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A multilayered exploration of the power each person has to achieve inner harmony.

A comprehensive guide to using hypnosis in order to achieve your goals.

The latest nonfiction work from Dann (Your Hypnosis Career, 2017) goes into great detail about the author’s conviction that hypnosis is a key method of unlocking “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” practices that can change the reader’s life. These changes will come about when readers learn to grapple with what the author refers to as the different levels of personal awareness. “When your Conscious, Subconscious and Superconscious are in alignment,” she writes, “you will feel in harmony with yourself.” Hypnosis, which Dann describes as “fun, natural, and easy to learn,” is a practice she claims will take readers “to a place of stillness where you can access your inner resources and live in the present moment.” In discursive prose, Dann takes readers through the steps necessary to refine their personal goals and better shape their own inner universe, basic steps like discovering what they want, assessing how close they already are to achieving it, and, in what’s often called “the Meta Outcome Question,” asking what achieving that goal will actually do for them. The author stresses the centrality of what she (somewhat redundantly) calls “positive affirmations,” things like eating healthy meals, “attracting” more money and a life partner, and trusting in God. Readers are urged to create an affirmation, go into a trance, and allow their subconscious to feel the experience of actually already having what they want. “You will notice what you visualize comes into being when you say and feel them everyday [sic],” Dann writes in one of the book’s self-evidently inaccurate assertions (another being a popular assertion in self-help spiritualism: “Powerful affirmations can help heal and regenerate your body, and bring radiant health”). Dann’s narrative tone is warm and inviting, and her underlying message, emphasizing the infinite potential for self-betterment, more than compensates for the book’s more than occasional vagueness (“You lose sight of your true being when you identify with the personality,” etc.).

A multilayered exploration of the power each person has to achieve inner harmony. 

Pub Date: July 18, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68470-407-1

Page Count: 464

Publisher: Lulu

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2020

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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