The YOU beyond you shares your experiences to help readers reach their true potential. You stated in our previous interview that people need to stay motivated to survive. How do you stay motivated?
Well motivation alone is not sufficient. One can be motivated all the time but reach no place. You can compare motivation to a muscles car, if you have a bad driver behind the wheel the experience would generate a lot of chaos. Before being motivated, one should filter all negativity acquired from the outside, by avoiding putting himself in unpleasant scenarios or situations and reasoning his actions and reactions, thus implementing a system where he uses his consciousness in everything he does. We need to be proactive in acquiring knowledge and not let data in, in a passive manner. I personally have removed TV, news, unhealthy social interactions, and all sorts of data that can get to my mind in an unconscious way by totally avoiding being exposed to them.
Once this is in place, you can put a clear vision for your life and the lack of demotivators can leave space to motivation which can be directed towards productive goals. Remove all negative data intake from what surrounds you and your mind and thoughts will be automatically shift towards productivity.
You stated that the majority of what we know is only partial. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to come to terms with that?
Yes, I believe all what we know and all what we could ever know no matter how ample it is, would remain partial in nature and this is due to the fact that we as humans are just a small fragment of the reality we live in, and our brains can only read a limited spectrum of it. The way to deal with that is to always take this as a constant and never have rigid beliefs in life which always lead to aggressiveness and mind-blocks.
Knowing that our knowledge is partial in any subject should always lead to more lenient social interactions.
Moreover, one should work on segregating these partial realities inside of him and encompass his logic as to what to keep and what to let go, on daily basis. This is a strength and not a weakness, as if our knowledge was rigid and complete, our humanity would be stagnant with little room of development.
Do you plan to write more books on this same subject?
Yes, this was the tip of the iceberg. I am intending to write a second book explaining more in depth the dynamics I communicated to readers in The YOU beyond you – The knowledge of the willing.
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In The You Beyond You, author Ramzi Najjar discusses the different ways in which the body and mind are negatively affected by various inputs. The author provides examples of how to minimize these kinds of effects and replace them with positive inputs. This book goes even further by exploring how to go beyond these positive inputs to actually accessing “the source,” the collective consciousness of the universe in making life not just bearable but intentional and designed in the way we want it to be. The book touches on even the simple things we may not consider as very impactful to life but actually they are like the meals we eat, the content we choose to take in, how we prevent and treat illnesses in our bodies. On a fundamental level, the author covers all the basic elements to illustrate how on the most elementary level they are all connected internally within us and then are manifested externally.
Author Ramzi Najjar’s writing is easy to follow, flows easily, and if received with an open and willing mindset, then it can be life changing. The author builds on some established ideas. For example, you are what you eat. The interesting and compelling part was the author making the connection to show how what we eat becomes a part of our basic genetic component, then further becomes a part of our existence and how we interact with the outside world. Interacting negatively with others can have negative results and although interacting positively with others does not always guarantee a positive outcome, the ultimate results will all show the interdependence of all human interaction.
I recommend this motivational book to anyone who is on a journey of self discovery. The You Beyond You is written for people who are ready to elevate beyond a personal level of consciousness to understanding the collective consciousness better.
Pages: 147 | ASIN: B08DRR383Y
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The Word of the Rock God follows a rock star he struggles with the physical and spiritual aspects of his life. What was the inspiration behind the idea for this novel?
I was driving home from a concert and a scene just popped into my head. I saw very clearly a man sitting a table in a café, and I watched a woman sit down across from him. He seemed shocked by her appearance, but she looked at him as if she’d known him forever, as if she had plans for him. The next day, I sat down with this scene and these characters and tried to imagine who they might be. Max became clear to me first– this meek, artistic man who was more threatened by the idea of an obsessed fan than thrilled by it– but when that image became clear, the fact that Malum was no ordinary fan followed immediately.
Max is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?
Thank you for saying so. Max’s standout qualities to me were meekness and creativity. I knew he was a rocker right away, but I knew he didn’t fit the stereotypical mold of a rocker either. I wanted to test his morals, of course, but I also needed a better understanding of those morals and where they came from, especially considering how atypical his level of inexperience was. With Malum in mind, knowing what she was and what she represented, it became clear to me that Max’s inexperience and strong moral compass came from his personal approach to and understanding of his faith.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I know it seems as if my greatest commentary centers around religion, but genuinely that was never my intention. My initial exploration was one of art and the artist; of successful artist vs up=and-coming artist. Did Max’s morals reflecting in his messages and songs matter to the crowds? Did they only matter because they were introduced to him as he stood on a stage? Was it his attractive features that made his music popular amongst those who listen to it? Would these same people be as receptive if he were not on stage, if he were, instead, on Twitter promoting it? What if he weren’t as traditionally attractive? Are people drawn to the art or to the artist who creates it?
I wanted to explore Catholicism and what it might be like to live life according to Christian morals. I consider myself agnostic– I’m sure something greater than we are is out there, but I’m not willing to believe we’d even be able to understand it, much less understand what it expects from us– so it was exploration of morals according to a specific deity and faith.
I also wanted to challenge it with Philip, a character who goes against what is traditionally accepted by this faith, but is not only detested by the evil entity, but also very important to the good one and to the protection of Max.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have three other novels available– Fiberglass Galaxy, Amethyst, and 2288– but I’m currently working on a project with the tentative title “Deification”. It’s in its infancy, so I don’t have an expected release date just yet, but I’ll share updates on Twitter and Facebook as we near its publication.
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In Jordan Ring’s book Volcanic Momentum, the author uses friendly language to communicate with readers who either need encouraging texts or words of affirmation. Life can be cruel with the ups and downs every adult faces. In this book, the reader feels like they are not alone. Jordan Ring uses examples of situations that almost everyone has been through. By being relatable to many, readers feel at ease when reading his book and trying to connect with the discussed situations. This is the kind of book you need by your bedside every night, not just to help you focus on life, but also to help you understand that life is not easy for many.
Jordan Ring discusses various subjects in the book, all of which are significant, but I had a few that spoke to me on a personal level. Most of my favorite chapters in the book were in section two. In this part of the book, the author lays out nine strategies to master your momentum. The topics, discussions, and general explanation of terms and the subjects were helpful. Reading the book is easy because of the author’s clarity. One barely struggles to understand the context of the topics, even when reading about a new or unfamiliar subject. Anyone who grapples with procrastination and time-wasting will find gems of wisdom in section two of this book. Other important topics in the same section touched on succeeding and failing, taking criticism, working on your targets, and how to prioritize your work among other things.
Volcanic Momentum is a self-help book that will enable you to climb the career ladder, improve your social life, boost your confidence, and tighten bonds with family and friends. While writing the book, Jordan ring hoped that the reader will come out as an all-round person after finishing the last page. One of the greatest elements of this book was how the introduction and conclusion were smoothly laid out. At the start of the book, the reader feels like they are listening to a stranger, while when they finish, the reader gets the virtual impression of being acquaintances with the author. Jordan Ring’s words make one feel at peace. His mastery of the right terms to use, application of warm language, and emphasis on primary points when discussing made the book a great read.
I recommend Volcanic Momentum to any reader that is looking for a short but impactful book that will get them motivated. Volcanic Momentum is a must-read if you want to improve at least one thing about yourself. Jordan Ring writes from the heart and this is one of the dozen things that make him a special author.
Pages: 178 | ASIN: B07J5PVBP2
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The YOU beyond you shares your experiences to help readers reach their true potential. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I did not intend to publish the book at first. The book started as 10 years notes and realizations scattered here and there on my diary. Life I believe is a big mind game to balance things and it requires a lot of patience and tolerance from one side and a lot of boldness and courage from the other side but mostly a lot of noting and analyzing in both cases. These notes made me reflect and meditate for long on the nature of our existence and in view of the knowledge I acquired from a multitude of sources throughout my life and from my personal experience, I was able to draw my own conclusions about life’s nature and dynamics. When the lock-downs due to COVID 19 started, I had more free time than usual and I decided at this stage to share my knowledge with others, especially that during such hard times, people need to keep strong and motivated to be able to survive what they were enduring, especially that this knowledge helped me go through a lot in my life.
What do you feel is a good first step on the road to positive personal development?
I believe that the first step in anyone’s positive personal development is to realize that the majority of what he knows could be partial in nature and treat his judgement accordingly when dealing with anything. When one does that and is faced with any situation, he will seek to gather all missing pieces of the puzzle before acting and this gathering process is what lets him advance in the right direction.
What is a piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
- That reality is not only based on my rigid beliefs and personal convictions as all these could be wrong. It is rather fluid in nature and can constantly change when proper knowledge is acquired. Reality is sometimes a life-long process.
- That my senses and thoughts are limited in nature and can shape my life in many ways both in my favor or against it if mishandled. Therefore, seeking knowledge from multiple sources is one effective way to deal with such truth.
- To never judge too soon and to form a bigger picture of any context before acting within that context.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from your book?
The way to properly handle their lives based on the information I shared.
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Get a Hold of Yourself by Xolani Kacela is an exploration into the development of one’s personal faith as a strong foundation for personal actualization and for interacting with others. The author speaks from a Unitarian Universalist perspective, but highlights that the focus is not necessarily on a specific religion but on the acknowledgement of the validity of faith practices. In summary, everyone needs a basis of faith and whether that turns out to be Christian principles or another religion, the author suggests that the individual should make this search a priority.
He explores what it means to have sustaining faith, exemplary faith, and the importance of spiritual practices on one’s faith journey. One of the main themes is that of independence and coming to an individual place of strength and spiritual identity. That is what it means to truly get a hold of one’s self. The author explores different ways to come to this level of realization and identity including prayer, journaling and having a support community. He uses examples of faith leaders in his own life and his own experiences to illustrate the principles suggested. He notes that the spiritual journey is not necessarily a linear one but can include what he calls ‘faith detours’. These detours are usually not a departure from a main faith identity but are usually further explorations of other faith concepts.
The author makes the content general enough for many persons from different backgrounds to be able to relate. He does so by emphasizing the results of having strong faith such as being able to withstand the struggles of life and being less influenced by outside forces. It comes with great conviction and without anxiety. It comes with developing an anti-fragile mentality. It is not a manual for eliminating the struggles of life but a handbook for attempting to handle each situation as they arise and bouncing back stronger than before being challenged. The reader can use the suggestions in each chapter as a starting point for developing their faith on their own time and initiative. Get a Hold of Yourself is an inspirational and thought-provoking book that explores faith with a unique perspective.
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Hidden Unknown Truth is a guide to consciousness, spiritual awakening, and helps readers discover the joy of living. Why was this an important book for you to write?
For most of my childhood and young adult life I struggled with fear. This fear caused anxiety which was at times quite overwhelming. It stopped me from living as my true self. I did whatever I could to fit in and gain approval and acceptance from others. I would compromise my integrity just to feel accepted. It stopped me from taking healthy risks and from many opportunities. This fear eventually brought me to a place of despair by the time I was 30. With a child on the way I decided that I needed to find a solution. I began seeking. I found that seeking a solution to my ever chatting and fearful mind was actually the solution itself. When I focused my attention on hope that there was a solution to my fear, I had already begun to set in motion the manifestation of the solution. The road that I found myself on was practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to challenge my thoughts and help me with seeing the truth about any irrational fear.. This eventually brought me to meditation which has enabled me to contact something within me that is void of fear. A neutral state of being that brings relief and fresh perspective. From here I had questions, a lot of questions which lead me to seeking spiritual guidance. I experimented with contemplative and selfless prayer, gratitude journaling, and giving of myself to help other people. I found that when I focused on meeting the needs of other people, I was not focused on my own fear or unquenchable thirst to feel content. This was the turning point. This is when I realized that I only have a problem when I think I have a problem. To the degree that I try to contribute to life, are my own struggles taken care of, seemingly without my intervention.
The reason it was important for me to write this book is due to a decision I had made, that if I ever found out how to have peace of mind, that I would share it with anybody who was seeking it.
What do you feel is a common misconception people have about spiritual enlightenment?
It seems to me that society has the idea that spiritual enlightenment is reserved for the mystics. That we can only achieve enlightenment after we have solved our outer worldly problems or after years of intense spiritual teaching and practice. I believe wholeheartedly that spiritual awakening or enlightenment is available to us all now, if we seek it.
What were some ideas that were important for you to focus on in this book?
I hoped to produce a complete spiritual guide laid out in a step-by-step fashion using everyday language, so that anybody can make contact with their own conception of a higher power, that will solve any difficulty they face and give them purpose and direction.
Another important idea is that when we focus on a solution, it becomes bigger. When we focus on a problem, it becomes bigger. When we do what we think is good, we attract good. When we do what we think is bad, we attract bad. If we have any problem, the key is to stop thinking about it and focus on what you believe is good. Whenever the problem arises is your thinking, again, stop thinking about it and focus your attention on what is good, such as your higher power. Eventually, your problem will be taken care of if you are persistent with this powerful technique.
Our mind is the creator of our daily struggles. We create our own problems. When we live in fear, we react in fear and this sets us on a path of unconsciously creating our own self-fulfilling prophecy. When we live in faith, we respond in faith, and unconsciously create peace and emanate love.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from your book?
The most important idea that I wanted to impart was to watch our thoughts. As soon as we become aware that we are thinking about something, we are no longer controlled by that thought pattern. We have a choice let it go or not. Our thoughts lose all power when we bring them into the light of awareness. They are just thoughts. This one practice will change how we think, feel, and act. We do not have to act on any thought that enters our mind, ever, provided we are aware of the thought.
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She was a bubbly and jovial little girl one day and sickly the next. Brittany’s condition deteriorated along with her family’s spirit. When a loved one passes away, they leave with a part of us. You are left with a big hole in your heart that you have no use for. How then do you get past the loss? How do you feel the sun on your face again? How do you accept the loss and learn to live with it rather than let it derail your life? How do you finally find some peace despite the ache in your heart?
Brittany’s Rose is the story of a little girl’s death and her family’s journey through grief. It tells the story of their struggles with mourning. Mary Jane Clayton gives a candid account of what she and her family went through for the benefit of the reader. You can never truly prepare for such a loss. But with a book like Brittany’s Rose then you can hope for a better day. You can hope for a day when the grief will be more of a background ache than an earth-shattering life stagnating condition.
This is a quick read meant to help you get past the fog. To hold your hand through this turmoil. Because, really, there is no way to avoid it. The only way to get through it is to go through it. The author creates a sense of kinship with the reader by being honest and open. This book is written with the utmost empathy and is all heart. It is evocative and sad but comforting at the same time. It works whether your loved one passed recently or a decade ago. It is personal and uplifting and written in simple language. It is almost casual but still in a tone that lets you take in the message therein.
The simplicity of this book, the tone, the emotion, the personification of it and the honesty and transparency all make this book a great companion. Sometimes you have to let the healing happen naturally rather than forcing it. It is a natural process. You will also learn the importance of faith in the process.
Brittany’s Rose is a personal story that is always important and useful to someone. The one telling the story requires bravery and courage to tell their story especially one of this caliber so kudos to the author for letting us in. May all who have suffered losses be divinely guided through their grief to a space of peace and acceptance.
Pages: 206 | ASIN: B0792Y4LFF
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