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How to Thrive in Changing Times: Book Review

written by Head Health Nutter August 12, 2010

Would you like to help make the world a better place and become healthier in the process? What if you could learn how to do it with the power of your mind, heart and a little fun?

If you subscribe to the belief that perception creates reality, and you’d like to learn how to control your thoughts and feelings better, then “How to Thrive in Changing Times” may be the workbook for you. It’s chocked full of fun, practical exercises you can do by yourself or with others to increase awareness and energetic vibration!

About the book

How to Thrive in Changing Times” is the new book by acclaimed author, teacher and shamanic researcher, Sandra Ingerman. Subtitled “simple tools to create true health, wealth, peace and joy for yourself and the earth,” Ingerman’s seventh book combines the ancient wisdom of shamanic ceremony with modern psychological practice.

An excerpt from the book, entitled “The Magic of Words,” is available at http://tinyurl.com/yh4zo7m. It discusses the power of words to manifest reality, such as the word “abracadabra,” which translates to “I create as I speak.”

The book shows how individual and group practice can manifest global transformation. As such, it is a call to action for those who feel powerless to change their own situation or heal the Earth.


Written mainly for the spiritually-inclined, you must have an open mind and willingness to try new methods (and ancient ways) of changing to benefit from this book. And, as the author Sandra Ingerman warns, this spiritual work takes dedication and repetition as these changes are not fast or permanent.

Thank goodness she makes it fun! Some of the spiritual tools include working with nature, identifying your self-limiting beliefs and type of intuition, and what truly makes you happy. They also promise to replace self-defeating beliefs, teach us how to tap into our intuitive abilities and use our creative abilities to create a reality we want.

One of the best aspects of this book is that Ms. Ingerman isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. She stresses how important, how healthy, it is to acknowledge and experience our negative thoughts, feelings and observations about ourselves and the world, and to develop practices which help us transform these into positive energy.

For example, she speaks on the feeling of gratitude:

Being grateful does not mean we have to deny that suffering is in the world. But as we focus on the joy, the successes, the beauty of life, our energy and perceptions change. When we spend our time obsessing on what isn’t working, our energy feeds defeatist results, thus creating more suffering and hopelessness. When we focus on joy and beauty, the energy ripples throughout the web of life, creating the possibility of change.

Between the meditation practices and nature ceremonies, Ms. Ingerman shows us how we can be part of the healing rather than the bombardment of negative energy so rampant these days. Here’s a quote I feel really encapsulates the philosophy that permeates throughout book:

The key to good health is to flow with the river of life and to learn how to respond to changes with a good attitude and a maintained focus on our destination.

Now, doesn’t that sound right? How to Thrive in Changing Times is full of positive concepts and advice like this. Ms. Ingerman reminds us that we are powerful co-creators and through our thoughts and actions, we decide if we’ll limit or empower ourselves and those around us.

About the author

Sandra Ingerman, MA, is a teacher, shamanic researcher, licensed therapist and acclaimed author. She’s written numerous books including How to Heal Toxic Thoughts, Soul Retrieval, and Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.


I’ve read this compact 5×7 handbook (167 pages) twice now and performed only about 5 exercises out of several dozen so far. I’m raring to do more but it’s heavy work, these spiritual practices! You really have to set aside some time to get your head out of the daily grind and into yourself (and the Universe).

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and while I’m personally getting a lot out of it, it might not be for everyone. However, if you’re fighting with negative thoughts, emotions and beliefs, then if nothing else, How to Thrive in Changing Times helps you look at the world in a positive light and just makes you feel good.

To find out more about Sandra Ingerman and read her blog, check her out at www.sandraingerman.com.

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman August 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

Wow, thanks for posting this book review Steph. I am fascinated especially from the new insight that the word “abracadabra,” translates to “I create as I speak.” Powerful stuff!


Head Health Nutter August 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

You’re most welcome, Emmanuel! The book was so fascinating with these little ancient tidbits. 🙂

Lynda August 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Thank you Stephanie for the review. I think I will have to make a trip to the bookstore! You have me intreged.

Steph a.k.a. Head Health Nutter August 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

You’re most welcome, Lynda! I hope you check it out – Ingerman’s exercises are completely doable, like the one: “replace that thought” where you and your friends and family call each other on negative thoughts, and immediately replace them with more positive, solution-based ones.

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Ann Onymouse January 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Dear Stephanie, Your website and blog is just an endless treasure chest full of gems! This review you wrote two years ago seems to hold that magical feeling of hope. I think 2012 is arguably one of the greatest of “changing times” for seeking more spiritual insight, enlightenment and transformation, so this link from another one of your posts was quite synchronicitous. Thanks for being a conduit for the Universal Law of Attraction and sharing all the wisdom with us. 😀

Head Health Nutter January 27, 2012 at 1:55 am

You’re most welcome, Ann Onymouse! And thank you for your comment – you’ve inspired me to pick up this book again, while actually scheduling in some spiritual time for myself using some of these exercises. I’m starting to believe that sometimes we need more than just meditation… 🙂


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