One of my spiritual teachers recommended this to me shortly after it was published, but I didn’t read it because I thought I already knew what it was about. I mistakenly identified with my “spiritual ego” that told me I was already living whatever was being taught in the book… and that it was only recommended to me to further illuminate that concept.
It turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
The first half of this book has been life changing for me. The insights Almaas shares about how we can naturally transform our lives if we are open to it comes as a stark contradiction to traditional self help approaches that suggest we must do more to experience change in our lives.
This book has changed some of the ways in which I live my life, and it has given me support, encouragement, and insight, to pursue real transformation with courage. If everybody in the world could fully live what Almaas teaches in just the first half of this book, our world would be a far more developed, compassionate, and transformed place.
The second half of the book lost me for a little bit. The concepts were fine, and I’ve heard them before; they just didn’t connect with me where I am in my development. Still, Almaas acknowledges this limitation and trusts that simply “planting the seeds” will enable them to sprout when the time is right for each person’s unique unfoldment.
While I can’t say this book is for everybody where they are at in their lives right now, my wish is that everybody who has a passion for persional transformation reads this book. I also recognize that this is a book that I will read again and again over the years, and always get something new out of it to take me deeper and further into my development.