After reading the glowing reviews for this book, I was expecting something of substance, only to be greatly disappointed with what it actually contained.
As well-meaning as the author clearly is, there is nothing new here at all, except perhaps for the author's visualisations. It soon became clear to me that the five star reviews must have been written by those who had not previously encountered the principles mentioned in the book. If someone had not previously considered the notion that God is within and that we are all interconnected because we are all One, then coming across that suggestion in this book would certainly be a revelation. However, for many, it is nothing new.
I was not expecting that more than half of the book is a collection of visualisations, which was quite repetitive because the author was employing rather basic hypnotic techniques. One aspect of this approach that was unsuitable for the printed book format were the instructions to close/open one's eyes. When reading a book, that is somewhat impractical. Of course, such instructions are often found when reading visualisations by any author but, as more than half of the book is such, it became a little tedious. The author suggests getting someone else to read them to you or to record them yourself and then play them back on an audio device. Fair enough, if that's what you're seeking, but the book was not marketed as a collection of visualisations and I would not have bought it if I had known that they constituted more than half of the book. I have a vivid and powerful imagination, which I use to create my own visualisations and I didn't find anything in this book that was of value to me. It seemed to me that those in this book were either a rehash of common visualisations (such as seeking a message from an animal) or rather unhelpful attempts to couple spiritual principles with the author's bizarre imagery. For example, an attempt to introduce the principle that we are not exclusively our bodies was to imagine putting your body in a bag (along with everything in your life) and kicking it. Anyone who truly understands the immense power of imagination would not instruct anyone to do such a thing, for such a visualisation could have unforetold consequences. I understand clearly the intentions of the author (in trying to differentiate spirit from material), but she doesn't seem to realise how important it is to create visualisations that cannot create unintended consequences. Vivianne Crowley covers the principle of detachment far better when she introduces the 'I have a body, but I am not my body' chant in her book - 'Everyday Magic' (pages 91-93). Personally, I found that chant to be immensely helpful to me when I first came across it and, all these years later, I still find it greatly comforting and powerful.
Although the author conveys one great truth in this book - that our thoughts have power to affect the world because we are all one, she also repeats claims (which can also be found elsewhere) that are questionable. One is that your reality is created entirely by you and that any suffering you are enduring is because you have created it. Another is that there is a 'law of abundance', which claims that the natural state of the universe is to provide plenty. Both of these principles are absolute nonsense.
The former principle (creation of suffering) is a misconception by those who are privileged and have not suffered the way that many on this planet have suffered. Tell such claims to women whose genitalia have been mutilated in cultures that permit FGM or to those who have been brutally raped. Tell them that they created their suffering! Tell the woman whose beloved husband died while they were in the flush of newlywed love that she created his death and her loss. Tell the woman who just gave birth to her child that her sudden diagnosis of terminal cancer was of her own making. Tell the man who suffers from parasthesia or neuropathy that he is creating his own pain/suffering/disability. Tell the starving orphan who saw his parents slaughtered before him and who crawls amongst the debris of a war torn city that he is creating his own suffering! It is ignorant and ludicrous. There is a theory that we, as spirit, choose to live the lives we then lead, as though they are predestined stories to be played out. There may or may not be merit to that idea, but that theory is not mentioned in this book. That is not the theory to which the author is referring. This book claims that you are currently creating your own suffering and that to end that suffering, all you must do is change your thoughts. Such claims are the musings of the privileged, much like spoilt children.
The latter principle ('law of abundance') is a bizarre claim, most likely also promoted by those who are privileged. The notion is that nature's natural state is to provide abundance and that all we have to do to attract such abundance is to think about abundance. Tell that to those who were born into poverty and who live in regimes where climbing the ladder is impossible. Tell that to the man who works long hours in manual labour (and who lacks the resources to alter the situation), who has to work through illness or injury or else he cannot eat or keep a roof over his head. Tell that to the woman who was kidnapped as a child, trafficked as a sex slave and who has no means of escape. Tell it to the child who cries with hunger because there was a drought and the crops failed or to the girl who has to walk ten miles a day to fetch water so that her family can survive. Tell such people that there's a law of abundance and that their lack is simply created from their own mindset. It is ludicrous!
Those two ideas - that people create their own suffering and that they can attract abundance into their lives by changing their mindset, can and do apply to those who are fairly privileged and who can benefit greatly from improving their attitude. When you focus on approaching situations with positivity, that has a powerful effect upon your experience of life. When you focus on abundance and success, that helps you to make better choices. What those ideas are not, are laws that apply to everyone in the world as it currently exists. It is pseudoscientific poppycock.
The privilege was also apparent on page 138, when the author claimed that the human body works without effort. She stated 'During life, everything works without effort'. (Meaning the human body.) This is simply not the case for many people who suffer with ill health and/or disability.
Then there are the 'scientific' claims, such as the mind can only have one thought at a time. Seriously? I doubt that very much. How is it then, that a person can drive a car with a full bladder while talking to a passenger and simultaneously responding to stimuli in their peripheral vision? They are controlling their speed and direction while paying attention to traffic signs. They are making a mental note to use the toilet at the restaurant as soon as they arrive, before being seated. They are listening to their passenger suggest a different activity for their next weekly meeting and they're feeling approval/disapproval at the suggestion. Perhaps they have an idea of their own and also make a suggestion. All the while, managing to drive the car and consciously focusing on holding their bladder because it is demanding their attention. They brake appropriately in response to an unexpected obstacle in the road, while not breaking their speech mid-sentence (or wetting themselves). They do all of this because the human brain processes many thoughts at the same time. I don't know where the author got such a notion (that we can only process one thought at a time) from, because there are no references within her book to scientic literature that might support her claim. If such exists, I would be interested to read about it. I love science and would take the opportunity to learn more about this notion, but there is no reference to where she got the idea.
The front cover of the book claims that it uses 'scientific and spiritual principles to create your life', but it seemed to me that the science was lacking. She name-drops Schrödinger, Einstein and Aristotle, but it seemed somewhat shallow. She briefly mentions 'quantum mechanics', but doesn't elaborate on it at all and doesn't actually use it to explain anything adequately. I have studied quantum physics and it is a fascinating field. The interconnected nature of the universe could have been explored using the principles of quantum physics, but it wasn't. The word 'quantum' seemed to be used more as costume, to dress the book with a hint of science. Unfortunately, it lacked substance. She claims that the 'laws of quantum mechanics and your subconscious mind are infinitely creative'. Which laws exactly? She does not specify or elaborate on the actual science of quantum physics whatsoever. It comes across as fluff. Personally, I believe that discoveries within the field of quantum physics support many spiritual teachings, but that is beyond the remit of this review and, unfortunately, it is simply not covered in this book.
Speaking of 'laws', I found the author's repetitive use of sometimes fabricated (and notably capitalised) 'laws' to border on the ridiculous. There was the Law of Expectancy, the Law of Concentrated Attention, the Law of Imagination, the Law of Reversed Effect, the Law of Repetition, the Law of Positive Information, the Law of Dominant Effect, the Law of Substitution, the Law of Contiguity, the Law of Frequency, the Law of Similarity, the Law of Contrast, the Law of Polarity/Opposites, the Law of Attraction, the Law of Reflection, the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma), the Law of Unfoldment, the Law of Gestation, the Law of Circulation, the Law of Resistance, the Law of Least Effort, the Law of Abundance, the Law of Association and, last but not least, the Law of Fellowship. It was tedious. The author seemed to think that if a word was preceded by 'the law of', then it had more weight and credibility, so such 'laws' were dashed liberally throughout the text. As a keen student of both science and spirituality (I don't believe they are mutually exclusive), it didn't offer me anything of worth in either camp.
Some of these 'laws', such as the law of contiguity, are genuine laws that stand on solid scientific ground. (Although personally, I think that the author fails to elaborate sufficiently.) Some however, such as the law of abundance and law of attraction, seem to be nothing more than fabricated pseudoscience.
I have studied both psychology and neuroscience and at no point during my education did I come across a 'Law of Positive Information'. An internet search for 'Law of Positive Information' only results in discussions of the pseudoscientific 'law of attraction' (which isn't a scientific law at all) and it doesn't bring up anything scientific. The author claims that this 'law' states:
'Your mind does not have the capability to perceive negative information, something that it has not experienced. It does not understand when something is unwanted but will instead identify with the positive information you have given to it'.
Seriously? Your mind cannot process the concept that something is unwanted? Really? I'd be very interested to read the scientific literature on that theory, but of course the author provides no reference to such. Of course your mind can process the concept of something being unwanted! If someone was kicking you in the shin with a steel-toe-capped boot, your mind would not be thinking solely of a positive alternative, such as 'I want my leg to be licked and nuzzled by a fluffy puppy'. It would be concentrating on the pain and how much the assault was unwanted. If someone were to serve me a bowl of snails, my response would be to think that I really do not want to eat that. I would be acutely aware of how those snails were unwanted. This is just one of several claims that had me furrowing my brow, either at the nonsensical nature of the claim or by the clear bias of privilege shown by the author.
Then there is the lack of editing. Did nobody proof-read this before publishing? For example, on page 9, it reads 'It is impossible to hold opposing ideas at same time'. Surely, 'at' and 'same' should have been connected with 'the'. Unfortunately, such errors do seem to occur more in self-published books. It can easily be dismissed by the reader if the content is otherwise of great value but, in my opinion, it indicates a lack of professionalism and is off-putting. Additionally, the author frequently begins paragraphs with a capitalised 'and', which also indicates slack editing.
As an aside, I would also like to address the author's misconception of darkness. In the latter half of the book (the visualisations), it became clear that the author equates darkness with negativity, suffering or lack. This is a common misconception and not at all helpful. Those who have learnt to embrace shadow work are aware of how healing the darkness can be. Even if you are not interested in that sort of darkness, the actual physical aspect of darkness can be very healing. The brain requires darkness during sleep and the presence of light can hinder the production of melatonin, which is vital for nerve health. To equate light with all that is good and misalign darkness with all that is bad is a rather unenlightened attitude and, quite frankly, not at all scientific.
All in all, for me this book was a waste of time, effort and money.
If you want to improve your life, your time would be better spent nurturing your relationship with nature, exercising appropriately, adjusting your diet to optimise nutrition, improving your sleep routine (if possible), reading up on Jungian psychology and studying real scientific enquiry. The power of your imagination is immense, as is the effect of music and other external stimuli upon your emotional state. Your emotions greatly affect your personal experience of your circumstances and those emotions can be modified with nature, exercise, diet, music and other external stimuli. The author doesn't refer to any such therapeutic approaches and as such, there are no practical solutions in this book that will actually create a better life. It's all just wishy washy claims that you attract what you think.
I didn't really want to waste any more time on this book and writing a long review of it does just that. However, I really wish that someone had written a critical review of it before I had bought it, because it would have saved me time, effort and money. In my opinion, it's not even worth passing onto anyone and will end up in the recycling bin.
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About the Author
Krysti Turznik is an author, motivational speaker, and life coach. She holds a Masters Degree in Metaphysics, Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biology and Metaphysics, is an ordained minister, and a consulting hypnotist. For nearly two decades she’s helped people get out of their own way and live the life they were meant to live. Through mindset, motivation, and meditation she shows them how to create a life of miracles and magic where every day feels like a day at the beach. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and four cats. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B076C5SJ9H
- Publisher : Powerful Mind Publishing (Oct. 9 2017)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 178 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0999414704
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Not worth my time, effort or money.Reviewed in Germany on August 28, 2019
Truly inspiring magic! One of the most life-changing books I've ever read.Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
This book has had a profoundly positive effect on me. I was unable to put it down. It helped me change / shed the negative and limiting perceptions I had about my current situations, and choose to be happy. Through the book mindset shift, I was able to choose to see the positive possibilities and all the ways I could broaden my horizons, and live my dream. I was even able to see the baby steps I could take this very minute to move toward my dreams and goals. I'm so grateful to Krysti for this magical book!!!
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I loved this book. It was a page turner ( I finished it in a weekend) and a great reminder of many things I have learned in the past.
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A powerful and fascinating read!Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2018
Mindset Magic is a literal road map to transforming your life. If you've ever asked "why me," you'll find the answers here. Fasten your seat belt - this one is life changing!
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