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

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.