I am a big fan of Jung, indepth psychology, and the theme of the Kingdom within is one of my favourite Christian topics and I like to read extensively...moreI am a big fan of Jung, indepth psychology, and the theme of the Kingdom within is one of my favourite Christian topics and I like to read extensively on it. I hope to discuss this books with somebody who read it.(less)
If you have ever had to deal with church people who are professional in guilt trips and manipulating you for the glory of God, so they would think, th...moreIf you have ever had to deal with church people who are professional in guilt trips and manipulating you for the glory of God, so they would think, this book is an eye opener. Those Bible thumpers who can use the Bible to twist your arm and mess with your human conscience in order to get their agendas fulfilled. They are using something intimate to the heart such as spirituality and manipulating you. It happens all the time!(less)
The body should be seen in perspective, not underestimated, not overestimated. We should seek to develop a healthy view of our body. Martini is sheer...moreThe body should be seen in perspective, not underestimated, not overestimated. We should seek to develop a healthy view of our body. Martini is sheer joy and sheer delight for me to read. For his sake I hope to learn Italian and read every word of his writings in his native tongue. I grew up as a Muslim with an inferior view of the body as the source of evil and most of it is termed in Islam as "`awra" i.e. a cause of shame. We should never be ashamed of our bodies, and that is the true message of Christianity. The body is for the Lord and the Lord is for the body. God is not an enemy to our bodies but, if anything, he is FOR our bodies, taking our side.
First the author discusses what it means to have a healthy body at all costs. We should not worship our bodies to the point of obsession, or this would be the "religion of the body". We have to be careful not to lose our soul for our body (p. 14). All around us we have shrines and sacred rituals intended for the recovery of health, beauty, strength, and youth. In our age, more than any other time ever before, we believe we have the means to be healthy all the time and we are not content for less. We have a made a god out of technology and have refused to accept limitations. In fact we treat technology as omnipotent. The doctor can't come up with the ideal cure and we get upset and rebellious. Illness becomes an accuser to us: What did I do wrong? Why did it have to happen to me? In sickness, are are brought to reflect more on ourselves, our bodiliness, the frailty of the human condition, of my being a creature, I question everything, that is. I would even wonder whether life is worth living as is when, after all, we eventually die. In essence, I simply ask: What is my body? Aha, I see, I am not my own master, not the master of my body or my destiny. I am not even the master of my end. This body has an end: the body is meant for the Lord. The Lord here should be the main goal of my life (1 Cor. 6: 13). Even Jesus experienced fear of death, and like Him we also should turn it all into prayer: My Father, if this is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want, but what you want" (Matt. 26: 39). We should be careful not to make an idol out of technology, because it is just a means, not an end. Martini announces that sickness for us should be a call for help, for love, and for meaning. Physical pain can become an opportunity for interaction instead of a loss of meaning, an opportunity for sharing instead of isolation, an opportunity for accepting our own differences and those of others (p. 24). Suffering can be an opportunity for us to experience conversion, to be more transformed like Jesus. But we still have to want that and seek meaning to our existence in the midst of sickness. Life is not a journey towards nothingness as Sartre claims, but a journey towards the Lord God Almighty who is coming to meet us. Do we pray because we are seeking results or because we enjoy conversing with God? When we are sick, we can choose to allow sickness to inspire us so that we suffer together with Jesus, in the awareness of completing what is lacking in Christ's affliction for the sake of his body, that is, the church" (Col. 1: 24).
Just as the body of Jesus is a revelation of glory, the Invisible made visible, the narration of God among humankind, so our body, a totality comprised o flesh and spirit, is meant to be a mirror in which divine beauty is reflected (p. 39).
The book is written with a high degree of precision, words are carefully chosen in a highly concise yet poetic manner. I would read paragraph over and over and feel I am getting something new and apply it to my own setting for the present moment. Each paragraph of his can be expanded into books and you would wish he would speak more but you just have to keep reading and that is Martini for you, a man of a golden heart and mouth. My prayer is to be able to read all his books, even those in Italian, and it is for his sake primarily that I am working on my learning of Italian so I can savor every word he says. He is definitely a high mentor of mine in all his teachings. (less)
Another good book by Joseph Murphy, and if you read his most prominent works you would catch onto his thought pattern and wonderful inspiring ideas. T...moreAnother good book by Joseph Murphy, and if you read his most prominent works you would catch onto his thought pattern and wonderful inspiring ideas. This book is saying that your mind can work miracles and it is up to you in how you use your subconscious i.e. mind. I particularly enjoyed the chapter "The Subconscious Mind and Health". We are blessed to have a pdf copy of this book online: http://www.surrenderworks.com/miracle... I particularly liked this quotes from the book:
Our prayers are not a begging for health, but are affirmations of the healing of the unhealthy element the patient wants to attack stated in such a positive, repetitious manner that eventually it sinks into the subconscious, and becomes a part of that person,' Dr. Parker said.
I would like to stress a few important factors here relative to the workings of the subconscious mind. A man came to me one time and asked me why it was when he kept on saying to himself, "I have no headache," that the pain did not go away? The sub- conscious mind will not easily accept this contradiction; it accepts only what you believe and feel as true, or accept, as possible. If you mentally accept the possibility of the execution of your idea, the subconscious will cooperate. In order to impress the sub- conscious mind, you must gain its cooperation. If you can convince the subconscious mind you have no headache, the headache will go away.
I suggested to him this method: Declare: "It is passing away," over and over again quietly and peacefully. In this way he would be better able to sell the idea or conclusion to the wise, deep self, called the subconscious mind. He got results; he added something to it, "It will never return." For years he has never had any migraine attacks from which he suffered frequently. He had a belief or an expectancy that every Tuesday and Saturday morning, he would get migraine attacks. This feeling acted as an auto- suggestion to his subconscious mind; the latter obliged him by seeing to it that he would have a headache at the time specified. It simply said, "It is Tuesday morning; the boss wants a headache." The negative suggestion was removed by the above counter suggestion. (less)
This book has taught me, among, other things to pray like this:
I am God's daughter/ son. I live in the joyous expectancy of the best. The best is yet...moreThis book has taught me, among, other things to pray like this:
I am God's daughter/ son. I live in the joyous expectancy of the best. The best is yet to come. My God is good, and so are all His ways and all His plans for my life. I am living in His presence, not on my own. He guides me and directs me. He holds me by the right hand. I hear His Voice. He speaks to me. I am completely His. I keep my mind clear of all negatives, fear, and discord. My whole being is His own holy temple. Lord, I glorify you in my own body!
Just to show you that it is all in how you read a book and by what spirit you are praying. To my heavenly Father I shall pray!(less)
The book came to confirm all I have known all along on happiness from the Bible as well as other sources of wisdom. I was amazed by the authors abilit...moreThe book came to confirm all I have known all along on happiness from the Bible as well as other sources of wisdom. I was amazed by the authors ability to write in a well-researched manner and still maintain a highly charming style. I just wish she didn't call herself a "scientist" :-) It is an excellent resource and could improve in some areas by being more concise and less bigger, but she is the author and it is her book and we are grateful for her writing projects.(less)
As usual I was hesitant to read this book as it is not "Christian" but the more I read in it the more I like it and the more I gleaned from it in prac...moreAs usual I was hesitant to read this book as it is not "Christian" but the more I read in it the more I like it and the more I gleaned from it in practical ways in order to overcome resentment and practice forgiveness and thus receive healing. Christian preacher keep telling us we need to forgive and so on and we end up feeling even more guilty. Louise is fantastic: she doesn't yell and she has given me some ideas, practical ideas to apply. What is funny and being the cheater that I am, I take her New Age concepts and Christianize them, and boom, it is a Christian book my size :-) So anytime I read the word Universe, I simply read it as "The Lord" and they book keeps reading more beautifully.
The book has good points but thoughts are not deep, not developed, an can be simplistic at times, hence loss of my patience. By contrast, Joseph Murphy, was much deeper and I almost copied down every word in his book. He acknowledged the Maker for who He is while Louis Hay takes it all to something called Universe. The book lacks color and detail.(less)
It is another good book to be added to the legacy of studies on intuition. The book offers excellent tips on accessing intuition through relaxation an...moreIt is another good book to be added to the legacy of studies on intuition. The book offers excellent tips on accessing intuition through relaxation and mindfulness exercises. However, given the time period the book was written, the style could improve a bit and it could have been made more practical and lucid in style. It still remain a great reference work to consult here and there.(less)