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This week, the two final chapters in this wonderful book Root of Success.  Enjoy! 

Chapter 9:




We are a divine creation; there are no accidents. The most telling thing about a individual is their relationship to the infinite. We must remember that we’re “spiritual beings having a human experience, instead of human beings having a spiritual experience.


Whether you travel to a church or pick-up the latest “hot” spiritual book, or go with some friends to hear “this amazing spiritual teacher who knows the secret to life,” you’ll be faced with some choices. You’ll need to answer some questions for yourself. Among these questions may be:

* Is this teaching any good?

* Will I profit from it?

* Is this possibly harmful to me?

The fancy word for this process is Spiritual Discernment. By answering these queries, and possibly others, you’ll get a sense for how far to dive into a given teaching or book or spiritual teacher.

So let?s a take a look at how you are able to go about getting a sense of the appropriateness of a given book or teaching by looking first at the questions above. Let?s begin with “Is this teaching any good?” At once, we?ve hit a booby trap. How are you supposed to tell if a teaching or book is any good?

The beginning thing that many of you may try is to do some searching on the Net. If you do, you’ll come across an almost endless list of opinions, thoughts, thoughts, beliefs, etc, most of which claim to be quite accurate and sensible. But be careful: much of it’s garbage.

Regrettably, as we have all experienced, while the Net is an incredible medium for learning and distinguishing new thoughts and ideas, it’s also filled with the ravings of anybody who can point a mouse.

I was recently following some links on one of my favorite personal and spiritual growth programs and discovered a site that was categorizing everything that wasn?t essentially government approved psychotherapy as the work of the devil. Psychoanalysis or satan, I think that?s a direct quote. So be careful.

You might not know this, but there are multiple sites that offer guru ratings. Yep, you are able to look-up your favorite guru and see how many stars he was awarded. Did Jesus get 3 stars? The Buddha got 4 stars? Ramana Maharshi edged out Sai Baba? What?! Who says? Go check out a few for some laughter. Needless to say, you may not find out whether a teaching or teacher is good by searching the Internet.

The one good use of the Net for spiritual discernment may be in answering the question, “Is this potentially harmful to me?” At least you are able to cruise around the sites and forums and read the horror stories left there. And there are plenty.

My encouragement to you and everybody is to experience what the wide world of spirituality has to offer. Get some books that might or might not be “your cup of tea” and see what they have to say.

Purchase an anthology of spiritual teachings. Go to a drumming gathering, qigong class, talk or meditation given by the latest local guru. You never know what you may find.

In my view, spirituality is a very rich field for exploration. Personally, I think it to be the best place to find long lasting happiness and personal growth.

When I jumped on the spiritual path, I had no idea of the changes and shifts that would occur. The opportunities are endless. If you’ll take a moment to have a look at spirituality, you could discover a powerful process to help you in your spiritual and personal development.

Chapter 10:

The Power of Positive


What we think about amplifies. The energy to produce what we want is in our thoughts. This energy becomes a problem only if we choose to project it in a negative way. We tend to get what we anticipate. Dare to expect the very best for yourself, and then watch what materializes.

 Bring On The Good

Read about positive thinking, think about its benefits and sway yourself to try it. The power of thoughts is a mighty power that’s always shaping our life.

This shaping is commonly done subconsciously, but it’s possible to make the process a conscious one. Even if the thought seems strange give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain. Ignore what other people might say or think about you, if they discover that you’re altering the way you think.

Forever visualize only favorable and beneficial situations. Use positive words in your inner negotiations or when talking with others. Smile a bit more, as this helps to think positively. Brush off any feelings of laziness or a desire to give up. If you persevere, you’ll transform the way your mind thinks.

Once a negative thought comes in your mind, you have to be cognizant of it and endeavor to replace it with a constructive one. The negative thought will try once again to enter your mind, and then you have to substitute it again with a positive one. It’s as if there are two pictures in front of you, and you decide to look at one of them and brush aside the other. Tenaciousness will eventually teach your mind to think positively and brush aside negative thoughts.

In case you feel any inner opposition when replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, don’t quit, but continue looking only at the beneficial, good and happy thoughts in your mind.

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, anticipate only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. It might take some time for the changes to come about, but eventually they do.

Another method to apply is the repetition of affirmations. It’s a method which resembles creative visualization, and which can be used in conjunction with it.

Wrapping Up

Inner adequacy is as it sounds: how much we feel we’re worth. How good we are at certain sports, how easily we make acquaintances, how much we weigh, how good we are at our jobs and so on.

Self-help psychology tends to assume there’s an intrinsic link between inner adequacy and self-esteem, and that the key to bettering a person’s self-esteem is to change that person’s perception of his/her self-worth. If you believe that you’re worthy and valuable in all sorts of regards you’ll feel better about yourself.

While this can be the case it can likewise be much simpler than that, provided it’s realized that emotional welfare and self-worth don’t have to be linked.

When inner adequacy is linked to self-esteem (how good we feel about ourselves) the relationship is pretty relative. If we have a sense of little or no self-worth we feel terrible about ourselves and if we have high self-worth it’s the opposite.

Our sense of self-worth can waver with our changes in circumstances, and I doubt positive mantras and visualization exercises are always adequate to combat the simple knowledge that in some areas you truly do suck. This book provides an alternative to trying to change your perception of inner adequacy.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this wonderful book full of wisdom and tools to lead a happier life.  Thank you!

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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
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