Writing as a Path

Writing Path

 

Book: “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Become an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” by Albert Flynn DeSilver

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Creating can be a chore that can and should be done through inspirational lows and disillusionment. No matter what your genre is, writing and meditating should be done religiously as one would with any craft they are trying to develop. Even if you are sore or tired or angry, successful people hit the trail, the ice and the pathway to hone their craft. It is important to keep at it no matter what obstacles come your way. There isn’t anything particularly magical about it.

Most people have had a spiritual experience. For some it is a memorable electrifying experience. It is one that one remembers forever. By combining meditation before writing, one can increase one’s ability to create. Likewise, by writing, one can develop one’s ability to experience a new level of spirituality.

The Buddhists call it Buddha Nature of Shunyata and New Age people speak of the Source Energy. Whatever you call it, it is important to connect with the energy to create – “ushering you along the path of awakening to your true creativity.”

The moment for action is now to find that spark of creativity. It takes devotion to your craft to get your motivation going. Meditation is following your breath in and out not considering anything else in your mind. It is grounding yourself with your feet on the ground and your seat in your chair sitting erect and tall to the cosmos. Take the time to write about what you are devoted to – what your purpose in life is. That is the key to knowing what you are all about.

Writing is one of the most powerful points of focus. Writing down something makes it clear and more likely to happen as in affirmations. “Through writing, we generate the power to manifest our dreams.” Write out six goals for the next year – Spirituality, Creativity, Health/Fitness and Wellness, Relationships, Financial/Job/Business, and Community.

Setting situations and initiating incident, plot, characters, scenes, conflict and opposition, climax, final resolution and ending are all parts of your story. Together you can create your hero’s journey. It can start anywhere from the last 3 weeks of somebody’s life to three decades of life. It is your story.

By meditating, you can create an awesome story and by risking writing, you will accomplish your goals. By using our over-stimulated senses, in a directional way, you can write about the senses more delicately and intimately. It is as if there is a heightened way of dealing with the senses. Your stories will become all that much more brilliant. That is the way with this author. He writes eloquently using many sensory attributes. It makes the reading of the book nice to read.

I would recommend this book for those who would like to improve their writing. I did about half of the writing exercises and I did many of the meditations which brought me to a recognized level of understanding about writing. This is one of the best ways to write in combination with meditation. Finally remember writing is a process and journey, not a product or destination.

Tags: inspiration, meditation, writing, genre, spiritual experience, source energy, setting situation, initiating incident, plot, characters, scenes, conflicts, opposition, climax, final resolution, ending, process, journey, product, destination

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Healing and Transformation

Healing and Transformation

 

 

Book: “Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary” by Eric Alsterberg, Ph. D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a combination psychological book and spiritual book. It discusses case examples and references many books. The overall encompassing message is that we, as a people, are having a spiritual experience while in human form. This message is emphasized throughout the book.

I like the case examples including the ones from the author’s life. He brings insight into the spiritual life and of that entering into the New Golden Age. The author covers many life subject areas from masculinity and femininity roles, intimate relationships to parenting.

Eric Alsterberg says there are no coincidences – that everything is as it should be. However, depending upon how we think positively or negatively determines what kind of world we will have. Depending upon our actions to be Christ-like or opposite also determines the kind of Earth we will live in.

He speaks of listening to the inner voice, the higher self or God presence in our intuition or while we meditate. We can hear from angels, ascended masters or our guides. We will be only give so much information as we can handle. We make decisions based on what we know and sometimes information is withheld for our own benefit.

Dr Alsterberg says there are many traditional methods for healing which include psychotherapy, self-help groups, twelve step tradition groups, self-help books and technologies, seminars and workshops, massage therapy, Reiki, meditation and prayer.

He uses hypnotherapy in his practice and sometimes deals with past-life regression. He believes that many issues that we currently deal with may have their karmic beginnings in past lives. This is something we need to deal with.

Dr. Alsterberg mentions some of his client’s problem with abuse. In one situation, a woman kept attracting abusive partners. He concludes that “Guilt is often an attack on us for not being able to forgive ourselves.” Further forgiveness is important because God is Pure Love and has already forgiven us. Yet people struggle to forgive themselves. We need to release the negative and fear-based emotions within ourselves. Dr. Alsterberg makes his clients visualize positive and love-based emotions leaving and then coming back down a beam of light from higher dimensions and going back into the person.

This book tries to cover many aspects of life. It is am ambitious project. It is an interesting book. Some points, I do not agree with because they have not been proved but they are minor problems with the book. You will know them when you see them. I recommend this book to those who like psychological and spiritual books.

Tags: psychological, spiritual, New Golden Age, coincidences, angels, ascended masters, guides, psychotherapy, self-help groups, twelve-step traditional groups, self-help books and technologies, seminars, workshops, massage therapy, reiki, meditation, prayer, abusive partners, higher dimensions, beam of light

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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The Aha! Factor

aha factor

Book: “The Aha! Factor: The Intuitive Guide to Getting What You Desire and Deserve” by Mariana M. Cooper

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I feel as if the author Mariana M. Cooper or Mari has been a long lost friend of mine. We have so much in common. Her journey into the spiritual realm started back in the 1980s as did mine. She has many insights that I agree with. Some I already knew but others are written out in such a way that they make more sense. As well, many of her spiritual habits are ones that I have been doing.

In the beginning of the book, Mari explains the Bull’s-eye of Energy which consists of three rings. The first is your aura which extends from your body for 50 feet or 15 meters. The second ring is the soul which extends 500 feet or 150 meters from your body in all directions. It is vast and impacts much more than you realize. Finally, the last ring is the spirit which extends indefinitely and is part of the entire universe. It is the interconnectedness of everything physical and non-physical and has no limits. Through focussed thought you are engaging the Bull’s-eye of Energy. Until you use it, is remains neutral and not in use.

From there there is the energy grid or Energetic Communication System (ECS) which is a massive web of light just like a cosmic spider web which interconnects all things. This reminds me of the ever-present Internet and its capacity to be worldwide. The ECS is where we manifest, magnetize, actualize and attract our desires and intentions. It works in conjunction with your five senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight. The ECS consists of your intention, your intuition, your telepathic ability, your channeling ability and your capacity to receive and perceive both physical and energetic information.

The Aha! Factor is the ability to take information and make it understandable in a context from many sources. The Aha! Factor uses intuition a great deal and to understand its modern context, one only has to look towards Oprah when she gets the insight of having a conversation with someone or something finally makes sense in a new way. Your Aha! Factor uses the four clairs – clairvoyance, clairsentience, claircognizance and clairaudience. Your intuition uses signs, symbols and synchronicity. Your Infinite Self interprets all information because it uses our entire being from the energetic part of ourselves to our physical part of our life.

There is so much information and good understanding in this book that it is impossible to go over each aspect in this review. It is best to get a copy of the book and read it for yourself. I highly recommend this book for people who are aware of being spiritual or are into a new age/way of thinking of enlightenment.

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Prof Reader

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.”

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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.

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The Power of the Heart

The Power of the Heart

The Power of the Heart

Book: “The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life” by Baptist de Pape

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This is a beautifully produced book by Simon and Schuster with beautiful imagery and masterfully written by Baptist de Pape. He has interviewed eighteen spiritual leaders and scientists in combining his information in this book and the movie by the same title.

The book contains more detail as the movie could only be an hour and a half in length as directed by Drew Heriot, also director of the famous “The Secret” movie. The book outlines more of the interviews that took place. For example, he was able to interview Maya Angelou for three hours and could not put all her valuable insights into the movie so some more information and quotes appear in the book.

The power of the heart is the seat of the soul. The heart has a resonance that can be felt 8 to 10 feet away. Also the heart’s energetic field is greater than that of the brain. Thoughts and emotions physically change the heart and how it functions. The heart will tell you the truth of matters before your complicated ego can get in the way.

The book is subdivided into three parts. The first part deals with the “Paths to the Heart” and includes opening to your heart’s wisdom and living in the now. The second part deals with “The Inner Powers” and deals with everything from gratitude to creating authentic power and synchronicity. Finally, the third part deals with the “Heart in the World” dealing with forgiveness, money and resilience.

The book is a well thought out spiritual reflection of current day knowledge and insights. The 18 inspirational international speakers and scientists have accomplished much and are among the leaders in their respective fields. To end, it is worth mentioning their names so you can see how impressive the leaders are in this book and movie. Isabel Allende, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Linda Francis, Dr. Jane Goodall, John Gray, Rollin McCraty, Howard Martin, Ruediger Schache, Marci Shimoff, Dean Shrock, Eckart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, and Gary Zukav.

Finally, I would like to mention that I have also seen the movie and would also recommend that both the book and movie are worthwhile ventures to new thought and spiritual seekers.

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Life Loves You

Life Loves You

Life Loves You

Book: “Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay and Robert Holden

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a reflection of a nice conversation between Louise Hayden and Robert Holden. You follow them through time having conversations about life loving you. They go over their childhood memories and their past. They come to a conclusion that they did not love or accept themselves when they were younger.

They quote Albert Einstein and Buddha for how we should love and accept ourselves so that Life Loves You or God Loves You. The universe, according to Albert Einstein, is either a friendly or unfriendly place? Which do you decide upon? It’s a choice.

Each chapter is followed by an exercise. The first is to do mirror work. Being able to face yourself and say that you love yourself is key. Then the 10 dots of Affirmations, lets you place 10 markers around your house where you affirm something positive in your life every time you see the 10 dots or 10 stickers around your house.

An Affirmation Board is like the Vision Board – simply affirming what is important in your life. Daily Gratitude whether first thing in the morning, throughout the day or last thing before you go to sleep is very important. Being receptive to receiving good is very helpful. By creating a receiving journal you open yourself to what the world can provide. Finally, blessings to and of the world, heals the future.

This book is enjoyable to read. It reads very easily and reflects upon Louise’s life and how she has progressed. She did not expect or know Hay House would be the sensational success it is today other than she wanted to self-publish – “You Can Heal Your Life.” From there, she simply did what was in front of her. Many of her successes were at a later stage of life but that did not stop her from moving forward. From learning to ball dance to producing art work at a elderly age, Louise does not let life stop her and so we should follow a similar example. She produced the “Blessing Buddha” as a work in progress for five years and it became a hit at Art Beat in Vista, California with many prints being sold. The Blessing Buddha is currently in the Hay House headquarters.

I recommend this book for spiritually aware people or people who would like to become more so. If you are feeling down about yourself, this is a good book because it helps you to love yourself more.

The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You

Ten things dead people want you to tell you.

The top en things dead people want to tell you.

Book: “The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell” by Mike Dooley

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I start off this review by mentioning what Mike Dooley signficantly writes in the Epilogue: “Some of what I shared might be extremely offensive to those who are not ready (or don’t want) to hear it.” Mike indicates that what he has written about may be hard for some people to see, hear and acknowledge.

Mike normally writes about the Law of Attraction where “Thoughts become Things” or TBT. He was a teacher on “The Secret” produced by Rhonda Byrnes. He is able to present how our thoughts plus actions in a positive direction will help manifest our desires. Our vibe is very important in how we end up getting what we want in life.

Mike covers ten things that dead people would want you to know. They are:

  1. We’re not dead
  2. There’s no such thing as a devil or hell
  3. We were ready
  4. You’re not ready
  5. We’re sorry for any pain we caused
  6. Your dreams really can come true
  7. “Heaven” is really going to blow your mind!
  8. Life is more than fair
  9. Your “old” pets are crazy as ever
  10. Love is the way; truth is the path

Life is a school and we are here to learn. Mike Dooley speaks of reincarnation and the fact that most of have lived many times. He explains some of the victimization problems as to very young souls who have most likely not lived many lifetimes and so are scared and deal with anger and other hostile emotions. He indicates that life is fair because we do attract absolutely every experience to us although he does try to deal with the “unfairness” of being a victim. However, he says that love is the ultimate goal and that love is in everybody and everything. He believes that initially people have the right intention of being good but that some people get lost or misdirected.

Mike supports his beliefs based on a number of books that he has read which he included in a recommended reading list at the back of the book. I would recommend the books of Dr. Michael Newton who is a hypnotherapist and has regressed people to in between lives. His website is here: http://newtoninstitute.org/ The interesting point is that despite different people’s religious and cultural references, their view of “heaven” is very close to one another. Mike seems to discuss some of the points that Dr. Michael Newton also speaks of.

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.

Book: “Angels of Abundance” by Doreen and Grant Virtue

Book Review

Book Review

Book: “Angels of Abundance” by Doreen and Grant Virtue

 

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

 

The bad part of this story is that I have misplaced the “Angels of Abundance” book. The good part of this story is that this will be a review based on what I remember. I finished the book a week ago. It was a good short read.

 

I found the book to be a good basic book for beginners. It talks about the various Archangels that are able to help you. It also speaks of the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. What it does is to point out that the message of “The Secret” was not complete. It is one thing to have positive thoughts, however you also need to pair this with action of a similar path. A person can dream all they want of possessions and what not but that is not the single way to get it or them. Action is required as well.

 

Well, I realized I did need the book as a reference so I searched around and I found the book. The subtitle says a lot about the book – “Heaven’s 11 Messages to Help You Manifest, Support, Supply and Every Form of Abundance.” Of primary point is that you need to ask for help. It is written that if you do not ask, you can not receive. You have been given free will and with that comes the responsibility for you to ask for help. It is heard and will be given. Of second importance, is that “The How is Up to God.” This means that in his time and space, the item or experience will be given when it is for the better or best of all people concerned. Each chapter comes along with more information for the abundance.

 

I think one of the most important chapters had to do with “High Energy = Faster Manifestation.” It covers food, exercise, stress and keeping motivated. By keeping your energy high, the abundance will appear more quickly. These are ideas reinforced by Abraham who is channelled by Esther Hicks. You have to be in the flow and not resisting in order to achieve those things that you wish to receive.

 

The book overall is, like I said, a basic book. Many of the concepts, I have read before but it is nice to see the whole thing presented here. It is the energy work that you need to focus on.

 

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.

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