Make Your Own Rainbow

Make Your Own Rainbow, sub-titled you need never again be a victim of your emotions. Library of Australia ISBN: 187562783. This new edition published 2014 (previous editions 1990, 1996) by Leonard Ryzman.

A prologue opens the book with an excellent example of the power of positive thinking and other components of the author’s program. It is a short recounting of what was once a well know story. Ed Furgol, a golfer with a withered left arm that was eight inches shorter than the right one as a result of an accident at 12 years of age, went on to attain the height of golfing success – the 1954 U. S. Open Golf Champion. Following this short prologue, THE END is presented with the following introduction that explains the author’s distinct admonition: “I want you to stop and realize something powerful. For you this is the end – the end to thinking “I do not know how to lead a more fulfilling, successful life’.” From this point on, the author presents his Dynamic Emotion program that “provides you with alternative ways of viewing your life and offers simple techniques for improving it in a dramatic and permanent way”. Thus, you can experience “the thrill of living and achieving” and “become a happier and more successful person at home and at work”. Twelve individual chapters follow with suggestions on How to Unlock your Abilities; explanation of How the Mind Works; Ways to Use Your Emotions; Benefits of Worry – an amusingly blank page chapter of obvious significance; Breaking Free of Fear’s Stronghold; Creating your future; Gain Support of Your Greatest Ally (self-suggestion); Add Years to Your Life; How to Understand Your Problems; How to Get from where you are to where you want to be and finally; Wake Up! to your potential because “Your potential is vaster than you know”. Each of these chapters contains a host of exemplary persons who provide specific examples to illustrate the effectiveness of the point being made within the chapter. They range from prominent persons well known to all such as violinist Arthur Rubenstein, Albert Einstein, comedian George Burns, Olympian Wilma Rudolph to other lesser known individuals such as a former gang member who became a prominent juvenile judge, a paraplegic who managed huge farm sections in Australia and many more fascinating individuals who so perfectly buttress the author’s Dynamic Emotion program.

Discussion: The number of ‘self-help’ books that are appearing in the recent past is reaching a sizeable number. The occurrence seems to coincide with a seemingly growing fear of failure that has become a dominant part of every one’s life. Whether it is achievement in one’s business, love, or even other aspects of life such as the simple matter of attainment of pleasure appear to cause some level of apprehension ranging from a low ‘free-floating anxiety’ to advanced stages leading to depression. The author has set forth one of the better programs this reader has examined and he has written it in the same manner motivational speakers are able to ‘get their message across’ successfully. He has devised a path and shown how individuals can proceed to attain their desires. And, he has provided examples how individuals from numerous walks-of-life have been able to overcome often unimagined physical and/or mental problems by similarly realizing that a negative attitude or worry would only compound their problem. Instead, by thinking clearly and positively about their situation, they were able to understand it, harness their emotions, define what they wanted to accomplish and persevered until they were able to reach their goal. The author ends his presentation nicely, as follows: “Happiness is not in the surroundings. The only thing matters is you, because happiness is not in the surroundings. It is in the view you choose to have of these circumstances. This is why it is not what we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. So make your own rainbow.”

5* Highly motivational presentation of positive thinking and associated factors.

Anamnesis Paradox

Anamnesis Paradox, an e-book by Stewart Sanders opens with the author’s statement: “This book is fiction, except for those words that happen to be true.” This statement, as well as the book’s content, perhaps can better be understood by a prospective reader with a little more explanation. There is another pre-statement to the actual story’s beginning: “And now, amongst the ruins of lives lived at an uncompromising pace, start the dreams. Welcome to your Anamnesis.” If today’s reader is unacquainted with this less often encountered term, it is defined in M-W Collegiate Dictionary simply as “a calling to mind”. Google offers a definition more pertinent to the author’s tale: “recollection, (or reminiscence of) in particular the remembering of things from a supposed previous existence (often used with reference to Platonic philosophy)”. [Plato having set forth the belief that the recovery of buried memories, anamnesis, was the only manner in which one could know the world in which he/she lived.] The most pertinent definition of the remaining word of the title, paradox, of course, is number 3 in the M-W dictionary: “one (as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases.” Specifically for purposes here, something may sound absurd, ridiculous and/or contradictory but contain elements of truth. The author offers further explanation for the basics of his saga: “Human brains can make the simplest answers hard to find, by limiting all reason to only account for whatever tiny part of life’s rich tapestry has been experienced. We each have an eternal soul, our church teaches that instead of allowing the natural process of transference, we influence the process, but the soul’s story must always start at the beginning of the body and mind.” Further along he raises the question: “Could that mean all of our hidden routines were left by a consciousness that we knew where to look all along.”
Discussion: The story line itself follows the thoughts/action and the recalled thoughts/actions of individuals through various periods of their lives from the 1100’s to the present with recall of activities, acquaintances and individuals of note ranging from Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury to Hitler’s demented (?) obscene physician Mengele, and today’s prominent Mujahideen. The book is well written but somewhat difficult to follow as it moves from person to person, and even sometimes confusing especially with different sexual references. Philosophical offerings obviously are plentiful and, as would be expected with the author’s background, much of today’s cutting edge science is included along with plentiful elements of sci-fi.

Conclusion: It is strongly recommended that the prospective reader heed the author’s specific advice at the very start of the book. “This is the third title in a continuing saga, you need to read book 1, Paralysis Paradox available for free on Amazon and book 2, Convergent Paradox first.” This admonition is almost mandatory because the volume cannot stand adequately on its own. If the reader proceeds he/she will find considerable confusion and/or even complete disenchantment at the worst. At best only partial enjoyment even if the basic tenet is accepted.

3* 4* Philosophical fiction; 3* or less dependent upon acceptance of admonition.