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Recommendations 

    In making this list of recommendations, I am struck by several thoughts: 

        (1) If I didn't stop it somewhere, the whole content of this book could be consumed just by this recommendation section.
        (2) I have undoubtedly forgotten many important recommendations. 
        (3) I have not systematically checked my recommendations against possible others so that I can tell you that these recommendations are "the best." 
        (4) I can often take specific exceptions with many of my own recommendations, even though I think they are, in general, very good recommendations.
        (5) I am restricting my recommendations (most of the time) to movies, books, and services, which relate in some significant way to the focus and theme of this book.

    Movies have been a deep source of enjoyment and inspiration in my life. This list is only of a few that I found exceptionally interesting and inspirational.

    Pleasantville -directed by Gary Ross with actors William Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Tobey McGuire, Reese Witherspoon
    Chocolat -directed by Lasse Hallstrom with actors Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, 
    The Truman Show -directed by Peter Weir with actors Jim Carrey, Don Taylor, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
    American Beauty -directed by Sam Mendes with actors Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari
    Dinner with Andre -directed by Louis Malle with actors Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory


    After my parents and perhaps the
Landmark Education courses, books have influenced my life more than any stimulation.

    Non-Fiction
    Truth Cannot Be Rehearsed: Talks, Sessions and Essays About the Art of Being Fully Human by Robert Augustus Masters (out of print)
    The Black Butterfly: An Invitation to Radical Aliveness by Richard Moss
    Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical & Financial Destiny! by Anthony Robbins
    First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill
    Passionate Marriage: Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships
by David Schnarch
    Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth by Brad, Phd Blanton Anti-Aging Zone by Barry Sears  When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Manuel J. Smith 
   
Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism by Ayn Rand
    Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in by Roger Fisher
   
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra You Just Don't Understand by Deborah Tannen Real Moments by Barbara De Angelis


    Fiction
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand


    Coaching, counseling, workshops, trainings, and sometimes services have played a major role in my life development. I mention here only a few that are still generally accessible and I consider to be of the highest value and quality.

   
The Forum and other related programs by Landmark Education have made more difference in my life than any other single factor. Landmark Education provides their programs in six different languages around the world and have offices in every major city in the U.S. You can check out www.landmark-education.com.

   
Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP. I originally studied this discipline (the science of subjective experience) under its founders John Grinder, Richard Bandler, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, and Robert Dilts back in 1979-1981. Although I have taken numerous trainings from various sources (including Anthony Robbins who got his start in NLP), I have no particular workshop or book recommendation at this time. There are plenty out there to choose from. NLP has made a huge difference in my life. Its approach is a nice compliment to the Landmark Education approach (NLP is more content focused; Landmark Education is more context focused). Not as a recommendation, but you might start by checking out www.nlptraining.com.

   
Check out the Tantra Sex Yoga workshops conducted by Charles and Caroline Muir. www.sourcetantra.com They are really good!

   
Servas, founded in 1948 in Denmark, is an international home stay organization. Currently they have about 14,000 families around the world in over 135 countries who are waiting for you to come stay and visit with them in their homes. No money exchanges hands. The standard stay is two nights, unless otherwise arranged. The Servas mission is international peace and understanding. In the U.S. you can join as a host or a traveler or both. The yearly fees are very reasonable (less than $100). In the spring of 1997 I took the vacation of a lifetime, staying with 18 separate Japanese families in 18 different cities over forty days, from Yokohama to Nagasaki. It was the adventure of a lifetime. Including all my travel by air from Arizona to Japan (I flew into Osaka), including all my train travel within Japan, including all the gifts I brought from my host families, I spent less than $3000 for the 40 days. I made many great friends and ended up understanding the culture much better than expatriates who had lived in Japan for years. You can contact Servas for more information at www.usservas.org or call them in New York City at 212-267-0252.

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