It was very inspiring, the meditations, and the issues on light and dark and how that factors in to the diffeAnother Birgit Klein book that I adored.
It was very inspiring, the meditations, and the issues on light and dark and how that factors in to the different challenges in the different stages of spiritual development also were quite insightful. This is an author I just cant seem to get enough of. Will be back for more... (i realise this wasnt much of a review, sorry about that)....more
I can relate to so much of what Nouwen wrote. All the difficult emotions, anguish, pain and hope and love all mixed together in one intense mix. I'm gI can relate to so much of what Nouwen wrote. All the difficult emotions, anguish, pain and hope and love all mixed together in one intense mix. I'm glad Nouwen decided to share these personal feelings he recorded, because there's many of us, that like Nouwen have to live through this and it is a very lonesome process. Knowing that others, certainly others who we have much respect for, had gone through it too, is relieving. It brings hope. Hope that maybe we are good enough after all, maybe there is a way through, maybe it's all somehow okay, even if it hurts.
This was my first book of Nouwens but I will certainly be back for more. I found him to be a teacher and an inspiration with a very healing voice....more
(This is mainly a review of the first book, the second edition. I only got to page 220 (page numbers are continued from book 1) in book 2 before I qui(This is mainly a review of the first book, the second edition. I only got to page 220 (page numbers are continued from book 1) in book 2 before I quit)
Book one: I really liked many parts of this book, the reincarnation stories and the links between them, but oh my god how I was almost bored to death with the analysis of the operas and the supposedly links between these and the lives lived. It. Was.so.dull, and utterly insignificant to me, and the writing also went from interesting and humorous to boring and flat in the parts heavily related to those works. I don't know many of the works that was t just referred to lightly, which would have been okay, but was dissected meticulously which I as a reader found hard to digest. Honestly I would have heavily edited and minimized those parts had I had the chance. I'll still read the second book though, because I was rather curios about the main story and the thoughts and ideas presented throughout.
book two: So I started on the second book but quit about 40 pages in because I just wasn't feeling it. The explanations of the forces, relations and structures of (wo)man, the world(s), energies and so on are topics that I'm much interested in, but the 'explanations' and descriptions were both hard to follow, but also I just didn't resonate with it. I felt there was too much disagreement and discord between how the authour understands and describes these and how I both intuitively and explicitly understand and feel it. So, I see no need to bother trying to hang on for another 200+ pages but am saving myself and my precious time for more interesting and better explained books. ...more
Luckily this was a short read. Or I probably wouldn't have finished it. There were a few pages here and there are found good, but the majority was eithLuckily this was a short read. Or I probably wouldn't have finished it. There were a few pages here and there are found good, but the majority was either irrelevant or coming from a place of scriptures and religious experience I simply couldn't connect with....more
In such a fan of Steven Forrest. His take on astrology; the psychological, developmental and evolutionary view of it is right up my alley. The need ofIn such a fan of Steven Forrest. His take on astrology; the psychological, developmental and evolutionary view of it is right up my alley. The need of a combination of head and heart and intuition. And then there is his way of communicating this rather difficult topic and making it all make SENSE - here too he is gifted and inspiring and his heart (intuition) not just his head (technique) shines through. He makes me want to read everything Steven Forrest - even the parts of astrology that is out of my capacity and interest field (at the moment). But his VOICE, his telling it, is just so compelling, fascinating and enriching. ...more
Well, this was a major dissappointment. I read the first one in the series, and kind of liked it, following a soul through the different incarnations aWell, this was a major dissappointment. I read the first one in the series, and kind of liked it, following a soul through the different incarnations and struggles and developments, and growth - seeing the big perspective of the lives and in-between-lives. But this was too much centered on just one soul, and way too repetitive of both the history of the soul as well as the current life. There just wasnt a lot to learn, it was like a long (really long monolougue) and some descriptive lecturing, without really going to the depth of the emotions or connecting the person with the audience.
I was just bored and didnt connect with it or learn anything from it. But I will finish off the series, and read the last book in it. Since I already bought it (le sigh). So im hoping that will be more like the first book....more
I felt like this book gave me a new and more enlightened perspective on some of the differences between people, and why it's sometimes so difficult foI felt like this book gave me a new and more enlightened perspective on some of the differences between people, and why it's sometimes so difficult for us to understand each other. There are subtle, but deeply ingrained differences in how we're wired and our cosmic backgrounds that affect our trajectories and focuses and abilities. And I really needed that perspective. Because I have spent much time agonizing over and failing to understand how some people value materialism so much and value earth and its inhabitants so little. Why we hurt each other so much. And this book added and deepened that perspective and understanding and brought back some hope and trust and peace of mind. These differences are part of our learning and growing. It was good to be reminded of that and looking at it from a cosmic- spiritual- humananesqe view....more
This book started out good, very 'on' to the difficulties and challenges of the demands of everyday life and the inner, living spiritual life. But theThis book started out good, very 'on' to the difficulties and challenges of the demands of everyday life and the inner, living spiritual life. But then, about a third or so in, it turned repetitive and lofty and felt to me, a bit disconnected from everyday life, very contrary to its point. And from that point on me and the book just weren't in sync, unfortunately. ...more
Another Birgit Klein book, another great experience and connection with my spiritual self and the vast, Godlike energy and the sublter, invisible butAnother Birgit Klein book, another great experience and connection with my spiritual self and the vast, Godlike energy and the sublter, invisible but none the less real side to life. I have fallen in love with another book, and I want to carry it around with me everywhere and to just keep it close to my heart, look at it and flip through the pages. It pierced my soul and I just feel so grateful that this was written, that i got to read it, and that i even get to own my very own copy of this book. Whule reading it I both wanted it to last longer, savour it all, and at the same time couldnt really stop myself from wanting to read more, and more, so it was a rather quick read, which is why im even happier to have it sitting on my bookshelf (if its not in my pocket or on my night stand), where i can read it whenever I want.
What was so amazing about it? Hard to explain, because it was more than just what was in the book, it was also the flow and the deep connection i felt, with what was carried through the book, triggered and opened up in me, to the energy inside and all around me. It felt like pulling up the blinds and opening the window and seeing, feeling and interacting with the light, the fresh air, the promise of a new day with the inside and outside world connecting, coming into one, me in the midst of all of it.
bonus info: this book is one of the few of birgits books that are translated into english. It is titled 'I am oneness'....more
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