Ghostwriting, of course, means that the copyright for the below samples no longer belong to me, but rather to the clients who commissioned the work. It is with their express permission that I include the following snippets. Thanks again to all the great people I’ve had the privilege to work with. Please scroll down to see a few samples.
From: Understanding the New Age – a short excerpt from the 25k word e-book.
Copyright 2015 Sam Sivongxay
“Question everything, accept only proof!” were the keynotes of development. Old values, traditions and belief systems were a thing of the past. Somehow, humankind managed to throw the baby out along with the bathwater. By throwing out the old traditions, we had lost something vital.
All over the world strange individuals continued to spring up, proclaiming knowledge of an entirely different sort, emphasizing the idea of developing awareness, of questioning reality, and telling people that the scientists didn’t have a fraction of it figured out just yet. Names like Gurdjieff and Madame Blavatsky were beginning to become known. An undercurrent of consciousness development was taking place amidst the growing hustle and bustle of the outside world.
The two great wars taught humankind many lessons, but didn’t truly solve the fundamental questions about the nature of reality.
Enter the golden age of Western development. For millions of everyday people it was now possible to work, own a nice home, save up for a car, and send the kids to a good school. As America and Europe, together with the rest of the world, started to work their way out of the Great Depression, people’s minds were occupied with how to create a nice, steady life, and to get on with the business of living.
For the generation of youngsters growing up in the 60’s something seemed to be missing.
Was this really all there was to life? Are we to graduate from school, find a job, get married, buy a car, and slowly grow old and eventually die? Was it really all about money and power? Was the human race nothing but a chance event, and accident of fate, and were we destined to repeat the same endless, meaningless cycle from generation to generation?
Many questioned the usefulness of Christian teachings, finding them outdated, clumsy, and unfit to live by. Artists and musicians led the rebellion against established culture, and started saying things like: “Imagine there’s no heaven.”
Many people began to feel an intuitive spiritual need – a kind of awakening.
The information age was about to start, and strange thoughts and new influences from India, Asia, the Middle East and tribal parts of the world were finding their way into mainstream Western life. The Beatles went to Rishikesh, and India came to the West.
At the same time, Western materialistic ideals were finding fertile soil in the minds of leaders and entrepreneurs in these same regions. The world seemed to be getting smaller, and the old consciousness seemed cramped. It was time for something new.
The New Age exploded onto the scene during the 60’s Hippie revolution. The West was ready to try something new. All over the Western world Hippie vans painted in flowers travelled across the countryside, filled with peaceful, long-haired, sandal-wearing weirdoes who smoked pot and proclaimed “Peace, man!” Straight, mainstream folk were terrified, and outraged. What was the world coming to?
From: The Complete Guide to MEDITATION For Mental Balance, Health and Vitality
Copyright 2015 Sam Sivongxay
Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend.When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life. - David Lynch
A few people meditate naturally, without ever having read a book about the subject, and without having had a teacher. Others have spent many years studying and perfecting their practice.
What is meditation? Why do people meditate? What are the benefits? How do you do it?
These are the questions we will explore in this book. If you are interested in the subject, it means that you already have an intuition as to some of the answers. The aim of this book is to deepen your understanding of the current world-wide practices of meditation, to inform you of the different approaches in the past, to investigate the benefits, and to show you a simple method to get you started on the way. We will also consider ways to deepen your capability, as you gain experience, and point out some of the mental doors that will start opening for you.
So get comfortable, and let’s get right into it.
A good way to introduce the subject of meditation is to do this simple, quick experiment:
For half a minute, more or less, you’re invited to examine the thoughts in your own head. If you need to close your eyes, that’s fine, but don’t get stuck on counting to thirty in your head. Just detach yourself from your usual routine, and simply examine what’s going on in there. Don’t analyze, just watch.
Take a deep breath, and relax.
When you are ready, begin the experiment… … …
What did you experience? Maybe you started to hear everything around you, or became aware of your body or the sensation of sitting or lying down. Maybe you heard your heartbeat, or maybe you just went blank. Maybe you were expecting something, and now you’re a little disappointed? Perhaps you saw stars? If that happened, you were probably closing your eyes too tightly! Maybe you’re feeling sleepy now. Shake it off, there’s a lot of interesting knowledge coming your way.
Whatever you experienced is fine. What you just did is called different things by different people. You might say you were engaged in metacognition, which means thinking about thinking. You might say you were simply daydreaming. You might even call it a mini meditation.
The point is meditation is different for everyone. What we experience internally is very subjective, very personal, and quite secret to everyone else. The start of meditation is simply the act of studying this internal world, to get to know it better, and the very act of examining it, starts to change things for the better.
Our awareness, or consciousness is like a beam of light. When our minds are dreamy, the beam is very wide, and all kinds of thoughts come and go. When we are focused, the beam is narrow, and we are concentrated on a small area of thought. When we read or study actively, we are working out, mentally. We are training our minds to focus, and to generate enough force to gain knowledge, and then to repeat it again during an exam. When we are examining something intently, we are focusing this beam down, concentrating on gaining as much as we can from a particular place. While reading this book you are doing much the same thing.
With meditation, the beam of awareness is turned inward upon itself. We are trying to examine the source of thinking using our thinking.
Now this might seem impossible, and you’re not half wrong if you’re thinking that. Thoughts can be slippery rascals, and our minds have a tendency to carry us off. We start out thinking about something we want to do, and before we know it, we’ve ended up thinking a hundred other things.
As we grow up and develop, each of us manages this tendency in different ways. Some of us become super focused, and love being in control of our thinking. Others tend to be dreamy, and just prefer to go with the flow. Whatever your nature, meditation can improve your life by making you aware of your habits, by giving you a tool to manage, maintain and strengthen your mind, and it can be very useful to help you to relax, in order to heal, balance and regain vitality.
In the following chapters we will begin by examining the origins of this mysterious practice. Delving into the ancient histories of various countries and cultures, we will compare notes about the different approaches to the inner worlds of the mind.
We will take a look at the benefits of meditation, and how you can use this ancient source of inspiration to improve your life in practical ways. There is also a guide to your first ever meditation.
In conclusion, we will examine the nature of the mind, and ponder the depths of consciousness.
It is the sincere wish of the creators of this book that you will find much of value, and be able to use this knowledge in your own way and to your benefit.