The exegeting seems a bit dated now, yet A RETURN TO LOVE remains the most concise and accessible introduction to "A Course of Miracles." Teaching through the prism of personal experience keeps the conversation engaging and non-confrontational. And while DISAPPEARANCE OF THE UNIVERSE tends to be cerebral and long winded, Williamson approaches the ACIM material with a courageous, human heart.
These inquiries work better in live discussion than in written form. Nothing revelationary here and the brief, diarist discourses the author raised were raised by better authors found in new age classics (Sitchin, "Slave Species of God," Tolle, "What the Bleep," among others). And do I hear Shirley's voice sounding more cynical and irritating than ever?. I didn't like this audiobook.
But the author argues a fascinating case for it. The book's worth a listen although I think part one is entirely 2 hours too long. Much of it is the author's redundant recitation of MJ lyrics and album credits.
The author borrows from other scriptures--from the New Testament to "The Prophet" to Rumi and Yogananda--to put forth a new theology embracing world peace and human dignity, based on what MJ showed her after his death. One a-ha moment arises when she suggests demonic spirits are sometimes present in tempting man into sinning, recalling the fall of man in Genesis 3. It makes you wonder if some of our trials might have occurred through active suggestion, rather than innate desire. Also, the afterlife stories (i.e., the creative source of MJ's music) as colorful as they sound, could not be proven requiring a hefty and continual suspension of belief from the reader. The author states that fact early in the book.
Definitely worth a listen. An open mind and familiarity of MJ's life (i.e., J. Taraborrelli's "Magic and the Madness;" MJ's "Moonwalk") and music (esp. songs from the "Dangerous" and "HIStory" albums) is required. And a taste for afterlife stories (Sylvia Browne, George Anderson, James Van Praagh, etc.) wouldn't hurt, either. :)
I would have preferred to read the Don Juan books and caught the process(es) in the narrative of what Sanchez was summarizing here: Climbing trees. Getting permission from trees. Hanging 35 feet in the air on a harrass. Impersonating the fool both to yourself and to strangers, in an bid to transcend ego ("not doing") and attain heightened awareness. These images and more are contained in the strategies of this audioook.
Nope, not for me! :(
Not only are some of these techniques creepy, like caressing the (living) skeleton of your girlfriend, for example, many of these directives are unnecessarily difficult and impractical to execute logistically.
I was hoping this audiobook would discuss the principles of reality and non-reality. What I heard after the first hour was a manual on how to confound your ego and freak out your co-workers. Learning magic or shamanizing is not my ultimate intent, I just want to read about the experiences, get to the revelations--cliff notes style--and meditate on what I read. :)
NA. It was a speech given by the author.
The details on Shamanism were concise but remarkable. Definitely helpful to people who would like an uncomplicated definition and function of a shaman at large.
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