Choose to Win

Choose to Win

 

Book: “Choose to Win: Transform Your Life, One Simple Choice at a Time” Tom Ziglar, Harper Collins, 2019

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available: March 5, 2019

Tom Ziglar is the son of Zig Ziglar, an influential speaker over 40 years time. Tom has essentially followed in his father’s footsteps. He has written a book called “Choose to Win.” In it, he recounts the Wheel of Life which Zig Ziglar has used but not exclusively to him. I heard of the psychological concept about 20 to 30 years ago and many people have used it to balance life’s priorities and seven areas of life from the mental, the spiritual, the physical, the family, the financial, the personal and the career. The seven spokes are evaluated based on how well you are doing in each area. If you are well balanced in all areas, your spokes and tire pressure will be the same and all inflated to a good height level.

He reviews the areas in quite a bit of detail with individual chapters. He, however, repeats the same thing at the end of each chapter and so it is repetitive. He essentially says to replace a bad habit with a good habit. The premise of the book is basically this which to me is not a novel concept and is only common sense. I do not know how this is a new and exciting concept. Of course, you change a bad habit with a good habit and of course, you do it in incremental baby steps. Tom says you should do something for 66 days, but I have heard of 28 days, one month and so forth as other optimal times to make a habit habitual. James Clear agrees with Tom Ziglar but according to the Phillipa Lally’s study, it can take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days to form a habit depending upon a number of factors.

The other predominant concept in the book is to leave a legacy behind because you are already are either intentionally or not. This reminds me of another book I reviewed which deals in entirely with leaving a legacy by Terrie Davoll Hudson called “Leave a Legacy that Counts: Create One at Any Age.” It is quite a bit shorter but the messages between these two authors are similar.

Finally, the steps necessary to fulfilling a goal are as follows:

Step 1 – Identify your goals

Step 2 – My benefits to reaching this goal

Step 3 – Major obstacles and mountains to climb to reach this goal

Step 4 – Skills and knowledge required to to reach this goal

Step 5 – Individuals, groups, companies and organizations to work with to reach this goal

Step 6 – Plan of action to reach this goal

Step 7 – Completion Date”

Overall, this book has some good information in it. I found it heart-warming to hear of the last few days of Zig Ziglar’s life from the family perspective. As well, Tom Ziglar asks some very good questions throughout the book to help the reader along and has some good tips added in.

His trust and belief in God and Jesus Christ is paramount and not so different than the spiritual books I normally review.

I give the book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Leaving a Legacy

Legacy

Book: “Leave a Legacy that Counts: Create One at Any Age,” Terrie Davoll Hudson, BookLogix, 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available July 26, 2019

Terrie Davoll Hudson has written a short, interesting book about leaving a legacy behind not at some future date when you are facing death but now. It is important to measure what you achieve and the impact you have on your family, community and the world.

The thing is that you leave a legacy behind anyway based on your impact on other people, your environment, your world and the way you live, the way you speak and the actions you take. The question, then is, do you want to leave a legacy behind by default or by design?

Elements of a legacy that count include reputation, actions repeated over time, and character. A good legacy is fuelled by your aspirations, attitude, truthfulness and authenticity.”

Your character is your essential nature that is formed over time or as Terrie says “your virtual business card” which you carry with you every day of your life.

It is most important to be intentional as you pursue your goals and pursuit of your legacy. “You are the author and illustrator of your life.” Your legacy counts so work on it today.

I recommend this book as an inspirational reading. I also recommend you check out her website – https://terriehudson.com.

I give the book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Death and Dying

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Book: “What the Dead Are Dying to Teach Us: Lessons Learned From the Afterlife,” by Claire Broad, Watkins Publishing, 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available September 10, 2019

Claire Broad tries hard and for that I have to give her some credit. She has written a basic book about mediumship and what the dead are trying to teach us. It is a good beginner introduction but if you are aware of anything about what decease spirits are saying, it is repetitive from other sources. If you watch Long Island Medium, Mama Medium, Mom’s a Medium or have seen John Edward, Colette Baron-Reid, John Holland, James Van Praagh you should be aware of the major points spiritual people are making.

I found myself becoming quite busy and so had to leave the book mainly read but not entirely. It was a mistake because I was not “called” back to the book. I eventually came back to it to finish it off and give it a proper reading. I am sorry to say but much of what has been said in this book has been said by many others beforehand.

Here are the seven main points. “You are spirit or conscious awareness. Death is an illusion because consciousness is not confined. You are never alone. You can rise above fear. Love never dies as your life has purpose. Ask and it will be given. And nobody dies alone.”

To be fair, I went over my notes and I found that I liked Claire’s Call to Action sections.

To conclude, I would have to say that if you are dealing with death or are curious about the afterlife, this is a good introductory book. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. If you interested in life between lives, I would recommend the hypnotic work of Dr. Michael Newton of the Newton Institute.

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Limitless Soul

Limitless Soul

Book: “The Limitless Soul: Hypno-Regression Case Studies into Past, Present, and Future Lives” by Bryn Blankinship,Llewellyn Publications, 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available June 8, 2019

I just completed reading the book. I found it fascinating. I always love stories of past-life reincarnations. It is amazing to find who is searching and for what information. Often, we search for why certain people are in our lives or not. We search for our meaning and purpose of life which is often based on what we have done in previous lifetimes. Personally, I believe that those who are prodigies at a young age are simply focussing in on gifts and personal talents they had in previous lifetimes.

Bryn Blankinship worked with Dr. Michael Newton who pioneered much of this work of life after life and in between lives. His books “Journeys of Souls”and “Destiny of Souls” was written more in a dialogue way as it was recorded. It is a conversation that goes back and forth between the person doing the hypnosis and the one who is under. I, for this reason, expected Bryn Blankinship’s books to be of a similar format but it is not. Bryn writes as if it were a story. I am not sure which method is better as both ways have merit.

I thought I found a discrepancy in the book as there is a client who has had two lifetimes overlapping one another. I thought “Ah ha, it is wrong” but I have since learned while reading on that there is such a thing as parallel lives where a soul splits into dual lives at once. It is hard to do and takes a lot of energy and is usually done only by advanced souls.
I found this book an easy and interesting read. What one does in between lives is fascinating. To me, it is as if you go to Heaven and deal with your Soul Council. It may not be “Heaven” but it is a place of white lights, positive energy and goodness. All one has to do there is to think the thought and the message is automatically transferred without the need for speech.

People will meet their Spirit Guides who have been with them in many previous lifetimes. They have been there to guide you in your daily life here and now. The person who has died needs to deal with the Soul Advisory Council. This consists of wise beings who have not incarnated and are able to see the big picture as we deal with each and every lifetime.

There is also a healing area where people/souls go to reintegrate being back to a soul that is functional and back to normal. Negative energies are taken away and healed.

There are no accidents. People are where they need to be. If you are reading this book review, it is not an act of coincidence but one of synchronicity.

I recommend this book as a good basis to learn about reincarnation and past-life regressions.  There are also some helpful exercises in the book.

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Clairvoyance

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Clairvoyance

This is an abstract acrylic painting of four eyes. The idea is that you can see more with four eyes than two eyes and so speaks to clairvoyance.

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HSP – Highly Sensitive People

HSP

Book: “The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People:How to Transform Feeling Overwhelmed and Frazzled to Empowered and Fulfilled,” by Mel Collins, Watkins Media Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

The book is available January 15, 2019.

Mel Collins worked in a prison for over 10 years as a HSP or Highly Sensitive Person. She realized that this was not the best match and so studied to become a therapist which was ideal for her intuitive abilities.

Some people are scared that they are so highly sensitive or intuitive but Mel Collins sees this as a gift. She believes in having a balanced life between the feminine and the masculine aspects or the yin and yang of the person.

She also believes in having a balance between physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. By keeping these areas balanced and shiny like a diamond, there will be very positive results for the HSP.

Mel Collins talks about the chakras and the auric field. She talks about EFT tapping. She discusses ways to protect HSP from outside energies in a number of ways.

There area a number of ways to deal with energy fields. First is the golden light technique, second is visualizing using colours, third is the spotlight method, fourth is crystal therapy and fifth is prayer or faith-based techniques. It is important to clear energetic hooks or cords and cleansing your aura and chakras by the silver shower method, the violet flame method, or smudging or burning sage. Plus, there is the power of salt and the pool of purification method.

Mel Collins says there are earthbound spirits that may attach to a HSP because of the lighter and higher vibrations the person is giving off and because the person is a helper. In these cases, it is important to get the spirit to understand that they are no longer living and should move onto the light.

She talks about the divine blueprint that is with all of us before we reincarnated. We often deal with outstanding issues from previous lifetimes. Mel also does past-life regression therapy work and feels it could be important to realizing why we are here on Earth.

I found the book about Highly Sensitive People to be a good one because I am one. I thought what can this author teach me that I already don’t know about myself and the spirit world but she did a pretty good overview. I liked the book and would recommend it to people who are intuitive but still developing their spiritual practice. For those who have been evolving for awhile, it is a good overview.

Tags: highly sensitive people, person, intuition, yin, yang, masculine, feminine, chakras, aura, energy field, spirit, spirituality, past-life regression, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.

365 Ways to Find Peace

365 peace

 

Book: “365 Ways to Find Peace: Meditations and Inspirations” by Marcus Braybrooke (ed), Watkins Media Ltd., 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available April 16, 2019

There are a number of sections to this daily book of 365 ways to find peace through meditation and inspiration. It splits off in a number of sections: The Centre of Being, The Inner Circle of Love, and The Outer Circle of Spirit. There is a quote for each day from the Buddha, to Epictetus to George Washington Carver and George Herbert.

One that I like as an example is in the Svetashvatara Upanishad approximately 600 to 399 BCE in India.

“All is change in the world of the senses, but changeless is the supreme Lord of Love. Meditate on him, be absorbed by him, wake up from this dream of separateness.”

And then there is a more modern one from Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945) USA

“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.”

It is good as a gift for a friend. It is best read one quote at a time to consider and reflect upon each day.

Tags: peace, meditations, inspirations, spirit,

Softy Snowing

Softly Snowing

by Mary Mikawoz (2019)

It is starting to snow – softly and ever so eloquently
It rejoices and falls to the Earth
Displaying non-judgment
And good discretion

It is an act of nature
Ever so poetic
And brilliant in its execution

The snowflake
of itself is divine
Different each one
Designed by God

Wonderfully quiet and serene
The pleasantness of calm
In its absolute honour it descends to the ground.

Living Aware

Living Aware

 

Book: “Living Aware and Inspired: Intuition, the Bioenergy Field, Mind and Emotions” by Helen Pankowsky, MD, Boutique of Quality Books Publishing and WriteLife Publishing, 2019.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

The book is available January 1, 2019.

I have enjoyed reading this book immensely. It is very good at what it has served to do as its goal. The first part of the book deals with Intuition. The second part of the book deals with the Bioenergy Field. The third part of the book deals with “The Mind-Field, Emotions, Body, And Soul.”

For Dr. Helen Pankowsky, being called to the arts but eventually being drawn to the sciences, it was as if “In the ongoing dispute between my psychic/artistic/mystical self and my rational/ scientific/logical self, intuition was caught in the middle. ”

It is important to know how the mind-field works. It is also important to know about the brain and how it functions. Intuition may come as dreams, synchronicity, body information, meditation, art, and mental imagery. “Intuition is like tuning in to a radio frequency.” Senses may be used to download or receive information. Many of these are: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, telepathy, extrasensory perceptions, and psychometry.

Intuition can be received through emotions as well: anger, sadness, fear, or happiness. The question for the next phase is dynamic and begs the question what to do with it. There is the “three-times rule” that says if it comes once, send the information away, if it comes a second time, send it away again. If it shows up a third time, you should be able to deal or impart the information to the person. Consider – “What is my intent in revealing this intuitive information?”

Some obstacles to intuition may include: fear, denial, invalidation, self-deception, control, and willpower.

Remember what Albert Einstein said “Everything that is, is energy.” and so the human bioenergy field exists. The seven chakras relate to the plexuses and the aura is the bioenergy system.

There is a CD of music made by Dr. Valerie Hunt called “Music of Light” which helps with the bio-energy field or auras of the body. One of the examples of colours is – “Elevating (blue-white-gold): stimulates higher awareness, peace, and contentment, a sense of unity, and clearer thinking and facilitates processing of problems at a higher level of consciousness and access to more wisdom. It enhances feelings of spirituality and lovingness and can enhance meditation.” It is no coincidence that the walls in my house are blue, gold with white trim.

Robert Monroe has developed Hemi-Sync technology which is basically binaural beats which can be used in healing. The highest frequencies deal with altered states, high consciousness and spiritual contemplations. Middle frequencies deal with material problem-solving. Lower frequencies deal with grounding, being healthy, attentive, creative, intuitive and spiritual. So, develop higher frequencies but don’t forget the lower frequencies by going for a walk or lifting weights.

You can use a pendulum on the chakras. “When there is a flow of energy (electrical force is greater than magnetic), the pendulum moves in a circular clockwise direction. When the energy is disturbed (magnetic force is greater than electrical), the pendulum moves back and forth. “When there is no flow or a very weak one, the pendulum stays still.” Check at the soles of the feet, the knees, the elbows, the shoulders and the seven chakras.

Learn to breathe through your chakras and to visualize it spinning clockwise through the various colours of the chakras.

Unresolved emotions are held within the mind-field of the bio-energy field. The three strongest emotions are anger, fear and love. There are many subemotions but essentially they are all a part of the three main emotions with various energy levels. Dr. Pankowsky is a psychiatrist first and still will medicate people as needed to get their physical functioning a boost and then deal with the emotional and spiritual components of the problem. With awareness, comes changes in the body field.

The soul-breath is very important. The Kundalini experience exists at a low-level to exist as human beings and can be experienced under certain circumstances. “The totality of all experiences exists in the mind-field as packets of information, accessible through the mind and which influence patterns of behavior, the emotions, and the physical body of the current life.” Lifehood or past life regression through hypnotherapy or psychics, can be an important avenue to seeing blockages in the current life. Mind dives, life shock or lifehood memory recovery can figure out current problems in this lifetime based on emotional trauma in previous lifetimes.

“There is a complex interplay between the information held in our soul, mind, bioenergy field, and physical body. ” The mind-field is where transformation takes place. You can access the mind/cell memory of your being.

This books includes excellent questions to help guide you. There are exercises as well as meditations for you to do. They are quite good. I would recommend this book for people interested in the spiritual discipline whether a novice or highly experienced.

The book is available January 1, 2019 when it will be released to the public.

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Chalice

Chalice

Mikawoz Chalice

This is my interpretation of a chalice. It is made with Indian Ink – ink wells and nib pens.

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