As of late there has been an influx of metaphysical/motivational/inspirational speakers coming out of the woodwork, which can most likely be attribute...moreAs of late there has been an influx of metaphysical/motivational/inspirational speakers coming out of the woodwork, which can most likely be attributed to The Secret. Everybody by now I’m sure knows the message behind The Secret and Abraham Hicks, insert countless other names here, their messages are all the same: “Ask and you shall receive”, “Believe and it will come.” And sure, you "apply" these esoteric, vague theories and then what? For me I was never really on the bandwagon. Why? Because the supposedly easy peasy results they swore would happen never materialized - color me shocked - and besides, I was not impressed with their preachings about the snap-your-fingers-and-there-will-be-a-pot-of-gold-resting-at-your-bedside type happenings. Yeah, right, sure, okay. Read some more fantasy while you’re at it. That was until a few years ago when I heard a brief mention of the name Neville Goddard (the man at the forefront of the inspirational movement - we're talking back in the 1930's). The minute, literally the minute I downloaded one of his books off the Web (many are public domain by the by), I was blown away. I devoured three of his books and then eventually I tossed them aside, let life’s events take over, and continued on with my normal way of thinking - translation: I didn’t adhere to his principles to change my life and surprise, surprise my life stayed the same.
I was just handed Awakened Imagination the other day and everything clicked. Awakened Imagination changed my way of thinking. Neville mastered the secret to life. Why the rich stay rich, why the poor stay poor, you wait a lifetime for change and you die waiting. Out of all the books Neville has written - and I’ve read most of them - this one in particular, Awakened Imagination, resonated with me the most. I was meant to read this particular book. (And on a side note, there is so much about the human mind that we aren't even aware of. Isn't it said that we only use 10% or less of our minds? It's absolutely fascinating when you realize you have the power to use your mind to make changes and this part of what Neville covers.)
Anybody out there who is a spiritual seeker should most definitely read this book, pronto!
It's such an easy concept that Neville speaks about, yet your rational thought tries its darnedest to convince you otherwise. I myself have been guilty of rationalizing everything; in the past I tended to over think things, etc, which is not the healthiest, but once you read Awakened Imagination - or consume it, highlight the text, memorize the written word like moi - you'll never look at life the same.
Neville believes the Bible to be metaphors, not real life scenarios. This might be a touchy subject for devout christians (I am a very spiritual person myself), and if you are very religious, then I suggest going into this book with an open mind. You can still believe what you want about the Bible, but with that in mind, listen to Neville’s explanations and apply them. You won’t be sorry. He explains verses in the Bible and applies them to life. For example: “As within so without . . .” Neville explains that your inner talk (‘the within’) is what creates your outer world, the external reality, the reality of the senses (the ‘so without’). Your inner talk is what compels the outer world = “As within so without”. The outer world is objectified by your inner talk or Your Imagination or in other words, what you deeply desire or what you are deeply focused on and thinking habitually.
To put a horrific spin on it - beware of your thoughts, for they might be detrimental in nature and be materialized before you. The Universe or God or whoever/whatever you believe in responds to said inner thoughts -there is no subjectivity when it comes to complying to your inner talk, meaning there is no right or wrong, good or bad, the Universe is indifferent. If you think "it", regardless what the "it" is, regardless of how positive or worse, how harmful the it is (your inner dialogue) you will create it in your outer reality. If you want to change your life, you must change the way you think, the way you talk, the way you react. Easy right? Or sometimes something so easy is the hardest to wrap your head around. At least for me that has been the case.
After reading Neville’s works you realize You are the only person to blame for the lack in your life. It’s such an easy concept to apply, yet at the same time you have to constantly be aware of your inner dialogue.
So here's one of the secrets: When your inner dialogue and your desire are in discord, your inner dialogue is always the winner. In order for your life to change, your desire and your inner dialogue must be in harmony. Once you master that, and it’s all about taking something one day at a time by applying habitual positive thinking and thinking from the end desire not of it, then you’re on your way to change. And what ends up happening is your outer world has no choice but to comply to your new way of thinking or your Awakened Imagination. (less)
Didn't grasp me. I'll probably try this at another time because as of now I couldn't get past page 50. I was too bored. IMHO, there are better nonfict...moreDidn't grasp me. I'll probably try this at another time because as of now I couldn't get past page 50. I was too bored. IMHO, there are better nonfiction/inspirational reads out there and as of right now, this book doesn't fit in that category for me. Bones of the Master started off way too slow for being a nonfiction book. Nothing grab worthy whatsoever. My neighbor insisted I read this book because it was amazing, yadda, yadda, yadda. Not quite sure what she was taking about. If you're looking for a life changing/inspirational/knock your socks off type of read then nab yourself every Neville Goddard book you can find. (less)
Upon finishing The Year of Magical Thinking, I wavered on whether or not to explain why I gave this book 1 star for fear of sounding heartless. I can...moreUpon finishing The Year of Magical Thinking, I wavered on whether or not to explain why I gave this book 1 star for fear of sounding heartless. I can assure you that couldn’t be farther from the truth. So I guess I’ll start my 1 star explanation by stressing this: I fully understand The Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir of the year the author spent grieving, but I decided on my one star rating because I do not wanting a grief-stricken person to read this book in hopes of feeling better.
Michelle Williams is a prime example. I picked up this book at the library after watching an interview with the actress Michelle Williams, where she read this novel to help her cope (this is important later and the cause of my vexation) with the untimely death of Heath Ledger.
While reading The Year of Magical Thinking I couldn’t help but think of the brilliant Fleetwood Mac song “Landslide”. The lyrics “. . . I’ve built my life around you. . .” kept running through my mind.
So why do I have a problem with this memoir book? It was when Michelle Williams mentioned she read it after Heath Ledger’s death no doubt to help cope with the shock of it all. I started wondering how many others turn to this book in time of grief and that’s where I have a huge problem.
I understand fully what grief feels like and the emotions experienced, the grief, depression, feeling displaced, forever changed. . . What I don’t understand is not taking that opportunity to wake the hell up (see, this is where I might sound heartless). It was so evident, to me, that Joan Didion was never Joan. She was Joan and John. What happens when you were always coupled with someone else, you were never you, you were always that “couple”? The answer lies within the pages of this book, you are lost and stay that way. Joan seemed to struggle because her very identity had been shattered when her husband, her John, died; in fact, she didn’t have an identity without him in the first place. At least that's what I picked up from this memoir. John was her identity. She was never her own person. That is what I felt from this book, and I started to lose interest because of it.
I have encountered some amazingly strong people in my life who have had worse obstacles to overcome. I fully realize that not everybody is strong, and it takes them longer to handle things, but what upset me about this book is that the author never got to that point of clarity, that “aha moment”, that come to Jesus moment, whatever you want to call it. That moment of mindfulness, being comfortable with herself, being alone. While reading, I began to lose compassion somewhat for her and yelling at her to find herself, you come from a life of privilege, you are so fortunate, yet she never even got close to that point. Even with the last word of this memoir, she still hadn’t received the message. Again, I understand it’s a book about losing someone and grieving, but I think the author lost herself while writing this book, sinking deeper into the pits of despair, woe is me!, when the opposite should have happened.
I fully expected to read a book about finding herself through this tragedy, a cathartic process taking place over a year. Not sure why I thought this. Maybe it was all the hype and praise that had something to do with my erroneous assumption. I was waiting for this amazing ending where she summed up what she learned, the growth that took place. Yeah, not so much. That didn’t happen.
Sometimes when we’re faced with a tragedy of this magnitude, it’s a disguised, albeit cruelly and unfair, opportunity to wake up and make serious changes.
I don’t see how this book can help anyone but cause them to fall into deeper self-pity mode. If anyone needs help greiving, I would suggest reading Neville Goddard and Deepak Chopra, hell, even Eat Prey Love (at the end of the day, a divorce is a form of loss as well). Anything but this book. Go visit a spiritual guru, a shaman, a rabbi, a pastor, anyone who can help, but this book.
How wrong is it for a woman to expect man to build the world she wants rather than set out to create it herself ~ Anaïs Nin
It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before, to test your limits, to break through barriers, and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom. ~ Anaïs Nin (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence, so much so that I wish Deepak and I were clo...moreI thoroughly enjoyed The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence, so much so that I wish Deepak and I were close personal friends, where I could pick his brain until the cows come home, conversing about the quantum domain, the nonlocal domain, the virtual domain (discussed in detail within this book), wave-particle theory.
The first half of this book is all about quantum physics, the fascinating subject of the wave-particle theory. A wave and particle before observation is both a particle and a wave (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle), but upon observation, the potential collapses into a single entity - either a particle or a wave. This is how our brain works. What we mentally think before observation is what we’ll see. What I see, can be completely different than what you see. And this leads into our inner dialogue and how important it is to be mindful of what we think and most importantly feel. I can eat this stuff up like there’s no tomorrow. The word fascinating doesn’t even begin to describe it.
It’s all about your mind, your mind is in control, your mind decides what you see. To quote from Deepak Chopra: Emotional turbulence is a major barrier to the spontaneous fulfillment of desire, but it is possible to transform negative energy into a higher level of awareness. The second half of the book, now armed with the above knowledge, is how to get your mind to the level where you’re not hindering your well-being. Our ego is what causes us grief, keeps us in stasis, that dullsville feeling, trudging through molasses, in other words, we are slaves, held in bondage, because we believe and recognize the reality of our senses, because we have a hard time believing what our senses deny (Neville Goddard speak). Deepak takes the reader through countless exercises to help release the ego in order to be freed from limitation. Deepak-speak: Synchrodestiny allows you to make miracles happen, without limits, without end. And it does this by gently and progressively nudging you from the local to the nonlocal domain (from outer reality to inner reality) when we live only in the local domain (reality of our senses), we are impoverished. Amen! I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a change, and definitely anyone who’s open to realizing there’s more out there and by changing our mental speak, we have the power within to make changes. Also, I would highly recommend getting your hands on anything written by Neville Goddard and the amazingly awesome Joseph Murphy. All I can say is they're both brilliant and powerful. (less)
I highly recommend that everyone read Earthing. The Most important health discovery ever? Not only was this book fascinating and informative, it was a...moreI highly recommend that everyone read Earthing. The Most important health discovery ever? Not only was this book fascinating and informative, it was an eye-opener. So much so that I now am sleeping on an Earthing mat/connector and while I work, I have my bare feet firmly planted on one as well. I'm excited for the healing potential and I'm sure my body thanks me as well.
Today people are stressed beyond belief. Worry, fear, anxiety, all contribute to the rise of cortisol levels in our bodies. (Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone.) “A life of constant stress - from common things like money, work, or relationship problems - also causes cortisol levels to rise and remain high, creating a kind of sympathetic overdrive in the body. In our day and age, a consistently high level of cortisol is a classic indicator of stress and is known to contribute to many health problems, like sleep disorders, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, reduced immune response, autoimmune disease, mood disturbances, and blood sugar irregularity. Stress of this kind also promotes inflammation in the body.” Now, along with stress, incorporate in the processed foods we eat, the environment - in turn, our bodies are inundated with free radicals. Free radicals are positive charged, unpaired, highly unstable electrons, the byproduct of the aforementioned culprits and consequently what’s behind diseases. Also, poor health is caused by an accumulation of these free radicals setting up home in our bodies. Something else that needs to be mentioned is that inflammatory diseases have been afflicting millions of people across the globe. What’s behind these inflammatory diseases? Free radicals or positive charged electrons. They are the culprits of the pain we feel.
Free radicals can make more free radicals - they will steal electrons from other molecules. This is also known as a domino effect. Cancer and how it spreads is a prime example of what free radicals can cause.
“Free radical damage has been associated with over 60 known diseases and disorders.”
“The immune system is being overwhelmed: the lost connection to our planet’s natural flow of surface electrical energy and the electron deficiency in our bodies this creates.”
In order for an electron to be stable (which is what we want in our bodies), it must be paired. So when you take antioxidants, which are negative charged atoms - they either find these free radicals and bind with them to make a happy, stable, paired atom or they break the free radicals down, making them harmless. So how do we stop free radicals?
On to Earthing: It is is now well-established that the energy residing on the surface of the Earth is primarily electrical, not magnetically charged as once thought. The Earth’s electrical surface charge is always negative, meaning that the surface is filled with free electrons.
“The sole of the foot is richly covered with some 1300 nerve endings per square inch. Why so many nerve endings, more than found on any other part of the body? To keep us in touch with the Earth. The foot is the vital link between the person and Earth. The paws of all animals are equally rich as well.” In the past, our ancestors weren’t inundated with the diseases we are afflicted with today because free radicals weren’t a problem. This was because their feet, with the thousands of nerve endings and the fact that they either wore no shoes or leather shoes, were always in constant touch with the ground, also factor in that our ancestors slept on the Earth. Mother Earth has always provided what we’ve needed to heal ourselves.
But . . . “Humans, since the invention of shoes, mostly plastic, have lost touch with the Earth or being grounded.” We are not allowing the Earth to heal us.
So how does Earthing work? By being barefoot, “we draw electrical energy through our feet from the ground in the form of free electrons or negative electrons. These negative electrons bind to the positive charged electrons (free radicals). That means that the negative charged electrons from the Earth are able to move through our bodies and reduce positive charges - free radicals.”
Numerous studies have shown that Earthing people reduces their chronic pain suggesting that “pain is related to positive charges. Free radicals are positive charged molecules at the core of inflammation, tissue destruction, and disease. If Earthing reduces pain, it must come from reducing or neutralizing the positive charged free radicals causing the pain during the inflammatory process. The free electrons from the Earth must be putting out the fire. Earthing snuffs out harmful free-radical activity and inflammation.”
Think of Earthing as the most powerful antioxidant.
“Earthing is simple, basic, and powerful. We regard it as a genuine missing link in the heath equation, something with astounding potential to do much good for humanity. Connecting to the Earth - either by being barefooted outside or in contact with a grounded device inside - doesn’t cure you of any disease or condition. What it does is to reunite you with the natural electrical signals from the Earth that govern all organisms dwelling upon it. It restores your body’s natural internal electrical stability and rhythms, which in turn promote normal functioning of body systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. It remedies an electron deficiency (free radicals) to reduce inflammation - the common cause of disease. It shifts the nervous systems from a stress-dominated mode to one of calmness and you sleep better. By reconnecting, you enable your body to return to is normal electrical state better able to self-regulate and self-heal.”
“Our book is a bugle call. Go out. Ground yourself. Reintroduce your bare feet to the ground. Sleep grounded, and, if you can, work grounded, play grounded, and watch TV grounded. If you haven’t done it by now, go sit or stand barefoot outside (weather permitting) for half an hour or so. If you have pain, see what difference it makes. Then ask yourself if reconnecting with the Earth might be the most Amazing health discovery you have ever made.” (less)