About The Source

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  •  Publisher: HarperOne (October 15, 2019)

For the first time,a Neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer at MIT reveals the surprising science that supports The Law of Attraction as an effective tool for self-discovery and offers a guide to discovering your authentic self to access your best life now.

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 visualization 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?

The Power of the law of attraction

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 visualization are fundamentally powerful and incredibly effective at freeing us of self-limiting behaviors 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 behavioral psychology, including lessons in neuroplasticity, magneticism, 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 with the practical lessons of The Master Key System to help a new generation fulfill their dreams. The Source is a rigorous, proven toolkit for unlocking our minds—and reaching our fullest potential.

My Thoughts:

A few years ago I became heavily interested in the principles of the law of attraction. While I’ve read a few books about it and watched several videos, none of them thoroughly explained the science behind it. The Source puts science behind the law of attraction. It offers an in-depth scientific explanation of the single most important aspect of the law of attraction… YOUR BRAIN.

The Source explains how neuroscience affects what you attract in your life and discusses the importance of neuroplasticity. As explained in the book, “Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change, the power to create new pathways in the subconscious and conscious parts of our brain.” Since human beings are often creatures of habit, it’s difficult to consider that we have the power to change our thinking and our behavior. We often think that that’s just who we are, but The Source shows you that you can be whoever you want to be if you learn how to rewire your neural pathways.

Rewiring your neural pathways may sound intimidating, but luckily, this book does an excellent job of explaining it. The Source is also very interactive. Through the use of journaling and mental exercises, it shows the reader how to induce self-awareness and retrain their brain. “When it comes to the brain it is difficult to unlearn something that has been etched into your brain, and much easier to overwrite the unwanted thoughts with new desired ones.”

While The Source is really smart and full of scientific information, it is far from a dry read. This book is full of valuable information on the law of attraction, the brain, and emotional intelligence. I really appreciated the chapter on emotions. As someone who is often a slave to her emotions, it was helpful to read how to be more in control of them. One of my favorite quotes in the book says, “If someone upsets you, you can either make scrambled eggs or bake a cake. Our response is very much within our control.”

There’s so much to learn from The Source. I’m happy to own my own copy because I’m sure I will refer back to it throughout the years. You can get your own copy of The Source through the links below.

Purchase Links

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About Tara Swart

DR. TARA SWART is a neuroscientist and former psychiatric doctor. She’s a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and a visiting senior lecturer at Kings College, London, and an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. She is the lead author of the award-winning Neuroscience for Leadership and in 2016 she was named the world’s first Neuroscientist in Residence at Corinthia Hotel, London. Tara Swart is passionate about teaching others how to apply lessons from cognitive science to enhance everyday lives.

Find out more about Tara at her website, and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Thanks to Trish from TLC Book Tours for inviting me on this blog tour for The Source. I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Source by Tara Swart

  1. I love nonfiction books but as soon as it become a dry read, I’m done. I love that this one isn’t that way AND this is a really interesting topic. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    Posted on October 22, 2019 at 11:18 am
    1. So true. The Source is very educational but it’s written in an engaging tone. It’s a great read! You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure :).

      Posted on October 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm