Overall: Good book - good method. BUT... It was a little confusing (in spite of trying to do the opposite), and repetitive, and it was difficult to foOverall: Good book - good method. BUT... It was a little confusing (in spite of trying to do the opposite), and repetitive, and it was difficult to follow the logic of the structure of the book (for me anyhow), because it seemed too similar to be set apart in different chapters and yet it wasn't differentiated enough to make sense that it didn't go together and was seemingly a repetition. But I liked the examples, the method and the message - just really didn't like, or get, the structure. ...more
This book started out alright for me, but then it got very tiresome and repetitive. It seemed like the same message over and over, some places with evThis book started out alright for me, but then it got very tiresome and repetitive. It seemed like the same message over and over, some places with even basically the same lines. And its not that I disagree with the message and premise of this book, it's just that it's so ingrained and basic to me, that it doesnt really stir me or move me, if that's all it is. If there's nothing else to it? So to me this book was sort of a waste of time. Or I could have just saved myself some precious reading time, and read a few chapters and then moved on. So as much as we're working for the same cause, I doubt I will be coming back to any more Wayne Dyer books, because there's much to agree on - but not much to learn....more
This was a quick and nice little read, that I agree with in many cases, but that didnt really have much new to offer me. I came to see what was in thisThis was a quick and nice little read, that I agree with in many cases, but that didnt really have much new to offer me. I came to see what was in this hidden evangelium of Thomas, but found nothing that surprised me, or that seemed out of context with much of the rest in the new testamente. Maybe because I never believed Jesus wanted or was the spokesperson of an authoritive and dogmatic religion in the first place - that's one of the things I liked about him ;)
So to me, not much was new or shocking - i enjoyed it, without being amazed or surprised.
I am not able to do this book or this author justice, as I cannot fathom into words the praise it deserves. It is brilliant and enchanting and true anI am not able to do this book or this author justice, as I cannot fathom into words the praise it deserves. It is brilliant and enchanting and true and wise, and elegant and piercing and wonderful and beautiful and magnetic and a so much more I do not have the words for. It grabbed hold of me from the first page and it didn't let go. I am still mesmerized by this book even as I have long since put it down and even lend it out, but it's rhythmic poetic wisdom still resonates as an echo in my mind and my soul. I'm awed....more
I was okay with parts of this book, and really into other parts. The parts I really enjoyed was the latter part, with the visions, and the story aboutI was okay with parts of this book, and really into other parts. The parts I really enjoyed was the latter part, with the visions, and the story about Atlantis and lemuria especially. Those were fascinating and interesting! The walk on the camino , the more normal parts were just not that exciting. I'm sure it must have been really challenging, but it's just not that good of a story, or something that seems as relevant to all the rest of us. But the history embedded in the visions, THOSE were indeed relevant. If you believe them of course. And I think i do. At least that the truth is somewhere close to that. Those are the parts of the story that haunts me and that has stuck with me. What if? And if so? I think the camino is one you have to walk to get the experience that will have a transformative effect. If this had been just a personal story of a personal quest I'm not sure it would have had much in it for me. No matter how famous Shirley was or is. But the Atlantis and lemuria visions and theories are ones you don't have to walk the camino to be fascinated and intrigued about and to consider what that might mean for our own understanding of ourselves. So that is what I take with me from this book: theories and visions of a past that might still have a lesson to teach. Because the past may very well turn up as the future. Unless we learn from it....more
I love Adyashanti. His teachings, his persona, his words, his voice, his presence, his caring and loving nature, his peace, his humor, his downtoearthI love Adyashanti. His teachings, his persona, his words, his voice, his presence, his caring and loving nature, his peace, his humor, his downtoearth-ness, his smile, his grace. He may not always be all of this, but that is how I know him. From the YouTube videos and the satsang I was lucky enough to attend, here, in Copenhagen where I live. This was my first book with Adya. And I've got to admit: I prefer him live. Or as close to it. I missed his voice, his laugh, and the way he speaks his words that goes right to the core of me and that I carry with me, as reminders. Much of what was said in this book I've already discovered for myself, so I didn't have many revelations. The brick wall image stuck with me. But there are some of the YouTube videos and the satsang that has had more piercing impact on me. Nevertheless, Adya is a teacher whose words and wisdom and presence reach me, deeply and profoundly, just by being close to them, I'm reminded of all this, that lies in me, in the universe. And that makes me better able embrace Life and What is. And that is a gift for which I'm grateful....more
This book didn't do much for me until the last pages. That's probably my fault (if there is any fault or a blame at all). It just didn't penetrate meThis book didn't do much for me until the last pages. That's probably my fault (if there is any fault or a blame at all). It just didn't penetrate me at all. The words were mostly just words and I couldn't get at and experience whatever Krishnarmurti was talking about. And wasn't even sure I agreed.with or liked him all that much. Most of it seemed like stuff id already heard and in ways that I could better connect with. It didn't ignite my curiosity to dig deep into and meditate over the questions or words spoken. And it bothered me how Krishnarmurti kept demanding 'listen, listen, listen, not just to my words, investigate' me being all like, 'mister I'll damn right decide for myself when and how and to whom I'll listen. Just do your thing and let me do mine.' So Krishnarmurti talked and talked for pages on and on about this or that and I was supposed to listen but didn't really care. And then towards the end where it was broken up into shorter paragraphs, sometimes just a few lines, words began to sink in and ring true and I could connect with them. I don't know (hahaha. You'll get it if you've read it) why this was so. It was just different. I think I prefer Krishnarmurti in quotes and short, piercing lines, instead of the long monologues....more
Didn't find anything new in this book or anything old that was put in a different light. No lost teachings of Jesus that I could find or that was cleaDidn't find anything new in this book or anything old that was put in a different light. No lost teachings of Jesus that I could find or that was clearly stated. It seemed more like Prophets speaking and teaching, not Jesus' voice. Not that they necessarily differ too much. I believe in the Christmind that we can develop and gain acces to, and I too believe that Jesus has been misunderstood and things have been omitted or changed, and that he probably believed in and taught about reincarnation and karma and a whole lot of other things that we'll probably never know, but that each of us will have to decide for ourselves. The problem with this book is that in my opinion it pretends to be something it's not. It pretends to uncover a large chunk of the mystery around Jesus and it didn't. Not to me anyhow. I agreed with Prophet on several issues (but not all), but to me it was just the basics, so a bit redundant. I didn't come away from it with new ideas or new way of putting old ideas or more reflected or in touch with my truth. Maybe it's because I'm not a Bible fanatic and I've long ago come to the conclusion that it's a book written by humans for humans and that it is not the only Source to knowledge of God. And of course it can be read and interpreted different ways; even to support reincarnation and karma. And I think that just like with everything else we cannot trust anything just by the authority it claims to have - we have to constantly ask and feel within ourselves, wether it holds truth for us. Not as a whole, but in the parts. What do you believe? This statement; what does it mean to you? Is that what you think? How you'd explain it? The answers lie within ourselves, often prodded and hinted at from external sources (that we attract it that is put in our path), and whatever truth is holds depends on how much and what we are ready to see.
And I guess I've just already seen this; God is a loving God; we are Beings of power that are responsible for what we manifest; the karma law works for all and to balance things out and ensure our growth and learning; Jesus' words and teachings aren't defined by scholars and enclosed in the Bible - Jesus speaks. Still. To anyone who will listen. Which is why I find it pointless to put so much value on the specific words in the Bible, as Prophet also does. Reinterpreting and rehashing them. Yes there is so much MORE, not just to be understood by this one source, but to find, to hear, to learn - by other sources too! Don't stare blindly at the Bible, it doesn't hold the keys, it is not THE door, just open your mind and heart to Love, to God, to yourself. And you will find your answers. And they will come through many doors and many voices. Listen. Feel. Know.
Janssen writes so attentively, poignant and self-revealing, that he feels like a friend, like an actual human being, notAmazing. From start to finish.
Janssen writes so attentively, poignant and self-revealing, that he feels like a friend, like an actual human being, not just some removed intellectual and it gives meaning and depth and closeness to the book and every line and makes it feel like you're having a conversation; like you're involved too, because he makes himself real, authentic and his questions and personal statements bring out the personal in yourself, as well as the fact that Janssen addresses questions directly to the reader, bringing the reader in closer contact with the material and the author. If only all intellectuals dared write like this - with themselves, the authors, present and human! This book is funny, interesting, important and I want to own it so I can go back and read it a million times over and underline all the great passages and lines. This book, even if it is about psychology, scientific to some extent, is REAL. It is about you and me and our lives and our basic human nature, our commonalities as well as our uniqueness, our creativity, our transcendent selves and godlike nature. This book spoke to my heart, my soul and my human self. I absolutely loved it....more
Feeling kind of mixed about this book. Some of it I didn't really connect with, other parts I did. I didn't do all the exercises, only the ones I was drFeeling kind of mixed about this book. Some of it I didn't really connect with, other parts I did. I didn't do all the exercises, only the ones I was drawn to. Might come back to it and do the others at a later point....more
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 offerI 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 ;)...more
I want more!! What a relief there is 4 more books planned (this is the first 2) and the third one is right around the corner, 2014 sometime, hopefully.I want more!! What a relief there is 4 more books planned (this is the first 2) and the third one is right around the corner, 2014 sometime, hopefully. I cant wait! :)
This book was a combination of so many things that fascinate, interest and entertain me. The story, the characters and the journey and growth throughout the book really held me captive.
Ill admit the writing didnt blow my mind, and was actually a little too clichee for my taste at places, mostly in some of the romantic dialogues. But in this case it didnt bother me or really matter because there was so many other things that just made me fall head over heels in love with it. It wasnt JUST a lovestory, it was also a story about growing and learning and changing and finding and losing and seeing and knowing and forgetting and feeling and sensing. About power and weakness, will, strength, want, desire, loss, hope, dreams, attraction, rejection, bewilderment, wonder. And so much more. The themes of reincarnation, soul connections and tasks, Atlantis, choices and conflicts, ego and soul, darkness and light, the after and in-between lives, mental or astral powers, the Earths journey and time now are all themes I find fascinating and interesting and that is very much a part of my own beliefs - so to find them in a book, weaved together like this, was like coming home.
This book is taking place in America/Canada but written in danish and (so far) isn't translated. But I really hope it will be, someday (hopefully soon), so many more people will be able to enjoy it!! I know, Im hooked ;)...more
When I started reading this book I took several enneagram tests and got a different result each time. .... 5 tests - 5 different results. So much for cWhen I started reading this book I took several enneagram tests and got a different result each time. .... 5 tests - 5 different results. So much for consistency huh? So forgive me if I don't have very much faith in the validity of this test/method. There's too many obvious faults with the test/categorizing alone on a research/science base (which I'm not going to go into detail with here) But it does kind of ruin the premise of the book for me. So.. After panicking a bit wondering if it should concern me that I didn't fit into some type I decided 'f*** no.' And then I read it anyway. Because as little as I give for this method to accurately pinpoint people into types I did find the issues and challenges described throughout the book interesting. I just wish it would have left it at that, able to point out personality potholes and ego strategies and how to counter them and not try to fit people into main types. It just didn't really work that way. But I did recognize aspects of myself throughout and so in going against the premise and using it my own way I did find the book intriguing. The last chapters of the book on the spiritual/mindful awareness and development were some of my favorites....more
Holy miracle! This book was 174 pages of wisdom that I just want to hug forever. Zukav wrote to my soul (or maybe my soul wrote to me through zukav. AHoly miracle! This book was 174 pages of wisdom that I just want to hug forever. Zukav wrote to my soul (or maybe my soul wrote to me through zukav. Anyways, unimportant details). And my soul heard the call and it rejoiced and it was so everything I needed to hear. It was a gift. And I will so have to find this book and give it a home on my treasure shelf. Where it belongs. And where I can reread it. Often....more