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Be Your Own Guru: Personal and Business Enlightenment in Just 3 Days!

Be Your Own Guru: Personal and Business Enlightenment in Just 3 Days!

Olivia Stefanino

ISBN: 978-1-841-12748-4

Feb 2007, Capstone

248 pages



Extensive research has proven that both personal and business success have more to do with emotional and spiritual intelligence than hard graft, perseverance or even good old common sense.

The bad news is that no-one can 'give you' either emotional or spiritual intelligence. But the good news is that - because those intelligences are already lying dormant deep within you - you can learn how to harness these powers for yourself. Effectively you'll become your own guru - and once you've discovered how to tap into your hidden resources, you'll find yourself rapidly shortening the learning curve to both happiness and profits!

Written in an engaging style by former journalist Olivia Stefanino, Be Your Own Guru is intriguing, inspiring and above all, accessible.

Personal anecdotes and real-life case studies will be incorporated into an overall 'program' which will enable readers to be their own guru in less than two months!

What it means to be your own guru xi

How to get the most from this book xiii

Introduction The Banker 1

Section 1 Me! Me! Me! 7

Until you know who you are, how can you know what kind of life you want to live?

Chapter 1 Meeting the delegates 9

Chapter 2 Why most training simply doesn’t work 12

Chapter 3 Jenny dumps her emotional baggage 19

Chapter 4 Why healing the past is the only way to guarantee a great future! 33

Chapter 5 Pete turns stress to his advantage 45

Chapter 6 Getting to the real cause of stress 50

Chapter 7 Matt discovers the childhood reason for his shaking hands 54

Chapter 8 Learning to deal with negative emotions 64

Section 2 Free! Free! Free! 79

When you know that you’re more than just a physical body, you’ve got a real head start in life

Chapter 9 Discovering the amazing power of the subconscious mind! 81

Chapter 10 Getting to grips with what makes you tick 89

Chapter 11 Experiencing the mind/body connection 111

Chapter 12 Using your body to read your mind 121

Chapter 13 Learning to talk the talk 129

Chapter 14 Watch your language 136

Chapter 15 Death is our teacher 143

Chapter 16 It’s only when you can face death that you’re ready to live 151

Chapter 17 Are you simply a figment of your imagination? 157

Chapter 18 Are you the product of your history or your potential? 164

Section 3 You! You! You! 171

Until I understand you, and you understand me – how can you and I create ‘WE’?

Chapter 19 Different views, same world 173

Chapter 20 It’s our differences which make life so exciting 180

Chapter 21 Using intuition and energy to create phenomenal relationships 189

Conclusion The Banker announces the results for the pilot project 203

Afterword 207

Section 4 Tools! Tools! Tools! 209

Gathering knowledge isn’t power – applying knowledge is power

Tools to be your own guru 211

The Self Journey (using PEAR) 218

The Relationship Journey (using PEAR) 221

The Soul Journey 225

Index 229

"Clearly and concisely written." (Yoga Magazine, January 2007)

“Stefanino offers simple, powerful exercises and case studies. Buy the book, read the column, heal thyself”.(Gay Times, March 2007)

"Through the medium of stories gathered from her experience we learn much about dealing with negativity, understanding our emotions and, importantly, dealing with our own emotional baggage." (IoD Hertfordshire, Summer 2007)