In Journal on July 25, 2016 at 12:00 AM
I own a book that I considered holy and precious. I touch it with reverence because I know that it contains answers to my deepest questions.
Whenever I read through it, I am very slow, very careful, because I don’t want to interpret it more than what it should really mean. I read it and if I don’t understand, I do not get frustrated, I stop, and I go back again, never giving up, until I get the epiphany that I get it.
I hope one day I will be able to write a similar book and it brings humanity to human. To lift every will power available in their body. To have the courage to live life as is.
In Journal on March 20, 2016 at 9:37 PM
Now that I’m a grown up, I do believe that nothing is a coincidence, things are meant to be.
I downloaded the eBook for “A Course In Miracles” online but I get lost with the order of contents so I decided it’s time to purchase a printed book from US and have it delivered to Dubai. I supplied my complete address but for some odd reason, it didn’t reach me and no one even bothered to call me from the courier company.
I couldn’t believe that the book will not reach me so I took things on my own hands, I set-up my own pick-up. After several coordination and sassy one comment, I got my book today! It made me truly smile because I know that after reading this book, something in me will change and I hope the change is for the better.
My plan is to read the text of the book and by June 1st I am going to do the course. 🙂 I am so grateful. If you’re not familiar about this particular book, it was said that it was dictated by Jesus Himself to Helen Schucman and right now I do believe it. I am very interested to read Jesus’ words in plain English language circa mid 1970s. I adored Marianne Williamson who was a student of this course and to read it myself is truly exciting.
In Article on November 3, 2015 at 7:35 AM
I am currently re-reading “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, its been years since the last time I read it and I do found new meanings as I peruse the words all over again.
It happen because after I first read it, I encountered new insights from other people who explained the circumstance in a more elaborate manner that reading the snippets from Steven makes it easily understandable and a good reminder.
Having new life experience, undergoing new circumstance, and meeting new people make some of the statements more in depth as I have my personal story to relate it to.
I do believe that this book is similar to Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and I will still definitely read Liz’s version.
The book is about RESISTANCE and I do have problem focusing right now because there are a million things running through my brain that I needed to go back to simplify and complete my task. The funny thing is I am enjoying the book so much that even resistance couldn’t prevent me from absorbing the wonderful lessons and making me move my life in a better path.
I made sure I finished this blog post for the day as a sign that I could fight resistance. 😀
Is there any book that you love going back to?
In Article on October 26, 2015 at 5:22 AM
Reading this quote makes me think that we fall in love with the imagination that we create: “When reading, we don’t fall in love with the characters appearance. We fall in love with their words, their thoughts, and their hearts. We fall in love with their souls.”
It is true indeed that we don’t see the people and the scenes and we solely rely on descriptions from the author and yet we are transported in a world where we accept what is written and we add the flare of our imaginations.
How magnificent it is for an author that could make us see a world with words and even the lack of it because we contribute to create it in our minds and feelings.
In Review on August 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM
The best way to finish a book is when you have about 5 hours to spare at the bookstore and read for free. I am grateful that The Dubai Mall has Kinokuniya, which is my favourite place to read. For this post, I’ve also listened to the interview done by The Moore Show wherein the book was discussed.
My favourite take-away from the book may be summed up with the following beautiful quotes –
- Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one.
- Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.
- There are four rules for miraculous work creation: Be positive. Send love. Have fun. Kick ass. A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love—from a belief in what is not real, to faith in that which is. That shift in perception changes everything.
- Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.
- You are loved, and your purpose is to love.
- To whatever extent your mind is aligned with love, you will receive divine compensation for any lack in your material existence. From spiritual substance will come material manifestation. This is not just a theory; it is a fact. It is a law by which the universe operates. I call it the Law of Divine Compensation.
- From a mind filled with infinite love comes the power to create infinite possibilities. We have the power to think in ways that reflect and attract all the love in the world. Such thinking is called enlightenment. Enlightenment is not a process we work toward, but a choice available to us in any instant.
- Love makes us wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose and a flow of creative ideas. Love floods our nervous system with positive energy, making us far more attractive to prospective employers, clients, and creative partners. Love fills us with powerful charisma, enabling us to produce new ideas and new projects, even within circumstances that seem to be limited. Love leads us to atone for our errors and clean up the mess when we’ve made mistakes. Love leads us to act with impeccability, integrity, and excellence. Love leads us to serve, to forgive, and to hope. Those things are the opposite of a poverty consciousness; they’re the stuff of spiritual wealth creation.
- We lack faith in *what* exists within us because we lack faith in *Who* exists within us.
- God has given you your identity, and that cannot be taken away. God has imbued you with infinite potential, and that cannot be taken away. God has provided you with the opportunity to change your thinking in an instant, and that cannot be taken away. God has given you the capacity to love, and that cannot be taken away. God has entrusted you with the power to live in the light of His abundance in any moment, and that cannot be taken away.
Selected quotes were taken from GoodReads.com.
It is beautiful to live in the world when we know we are highly involved in being part of the abundant miracles available to us. It takes having faith of God’s love, our capacity to love and be of service, exercise a positive attitude, and being able to have fun and kick ass.
In Article on July 13, 2015 at 12:50 PM
I don’t need to identify with anything because they are not my life, only my life situation.
Excerpt from “The Power of NOW” by Eckhart Tolle:
A Buddhist monk once told me: “All I have learned in the twenty years that I have been a monk I can sum up in one sentence: All that arises passess away. This I know.” What he meant, of course, was this: I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus have I found peace.
To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greately. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no stuggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them – while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.
The happiness that is derived from some secondary source is never very deep. It is only a pale reflection of the joy of Being, the vibrant peace that you find within as you enter the state of nonresistance. Being takes you beyond the polar opposites of the mind and frees you from dependency on form. Even if everything were to collapse and crumble all around you, you will still feel a deep inner core of peace. You may not be happy, but you will be at peace.
I just have to share the above to everyone with the hope that it brings you the same freedom and joy that I have felt by reading them. I have to take a whole three paragraphs to share word for word as I could never reiterate them so clearly and precise to bring life that we don’t have to identify with anything.
Our thoughts is not us, but we are the one who see the thoughts. Bad life situations are not meant to attack us, it is just is part of a cycle that came to pass. You and I are made of love, and when we’re free, it emerges and we won’t find any reason to harm one another on the contrary we aim for harmony.
In Article on April 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM
I love to highlight books because it gives you the sense of comfort that you may always go back to that particular line that burst an AHA moment, this is similar to double clicking on Instagram or liking on Facebook, so I may go back and refer on them, love love love this line – swoosh highlight.
My fondest memory is buying a mini pamphlet with varieties of quotations (another favourite of mine), it was printed on a recycled paper, saddle stitched, and green cover. I love so many quotes that I started to almost highlight the entire book and my mother caught me doing just that and asked “Why do you have to do that?” It probably doesn’t make sense for her. I forgot my witty argument at that time but I probably could have said, “I was highlighting the ones that I love and apparently all of them except a few!” 😀
I don’t highlight nowadays, with the absence of permanent residence (yeah, I don’t own my own house yet) I usually have the tendency to either sell or donate my books, except the ones that I am really attached. Giving it to somebody else especially if selling it, I find it inconvenient for the new owner, so I stay away highlighting the books. Another technique that I do instead, I copy the quote and instantly share it on social media, that way, I could always refer.
If I really love the book, I have a little hesitation to destroy its pristine condition, and oddly, most of the lines that I love I could find it, I’m no genius, I pretend to be. 😛 Or in case I couldn’t locate, it’s another excuse to reread the whole book and it not only give me a different dose of inspiration but I tend to grasp new ones especially that I am growing everyday. Some experience before may not resound anything at all but suddenly they have more depth and a new found wisdom for me, it was there all along!!
In Review on April 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM
Alexa Chung’s “IT” is one of the easiest books I finished to read in under 2 hours. I liked how she also shared personal photos of herself and her friends without any caption; it gives people room for their own interpretation.
She admires Kate Moss as evident with this statement:
Anything Kate Moss puts near her body is instantly transformed into the coolest thing ever, because She is the coolest thing ever and nobody can explain why. It’s just a fact.
And for me, Alexa is one of the coolest people in the fashion world or an “IT” girl. How do I define an “IT”? She is confident and she might have a preferred style that won’t be adored by all but she owns it and speaks true of what she loves. If you’re a woman and loves Instagram, you’ve probably seen this book incorporated into the shots, because including it as an accent makes the photo pretty cool and valid to hash tag it with fashion.
It’s a fun book, not a bit serious, and obviously written by a young Alexa as her story revolved about style and her icons, getting heart broken, her friends, and simply living “a fun” life.
In Review on April 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM
It’s now one of my favourite business books and it doesn’t even sound very businessy because the author Sophia Amoruso wrote it like how she learned not from a business school but from real life experience.
This Founder and Owner of the million dollar & very successful NastyGal.com fashion online store is a definite kick-ass!! And I’m not even exaggerating. It would be nice that whatever was written in the book was indeed authentic because if I’m treating it like really genuine, she rocks! The secret of her success is the combination of doing what she’s good at, loving everything she does, learning, loving her customer, listening, aiming to succeed, and working her butt off. It was not simple, it was smart and entails a lot of hard work.
My sister is not really fun of reading books so what I am going to do is read her every night before we go to bed; that way she learns business in a very real life scenario kind of way from one cool lady. I’m treating the book as a fairytale book for adult; dreams do come true and magic is real!