Book Review: All For Love

Book Review: All For Love – The Transformational Power of Holding Space

Book: “All For Love: The Transformative Power of Holding Space,” Matt Kahn, Sounds True, 2022

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Matt Kahn writes a sincerely inwardly-looking book that covers his early years in particular and carries on from there. It is most obvious that his childhood has had a profound effect on his outlook and explains how he has come to the spiritual place where he is now at. He was deeply affected by traumatic events in the past and he shows the journey that he has been on.

Matt subtitles this book about holding space and its tranformative powers. According to Heather Plett, holding space means to walk alongside another person. Matt features a number of areas where you can hold space for people who are going through personal areas of concern.

I, personally, like the intentions Matt writes about. They are eloquently written and are down to the point of what needs to be sought after. They are beautifully written. I think, however, that someone does not have to get hung up with the exact wording. If something resonates, then type it out and print it out so that you can read it and reflect upon it. Otherwise, I think it is serves as a good starting point to create your own wordings and reflections. I believe in going inwards and choosing which words, phrases and sayings will work specifically for you personally. The intentions are like supplications from the Infinite – the bigger I to the smaller i.

For his efforts and exposing his vulnerabilities on his path provided by Matt Kahn, I give this book a rating of 4.25 out of 5. He has his own website under his name for more information and he has millions of views on his YouTube channel.

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Book Review: Walking Through This

Walking Through This Book Review

Book: “Walking Through This: Harness the Healing Power of Nature and Travel the Road to Forgiveness” Sara Shulting KranzHarper Horizon, 2020.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I found this book by Sara Shulting Kranz to be interesting. I found that her in-depth knowledge of trauma and PTSD is based on the fact that she has had to deal with it and go through it herself.

She understands more than just an empathetic listener. I won’t repeat her life story other than to say that she has gone through a lot. We all do but that is what is so wonderful about this book is that she gives you steps to deal with the trauma. 

Sara gives you written meditations that you can read and then practice. After you are done the guided meditation, she gives you some questions to consider as you take your information gleaned from this process and reflect upon any and all insights. She asks that you write about it.

I find it interesting she mentions a little fact that since 2012, the number of people meditating in this world has tripled. That is significant and shows that there is value in following through with inner work including listening to your intuition.

After learning the six steps, she asks you to forgive yourself, the perpetrator and also the world.

In the meantime, Sara has also implemented a number of practical techniques of walking in nature including retreats through the Grand Canyon or standup paddle boarding on water. From Sara doing her work, she is able to give practical advice and not that just of a psychologist or counsellor who doesn’t have any personal terms of reference and can only reflect back to you what they have heard without any concrete suggestions or relevant life event experiences or tasks to pursue.

I give this book a 4.25 out of 5 for being a useful book that was interesting to read. She is on social media like Instagram and Facebook. She has her own website as well.

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Book Review – Superpower

Book Review of The Self-Love Superpower

Book: “The Self-Love SuperpowerThe Magical Art of Approving of Yourself (No Matter What),” Tess WhitehurstLlewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., 2021.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book Available September 8, 2021

I was quite interested in recognizing how self-love could be a superpower simply by approving of myself/yourself. Overall, I found the author to be quite knowledgeable about many spiritual and psychological matters. I found she has incorporated many works from previous authors that I have read and whose books I have previously reviewed. It was nice to see these concepts being congealed in such a well-developed way.

I believe the author to be quite young as her references indicate someone of a younger age. This is not a problem other than many of the cultural and societal references she discussed were not in my sphere of knowledge or influence. So, for that reason, I would recommend this book for younger or middle-aged people.

One of the best insights or lines she has is, “I am choosing to need nothing, expect nothing, and even be nothing. And so I am open to everything.” She goes on to say how liberating it is to have this kind of thought. This is in line with Buddhist philosophy of non-attachment.

Overall, she does come up with some very good ideas but again, they are ones I have read in many other books but it is nice to see it collated here as an inclusive manner.

Tess also goes over chakras which for me was just a review. It seems most books I pick up nowadays include something about the chakra system. If you are new to this, then definitely read this.

Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 based on the attempt to have a cohesive nature of spiritual philosophies and ideas in one book.

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Sensual

Sensual Massage Book Review

Book: “Press Here! Sensual Massage for Beginners: Your Guide to Pleasure and Intimacy,” Sydney PriceQuarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds, 2021.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book Available July 27, 2021

For once, I am going to do a short review of a book. I would rather have this book speak for itself. The title clearly gives the subject-matter away – “Press Here! Sensual Massage for Beginners: Your Guide to Pleasure and Intimacy.”

It is a good first step in those who are either young beginners or who are older and may have had hang-ups from religious doctrine and societal upbringing. It is non-gender specific so many variations of massage before love-making can be learned and practiced to be inclusive of many combinations.

The book has a number of drawn images to explain important body parts.

It also includes a number of flow charts to explain the steps in how to proceed, however, as I was using an e-reader, they were hard to follow because of the restrictions of the page formatting. If you know you may have to go back and forth between pages to follow the arrows, you will understand it a lot easier.

I would recommend this book for people who are willing to explore their sexual experiences. 

I give the book a 3.75 out of 5 for attempting this delicate subject. However, I would have appreciated more information in explaining the actual various techniques of massage.

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Secret Garden Archway

Secret Garden Archway

I have loved to read even as young child. I remember a book about a gate to a secret garden. I don’t believe it was illustrated but in my mind, I had a vision of something like this. I saw an archway that was not locked or closed off. It was open and inviting. It led into a beautiful garden that I imagined. It was full of incredible trees, plants, flowers bird and tiny critters. It was not only green but had a multitude of vibrant colours: the kind you would see in Heaven. 

I took the original photograph and decided to “play” with it to create a perfect entrance way to my imaginary and fanciful, magical garden of creative potential. It is ripe with perspectives and possibilities as I hope my creative world is too. 

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Dream Big

Audiobook: “Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It,” Bob Goff, Nelson Books, 2020

Audiobook Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book and audiobook available: July 23, 2020

It has been a long time since I have listened to an audiobook as I usually read paper copies or digital books. I used to frequently and regularly listen to Compact Discs when I was driving to work and back. I had quite the trek and so I was trying to use my time more efficiently and effectively.

The book by Bob Goff is a faith-based book about Jesus and God. Although it is religious, it is spiritual in thought. It is about your relationship to God and how you manifest/transform it in real life.

Bob Goff has had an interesting life from being lawyer to an advocate for children’s safety and well-being. He tells an interesting story of trying to save a 11 year old girl from sex slavery twice in India and the consequences of his good intent.

He has lived an interesting life and seems to follow through on his own advice with getting his pilot’s license, a motorcycle license after he drove the bike across North America and also starting and rebuilding for the second time a lodge in Canada after it burnt down. He has a loving wife and family.

I think the advice he gives is a combination between common sense and prudent advice. This book is especially suited towards younger people especially those in their 20s and 30s who are starting out in life and struggling. It may even apply to 40s, 50s and beyond if people are facing mid-life challenges and are looking for inspiration.

I found it to be a thoughtful book with some very interesting stories told by Bob Goff.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 based on the information written in a friendly, non-judgemental way. Aside from the audio book, it is available as a digital book and paperback as well.

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Mandarin Oranges

Mandarin Oranges

This is a still life photograph of a box of Mandarin Oranges. I thought it would be interesting to unravel one orange and photograph the box against a hard wood floor. I like the contrast between what is covered and what is not. It is kind of like life and what we offer to people, that which we let them see on the exterior and what is really on the interior. It is the secret chapter of our life book that we do not let others read. I also added filters which highlighted the orange hues of the fruit and also the floor. 

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Bambi

Mikawoz Bambi

Bambi

I have decided to call this little, light-haired deer that I photographed as Bambi. He is adorable. I love his big eyes and huge fluffy ears and face. This was taken between Banff and Jasper in Alberta on the Icefield Parkways Highway 93.

Did you know that according to Wikipedia, “Bambi is a 1942 American animated film directed by David Hand (supervising a team of sequence directors), produced by Walt Disney and based on the 1923 book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.”

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Chapter 3 – Getting to Safety

Jasmine Alone

Chapter 3 – Getting to Safety

Hello, I am the writer and author of “Northern Lake Adventures – The Encounter.”

New today! Chapter 3 – Jasmine’s Story – Getting to Safety

Northern Lake Adventures – The Encounter – Playlist – Introduction, Chapter 1 to 3 so far

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Connecting to Akashic Records

Connecting Records

Book: “The Art of Connecting to The Akashic Record: The Unique Nepalese Meditation, by Leonid Altshuler MD, BooksGoSocial, 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available March 1, 2019

This book is so short that I read it in one evening which is both good and bad.

I feel as if its essence has been distilled into the short portion of this book. This means you don’t have to read a 300 page book that repeats its points in various ways. However, I find that Dr. Leonid Altshuler is an interesting person and as a psychiatrist, he would have some interesting things to say about his methodology and practice with his patients.

Perhaps, those with mental health issues are not so far or different from being psychic or spiritually connected in ways that the average person is not.

Dr. Altshuler reviews his process for achieving connection to the Akashic Records, the energetic force of all information in the past, present and future. If you follow along, you may be able to accomplish the same.

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