The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter: A Simple guide to discovering gifts in strange wrapping paper is a collaboration by Dr. Darren Weissman and Cate Montana, M.A., and I was given this book by Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it.  If you are familiar with Dr. Weissman’s LifeLine Technique, this book is the See-Feel-Hear Challenge in a nutshell.  If you are not familiar with this, don’t worry–I wasn’t either and I still gained much!

In all honesty I don’t think I ever fully grasped the See Feel Hear Challenge the exact way the authors would have intended me to.  I did, however, enjoy a profound awareness that awakened within me because of reading this book–so I think that still counts!

1. Ask myself the truth question.  I am now more tuned in to observing when my body is talking to me through a negative symptom, whether it’s a headache or judgmentalism.   Since I am able to choose the creation of my life, would I ever consciously choose to experience this?  “Hell, no!” (That’s Chapter 2, by the way.)

2. Set my intention.   Am I ready, willing, and able to change what I have just identified through my truth question?  “Hell, yes!” (That’s Chapter 3.)  In my intention I focus on where I want to be instead of what I want to change–as if I were already there.  Immersed in the feeling of the desired result is where we want to be, folks–claim it now.

3. Give each emotion its attention.  When going through Hell no! and Hell yes! emotions become more easily identified.  By being identified, they seem to increase in number–in fact, at times similar to a zombie horde–but that’s just because we can finally see what is already there anyway.   Allow each to have its say, and listen.  Each one is a learning gift, and the only way they will eat you alive is if you ignore them.

This book helps readers to connect our experiences, emotions, and subconscious messages–and thus to move through them, positively.  Whether you are beginning this concept for yourself or consider yourself a seasoned practitioner, you will grow from reading this book.

Remember that everything you hope to become, you already are.  Claim it by feeling it now, instead of waiting to see if it happens in the end.

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Money, A Love Story

Money A Love Story

Money A Love Story is a phenomenal book by Kate Northrup. This financial guidance is elevated through its unique approach: loving yourself equates to abundance in your financial life.  In other words, your money ain’t all about the money, honey.

Now, before you start thinking that this is a woo-hoo book telling you that all you have to do is be positive and you’ll get rich, think again.  This path is definitely about specific personal action, but it does so from a perspective of self-acceptance, dropping shame, valuing oneself, and celebrating that you are inherently a unique contribution to the world.  From that springboard, then, we turn to our finances.

Kate shares her background and experience, which shows readers that she has lived the full financial spectrum and knows of what she speaks.  She’s been in a financial black hole, she’s pulled herself out, and she’s opened into abundance–and we can, too.  Her whole point is to share this knowledge and to empower others how to create the same for themselves.

Philosophy marries practicality in this money love story.  Through tangible exercises you will understand where you come from with your finances, as well as specifically define where you want to go and how to get there. The downloadable workbook can either be printed out or worked digitally in a savable pdf as you go through the book.  There are also many tools and resources provided concisely at the end for easy reference and support.

Necessity is one mother of an inventor–you can quote me on that.  We all have our financial stories, and through this book you will learn how to mindfully write yours the way you choose, from this point forward.

Anyone who ever uses money will benefit from this book, whether you consider yourself “bad with money”, a “financial genius”, or anywhere in between. Additionally, anyone who is looking to expand their self-awareness (even if not financially-related) will also gain from reading this book.

In my financial learning I have also been helped by Dave Ramsey, for whom I am also very grateful.  Learning from Dave is like learning from your father, whereas learning from Kate is like learning from your sister.  Get it?

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

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The Age of Miracles

Yaay!  This is what I was looking for when I gave Do Not Go Quietly a whirl.  Lesson learned: go straight to Marianne Williamson.  Every time.

The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife

The Age of Miracles

Mind Over Medicine

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, by Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a powerful perspective for anyone to consider.

Mind Over MedicineThe author is a credible and successful physician who is radically overcoming conventional medicine’s approach of doctor authority over patients.  The message is that we do not need to hand our healing power over to have someone else “fix” us, that we each have more healing power than we have ever imagined, ourselves.

Time out.  In no way is she suggesting to abandon current medical care.  The perspectives in this book are not either/or: there is room in this realm for all forms of healing, and it is the individual’s responsibility to make wise–and intuitive–decisions.

Each of us has the power to heal our body just by changing how our mind thinks and feels.  Yes, heal on a very large scale.

Now, this is far greater than simply putting on a happy face and thinking rainbows and hearts.  This is a spiritual path.  This is a challenge of connecting lifestyle dots, reexamining personal beliefs, and taking responsibility.  This is asking yourself, “What does my body need in order to heal?”  And then it is honestly looking at the answer you may receive, even if it is along the lines of:

  • I need to leave my spouse.
  • I need to quit my job.
  • I need to finally go back to school.
  • I need to leave this church.
  • I need to have a child.
  • I need to forgive ______.
  • I need to say no to ______.
  • I need to put my aging parent in a home.

The book is organized into three parts: Believe Yourself Well/Treat Your Mind/Write the Prescription.  Part One talks about long-standing scientific evidence that supports this radical idea of self-healing, including the effects of both the stress and relaxation responses physiologically on the body.  Part Two identifies strategies to identify personal stress-response indicators, as well as teach how to create counteractive measures. Part Three shows you how to diagnose yourself as well as write your own prescription for health, with specific tools, steps, and guidelines.

WARNING: This is not for the faint of heart.

Again, this is a spiritual journey.  You have the capacity, and the courage.  This book is your direct support, and anyone at any point on their path will benefit in some form by reading it.

I was graciously given this book by Hay House in exchange for my honest thoughts about it.

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Becoming Indigo

becoming indigo

Becoming Indigo is the second novel in a series by Tara Taylor and Lorna Schultz Nicholson.  As with Through Indigo’s Eyes, this is an incredibly well-written young adult novel that both young and old (ahem: and all of us in between!) will enjoy.

We now find Indie in her own apartment with two roommates, her first summer after high school.  She and her friends strive for independence and responsibility, deciding the evolutions of their individual lives.  The regular questions of employment, college, boys, friends, and what-do-I-want-to-do-with-my-life are accompanied by Indie’s personal lessons with her clairvoyance.  Learning to trust intuition, expand awareness, open to others, and protect our own energy are universal story lines that any reader will identify with and learn from, no matter if officially clairvoyant or not.

As with the first novel, this one also handles big-time issues in an overall positive manner.  Thank you very much for tackling serious, real-world subjects without devolving into and focusing upon the drama!  An example of this (no spoiler alert needed) is the healthy relationship between Indie and her family members, and how this interweaves with Indie’s in-progress lessons about boys and men.  Although easily able to have descended into a teen-drama summer-read, again the authors have successfully kept the book elevated, with the focus on the higher-vibration aspect of story.

I am thrilled with this novel, and a wide variety of readers will enjoy it!  Like the first book, this sequel is a powerful, positive force that will enhance and uplift the reader–and you won’t even see it coming because you will be so caught up with the story itself!

Looking for gift ideas for that tough-to-shop-for teen?  Give a set of these Indigo books and you will  feel you’ve done something worthwhile.  (And a money bill makes a great bookmark, even for non-readers.  Just saying.)

Hay House has graciously given me this book only in exchange for my honest opinion of it, and my copy has been donated to our local high school library.  More young adult readers need to have material like this available to them–thank you, Tara and Lorna!  The next book is eagerly awaited!

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