Archive | August 2017

Review: The Possibility Principle: How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live and Love, by Mel Schwartz. Sounds True Publishing

Book Description (quoted from NetGalley):

In his new book, psychotherapist Mel Schwartz asks readers the question he’s been asking his clients for over 20 years:  How would you like to experience your life?  It’s a simple question, and yet, many of us believe that our goals and desires are unattainable. Until now.

THE POSSIBILITY PRINCIPLE offers a revolutionary approach to how we can live the life we choose—free from the wounds of our past and the constraints of our ingrained beliefs and thoughts.  It’s a blueprint for how to overcome anxiety and depression and shows us how we can thrive in our relationships and develop authentic self-esteem.

Mel Schwartz proposes that we have been stuck living within an outmoded 17th century worldview. He writes that most of our struggles come from living under the template of Newton’s mechanism paradigm which addicts us to certainty, and in turn, results in the epidemic of anxiety. This need for certainty also thwarts our ability to change as we resist uncertainty. Additionally, this outdated worldview has convinced us that we are separate and disconnected from one another—reduced to being the proverbial cogs in a machine. The consequences of this are depression, failed relationships and a general sense of meaninglessness.  Enter THE (NEW) POSSIBILITY PRINCIPLE!

Through extensive research and dozens of client success stories, Mel reveals the profound benefits of aligning with the core principles of the emerging participatory worldview—derived from quantum physics. They are:

  • — The uncertainty principle. Mel shows us that by embracing uncertainty, we become free to be the driver of our change process. Uncertainty is where the realm of new possibilities lie.
  •    — Potentiality. Reality exists in a pure state of potential. So do we, but we don’t recognize it. In the nanosecond before we attach to our next thought, all things are possible. Mel shows us how to see our old thoughts and not become them, freeing us to access new thinking and a new future.
  • — Inseparability. Quantum physics reveals that the universe is thoroughly inseparable. Opening to inseparability enables compassion and empathy to emerge and relationships to thrive. It also provides a profound sense of meaning and connectedness, as everyone is an integral part of the whole.

When we alter our view of reality from the picture of Newton’s lifeless, disconnected machine-like universe to an inseparable and participatory worldview teeming with possibility, we become the master of our life.

 

My Review:

As a psychotherapist, I am well aware of what has been called the human negativity bias. Our brains are equipped with an alarm system to help us survive the ordeals of past jungles: when presented with a Siberian tiger, your choices are fight it, run, or simply be too frozen to move. Trouble is, our early warning system is not as intelligent as our “smart” brain–so anything that even faintly resembles that tiger puts into the fight, flight or freeze scenario. Thus, since it is the negatives that could threaten our survival, we humans tend to notice first what can go WRONG. Pretty soon, we have gathered a whole flock of negative possibilities, and it’s hard for us to let them go.

That’s where Mel Schwartz’ idea comes in from a whole new direction. Inspired by elements of quantum physics, he has developed a whole system focused on what can go RIGHT. He has given us a marvelous new tool to help ourselves, and for therapists to apply to work with their patients.

I applaud this well-thought-out approach!  My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

Review: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, by Michelle Griep. Barbour Publishing, Inc. Shiloh Run Press.

This book, set in England, 1851, had me guessing from the start. We are introduced to Clara Chapman and then to Ben, living under vastly different circumstances. Each receives a mysterious invitation to a 12-day house party at an unknown manor house, with a promise of meaningful reward at the end of their stay. Just who Clara and Ben are is the first of many questions that arise. As I kept reading to find out what would happen next, more quirky characters made their appearance.

 

This book moves at a brisk pace and kept me reading and entertained from beginning to end. I enjoyed the experience, and apparently this is the first in a series of stories with a Dickens Christmas theme. I am intrigued, and left wanting to find out what happens next.

 

My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

Review: Miss Seeton Quilts the Village: A Miss Seeton Mystery, by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic. Farrago.

Well! Lady Colveden says it for all us fans of Miss Seeton in the opening lines of this book: “Welcome back, Miss Seeton!” After a 20-year gap, we now have a NEW Miss Seeton story to read: Book 22 in the series, I believe.

 

I don’t know who is actually “Hamilton Crane” these days, but this author has created a seamless flow from the last book to this one. In Book 21, “Bon Jour, Miss Seeton” Lady Colveden’s son Nigel meets the lovely Louise, daughter of a French comte. At last, after encountering a grand offering of sweet young things, Nigel has met and wed Miss Right (Louise).

 

So now Miss Seeton and Plummergen can get on with business. The village, inspired by Louise’s stories of the French Bayeux Tapestry, decides to put together its own needlework version of Plummergen history, with all inhabitants invited to contribute a piece. Miss Seeton’s role is to create an overall design incorporating all the individual offerings.

 

Seems a pleasant activity, but we know our Miss Seeton. It’s not long before she is creating her mysterious drawings and encountering hidden artwork and other artifacts of an earlier time. Soon we are looking at a Satanic Henry VIII, Nazi radio paraphernalia, priest’s holes, mysterious foreigners, and Scotland Yard put to work on what proves to be a task with a hidden agenda. Superintendent Delphick and his stalwart Scotland Yard forces, once again, find answers in Miss Seeton’s cryptic drawings.

 

This is a most entertaining story, and our Miss Seeton comes through again, the bad guys are routed, and the village presents its completed quilt for all to admire. But at the end, there’s one stray thread left dangling . . .

 

Oh well, we will just have to wait for the next book.

 

My heartfelt thanks to NetGalley and Farrago for providing an advance copy to read and review.