Quantum Love (★★★★☆)

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Laura Berman   *   Hay House, Inc.   *   February 9, 2016   *   392 Pages

Advanced Reader Copy provided through Amazon Vine.

I remember seeing Laura Berman on Oprah a few times. I really liked her relaxed and straightforward approach, especially when it came to sex. She never seemed afraid to discuss somewhat risque topics, and I respected that. I wasn’t sure what to make of a book called Quantum Love, but once I realized she was the one who wrote it, I was willing to give it a try.

The backstory to this book is that Berman was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her own mother died of the same disease. Needless to say, this freaked her out. She began researching not only how to beat cancer, but how to thrive while having it. Eventually she began studying quantum physics–which is really just to say that she became interested in the idea that we are all made up of energy and that we can manipulate that energy for good or for bad. So Quantum Love is basically a summary of what she discovered through her research while fighting cancer.

This book is weird. Let’s just acknowledge that from the start. It’s all about manipulating your own energy and getting in tune with your partner’s energy and getting your stuck chakras unstuck. I think these ideas are more widely known and accepted now, but they aren’t traditional, by any stretch. I suspect that a lot of people are probably going to find the content of Quantum Love to be strange.

But that’s okay! Different strokes. Personally, I love stuff like this. I’ve always believed there was something else, something bigger, drawing us together, pulling us apart. So maybe Berman’s ideas about manipulating energy are unconventional, but they still feel mostly common sense to me.

The book is divided into eleven chapters. The first two chapters introduce the concept of quantum love and help you figure out what type of energy profile you have. Then there are four chapters outlining the “commitments” you must make in order to achieve quantum love, each with their own introductory chapters preceding them:

Commitment 1 – I will take responsibility for the energy I bring into my relationship.
Commitment 2 – I will get clear on what I want out of love.
Commitment 3 – I will take responsibility for my body’s energy.
Commitment 4 – I will realize when I am stuck and will shift my energy into a more positive place.

The last chapter is about sex, and while it isn’t as exhaustive as some of her other books (like Real Sex for Real Women), it is still interesting and informative.

Quantum Love is advertised as a book about love relationships, but anyone (single, married, dating, etc.) can benefit from it. It’s really just about getting your own self back on track. There are lots of different meditations in here, lots of exercises to encourage positive thinking. The energy talk may scare some people, but, at its heart, this book is about teaching you how to decrease anxiety, advocate for yourself, connect with others, and get in tune with what it is you want out of life. I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I ended up really enjoying it.

If you do end up liking this one, I’d suggest checking out another slightly weird book called The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing. It’s totally bizarre and also fascinating.

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