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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Goddesses Never Age

Goddesses

Book: “Goddesses Never Age” by Christiane Northrup M.D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

I took a long time to read this book due to a number of factors. First of all, personally, I was very busy in my life and was not able to dedicate a lot of time to this book. Second of all, it is such a thorough compendium of information that it took awhile to read. Dr. Northrup provides many studies to back up her theories and insights.

The biggest thing to know is that Dr. Christiane Northup acknowledges the unity of mind, body, emotions and spirit. Her book, therefore, provides insights into this collective knowledge base. Did you know for example that the emotional pain that you have registers in the same part as your brain does for physical pain? Did you know that the gene expression of a person is strongly influenced by their beliefs and emotions as well as lifestyle choices? Did you know that laughter releases nitric oxide and beta-endorphins into your bloodstream boosting your immunity?

These tidbits of information are some of the insights that Dr. Northrup provides. She shows how we can age without being caught up in what society expects of someone our age. She shows how baby boomers have impacted many generations and that they will continue to do so as they age. It is no longer a world revolving around the young. Older people are worthy and deserve respect. Dr. Christiane Northrup challenges us to do things for ourselves from being more active by moving around and challenging gravity to doing something special and fun like learning to dance. Christiane provides a 14 day outline of what to do each day to become an Ageless Beauty.

This book is particularly good for anyone turning 50 or more. It is basically geared towards the baby boomers who are looking towards having an engaging life towards being a centenarian. It is hope-filled and directive towards not buying into the negativity as one ages in this North-American world who values and glorifies youth. Unlike other cultures and countries where ageism is not a problem and elders are appreciated and revered. There is a lesson for us to learn here.

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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Book: Forgiveness

Book by Iyanla Vanzant

Book by Iyanla Vanzant

Book: Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

If you are going to read “Forgiveness” by Iyanla Vanzant, be prepared to do some work. Not only does Iyanla give heart-warming personal stories to make the connection between what has happened in her life to requiring forgiveness, you will be writing responses to questions and learning to tap your problems away with ProEFT.

It is funny because although Iyanla gives space in the book to write, I did not think to actually write in it until half way through. Instead, I rewrote every word of the question section which took a lot of patience on my part. Next time, I would have used the space required.

With the ProEFT, I found it necessary to get more information and so I went to the website run my Lindsay Kenney and looked up more information. I also took advantage of viewing youtube videos that were on her website. I was getting confused between reversal statements and setup statements. I seemed to have figured it out and used it with the karate chop meridian points.

As for the tapping, there are 14 meridian points that are affected. It was interesting trying to go from an intensity level of 10 down to a 0. It took patience and effort.

This book also has a CD in it. I enjoyed the Stillness Meditation and the introductions to the new day. I personally find Iyanla’s voice soothing so I enjoyed listening to her.

There are other stories in some of the daily work. There is a little note above each section to indicate who wrote each section, however, I did not notice it until later and so I was confused about how the story related to Iyanla as the stories were different story lines. Just remember to read all the print.

Overall, this book is a good workbook. My only criticism is that it should have been formatted in a larger workbook format such as “Living in the Light Workbook” by Shakti Gawain. I found it hard to keep the book open to the pages I needed while copying down information. I had to memorize parts to get it transferred properly. Plus, I found it hard to keep the book open on sections that provided very specific tapping instructions on the 14 meridian points which were most helpful and gave me a better direction of what I was supposed to be tapping to. Finally, I would like to say that the tapping process is something that I was familiar with, however, never really truly worked on it. It seemed to work and I will be keeping up this type of work now that I understand it better.

If you are into having more peace and love in your life, I suggest this book for you. If you have enjoyed seeing Iyanla on TV in “Iyanla, Fix My Life” or on Oprah then this book is right in line with her other work. I found I enjoyed “Every Day I Pray” and also “Until Today.” Her work is continuous of the themes she works with in terms of compassion and forgiveness, to name two areas. It is time to move forwards with your life by forgiving everyone for everything.

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.