The Source

By Dr Tara Swart

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t. You’re right.
— Henry Ford


Self-help books like The Secret show us that if we can tap into “The Law of Attraction,” we have the power to change our destiny simply by reshaping our mind. Millions of people have used the ancient systems of manifestation and visualisation to find health, success, love, friendship, wealth, and more. But does the “Law of Attraction” actually work? And more important, is this kind of life-changing philosophy within reach for everyone, even the most skeptical among us?

As Dr. Tara Swart, psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and Senior Lecturer at MIT shows us in The Source, if we can strip away our skepticism, these ancient tools of manifestation and visualisation are fundamentally powerful and incredibly effective at freeing us of self-limiting behaviours and propelling us toward our truest, most authentic selves. Swart reveals how and why these systems actually work by offering the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and behavioural psychology, including lessons in neuroplasticity, magnetism, emotional and logical thinking, and even hydration, self-care, and relaxation. Next, she describes her own journey from skeptic to believer, and guides readers through the scientific breakthroughs and personal revelations that changed her from an unhappy, close-minded, and disconnected woman wanting more from life, to a successful entrepreneur living with confidence, purpose, and joy.

The truth is, most of the things we want—health, happiness, wealth, love—are governed by our ability to think, feel, and act—in other words, by our brain. Dr. Swart combines the insights and inspiration of The Secret The Secret with the practical lessons of The Master Key System to help a new generation fulfil their dreams. The Source is a rigorous, proven toolkit for unlocking our minds—and reaching our fullest potential.


  1. It’s ‘The Secret’ meets neuroscience. Loving ‘The Secret’ is a guilty secret of LOTS of our members (including me) because it’s quite often scoffed at and seen as naff and unrealistic by the non-believers. The Source explains that manifestation, as explained in that book as well as by hundreds of other authors and experts including Louise Hay, Gabrielle Bernstein, Mike Dooley, Paul McKenna and Wayne Dyer, is not an art, it’s SCIENCE! And it backs up the magic of the Law of Attraction - that our thoughts become things, that what we focus on we get more of, and that ‘what we resist persists’ - with cold, hard facts (written in a warm and soul-affirming way) that the most sceptical of people won’t be able to resist.


  2. It’s a self-help how-to! It brings together - and explains - lots of my favourite self-help concepts, including positive psychology, creativity, intuition, visualisation, goal-setting, self-care and routines.


  3. It inspires action, Dr Tara is constantly inspiring the reader to take action (even vision boards have been renamed as ‘action boards’) and so as you progress through the book you quickly start to feel like a) you have achieved something and b) you can achieve anything. And who doesn’t want some of that?


  • Mon 7th October - preface/intro

  • Mon 14th October - chapter 1

  • Mon 21st October - chapter 2

  • Mon 28th October - chapters 3 + 4

  • Mon 7th November - chapters 5, 6, 7

  • Mon 14th November - chapters 8, 9, 10, 11

  • Mon 21st November - chapters 12 + 13

  • Mon 28th November - to end


Dr Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, leadership coach, award-winning author and a medical doctor. She works with leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, improving their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions and retain information.

Tara’s clients include FTSE100, Fortune 500 and Magic Circle firms, as well as UHNWI entrepreneurs. She specialises in sectors that face unusual levels of stress or change.

She is also lead author of the award-winning book, Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage. The book examines new evidence that positive leadership can be learned and how by harnessing key competencies and creativity, leaders can make better decisions and improve performance.

Tara sits on five advisory boards and councils and is a Brand Ambassador for Pack for a Purpose, a charity assisting travellers with making meaningful contributions to communities whilst they travel. Tara was the very first Neuroscientist-in-Residence at the Corinthia Hotel, London.

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  • We’ll be sharing quotes and questions for discussion throughout October and November* month on Instagram and Facebook and meeting every Monday at 8pm (GMT) in the Facebook group.

  • There will be a digital meetup/watch party in the Facebook group on Monday 28th October.

  • Come along to a real-life meetup to share your thoughts and hear some different perspectives on the book. The next meetups will be happening on Monday 25th November 2019. You can find out information on all locations HERE. (And if there’s no Shelf Help book club in your area yet and you want one, then let us know so we can try and include in our plans).

*Following feedback from members and hosts the book club will now be covering one title every TWO months, to give us all more time to read and process the concepts (and do the exercises!)