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The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by HarperOne (first published October 1st 2019)
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Brooklyn Cribdon (The Wild Library) Tara Swart combines common spiritual philosophy with neuroscience based evidence. It's self-help in the realm of Law of Attraction & manifestation, bu…moreTara Swart combines common spiritual philosophy with neuroscience based evidence. It's self-help in the realm of Law of Attraction & manifestation, but a much more updated, modern version than traditional LoA books.

Basically, Swart teaches you how to live your dream life & get what you want (spiritually, materially, job related, etc). She does this through principles that use spiritual practices based on evidence in neuroscience. (less)

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Yelda Basar Moers
I thought this book was no different than any other known self help book out there on this subject. I didn’t find that the author was really an authority on this subject and was rather a novice. I didn’t find it to be a passionate view about the brain and the universe and didn’t find the title to be at all indicative of the book. What are the secrets of the universe and science of the brain? I didn’t see any secrets revealed or any groundbreaking science that I did not already know! I was disapp ...more
Living My Best Book Life
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Source is an insightful book about the intricacies of how the brain works and how we have the power to control it’s functions! I am a science nerd so I loved all of the details about the lobes of the brain, neurotransmitters, synapses, and so much more. I thought Tara Swart did a great job at stating facts while giving techniques/exercises like visualization and writing journal entries to help individuals learn to control their thoughts/actions and how to interpret them to ultimately see whe ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I borrowed this ebook on the Hoopla app from my local library.
I listened to an interview with this author on the "Feel Better, Live More" podcast. The episode is titled, "How to Create Your Dream Future: Life After Lockdown."
I do not give more than 3 stars because, as with so many self-help books, there is a ton of filler which could be titled "How I Did It" and also "Good Results A Few of My Clients Got."
There is lots of homework suggested for every reader so I am sure that there may be somet
Adnan Khaleel
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not sure I entirely agree with this being a book on the science of the brain. It is best described as how a positive attitude with visualization helps in creating a healthy balance. Broadly speaking I suppose you could point to the many scientific studies that have proved this out and refer to those as science but very little basis of this phenomenon is presented in this book.
LaShel Shaw
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was expecting a lot more science but this is just your standard new age pop-psych self-help book.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will read it again and again
Anna W.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I enjoyed this book, and I’m sure many readers will understand some concepts for the first time; however, many of the suggestions I’ve uncovered in other readings. Lesser’s Broken Open, any of Ann Lamott’s works, The Dance of Anger by Lerner—all excellent reads.

I recommend this book for those looking to make positive life changes by channeling their own desires. My rating is based purely on the fact that I’ve already organically and serendipitously made my way toward many of the sugge
birute k.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Labai sunku vertinti „ne savo žanro“ knygą. Labai skeptiškai žiūriu į asmenybės tobulinimo literatūrą ir nelabai tikiu jos nauda. Paėmusi šią knygą maniau, kad rasiu visišką absurdą, bet nebuvo taip blogai – autorė rašo pakankamai racionaliai ir pagrįstai. Aišku, visi neuromokslo pavyzdžiai pasitelkti labai paviršutiniškai, bet sunku iš tokio žanro literatūros reikalauti daugiau, tai atrodo kaip tikrai ne blogiausias variantas. Tiesa, čia pirmoji ir vienintelė mano skaityta asmenybės tobulinimo ...more
Elizabeth Rains
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Too light on research and content, much of which has been expanded on my other writers.
Tabitha (Tabi Thoughts)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago I became heavily interested in the principles of the law of attraction. While I’ve read a few books about it and watched several videos, none of them thoroughly explained the science behind it. The Source puts science behind the law of attraction. It offers an in-depth scientific explanation of the single most important aspect of the law of attraction… YOUR BRAIN.

The Source explains how neuroscience affects what you attract in your life and discusses the importance of neuroplasti
Gem ~ Bee
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book on neuroscience that details step by step how to improve our thinking to learn to be successful and present.
Full review to follow
Samantha Oledan
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5 Stars

Finally, after how many attempts, I was able to finish this book. I bought a hardcopy last year, but I got too bored after 2-3 chapters, I decided to put it off for later. Then this year, I got really interested in the Law of Attraction and manifestation, and I thought giving this book another shot could be worth it. I listened to the audiobook instead, as I figured it would be easier for me to absorb the information this way. My attention lasted for a few more chapters more than I did
Jaymi The OC Book Girl
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain by Tara Swart is an interesting look at how the brain works and how we have the power to control its functions. It takes techniques like visualization and manifestation and in a very sciencey way offers proof of the power of the mind!
The author begins by sharing her background and how she came to the field of psychiatry along with the details of how she hit rock bottom, professionally and personally and decided to dedicate hersel
Andrés Peñailillo
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Do not judge a book by the cover.

For its title, one would expect much more science than is exposed in this book. The author focuses on her personal experience with divorce and her career as a coach to set an example of how science supports plenty of good and ancient practices.

If you are looking for the science of the brain, you will be disappointed. In fact, in the first chapters, I was about to abandon the book because of its unscientific presentation. When science began, it did not last long
Brooklyn Cribdon (The Wild Library)
This book is so good. For folks who are familiar with manifestation/law of attraction already, this book pairs the spiritual aspects with neuroscience; I found this so interesting and useful! My one complaint about the book is the writing style.... Can we all please bring back the oxford comma and semicolons?! UGH. I had to re-read sentences to figure out what the author was trying to say when this could have been easily resolved by using a comma or creating multiple sentences. Alas, over all, I ...more
Cat M
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved The Source! I used it as a thinking guide - she has a lot of self-reflective questions, so I definitely recommend reading this with a journal next to you in case something resonates. It helps you to get clarity about your life vision, your goals for yourself and your relationships with others, and the types of things that might be holding you back, and how to let them go so you can accelerate towards your goals and the life you want!
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great self development book! I loved how she explained the science and made the far fetched “law of attraction” make perfect sense. Personally I have read several self development books, so most of her recommendations I already do. I do plan on making an action board board now and updating it every year! I think this is a great book for newbies to personal development or if your interested in some light neuroscience and how that relates to a great life.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interessant bok. Bør leses med en tegneblokk.
Jeg leste den uten, og gir den derfor kun 3 stjerner. Med tegneblokk ser jeg ikke bort fra at boka fortjener 4 stjerner.

Følte heller ikke at boka traff meg så godt, på det punktet jeg befinner meg i livet.
Kathy Heare Watts
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won a hardback copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If there is a goal or an area of your life the needs work this is the book for you!

Also a great read for people trying to understand how to better support others. Lots of great brain science to support her methods.
Charles Rivers
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it has the perfect combination of science and spirituality without leaning heavy to either side of the spectrum
Sarah Rehimi
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting read, nothing earth shattering. But a nice reminder of what is important in life and how to manifest what you what your life to be like.
Pam Keevil
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading the background and information about the brain and how we use it and can use it better. Some great exercises which I'll follow over the next few weeks. ...more
Tanya French
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5....interesting read, well done audiobook.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Easy to follow but not much new.
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Dr Tara Swart is a neuroscientist and former psychiatric doctor. She is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and visiting senior lecturer at Kings College London, and an executive advisor to some of the world's most respected leaders in media and business. 'The Source' is Tara's third book - she is also lead author of the award-winning 'Neuroscience for Leadership', and co-author of 'An Attitude for Act ...more

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