“The Hidden Messages in Water” by Doctor Masaru Emoto

Hidden MessagesThis book was one that I just couldn’t put down!

The power and influence of positive and negative thinking could not be more profoundly proven than the way that Dr. Emoto does.

Being the “I have to see it to believe it” person that I am, I found this book not only fascinating and incredibly interesting, but particularly useful for me in reinforcing my belief system that there was a strong and significant connection between the thoughts that we have and our bodies.

The premise and conclusions made from Dr. Emoto’s research was that humans could influence how water molecules looked when photographed, by our beliefs or statements towards it.  Taking samples of water from various sources, and freezing them, Dr. Emoto was able to take photographs of what the water molecules looked like originally, and under other circumstances, such as after being blessed by a monk, or while listening to rap music, or having statements such as “I love you” or “I hate you and want you to die” said to a glass of water or affixed by a note.

The photographs are amazing and quite affirmatively demonstrate that our thoughts, energy, intent, and emotions toward water has a significant impact on how it looks when photographed.

It seemed hard to believe at first, but upon further review made perfect sense.

Taking his findings one step further, as posited in the book, in thinking about our bodies being made mostly of water, there is a significant impact by our thoughts and feelings about ourselves on our bodies.  What things do we say or feel about ourselves when we look into the mirror?  What do we say about ourselves to others?  How do we perceive our bodies?  What do we say (by words or feelings) about ourselves to ourselves and how often?

This is the stuff that one could law awake contemplating, but suffice to say it allowed me the opportunity to pay attention to what I think, say, and feel about myself, and what I say to others about me.  I am a more significant and powerful influencer on my health than anyone else can be, because I’m pretty sure I have more thoughts about myself than anyone else does, so why not choose to be more kind and loving?

“Manifesting Change” by Mike Dooley

manifesting changeAuthor Mike Dooley was a contributor to the DVD “The Secret” a number of years back, and I had the opportunity to see him speak recently and received a copy of his book, “Manifesting Change”, with my registration fee.  Aside from my excitement that it’s signed by him, I really liked the way that he writes.

It’s obvious he writes for the masses, so it’s a little tongue and cheek, simple, and very clear.

This short book reads easily and takes the concepts of manifesting and breaks them down, much like cliff’s notes.

What I really liked about Mr. Dooley’s book is the emphasis on action.  His metaphor of putting the address of your destination in your car and following the signs to get there most quickly, just as the universe tries to show you the direction to arrive at your direction is a good one.

It was a very helpful reminder to me that no matter what, we cannot manifest what we want without taking action, just as we cannot drive to a destination without putting the car in drive and stepping on the accelerator.  We can sit and meditate for YEARS, eagerly awaiting the universe to knock on our door and hand us what we are focusing on without result, because we actually must DO something towards our goal.  Even if we are wrong we are right, because we learn more about ourselves and our true desires in the process.  We cannot make a mistake, as our evolution is inevitable.

His concepts are not new to anyone familiar with the principles of the Law of Attraction or who follows the teachings on Abraham Hicks, so if you are, then you might not need this book in your library.

But if you aren’t super familiar with the Law of Attraction and want a short, pointed, funny, and quick study in how to create more of what you want in your life, this is a great book to use.  Plus his messages from the Universe are great, and the exercises he has you do are fun and don’t take too much time.

“Hands of Light” by Barbara Ann Brennan

handsoflight    Barbara Brennan’s “Hands of Light” in my opinion is a basic staple for any energy worker’s library.

I like Barbara’s approach to the human energy system and healing and having this book helped me in many ways to have a clearer understanding of the relationship between healer and client.

I’m a very visual learner and although I can conceptually understand everything that I read (aside from nuclear physics where I just draw the line), having a visual or picture as well I find helpful.

I appreciated the drawings and pictures that exist throughout this book and I find myself reaching for it when teaching classes or workshops and needing a visual aid.

This is one of the first books that I could find that really covered a variety of topics including the energy field and the chakra system.  Though not comprehensive, it is quite thorough.

I like the energetic exercises that are included in each chapter, and it writes like a manual for learning the hands on healing modality.

I will say that I do not “see” the same characteristics of the energy field in the same way that Barbara depicts or describes them, but I don’t need or have to.  Neither should you.  The universe communicates the information that we as healers need to see or feel or smell or taste or hear in exactly the way that WE need it to in order to understand and translate effectively for our clients.  I thought it useful exposure and interesting to see what another healer actually sees, and for that, this book is great.

“Power vs. Force” by David R. Hawkins

power_vs_force    “Power vs Force” is the first of a three part series of books by Dr. David R. Hawkins.  When people are asked, what was the one book, the one thing, that completely rocked your world and changed your perspective, this one was it for me.

I think I’ve re-read it half a dozen times, loaned it out at least that much, had to replace it twice (it is a must in my library and my loan program sometimes doesn’t have a return component), and it continues to be a foundation in my understanding of how we operate as beings.

What I especially liked about this book was the approach that Dr. Hawkins takes in explaining what he’s trying to say.  He even tells you how he does it.

His presentation of information is unique and occasionally repetitive, but I found that useful as sometimes I can drift off and forget the last few paragraphs (or pages) of what I’ve read.

The primary learning I took from this book was about kinesiology (muscle testing) and I loved the scientific method and testing that he did to validate the tests.  This was critically important for me to see at the time because coming from my background, if it wasn’t scientific, it didn’t exist.

The premise is that everything that has occurred or lived, from events, to people, to facts, etcetera, can all be calibrated in relative level of truth.  Not as compared to falsity which doesn’t actually exist, or negativity either as that’s a myth as well, but in relative level of truth.

Through muscle testing, everyone’s body has the exact same ability to test whether something is “good” or “not good” for the body, or necessary or useful.

A very simple example of muscle testing is that the body will test strong when you say, “My name is whatever your name is and weak when you say, “My name is a name not your own.” Muscle testing can be done with the knees, with the fingers, with a forward or backward lean when standing upright, in addition to others.

Subjects would test strong when holding a packet of real sugar at their thymus (anything that is held at the thymus is “read” for lack of a better term by the body as if it’s in our system) and weak when holding saccharin or aspartame. This proved true for thousands of participants even when the packet was in an envelope AND when neither the subject nor tester knew which was in the envelope.

The same thousand subjects tested strong with a picture of Abe Lincoln in an envelope at their chest, and weak with a picture of Adolf Hitler.  Crazy right?  Not really.

What was further fascinating and interesting about this book was his explanation of the collective consciousness of humanity, which he also calibrated.  This was the first time I read what I already believed.  Reading this was absolutely validating to me in what I truly already knew, I just hadn’t seen it expressed in the exact way I felt before.

There is so much more to this book than I’ve been able to briefly reference here, but for now, all I can say is READ THIS BOOK!!!

“The Five Elements Of Self-Healing”

5elementsI LOVE THIS BOOK!  Ok there, I said it.  You will find that over time there are many books that I love, each in it’s own special way.

What called to me about this particular book is that it’s more like an encyclopedia of sorts, like a textbook and resource.  It is an encyclopedia in Eastern medicine, specifically, Chinese medicine.

The idea behind concepts in this volume are that each of us has a primary element that we most closely associate with.  When we go and get acupuncture, one of the reasons that our first appointment is longer, is that the practitioner is diagnosing our element, which comes out in our personality and answers to questions.  Against all others, the points associated in our meridian system to our primary element are more powerful and useful for use to receive treatments in.  It’s that simple.

There are five primary elements: fire, water, earth, metal, and wood.  Each feeds one and controls another.  This is not to be confused with astrological elements, which also include air.

Western medicine and teachings in the area of health and healing are focused almost entirely on the symptomologies presented by the pain described by the patient.  There are a few problems with that statement and whole approach frankly.  One, that the patients is accurately describing what they feel, absent ego and outside influences.  Two, that by treating the symptom you are treating the problem.  Third, if I hurt here my problem is here.  Fourth, I only treat what I can detect through poking, prodding, scanning, imaging, and diagnosing.

The approach taken in Eastern medicine, is to look at the basic element this person presents and to control or feed aspects of that element through herbal, supplemental, yogic, auric, and meditative means.  Not only is it more fun, it’s ultimately more healthy.

What I really like about this book is that there is a question and answer section in which you can determine your own element(s) and look at the physiological and symptomatic areas to see how best to look at what you may need to create more balance in your life.

I actually took the survey a few times as I found that some things felt true at first but as I continued checking the boxes associated with statements I found true for me, I determined some were just more true than others.

“You Can Be Happy No Matter What” by Richard Carlson

You Can Be Happy  There are a few books that are just perfect for you exactly when you need them.

    I’m a firm believer in the power of attraction and that whatever you need in your life will show up exactly at the right time.  I should add though that each of us has a responsibility to listen and pay attention, and ultimately follow the guidance, and it takes as long as it takes for us to do so.  Sometimes we can do it quickly, sometimes slowly.

    I was having a really difficult time in my life when I first read this book.  I was feeling really bad about situations that were out of my control, my mother’s death, being “stuck” in a mortgage after an ex-partner and I had split after many years together, I had a new job, new dog, and was, I thought, completely alone.

What I loved about this book, well other than it’s a short read, is that it so effectively demonstrates the patterns that exist between our reactions to events and our feelings.  There are other resources I’ll reference that help to demonstrate the mind/body connection, but for now I’ll just say that I wholeheartedly believe that there is a physiological response in the body (in the associated chakra/organ) to every thought we have.

I didn’t have an intellection understanding of the actual process that the ego, mind, and body go through or how to really stop a negative thought pattern before it resulted in a negative emotion and feeling in the body until I read this book.

We have a choice, all day every day, in deciding how we want to react to the events and circumstances in our lives.  We have complete and utter absolute free will to decide whether we want to be happy or not, and we choose the thoughts and emotions to support how we want to feel.

I’d rather be happy and this book helped me learn how.

The author, Dr. Richard Carlson, also wrote “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.”