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Reviewed by Dr. Jordan Alexander for Readers' Favorite
Dr. Asoka Jinadasa and Felicio Ferraz have done it again with their second edition of Flying Penguin – the award-winning guide to awakening your childhood genius. Readers can expect an East meets West combination of spiritual and business teachings to stretch their minds regardless of age, background, or culture. Flying Penguin inspires and motivates you to ‘awaken’ to your full potential – not the one you ‘think’ is the best you can be in your ‘ordinary reality,’ as the authors call it. They note how children become less creative as they age – scoring 98% creativity at age five but dropping to two percent by age thirty. Jinadasa and Ferraz guide humans to reach more significant potential, taking us on a journey to achieve the ‘Nonordinary Reality’ – a place with fewer boundaries and a more balanced and fulfilled life. Combining everything from yoga and chakra energy centers to hard and soft business skills and nutrition, Flying Penguin reads like a complete encyclopedia of techniques to use to enlighten yourself. Quotes and playfulness while learning means Clint Eastwood's “Let’s not go and ruin it by thinking too much” is at home with Don Miguel Ruiz's “Be skeptical but learn to listen.”
You’ll learn to fly with your mind using Jinadasa and Ferraz’s Six-Skills Foundation, linking success and intelligence with emotions and instinct. You will be guided to strengthen your heart, mind, body, passion, health, and focus. Each step comes with the theory of why the area is essential, illustrates how spiritual practices support the site, and cites inspiring quotes and philosophies to encourage the reader to try new ways of thinking. To help you remember, the authors identify role models – like Mother Theresa for the heart and Albert Einstein for the mind. Flying Penguin contains many practical ‘how-to’ tools, like balancing your brain with juggling, dancing, and super brain yoga. I particularly enjoyed the reset around aging and practices to reverse aging. One of my favorite techniques was a surprising way to overcome fear through negative visualization. If you fear, say, a lack of money, you visualize having no money at all and what you’d do. Watch as the negative emotions are eliminated, freeing you to ‘feel good and move on.'
Techniques blend modern science with ancient Buddhist, Chinese Taoist, Himalayan practices, and global business experience – all-powerful and proven. There are also handy workbook areas to plan your practice and goals. I highly recommend Flying Penguin as a book that will teach you to fly in Nonordinary Reality. The authors quote David Attenborough: “Birds were flying from continent to continent long before we were.” Dr. Asoka Jinadasa and Felicio Ferraz teach us how to fly and succeed.