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Introduction

I love research and learning in all its varied forms. For me, writing is a way to further understand what I’m learning. And as for teaching, it seems to spill out of me. No matter what I learn, I somehow end up teaching or coaching. It’s a part of who I am. For within the writing and coaching, I’m forced to further understand what it is I’m learning to be certain that I truly understand what I’m learning.

Everything around us is constantly changing. It may seem that everything stays the same, but if we pay attention, something is different. You see, the Universe is constantly creating. And I use research to help me shape this creation.

However, it is in the comfort of the familiar that we get stuck, never noticing the evolving and growing happening around us. This stuckness is also known as habit. It’s the mantra that seems to run in the background of our lives keeping us unaware of what can truly be if we only allowed ourselves to be open to something different, something new, something magical.

Thus, this section of the website…book reviews. As I read and research, I feel the desire to share with you the magical words I’m reading. The books vary from business to metaphysics to spirituality to the afterlife to science…in short, whatever draws my attention. (I’ll spare you the reviews of the romance and mystery books I read. Although very often, if I’m searching for an answer, something a fiction author says may be exactly right thing.)

Within each review, I’ll include a Golden Nugget. This is something that I found valuable and useful. And it may be something valuable for you also.

Of course, the books that I review will probably all be positive reviews…some more than others. Why is this? Quite simply, I don’t like to complain, because what you focus on is what you get. And I certainly don’t need more things to complain about.

So, what of the “yucky” books. Simply, if I don’t like a book (for whatever reason), I have a hard time getting through it. And if I don’t read it, I don’t think it will be fair if I review it. I’m not going to waste my time slogging through something only to write a mediocre review. Although, there are times that my interest just doesn’t match up with the current book, and I’d hate to give it a bad review if at another time, it would be the perfect book with the perfect message. So, let’s just assume that the “yucky” books are just not matching up with my search at the moment. After all, it’s only true until it’s not. The “yucky” book could turn out to be a Golden Nugget at a different moment in time.

As always, I’ll be honest and straightforward.

If you have a book that you recommend I read and review, please send me the title and author in the comment section.


Book Review

The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho
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I first bought this book many years ago and that copy disappeared along the way. So, I bought it again. When I sat down to read it, I breezed through it and wondered why it had taken me so long to complete it.

The Alchemist is about a young man’s journey to find his Personal Legend as he learns to interpret the Language of the World. His Personal Legend is the treasure he is destined to find for himself, IF he is willing to give up the comfort of where he is and stretch.

The Language of the World refers to the young man learning about watching, listening and interpreting the omens and signs all around us. It is truly as if the world is talking to us.

In short, it is about following his dream and everything he learns along the way. It gave me a very gentle feeling as I read along. And I was amazed at the insights and lessons that were conveyed. The Alchemist is an easy read with many ah-ha moments

Golden Nugget: “If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.” P. 106


Book Review

BE

By A. C. Ping
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Well laid out. Easy to follow. Good explanations. It is a very linear, logical approach. However, it doesn’t give ways to deal with emotions and move them. And if you have been following my writings, you know this is a big deal for me.

Golden Nugget: “If you decide to stop and close your mind then you give yourself nowhere to move to.” (p. 136)


Book Review

Born a Healer

By Chunyi Lin
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Easy to read. Born a Healer is about Chunyi Lin’s journey to becoming a Qigong master. He talks about simple concepts and gives wonderful examples and exercises.

Golden Nugget: “Love does not have a physical form, whenever you are kind to others you create a stage for love to be presented….Kindness is love revealed.” (p. 129)


Book Review

Born to Be Free

By Jack Miller
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I’m excited to bring you a book that I have lived. What I mean by that is that my father wrote this book about a passion of his – the founding principles of the United States and the freedoms they give us. And as I’ve been around for most of my dad’s journey, I can say that I’ve lived it.

What struck me as amazing was that much of what he talks about is similar to what I write and teach. For example, he emphasizes the importance of individuals taking responsibility for themselves including their reactions to events that happen to them.

The book has two parts. The first is about the founding of The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History. The focus is on the importance of teaching the founding principles to university professors and high school history teachers so that they can then turn around and teach their students. Miller (my dad) has spent millions of dollars creating the Jack Miller Center and its programs to ensure that our liberties survive and endure.

The second part of the book is about Miller’s life and how a “quite ordinary guy who, as a result of a strong focus and a lot of hard work, was able to realize the American dream because he was free to do so without excessive government interference.” He uses his story simply as representative of what is possible in a free-market economy.

I’m even mentioned in the book a few times. Very cool.

Golden Nugget: “It can’t be done” was the predominant feeling referring to teaching the founding principles in universities. (p. 65) But then, “…as we kept asking questions and probing the situation, we soon had the walls of the room filled with big poster-sized sheets of paper full of ideas and roadblocks. It is from those ideas and comments that we began to develop a strategy.” (p. 45)

This sounds a lot like: What else is possible? And How does it get better than that?


Book Review

Busting Loose from the Money Game

By Robert Scheinfeld
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Busting Loose from the Money Game is about your consciousness. After all, according to Scheinfeld (and many others), life is played entirely in consciousness and every detail is designed by each of us. He calls this the Human Game.

What you think and feel creates your reality – including your money. You begin with The Field of infinite possibility, apply power to the chosen possibility and out pops your desire. The less you believe and have faith, the less you convince yourself and the less likely your desire will pop forth. A big part of the power is belief.

This is a simplified version and of course the book goes into much greater depth and is filled with lots of explanations. While this book is focused on money, it can be applied to life.

Golden Nugget: “When you experience discomfort of any kind:

  • Dive right smack into the middle of it.
  • Feel the discomfort energy fully.
  • When it reaches a peak of intensity, tell The Truth about it.
  • Reclaim your power from it.
  • Open up more and more to who you really are.
  • Express appreciation for yourself and the creation.” P. 99-100

(For a deeper understanding of this, please read the book. It is excellent.)


Book Review

Choices and Illusions

By Eldon Taylor
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Choices and Illusions is about the choices that we make based upon our thoughts, which are in fact NOT our own thoughts. Just think of all the messages we absorb throughout the day from teachers, clergy, friends, family, advertisements, radio, TV, etc. and you will realize that Taylor is correct. Most of what we think has been programmed into us. Therefore, it’s an illusion that we are making choices because if we make choices based upon A, B, or C and they have all been programed into us, are we really making a choice?

Taylor comes at the whole “problem” by saying if this is so then let’s use this “programming” to our benefit. He believes that subliminal messaging (hidden in music) is the way to accomplish this.

While I agree with much of the information in the book, I have always been taught (there you go, someone else’s ideas) that subliminal messaging is bad. So, I’ve been fighting within myself. Is it bad? Isn’t it bad? What I came up with was that to willfully listen to subliminal messaging one has to truly trust the person doing the programming.


Book Review

Contagious, Why Things Catch On

By Jonah Berger
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Entertaining read. Great stories to illustrate the points. Truly tickles your psychological arousal. As the book says, “nobody talks about something boring.” This book helps outline the different ways you can make your product or message entertaining and noticed.

I advise you to read the book to get a deeper understanding of how to use each of them.

  1. Social Currency… Make people feel like insiders
  2. Triggers… Use something in the environment to remind people of your product or message
  3. Emotion… Focus on the feeling
  4. Public… Make things more observable to make them easier to imitate
  5. Practical Value… People like to help others. Show them how to do this with your product or message.
  6. Stories… People tell stories. Make the message or product a vital part of the story told.
Golden Nugget: STEPPS is the basis of Contagious. This is an acronym for the six principles that influence whether a product or message will catch on. Use all six principles or just a few.


Book Review

Creative Mind and Success

By Ernest Holmes
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Easy read. Clear, concise ideas. Short and to the point chapters. Originally written in 1918, this book is still important and relevant. It outlines how to use your creative mind to create the life you desire.

Golden Nugget: “When we resist we make a mental image of the thing we are fighting, and that tends to have it created for us.” (p. 55) The more we think about something we DON’T want, the more we are actually bringing that very thing to us by keeping our mind and thoughts on it. The clue is to look only at what we do want and never at what we don’t want.


Book Review

Do Disrupt:  Change the status quo. Or become it.

By Mark Shayler
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This short book is all about doing things differently. After all, if we do things the same as everyone else, there isn’t truly a need for us to be doing them in the first place. Shayler talks about knowing what you can change and changing that.

Disrupting something creates change, which in turn creates innovation. This book is about making your ideas real. Shayler gives a series of short exercises (which could be seen as developing a “business” plan) to help you disrupt your status quo and help you refine your ideas so that you can provide something uniquely you.

Golden Nugget: “You aren’t going to outspend your competitors, so you’ll have to outthink them.” p. 89


Book Review

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die…

by Karol K. Truman
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I originally read this book when it first came out in 2003 and had the inspired action to pick it up again to review it. Well, I got sucked in a second time. It’s a great book with lots of interesting insights about how when we hold onto feelings, they hang around on the inside and affect everything in our lives… relationships, physical health, financial health, mental/emotional health, etc.

Truman gives a feelings list that is 20 pages long. And it’s single spaced! That’s a lot of feelings. The list includes the feelings we would like to get rid of (such as abandoned and embarrassed) and gives suggestions for replacing them with feelings you choose to have. For example, if you choose to give up abandonment, you could ask for the feelings of being cherished, precious, upheld and cared for.

The book also has what it calls The Script, which will help you process the feelings. It’s not the questioning and curiosity approach I usually use, but there is a lot of good in The Script.

Golden Nugget: “A great ecclesiastic leader once said words to this effect: God works on a person from the inside out. The world works on a person from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. But, God takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. God changes men, who then change their environment.” p. 91


Book Review

f**k it, the ultimate spiritual way

by John Parkin
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This seems like a stream of consciousness book loosely organized, but still packed full of valuable information. The basic message is to say, “f**k it” and by doing so to accept yourself and everything around you without judgment. Thus, feeling the relief of accepting what is. This is a fun, lighthearted way of letting go and not having an attachment or aversion to something. F**k it gives valuable information and a new way of looking at spirituality.

Where are you holding onto a judgment that if you let go of it, you would have more peace?

Golden Nugget: Parkin was writing about his peace trip…his search for peace when “…one day I realized that wanting to be peaceful and monk-like was just making me judgemental (sic) about all the bits in me that aren’t.” (p. 95)


Book Review

Gotcha!

By Eldon Taylor
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The book Gotcha! by Eldon Taylor is worth getting EVEN IF YOU NEVER OPEN IT! That’s a strange statement for a book review. Let me explain.

The title, Gotcha! says it all. Just viewing that word reminds you that others are manipulating us whether it’s intentionally as with advertising or unintentionally as with their own limiting beliefs. They are actually stealing your free will. Stealing? Well, maybe not stealing. Maybe it’s more that we are giving it away. Yes, giving it away when we choose to believe them.

How are people manipulating you? Put the book on your coffee table and then as you watch TV, read a book, listen to the debates or even talk with someone keep asking yourself, “What are they doing to manipulate me? What would it take for me to stand in my truth? What can I do or be to be more of my true me?”

And if you decide to actually read the book, you will find it filled with a lot of useful information. You will be surprised at how the “world” seems to be manipulating you. This manipulation is very subtle in many cases, but once your eyes are open to how others are stomping on your free will, you will be more aware and can thus make your own choices. Thus reclaiming your free will.

Well worth the read.


Book Review

Guiding Personal Source

By Hector E. Garcia, D.C.
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Fabulous book. Easy to understand and follow. Great for the beginner as well as the more advanced.

I have taken Dr. Garcia’s seminars, have had personal sessions with him and can testify that the information presented in the book actually works. Once you learn to tap into the energy field, you will be able to clear the blocks that are holding you in place. The book gives various ways to create more clarity and balance. Life issues truly can be inverted and neutralized in a moment.

He highlights three questions (and then shows how to test for the truth in the answers):

  • Is my issue really an issue?
  • Does thinking about my issue make it an issue?
  • Is the thought of not having an issue the problem?

While I’ve heard these before, when I read Guiding Personal Source, a new understanding came forth. Was I holding onto an issue not because of the issue, but because the thought of not actually having it was unimaginable?

I’ll definitely be reading this book over and over.

Golden Nugget: Dr. Garcia talks about how everything is in relationship. Your issue is as much in relationship to you as you are to it.


Book Review

Heal Your Body

By Louise L. Hay
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This short reference book is a listing of probable causes and new thought patterns for various different problems. It’s not the type of book you sit down and read from front to back. It is valuable because when you have an ache, pain, or disease, you can refer to the book and get an idea of the metaphysical cause. It then gives possible affirmations to help you turn things around.

Golden Nugget: “Our consistent thinking patterns create our experiences. Therefore, by changing our thinking patterns, we can change our experiences.” P. 5


Book Review

Leadership and Self-Deception… Getting Out of the Box

by The Arbinger Institute
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At first glance, one might think this was just a business book. It’s way more than that. Leadership and Self-Deception is written in a fictional style and is very easy to understand. The contents are amazingly simple and extremely powerful…for life (as well as for business). It gives another perspective on how life can work. And coincidentally, it matches the ideas I teach… just in a different format.

Golden Nugget: We betray ourselves when we don’t do the inspired action (something we thought of…specifically when doing something for someone else). When we betray ourselves, we then then start blaming and justifying. If we’d done the inspired action, there would be no need for the blame or justification, and things go more smoothly.


Book Review

The Magic of Thinking BIG

By David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
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The way we think is one part of the equation for success. Whether it’s success in creating your dreams or just living a better life, the thoughts we think have a dynamic impact on the outcome. In The Magic of Thinking BIG, Dr. Schwartz outlines ways that we trip ourselves up with our thinking and gives valuable advice about how to construct thoughts that work for us instead of against us.

It was amazing that many of my handwritten notes in the margins were just as valuable today as they were seven or eight years ago when I first read this book. The reminder that many people suffer from “excusitis” caused me to look at what I was making excuses about. Schwartz then outlined how to recognize the excuse and then move past it. Very valuable indeed.

If you take the time to read The Magic of Thinking BIG, you will improve your thinking. The way you look at the world influences what you are experiencing. To have the best life, create the best ways of thinking. This book will help you improve your thinking and thus your life.

Golden Nugget: “Four Things You Can Do to Lick Health Excusitis:
– Refuse to talk about your health.
– Refuse to worry about your health.
– Be genuinely grateful that your health is as good as it is.
– Remind yourself often, ‘It’s better to wear out than rust out.’”(p. 31-32)


Book Review

The Magic Path of Intuition

By Florence Scovel Shinn
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Florence Scovel Shinn was a terrific metaphysical writer in the early 20th century. Her wisdom is just as good today as it was then. This particular book was an unfinished manuscript upon her death and was later published by Hay House. Her advice is practical, down to earth and easy to apply. As with many of the writers of the time, the bible and God are mentioned.

This book is about building the life you desire through the words, beliefs and actions you choose. She encourages you to follow your intuitive leads and prepare for the blessings to be true.

The Magic Path of Intuition is filled with many stories and is an easy read with very deep meanings.

Golden Nugget: “Prayer is telephoning to God, and intuition is God telephoning to you.” p. 3


Book Review

Mindful Loving

By Henry Grayson, PH. D.
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When I first read Mindful Loving, I was impressed with one story in particular. In writing about how important our thoughts are, Grayson conveyed a story about him and his wife. Here is a synopsis: He noticed that when he thought loving thoughts about his wife, he would come home and his wife was in a good mood. Then when he thought negative thoughts about his wife, his wife would be in a bad mood when he came home. This experiment went on for a few weeks until he told her what he was doing. She was relieved to know that it wasn’t all her.

This highlights how the things we think influence more than just us. This book is filled with many practices to improve relationships.

Golden Nugget: “When I have a strong emotional charge on something, it is worth taking a look inside to understand what it is about. Usually, I had learned, such a strong charge is a signal that I have not worked through an important issue and warrants some thoughtful reflection.” P. 225


Book Review

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

By Mitch Albom
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This is a wonderful book with gentle energy that teaches important lessons through fictional happenings. It is complete with a surprise ending that is heartwarming (and one that I don’t want to give away). It’s an easy read and left me feeling content.

The lessons include:

  • Everyone’s lives are interconnected and things happen for a reason.
  • Mistakes are just a point of view and not necessarily wrong.
  • Empathy is often blocked by ego, self-pity and thinking your own pain needs to be dealt with first.
  • Secrets keep us from making our peace.
  • And more.
Golden Nugget: “All endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time.” (p. 210)


Book Review

The Parables of Kryon

By Lee Carroll
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Lee Carroll has channeled Kryon for many years. This is a collection of parables (stories) filled with lessons, and because of the story form the wisdom is easier to comprehend.

Kryon is one of my favorite channeled messengers. He is filled with light and positive messages for the future and tackles the difficult situations in humorous ways. I am always left feeling at peace, whether listening to recordings (thank you YouTube) or reading one of his many books.

Golden Nugget: “When you’re balanced spiritually, physically, and mentally, a wonderful thing happens: Everyone wants to be your friend! People recognize the specialness of who you are, and they are not threatened by you in any way. Can you see how this attitude would enhance a job, a marriage, a friendship, or a generation gap (and not destroy it)? The only ones you will offend are those who are angry at you for having changed— and, believe me, those are the ones you don’t want around you anyway.”

Lee Carroll. The Parables of Kryon (p. 4). Hay House. Kindle Edition.


Book Review

The Power of Moments

By Chip Heath and Dan Heath
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The Power of Moments helps the reader understand how moments in lives can make a difference and how to create these extraordinary moments. It is filled with many simple and useful suggestions.

The authors point out, in easy to comprehend writing, how to change what your moments are so they can be even better. They encourage the reader “think in moments to spot the occasions that are worthy of investment,” and to create the defining moments instead of accidentally having them happen. In short, the idea is to focus on the moments as if they were viewed from a different perspective and then to “solve the problem” through elevation, insight, pride, and connection.

Golden Nugget: When writing about building peaks, the authors said, “One simple diagnostic to gauge whether you’ve transcended the ordinary is if people feel the need to pull out their cameras.” (p. 63)


Book Review

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

By Joseph Murphy, PH.D, D. D.
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If you buy one book about how to transform your life, this may be it. It has so much information that it would benefit you to read it slowly so that you can absorb it. It is a very practical book.

This book helps point out the limits that each of us have placed within our own lives (and minds). A big part of the book is looking at the thoughts we tell ourselves and how they can be changed by using the subconscious mind to work for us instead of against us. It is full of many new rules (new ways of thinking of something) that will help you along on your journey of transformation.

Truth be told, I bought this book three times over the years. Each time thinking that I hadn’t seen it before. As you progress through your transformational journey, the book will speak to you in different ways and something else will pop off the page and be important at that point in time.

Golden Nugget: “Power goes into our word according to the feeling and faith behind it….There must be no mental striving, coercion, force, or mental wrestling.” P. 94


Book Review

Psychics, Healers, & Mediums

By Jenniffer Weigel
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This is an easy read about the author’s visits with various psychics, healers and mediums. It was very interesting to see how different ones gave messages and what those messages were. Throughout the book there are nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to everyone.

Golden Nugget: Carolyn Myss was interviewed and quoted as saying: “Follow your instincts, because it’s probably your destiny calling….Most people are terrified to take a look at all they can be….People are afraid of the responsibility that comes with knowing yourself more deeply.” (p. 176-7) In short, people are fearful of following their instincts because it will lead them to their greatness, which is different from where they are at and by being different, it feels uncomfortable.


Book Review

Right Body for You

By Gary M. Douglas and Donnielle Carter
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Many people have issues with their bodies. Whether it is too much weight or not enough, pain and suffering or aging, very few of us seem to be happy with what is.

This book gives you a new way to look at yourself. It opens a conversation between you and your body. That’s right. The authors give insight into how our repetitive thinking and feeling influence our bodies. The conversation requires you to ask questions and then pay attention to your body (and your intuition) for the answers. After all, your body knows why it does what it does. It’s up to your conscious mind to set your body free.

I have so many things highlighted, that I wish I could share all of them with you.

Golden Nugget: Instead of ignoring pain, ask yourself:

  • “Okay, body, what do you need from me here?
  • What do you require?
  • What do you desire?
  • What are you telling me that I’m not willing to hear?” (p. 121)

Book Review

The Science of Getting Rich

By Wallace D. Wattles
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This is an oldie but goodie originally published in 1910. Wattles was part of the New Thought Movement. As such, the book focuses on the thought aspect of creating wealth, which he defines as the desire for a richer, fuller, more abundant life. To achieve this, he encourages the reader to form a clear, definite picture of what is wanted and then stay focused on it.

When he talks about feeling the desire, he refers to having faith and believing it is so. He doesn’t focus on how to achieve the faith.

Wattles, encourages the reader to act as well as think. He refers to acting as preparing the way to receive. He encourages the reader to focus on what can be done today and let go of planning to fail.

Golden Nugget: “You can have anything you want, as long as you use it for the advancement of your own life and the lives of others.” P. 33


Book Review

Sedona Journal of Emergence, January 2019

By Light Technology Publishing
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I saw this journal at the book store and was intrigued by the cover picture. So, I picked it up and was fascinated that there was an entire magazine devoted to channeled messages. There are minimal advertisements and lots of articles.

The information includes conscious living, creating your future, manifesting with the heart, coping with dramatic changes on earth, living in 4th dimensional consciousness and more. Some are easier to understand than others, and all are reminders that we have an influence on our own lives by what we are thinking and feeling.

I’m excited to see what next month’s issue is about.

Golden Nugget: “Changes are the new normal. Bring out your curiosity and your willingness for adventure, and you will see love in action in your life.” (Manifest Your Desires Awake in the Fourth Light, The Council of Transition through Takeli MMagdalen, p. 51)


Book Review

Smartcuts

By Shane Snow
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Powerful information. High vibration book. I was so excited while reading it that I couldn’t go to bed and had to force myself to sleep at 2 am.

This book gives wonderful examples of situations, people and times that people have used smartcuts, which Snow describes as shortcuts with integrity. He encourages everyone to “be an entrepreneur in their own life” and gives many ways to move forward in non-traditional ways.

This is what I did by using the unschooling model while I was homeschooling one of my kids…follow an interest, dig deep, and learn the skills needed to learn more about the subject. The skills are then seen as necessary to learn and thus have more value than if the skills were learned outside of a useful context.

In fact, this is how I’ve learned about consciousness transformation and energy healing. I had an interest and then found out more and more and more, learning what I needed along the way.

Golden Nugget: Get the thinking right and the skills will follow. (P. 91) Snow emphasizes the importance of learning more about fewer topics and digging deeper (instead of learning less about more topics).


Book Review

Start With Why

By Simon Sinek
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The idea of this book is to uncover why you do what you do. This why is at the root of everything you do and if you know what the why is, you will be able to quickly tell if any action, idea, or opportunity “fits” your why. While this book is good, I would recommend the follow up (Finding Your Why) which guides you to your personal (or company) why.

Golden Nugget: If you know why you do something, then you can be more open to new, innovative ideas and make adjustments along the way. Whereas, if you are motivated only by what you do, you don’t have the underlying sense of purpose or desire. So when you run into roadblocks, the why will help you find a way around them.


Book Review

The Surrender Experiment

By Michael A. Singer
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Michael Singer chronicles his journey from a talkative mind to a peaceful mind. He begins by noticing that his mind is talking. Then he embarks on a journey to quiet the mind and finds meditation, which he continues to get more and more involved with. At one point, he decides to experiment with surrendering to the Universe. He gave up his personal preferences (likes and dislikes) and accepted what the Universe brought to him through the flow of energy.

Along the journey, he moved to the forest, taught college, organized spiritual workshops, learned computer programming, ran a multi-million dollar company, and more. His journey was very interesting and gave a first hand look at how flow influences life. No matter what came at him, he just surrendered to it.

I was right along with him the whole way until the end of the book. I won’t ruin the surprise, but let it be said, that I had a hard time surrendering at the end…and yet, he kept surrendering.

Golden Nugget: “My formula for success was very simple: Do whatever is put in front of you with all your heart and soul without regard for personal results.” P. 133


Talk to the Entities Book Review

Talk to the Entities

By Shannon O’Hara
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Talk to the Entities is an easy read with valuable information. It begins with a history of how entities have influenced the author throughout her life. It then continues with examples of how she helped others clear the influence entities had on their lives. Finally, she gives a few methods that you can use if you suspect that entities are playing apart in your life.

Whether you believe in entities (spirits who remain behind after the body dies) or not, this book has valuable information. This was the second time I’ve read it and found even more information.

Golden Nugget: Your fear doesn’t have to rule your life. Entities don’t have to be scary…if you have the perspective that they can be something else. “If you can start to ask what energies are there that are playful and nice, ask for playmates. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have fun with it rather than be scared.” (p. 156)


Talk to the Entities Book Review

Thinkertoys

By Michael Michalko
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If you are looking for more ways to be creative, look no further. This book is so full of techniques to increase your creativity that it will probably take me a year to try all of them. That being said, I love the ones that I have tried and wanted to share this book with you before I finished it.

Many of the techniques involve asking questions to look at your “problem” from many different angles or viewpoints. The book includes many questions to stretch your imagination. And if you like asking questions (as I do) then these new questions may give you some ideas that you hadn’t thought of before for a new way of thinking.

The various techniques help you see beyond the ordinary and conventional ways. Playing with context and perspective help us to focus on process instead of outcomes. This is a process book that will improve your outcomes.

Golden Nugget: “Questions to ask when using the reversal principle are:

  • Can I transpose positive and negative?
  • What are the opposites?
  • What are the negatives?
  • Should I turn it around? Up instead of down? Down instead of up?
  • Consider it backwards?
  • Reverse roles?
  • Do the unexpected?”

(p. 104)


Book Review

Think Like a Freak

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
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Many people are stuck with the solutions that others have created. That doesn’t mean the solutions are the best. They have just been done before. In Think Like a Freak, the authors help change the way we see the world through fascinating stories and unique analysis. The book helps us look at new ways to solve problems. It encourages us to be open minded and explore new ways of thinking.

For example, in one story about Van Halen (the rock and roll band), the truth was revealed about brown M&M’s. Well, not the M&M’s themselves, but the importance that David Lee Roth (Van Halen’s frontman) placed on them.

You see, many venues weren’t up to par with the technical demands of the mega-performances that Van Halen did. Thus, at the end of the contract with the venue, Davide Lee Roth placed a VERY LONG rider outlining the band’s needs, such as enough physical space, load-bearing capacity and so on. He even asked for M&M’s (but no brown ones).

He used the request for no brown M&M’s as a barometer. If when arriving at the venue, there were brown M&M’s, Roth knew that the contract hadn’t been read and that other problems may arise. They then knew to verify that the other specifications were met so that everyone would be safe. He would then trash the dressing room to hide his real reason for the “no brown M&M’s” rule.

He anticipated the problem and developed a unique solution that only took moments to verify its effectiveness. This was about thinking simply, a basic tenant of Think Like a Freak.

Golden Nugget: “Why do so few people think like a freak?
– It’s easy to let your bias color your view of the world.
– It’s tempting to run with the herd.
– Most people are too busy to rethink the way they think.”
(p. 10)


Book Review

This Thing Called Life

By Ernest Holmes
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This is a good book, although it is mostly on the spiritual side. It includes a lot of great information about faith and belief. It is written by the creator of The Science of Mind, which is about actively focusing the mind to create change throughout life.

Golden Nugget: Focus on what is true. Then as the false disappears, the true will grow. (Chapter 8)


Book Review

Turn the Ship Around

By L. David Marquet
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This is a very good story about how the metaphysical principles are used in a practical everyday way. The author of this book was a former nuclear submarine commander and was able to create leaders from within and thus turn around the performance of his submarine. He was very creative and had a new way of looking at things. Thus, his sub went from one of the worst to one of the best.

Golden Nugget: Use empowering language to create change and encourage each individual to be their own leader. Request permission to…, I would like to…, What should I do about…, Do you think we should…, could we… was REPLACED WITH I intend to…, I plan on…, I will…, and We will. This helped the sailors take ownership of their ideas and set intentions. As the commander, Marquet would ask questions when needed. His idea was to give his men as much control as he could to allow them to think through and defend their plan of action. In short, he helped them set intentions.


Book Review

Waking Up in 5D

By Maureen J. St. Germain
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EXCELLENT! This is the only book that I have read that fully explains the fifth dimension with clarity and ease. In short, it is about living in the field of love. This book has many wonderful explanations, mind expanding ideas, and suggestions about how to move into the fifth dimension.

Golden Nugget: “As you become more fifth dimensional, you are able to see and understand the polarity in both fourth and third dimensions without experiencing an emotional charge. You observe, without judgment…You will have a uniquely powerful mastery of your emotions.” (p. 98)


Book Review

The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey

By Stephen Covey
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This book about leadership is a collection of wisdom from Stephen R. Covey, the author of many books (eg. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). It may seem strange that a leadership book is filled with metaphysical teachings, but if it works, it works. The information presented is very similar even if the wording is slightly different.

Golden Nugget: “The way we see the problem is the problem.” (p. 129) “All people see the world, not as it is but as they are.” (p. 115) In other words, change your perspective to get new insights and if you can change on the inside, the problem can change on the outside.