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373 of 413 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful, May 12, 2005
This review is from: Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength & Love (Hardcover)
The book is well written, but it doesn't live up to how it is advertised. It consists of a long introduction and 10 chapters (prescriptions, as the author put it). You can read what they are in Editorial reviews, so just to illustrate what to expect from each prescription, here are the exercises from the first chapter:

1. Must be done with a friend. Relax, picture a capsule of light around friend's body, cup your hand over her head, feel her energy.

2. Same as previous but should be done with strangers in the mall (or any other public place).

3. Do basic breathing exercise and at the end of it picture a tail stretching down from your spine, connecting you to the earth.

4. Relax for 5 minutes and direct your intention to your third eye (it is somewhere between your eyebrows).

5. Observe babies around you and how they are able to live in the now and learn from them.

6. Find your pulse and feel it.

7. Adopt a mantra and repeat it when you need to protect yourself from negative energy.

8. Learn to take mini technology fasts: check e-mail less frequently, don't fax for few hours...

The title of the first chapter is: Awaken intuition and rejuvenate yourself. I feel that none of the exercises helped me do that. I didn't find the exercises in other chapters helpful either. And the exercises are the best thing in the book! The rest is just stories from author's and her friends and patients lives, that just go on and on and teach you nothing. Also, there is a constant self-important and self-congratulatory tone to the author's writing, that I found irritating.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2008 2:59:19 PM PDT
Thanks for boosting my future time for living in a future now. Your review allows me to choose another book instead of surrendering my time for this one.

The Essence of Living is being cat-like, acting right now, living right now.

Books with filled with gossip (I doubt true stories -- beginning, middle end) about the writer (how self-indulgent) and friends (Who cares! Do I know them?) amount to the text version of Reality TV.

These kinds of books distract and lack the kind of guidance folks need to come to walk a new path.

Yet, this is good advice: "Observe babies around you and how they are able to live in the now and learn from them."

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 9:27:28 PM PST
ang says:
Wow-thank you for the review- it was very specific and helped me not waste time on this book and "feeling" peoples energy. This hippie approach is not for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2011 1:42:54 PM PST
Dougbm says:
Hooray for Hippies. Need something to counter the rampant and damaging consumerism that infects every cell of our society. But do we need a self help book or do we need to get away from all the gadgets and info overload and, yes, connect with nature and the natural cycles more? Interesting review. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 12:24:30 PM PST
R. Goodrich says:
You are going to listen to one negative review when there are over one hundred glowing recommendations? You are missing out on valuable information if you only focus on the negative.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 12:50:09 PM PDT
Chatterbox says:
Thanks for your review. That stopped me from buying it. I am not into the whole tree hugging, looking for the baby inside me kind of thing. Thanks for saving me time, effort and money.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 10:51:34 AM PST
Sounds like Judith's book didn't meet your need to find peace and calm and rejuvenate yourself?

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 10:04:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011 10:55:07 PM PST
J. Born says:
I think this review is misleading. Dr. Orloff's book is a wonderful, well-rounded, complete experience on its subject. It's useful and practical, Orloff's excercises and her more personal stories -- culled from years of experience as an intuitive psychiatrist; real stuff! -- have helped countless people. The techniques are in Positive Energy to help people build their energy, with specific techniques to combat energy vampires, an undeniable type, one that can really get you down. It's not new age, but a treasure trove of strategies to rejuvenate your energy in a world that sometimes works against it. Give it another try.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 8:23:51 AM PST
Boaz says:
Energy Vampires? Cowabunga, maaann!

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 12:56:46 PM PDT
I disagree with you. I think Dr. Judith knows what she is talking about. There is nothing irritating about her tone.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 4:50:40 AM PDT
dataskatt says:
I have to agree with you. The author definitely understands being an intuitive empath, but I just didn't find the exercises very helpful. Everything is so esoteric. I need practical advise on how to deal, and I just didn't feel like I got that from this book. Maybe I'm missing something...
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