Archive for the ‘Change’ Category

by Deborah Sless

Beyond Our Illusions

Beyond Our Illusions

Despite following the advice of a wealth of bestselling self-help books, most of us are still no closer to understanding the fundamental laws and principles that govern the universe, our interactions within it and our ability to achieve success, health, wealth and happiness.  Have you ever wondered why the Law of Attraction isn’t working for you? There is a very rational reason why.

Quite simply, the Universal Laws CANNOT work in our favour until we identify and remove the psychological issues that are blocking our ability to manifest our goals and desires.

In her ground-breaking and easy-to-understand book, UKCP and BACP accredited psychotherapist, Deborah Sless, uses the concrete psychological theory of Transactional Analysis to uncover the secrets behind the Universal Laws and explain how they really work. By joining her on this journey of self-discovery, readers will begin to understand:

The Universal Laws and their significance in our daily lives.

Our own individual Life Story and the beliefs we formed in childhood that continue to impact us today.

How to achieve freedom from our illusions and move towards genuine self development.

The concept of Spirit as an energy force and how to tap into it.

I found this book contains a wealth of material with which to work.  It illustrates graphically how the belief systems we have – most of which we are not even conscious of – colour our thinking in so many subtle ways. Deborah Sless gives examples, and then provides the exercises to help us begin to bring a different view to how we perceive ourselves and change our interactions with the world around us. This is a book that needs to be studied rather than just read, but it is possible to ‘cherry pick’ those areas that catch the attention more than others. Because such clear examples and explanations are given, this book is somewhat easier to follow than more complex volumes in the same genre. A valuable tool for anyone wishing to either see how their own belief systems came into being, or to actually bring about change; I certainly found a couple of very relevant illustrations of how I have been influenced by my ‘story’ over the years!

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by Live It Publishing



ISBN: 978-1-906954-42-0

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by Robin Nixon

Yes I Can!

Yes I Can!

With a bright orange cover and book-title like Yes I Can! you know you will be reading about self- motivation, and that is exactly what Robin Nixon has given us. It’s full of easy practical ways to make us feel better about ourselves and our life-decisions; using positive affirmations and visualisation techniques. I particularly like the one that involves letting our negative thoughts turn into soap-bubbles and then allowing them to float off into the distance, bursting with a faint pop. He also urges us to simply smile more to lift our mood and help us to interact positively with others. He says “I crack a beaming smile and give myself a thumbs-up in the mirror every morning. It really works!” I also like the ‘If nothing else remember …’ snippet he puts at the end of each chapter. There are also uplifting quotes from the great and good, and stories about the entrepreneurial skills of legendary people such as Victor Kiam, who bought the Remington shaver company, and Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airways.

His no-nonsense approach to everyday problems is inspirational and at the beginning of the book he tells us that “Instead of aiming for the stars, shoot first for the moon. That way your belief will be strengthened and the goals you seek will come quicker and easier. You can always choose the stars for another goal when you are ready!”

Robin really knows what he is talking about as he has been a writer for thirty years and has fifteen books to his name. He started off in magazine publishing and went on to become a programmer, consultant and technical author, creator of the first licensed Internet radio-station, and then developed the first known pop-windows because he wanted his listeners to continuing surfing while listening to his station. More recently he has focused on teaching motivation and personal improvement.

If you are feeling a bit low and uninspired, or if you already use similar techniques but just need a bit of a boost, I highly recommend Robin’s easy to read, and digest book. Yes I Can!  could well become a lifelong companion on the bookshelf.

Review by Jane Stewart Adams

Published by Capstone Publishing Ltd. (A Wiley Company)  www.wiley.com


ISBN: 978-0857-08310-4

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by Candace CaddickSaw-New-Earth-front-cover

2012: the most exciting year for the Earth and humanity for a long, long time.

Earth reaches her moment of rebirth, changing completely at the end of the year. She will look the same, but everything will be different. Earth is becoming a whole new planet energetically and your lives cannot stay the same. Humanity is given a fresh start on a vibrant planet, opening to the light areas of business and government that have been hidden for lifetimes. This brings you closer to your own ascension as a soul group, and the completion of your experiences here. 2012 is the year when everything changes for the better.

This book completes a trilogy that began with Planet Earth Today and The Downfall of Atlantis about humanity and the Earth. Each book stands alone, although the story of humanity runs through all three. This is the story of the soul group who chose to learn the hardest way of all on its road to light. The changes over the next decades will challenge you to the centre of your being. You’re on your way home.

Although this book is an extremely ‘easy read’, it is one I felt needed to be taken slowly and steadily to be able to fully digest all the fascinating and encouraging information within its pages. With each chapter being devoted to a particular subject, this book answers many questions whilst opening up new perspectives for the reader to explore. One of the best channelled works I have seen – it has certainly given me much on which to ponder.

Review by Joan Osborne 

Published by Brightstone Publishing


ISBN: 978-0-9565009-2-2

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21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering your Weight ForeverA Course in Weight Loss

By Marianne Williamson

What is the connection between spirituality and weight loss? Best-selling author Marianne Williamson is about to answer that question for you in her ground-breaking new book, bringing you 21 spiritual lessons to help you surrender your weight forever. These lessons form an holistic paradigm for weight loss, addressing the spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in what Williamson refers to as “conscious weight loss”.  If you are a food addict, a compulsive eater, or someone who for any reason sees food as the enemy, this book is for you.

A Course in Weight Loss addresses the true causal root of your weight-loss issues: a place within you where you have forgotten your divine perfection. This forgetfulness has confused not only your mind but also your body, making you reach for that which cannot sustain you . . . and reject that which does. As your mind reclaims its spiritual intelligence, your body will reclaim its natural intelligence as well.

The 21 lessons in this book will take you on a deep, sacred journey. One step at a time, you will learn to shift your relationship with yourself—and your body—from one of fear to one of love. And you will begin to integrate the various parts of yourself—mind, body, and spirit—to become, once again, and in all ways, the beautiful and peaceful person you were created to be.

As Williamson writes: “If your ‘weighty thinking’ does not change, then even if you lose weight you’ll retain an overwhelming subconscious urge to gain it back. It’s less important how quickly you lose weight, and more important how holistically you lose weight; you want your mind, your emotions, and your body to all ‘lose weight’”.

“Weight that disappears from your body but not from your soul is simply recycling outward for a while but is almost certain to return. It’s self-defeating, therefore, to struggle to drop excess weight unless you are also willing to drop the thought-forms that initially produced it and now hold it in place.”

“When it comes to your enjoyment of eating, your best days are not behind you but ahead of you!” So get ready to begin a new relationship with food . . . and with yourself.

What a great book to work on issues around weight and healthy eating. I have read my share of diet books in my life and none have given long term effects. Whether this book is any different will need to be proved over time, but at least I can say this book takes you on a spiritual journey past struggling with yourself to lose weight.

Marianne Williamson is a wonderful author. Her writing flows and uplifts as she challenges the reader to move beyond diet and willpower and give problems over to a higher source. The book gives 21 steps to work on weight loss in a truly profound and spiritual way.

The spiritual insights gained from the book will need to go in hand with following up on the assignments given, such as building an altar, invoking the real you, building a relationship with good food and much more.

I am looking forward to putting it to the test!

Review by Cathelijne Filippo-Kokkeel

Published by Hay House



ISBN:  978-1-84850-324-3

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by Sue Stothard & Robina HearleUnfolding Enlightenment

The health of the soul has never before been recognised as something needing attention.  Therefore, with the exception of the ancient peoples in the world who have long recognised sickness of the soul as being important, it has largely been ignored as an entity needing help.

In this second book of the Unfolding Enlightenment series, the authors bring to our attention new and amazing revelations not only about the nature of the soul, but also the shattering idea that your eternal soul can be malfunctioning and debilitated by damage.

This small but concise volume explains what soul loss is and how it occurs, and also illustrates the impact this can have on our subtle and physical bodies from one life to the next and so on.  The authors put forward the premise that everyone has some degree of soul loss and give compelling reasons why the soul itself needs healing.  They also state that for truly effective and lasting healing to occur, the soul itself must be looked at first.

Although familiar with some of the concepts, at first sight I found others to be quite revelationary (or revolutionary if you prefer) but, nonetheless, very sound.  Not only are the reasons for soul loss identified, but how this needs to be resolved.  As the book forms part of the background to a practical course, the authors provide both the information and the path to healing.  This book is full of fascinating information and is likely to tweak the reader’s interest to investigate further.

Review by Joan Osborne

ISBN 978-1-907938-34-4.



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A moment of affirmation for every day of the year

by Louise L Hay

Louise Hay brings out another masterpiece in the form of a 12 month desk calendar, which you can either place on the wall or on your desktop. It is bright, colourful and connects with your soul. Each
page is a affirmation set in the background of colourful patterns which are incredibly eye-catching. At the start of every month there is a longer affirmation to start the calendar month nicely.

The beauty of this calendar is that after each day you can tear off each slip and use an affirmation that resonates with you by either placing it in your diary, sticking an affirmation on the wall (which I have done) using it to teach others with. If you are a positive living workshop leader, each affirmation is positive and simple i.e. In April ‘I love the great outdoors. Today I commit to enjoying the weather whatever it may be!

Review by Jude Dickinson

Published by Hay House UK


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by Louise Hay & Cheryl RichardsonYou Can Create an Exceptional LIfe

For countless people, the words of Louise Hay have served as a beacon, leading them out of the darkness of despair and into the light of a better life. Cheryl Richardson is one of the many individuals whom Louise has greatly influenced . . . before going on to become a best-selling author herself.

So what happens when these two combine their collective wisdom into one book?

The result is this lovely book. As Louise and Cheryl engage in a series of empowering and intimate conversations, you’ll feel as if you’re simultaneously having lunch with your best friends and also attending a master-class, put on by two leaders of the self-empowerment movement.

As they travel throughout North America and Europe together; Louise and Cheryl discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of loving ourselves and our bodies; ageing consciously; bringing true prosperity and abundance to the world; manifesting positive relationships – both with family and friends and in the workplace; and facing death in a dignified and peaceful way.

These two amazing women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in these pages really work. As you read, you’ll discover that you, too, have the ability to create an exceptional life!

When I picked this book up, I thought it may be about far away goals in life and how to meet them. Yet this book is so much closer to home! It is about what you can do in the here and now to create a life that is more engaged, more in keeping with who you are. Ultimately this book is about self-love and how to make small changes to create big differences in your life.

Lovely affirmations are added for healing, for special moments in the day but also for times when you are facing difficulties.

I sometimes encounter people who use affirmations and the law of attraction to start a blame game. If things go wrong in your life, you must have been thinking negatively. Thankfully this book is not about that at all. It is about being compassionate and loving towards yourself AND opening up to positive change.

Review by Cathelijne Filippo-Kokkeel

Published by  Hay house UK Ltd  www.hayhouse.co.uk

www.louisehay.com   www.cherylrichardson.com

ISBN: 978-1-84850-585-8

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