In the last few days, I suddenly seem to be receiving multiple opportunities to review personal development material, which is great because that is what I love. Since the objective of this site is to inform you about these things, here goes.
I have just read one book called Outrageous Mastery. I had not heard of it before although it has been around since 2006 and is apparently very successful. It has been read in over 90 countries and gets some rave reviews.
This is not really going to be one of them. It does have something going for it but I also have issues with it. It tells the personal story of a woman who is now known as Sasha Xarrian. (That is explained in the book).
It is both the story of her own personal triumph over many adversities and a sort of fantasy tale, designed to put across her message that we all have access to powers that are beyond our own human limitations.
The these two elements are intertwined through the 140 pages of the book. Her goal is to teach us all to use these powers in the way that she has learned to, in order to create the lives that we desire.
Her own story concerns being a member of the Mormon church and being brought up in absolute certainty of the rightness of her beliefs. Her whole life revolved around the church, her extended family and the community.
Circumstances led to her having to leave the church her husband and her support group and bring up 6 children alone. Having been secure in her position as wife and mother, she suddenly found herself needing to find a new home for her family and a way to feed them, having never had a job before.
The many challenges she faced over a period of years would have stopped most of us in our tracks. But she came through it all to create an enviable lifestyle. The other thread of the book is how she believes it was possible.
She has her own theory, which you are not really required to believe, about a sort of pre-life in preparation for this life. When we are born into this life, we lose access to great powers that we were aware of in this pre-life.
She becomes the subject of an experiment by a group of people in this other existence in which they try to communicate with her on earth and help her to learn about the powers that we can all access.
As I say, it is not necessary to believe this, only to admit the possibility that we can tap into sources of power that can help us to achieve whatever goals we set ourselves. This has nothing to do with any religious beliefs.
Sasha herself questioned whether the ‘miracles’ she experienced whilst in the Mormon church were due to that. What if it were true that the Mormons were the chosen people and she had cut herself off from this power?
Through her own experimentation, she came to the conclusion that this was not the case. She went on to write a trilogy of books to help others to use her methods to create the life of their dreams.
She has developed a technique that she calls her ‘Moment of Outrageous Mastery’. This is a short ritual, which you can learn to use yourself, to prepare to face any challenge and overcome it.
This is where I have a problem with the book. I would love to able to tell you something about this, but I can’t. The book is an interesting read and an inspiring story, but it is just preparing the ground.
If you want to learn the practical techniques of Outrageous Mastery, you have to buy the next two books. If there had been any clue as to what is involved, I might have been tempted. But personally, this book didn’t give me enough information to know if the purchase would be worthwhile.
As usual, her website has dozens of glowing testimonials for this process from people who have apparently found it useful. I would have preferred to have more in the first book to base my own judgment on.