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There has been a great deal written on the power of words and thought. Leaving Lack and Limitation; Revealing Balanced Abundance Vol. 1: The Power of Words is Chanda Pilgrim's take on the topic, and it's a very condensed, simple to read introduction to the topic.
Weighing in at only 50 pages, Leaving Lack and Limitation (as I'll refer to it for the purposes of this review) is an incredibly quick read. I was amazed at how quickly I read the book, but even more amazed by how well those pages were utilized. This is far from a textbook, it's not dry or headache-inducing, but it's not a fluff title that ignores the topic either. Instead, Chanda focuses on the basics, using some examples from her own life (in italics), Bible passages and various research.
The core tenets of the book focus on four things anyone can do to become live a more happy, full life. All four things revolve around thinking positively, imagining what it is you want and feeling emotively as if you already have it. The thought is very similar to the adage "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." Even for those who aren't believers, the basic concepts can help pull a person out of sickness, sadness and worry.
As I mentioned, the book also includes some experiments and research others have done. A couple of these were really cool! One involved three Chinese doctors chanting around a cancer patient, and as they chanted, already fully believing the tumor was gone, it shrank right in front of them within a matter of minutes! Another focused on saying words and playing music and seeing what kinds of crystals they resulted in with water. Kinder, gentler, more positive words created beautiful crystals, while angry, hateful ones resulted in deformed and broken crystals. Because the body is made up of so much water, Chanda says, it's easy to see how relevant this is.
As the title implies, this is the first in a planned series exploring the power of words and thought. While a part of me wishes that Chanda would've waited to write all three and included them all in a single book, it would have lowered the ease of entry of Leaving Lack and Limitation. As it is, it's incredibly easy to recommend the book to anyone as an introduction to the topic. While I can't rate it the full 4 stars due to it needing some editing work (the book was never confusing or hard to follow due to the errors, though!), I can definitely rate it 3 out of 4 stars.
Leaving lack and limitation revealing balanced abundance volume 1
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