine Park Pavilion

Mikawoz Assiniboine Park Pavilion

 

Assiniboine Park Pavilion

This is an autumn picture of the Pavilion and Duck Pond at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Canada Geese are on their migratory route south at this time of year. “Canada geese fly in a distinctive V-shaped flight formation, with an altitude of 1 km (3,000 feet) for migration flight. The maximum flight ceiling of Canada geese is unknown, but they have been reported at 9 km (29,000 feet).”(Wikipedia)

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Feathers

Mikawoz Feathers

 

Feathers

 

This is a close-up of Canada Geese Feathers. I love the symmetry and flow of the feathers. The male Canada goose usually weighs 2.6–6.5 kg (5.7–14.3 lb) and the female Canada Goose is slightly lighter at 2.4–5.5 kg (5.3–12.1 lb).

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Canada Goose Head

Mikawoz Canada Goose Head

Canada Goose Head

 

This is a close-up photograph of the head of a Canada Goose taken in fall at the Duck Pond at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It’s head is tucked in between its wings. The Canada Goose is found near water in the Arctic and the Temperate Zones of North America. It has been introduced to Great Britain, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.

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Full Bald Eagle

Mikawoz Full Bald Eagle

 

Full Bald Eagle

 

This is a full-bodied photograph of a Bald Eagle that I took in the Interlake area of Manitoba, Canada. It is majestic and stunning. It is a bird prey often found near bodies of water for food supply and old forest growths for nesting.

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