Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Suggested Reading

(This blog was originally posted on January 13, 2015)

Photo by Rick Hustead

Long before I began my hypnotherapy training at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2004, I found several “self-help” authors whose philosophies really resonated with me. I loved the way Dr. Jeffers encouraged people to push themselves just that little bit further than they thought (believed) they could go to achieve their goal. She even provided practical tips and exercises to help them “chunk down” a potentially daunting task into more manageable and achievable steps to encourage the person to keep striving toward success. 

Long before I ever heard of the Law of Attraction I was reading the affirmations of Frances Scovel Shinn, a 20th Century artist and metaphysics teacher. Her books, especially The Game of Life (and How to Play It) and Your Word is Your Wand, had a profound effect on me: they taught me how my thoughts and attitudes could transform events that transpired in my life. By the time I learned about HMI founder John Kappas, Ph.D.’s Mental Bank Concept I was well-versed in the various ways my beliefs could attract or even repel opportunities for prosperity.

When it comes to philosophies about riding and training horses, Monty Roberts’ teachings have had the most profound effect on me. I love the way he always puts the horse first: his interactions with these animals are gentle, subtle and respectful. When I learned that he had written a book about the ways his Join-Up Technique could be successfully applied to support and fortify relationships between humans, I rushed to buy and read it. To my delight, this model is a wonderful complement to Dr. Kappas’s model of Emotional and Physical (sexual) personalities and how E and P characteristics interact to create a successful or unsuccessful relationship.

Finally, M.J. Ryan’s book about patience taught me that taking the time (and a deep breath) to allow things to occur naturally is more likely to yield that productive, desired outcome than rushing to finish that project.

I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I have. I look forward to reading your feedback about them and/or recommendations about other self-improvement books that you have enjoyed reading and influenced you in some way.

  • Jeffers, Ph.D., Susan. (1991) Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway London: Arrow Books
  • Jeffers, Ph.D., Susan. (1996) End the Struggle and Dance With Life Great Britain: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Kappas, Ph.D., John G. (1987) Success Is not an Accident: The Mental Bank Concept. Van Nuys, CA: Panorama Publishing Company
  • Kappas, Ph.D., John G. (1992) Relationship Strategies: The E & P Attraction. Van Nuys, CA: Panorama Publishing Company
  • Roberts, Monty. (2003) Horse Sense for People: Using the Gentle Wisdom of the Join-Up Technique to Enrich Our Relationships at Home and at Work. Canada: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Ryan, M.J. (2003) The Power of Patience: How to Slow the Rush and Enjoy More Happiness, Success, and Peace of Mind Every Day. Broadway Books
  • Scovel-Shinn, Florence. (1925) The Game of Life and How to Play It. Bridgend, England: L.N. Fowler & Co. Ltd.
  • Scovel-Shinn, Florence. (1928) Your Word Is Your Wand. Romford, England: L.N. Fowler & Co. Ltd.
  • Scovel-Shinn, Florence. (?) The Secret Door to Success. Romford, England: L.N. Fowler & Co. Ltd.


Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit

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