If you’re new to meditation or personal development then The American Monk’s Mindbox is one of the first things you should look at.
My initial thought was that this series would be nothing more than different meditations to deal with areas like health, wealth, spirituality etc, and yes, there are a lot of guided meditations across this series.
What I wasn’t expecting was the quality of the mini-lectures that prep you for the meditations before hand, explaining in depth the what’s and the why’s of your meditation.
Even if you’re well versed in meditation and are a veteran in personal development like I am, this series gives you some amazing distinctions, and takes complex concepts and simplifies them, giving you new perspectives on how to achieve fulfilment across the different areas of your life.
The American Monk is actually the 80+ year old Burt Goldman, a trainer with the a diverse range of techniques from hypnosis, NLP, yoga, meditation and the Jose Silva Meditation System.
Of course, being over 80 years old, one would expect that Goldman would have a ton of information and wisdom to share, and he doesn’t let you down there.
The Mindbox series has 51 techniques – all of which can rapidly produce a shift in mindset, and at the emotional level, and in combination with the meditations, the shifts happen at a deeper, unconscious level, making it very easy to integrate into your life.
What I really liked, was the fact that these 51 techniques were summarised on separate discs, so if you needed to refresh yourself, you didn’t need to go through the explanations again – the crux of the techniques were quickly accessible.
The Plus Points
There’s actually quite a lot to like about The Mindbox series, but let me start first and foremost with the value for money. For approximately AUD$300 (USD$297), you’re getting The Mindbox series both in physical and digital format shipped out to you anywhere in the world. Add to that, you get as part of the package, you get a few more digital downloads, like manuals, videos and an option to a 30 day trial to the Enlightenment Academy, which are a collection of other digital programs that Goldman offers.
If you do take the trial to the Enlightenment Academy membership program, it’s made very clear that the trial is for 30 days, after which you will be charged. This adds a level of trust to the transaction, unlike the forced subscription that some other internet marketers automatically impose upon you, that you have to opt out of.
If finances are a bit tight, as it seems to be for a few people currently, they even have a payment plan of approximately $99 a month for the next 3 months. This makes it a little more affordable, especially as they have a 30 day trial period.
The structure of the audio course is great – you don’t need to listen to it sequentially, although some techniques do refer to other techniques which may have come earlier or later in the series if you were doing it sequentially. If you’re interested in being more productive at your work, then listen to the CD about career success. If you’re after healing, listen to the CD on Reiki.
In fact, the content is what does stand out a fair bit. Here’s some of the pieces of content I liked:
- When it came to career succes, Burt encourages you to test and measure against yourself – strive to succeed by competing with yourself.
- With healing, it takes the intent, not so much as the technique – and Burt gives a number of techniques, including some he just made up himself.
- With your life purpose, Burt says that at the end of the day, you’re just as human as successful athletes, high profile politicians, street sweepers and labourers. You need to find out what it is that you can do, that nobody else can do like you can, and that will help you to identify your purpose.
There was a ton more, but it would be a bit too much for this review. Some of the material was new to me, other parts of it were put in a new perspective, so it was like hearing it for the first time.
Burt’s energy and wisdom as he spoke was inspiring. The level of passion he spoke with was not over the top and hyped up, but authentic, real and it was obvious that he loved what he spoke about.
Lastly, what stands out is the range of topics that are covered in this series. From health, spirituality, grief, reiki, psychic growth, ageing gracefully, and that goes hand in hand with the number of techniques that I’ve been able to use on a daily basis.
The Minus Points
There were a couple of things that missed the mark with me. The meditations were not earth shattering, except for the Daisy Pond, which was one of the most wonderful guided visualisation meditations I’ve done. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t bad meditations, they were good, but I expected more. This is my personal experience because I’m used to entering into a deep meditative state and at the unconscious level, and these meditations were more conscious. This was compensated by using techniques that caused shifts at the unconscious level.The Mindbox series comes in two volume CD boxes with a glyph on the front, that I’ve totally forgotten what it means. The packaging was a little dull – for some reason I expected it to be packaged a little nicer, like what was in the picture, but it was different. Not a deal breaker – no need for me to send it back and ask for a refund. The content was still great.
Much more than that, there was really not much I could fault with this product.
I enjoyed listening to The American Monk’s Mindbox, especially the lectures. There are definitely things to learn for meditators at all levels.
Here’s how I rated it:
This is a good purchase for any one after a strong personal development program, and it is also well suited for someone getting started with meditation.
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