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

Angel Detox

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Book: “Angel Detox” by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves N.D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

To begin with the front cover illustration of the angel is beautiful. However, I had a different perspective when I started to read this book. I was not exactly sure what I would find in this book called “Angel Detox.” Some of the advice is good but I have read similar information in other books like the books by Kevin Trudeau. There is a detox for 7 days for items such as detoxing from sugar, soda drinks, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, smoking and so forth.

There is quite an extensive discussion about chemicals in many of the products we use regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). You are given advice as to what to buy and what not to buy because of the changes made to the products such antibiotics, pesticides and other contaminants which are for the benefit of the big company but not the health of the population.

I enjoyed reading about Emotional Detox. I liked what was said in terms in dealing with negativity. I also found it interesting that the authors depend upon a lot from prayer and particularly in God, the Archangels and the Angels. To me, I question whether one is hearing from Archangels or just from your Higher Self with advice on how to live a better life. I suppose it could be a matter of perspective and philosophy on this issue.

The book also discusses flower therapy, essential oils, and crystals in many of the chapters. I wonder how this information came out that a certain Archangel is attached with a certain type of flower. Who knows this information? How is it validated? There is quite a bit of information on flower therapy, essential oils and crystals as it relates to detoxing.

This books tries to address many subject matters. Some of the main information is repeated a number of times but I guess the authors are trying to make sure we get the point.

I would recommend this book for people who do want to detox their lives.

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.

Blue Flames of Healing

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Blue Flames Of Healing

This represents the “Blue Flame of Healing” that many spiritual healers use to heal people like the phenom, Canadian-born, Adam, the Dream Healer.  To some, this blue flame of healing is known as the blue ray of light which is the first ray of light and is associated with Archangel Michael.  According to Free Choice granted by God, when faced with any difficulties in life, neither Angel nor Archangel will help you unless you ask for help.  So, this acrylic painting is the first of two phases representing the blue flame of healing.  The second represents the flame in action and transforming.

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Twin Spires & Trolley Lines

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Twin Spires And Trolley Lines

This is a photo of the famous Catholic Church called Saints Paul and Peter Church in the North Beach area of San Francisco.  You get the spires as a quick image as I passed along one of the famous bus tours around the city.  I love the trolley lines finding them interesting how they intersect and work.

I remember being younger and enjoying the electrical buses that use to run up and down Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg.  They often lost their footing on the cable as they came around the bend and so I would enjoy sitting there watching them putting the cable back on the line.  I miss those electrical buses and meanwhile they were good for the environment but we replaced them in the name of technological advancement.

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

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En Formation

I am presenting this image for your interpretation. It has meaning for me.  What you also don’t see and what you don’t know is that for most of my paintings that I do, I paint up and over the edges of the frame’s borders so that the acrylic painting is extended.  So, from where you are sitting, you can not see the entire picture.

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Corona Madonna

Back in 2009, we visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  We visited the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I took a few photos outside and a number inside.  I took a photo of the statue of Mary and then as I was leaving the church, I wanted to see what the pictures looked like and found that there was a Corona of Light around the head of the Madonna.  I was amazed.   I went back in to take more photos but could not create the same effect.

This corona was NOT photoshopped in at all.  It is as I was able to capture with my digital camera at that special moment in time.

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