17 Feb 2017
in Book, Book Review, Mikawoz, Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Poetry, Self-Development, Self-Help, Spirit, Spiritual, Spirituality, Spriitual
Tags: Buddha, Butterfly, Cocoon, counsellor, ego, extensive, insights, past, potential, psychology, suffering, younger age, younger self
Book: “You Were Not Born to Suffer: Love Yourself Back to Inner Peace, Health, Happiness & Fulfillment” by Blake D. Bauer
Book Review by Mary Mikawoz
This book is extensive. I took the maximum time to read this book before it left my computer due to time restrictions. The practical questions are worth their weight in gold. They are very in depth and inquisitive. They make you really wonder about your past and how it has affected your current status in life. I particularly liked the letters written from your current age to your 5 year old, 10 year old, 15 year old and 20 year old stage and so forth. It continues to your current stage of development. In exchange, you also write from a younger age to the current age a letter. It is very informative what comes out of your mind.
The beginning is good but is indicated as an introduction. It should not be that as it is already an intimate part of the book. It should have been chapter 1 and continued onward.
Blake write about the butterfly scenario. I love this story because it says so much. A butterfly was trying to get out of its cocoon and a person thinking they would be kind in helping it out cut it out of its cocoon. Not realizing that blood runs to its wings and that the butterfly comes out exactly when it is strong enough and ready enough to come out. The person did not help the butterfly but hindered the life path of the butterfly. The butterfly was bloated and could not fly. That is with us people. We need to deal with the difficulties to deal with the good things afterwards. It builds strength.
Blake indicates that we become depressed or unwell because we have not learned to express our emotions. We need to remain healthy and happy throughout our lives but for this to happen, we need to be aware of how we are feeling and able to bring out the good and the bad. We need to be authentic to ourselves.
In fact, no one is a bad person for wanting an authentic life. It is simply a desire that each human being has and should have. If we are not reaching our potential it is because we don’t know how to meet our needs. We don’t even know how to ask for what we want or need.
Our egos are not wrong. If we do make our egos wrong, we effect our psyches in a negative way.
According to Buddha, it is not to live in the past or the future but it in the present moment that counts and makes all the difference. There are many good quotes from many good sources throughout the book. I also liked the affirmations that are included after the chapters.
We do need to realize that negative experiences from the past were there to teach us a lesson for leading towards our true purpose. “Everything is exactly as it is supposed to be.”
With that, I will close my review and recommend this book for anyone who is suffering. Read the book and enjoy the insights. Take the time to do the questions as they bring much insight that you would otherwise would get from a counsellor but this way you can do it on your own. Best of luck.
Tags: younger age, younger self, past, butterfly, cocoon, Buddha, ego, suffering, psychology, insights, counsellor, potential, extensive.
07 Apr 2016
in Book, Book Review, Book Store, Mary, Mary Mikawoz, Mary Mikawoz., Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Poetry, Spirit, Spiritual, Spirituality
Tags: n sync, connection, repulsion, affinity, hobby, practice, talent, country, culture, food, foreign language, travel, dreams, meditation, traumatic events, historical fiction, New Age, Spiritual, intere
Book: “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.
10 Mar 2016
in Book, Book Review, Book Store, Mary, Mary Mikawoz, Mary Mikawoz., Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, money, Poetry
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,
Book: “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.
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.
10 Feb 2016
in Book, Book Review, Book Store, Mary Mikawoz, Mary Mikawoz., Mikawoz, Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Poetry
Tags: mental health, psychology, psychiatry, hospitalization, depression, psychosis, psychiatric, hypomanic wellness, hypomanic illness, neuroplasticity, Ernest Ross, Marie Beauregard, Brain Wars, Genetic E
“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.
14 Jan 2016
in Book, Book Review, Book Store, Mary, Mary Mikawoz, Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Poetry, Review, Spirit, Spiritual, Spirituality, Writing
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
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.
01 Oct 2015
in Acrylics, Art, Mikawoz, Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Universe
Tags: abstract, acrylic, Art, artist, beige, black, blue, Canada, Canadian, connection, direction, flower, green, Group of Seven, Jack Bush, Lawren Harris, Manitoba, Mary, Mary Mikawoz, Mikawoz, painting, photographer, planet, red, roots, rose, universe, Winnipeg
Universe – Part 1
This is an abstract picture of the universe. It deals with textured acrylic paint and the idea of the universe being connected. I am influenced in my abstract art by Jack Bush (a Canadian Artist) and Lawren Harris of the Canadian Group of Seven.
Thank you for liking, commenting and/or sharing. Mary
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27 Feb 2015
in Art, Grand Canyon, Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Nature, photograph, Photography
This is a cliff at Grand Canyon National Park. The canyon is a 277 miles long and places 18 miles wide with a depth of over a mile. It is beautiful in its majesty. It has sheer cliffs and is spectacular.
18 Nov 2014
in Book, Book Nook, Book Review, Mary, Mikawoz. Mary Mikawoz, Spirituality
Tags: Air, Angels, Archangels, butterflies, Coins, compendium, Cups, deck, dragonflies, earth, fire, flowers, Images, information, life, Major Arcana, marriage, Minor Arcana, mountains, reading, Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, seeds, spread, Stories, Swords, Symbolism, tarot, Wands, Water
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.