There is no other book like this one. (At least I havent heard of any. If you know of any, please let me know, i'll be very intrested to read it). A boThere is no other book like this one. (At least I havent heard of any. If you know of any, please let me know, i'll be very intrested to read it). A book where we are led through incarnations of a soul, from a developmental perspective, and get to experience both the perspective of the soul while its in incarnated in form and with a personality- what it feels and thinks and acts, and why, and how it copes to understand its own life and the life around it- but we also get to experience, the wisdom, teaching, explanations of the guides and helpers in between incarnations, and here we, the reader, learn alongside the soul the purpose and lessons learned in these lives and the overall path and journey of the soul. Or struggle to learn and understand might be more accurate. Because as fascinated as I was by the whole thing, and as deep a core certain parts struck with me, there were also a few parts, that I didnt quite 'catch'. Yet. Because im sure one day, when im more of an experienced soul, in a different lifetime and body perhaps, i will ;)...more
This book was so intriguing and masterfully crafted. The story was well told, and the inner workings of the personalities fascinating -to get up so cloThis book was so intriguing and masterfully crafted. The story was well told, and the inner workings of the personalities fascinating -to get up so close, to get inside, and to watch them play off of each other, trying to figure each other out, responding from the idosynchratic points of view. ...more
This is one of the books that I'm really sad is over. Only relief is that I own it and can reread it, anytime I want. And I will be rereading it, no dThis is one of the books that I'm really sad is over. Only relief is that I own it and can reread it, anytime I want. And I will be rereading it, no doubt. Because it brought such comfort, peace and love with it, and helped me open my mind and my heart and connect with my higher self as well as clear my intentions and sharpen my focus. This is a book that is very dear to me, because it has reached my heart and soul as very few books have. I'm utterly grateful to have found this book and for the messages of hope, light, love, strength and power it brings....more
So that was a major disappointment! I'd read Gary zukavs 'the seat of the soul' and loved it, so I naturally expected to come back and be floored againSo that was a major disappointment! I'd read Gary zukavs 'the seat of the soul' and loved it, so I naturally expected to come back and be floored again. Not so much.
This book was just much too cliche, simplistic, repetitive, unnuanced and reductionist if for my taste. Simplifying and generalizing of people's behaviors might be useful or interesting to the novice who is new to the behaviors that can serve as a way to avoid feelings. 'Can' being the keyword. Not all anger/pleasing behavior/etc. is a way to avoid emotions. A solution to all and every problem is to just notice and allow your feelings, no reacting to them, only observing. Which I agree is a key starting point. But unfortunately the book uses that solution and only that, for all concerns. And I do not believe that simply observing and feeling feelings is enough for healing. To heal you have to go beyond the feelings and to the thoughts that give rise to them, the circumstances you're responding to or the painful memories and conditioned responses that keep triggering you. You have to follow the emotions to their often painful root, and see what lies beneath it. And then can you discover whether this response and emotion is healthy or not. Maybe anger is a 'new' and healthy response in the right direction for someone who has had trouble saying no and maintaining their boundaries out of fear of not being loved, low self esteem, a tendency to please and so on. But for someone like that anger can be a scary feeling of you aren't familiar with it. It can be healthy, but you still need to monitor it and know why it's arising and whether it's healthy or unhealthy. This is just to say that you can't divide people into categories where a certain emotion or behavior is taking out of context and assumed to always be because of this or that. People are much more complex.
Another problem I had with this book is its one and only solution (which is repeated to the point of madness. I really don't need to hear the same thing repeated on every. Single. Page.): investigate and feel your feelings. (Through your bodily responses which are ether fear of trust based. This is also stated about every page.) Like I said I agree that this is important, but what is equally if not more important is what you do with the patterns behind the feelings and how you change them. Of this, the book is very silent. Which is useless and disappointing at best but could be a severe problem to people who have used these strategies because of a lot of pent up fear and who are not usually aware of these feelings or how to cope with them (probably why they developed these strategies in the first place). If these people even get to the point of daring to let themselves feel these feelings but not knowing what to do with what lies beneath, they risk being so overwhelmed by fear that they will shut the door and be back where they started or worse: drown in their emotions which could lead to a likely or worsened state like depression or panic attacks or what not.
So: I'm all for investigating your emotional responses and taking responsibility for them, I think that's an important first step: self awareness. And yes feelings are good feedback, good messengers and signposts. BUT I think it's equally important to dig a little deeper; what are you running from? What are you so afraid of? How did this fear arise? How did the response act as a coping mechanism for you (the authors generalisations may not be true for you). And how are you going to gently, and lovingly heal yourself without guilt and with small steps? To answer those important questions there are other books that have helped me a lot more in my spiritual and physical life on how to deal with my emotions. Books like ' The untethered soul' for example. Or sanaya Romans books.
I'm stunned, blown away, amazed. This book went to my core, opened up closed parts of me, so I let in more light, released some pain and struggles andI'm stunned, blown away, amazed. This book went to my core, opened up closed parts of me, so I let in more light, released some pain and struggles and looked at myself and the world with a clearer vision and a more relaxed and assured soul. It came to me at the exact right time where I needed it, and I am so deeply grateful for the healing and the development I experienced, that this book supported me in. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will treasure you forever and love you till the pages start falling out and then I will love you right back together. You helped me leap more into my own power, my own clarity and my own peace. You helped me open my inner doors to God to Love and to Peace. My soul is able to better hold my calm center as I resonate with the voice of Truth and recognize it in my experience. ...more
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 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
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
I can relate. To a lot of Gilbert's perspectives, her personal problems, her spirituality and while I was reading this I was in fact traveling, alone,I can relate. To a lot of Gilbert's perspectives, her personal problems, her spirituality and while I was reading this I was in fact traveling, alone, in order to get a break and just be with me. To Spain and only for a week, but none the less, here I am, a 30 year old woman on a spiritual journey, currently going through a divorce and traveling, in a literal and metaphorical sense, reading about another woman's travels. The similarities doesn't end here. I'm also a chatterbox with an outgoing personality and an inward need for solitude and stability to keep me anchored. And I just so happens to agree with Gilbert on a lot of issues. So yeah, I really, really liked this book. And I don't find anything self-indulgent or whatever else she's been critized for about it. I found it honest, poetic, spiritual, interesting, comforting, beautiful. ...more
I really like the way Knausgård writes, the prose, but also the way he analyzes his own thought processes, society and the customs and things around hI really like the way Knausgård writes, the prose, but also the way he analyzes his own thought processes, society and the customs and things around him and how he and others responds to them. He doesnt stay at the surface, but goes deeper and questions it again and again. Why am i repulsed by this? because i believe... but why do i believe....? etc. He is honest and his analytical skills and reflections are interesting and admirable.
That said, it wasnt all the topics in here, I found equally interesting, and I dont agree with Knausgård on everything. Knausgård can be blamed for neither, of course, but it is reflected in my very personal and subjective rating of the book, which is a reflection of how much i enjoyed and was immersed in a book. Which in this case was a lot at some points, and there were passages and sentences that were so well put, and then there were other points where i was just a bit bored....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
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
Didn't finish this one, got about halfway, before I quit. Just isn't funny, enlightening, interesting, entertaining or any other reason one might haveDidn't finish this one, got about halfway, before I quit. Just isn't funny, enlightening, interesting, entertaining or any other reason one might have to read a book. So, to continue would be a waste of my time. Not my type of book. But I love Ellen though - probably she's just better live ;)...more
This little book was a nice little reminder of how to live life more mindfully.
Somewhere in the middle it got a little heavy on the Buddhist wordingsThis little book was a nice little reminder of how to live life more mindfully.
Somewhere in the middle it got a little heavy on the Buddhist wordings and theories, referenced to without any further explanations, and since I'm not so well versed in it myself, i got a little disconnected.
But overall it was fine, especially the beginning and ending of it....more
Magical realism. A genre that doesn't always work for me. But in this case it did.
What worked for me in this case was that even though there was severalMagical realism. A genre that doesn't always work for me. But in this case it did.
What worked for me in this case was that even though there was several magical and fantasyesque elements they made sense inside their own world, (as well as in mine) - they weren't just there to weird things up, and didnt leave me all puzzled, confused and detached (like in 'Kafka on the shore' for example).
The magical elements carried meaning, rich metaphorical meaning that nuanced the feelings of loss, fear, evil, good, memories, knowledge, the universe(s), child- and adulthood. And I didn't feel like i was left hanging in a state of confusion but more in a state of understanding. Like in a fairytale, where several layers add up to a whole, complete story. We are not told everything, not given all the details or answers, but it's enough to be able to see the big picture, it's enough to create a deep feeling of resonance, even if you've never literally (literally being the key word) encountered people who dont grow older, evil taking the form of a beauty, deceiving everyone you love or trust, monsters who eat your world leaving a grey nothing behind, time and memories being altered or having a doorway for a monster in your heart. But the metaphors, oh the metaphors! The analysisses you could make, the possible interpretations, the deeper layer of the story, the one beneath the surface level, all that makes my inner analysists reel with excitement!
Ultimately, I think Gaiman has crafted a very relevant modern fairytale, that captures some very essential aspects of the human experience in its own, unique way....more