I just wanted to take some time out of my morning to give you a review on Christine’s new book, The Spiritual Awakening Process: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light. She’s been a good friend of mine over the years. In fact, we sort of connected when I first started this site, and as you all know, her comments have been a source of inspiration for many people who visit the site regularly.
I finished reading the book in two mornings, and I thought it deserved a mention here.
First off, it was an easy, well-written read. Hence the reason I finished it so quickly. That’s always a plus. I’ve read some spiritual books that had great information, but I got so bogged down in the writing that I never ended up finishing some of them 🙁
In the beginning of the book, Christine corrects many of the misconceptions that were floating around on the internet right before 2012 concerning all the hype around the Mayan calendar. I know it’s been five years, but if you remember, some thought the Mayans were prophesizing the end of the world. Others thought they were predicting that humanity would immediately enter a Golden Age and everything in the world would be fixed. I don’t know how you felt when first hearing that kind of thinking, but I felt like, well…yawn. Move on. Life, soul growth, and higher consciousness doesn’t work that way. Soul growth is hard work. I don’t mean to degrade anybody who might have bought into the internet mumbo jumbo, but we should all know that true growth comes through emotional adversity. We climb a mountain, walk the valley, climb a mountain, and walk the valley. Biblically speaking, we traverse the wilderness (the field of emotion and ego) until arriving at the Promised Land. However, the important thing to note is this: When we go within through this process, we grow. If we ignore the kingdom within us during this process, we traverse the same mountains and valleys, over and over. Christine words it like this:
“…the point of this shift [in consciousness] is to strengthen the relationship with your higher self so that this relationship is as real and as important to you as any of your other relationships, and to get in touch with the wisdom you’ve been accumulating since the beginning of time, including a higher-level understanding of our experience here on Earth as well as a higher-level understanding of your own life and evolutionary journey…”
So true, Christine J
Christine is a lot more gentle in her explanation of what the Mayans really were trying to tell us. Simply this: we need to become shamans. Not necessarily the mystical beings that gave spiritual direction to the tribe. That’s the image we might conjure, but everyone can be a shaman. A true shaman is one who has experienced the divine within by connecting with the higher self. In other words, the Mayans were trying to tell us that the New Earth first has to be manifested within us. The more of us that become like the shaman, the more the planet will experience a potential Golden Age. But that’s not the focus. The focus is on us.
What I really enjoyed about the first third of the book though was that Christine incorporated science, astronomy, and history to weave a pretty fascinating read around the topic. She did a lot of research and contacted some high-level authorities when it came to the aspect of astronomy to show us how accurate the Mayans really were when providing astronomical calculations of earth’s position in the Milky Way. I learned quite a bit! In fact, I was left wondering how the Mayans could so accurately predict what they did without the modern equipment used today.
Her book then focuses on a practical how-to guide when learning to connect with your higher self. For many of us, this will be the real meat of the book. She focuses on five steps that she used to do this. Much of it is about meditation. As regular readers on this site know, I believe meditation is key. Why? Because it is the very process of going within. Listening. Being still, and knowing God. Meditation is a key concept in every major religion of the world. When you break down the true symbolism of the Bible and other important religious books of the world, they all contain large portions that hint on the importance of meditation. Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is within you, not without. And if you go looking for it without, you won’t find it. It simply doesn’t exist in the world of duality. Don’t get me wrong. As Christine also points out, developing the ego in this world of duality is also spiritual, but we can only understand our egos when we go within along the journey of being here. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience, and this is the ONLY way to grow.
Christine also weaves her personal story throughout the book to give you more insight as to exactly how things have worked for her. I like this part as well. Getting to know the author through the writing not only helps us to understand her message, but it gives even more practical guidance through example.
Another excellent point in the book, which isn’t a big topic she discusses, but something I appreciated, was correcting the false concepts out there on the law of attraction. Some people seem to be very successful with it while it just doesn’t seem to work for others. Why? Christine says it’s simple. It’s not because you aren’t doing it right, it’s because your higher self has a specific plan that’s sometimes more important than immediate wealth or instant bliss. Absolutely!
I like to think of it like this: Your higher self really knows what you need to grow and become content. But does your ego? Some people are meant for what we term great material success. Oftentimes these people help spiritual causes with their giving, and it can change lives. Oftentimes they squander it. Jesus speaks a lot on this. But what really matters is that the law of attraction is a great tool when used in conjunction of connecting with your higher self. Sorry Christine, I know this isn’t a major topic of your book, but I liked your explanation J
Christine ends the book with a great question and answer section that gives you more practical guidance. A lot of the questions came from people interested in understanding what the Mayan 2012 calendar was really about, and what it means for the future. I think she did a great job here assuaging people’s fears and expectations, as well as good spiritual advice for moving forward.
Christine’s book was a great read, and one that I’d recommend putting on your personal spiritual book shelf. The only aspect of the book I don’t incorporate into my personal life is the subject of channeling, which Christine goes into as one of her topics. It’s not that I find anything wrong with it. Quite the contrary. I’m just unaccustomed to it. Of course if we’re all really connected to primary consciousness as ONE, as I believe we are behind the veil of individuality, then there’s a lot of truth to it. But sometimes I get lost in the New Age sounding terminology, which is probably just my ego J That being said, when I go within I see it as me connecting with the true me. I can do without the channeling. J I mention this because over the years I have had a lot of questions regarding channeling and what the Bible has to say about it. We might all remember the story of Saul and the Witch of Endor. There’s a lot of symbolism in that story which I don’t care to go into here, but suffice to say it’s all about your personal perspective.
At any rate, if you’re interested in any of the subjects discussed above, give her book a try. Below is the link if interested: