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
This is one of those books that I'm not going to finish. And I'm one of those compulsive 'gotta finish it' kind of people that usually waste too muchThis is one of those books that I'm not going to finish. And I'm one of those compulsive 'gotta finish it' kind of people that usually waste too much time on books I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, hoping to find at least a little bit of value in. But this book... I could, but I won't. I'm just going to save myself the trouble and the time. And I'm Able to do that because from what I've read I already know that I highly disagree with the premise of this book and the ground perspective of the author.
Here's why: I'm a spiritual kind of girl. I believe in universal laws, like the law of attraction and karma and stuff. I believe humans have an ego that is fear based and that is often at odds with our souls agenda and wisdom. The ego thrives on fear, competition, separation, division and conflict. The soul operates from a state of unity and oneness and peace and wisdom and love and kindness. The grace of the spiritual can be fierce and difficult and challenging but it is kind and it always promotes growth. This book is ego driven. Dr. Phil talks about how the world is a competition and how to learn to manipulate other peoples and your own experience to get somewhere and to do whatever it takes: whatever works. He talks about a game of winners and losers, and if you're not the winner, that means you're the loser. That is the egos game. That is the game lots of people play, in which everybody loses (not ultimately, because even when we lose, we win. Ultimately we can only win, because we can't escape what we are, as souls, as beings of light. But humanity can lose. Earth can lose. If we keep relating from an egoic state of mind.) I'm not interested in playing the ego game and therefore I am not interested in reading any more of this book. I'm not here to play the ego game: I know already it doesn't work. I'm on a completely different path. McGraw and I simply disagree on the basic premise and purpose of life.
The potentially dangerous and confusing thing is that McGraw takes concepts or rules that holds some truth and are close to the spiritual laws and twists them around to fit the ego game and the egos purpose. So some of the strategies he sets forth can actually bring about an effect. The danger (in my eyes) is if it leads to more ego driven behavior, if it serves the purpose of division, if it is misused. That is always a risk since egos are clever and it takes anything that serves it's purpose in upholding a state of separation and uses it to that end.
For example, it's true that you can learn how other people work and then manipulate them to your own benefit. You can also use your mask, how you present yourself and what you do, to manipulate or deceive others. Of course your behavior and attitude has an effect. You can play the wolf game, be nice and sincere until your target is close enough and then wolf them down, eat them, destroy them, come out the 'winner'. BUT... Is that really how you want to be and act? Is that really how you want to treat other people? Do you really want to play this game, this way? Or do you want to use your knowledge, power and skills to heal, yourself and others? To take note of how others behavior affects you, more than how you affect them, so you can hold onto your peace, not so you can manipulate their behavior? I know how I want to live, I know these basic spiritual laws, and I also know how to use them for peace for healing, not for destruction and selfishness.
So be careful you are not mislead down a path that leads you where you don't want to go. Because some of what McGraw says might resonate with your intuition of what's true, and you might start following blindly. We all must use our own judgement and intuition to discern the truth, and here it was just clear to me that this guy really operates from ego, and his goals go completely counter to mine, so whatever he says that could or is on some level true is used for an aim that is at odds with mine. Actually, counter to mine.
As an example, McGraw states this at one point: don't believe me- see and decide for yourself. This is sort of a 'rule' in spirituality: everybody is their own judge and needs to discover for themselves. You can have help and guides, but be careful not to get a guide that is caught by their ego and that takes the stand of an authority, taking away your power. Your power is yours. You find out what's true. Anyhow McGraw says this, but what he does is a completely different thing. He claims authority, he claims his strategies are the solution to aaaaall of your problems, if you just read this book and do as he says you'll be in the clear. He wants you to live his truth - not your own. And the real catch is, that if you find out at the end you disagree, then you're still wrong. Then it's because you haven't learned or you're stuck in your old ways. Manipulation? Oh yes. McGraw even admits to this, and then goes on to say that now that he has admitted it, it's not really manipulation. Thanks for the honesty, but i'd say it's still manipulation nonetheless. It's just a matter of whether he's successful or not. I didn't buy it. And it's okay if McGraw thinks I'm an idiot. I'd rather be an idiot than live his ways, his strategies. Another point where I severely disagreed with McGraw is when he's listing all that is wrong with the world, including the teenage murder rate (4000 a year ), but in the end of the paragraph he claims that the saddest statistic of them all is... That 45% of youth has experimented with alcohol, 25% with drugs. SO.. McGraw thinks alcohol and drug experimenting is worse than murder?! Really?? It is more disturbing to you that teenagers try out alcohol or drugs than that they kill each other?! Just another example that we have very different values.
Anyhow, I suggest you go read some Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Adyashanti or one of the many others who actually let you find your own truth....more
This book bored me so much. If it wasn't my finish complex I probably would have finished. But I was holding out hope things would change, speed up, tThis book bored me so much. If it wasn't my finish complex I probably would have finished. But I was holding out hope things would change, speed up, that ann brashares would surprise me or just come up with one of those nice scenes she is so good at. Unfortunately they were a no show in this one. She wrote one of my favourite, had-to-own, books, 'my name is memory', and I can't really wrap my head around that she also wrote this boring, uninteresting, book. There was so much talk, so much description and not enough scenes and interaction. The plot followed the typicical script of a secret that didn't have to be a secret turning into a misunderstanding that became a wedge between two people. The way either of these people acted seemed unnatural and just plain dumb. Why so much beating around the bush, why not just confront the issues? I would never have the patience for that, I'm a face it kind of girl, and even if these two people weren't, they just still didn't make sense. It seemed their characters were more fitted for the plot than the plot happening naturally because of their personalities. What was probably meant as suspense was just boring. Just get on with it, just talk about it, just DO something for christs sake! ALL the characters were flat and stereotyped and unnatural, and I really didn't care for either of them. I couldn't even feel the tragedy because it didn't seen to happen to real people but to made up people. So yeah, no thank you....more
A thrilling read. I was encaptured in the crime and the mystery and the excitement of the now and the future and the time travel. Lots at stake. MindfA thrilling read. I was encaptured in the crime and the mystery and the excitement of the now and the future and the time travel. Lots at stake. Mindf*cking.
The love story actually took a backseat to that, even if they were cute... ...more