How to Rule the World from Your Couch, Laura Day

HOW TO RULE THE WORLD FROM YOUR COUCH Laura Day

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In her new book, HOW TO RULE THE WORLD FROM YOUR COUCH, Laura Day teaches you or your company how to create success in any area by using your brain in unique and compel-ling ways so that your innate intuition can propel you ahead to successful solutions. Laura’s work has helped demystify intuition and demonstrate its practical, verifiable uses in the fields of business, science, medicine, and personal growth.  Her list of clients and students includes doctors, financial investors, scientists, engineers, and celebrities.  Day has shown that 98% of success is planning and that you, therefore, have the power to transform your life.

Carrie’s Chat with Laura

Carrie:  What inspired you to write HOW TO RULE THE WORLD FROM YOUR COUCH?
Laura: Intuition is non-linear, out-of-the-blue, accurate insight. It has given me the means to have a successful life or save my hide, in my particularly self destructive phases, a thousand times. It is an ability that everyone has and accessing it can be taught easily. My students have been begging me for years to write a linear guide to the various intuitive abilities. I compromised. The beginning of every chapter gives the reader/student the true intuitive experience and then I make the text linear for the rest of the chapter. I also wanted a book that teachers, company’s and institutions could apply to their goals and projects without me. Here it is.

Carrie:  What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from HOW TO RULE THE WORLD FROM YOUR COUCH?
Laura:
You are skilled. Whether you know it or not you have the ability to do whatever you want in your life, bring in who and what you need, and be abundant in whatever way you choose, but it takes work and discipline. Clicking your heels three times to be in Kansas only works in The Wizard of Oz. You make your own magic. Luck doesn’t exist. We put those coincidences in place and everyone can learn how to do that. No matter where you are right now in your life, how low you feel, who you are now can change in a moment. Also, we live in an interconnected universe. What does that mean on a practical level? We are aware of what is going on all around us, all around the world. We have antennae which send and receive information and each of us can receive the information we need, whether it is to make better investment choices or to prepare our children or our family for the future, build successful, globally conscious businesses or simply to have more joy in our lives. We also have a measurable, verifiable effect, even at a distance on other people and situations and we can learn to direct that effect for positive outcomes in our lives. The reality is, we often don’t see what is in our blind spot. How to Rule the World from you Couch gives you the option to remove many of your blind spots. Your subconscious will not allow you to perceive more than you can bear. This is why The Circle and Welcome to your Crisis, friends and learning to be kind to yourself will help you to see more. This is really crucial so that you can allow yourself to break through fantasy and replace it by a reality better than anything you have the capacity to imagine in the present.

Carrie:  In general, how does an idea for a book come to you ~ does it perk slowly in your mind or does it come in a flash?
Laura:
The ideas for my first three books, starting with Practical Intuition, came to me when I was tested by various universities and scientists. I adapted them into teaching tools for others to use their intuition in practical ways. The Circle was my own intuition, in a flash and in an emergency, giving me the tools to reach an seemingly impossible goal. I love The Circle. Welcome to your Crisis was a combined effort between me and many of the doctors that I do non-profit work for. I felt that there a was a need for a book that helped people identify how they sabotage themselves and a process to stop the self-harm: whether it be physical, financial, emotional, interpersonal or spiritual. I noticed, with The Circle , that often when people actually got exactly what they wished for they would create a crisis and sabotage themselves. It hit home for me that change, even good change is stressful and takes an enormous among of restructuring and courage to accept. I use the material in The Circle and Welcome to Your Crisis all of the time in my own life to keep myself on track and to create my goals in the world. I am having so much fun with How to Rule the World from you Couch already because it teaches everyone to use their brain the way I do, to get instant answers, even to future questions or about others by shifting their attention in a certain way. It is what I do naturally, having had the benefit of repetitive early childhood trauma followed by good psychiatry as a young adult. Without the trauma I wouldn’t have needed intuition and without the psychiatry  (and really good friends and a loving world) I wouldn’t have been able to use it functionally.

Carrie:  What are you reading right now?
Laura:
College guides for my son who is a senior in high school. I am also reading easy to cook recipes and food advice from Karen Page and Andrew Dornberg (Becoming a Chef) as I am about to leave my son on his own for days at a time to go on tour.

Carrie:  What is your go-to book–that one you’ve read more than once, possibly over-and-over? OR Who is your go-to author?
Laura:
I never read a book twice. I actually tend toward medical journals (New England Journal of Medicine) and science that no one else wants to read. I have ADD so my memory is very poor. I come from a family of doctors, generations of them, so what was around when I was little were medical journals and fairy tales (my mother was very fanciful and creative). I was always too pragmatic to believe the fairy tales so medical journals won by default. I cannot read anything badly written though. My attention wanders.

Carrie:  Can you offer a glimpse into your “real life” and share with us a bit of your personal life—What’s important to you?
Laura:
My real life. I wanted three things as a child. A home, a child, and to be a writer. I am blessed. I have struggled, mostly because I make my own problems, I am hyper-vigilant and overly involved in all of my friends’ and students’ lives and training but this also gives me many blessings. I have a really supportive community around me. I am not good at asking for help but one good thing about being circled by intuitives is that they hear me even when I don’t call! I work with clients by phone on my couch while cooking dinner, which I start in the morning. I cook slow stuff like sauces. When people are around they pop in and help me procrastinate. My dad Skypes me every day to say hi and he lives nearby. At night I cook dinner, supervise homework which is now too sophisticated for me to help with. We often have house guests, old students, friends, clients from our travels. I like to go out once I am out but it takes a crowbar to get me out. My house is the hangout house for my 17 year old Samson’s, friends, so weekends are spent with a house full of kids requiring vast amounts of cooking and organizing and my friends join in. We have open Sundays where anyone drops by for food and so on. We have two rules: No blood on the floor (my dad, a doctor, hates being called to the emergency room) and we share I give money to City Meals on Wheels, which feeds New York’s home bound elderly, Habitat for Humanity, The Public Library and other causes my students bring me. We tend to share as a family so that our causes are often close to home, a neighbor or student in trouble, a local store that needs support to stay open. I do free healing (by laying on of hands by e mail) every morning as my form of prayer and I offer free workshops every month.

Carrie:  What has been one of your biggest struggles and/or successes and what have you learned from it?
Laura:
I like control… a lot and I have picked partners who give me the illusion of control. My favorite tag line is: You have him exactly where he wants you! Although I have learned wonderful things from the love relationships I have had I have never really given up control and allowed myself to be guided or supported in a significant way. I love devotionally when I love and I am always functioning as the healer, which, of course, gives me the illusion of usefulness and control. I am realizing, as my son goes out into the world, that to love fully and to receive love fully, I have to give up my need to control, which as an intuitive I do so well. That I can survive loss, and have, since the age of 14 when my mother committed suicide and the memo I didn’t get is that we need to mourn! I tend to hold on to people years longer than I should. It is hard for me to let go (see the mediumship chapter in How to Rule the World from you Couch) and I often don’t have to, so making the choice to let go and let loss happen and let go of control is so,so (did I say so?) hard. I am not good at throwing in the towel! It is humbling to realize that my amazing gift is also my greatest obstacle. This is the first year of my life since the age of 16 when I am not in a romantic relationship. I am moving slowly to not repeat a pattern I have held onto for thirty four years. I am also very naive in certain ways about the world. I just learned to drive a car, narrowly beating my son to the punch by a year although I will never be as good a driver.

Carrie:  What was the best advice you’ve ever received—do you follow it?
Laura:
No New Damage. Even if something looks good on the outside, if it has a potential for harm, proceed with caution if at all!

Carrie:  What did you learn about yourself while writing this book that you may not have expected?
Laura:
While writing this book I had to put in words much of what I consider my secret powers in the world. It was at a time when I was, and continue to be, working on letting go of control. Giving away the goods was both liberating and terrifying. Many of my students who have read the book before publication were really enthusiastic and grateful that I laid the skills out so clearly. This has been a wonderful reward.

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  2. I don’t know where to start. I can only say that I would benefit tremendously from having this book and will be grateful to win it. This interview was insightful and made me want to read the book even more if that is possible. Laura stay blessed and keep giving AND receiving the blessings of life. God bless you and your family. Take care.

  3. Sounds like a good book. Wonderful interview. Thanks

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  4. Love tohave some new reading material for on my vanpool ofcourse reading the reviews on my drive home is fun

  5. Nice reading. Your approach is really nice. Thanks for the share.

  6. Laura Day is the real deal. I’ve been dying for another book from this talented and gracious woman. Even if,…especially if, you don’t believe in intuition and similar innate human abilities, Laura’s book will show you that you don’t have to believe for it to be true. She constantly encourages analytical thinking and recording your observations so you can test the results for yourself. Why wouldn’t you want to harnass a power you already have for your own benefit??

    I highly recommend this book and all others by Laura Day. It’s made a positive difference in my life. The best part is I don’t rely on anyone else to help me figure out what’s best for me. Finally, real and true personal freedom and power.

  7. This is one of the most revealing interviews of Laura Day I’ve read online! Congratulations to the interviewer! The humanity of Ms. Day makes it possible to open to her subject matter and risk diving into the book….Exactly what I anticipate doing!

  8. It’s seems like an intresting book to read.

  9. Ummmmmm I will be waiting on my couch….

    Thanks for the interview,
    Michelle

  10. I cannot wait to read this book. I identify with ADD-ness, and so many similarities. Wanting a home, a child and to be a writer. I ended up a seamtress but due to my lack of focus, a also joined the army, went to Europe, was a stay home mom for ten years, am a personal trainer and fitness instructor and a full time seamtress. I way again, I am so so so (did I say so) excited, elated and inspired to read this book!!

  11. I would love to read this book! The interview has sparked my interest. I am going through major life changes. I just got divorced, and my last child will be off to college soon. I now have a great opportunity to start a new life. I think this book will definitely help me to overcome any obstacles and achieve the goals I have set for myself.

  12. its a great interview thanks for sharing i really needed someone like ms.laura to encourage me been away from my kids for the last 8 years never seen them and just wishing this book will fall on my couch this book will help me navigate paths and focus on the positive things of life and make my dreams come true mopre power to you ms laura and keep on writing so you will help people stay in th epositive tracks of life good job

  13. I think Laura Day is absolutely amazing. I first started with her book The Circle and then Practical Intuition. I bought her latest book, How To Rule The World From Your Couch and I loved it so much I also purchased the audio so I could listen to her at night on my Ipod. I have never met Laura Day in person, only in the Circle, but I have to tell you I think she is generous to share her talents with us. I feel so blessed to have her in my life. And what is truly amazing is that I have my husband excited about her newest book and he is going to read it. There is so much in this book that can apply to the business world and I truly believe it will help our company get the upper edge. I love this book and I love Laura Day.

  14. Being in sales. I became more aware everyday that to get what you want in life planning is necessary. However, I never quite get all the planning I need done in the hubbub of daily life to move from mediocre or great. I can’t wait to read.

  15. I’m a person who, when a problem hits, wants to move immediately into figuring out how to resolve it. Often, unlike a broken water pipe, fixing things in our lives, careers, relationships are not as easy as a trip to Home Depot. But in this book, Laura Day provides real, tangible tools for fixing those parts of our lives.

    The best part about these actions is that Laura is very clear in saying that they should be used within our busy hectic days – you don’t need to clear an hour for cross-legged meditation to exert your ability to change something for the good.

    As I work through this book (and I’m still doing so at different paces every day) the one overwhelming thing about the experience isn’t the fact that I can make situations better, bring myself perfect opportunities, or negotiate changes in relationships. It is the calming and empowering knowledge that I really can choose what my life is like.

    When you open the book (or experience any of the gifts Laura offers – books, CD experiences, workshops) you are stepping into a community that is at once comforting and invigorating. The support you receive from the other people who have open their lives to these ideas is amazing. As is Laura herself being right there with you. Yes, she does have friends/clients who are exciting and famous. But the most beautiful thing about Laura (and what she is trying to teach us) is that she sees everyone as within her circle – her family.

  16. Hello – I hope you don’t mind me dropping by. I’m a British author and a fellow Bookblogs member and my next novel, Thaw, will be published online next year after its physical publication. I wanted to invite you (and your readers) to participate in my Blogsplash – there’s more information at http://www.fionarobyn.com/thawblogsplash.htm. Thanks for listening!

  17. Laura is great at breaking down intuition into actionable steps, always with a result-oriented approach, and this book is no exception! Laura’s work is perfect for those who are intrigued by intuition but think it might be a bit too “esoteric” for the practical aspects of life. I have been following Laura’s work for years and appreciate how accessible she is to her readers and students. She publishes her personal email and personally answers messages, which is great for further tailoring her work to one’s life. I highly recommend “How to Rule the World from Your Couch,” “Welcome to Your Crisis” and “The Circle.”

  18. How To Rule the World From Your Couch is the finest book I have come across on how to apply intuition to everyday life. Big dreams and small woes all get addressed in this nuts to bolts manual of magic and practical exercises… I love this book… all of it makes sense and is presented in a motivating format.
    I have followed her work for a while and she has a great facebook page supporting the work plus a website called practicalintuition.com. Worth getting, giving, keeping and re-re-reading – a heart-mending book.
    MC

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