Soul Sessions Book Review

You probably know by now that I love to read all the time. I read too much for my own good. Wait, no. There’s no such thing as too much reading :) Haha, who am I kidding.

Ever since I got my Kindle 6 months ago I have been buying books obsessively on Amazon. It’s like.. an addiction. I freaking love it. I’ll browse through it while laying on my bed, thinking about what I wanna read next, and BOOM – I can be reading that new book in a minute. It’s heaven!

So that’s precisely what happened here. I got this book for my Kindle so I could read it in my spare time.

I’ll be honest – most of my reading I do is non-fiction – more business, marketing, and personal development books. Whereas I leave my novels for the cardio machines so that I can have the time go by faster and I can get more engaged in what I’m reading. That was the plan for this book too.

Soul Sessions imageSynopsis of Soul Sessions:

“An engaging journey of love and spiritual awakening, Soul Sessions starts in current day Chicago, where Nick Dalton is a troubled yet highly successful Investment Banker with a gorgeous girlfriend and an extravagant lifestyle. Despite all his success, Nick falls into a deep depression after a life altering event. Just as it looks as though Nick’s life might end in suicide, enter Katrina DuMont, a gifted psychologist who is expert in both traditional and new age methods of treatment for depression. Together, using past-life regression techniques, they explore several of Nick’s prior incarnations, where he unwittingly discovers a beautiful woman who repeatedly appears as his lover and soul mate. To potentially reawaken his epic love affair, Nick is compelled to search for her in this lifetime. Thus begins an astonishing story of love and intrigue, where Nick stumbles across inconceivable answers to some of life’s greatest mysteries … and once again finds the course of his life altered.”

About the author: Carson Gage has been interested in the mysteries of life and death since the age of seven, when he survived being run over by a speeding car. This experience led him on a journey of discovery for answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

What I thought about the book?

It was interesting. You know how I mentioned I like to read about personal development (and spirituality) but also like novels? Well this was almost like a hybrid. It had a lot of the learning educational pieces in it, along with a nice plot and story which made for reading it a lot more pleasant.

I did like the book. I wasn’t totally convinced at first because it almost sounded like the author was a hypnotist or a counselor or something and was trying to sell you on then wanting to do these types of sessions too (might be a good marketing thing) but then I realized that’s not the case. And the book was genuine. And from there, it made me really like it.

I’ve already done hypnosis before and I did one past life regression via pre-recorded hypnosis audio I purchased (also on Amazon) and it was interesting. I’m not sure if it was real or imagination but regardless it was a cool experience. I’d wanna do it again but with a real person. I think it can definitely uncover some interesting insights. I do believe in past lives. One of my friends is a well known hypnotherapist and she talked about this concept herself and how it can truly heal you in the current life too. That’s what caused me to wanna explore this more in the first place.

It definitely made me think to consider the intuition and gut feelings a lot more. Actually feel okay by being guided by them to move forward and that there IS a plan out there for us to move along if we follow our intuition. Learning this, and reading this, made me feel more at peace.

Overall, I liked the book and recommend it to any reader with an open mind :)

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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March Featured Contributing Author: Iuliana Lixandru

Hey everyone!

I wanted to take today to highlight a wonderful contributing author on Sensual Appeal. I am so pleased to have her be on our contributors team, her photography and writing are wonderful and she is always filled with so much insight and wisdom. She’s doing some amazing things… say hello to  Iuliana Lixandru! (visit her site here)

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Aside from your professional bio… Tell us a little bit more about what you do?

You can say I’m a corporatist turned into a holistic practitioner. I won’t say I’m a naturopath or a health practitioner because I am so much more than that! Since I started studying alternative medicine I never stopped. I am trained and certified in different healing techniques, vegan and vegetarian nutrition, reiki and also a yoga instructor. Most of the times I work with people who tried everything else and when nothing worked they chose the alternative path. My approach is non invasive, I use herbs to strengthen the body and intuitive medicine to look for hidden causes. I also design detox programs for hormonal imbalances, weight loss, cancer or other chronic conditions.

What got you interested in health & wellness?

I had friends that had studied reiki and Ayurveda but in the beginning I wasn’t interested in health and wellness. At that time I was working 12 hours per day, all high heels and a different suit everyday and even if I hated being an employee, I thought I loved working in business consulting. All good until one day I collapsed on the bathroom floor in so much pain that I had to crawl to my phone and call my bff to take me to the hospital. From that day everything changed and the rest is history:)
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What’s always been the number 1 favorite thing about health and helping people around it?

My favorite thing is to hear from old clients that I haven’t talked in years, out of the blue writing me and saying that I changed their life. I’m not talking about pride or ego, but about the pure happiness that I can feel when I see that they have a better life, with less suffering and everything got easier for them. I still struggle with memories of my pain and suffering and if I can stop someone from going through the same pain, I reached my purpose.

Share your most inspiring story that happened to you or one of your clients that can inspire our readers to continue on their healthy living journey?

One successful story, gosh, I have seen so many! I always think I’ve seen everything until I have a new client and then I understand there’s still something to see and learn. I have seen a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome when the mother was six months pregnant and at the birth the baby was normal. I have seen people in coma that were never given a chance and they woke up. I’m not saying I’m doing miracles. I’m just saying that we get so scared and paralyzed by a diagnostic that most of the times we stay sick because of all that fear! I was diagnosed with so many things and doctors told me it is all in my head and there’s nothing wrong with me. I was having chronic migraines, severe allergies, I could barely walk and I refused to accept that I’m going to be living like that all of my life. Now, at 40, I’m healthier than I’ve ever been!

What’s the biggest misconception people have about health & wellness that you wish they would just STOP believing?

I don’t believe it is just misconception. I think it is a combination between fear and a lack of health education. It might not be everybody’s case but I was raised in a sort of a cult for doctors:) Every time I got even a mild cold, my parents took me to the doctor and I was pumped with bags of pills and shots. It just recked my health and weakened my body. I believe in what is called “active” healing meaning that when you get sick, you should do more than just go to a doctor and ask for a prescription. If the doctor doesn’t have the time to discuss all the aspects of your problem, you should do your homework! You should understand the root cause of your problem and make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent the same problem in the future. I guess, you could say that people should stop thinking that the doctor is the one that needs to fix them.
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 What’s your favorite way to get your move on?

I am not really a morning person, but if I go out of the house, you’ll definitely hear the music volume in my car:) If I need something more grounding, I’ll do yoga, or just work on clearing my energy field.

What’s your favorite meal & your favorite thing to eat for that meal?

My favorite meal and diet changed a lot during last ten years. I now eat lots of raw veggies and fruits but I still love thai food and a good tom kha soup. I love to cook and I have tons of cookbooks. Cooking is therapeutic for me. I hate the cleaning part, but I love to cook:)
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How do you work with people currently?

Right now I am working only one on one. It gives me the time and the freedom to focus on each client and really help reach their goals. I am based in Chicago but I have clients all over the world and work with them over the phone or skype. For the people that need more help, they can book me for a whole VIP day and they get a complete health assessment, nutrition and detox plan, fridge and pantry make-over, shopping tour, cooking demo, one B.E.S.T. session or others, depending on the client problems.
If you would like to learn more about the way I work, you can download my five days detox program. It is totally free and you do everything in the comfort of your home. Here’s the link: https://designingabetterlife.leadpages.net/detox/

 What’s one thing you can share with us that most people don’t know about you?

I love classic movies. Whenever I have some time I’ll watch TCM.

Featured Contributor: Aneta Duszynska

Hello everyone! I wanted to take today to do a SPOTLIGHT FEATURE on one of our wonderful Sensual Appeal writers – Aneta Duszynska! Say a hello & welcome and read on…

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She’s written some wonderful pieces for us here and I am so pleased to have her on the contributors’ team.

Aside from your professional bio… Tell us a little bit more about what you do? 

I am very proud to say that a lot of what I do professionally is also what I am passionate about so whether I coach or I blog, I cook or do health research, it doesn’t feel like the ‘career’ that I have to balance with my life. Besides that, there are more passions! I enjoy all kinds of games, from board games to card games to computer games to RPG. With my partner Dawid (a heavy-duty game lover and researcher) we are creating a card game that is all about dragons. This is super exciting and a lot of fun! Other than that, travels are a big part of my life. Or should I say – living in places for a longer amounts of time? In the last 5 years, my home was in Australia, then briefly in States, in UK, Macedonia, Italy and Montenegro. Living like this for such a long time, with ‘no base’ to come back to, having all we own with us, is a great lesson of both, minimalist and personal values.

What got you interested in health & wellness?

Health was always very important for me as I am a high-achiever and I need my system to support me. Yet, I realized how much I know about health and how fit I am while living in Australia. The level of obesity there and conversations I had were very eye-opening for me. I realized it was about time I shared my knowledge. I took it to the next level by graduating from ‘Food for Thoughts’ a nutrition and wellness course organized by McGill University in Canada. Now, I coach and I blog about well-being, and am about to launch an English culinary and wellness blog Guild of Taste.

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What’s always been the number 1 favorite thing about health and helping people around it?

My obsession is energy. So that we never run out of fuel and always have ways to support us in doing what matters the most to us. I look around and see thousands and thousands of people who are exhausted on the daily basis and force themselves to carry on. They are masters of hiding how they really feel so they can’t even support each other. They may get enough sleep. They may meditate. They may even have a perfect diet. But they forget that a human body is a very united mechanism and if even one part is not functioning at its best, it affects the whole system. And yet, a lot of people think they can afford not taking care of their mindset. In my latest book ‘Rekindle. When Coffee, Pills and Adrenaline Are Not Enough’ I am sharing with my readers three main mind habits that we all execute that drain our energy. I also suggest ways how to replace them. And you know what, so far, it’s working!

Share your most inspiring story that happened to you or one of your clients that can inspire our readers to continue on their healthy living journey?

To choose one story doesn’t make justice to my clients as everyone has their own personal journey and it is not for others to rate them. Because who is more inspirational? A man who after years of grief shook off and decided to leave his CEO position and follow the dream to travel the world? Or a woman at the edge of suicide who now is a happy mom of a little girl and enjoys her life every day? Or an extremely shy woman who overcame her fears and now runs big workshops for her audience?

I would like to share a story that is most relevant here. I worked with a woman who is a high-achiever. A beautiful, intelligent and lovely woman. She runs her own health and wellness coaching business while also home-schooling her child. She is a total PRO in health and wellness and she walks her talks. And yet, when we first met, she suffered from insufficient energy. We all know how it feels when there is so much to do, so much that turns us on, yet the body simply can’t make it. We went through her energy distribution patters and her mindset habits and were able to distinguish what drains her and how it can be replaced. For instance, we’ve noticed that popular goal setting practices are causing her more harm than good. So we replaced them with sustainable systems designed for her specific needs. All of the sudden, 24 hours were long enough not only to work and teach but also to have fun and relax. To observe her diet and conduct experiments, re-incorporate detox and many more. Funny thing, with her energy levels up, her weight went down, her income went up and so did her happiness. Now, she makes herself ready to travel around the world with her child while still working with her clients and home-schooling her child. If this is not an inspiring story about what’s possible, than what is?

What’s the biggest misconception people have about health & wellness that you wish they would just STOP believing?

Oh, there are so many! Can I go with two? ;) The first that comes to my mind is the belief still quite popular these days that fat is sexy. It is driving me mad. I know this is designed to make a lot of obese people feel better. But my question is – isn’t that a silent killer? One keeps being fat and sexy and may never get a chance to go to their kids graduation nor hold their grandchildren and there is a whole line of diseases grinning at them and looking to approach: heart diseases, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and many more! How sexy is dying in pain?

The other misconception I would love to wave my magic wand and make disappear is the appreciation to low-fat high-carb diet. Even though highly recommended, research shows that it doesn’t make any difference for healthy people and tend to be harmful for those with weight issues! Proteins and fats on the other hand are so much better for us than once assumed. Plus, they don’t contain any gluten and for me personally, gluten is a number 1 enemy of a healthy, focused and fit person as it not only can affect our body yet also our brain functions. And guess what? You usually eat a lot of gluten on a high-carb diet!

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What’s your favorite way to get your move on?

OMG! Is it bad to say?! A quickie! :)

Other than that – pumping music and dancing! It feels like it clears my mind and activates my whole body even the parts I sometimes forget exist. Zumba is a great activity for me, too. Especially if I connect it with walking to the gym rather than driving there. The minimum is walking our cat on the daily basis. I know that whatever I can get to make my body spend more calories on keeping me alive will keep me fit in a long run.

What’s your favorite meal & your favorite thing to eat for that meal?

You mean one??? Impossible to say. I LOVE eating and I love diversity. Yet, I guess, the most attention I pay for dinners so let’s say dinner is my favorite meal. I love for any dish I’d have for dinner to be served warm, quite spicy (not necessarily super-hot but for sure not bland) and be a combination of tones of vegetables and some meat. Stir-fries, all kind of curries, risottos, these kind of things. A glass of a great wine is welcome, too!

How do you work with people currently?

Currently, I am transitioning from exclusively one-on-one coaching to a variety of forms. I do still coach (as I love doing it) and take on new clients who are willing to manage their energy levels more efficiently and discover what lies behind what they believe they want and how to get there much quicker.

I am also super-excited (fingers crossed!) for my book ‘Rekindle. When Coffee, Pills and Adrenaline Are Not Enough’ to be launched soon. The beta-tests have proven it to be working miracles and now I want to share it with the world. Chapter 1 is currently available for download and soon the whole updated eBook will be there! Then, I am planning on running seminars, webinars, offering digital workbooks and many more…

Plus, last year I started blogging. It happened quite randomly as one of my VIP clients is on her path to be a successful blogger and I decided to join the blogging world, too, to be able to support her at my best. And so, my partner and I started a food blog in Polish called Kulinarne Eureki and are about to launch an English twin-blog Guild of Taste. This way we can reach a lot more people and share with them proven ways not only to be healthy yet also to keep their energy levels up and build a better life for themselves and those around them.

What’s one thing you can share with us that most people don’t know about you?

I get really hurt whenever I think of all these heroes who fight for our freedom, for the values that we build our civilization on and that have their heart in America. My deepest ‘why’ (that so far I only shared with a very few people closest to me) and my long-term dream is to serve these soldiers who served us and to help those of them who have troubles redefining themselves within society after they come back home. Co-operating with the government, I dream of creating a program that would make the transition smooth or for some – even possible. I also want to establish an animal sanctuary to offer food, shelter and safety for all unwanted animals, including wild life and animals that have been smuggled and captured. In my vision, ex-soldiers who choose to could help me run it and fulfill themselves in this sanctuary. There is a wealth of research showing numerous benefits of this kind of care-giving and care-taking to both parties involved. It is a big dream, I know, therefore I have no choice but make it happen.

 

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