Part 1 focuses on identifying and overcoming resistance. Part 2 offers a scientific basis for the steps. Part 3 offers four major techniques for detaching, which combines living in the present experience of already receiving while at the same time releasing anxiety about what exactly will be delivered or precisely when.
The Point of Power uses a western science approach that focuses on this life (here and now); other lives or a perpetually re-incarnated life are not explored. The text uses Quantum Mechanics but only to give plausibility to his other claims; he is not solving a philosophical conundrum. While the author has consulted many wisdom and spiritual texts in order to hone his three-step process, he does not dwell on spiritual leaders and their various philosophies or answer any fringe questions. The book does not focus on dreams or their possible meanings, but on meditation and visualization.
Baksa’s proposal compares with the following current or recent titles:
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Toll (New World Library, 2004; 978-1577314806; $14.00), which has sold over 2 million copies since 2004. Toll uses an Eastern (Buddhist) approach that focuses on the one (perpetual) life more than the lives one has lived. Baksa uses a western science approach that focuses on this life (here and now). Implications for other lives are not explored by Baksa. Other works like Toll’s:
- Divine Transformation: The Divine Way to Self-clear Karma to Transform Your Health, Relationships, Finances, and More (Soul Power) by Zhi Gang Sha [hb] (320 pp; Har/Com, 2010; 978-1439198636; $27.95)
- Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You by Deepak Chopra (304 pp.; Three Rivers Press, 2010; 978-0307452986; $15.00)
Transcending the Speed of Light: Consciousness, Quantum Physics, and the Fifth Dimension by Marc Seifer (368 pp; Inner Traditions, 2008; 978-1594772290; $22.95) focuses on how Quantum Physics overcomes the mind/body dualism of Descartes, thus achieving an intellectual breakthrough. Baksa makes a similar argument in Part 2, using Quantum Mechanics, while most of his text is focusing on practical usage of principles. Other works like Seifer’s:
- Quantum Mind: The Edge between Physics and Psychology by Arnold Mindell (632 pp; Lao Tse Press, 2000; 978-1887078641; $26.95
- God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live [hb] by Amit Goswami (336 pp.; Hampton Roads Pub., 2008; 978-1571745637; $28.95
- Science, Sense, and Soul: The Mystical-Physical Nature of Human Existence by Sifu Casey Blood (288 pp.; Renaissance Books, 2002; 978-1580632195; $7.99)
- The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart (336 pp.; Free Press, 2008; 978-0743276962; $15.00)
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne [hb] (198 pp; Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2006; 978-1582701707; $23.95)
Wisdom Rising: A Self-Help Guide to Personal Transformation, Spirituality, and Mind/Body/Spirit Holistic Living by Vaishali (285 pp; Purple Haze Press, 2008; 978-0977320066; $14.95) approaches its recommendations by drawing in all the questions (from alien life to the afterlife to enlightenment) and MBS/holistic living writers (Emanuel Swedenborg, Edgar Cayce, and so on). Baksa has also consulted the many wisdom and spiritual texts in order to hone his three-step process, but he does not answer any pop-culture questions or dwell on spiritual leaders and their various philosophies.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz (138 pp.; Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997; 978-1878424310; $12.95) focuses, like the popular works of the late Carlos Castaneda, on dreams and visions. "Dreaming," Ruiz argues, "is the main function of the mind." Baksa does not focus on dreams or their possible meanings, but on meditation and visualization.
Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks (267 pp.; Hay House, 2008; 978-1401918811; $16.95) focuses, like Baksa, on the Law of Attraction, along with the high desires of health, wealth, and happiness. The Hicks’s text, according to the authors, has been channeled by the non-physical consciousness, Abraham. Baksa, in contrast, used trial-and-error, spiritual leaders, and Quantum Mechanics to figure out his three steps. Another book similar to Hicks and Hicks is:
- The Secret of Quantum Living by Frank J. Kinslow (218 pp; Lucid Sea, 2010; $15.95)
3. Why are you the person to write this book?
Peter Baksa is a Chicago real estate mogul who studies--and benefits from--the priceless and timeless teachings of holy ones, prophets, monks, and mystics. Even though he travels in the upper echelons where he first encountered these teachings, he believes this process of intend, declare, resign can benefit all. He calls all who are strong enough to raise their head and shoulders above the contemporary herd mentality in order to connect with the energy source that creates worlds. His book discusses briefly the science (quantum mechanics) that explains how the universe works and uses stories and examples to illustrate these main steps.
How does one write a compelling and engaging nonfiction book about an author’s expertise without it sounding like a textbook? The author needs, according to Arielle Ford (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arielle-ford/author-fear-101-the-big-r_b_785557.html) “to reveal uncomfortable sides of yourself with your reader.” Stories of the author’s failures and stumbles as well as successes occupies under 15 percent of the manuscript.
4. Why is now the time to publish this book?
This book is a tool for those out there that have lost their jobs, find themselves struggling in a relationship or marriage that is failing, have lost their home as a result of this economy. POP provides another approach to the way we look at our lives. An approach that illustrates the illusion that we are living as humans and how by removing the wool from over our eyes we can begin to retrace steps to a time of love joy and complete happiness.
5. Who makes up the core readership for this proposed book, and why will they find it appealing?
The core readership for this book is persons who identify with the mind-body-spirit (MBS) genre either by purchasing books or by attending wellness festivals or retreats.
Elizabeth Puttrick (“The Rise of Mind-Body-Spirit Publishing: Reflecting or Creating Spiritual Trends?” Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies [2005.1], 129-149) defines MBS as “an umbrella term that encompasses or touches on complementary health, psychology, business, ecology, science, philosophy and world religions. The main growth area is self-development, which derives from the human potential movement (HPM) and popular psychology. The most significant current trend  is for practical yet inspirational approaches permeated with Eastern-based, ‘world-accepting’ spirituality” (129-130).
The most exhaustive research into this area was conducted by Harper Collins in 1999; they discovered that MBS buyers are open to cross-purchasing and experimentation with new techniques and ideas.” This research also found that this area was really subcategories of self-explorer, including BoBos (Bourgeois Bohemians) and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), and comprised at least 30% of US households. Unlike other groups (e.g., Pagans), this group has a higher than average household income and sees no conflict between spirituality and consumerism (139).
Statistics in this area are difficult to come by, even though according to Puttrick agents and publishers really have organized this field by what they publish. UK reported in 2005 that MBS accounted for 5.8% of book sales; Puttrick estimates the US market accounted for 9% including Christianity at 4%. MBS titles and sales have been climbing while religion titles and sales are in decline (136).
An August 2007 New York Times article reported the rise of MBS retreats, especially in mountain resorts. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/03/travel/escapes/03ahead.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin (8/3/2007)
In 2011, the US has six expos or festivals planned (US: http://www.bmse.net/bmseweb/):
5-6 Feb 2011 San Diego
5-6 Mar 2011Chicago
12-13 Mar 2011 Milwaukee
19-20 Mar 2011 Seattle
26-27 Mar 2011 Raleigh
16-17 April 2011 Portland
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