• Feeling Alive
    Book Reviews

    The Charge

    I took Brendon’s course called The 10 Human Drives earlier this year, which is based on this book. The course runs for 90 minutes and is an excellent overview of the 10 human drives. The book takes each one and delves deeper into the research and background with additional case studies from Brendon’s own clients about how he identified these charges lacking within them and helped them turn it around and lead a more transformed and fulfilling life. According to Brendon, we live our lives in one of three states: Caged: We are trapped in the past or in the expectations of others. Those who live caged lives feel tethered to…

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    Book Reviews

    Your Stand is Your Brand

    Outstanding and pivotal. This book applies as equally to personal development as it does to business since Your Stand is routed in your own identity. I found it to be ‘the missing link’ in my personal journey and Patrick’s 5P Expansion Sequence is one which is easy to understand yet requires focused effort by the individual (or business team) to truly dig deep and understand your inner workings and then apply conscious choice to embrace your truth, instead of unconscious choice and operate with your conditioned choices which are often in conflict and, ultimately, lead to your lack of success in any or all areas of your life. The book…

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    Book Reviews

    Empath Awakening: How to Stop Absorbing Pain, Stress, and Negative Energy from Others and Start Healing

    Another easily accessible read from Kara Lawrence which has the usual blend of helpful checklists as well as explorations of the key concepts of being empathetic. I like that Kara does not simply lay out what an empath is and how they function, but she contrasts this with the opposite personality types of ‘energy vampires’ which come in all shapes and sizes and also goes further to provide a shopping list of techniques you (the empath) can use to protect yourself from said ‘vampires’ and other external factors which can deplete your gifts. Here is an overview of the chapters in the book: Chapter One: Are you empathetic? Understanding these…

  • Man, Water, Moon, Sunset
    Book Reviews

    Toxic Magnetism: How & Why Empaths Attract Narcissists

    This book grew on me the second time through. While it doesn’t go deep into aspects of empath or narcissism, it does provide an eloquent contrast between the two personality styles and why they attract each other. The frequent checklists to help you identify where you are and how you may be being affected are useful tools to help you gain clarity and regain inner strength to rise once more and move forward. The book takes you through the stages of a narcissist/empath relationship, including the steps you may have to take to get out. There is no magic bullet but, based on other books I have read on this…

  • How we live is what makes us real
    Foundation,  Book Reviews

    The Three Questions: How to Discover and Master the Power Within You

    I didn’t get into this book as much as I did The Four Agreements, partly because some of it has been covered in that book (as well as others I have read from Don Miguel Ruiz including The Fifth Agreement and The Five Levels of Attachment) and maybe because I thought the narrator did not have the gravitas to make the book sound as authentic as the previous works I mentioned. However, once we get into the three questions themselves, the use of analogies to relate how our psyche interacts with the world and so illuminates the answers to the questions is very interesting. There were many insights within the…

  • Love Shouldn't Hurt
    Book Reviews

    Narcissistic Abuse

    Having read two other books on the topic, this book did not add very much to what I had already read – hence the rating. It is presented in a series of short chapters which very succinctly outline the subject of the chapter and then summarise what you just read. As an audiobook, I found this format repetitive as it sounded like the narrator read the chapter title, then elaborated on it – which in many cases did not feel much longer than the title, then summarised with a rephrasing of the title. It felt more like a list of things and needed more depth for me. Nevertheless, a good…

  • Don Miguel Ruiz
    Book Reviews

    The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Growth

    Simply outstanding. The simplicity and depth of the wisdom of the four agreements are transformational. Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best. don Miguel Ruiz exposes the layers of fog we are conditioned by (domesticated with) and cuts through this fog with the four foundational agreements above which surpass all others. He explains how and why we have our manyfold beliefs and thoughts (our own personal agreements), and how we choose to accept the agreements of others through early life. This, again, echoes many of the personal development books of today which look at our own failings. Some look at…

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    Book Reviews

    Stealing Fire

    Mind. Blown. The book shed some light onto altered states and how they seem to play an evolutionary role in our species. It investigated the role these states play in organisations ranging from Google to the SEALs, along with its pioneers and more mainstream applications through events such as Burning Man. It was enlightening and documented the risks and rewards of ‘getting out of your head’ (so to speak). If you have watched the Fringe TV show, much of the content of this book won’t be new to you but it will be put into context. Although the book did discuss the role of pharmaceutically induced altered states, it also…