To me, this book spoke wisdom. A reminder to stay in the present and not be overcome by the Egos wants and needs. I'll still bring out this book and r...moreTo me, this book spoke wisdom. A reminder to stay in the present and not be overcome by the Egos wants and needs. I'll still bring out this book and randomly flip through it, if I feel like i'm getting too swepped up in catastrophic thinking of the future, the past weighs too heavily or the Ego gets too demanding.(less)
I need to own this. I need to be able to go back and read all this wonderful, insightful wisdom over and over again. I need the keys this book is offer...moreI need to own this. I need to be able to go back and read all this wonderful, insightful wisdom over and over again. I need the keys this book is offering, ready at hand, to unlock the doors to the mysteries to my own and other peoples journeys and inner workings.
Steven writing is inspiring and fascinating and I just want more, more, more. He is a great guide to the mystery of astrology, explaining, showing and gently challenging and encouraging. I will get my hands on a copy of this book and I will surely be coming back to both Steven and astrology. The journey has only just begun ;)(less)
What an intense, well-written roller coaster ride through Anais' mind, her passionate emotions and inner turmoil! So intense...moreHoly moly what a mindfuck!
What an intense, well-written roller coaster ride through Anais' mind, her passionate emotions and inner turmoil! So intense I had to put the book down, get away from all her thoughts and feelings for a bit, in spite of being in love with the book. But to be so deep inside someone's head is just exhausting. I can barely stand to be that deeply immersed in my own insides for very long. Because when you start probing and questioning and wondering about everything, then before long it all starts to spin, it opens up new layers, new dimensions hidden from view. Nothing and everything makes sense. The ground you were standing on - shaking. Exciting and scary at the same time. To keep digging, with the risk of falling in and being consumed by darkness, to keep looking and risk being blinded. But if you risk it - you might win the world.
It is said this book is about a sexual awakening. Youcan say that, sure, but it is also about so much more. It is about love in all shapes and forms. The forbidden one, the safe one. Desire, passion, fear, jealousy, love triangles (or squares or five, sixth or seventh-angles - I've lost count), security, friendship, homosexuality, incestuous (between cousins) are all elements that factor in and play a part. But it is also about self-discovery. Disclosure. Lies. Games. Power. Insecurity and confidence. About writing. About art. About psychoanalysis. For a psychologist like myself, that in itself is of immense interest.
Anais bares herself in her journals. Or at least you think she does. She writes so well about human emotions, the bad the good,the highs the low, the ugly and the beautiful, that you cannot but believe that she must know all of it. That here you are being given the key to her soul. That surely we are glimpsing into her true Being. But the thing you must ask yourself is wether such a thing exists? A true being. A truth. Objectives. Or if we make ourselves and each other up as we go along? Explain ourselves away, give the world meaning, analyses things until they make sense? Do we not always look at things from a certain perspective, with a certain intention, a history? And as time moves us, or other people look at that same thing, it changes, we change, people,mour feelings, explanations and stories change? That, I think it is wise to remember (if you believe it is so, of course), reading this book. You are glimpsing. You are making it up, forming a story from the pieces you are giving, just as much as Anais is, as the psychoanalysist is. You are not given all the pieces to the puzzle, because they have not all been defined yet. And that's what makes this all e more fascinating. We are reading a journal, how much more personal than that can you get? But if you have ever kept a journal (and i have) you also know, how you cannot write everything down, and that in writing them down you are trying to make sense of something, you are the seemstress, who weaves fabric together, who creates a coherent piece from scraps. And you would also know how looking back, reading what you wrote years later, you cannot always recognize what you wrote. You no longer see the picture that same way. Wouldn't tell the story the same way. You have changed, and so has the story. You might have captured a moment, as it looked from a certain vantage point, but can you claim to have captured Truth? Are your feelings at this point not just as true? And can you live with the contradiction of several Truths?
Whats more is, we are also reading the journal of a writer. And a very talented one at that, if you ask me. Someone who crafts with words, someone who knows how to bring stories to life, someone who gladly shows her diaries to friends and lovers, who seems to like (and expect?) an audience. So. Does that make it more or less true, then? That is, perhaps, the question.
"But what a superb game the three of us are playing. Who is the demon? Who is the liar? Who the human being? Who the cleverest? Who the strongest? Who loves the most? Are we three immense egos fighting for domination or for love, or are these things mixed?"(less)
I was around 18 and at a low point in my life, one of many, where my past was haunting me, life seemed pointless and cruel a...moreThis book changed my life.
I was around 18 and at a low point in my life, one of many, where my past was haunting me, life seemed pointless and cruel and my future hopeless and gloom. I was lost and scared.
I picked up this book from my mums shelf, not expecting much and it turned my world around. It spoke to my heart, my mind and my soul. Things that I had always believed, but thought I was all alone in believeing, suddenly came to life in these pages. Everything seemed to fall into place, and the chaos and confusion i had experienced seemed to dissolve and evaporate. The key to it all was the empowering effect it had on me. It spoke directly to my core and guided me back to taking charge of my life, and steer it in the direction I felt was right. It made me start seeing life, and live it, on a completely different level. It was like I was walking in the dark, knewing there was a door to light somewhere, desperate to find it before I'd succumb to the darkness, and there this book was, a door to the light, and walking through that door has made all the difference. Ever since, I've been walking in the light, going through forests of darkness maybe, but I carry the light with me, and the darkness dont hold power over me anymore. I do. To me, this book contains a Truth, and it came to me just in the right time, when I needed it most, showing me I was not, never, alone. And I believe that it just might have saved my life. (less)
I was thrilled to be allowed to take a peak behind the curtain and fascinated by the personal stories as well as the glimpses of the etern...moreWhat a ride!
I was thrilled to be allowed to take a peak behind the curtain and fascinated by the personal stories as well as the glimpses of the eternal. I can't help wonder though to what extent the 'filter' meaning the subject and the hypnotherapists interpretations plays a role? I know there are similar descriptions amongst them, but reading the dialogues I also get a sense of several (possible) misunderstandings/interpretations where it wasn't clear to me at least, what the subject was really saying and wether they had been understood by the hypnotherapist. Still, there was much, much interesting stuff going on and this material and this approach isn't something I've come across before. Did it answer all my questions about the life in between lives? No. Most definitely not. And, much as I enjoyed this book it has left me a little frustrated with all my unanswered questions about my own life, my own journey, most of all by the preparation phase. What exactly did go down, planning this life? Am I on course or did I get lost along the way? The only solution I can think of right now is to go find a hypnotherapist of my own that takes people to the lives between lives, if I want my questions answered this way. Maybe I will. One day. (less)