Suffering?

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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.

Quantum Love

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Book: “Quantum Love: Use Your Body’s Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire” by Laura Berman

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This is an extensive book dealing with not only quantum love but how better to live your life. The author was taking care of her body and soul or so she thought. However, a year after losing her mother to cancer, Laura Berman developed breast cancer in the same breast as her mother had. She was devastated and went into a total alternate transformation.

She has come to realize that energy is everywhere. Energy is within the chair you are sitting on, the air you breathe and within the relationship you have with your spouse or partner. In fact, there is such a connection between people that Laura no longer feels it is necessary to counsel with both partners being present in the room. Affecting one person, affects the other. If one makes changes, the other has to change as well.

She looks at better food and green smoothies to start the day. Warm lemon water is the start before that cup of coffee you may need and like to have. Breathing is another important thing that you develop in yoga and other disciplines. One is the 4-7-8 breath where you inhale for 4, hold for 7 and exhale for 8 seconds. The other breathing technique is the square technique where you breathe for 4 imagine a top of a square, hold for 4 seconds going down the side of the square, then exhale for 4 seconds third side of the square and finally 4 seconds to hold on the final side of the square. Once you get good at it, you can add affirmations to the square. Finally, there is the bellows breathing effect. You breathe in rapidly as if you are fanning an actual fireplace. You breathe in and out in quick succession, making a sort-of panting noise through your nose.

Laura says it is important to have a good self-image of what your body is capable of. When you are critical of every pound and wrinkle, you are decreasing your energetic level. That is no way to keep your energy at a high level of quantum love.

Ms. Berman says we need to listen to our bodies to give it what it needs. Our emotions carry energy and have weight to them. You can get them stuck in the body system as indicated by blocked chakras. You need to experience emotions to go through them. After a good cry, you feel lighter because the energy has passed, for example.

There are a few frustrating things about the book in that Laura uses abbreviations that she has made up. They do not make sense and are not easy to remember. I find myself just skipping over those parts as being misunderstandings. So, as a result, I recommend having a piece of paper where you can jot down the abbreviations so you are not as lost as I was. Second, she references her website quite a few times but it is not specific in the website so you do not know where to go. I think some effort should have been made to point the audience into the right direction instead of having to explore the website. Third, I would almost say the book is too long and tries to cover too much information, other than the back end of the book is amongst the book. It has tools and techniques on how to improve your sexual relationship. It is said that Quantum Sex is Quantum Love and vice versa.

I would recommend this book for couples whether heterosexual or homosexual in orientation. It helps to bridge the gap of sexual experiences. It is also a very personal story or Dr. Laura Berman’s struggle with her breast cancer. Enjoy!

Tags: quantum love, quantum sex, breast cancer, spouse, partner, sexual, relationship, energy, self-image, tools, techniques, love-making, kundalini, chakras

“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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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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Thank you for liking, commenting and/or sharing. Mary Mikawoz

Basic Black

Basic Black - Cathie BlackBook: “Basic Black – The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)” by Cathie Black

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Cathie Black has done amazing things as a woman and person. From working in advertising for small magazines and for Ms. Magazine to being president and the publisher for USA Today. She has sat on the board of Coca-Cola and IBM. She has been influential as a powerful business women. She has been recognized seven times among the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.”

It goes without saying that she knows a lot of people. She drops names easily but it is because of her hard work at her position that she is able to do so. She was influential in working with Gloria Steinem at Ms magazine and also with the O magazine for Oprah.

She details her life events through various stages of development. She climbed the corporate ladder in the magazine and the newspaper industries. I have worked in various industries and so I found many of her points of insight were common sense. Some of her opinions show-cased her personal bias such as needing and being contacted with the exact new spelling of her name that she decided to take on as a teenager. Many of the leadership tips are sensible and make sense for anyone who has dealt with people. I found one of her last chapters the most interesting and that was the one dealing with “Black and White: Advice from All Over.”

The book reads like an extended magazine fashioned with various inset topic headings and also the use of colour inside the book and subheadings on the title page. This only makes sense based on the industry she has worked in for a very long period of time.

I would recommend this book for people interested in advertising, marketing, newspapers, magazines and interested in climbing the corporate ladder. Finally remember to “…create a healthy, happy 360 degree life for yourself” by “…trusting your instincts, adapting to change (and) pursuing your passion.”

Tags: Cathie Black, magazine, newspaper, Hearst, Gannet, USA Today. Mss, Cosmo, Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey, advertising, marketing, president, CEO, common sense, advice, corporate ladder, magazine look and feel, 360 degree life, instincts, change, passion.

Until Today

Until Today Book

“Until Today” By Iyanla Vanzant

Book: “Until Today: Daily Devotional for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind” by Iyanla Vanzant

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book will take you a year to read; at least, it should. It is daily devotional book dated each day for an entire year. I read the book at a number of sittings because I did not know if I could wait a year to read all the amazing insights that Iyanla has to offer.

Iyanla’s insights are so incredible and in depth. Her wisdom is of sage advice. I enjoyed reading her book and think it would be very good to focus on one aspect each day. Each month has a different focus. From January to December, the devotee is supposed to focus on different elements such as the following: life, love, awareness, acknowledgment, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, faith, trust, worth, service and peace.

It is difficult to discuss everything Iyanla goes over so I will keep my comments to a minimum by quoting a couple of days in the book. On July 30, the beginning of the day starts with “I will gain more understanding when I realize…there is a place called home where I am always welcome.” There are four paragraphs that follow expounding further on this concept. It ends off the page with a focal point. In this case, it reads, “Today I am devoted to finding my way back home!”

Other example pages have poems or quotes or sayings in it. One of my favourites is found on December 29 where the following is given.

“You are here:

To gain character as you lose ego

To gain integrity as you lose dishonesty

To gain strength as you lose fear

To gain compassion as you lose disappointment

To gain discipline as you lose willfulness

To gain equality as you lose separation

To gain appreciation as you lose resentment

To gain enthusiasm as you lose hostility

To gain tenderness as you lose rigidity

To gain boldness as you lose bitterness

To gain generosity as you lose selfishness

To gain optimism as you lose inadequacy

To gain excitement as you lose embarrassment

To gain gratitude as you lose greed

To gain love as you lose ignorance.”

The book in my estimation is fantastic. Iyanla puts down in writing many of her inner peaceful secrets and understandings of God. This a a great spiritual book that could be read first thing in the morning each and every day for years to come with new insights being found all the time. I highly recommend this book.

Tags: devotional, book, 365 days, year, life, love, awareness, acknowledgment, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, faith, trust, worth, service, peace, character, ego, integrity, honesty, strength, fear, compassion, disappointment, discipline, willfulness, equality, separation, appreciation, resentment, tenderness, rigidity boldness, bitterness, generosity, selfishness, optimism, inadequacy, excitement, embarrassment, gratitude, greed, love, ignorance.

Universe Part 2

Universe Part 2

Universe Part 2

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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Universe Part 1

Universe - Part 1

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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Pink Waves

Pink Waves

Pink Waves

Pink Waves

This is an abstract picture of pink waves. 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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Akashic Records

Akashic Records

Book: “Discover Your Soul’s Path Through the Akashic’s Records: Taking Your Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary” by Linda Howe

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I find it difficult to review this book for a number of reasons. I found myself highlighting a lot of sections based on what I considered good insight by the author, Linda Howe. However, I found the

specific concepts on the Akashic Records systems very new to me and so difficult to appreciate. For example there are five pillars of light consisting of Incarnation, Authority, Discipline, Responsibility and Commitment. Without a graphic, I found it hard to visualize where this in my body and how long they are and exactly where they are positioned. There was a written description, and I understand the concepts but the actual simulation of light around the body in a star formation is difficult for me to conceptualize without a drawing of the body. I would have preferred if the book came with a diagram or sketch.

Further to that, there is the triangle of heart, mind and will. It is located somewhere in the body. The closest I got to its location is that the heart is found in the heart chakra and the mind is found in the top head chakra. The will is then found at the throat chakra. All of this makes sense, but in my mind, I do not see how it creates a triangle that is supposed to be equilateral and balanced. Again, a diagram would have been nice to visualize the concept better.

I understand that the central pillar of light is grace composed of compassion and related components. I understand visually that it is the central pillar of light running through our bodies. I understand it is divine and comes from the source. I can see this one.

I understand that the following is a pattern that we should be using to deal with our problems in our lives: acknowledge, appreciate, acceptance and appropriate action. This makes sense as the stepping stones to dealing with present day problems based on the Akashic Records.

I understand that the Akashic Records is a system that keeps record of every thought, action or energy we have displayed in previous lifetimes, in the current manifestation or in future lifetimes. I understand that there is an energy grid. I don’t understand how someone like Edgar Cayce (The Sleeping Prophet) could only access the Akashic Records while under a deep state of relaxation and that we can somehow access it ourselves without transcending into a deep altered state of mind as well.

I found the questions helpful especially for the group questions. I would recommend that as you read this book, you highlight the Opening Prayer and Closing Prayer. I was using an e-book so it was difficult to go back and forth. (Plus, the Adobe Digital Edition software was not co-operating and would keep messing up which in and of itself was frustrating.) I would recommend typing the opening and closing prayers onto a paper or into a word document. If you have a physical hard copy of the book, you can highlight or dog-ear the page and reference it as needed.

I also found the Appendix helpful. There is a better explanation of what state you should be in for the opening prayer in it on pages 165 to 167. I think it would have been helpful to have read Ms. Howe’s earlier books to get a better idea of the Akashic Records. I think she would have covered some more detail that may have been overlooked or assumed to have been known in this book. Overall, I am a visual person and I would have liked the five pillars of light or consciousness graphed out along with the triangle. Without these concepts down, I feel lost in reading and following the book.

The final recommendation I will make regarding this book is that you should audio record the reflections onto your computer or digital device and then play it back to yourself while you are in the process of doing a reflection. This will give you more time to think of being in a higher spiritual realm of thinking and give you time to make the connections with the Masters, Teachers, Loved Ones and the Lords of the Akashic Records.

Despite my difficulties with the book and some of my personal frustrations, I would still recommend the book to those who are interested in their spiritual development.

Tags: Spiritual Development, Concepts, Five Pillars of Light, Consciousness, triangle, heart, mind, will, grace, heart chakra, head chakra, throat chakra, Akashic Records, Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet, Masters, Teachers, Loved Ones, Lords of the Akashic Records, Energy, Thought, Action.

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