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Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength & Love Hardcover – April 6, 2004

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Orloff, a psychiatrist who has appeared frequently on television and written an eponymous Guide to Intuitive Healing, here provides 10 detailed prescriptions for harnessing one's "positive energy" to replace fatigue with physical and emotional vigor. Her commonsense program includes pursuing an individual spiritual path, developing "true-to-self eroticism," designing an energy-building diet and exercise plan, learning to celebrate laughter and protecting oneself from "energy vampires." Along with practice exercises for following these prescriptions, each section ends with a public figure describing the ways that he or she uses Orloff's methods. In the chapter on spirituality, Amy Gross, editor in chief of O: The Oprah Magazine, discusses how practicing deep breathing and meditation replenishes energy as she centers herself. Wavy Gravy, who warned against eating the brown acid at Woodstock, explores the way laughter has not only helped him cope with pain but also heightened his vitality level. Orloff delivers her revivification techniques in thoughtful, accessible prose that some may find an energy builder in itself.
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“A ‘let me count the ways’ of [how to deal with] work, eating, sex, computers, and getting away from the human ‘energy vampires’ around us. Orloff is a serene maverick.” —USA Today

“Dr. Orloff’s book takes you on a wondrous journey through the mysteries of energy. A must-read for anyone who’s rushed, stressed, or stopped by fear.” —Deepak Chopra

“A brilliant, intriguing, and extremely practical book . . . Dr. Orloff is a true visionary.” —Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of Sacred Contracts

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609610104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609610107
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By O. Merce Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book inspired and motivated me to "get my life together" and design my lifestyle so that I can create positive energy instead of being lethargic, unmotivated, and drained all the time. For me, it provided the key to my problems---too much exposure to environments and people that drain my energy and not enough thought, planning, and assertiveness in setting things up so that I can acccomplish what I need to and want to with my life. I would recommend it highly for anyone who is anxious, depressed, tired, bored---in general, for anyone who would like a program of practical exercises to create more energy in their life.
I like the way the exercises are presented (I usually don't like exercises in self-help books and skip them). They are set off with shading, short, and not bothersome or time-consuming to do. If you are already worn out and tired the last thing you want is more "exercises" to do. Dr. Orloff's exercises are relaxing and add to your life rather than take away.
The book is enjoyable and relaxing to read. I would feel "up" and inspired after reading even a small part. This is the type of book that needs to be digested and re-read, not to grasp the information, but to remind yourself of important truths until they become a part of your life.
Dr. Orloff is an M.D., very knowledgeable, and a Buddhist as well. I found her spiritual orientation helpful and not offensive, although I am a Christian. The book discusses energy, meridians, and chakras in a practical down-to-earth way, assuming no previous exposure to these ideas and not incorporating popular New Age or woo-woo ideas as many books do. Her scientific orientation would be helpful, I would think, to people of any spiritual orientation or background.
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Format: 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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I am a middle-age lady, a mother of three children, a new comers to Canada, I have to face lots of barriers to get a job here. I have to go to school to be certified for the job I have done for many years in my home country.
I was depressed in the last few weeks, because of so many things, like too much work for my school, lesson plans and assignments, having the restrict associate teacher, missing my husband who is away from home to work, missing my family overseas, and so many other things.
I did not have energy to get out of the bed and not even motivation to do anything, no appetite to eat. One day I decided to go out for a walk and I went to Chapters, at the entrance table I saw a book named Positive Energy, I grabbed it, that was what I wanted at that moment. I sat there and read the first few pages, it helped me gain a little bit of my energy. From that day on, I read the book everyday. It helped me a lot. Now I feel much better.
I just wanted to share this with you, I hope nobody ever feels down but in case someone needs to get energy and motivation, I would strongly recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
The book was an ambitious project and I had high hopes. They were not met.

Again and again Dr. Orloff writes that she is going to teach the reader effective methods to encourage and manage intuition, but the promise never really materializes. She spends too much time telling the reader how intuitive she was as a child and how empathetic she is now. I'm sure Dr. Orloff is an amazing person and physician and helps thousands of people, but the tone of this writing struck me as incredibly self-involved.

If you are intuitive, chances are that you've already thought about nearly all of the solutions and exercises she proposes: live in the present, be around people who make you feel good, eat food that makes you feel good, be creative, revel in laughter, etc. The exercises are designed to bring about these states; activities are simplistic and somewhat banal.

This book may be useful for someone who has never considered spiritual, creative, or holistic thinking. If you have, leave this book alone and keep searching. You probably already know what you need to do.
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