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Book Review of "The Prophet", "The Everything Self-Hypnosis Book" 
25th-Dec-2010 09:38 pm
The Prophet (Khalil Gibran, 1923)

Khalil Gibran's most famous book is "The Prophet", a book of poetic musings, as told by a fictional Prophet, on various subjects, such as Love, Marriage, Death, and so forth.

It is in a way inspirational material, but it is different than the inspiration quotations you find in shitty little books sold in bookstores or feel-good books that seem to be made for either talentless housewives or insignificant employees at a large company to print out something to tape to the wall in-front of their face.

"The Prophet" is poetic, smart, and sometimes, does feel inspirational.

On Love:

"Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully."

On Marriage:

"Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love."

On Children:

"You may give them your love but not your thoughts."

On Laws:

"What of the cripple who hates dancers?"

On Self-Knowledge:

"Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth.""

On Religion:

"And if you would know God be not therefore a solver of riddles.
Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children.
And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain.
You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees."

And so forth!



The Everything Self-Hypnosis Book (Rene A Bastaracherican, 2009)

Every once in a while, I pick up one of this shitty books, hoping there is something that I will learn from it. You see, I’m more open-minded than one would assume. And no amounts of disappointments will discourage me.

And man, what a disappointment. Summary of the book: Record yourself, telling yourself what to do, listen to it, and you’ll be hypnotized!

I don’t just put everything down nilly-willy. I try them. So, I took the script for sleeping (I have troubles with sleep), recorded myself saying the script (in a soothing, and I will say, sexy voice) which was almost 10 minutes. I listened to it the first day and it didn’t work. I just couldn’t concentrate, my mind is all over the place, which is the reason I’m almost lost when driving. I just can’t focus on driving, my mind is working overtime on ridiculous ideas, thinking of everything. And when I’m listening to my sexy, soothing voice on how to imagine a cloud overhead with the number 99 on it, being blown away, and now it’s 98, and so on, my mind is somewhere else in 2 seconds.

I even tried the next day, but this time ridiculously drunk, which usually helps me sleep. But listening to myself actually got in the way of me feeling sleepy!

25th-Dec-2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I think if I recorded myself and listened to it back, I'd have a very hard time making the whole thing serious, and then I'd be cracking up laughing while I was trying to hypnotize myself to do whatever.

Have you ever tried meditation? I'm not really organized enough to practice it, but its supposed to do wonders for concentration. 10 minutes a day will change your life and give you a fancy car! Not really, but some people really like it.
25th-Dec-2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I doubt I can DO NOTHING for 10 minutes.
25th-Dec-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Then you definitely need to! :P
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