Mantra Maven Blog

Many of you have heard about the popular DVD, "The Secret," produced by Rhonda Byrne.  The piece focuses on using the spiritual "Law of Attraction" to create optimal experiences if your life. Although, the DVD was panned by some for its materialism, the movie is well-produced and easy to understand……which leads me to Abraham, an original teacher of the Law of Attraction principles of whom Rhonda Byrne was once a student.  Unlike “The Secret,” Abraham is a bit more complicated. Abraham is a group non-physical beings channeled through Esther Hicks. For more than 20 years, Esther and her husband, Jerry, have traveled the country holding workshops about how individuals can improve their lives using their emotions and the Law of Attraction to focus their desires—some of which Rhonda Byrne attended.Recently, I had the opportunity to attend one of their workshops here in Chicago. It was surprisingly normal. The usual friendly staff working the check-in desk. The usual freezing hotel conference room. The usual books and tapes available for purchase. Had I not had the back story, I would have assumed it was just status quo for the lecture circuit. Regardless of your feelings about the messenger, the message makes a lot of since—focus on the good things in life and ignore the bad things. And this thought pattern will open the way to more good things in your life. Well, whatever Esther, Jerry and Abraham are doing, it seems to be working—sold-out workshops, best-selling books, and even 5 star-rated iPhone apps. So the not-so-“Secret” is really Abraham. What do you think about the message of the Law of Attraction?

Many blessings,
Tiffany

Dr. Judith Orloff has just released her new book, Second Sight. The book chronicles her experiences straddling two words--intuition and mainstream medicine. In the book, she tells you how to recognize your own intuition and use dreams, meditation and prayer to strengthen your own gifts. Purchase the book online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or IndieBound. Then return to her website to redeem your order number/receipt for free gifts from Michael Beckwith, Deepak Chopra and more. I'm buying mine today!

Many blessings,
Tiffany

Marianne Williamson will be offering her new SISTER GIANT seminar at the end of this month where she will be guiding participants through a journey of discovery both within and without....where we come from as women, where we are now, and where we can go from here. Marianne Williamson - SISTER GIANT on YouTube "The goal of SISTER GIANT is to empower you to feel that you can be, should you choose, a major player in the loving transformation of the world. Tools both internal and external will be provided to help every woman leap into the fullness of her most creative and powerful self," said Marianne. The workshop will be held on February 26, 27 and 28, 2010 in Los Angeles. Click here to register. Let me know if you plan on attending. I'd love to hear about it!

Many blessings,
Tiffany

I just came back this evening from a wonderful lecture from Carolyn Myss on hew new book, Defy Gravity-Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason. I am huge fan of Carolyn's if fan is the correct word here. Over the last 10 years, I have read many of her books, viewed her DVDs and listened to her taped recordings but I had never been to one of her live lectures. This is particularly a shame because I know her Chicago/Oak Park ties, means she is often conducting them in my area. By chance, I had seen the announcement for this lecture on Hay House  and because of some recent health issues, I decided this would be the ideal first Carolyn Myss lecture for me to attend. Carolyn, like all of us I hope, continues to grow in her work. Although her books follow a progression, it's not a path that can easily deducted from the book before. Having no knowledge about her new book except from the lecture descripition on the website I registered for the lecture, I went in blind. The crowd was surprisingly large for a cold, fall evening in Chicago. We all waited patiently, listening to contemporary, inspirational music playing over the PA system for Carolyn to appear at the podium. And then she was there! Because of she is a great ball of energy and opinion, sometimes I forget how tiny she is. She's a woman who looks very at home behind a podium. She oozes "professordom." Armed with a easel pad and a glass of water, she was ready to  school us. That evening, I learned because of the times we live in, change has become both "intimate and global" and how we all are having difficulty grasping this but are feeling the pressure of it nonetheless. I learned that we have crafted an image of God who is just like us who operates by logical plans and reasons like us.  I learned that beliefs like "The Secret" suits our needs for order and quick fixes and that it keeps us from the larger, more profound growth of the soul. And that what we call a "reasonable" life is often driven by unreasonably and controlling fears. Carolyn ended her lecture with an overview of the what she calls the "seven graces" and their darker "shadows" and how both can be a pathway to healing—either by wisdom in the case of the graces or by trial and error in the case of the shadows. The most profound message I got from Carolyn was the  need to be "weightless so we don't have to wait."  To me, that means letting go off all the STUFF that prevents you from living the life you are meant to be. Once this stuff is gone, the purpose of your life will unfold for you more quickly. I wasn't able to pick up a copy of Carolyn's book at the end of the lecture. It was a perfect storm of the line was too long and my parking meter running out. But I will be making a trip to my local book store to purchase a copy. In the meantime, let me know what you think about it.

Many blessings,
Tiffany

Carolyn Myss will beginning her "Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason!" tour this fall fousing on the topic of radical healing. Join her to learn how manage and heal from an illines or navigate a crisis in your life. Register early to receive $10 to $25 off your ticket price.  Tour dates will be:

Chicago, IL
October 13, 2009
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Register by September 13 and save $10!

New York, NY
October 18, 2009
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Register by September 18 and save $25!

Philadelphia, PA
November 5, 2009
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Register by October 5 and save $10!

Washington, D.C.
November 7, 2009
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Register by October 7 and save $25!

Los Angeles, CA
November 9, 2009
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Register by October 9 and save $10!

Click here to register http://www.hayhouse.com/tour_details.php?tour_id=66
  

Mishka Productions is sponsoring its annual spirituality conference this June 5-7, 2009 in Chicago. The event is a spectacular and powerful weekend event featuring the country's top authors and speakers gathered in one place at one time. If you order by April 24, tickets are $375. Guests at this year's conference include Caroline Myss, Neale Donald Walsch, Michael Beckwith, Brian Wiess, James Van Praag and Christianne Norththrop. I might just see you there!

Many blessings,
Tiffany

Everyone who know me knows that I heart best-selling author and coveted speaker Marianne Williamson. She will be speaking about Miraculous Living at two upcoming workshops:

New York, New York
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
April 3 and 5, 2009

Charleston, South Carolina
The Sophia Institute
Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2009

We all need more miracles in your lives! Please visit http://www.marianne.com/ for registration information.

Many blessings,
Tiffany

If you haven't heard of Gary Zukav, he is the bestselling author of the Seat of the Soul--one of the many books that makes my best spiritual reading list. In the Seat of the Soul, he explores the relationship of the soul to the individual personality and introduces the idea of spiritual partnership -- two individuals drawn together for the purpurpose of spiritual growth. I read the book many years ago and had the opportunity to meet Gary on a book signing trip to Chicago. As a special benefit, he and his partner, Linda Francis, are currently offering a free online course, allowing individuals to do inner spiritual work at their own pace. Check it out, and tell us what you think about it!

Many blessings,
Tiffany