by Angela Artemis ‧ RELEASE DATE: Dec. 27, 2011
Artemis’ self-help guide offers encouragement and imaginative exercises to access intuitive knowledge.
Artemis, a self-described “intuition coach,” created this compact guide to help others tap into their own intuitive knowledge. Her approach is grounded in a variation of New Age spirituality that leans more toward humanistic psychology than monotheism. Artemis writes, “I use the term Greater Intelligence in place of creator or God.” She invites readers to join her in a quest for “the authentic self,” which she connects to an awareness of the Greater Intelligence. Intuition makes a connection to a spiritual energy source possible, Artermis posits, and has numerous practical benefits. Augmenting this inherent skill, according to Artemis, enhances mental and physical health and financial prosperity. In fact, the author believes that “we are unlimited” once we are in touch with our inner knowledge. A number of techniques are offered to facilitate gaining intuitive knowledge: journaling, guided meditation and dream analysis. But she emphasizes that such wisdom can only be gleaned by selectively bypassing rational thinking. “The ego and the intellect are the two archenemies of your intuition,” claims Artemis, and she suggests to literally consult one’s “gut feelings” (with awareness focused on the abdomen) when making a critical life decision. While the meditative techniques Artemis offers have long appeared in New Age books, she presents a crisply reasoned overview of imaginative exercises designed to access intuitive powers. Very much to her credit, she recognizes that “[i]ntuition is not a magic pill” as she sensibly reminds her readers that any suppositions about physical health should be seen as supplemental to consultations with qualified medical authorities. A readable presentation that teaches how to take hunches seriously.
Pub Date: Dec. 27, 2011
Page Count: 194
Publisher: Synchronicity Publishing
Review Posted Online: June 28, 2012
Review Program: Kirkus Indie
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by Matthew McConaughey ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 20, 2020
A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.
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New York Times Bestseller
All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book.
“This is an approach book,” writes McConaughey, adding that it contains “philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: “When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze”; “Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate.” Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories—which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz’s recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright—of his debut in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he’s an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey’s prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock ’n’ roll, and “chicks,” and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: “Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more.” It’s clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card–ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons.A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.
Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020
Page Count: 304
Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020
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by Anne Heche ‧ RELEASE DATE: Jan. 24, 2023
A sweet final word from an actor who leaves a legacy of compassion and kindness.
The late actor offers a gentle guide for living with more purpose, love, and joy.
Mixing poetry, prescriptive challenges, and elements of memoir, Heche (1969-2022) delivers a narrative that is more encouraging workbook than life story. The author wants to share what she has discovered over the course of a life filled with abuse, advocacy, and uncanny turning points. Her greatest discovery? Love. “Open yourself up to love and transform kindness from a feeling you extend to those around you to actions that you perform for them,” she writes. “Only by caring can we open ourselves up to the universe, and only by opening up to the universe can we fully experience all the wonders that it holds, the greatest of which is love.” Throughout the occasionally overwrought text, Heche is heavy on the concept of care. She wants us to experience joy as she does, and she provides a road map for how to get there. Instead of slinking away from Hollywood and the ridicule that she endured there, Heche found the good and hung on, with Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford starring as particularly shining knights in her story. Some readers may dismiss this material as vapid Hollywood stuff, but Heche’s perspective is an empathetic blend of Buddhism (minimize suffering), dialectical behavioral therapy (tolerating distress), Christianity (do unto others), and pre-Socratic philosophy (sufficient reason). “You’re not out to change the whole world, but to increase the levels of love and kindness in the world, drop by drop,” she writes. “Over time, these actions wear away the coldness, hate, and indifference around us as surely as water slowly wearing away stone.” Readers grieving her loss will take solace knowing that she lived her love-filled life on her own terms. Heche’s business and podcast partner, Heather Duffy, writes the epilogue, closing the book on a life well lived.A sweet final word from an actor who leaves a legacy of compassion and kindness.
Pub Date: Jan. 24, 2023
Page Count: 176
Publisher: Viva Editions
Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2023
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