The Hidden Reality – Review
About the Book
With The New Reality now in control of the world’s nations, the brilliant doctor and inventor Alex Pella finds himself caught in a deadly power struggle between the tyrant who rules and the one who would. As he sets out on a mission to unravel the New World Order, he must also face the hidden truths about his own genetic heritage, truths that are slowly destroying him. When he receives an ambiguous message sent from a man long since dead, Alex learns that the only way to win his battle against The New Reality is to defeat a long-forgotten enemy nearly 2,500 years old.
From the Author
I he wrote The Hidden Reality more than just to entertain the reader. I wanted to create a modern day Orwellian Animal Farm to allegorically forewarn my readers of a possible dystopia future that awaits all of mankind if humanity continues to proceed down its path of self-destruction.
In The Hidden Reality, I included such hot-button contemporary topics as genetic cloning, unprecedented economic debt, the rise of big government, and the threat of a New World Order run by the economic elite, while bringing the reader back almost 2500 years into the past when the ancient city state nation known as Greece fought the mighty Persian Empire for world domination.
The Hidden Reality is issue-oriented fiction. There are real concerns facing society today that threaten both the sovereignty and prosperity of our future generations. Though fictional, my novel addresses some of these issues and predicts the potential consequences we face as a nation and the world if they are not properly addressed today.
About the Author
Stephen Martino is neurologist practicing in New Jersey. Though not separating conjoined twins like Dr. Ben Carson, he is part of an active medical practice and is currently participating in concussion research and inventing new medical products. When he is not working, he can be found with his five children doing homework or cheering them on at a soccer field, basketball court, or dance recital. Martino is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Cub Scout den leader and is an active public speaker, helping to provide stroke education to the local community, EMS squads and healthcare professionals.
Extreme Consequences – Imogene’s Past Lives
Imogene’s Past Life Regressions cause dire Consequences for Mankind. Is Reincarnation a Reality?
Imogene’s Past Lives is the second book in the Imogene series.
The Phineas Priesthood and the Guardians of Avebury Circle battle to save or destroy mankind. The Council of Elders use Imogene, daughter of Guardian Xantara, to instigate penalties against the world. Despite the efforts of Frank Carrington, British prime minister, world leaders will not agree to disarm and share their countries’ wealth.
Osahar, an ancient Egyptian priest, works with Imogene to release the promised consequences. Doctor Ernst Schneider has his own agenda as he hypnotizes the young girl and leads her to remember her past lives. Jacques de Sales, leader of a subcult in the Bilderberg Group, uses Imogene to advance his power and wealth. Meanwhile news anchor Susanne assists the prime minister in his desperate efforts to convince the British people to believe Imogene’s message.
Will the world turn from their evil ways, or will the Phineas Priesthood kill Imogene first? What makes this eight-year-old girl special? Who are the Light Beings, and what is the role of the Council of Elders? If you enjoy a fast, exciting listen, then this series is tailor made for you!
Contains Religious and New Age themes, and some violent scenes.
Edited by noted editor and author Don McNair
5 Star Review Still trying to catch my breath!
ByThomas A.on October 28, 2014
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Imogene’s Past Lives by Christine Sherborne is book II of the Imogene series.
I finished book I over the weekend and immediately purchased book II and my mind has been a whirlwind over the last twenty-four hours, I have not been able to stop reading. Imogene’s Past Lives is just as heart pounding and full of action as the first book, and what I love is, both of these books stand-alone. This is some of the best original fiction I have ever read, and I am so glad to say it’s fiction, because, the events that happen in this book are downright scary!The entire time I felt like I was watching the best season finale of any television series. Sherborne’s writing style is brilliantly visual, and like the first story, I was flipping pages like mad. I don’t dare give away any plot details because it would spoil the story for new readers, Book II completely exceeds the excitement of the first book and if this is any indication of what is to come, book III will undoubtedly be monumental.
Extreme Prejudice – Imogene’s Message
When extreme religious fundamentalists known as the Phineas Priesthood led by Ezekiel Yates and his three cousins, target Xantara Pembroke because they believe she is a witch, they launch a major conflict between unworldly disciples of good and evil. This action-packed thriller shows the twists and turns of both sides as they try to destroy or save the souls of Earth.
Imogene is the daughter of Xantara, a Guardian of Avebury Circle, an ancient monument near Stonehenge. For over 3,000 years, wives of eight village families have performed ceremonies to heal local people, with power handed down from first daughter to first daughter. The Pembroke family encounter extreme prejudice from the Priesthood. Braedon the village doctor is drawn into a world he didn’t know existed, to protect his daughter. His wife Xantara keeps her secrets and causes conflict in the marriage. All that is forgotten when Imogene levitates in Avebury Circle. Will the world believe Imogene’s incredible message?
Popular Quotes to Live By
Here are a few videos of quotes to help you examine your life and uplift you when you need some inspiration. It seems sensible to use other people’s life experience to change your own. Hope you enjoy them and reading these messages will enrich your life.
And one More…
You can use a pendulum to ask angels questions. A pendulum is a weight on a string, cord, or chain. For example, you could thread a line through your wedding ring and use that. You can buy a pendulum from a new age or inspirational store, or off the Internet.
Pendulums are weighted in such a way that the slightest movement will swing the stone or crystal. In a store, you have the opportunity to test a few until you find that one feels exactly right. A particular pendulum’s vibration will resonate with your spirit. The way the stone’s weighted and swings, or the crystal properties will connect with your spirit and prompt you to choose that one.
The history of pendulums stretches back many thousands of years. A dowsing rod is similar to a pendulum in its use. Water dowsers use a wooden forked stick to discover water under the ground. Pendulums like devices have been in use for centuries – The Chinese, from Emperors to Laypeople used them, and the Egyptians became keen pendulum users, such that Pharaohs had their personal dowsers. Cultures throughout the Middle East from Persians to Hebrews have and still use pendulums. Druids used them in England, there is documented evidence of their use in African countries, and by Indian Shamans in America.
We know of a sailor who could find submerged submarines during wartime with his pendulum. Healers move a pendulum over a patient’s body, to detect sickness.
As you can see, many thousands of people throughout the ages have found pendulums efficient and useful, and so can you.
A pendulum can access your higher self, universal knowledge, spirit guides, and angels. The same way you use your intuition to feel someone’s energy, you can use your pendulum to pick up on Universal Energy emitted by these heavenly beings. The pendulum’s movement gives you a physical measure, which you can translate into ‘yes’, ‘no’ or answers.
Here’s how you use this remarkable tool. Find a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed, and relax. Your sacred space would be ideal, especially with the addition of candles, incense, and soft music. When you’re skillful, you can carry your pendulum with you, and use the device anywhere. There will be times when you need a quick answer or insight, and want your pendulum to be available.
Lay your hand, face up on a hard surface, to keep it steady. Hold the pendulum by the cord or chain with your other hand. Let the crystal settle a couple of inches above your palm, and ensure that several inches of string stays free, allowing the stone or crystal to turn effortlessly.
At first you’ll want to match the movement with a particular answer. You can do this by swinging your pendulum back and forth across your palm, and saying out loud this means ‘no’. Then turn the stone in a circle, and say this means ‘yes’. Finally swing the pendulum in a circle either clockwise or anti-clockwise. You may decide that this means maybe. You can assign either movement with the response you want. You’ll feel in your spirit which measure matches which answer for you. But after you’ve decided, that’s the way the answers will be, you can’t change your mind.
The movement may be weak or strong, which points to the answer’s strength or weakness. That’s it, you’re ready to use your pendulum.
Ask your angel, or archangel to join you. Say to your angel that you seek the truth, for your highest good and for the benefit of all. Then begin by asking a few simple questions, to which you know the answer. This will test the pendulum’s accuracy. Then talk to your angel in general terms about any problems or concerns, before you ask your questions. It’s tempting to ask too many questions, right off. My advice is to start with just three simple questions, until you gain experience.
Use a notebook to record the questions and responses. While you wait for your answer, try to keep the pendulum still, empty your mind and don’t think of the response you’re hoping to get. Then mentally agree that you will stay detached and accept the answer given. After each answer, lightly touch the crystal to your palm, to signal your question is answered. Finish with a prayer of thanks to your angel, and ask them to meet with you again when they’re needed.
As well as using the pendulum to communicate with your angels, you can also ask your higher self, your intuition, or universal knowledge, for answers. But for the purpose of this book, you’re communicating with your angels. Above all, relax and have fun with your pendulum.
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Writers Muse & Angels
Many writers believe they receive mystic help, perhaps from their muse or angel. Recently, I wrote two supernatural thrillers over eight months. The Imogene series flowed, and each day I had many ideas and plot lines that I couldn’t wait to type into the computer. You can find Imogene’s Message and Imogene’s Past Lives on Amazon and Audible.
After the first month, puzzled, I realized something more was happening here. I had asked for angelic help of course, and I received words and ideas in an endless stream. Jophiel was there but I sensed another, and I asked for the writing angel to give me her name. Over the next two days, I saw the name on television channels, in books and on social media, again and again. Her name’s Crystal, a name I wouldn’t have imagined. I’ve never known anyone with that name, and the name’s unusual in Australia.
Writers, Artists, and Scientists
St Francis of Sales quoted this – Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you.
I’ve used this quote because Francis of Sales is the patron saint of writers. Many writers talk about their muse, an entity that inspires them when they write. Writers find their words and ideas flow continuously. Many authors report this experience.
Many artists believe their creations are a result of supernatural intervention. They too felt a compulsion to apply brush or pen to paper. Composers often dream an entire composition, then rapidly transfer the notes to paper.
Albert Einstein made his biggest breakthroughs, after afternoon naps. The angels used this opportunity to reveal new knowledge to him. Through this method, he developed the theory of relativity and many other scientific breakthroughs.
Elias Howe invented the lock-stitch sewing machine. He’s believed to have received details in a dream which led to this labor saving mechanism.
Paul McCartney woke up with the song ‘Yesterday’ playing in his head. Another instance of Jophiel at work. So many inventions, music, and art exist today for your enjoyment through Archangel Jophiel’s inspiration. If you’re a creative person, why not ask for her help? You will be amazed how your talent will increase.
Don’t just hope the angels are helping, ask and receive.
This is an excerpt from my audio book
Unseen Helpers from Invisible Realms – The angels. Interested to know more please click on the title to read on Amazon.
Ask the Angels
A host of angels surround you. Unlike the archangels that you call on for your bigger physical and spiritual problems, angels can help you in countless ways each day. These angels, alongside your Guardian Angels, operate in your material world and are always available. They deliver your prayers to God, then return with God’s answer.
Angels have the ability to call on one another, and often help in groups. Occasionally, you may glimpse an angel. They often appear in the form of a flash of light seen out at the corner of your eye, or you feel the flutter of wings in a soft breeze, a sensation of warmth and love, or hear angelic voices singing in praise. Several people have seen angels fly in the clouds. We’ve all seen angels who’ve appeared in human form without us being aware they’re in fact angelic beings.
Many people can sense an angel’s form. They are large, appear several feet taller than a normal human, and Archangels are even taller. All angels appear semi-transparent, and glow with brilliant colors. They can appear with wings or without, but all have a halo.
To see angels you have to raise your frequency to match theirs. You can do this through meditation, cultivating a peaceful heart, and the will to connect. Even if you don’t detect an angel’s presence, you can still contact them and can ask for help. They’re always near and attentive to your every thought.
Many stories of people helped by Angels can be read in the Bible, and documented from pre-biblical times until the present-day. Angels love and care for you, and await your request for help. A warning, however, now and then you may ask for help that’s against your life path. In these circumstances, the Angels support you through this period, without changing the life event.
When you ask for their aid, they can act in many ways. Either directly, for example, moving an object out-of-the-way; or they can instruct you to do something, or guide you down another path.
When you first contact your angels, ask for spiritual healing. They will heal emotional blocks caused through fear and other negative emotions. With the removal of these blocks, you’re able to generate better choices and think in a more positive light.
Secondly, ask for their protection from negative entities. Ask for them to surround you with God’s light of love and protection around you at all times.
This is an excerpt from my audio book Unseen Helpers from Invisible Realms – The Angels
Picture yourself five years from now and how you envisage your ideal life. Maybe you have made mistakes in the past that could have been avoided had you known what you now know. Imagine what it would be like if you could avoid any more of those past costly mistakes.
You were born with a clean slate but life has programmed you. Parents, teachers, peers, colleagues and life’s experiences have all had a go at molding you. Some lessons learned may be good but some not so good.
Wouldn’t it be great if you knew some really useful strategies to use in your daily life?
Lessons are often painfully learned and can be costly, so why not learn from other people’s experiences? Wouldn’t it be great to avoid their mistakes in your own life?
Imagine having the wisdom to choose wisely in every situation.
If you take the following lessons on board and understand their value, your life will run more smoothly. You will gain the happy and successful life you want and deserve.
Let’s get going…
- Be Kind to Others
It takes little effort to give someone a smile or an uplifting word. We all need encouragement and help from time to time. This is the golden rule in nearly all religions: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
- Learn to be your own Best Friend
Be kind to yourself. Give yourself what you need. Don’t rely on others to fill your empty spaces; they have their own needs. Forgive yourself, encourage yourself and, most of all, love yourself.
- Focus your Attention
What you give your attention to is what you draw into your life. Today, focus on the positive, live in the present and put past mistakes behind you.
- Nourish your Mind
Read good books, listen to teaching audios in your car and watch uplifting television. Focus on becoming an interesting person. Look constantly for things to learn and your life will be richly fulfilled.
- Respect Yourself
Only you can give yourself self-respect. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Appreciate the wonderful person you are, grow in dignity and, above all, be comfortable with yourself.
- Respect other People
Everyone has a right to their own beliefs thoughts and feelings. It is a diverse world so don’t try to change others. Help them but allow them to live their own lives and give them the benefit of the doubt.
- Develop your Resilience
Dwelling on the wrongs you have suffered and having a victim mentality will drag you down. Focus on what you have learned in a painful situation and move on. Let the past go.
- Free yourself from Toxic People
When you are being harmed by another, either emotionally or physically, remove yourself from their life. Wish them well, put them in God’s hands, and let them go. They are no longer your concern.
- Focus on Solutions, not Problems
You will always have challenges to face. When they come along remember that you can choose to focus on what can be done to make things better. If nothing, then it is a waste of time thinking about them. Move on.
- Talk less and Listen more
A lot of useful information can be missed by not listening. People love a good listener and it is an excellent way to build good relationships.
- Keep your Promises
Be a person others can trust. Think carefully before making a promise. Can you do it? Have you the time? It is better to say no than let someone down.
- Listen to your Intuition
How often have you ignored that gut feeling and later see it proved right? Practice checking in with your internal guidance system when meeting new people or new situations. Listen to what it tells you.
- Give yourself Joy
Go out of your way to do the things that give you pleasure. Take the time to organize and do the things you love and enjoy. Life is too short to do otherwise.
- Respond Don’t React
Often we jump in with a habitual response when someone upsets us. We attack without considering the result. It is wiser to ignore a remark, or at least take time to consider your response.
- Choose your Attitude
The option is yours to choose how you should behave in any given situation. The highest attitude is one of love. What would Jesus or Buddha do? Ask yourself that question.
- Making the Right Choices
Does this choice fit in with your values? Will it make you happier in the long term? How will it affect others? Ask yourself these questions. It will help to crystallize your thinking.
- Never Assume
We are all very good at filling in the blanks, often finding later that we were completely wrong. Never assume that you know someone’s motivation for what they have said or done. Clarify with them first so that you know the truth; don’t just assume you know.
- Choose your Fights
Most things are not worth fighting over. Fights cause more aggravation and trouble for all concerned. Choose to fight only when it is worth it, on issues that really matter, and when you know you have a high probability of winning.
- Live Life with a Sense of Gratitude
Being grateful for the many good things in your life brings more of the same to you. Whatever your circumstances, there is much to be grateful for. Focus on the good in your life; it will make you a much happier person.
- Choose to be Cheerful
Being cheerful most of the time not only makes you fun to be with, it also benefits you in your mood, health and well-being. Remember, people love being around a cheerful person. It is a great way to have lots of friends.
- Value your Time
This is the only part of life that can never be recovered. Once an hour, day, or year has passed it cannot be lived again. Choose the best use of your time, each and every day, or other people will choose for you.
- Trust yourself More
You know yourself better than anyone else knows you. Instinct tells you what is best for you. Trust yourself to make the best decisions for you, knowing you have the resilience to recover from any wrong decision you might make. Your life direction can be changed at any time.
- Everything Passes in Time
The Bible tells us that “…this too shall pass.” Nothing lasts for ever and present day worries will be hard to recall in a few months or years. Have faith that all will be well in time and know, without a doubt, that situations do improve and change.
- Every day is a New Day
Each day you can make the choice to begin your life again, from that moment. You can choose to be, behave, and act differently to what you have in the past. Let old mistakes go and look with hope to a better future.
- Choose your Thoughts
Yours is the choice to see the best in every situation. You can choose to think positive, uplifting thoughts. Today, look for the better thought and then for another and another. Keep doing this until you feel good again. It will happen.
- Live in the Present
When you are thinking about the past or the future you are missing out on living your life fully. The present is the only moment that exists. The past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. Practice mindfulness throughout your day.
- Make your Day Count
Today could be the last day of your life; no-one knows how long they have on this earth. Therefore, make your day worthwhile, one worth living. Have you told someone today that you love and appreciate them?
- Seek out Peace
Choose the way of peace whenever possible. Enjoy nature; take a walk by the sea or in the forest. Be peaceful with your family and friends and with yourself. Meditate on peace.
- Value your Freedom
Don’t allow anyone or anything to enslave and entrap you. Don’t let others control and manipulate you. Don’t get trapped in a relationship or job that you hate. Be free! If you feel trapped today take the first step towards breaking free.
- Now and then, Step Back from Life
Take a holiday, relax, do something totally different from your normal everyday existence. You will gain a greater perspective and clearly see any beneficial changes you should make.
- Pay Attention to your Self-talk
Monitor the way that you talk to yourself. Are you putting yourself down, or building yourself up? Are you nurturing or are you critical of yourself? Learn to use your self-talk to grow positively. Talk to yourself kindly.
- Believe there is Always a Way
Never let your-self or anyone else convince you that there is no way out of a situation. There is always a way and you need to do the work to find it. If you are having difficulty, seek advice from professionals.
- It is Fruitless to Judge Others
It is a waste of time judging others because you don’t walk in their shoes. You don’t know the truth of their situation or how it came about so how can you judge? Moreover, why should they care what you believe anyway! In the same way, others cannot judge you.
- Ignore the Judgement of Others
Firstly, it is none of their business what you do or don’t do. It is your conscience you have to live with, so don’t be burdened with other people’s opinions. There will always be judgemental people, so let their unwanted opinions wash over you.
Keep Going – You May Find a Treasure Tip
- Avoid Domination or Control
If you try to control others they are actually controlling you. If you feel the need to dominate, those people are really controlling you to act in that way. Let go of your need to control and don’t be controlled.
- When one Door Closes another Opens
Never be despondent when your plans don’t work out. It could be for the best in the long run. Often, something more beneficial will happen instead. At the time it is impossible to know if that door might have led downwards so accept when things don’t happen the way you would like them to and move on.
- Let Go of Resentment
Being resentful doesn’t change the situation in any way it merely hurts the one feeling the resentment. Push away resentment and look for the silver lining in every situation and person.
- We Reap what we Sow
`What goes around comes around.’ It is the law of attraction that whatever we give out returns to us tenfold. Give out goodness and integrity and the same will be given to you. What are you sowing today?
- Lay no Blame on Others
When someone hurts you, it is useless to blame them for it. We always have the choice of our response. Choose to forgive and accept responsibility for the things we have attracted into our lives.
- Stop Struggling and let Life Unfold
The fact that we struggle against circumstance doesn’t change it. Struggle is dis-empowering so go with the flow and trust that all will turn out well. It usually does. Accept what is and work from there.
- Feeling Sorry for Yourself Wastes Energy
There is always someone out there who would change places with you in an instant. There will always be people better or worse off than you. Don’t dwell on the negative, use your energy in a more productive way.
- Believe you have Everything you Need
When faced with any challenge you have within you the answer, the strength, and the talent to find a solution. Sometimes you just need to search for solutions.
- Get out of your Comfort Zone
Think or your comfort zone like a prison, for that is what it is. Feel the fear and do it anyway! Try new experiences; push yourself that little bit further; make the most of every opportunity.
- Stop Complaining
People only complain about things they can actually do something about but haven’t. Complaining is pointless. Instead, smile and make the changes that are needed. You’ll feel better for it.
- Change your Game Plan
We get in the habit of repeating the same endless cycles over and again in our lives. The only way life will be different is to change your game plan. If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always got!
- Do what you Love
The only way to build a really successful life is to do what you enjoy. Follow your heart and abundance will follow. True success is enjoying your life by working or living in a way that is meaningful to you.
- Learn to say No
It is impossible to please everyone all the time. There is a finite amount of time available for us all and you don’t want to waste it on other people’s agendas. Learn to say `No’ and be much happier.
- Ask Questions
Learn to ask the right questions, both of yourself and others. Listen to the answers then ask more. This will help you make your best informed decisions.
- Think before you Speak
Think before jumping in on a conversation. Reflect before you speak. A word thoughtlessly spoken can never be taken back. Learn to put your brain into gear before you open your mouth!
- Don’t tell Lies
Being untruthful is the result of low self-respect. Fibbers are almost always caught out. Lying can ruin your reputation. Come clean – people respect honesty.
- Find ways to Praise
Giving compliments and approval to those around you makes everyone, including you, feel good. Particularly find lots of ways to praise children but remember adults need it too.
- Use the Power of Affirmations
Affirmations do work. They are simply self-talk and can serve to build you up and improve your life. Choose just one or two affirmations to work on at a time.
- Give and you will Receive
It is a basic law of the universe that when you give freely of your time or finances you release the power of abundance into your own life. You may not receive from the person you gave to but it will happen.
- Avoid “Never” thinking
If you are always thinking and saying “I will never get this, or do that,’ guess what. You never will. Nothing is set in concrete so there is always the possibility to get what you want. You just have to believe and stop `never’ thinking.
- Associate with Positive People
Some negative people will never change but continue to drag others down. Seek out people who are encouraging, uplifting and happy. Their attitude will rub off on you and make you a more positive person.
- Never give Up
Determination moves mountains. People often give up just when success is around the corner. Never give up on your realistic dreams. Step by step is the way to reach them. Remember the story of the hare and the tortoise.
- The Power of Visualization
Think each day about what your ideal life would look like. Take time to sit and use your imagination to dream about your best job, relationship or other situations you would like to change. Imagine your goals being a reality, and they soon will be.
- Deal with Rejection
Rejection is simply a thought in your head. You can take it on board or not, as you please. If someone turns you down or your plans don’t work out, remember that you didn’t have it or them in the first place, so get over it and get on with it. Better times are ahead.
- Take action every day
Just a little action each day can move you quickly towards achieving your goals. Like water that wears away a stone, so your actions can wear away obstacles in your path. Make a plan and then work your plan.
- Each day Passes, Relentlessly
Resist putting off until tomorrow what you can do today. Are you thinking of starting a diet or exercise regime? Time will pass. Months and years will go by, and you will be in the same place, unless you start today! There is power in beginning; a momentum will build as you start something new.
- Feel the Fear and do it Anyway
We dislike being uncomfortable, and have an aversion to putting ourselves into situations where we are not sure we will succeed. You will never know the extent of your power, unless you feel the fear and do it anyway.
- Have the Courage to Change
Life by its very nature consists of constant change. Each day we have fresh problems and new accomplishments. It is impossible to keep the status quo, so why not have the courage to change and gain a better life. Choose your transformations or life will choose them for you.
- Write down your Goals
It has been verified that the people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Having vague desires is not goal-setting. Not only write them down but continually re-evaluate them, read them and where necessary, change them.
- Moderation in all Things
Excess often causes problems for us. When you drink in moderation, eat with self-control and work reasonable hours you will improve your life dramatically. In what part of your life are you overindulging?
- Learn to Prioritize
Remember the 80/20 rule. Twenty per cent of what you do produces eighty per cent of your results. Do the most important tasks first and you will find that the unimportant ones will sort themselves out over time.
- Appreciate your Friends
No man is an island and we all need friendship. When you are a good friend you will have good friends. How can you make your friend happy today?
- Be Gentle with Yourself
When events go wrong, don’t beat up on yourself. If you could have done any better, you would have. As we learn more we make fewer mistakes. Making mistakes is part of life so forgive yourself and move on.
- Never be too Old to Play
The child within you is always present. Relax and enjoy that child. Take every opportunity to play. Fooling around playfully lifts your mood and life becomes more enjoyable.
- Look after your Health
Without good health your life will be more of a struggle. Give up bad practices such as smoking, overeating and drug-taking. Eat healthily and take plenty of exercise. Have regular health checks.
- Get Feedback
Sometimes you may not be aware of changes that need to be made in your life. Discussing issues with a good friend or a professional can shine a light on areas or actions that you can improve on.
- Taking on other peoples’ problems
Other people’s problems are not your problems. Help when and where you can but don’t allow someone else’s monkey on your back. It is not your job to fix everything for everyone; you will just wear yourself down.
- You are Strong
You don’t need someone else to take care of you. You are capable of making your own decisions and choosing your own life path. Don’t make the mistake of relying on other people to solve your problems. Know that you can and will get through any situation by your own strength, belief and common sense.
- You Can’t Control Everything.
Events will happen that you have no control over and that is okay. You won’t like some situations but that is okay too. Sometimes you have to learn to live with people and situations that you just can’t change, but change will occur over time as that is the nature of life.
- Be Flexible
Often there is more than one way to skin a cat. Be open and flexible to fresh ideas and solutions; many paths can lead to the result you desire. Others may have the solution you seek so take time to listen without shooting their ideas down in flames. They could just have the answer you are looking for.
- A Higher Power
Whatever their belief, most people are aware of a higher power that can answer prayer and bring love and goodness into their lives. Take time today to ask for help and be thankful for all that is good in your life. Count your blessings, you may be surprised how many there are.
- Everything has its Price
Work out the price of following your dreams and resolve to pay that price. Nothing in life is free; taking one course of action means letting others things go. Despite popular belief you cannot have it all.
- Love is everything
To live a life without loving and being loved is a life wasted. Today, tell all the people you truly love that you love them. Show love to strangers as each one has their struggles and dreams. Help when and wherever you can.
My hope is for you to take some of these lessons to heart and improve your life and leave the World a better place, dispensing more love around to raise the energy of the Earth.
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77 Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss
77 Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss – How to prevent gaining weight over the holidays!
Imagine what it would be like if you could lose excess weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.
You’re probably wondering if this is possible. You’ve tried every diet going and while you lose some weight, before you know it the kilos return and you are back where you started.
Well, now it’s time for a change. Use these powerful cards as suggested and see a new you emerge.
Small incremental changes you can make to lose excess weight and keep it off.
When you hear the word ‘diet,’ is it enough for you to reach for the nearest block of chocolate? Good news – this is not a diet but a new way of working towards a slimmer you.That is why this method will work where others haven’t.
Today, most people realize that yo-yo dieting doesn’t work. In fact, in the long run, diets can actually cause you to gain weight. Making small daily adjustments to the way you eat and move can shift those pounds easily and painlessly without your body thinking, “Oh, no, I’m being starved again.”
Now I would like to help you experience the Japanese Kaizen method of reaching and keeping your ideal size. Kaizen means taking small incremental actions each day to reach your goal.
By choosing one or two suggestions each day you will gradually lose weight. And the bonus is – without too much effort!
I can’t wait for you to start – and I hope you will share your success with me.
Using the ideas on a daily basis will enable these beneficial changes to become a part of your daily routine. Each morning choose one idea and practice its lesson for that one day. Over time you will come to know which ones suit you best and these will sink into your subconscious and become automatic.
Remember, even though good food tastes yummy, being slimmer feels way better. Life is for enjoying. Ease into this programme and allow the weight to come off slowly. Ultimately, it’s all in the mind. If you think you can, you can.
1. Dark Bedroom
Make sure that your bedroom is always fairly dark. This enables your body to become sensitive to the hormone, leptin. This hormone tells your body when you are full.
Take Melatonin at bedtime to ensure that your body clock is set to give you a good night’s sleep. Melatonin has many life-giving properties and is well worth taking.
3. Cider Vinegar
Drink a tablespoon of cider vinegar with water each day. This acid drink will help your body digest carbohydrates and slow the rate that they enter your bloodstream.
4. Oil and Butter
Don’t be afraid to add a small amount of butter or olive oil to a meal or sandwich. Their use increases your metabolism and satisfies you, in turn reducing hunger pangs.
5. Evening Snacks
Where possible, do not eat after 8.00pm. If you must eat something, choose protein such as yogurt, chicken or turkey. Turkey or a banana will help you sleep.
6. Healthy Nuts
A handful of nuts as a snack can be satisfying and will stave off your hunger pangs for longer than many other snacks. It is true that nuts are high in calories but part of the nut is not absorbed and passes through the body. A small amount of nuts will satisfy your hunger.
7. Five Meals a Day
It is best to eat five small meals a day instead of three larger ones. Alternatively, eat three meals and two snacks. Eating regularly is necessary for weight loss – without food your metabolism will slow down. Choose fresh fruit or vegetable snacks so your body doesn’t go into a starvation mode.
8. Green Tea
Sip green tea throughout the day. It contains compounds that burn fat and increase your metabolic rate. Green tea has many health benefits including cancer-fighting enzymes.
9. Work or School Lunches
Always take lunch with you to work or school. To save time you can cook extra large healthy dinners and take the leftovers with you to work. Or make up a healthy crunchy salad by adding nuts to your normal salad mix.
10. Photo Pin-Up
Pin up a photo of yourself at your ideal weight or put a photo of your head on someone else’s body. You want to give yourself a positive picture, not a negative one. Our natural tendency is to move towards the way we want to be so always go for the best picture you can find.
11. Garlic & Onions
Add garlic and onions to your meals. These act on the fat by stopping some of it being absorbed into your body. Consider using spices such as tumeric and red peppers – these speed up your metabolism and aid weight loss.
12. Sit Down
Sitting down to family meals can make you feel more relaxed and therefore less likely to overeat. Usually family meals are cooked and more healthful than snack type meals.
13. Naughty Fats
Trans-fats are bad fats and are found in margarine and some cooking oils and salad dressings. Generally a bad fat is solid at room temperature. Good fats come in liquid form. Olive oil and grape-seed oil are ideal choices.
14. Walking Burns Fat
If you can take even a short walk before you eat and then another one about an hour later you will burn up to 15% more calories. The best time for a walk is after lunch and early afternoon when the body is at a higher temperature able to utilize the used calories much better.
15. Perfect Proteins
Choose lean protein every time for your main meal. Fish or skinless chicken are the best choices followed by lean cuts of beef and pork. Remember that the majority of your meal should be made up of fresh salads or vegetables.
16. Walk Uphill
When you go for a walk choose a route that takes you uphill for part of the way. Walking uphill burns more calories. Set your treadmill on an incline for faster weight loss.
17. Hidden Fats
Hidden fats are found in commercially baked goods, hard cheeses, cream soups, and creamy salad dressings. Choose the options with the smallest number of ingredients as these foods will have less additives.
18. Walk with Weights
Carrying small hand weights is a great idea when you go for a walk. This will not only burn more calories but will give your arms some tightening and make them stronger.
19.Water, water, water
Drink up to eight full glasses a day. Remember when you feel hungry you may just be dry so try a glass of water first. Drinking a glass of water before your meal with help make you feel fuller quicker.
Don’t let your family and friends sabotage you. They may be in the habit of pleasing people with foods or they may be jealous of the progress you are making. Make it plain to them that they are not helping you by offering bad choices. Say No!
21. Low Fat Choices
It is a good idea to choose low fat options when buying milk and yogurt. These days the taste is much the same and you soon get used to the small difference. Check for hidden sugars as often these raise the calories to the same as the normal option.
22. Whole Grains
Include some whole-grain fibre when you eat a protein meal. This combination will keep you feeling fuller for longer than eating protein alone. Whole grains include brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and wholemeal bread.
23. Slimming Sleep
Go to bed an hour earlier. A full eight hour sleep at night produces more leptin. This hormone controls your appetite by letting your body know when you have eaten enough.
24. Craving Coffee
One cup of coffee a day without sugar can help to prevent weight gain on your tummy. Furthermore the caffeine will burn more calories. Avoid coffee near your bedtime as it will keep you awake and disturb your production of leptin.
25. Media No-No
Turn off the television when you eat and it’s also not a good idea to eat at your computer. It has been proven that we consume far more calories when our mind is occupied elsewhere. Mindful eating will help you to recognize when you are full.
26. Fabulous Fresh
Eat as much of your diet as possible in its fresh and original state. Eating fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and cooked meat will help speed up your metabolism.
27. Bedtime Blues
Try going to bed feeling a little hungry. It won’t worry you for long and it gives your body the chance to accept feeling hungry sometimes. It is often the late night calories that contribute to weight gain. 28. Alcohol Sense
Limit your intake of alcohol. Alcohol has lots of empty calories and a few drinks can be the equivalent of another meal. The best choice is one glass of red wine every other day as this has a useful amount of antioxidants that is good for your body and immune system.
29. Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates are more easily turned into energy by the body than fat. These include nuts, beans, vegetables and wholegrain bread, pasta and brown rice.30. White Flour
Processed wheat in breads, cereals, or baked goods will make you gain weight. These foods give you calories without the benefit of vitamins, amino acids, and anti-oxidants. Also avoid eating white rice. Choose the natural brown variety instead.
31. Super Sunshine
Spending some time in the sun each day will allow your body to absorb vitamin D and the MSH hormone, both of which are essential to weight loss. But try to avoid the midday hours when the sun is likely to burn.
32. Love your Apples
The times when you crave sweets, chocolates or cake, eat an apple instead. This will curb your appetite and help you through to your next meal time. Apples are high in fibre and beneficial vitamins.
33. Stress Sabotage
Stress is a great weight gainer so try meditating for ten minutes a day. Sit quietly and simply concentrate on noticing your breathing. Avoid stressful situations. Stress releases a hormone called Cortisol, which affects the body and causes weight gain.
34. Thrifty Thyroid
Have you had your thyroid function checked by your doctor? A slow functioning thyroid slows down your body and quickly causes you to gain weight. Take the time to find out If you would benefit from medication. This can make a huge difference in the battle of the bulge.
35. Cinema Cravings
When you go to a movie or a show, choose mineral water and plain popcorn as your snack. You could even take a sensible snack with you. It is so easy to eat mindlessly during a two or three hour film.
36. Yummy Yogurt
Eat yogurt regularly in order to keep good bacteria in your intestines – it will help your body to process food in the correct way. Yogurt is a great help for weight loss and also gives you something sweet- tasting in your diet.
37. Happy Hobbies
Think of something interesting to do that takes your mind off eating. Take up a hobby that keeps your hands and mind occupied. Boredom makes you want to eat unhealthy foods, so stay busy.
38. Out and About
Get out and about, sightseeing, walking around the shopping mall, swimming or jogging; join a team sport. The more active you become the more calories you will burn. Every now and then take a turn around your home or workplace and feel how every little activity improves your fitness, mood, and weight
39. Clever Cooking
Eat cooked food as well as salads. Warm food is digested quicker and therefore moves faster through your body, speeding up your metabolism. Cooked food can also be comforting, especially during the cold weather.
40. Clever Shopping
When supermarket shopping, try to stick to the outer aisles where the fresh food and meats can be found. The center aisles house all the calorie-laden man-made snacks. Avoid them! Take a shopping list and stick to it.
41. Small Plates
We often fill our plates up too full and then feel that we have to eat what is in front of us. Make it a habit to leave at least ten per cent of the meal on the plate and restrict the amount you cook to start with. Use a smaller plate and trick your brain into feeling that you have enjoyed your usual full meal.
42. Rock n Roll
Put lively music on when doing household chores. Have some fun dancing with the broom and move more purposefully as you work. Alternatively, buy a fun exercise video and use it three times a week.
43. Nude Chickens
Remember to always remove the skin from chicken before you eat it. It has double the amount of calories as the chicken meat. Either steam or bake your chicken and leave the frying pan in the cupboard.
44. Step it Up
Twice a day walk up and down a flight of steps for ten minutes. You will be amazed at how this improves your fitness and your figure. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
45. Tasty Tomato
When eating pasta, either at home or out at a restaurant, always choose the tomato sauce version and avoid the cream sauces. Tomato sauce is lower in calories and can prevent many cancers, especially prostate cancer in men.
46. Step it Out
Buy a pedometer and aim to walk 10,000 steps each day. You will soon discover how much you need to walk to stay slim and healthy. Using a pedometer gives you a measure which encourages you to take up the challenge to reach your target.
47. Great Gardens
Get out in the garden and do some digging or mow the lawn. Even better, grow your own fresh herbs and salads. Soak up the vitamin D from the sun and reduce your waist size with all the bending and stretching.
48. Tuna Tips
When buying tinned tuna or salmon, it is best to choose the type that is packed with water and avoid the ones in oil. It is even better to eat fresh fish, smoked or baked.
49. Naughty French
When eating out or at home choose a salad with your meat or fish. Leave the French fries alone. If you just can’t do without a few fries then spray the potato sticks with oil and bake in the oven. Make a lower calorie choice by baking sweet potato sticks in the same way.
50. Clean that Car
On a sunny day get outside and wash the car instead of taking it through the car wash. Give it a polish and get that waist whittled down.
51. Great Snacks
For a great snack, choose raw carrot dipped in a tub of hummus. Always have low calorie snacks on hand in your fridge. Boiled eggs, chopped salad and lots of fruit will satisfy you and make you feel good. A small amount of nuts is nutritious and filling.
52. Slimming Swimming
Make use of any nearby swimming pool. This great exercise is fun and doesn’t put strain on your muscles and joints. Consider joining a water aerobic class; play water polo or basket ball.
53. Cheeky Kids
Take time out to play with your children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren. Chase them and race them. They will love it and so will you. You won’t even know that you are exercising and raised endorphins are a bonus.
54. I Love Pizza
Craving pizza? Then choose the vegetarian option. That has fewer calories than the fatty meats generally used. Use only a small amount of grated cheese and choose the thin crust option.
55. Clever Cleaning
Clean out the wardrobe or a set of drawers. This will give you exercise and keep you occupied and give you the bonus of a neat and tidy room or cupboard. Sell your unwanted items and invest in exercise equipment.
56. Best Buddies
Team up with a weight loss buddy, who can encourage you and keep you on track. Call each other for support when tempted to stray from sensible eating. Have a competition to see who can lose the most weight.
57. Easy Eating
Avoid allowing yourself to get too hungry; it will cause you to go back to old habits. Eat something every three hours but choose low calorie snack options. Drink regular glasses of water.
58. Lift some Weights
Do some weight lifting and weight bearing exercises. Although muscle weighs heavier than fat it does allow you to eat more and not put on weight. Even lifting a couple of cans out of the pantry, or lifting your child up and down, can help.
59. Jump on those Scales
Weigh yourself regularly. If you don’t monitor your weight you will soon find it going up and out of control. Weigh yourself at least twice a week and at the same time of day. 60.
If you find that you have had a weak moment and pigged out, don’t worry, simply refocus. After all, you are not on a diet you are simply making small changes to lose weight without effort. Remember, it is what you do most of the time that is important.
61. Brain Power
Make it a habit to eat slowly. Remember what your grandmother said about chewing each bite ten times! Make your meal last so that your brain has time to let you know when you are full. It takes twenty minutes for the full-up signal to reach from your stomach to your brain.
62. Sugar, Please
If you take sugar in your tea or coffee it is time to give it up. It only takes a couple of weeks to get used to the new taste and you will find that sugar will taste sickly sweet after that. This alone could help you lose kilos.
63. Nutritionists Rock
Consult a nutritionist if you aren’t sure which foods are good for you. These experts can tell you a lot in one appointment and the visit might be covered by your health insurance. After all, knowledge is power.
64. The Automation Key
Take time to decide on some good meal choices and then automate one or two of these per day. Doing this will give you a better chance of staying on track. When planning your meals ensure that you stock the right foods in your pantry to give yourself less chance of straying.
65. Trusty Time Savers
Use frozen mixed vegetables that you can microwave in minutes. They will be fat-free and always ready and easy to go. Pick up ready-made salads on your way home. Open a can of tuna or salmon. Choosing these options gives you fast but healthy food.
66. Douse the Flames
Inflammation of your body is known to cause obesity. Each day include some inflammation-fighting foods – anything bright and natural like red peppers. Other good choices are fish oil and walnuts and a daily aspirin will also reduce inflammation.
67. Emotional Eating
When you are you thinking of reaching for a high calorie snack, check how you are feeling; it may be that you are anxious or stressed. In that situation a brisk walk, relaxing bath, or talking over your problems may be the answer. Being aware of your emotions helps to overcome this common cause of obesity.
Spend a few minutes each day in a comfortable chair and let yourself daydream about a wonderful slim you. Enjoy the feeling it gives. Listen to hypnosis slimming CDs as you fall asleep. Check my slimming CD, ‘Slender & Gorgeous’ at www.colourstory.com
Sometimes we need something just to chew on, for example on a long drive. Keep some sugarless gum or other low-calorie fruit gums on hand for those ‘must chew’ moments.
70. Learn to Cook
Invest in a good slimming cookbook or borrow one from the library. Learning how to cook using low calorie methods such as using herbs and spices instead of oils can help keep off the weight.
71. Slimming Aids
Maybe you feel that you need further help to curb your appetite. If so, see your doctor for some weight loss assistance pills and listen to their advice on which is the best option for you.
72. Clever Chemist
Xenical or Orlistat can be taken with advice from your chemist. These drugs stop 20% of fat being absorbed by the body and are a great way to lose weight or help in keeping lost weight off.
Write the following out and place it where you will see it everyday. “Food doesn’t taste as good as slim feels.” This will help remind you to choose the healthy option. Place several reminders around you, in the car, office, and home.
74. Artful Affirmations
Affirmations do work. Write one or two out and repeat them several times a day. “I love eating healthy foods” “Every day I make wise choices” Check out my website for lots of choices or make up your own.
75. Artful Ads
Food advertisements are designed to get our mouths watering and tempt us to buy delicious looking foods that aren’t in our best interests. Record your TV programmes so that you can skip over these adverts. Watch only low-calorie type cooking programmes for the same reason.
76. Move that Meal
Have you just eaten a big meal and feel that all your good work has gone to pot? Then get moving, go out for at least a 30 minute walk and try to move about as much as possible for the next few hours. This will help you metabolize your food and use up some of those extra calories.
77. Enjoy Life
Life is for enjoying. Don’t get hung up on thinking about nothing but weight loss. Ease into these tips and let the weight come off slowly and naturally. Choose one or two strategies at a time. Gradually they will become second nature, helping you to stay slim and healthy.
Extra Tip for a Quick Start – Give up Sugar in any form!
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Knowledge – All education is self-education. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.
Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world. Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of. Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.
If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you. Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.
Note that some of the sources overlap between various subjects of education. Therefore, each has been placed under a specific subject based on the majority focus of the source’s content.
Science and Health
- MIT OpenCourseWare – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
- Tufts OpenCourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
- HowStuffWorks Science – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
- Harvard Medical School Open Courseware – The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
- Khan Academy – Over 1200 videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, and biology.
- Open Yale Courses – Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
- webcast.berkeley – Every semester, UC Berkeley webcasts select courses and events for on-demand viewing via the Internet. webcast.berkeley course lectures are provided as a study resource for both students and the public.
- UC San Deigo Podcast Lectures – UCSD’s podcasting service was established for instructional use to benefit our students. Podcasts are taken down at the end of every quarter (10 weeks Fall-Spring and 5 weeks in the summer). If you’re enjoying a podcast, be sure to subscribe and download the lectures. Once the podcast has been taken offline, faculty rarely approve their reposting.
- Johns Hopkins OpenCourseWare – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s OpenCourseWare project provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses. As challenges to the world’s health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public’s health and their potential solutions.
- Utah State OpenCourseWare – Utah State OpenCourseWare is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.
- AMSER – AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
- Wolfram Demonstrations Project – Wolfram brings computational exploration to the widest possible audience, open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts. Free player runs all demos and videos.
- Free Science and Video Lectures Online! – A nice collection of video lectures and lessons on science and philosophy.
- Science.gov – Science.gov searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
- The National Science Digital Library – NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
- EnviroLink Network– A non-profit organization, grassroots online community uniting organizations and volunteers around the world. Up-to-date environmental information and news.
- Geology.com – Information about geology and earth science to visitors without charge: Articles, News, Maps, Satellite Images, Dictionary, etc.
- Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms. The site also expects to expand into other topics of learning and education.
- LearningScience.org – A free open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science.
Business and Money
- MIT Sloan School of Management – MIT Sloan is a world-class business school long renowned for thought leadership and the ability to successfully partner theory and practice. This is a subsection of the larger MIT OpenCourseWare site.
- Investopedia Financial Investing Tutorials – A plethora of detailed lessons on money management and investing.
- U.S. Small Business Administration Training Network – The Small Business Administration has one of the best selections of business courses on the web. Topics include everything from starting a business and business management to government contracting and international trade. Most courses take only 30 minutes to complete.
- VideoLectures.NET (Business) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
- My Own Business, Inc. – Offers a free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business. This comprehensive course is split up into 16 sessions covering topics like business plans, accounting, marketing, insurance, e-commerce and international trade.
- UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Business) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content. (more…)