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Deborah King Be a Modern Master Review

Be A Modern MasterIn this post I am going tor review Mindvalley’s meditation program ‘Be A Modern Master’ created by meditation teacher Deborah King. I will go over the costs of the course, what is required to get the most out of it, who the course is best for and who it is NOT for, how much time investment is required each day and week to maximise results and I’ll also cover the bonus material that you receive when you enroll in the course. First of all, lets cover what Deborah King’s online program ‘Be A Modern Master’ is all about, and what the benefits are in learning this form of meditation and sutra practice.

The claimed benefits of taking this course are to help you:

  • Clear out the buried emotions and past traumas that are holding your life force hostage, so you can get free — mentally, physically, and emotionally.
  • Activate certain centers in the body that expand your spiritual potential.
  • Discover and use responsibly the spiritual gifts that start to manifest.
  • Invoke the high spiritual beings who are there to guide and protect you.
  • Get initiated into higher realms of spiritual dimension.
  • Work with the 7 spiritual rays.
So straight away you can see that this course is quite esoteric and I feel that you kind of need to be ready for it to fully appreciate it. There may be concepts that really challenge your belief systems, and since enrolling in this course, I have already been challenged in this way. However, I still feel I am ready to take this course due to where my attention is these days and what I have learned from a variety of sources over the last 12 months. I came across Be A Modern Master over a year ago, and I actually opted in to free masterclass at the time, but I found myself not connecting with the ideas at all. For example, whenever someone used to mention something like ‘spirit guides’ I kind of used to feel pretty dubious about that. But since then, I feel like I have changed and my world view has been shifted to accept more esoteric ideas and concepts, which is why I was drawn back to take this course, and actually purchases this time because I am much more open to explore these ideas now.

Who is this course for?

I feel this course would be best suited to people who are very open to new perspectives and points of view about the nature of reality and willing to consider how the spiritual realm may operate. You don’t need to have experience in meditation, but I am willing to bet that if you are checking out this course you have probably already experienced meditation in one form or another. If you are looking to get to the heart of what meditation is all about and wanting to resolve long held traumas or emotional traumas in your life, and experience profound relaxation and mental well-being, this course is for you.

Who is this course NOT for?

If you simply want to learn meditation for the relaxation benefits which have been scientifically proven again and again, you’d be better off choosing a different meditation course, because this one goes way beyond the simple benefits of relaxation and stress relief from meditation. It certainly includes all that, but it also goes way beyond it. it revolves around expanding your consciousness and understanding of the world and the nature of the universe which is what the ancients claimed is the principal use of meditation.

*Post update 14th December 2018:

[Click here for my final results from taking this course]

Why is Deborah King qualified to teach this course?

Deborah KingTo understand the value of this course, you need to first have an idea of what Deborah’s background is. Deborah had a very difficult childhood where she was sexually abused on a regular basis. Her upbringing was turbulent, but despite this, she managed to become a successful practicing lawyer. But the unresolved pain from her childhood pushed her into seeking ways to find relief through a series of meditation retreats where she regularly traveled to India to learn from the gurus firsthand and get the real deal experience. Over time, she undertook her teacher training and she returns to India 4 times per year to refresh her knowledge and stay connected to her own practice. So, I feel we are lucky to have people like Deborah because I know for me personally, I would probably not make the trek to India to learn such esoteric practices, and quite honestly, I feel I need a western understanding of these practices and Deborah delivers this. In her 20s she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and this was the tipping point to lead her to explore alternative ways of healing. She took a multi pronged approach to her recovery from cancer in that she embraced both western medicine and eastern practices. She recovered from cancer, and she claims that majority of the healing came from her willingness to explore her mind and emotions through eastern practices, and she says that the most powerful technique she learned to heal deeply held trauma in her body and mind was through the use of sutras, and this is the basis of what she teaches in this course.

What are sutras

Be a modern master week1Sutras are basically mantras used in meditation, however they are used differently to a typical mantra. With mantras you repeat a word or sound over an over again inwardly during your meditation, but the sutras are used at the end of your meditation and rather than saying them over and over like a mantra, you would say each sutra 4 times where the first one sounds louder than the second in your head. So the second time you are saying the sutra is like an echo. Then, you repeat the same sutra before you move on to the next sutra.

The sutras are secret

The sutras are not to be spoken out a loud and once you have received your sutras from a formerly trained meditation teacher, you are not meant to tell anyone what they are, because apparently if you do, they lose their potency for you. So, I can’t tell you what the sutras are of which Deborah gives to her students in the course, as I do want tor respect the teachings. But if you google sutra you will find a wealth of information about them and where they come from and how they are used.

What do you get in the course

Be a modern masterThe course is delivered over 6 weeks online and when you enroll you get immediate access to all 6 weeks. However, it is recommended that you take your time to explore the course. Complete each week in its entirety because the most important thing is that you are developing a solid daily meditation practice of 15-20 minutes in the morning. For me personally, when ever I want to develop a new habit I set myself a challenge. SO, given that this course is 6 weeks, I thought I’d break it down into a 42-day challenge (because 6 weeks times 7 days = 42) and create a chart for myself to tick off each day I complete my meditation. That way it gives me the sense that I am not necessarily committing to do this practice for ever, but I am allowing myself to go deeply into the practice for this limited amount of time and keep myself accountable and take it seriously and track my results so that by the end of it I can evaluate whether this has had a profound impact on me or not. Deborah promises that with commitment, progress and results can happen very fast within a matter of weeks.

The Breakdown

Each week consists of around 2-3 hours of listening to deepen your understanding of what meditation can do for you, and the power of the sutras and how to get the most out of your practice. There are two parts to the weekly listening where part one is simply Deborah teaching, and you can either watch her via video or listen to the audio depending on whether you are sitting in front of your computer or you are out and about such as driving or exercising or doing whatever. Part two of each week is Deborah doing Q&A sessions which are simply recordings of people’s previous questions who have already attended the course at an earlier time. So far I have found these sessions helpful even though they were from a previous time, because they addressed some questions I had and also helped me learn more simply from what people were asking. Be a modern masterYou also get PDF printouts as references to take notes as to what you are learning, and I also really like the fact that they have time stamped certain points in each recording so if you wanted to listen to a particular part again, you don’t have to scrub through the video or audio looking for that section-you can just look at the written time stamp to help you find what you are looking for.

Bonus course

Life Force Energy Healing MeditationThe bonus course you get when you enroll in ‘Be A Modern Master is really important and it is just one hour long and teaches you how to meditate with a mantra. So if you have no experience meditating at all, this part of the course is really valuable. This forms the foundation of your sutra practice because the power of sutras come from a foundation of a solid mantra meditation practice. So each day you do your practice, the structure would be 15-20 minutes of mantra meditation, then 5 minutes of sutra practice.

Cost of the course

There are 3 prices for the course. If you were to go straight to the sales page, the cost of the course as of the 1st of November 2018 is $399US, or 3 payments of $149 (bringing the total to $447 if take the payment plan). However, if you attend the free online masterclass first (click this link to attend) and decide to enroll after the class, you will get $50 off when you pay in full up front.

30 day money back guarantee

One thing that always helps me decide if I am going to purchase a mindvalley course is their 30 day money back guarantee. I do find generally that their courses are a little expensive, however, not once have I ever asked for a refund because I have gained so much from each of the courses I have taken from them. But, if you find that the course is not for you, you can get a full refund before 30 days is up. This allows you to go through most of the course if you are taking it one week at a time before you need to make up your mind to keep it. But like I said before, you get access to the entire course as soon as you enroll, so you can check out everything before 30 days.

Course delivery

Be a modern masterAs with all Mindvalley Academy courses, it is delivered on a high quality digital platform. When you enroll, you will get your own login and password to your own Mindvalley course portal. You can either watch the videos in the course, or listen to the audio. You also have the option to download the Mindvalley academy app on your smart phone and access the course on your phone easily as well. You can either listen or watch via online streaming, or download each file to your computer or phone so you don’t have to be online while accessing the course. Having the ability to do this also ensures that you can fully own the contents of the course rather than only having access from the mindvalley course platform.

Stay Tuned For My Results in 42 days!

As I am only on one week 1 of the course at the time of recording this video, I will be another post at the end of 42 days to report on my results and what I learned and what I experienced, so be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel to stay updated. If you are interested in attending the free masterclass to ‘Be A Modern Master’, click this link and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section. Or, if you would like to purchase the course straight away, click here.

POST UPDATE 14th December 2018:

Click here to read about my results and final impressions of the course.

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Meditation for a calm heart

Meditation for a calm heart

This post explores a meditation for a calm heart. When you only have a few minutes to spare, but are wanting to sneak in some instant calm, try this quick guided meditation. By spending a few minutes each day practicing consciously bringing more joy into your heart space, you will gradually shift your biochemistry into a more favourable state.
Feel free to comment below if you got benefit out of this meditation.
Liz is a yoga teacher and bioenergetic practitioner.

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How To Get Centered

In this post I will give you 4 tips on how to get centered so you can feel more in control of your life and experience more flow and a sense of being more grounded. If you want to feel more productive, effective and happier, and you are tired of your head being all over the place, today I will share what I have learned from some of the worlds top experts on this subject. So, lets get started.


Hold Your Neurovascular points. If you are feeling particularly scattered or over emotional at any particular time and you have 5-10 minutes to sit in a quiet place, this exercise works well. Take 3 fingers from each hand and place your finger tips on your forehead just above your eyebrows. It is the place on your forehead where you’ll feel a little dip in your skull -approximately 2cm above your eyebrows. Press your finger tips in firmly enough that you can feel a slight pulse underneath your fingers.

Hold it until pulse feels even between your fingers

At first, you might feel the pulse to a bit wire-ry and uneven, but as you leave the fingers there for a few minutes you will begin to feel the blood pulse underneath your fingers in a more even way, and it will begin to feel a little stronger. Hold your fingers here for as long as it takes to feel that even flow of blood underneath your fingers. What is happening here is the blood flow is becoming more balanced between the right and left hemispheres of your brain leading you to feel like you can think a little more clearly and your nervous system has shifted into more of a relaxed state so chaotic emotions or thoughts have a better chance of settling down. This is a good exercise to do regularly because it is training your nervous system and therefore body and mind to be more centered as a habit, and you are less likely to react to events and situations as much as you otherwise would have.


Meridian Tapping-do the 4 thumps. This tapping exercise activates the organs and meridians which have a correlation with feeling more grounded and awake in the moment. You can do this exercise in 10-15 seconds. First of all tap firmly on your cheek bones just under your eyes about 5-7 times. This is one of the stomach meridian points. Next, tap the points just under your collar bone. First find the bony notches on your collar bone, then move about 2cm down, and then 2cm out. There is a point that has a little fleshy dip, and this is the next point you want to tap for 5-7 times. This is associated with the kidney meridian. Next is the area around the thymus which is about the center of your chest, -and then tap the spleen points which are located directly under the nipples on the bra line and then 3 cm out from the side.

Tip # 3:

The most part, feeling centered starts in the morning. You set the tone of your day by what you decide to do -or don’t do-in the morning. Each day we are gifted with new possibilities, but most the time we don’t take advantage of this because we are running from our habits and habitual way of thinking. You may even have tried to change your morning routine, such as deciding to exercise or do some meditation but lost momentum and went back to what you were doing previously which resulted in your feeling like a failure.

Positive affirmations ususally don’t work

You may have even tried positive affirmations telling yourself that you are calm, you are relaxed which may have helped a little, but you didn’t find them to be that useful over all and decided they were ‘not for you’. There is no doubt it can be challenging to change our habits, because our brains are wired to keep us safe and any change we try to make can be perceived by our brains as a threat to our survival simply because it is unfamiliar to our nervous system. So, first of all-ask yourself what activity you would you do on a daily basis that you know would result in feeling more centered for the rest of the day. Would you be meditating? Exercising? Making a list of things to do for the day? Looking over your schedule and prioritising what the top 3 things to do are? Writing in a journal? Or something else? Different things work for different people. It is important that you first get clear on whatever that thing for you would be. For me personally, if I meditate or exercise first thing in the morning before I do ANYTHING else, it changes the quality of the rest of my day.

Tip # 4

Once you are clear on the thing you would be doing first thing in the morning, the key to making that thing a routine and a habit is to start associating that action with more pleasure than pain. What do I mean by that? Well, as I was saying before, our brains are wired to keep us safe and any change to our normal routine can be perceived by our brains as a threat, so we are more likely to continue familiar habits even if they don’t serve us. This is one of the reasons it can feel so hard to change. So the way to help rewire your brain for a new habit is to consciously see yourself in your mind doing the thing you want to be doing AND tell yourself that you really like doing that thing.

For Example

So for example, lets say you want to begin a morning mediation practice before you get into your day and you want to make that a habit. See yourself-before you get out of bed in the morning-sitting in meditation and tell yourself-I really like this-I like the feeling of beginning my day in more of a calm way. I like watching my breath and feeling my body relax. I like feeling more centered as I begin my day. ‘ This is NOT a positive affirmation because it is not making unrealistic claims about your life which your subconscious mind will reject. For example telling yourself over and over again that you are rich and wealthy will result in failure when truthfully you know you are struggling to meet your monthly bills. This is because you can’t fool your mind about something that is simply not true. But when you make a positive suggestion to your brain—such as telling yourself you like to feel calm and your like to meditate because you know that it will help you feel centered, over time, your nervous system and brain will say-oh ok-you like this-so it is safe? How about we do more of this?

Do more of this consistently

The more you visualise and suggest to yourself that you like an activity the easier it will be to make the changes that you desire. Don’t spend a minute telling yourself it is too hard to change, because your brain will agree-it will say ‘yes!, it is hard isn’t it? Lets not change. As I said- our brains are wired to keep us safe and we are naturally inclined to move away from pain rather than move towards pleasure. As world renowned hypnotherapist Marisa Peer says-your mind only responds to two things: the pictures you make in your head and the words you speak both internally and externally.

In Conclusion

So to recap-the most important thing to getting centered really starts at the beginning of your day. Once you have settled on a morning practice that you would like to implement to kick start your day in a positive way, you can then use the 4 thumps and holding the neurovascular points during the course of the day when you feel you have gotten ungrounded and want to re-center yourself. If you do this on a daily basis you will gradually find over time you are much more easily able to get centered on demand and feel like you generally have more control of your life. If you would like to take these tips further and explore some more free tips on how to get centered so you can feel more grounded, check out the link in the description box below for a free online masterclass with world renowned energy medicine practitioner Donna Eden. Also, be sure to subscribe to my channel for more tips on managing your day to day energy and please comment below and let me know what your chosen centering activity is at the beginning of the day.

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