All Is Well: Heal Your Body With Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition is a collaborative by the indomitable Louise Hay and the dauntless Mona Lisa Schulz. The book is a how-to guide that integrates healing methods, addressing health in these areas: medical, holistic, nutritional, and emotional. It weaves intuition and logic, emotions and fact–and produces specific direction to address and improve health.
After a brief and informative background and purpose, we jump right in a self-assessment quiz. It is safe and not scary, and it is a helpful tool to use throughout the rest of the book. You do not need to currently have a condition or issue to read the book, and taking this quiz will not create one for you! I found it helped attune me to the approach and purpose of the chapters, and will also be useful in the future (and as a parent).
The chapters are organized by chakra, or energy centers. They address related symptoms, share clinical case-study examples, and provide specific actions and attitudes that will increase and maintain health in these areas. The writing flows personably and is easy to understand.
At the end of the chapters is a resource table, a quick-guide for affirmations to address specific issues. This is easy to navigate, with three areas: Problem, Probable Cause, and New Thought Pattern. It is arranged alphabetically by Problem, and again is incredibly reader-friendly.
Through this book we are able to see a greater depth of patterns in how our thoughts, emotions, and physical health are connected, which I believe gives the individual greater power over their own wellness. It gives equality to medical science and personal intuition, never suggesting one over the other.
If you have ever read Louise Hay’s “little blue book”, you are already familiar with this type of content. However, the addition of Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz presents the science behind what already makes sense. The depth she brings is a beautiful complement, resulting in an active guide to return to repeatedly, that should be on everyone’s resource list.
Hay House graciously gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it. I got a huge chuckle out of the chakra chapter titles and how they connected recognizable song titles to related energy centers. If nothing else piques your interest after reading this review, please go look at a purchase site that lists the chapters, and share my giggle!
A must-read! As with its predecessor, The First Rule of Ten, the story successfully crafts a murder mystery that is wholly plausible yet unpredicted by the reader. At the same time it subtly wears as an unintended (?) self-improvement book simply through reader identification with the main character, Tenzing Norbu (Ten, for short). I feel I am able to approach my own regular daily life in a more mindful way, because I have viewed Ten’s. I picked this story up for the mystery, yet am also carrying away its Mystery!
Although an ex-monk, Ten is also an ex-cop. He is now further into creating his life as a private investigator, yet maintains his Buddhist principles. The result is a very human individual with integrity, going about his business of figuring out life–which reads very well!
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes, modern-day police procedurals are not my favorite form of mystery fiction–I prefer the historical aspect rather than drugs, gangs, and f-bombs–but I am hopelessly addicted to this Dharma Detective! Again, it’s the winning combination of a thoroughly enjoyable character and an intelligent challenge of a puzzle! I’m glad to see that a Third Rule of Ten is in the works, it can’t arrive fast enough for me. Boy, I hope there will be more than ten….
A Hollywood director’s murder. The possibility of a love interest relationship. Gang warfare. Attending to friendships. Crime scenes. Father-son dynamics. Tattoo parlors and car chases. Mindfulness and presence. Sex, drugs, and meditation retreats–this story has it all, and you won’t be disappointed!
Those who like mysteries will love this puzzle. Those who enjoy character exploration will devour this authenticity. Although reading the first book is not necessarily a prerequisite for reading this second one, you are really gonna want to just for the sheer joy of the whole story experience! (Oh fine, read the first one after you read the second one if you want!)
Hay House graciously gave me a copy of this book simply in return for my honest opinion of it. Little did they know I’ve been waiting for this to be released ever since I read the first one on my own when it debuted! Now I’m in the same boat for the third…. What would Ten say about patience?! Read the books!
Reading Tama Kieves’ writing physically hit me in the chest and knocked my spirit into alignment: Hold yourself dearly. Here are some excerpts:
Hold yourself dearly. No one has walked in your shoes but you. Hold yourself dearly. This is a practice, a prayer, an amulet and a portal.
…know the gospel of [your] own brilliant nature.
…know that even if life wasn’t going the way [you] thought [you] wanted it to go, this [is] a really cool moment in a really cool life, because all of life is really cool when you stop judging your circumstances and start loving your own spirit.
Hold yourself dearly. Hold all of it dearly. Breathe deeper…just breathe deeper, and drink in the love that is always here for you.
For Ms. Kieves’ full writing piece, please visit http://www.tamakieves.com/all-i-want-for-christmashanukkah-is-me-a-practice-to-calm-and-claim-yourself/. And sign up for her awesome free newsletter–it’s something I’ve stumbled across and it’s made a difference. Happy New Year.