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A Guru in the Guest Room [Kindle Edition]

Vicki Woodyard
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Book Description

Vicki Woodyard wrote A GURU IN THE GUEST ROOM as a blend of fantasy and wisdom about awakening. In this book, she introduces the reader to Swami Z and his disciples; a motley crew of characters that spring up around him to learn that they are the Self. If you want to have an awakened wink, this book is for you!

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About the Author

Vicki Woodyard received a B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis. She makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. Vicki’s first book is LIFE WTH A HOLE IN IT: That’s How The Light Gets In. Her website is

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  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936539578
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P3VHD4
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Wisdom in Plain English April 5, 2012
As the author of Doorway to Total Liberation: Conversations with What Is, This is a touching and heartfelt story that both entertains and teaches. It's funny, too! Where else will you hear about a guru calling his satsang attendees, "my peeps?" In an age where so many books on enlightenment leave out the human element, this hits you in the face with it.

It is balanced between transcendence and plain old, beautiful, ugly humanness. The story takes you through the trials and tribulations of awakening, the confusion, the doubt, the ego, and the egolessness. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's in story form. It contains page after page of delicious cookies of wisdom. Enjoy it! Books on enlightenment don't always get this real in order to show you the unreal. It ends with the deepest wisdom of all, wrapped up in such plain English that you may not know what hit you.

Scott Kiloby
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do we love wholeheartedly? April 29, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is about love. Not romantic love, or even sentimental love, but about the bottomless true love that is here always when we stop paddling around on the surface of ourselves, and instead dive to the depths of Self.

Few swimmers will ever stop to notice the deeps of true nature, content to splash around in the unreal. But sometimes life tosses us a cement life raft, a sinker that will drown us to save us. In that case, we get to plumb the love we are by sinking on the heavy weight sufferings of grief, anger and desolation. Vicki Woodyard, who lost a child and a husband to cancer, knows well that loss and loneliness not only break the heart, but also break it open.

In Guru in the Guest Room, Woodyard conjures an imaginary friend named Swami Z, who enters stage left because she "opened the door." A tough love teacher with a wacky sense of humor and a short, balding, bed-sheet wearing appearance, Swami-Z moves in and begins what will become a many-year love-hate relationship. As his fictional student and real life scriptwriter, Woodyard creates a character that is more than a narrative device. Over several chapters, as Swami Z bakes cookies and holds make-believe backyard satsangs to a host of colorful characters, we begin to see that this two dimensional creation is coming to embody multi-dimensional truth delivered in clever one-liners.

Indeed, the blurry line between what is real and unreal is the very lesson that ripens from this conjuring of a swami who exists in the imagination of our writer, yet who clearly knows more than the writer knows she knows. As Woodyard notes, "The mystery of Swami is he doesn't exist. No matter how hard I try, I cannot bring him to physical life. And yet he is a miracle worker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Guru in the Guest Room April 1, 2012
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What seeker on the spiritual path could resist the idea of a live-in Swami? In Vicki Woodyard's second book, she tells the most unusual love story I have ever read. Swami Z will wind you round his little finger before you know it. Both delightful and insightful, this book is a pleasure and I warmly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Not Sayin' April 4, 2012
A Guru in the Guest Room is a collection of writings by Vicki Woodyard about her fictional housemate, Swami Z. It includes a small cast of characters including Vicki herself. They attend satsangs, and even satsnag, with Swami Z.

Like the movie actor in The Purple Rose of Cairo who stepped out of the movie screen and into the real world, Swami Z steps out of the book:

"Vicki has a good sense of humor when she writes about me, but when she leaves the computer, she forgets how funny being human is. She mopes around with the best of them."

And although Swami Z has a cookie habit that "would sicken more than it would heal," this cookie dough that is A Guru In The Guest Room consists of humor, wisdom, and cool chips of reality. But, Vicki points out, "Cookie-making is a messy thing. I swear we have sugar rings in the bathtub."

Thanks to that messiness, there is lots of life in this book. Through it all, the eye of wisdom never blinks. Is that the eye painted onto Ruin, the stick pony? Some say Ruin is the true Guru in the book.

Who is the true Guru? What was Swami Z's response to Vicki's question, Who am I? Did Larry really sell Ruin on eBay? What does it mean to chew the scenery instead of the cookies?

Maybe it all comes down to what Vicki calls her direct path: "Loving the script and the characters." Speaking of which, one of the characters in this book is one of the greatest fictional Gurus in history. I'm just not saying who it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorously deconstructing the guru notion April 1, 2012
A "Guru In The Guest Room" functions as both a construction and a deconstruction of the guru notion. Vicki "outs" her swami at the book's start by announcing that she created him on her iMac. Throughout the book's many vignettes, the Swami plays several roles--now the font of wisdom, now the butt of jokes. I see a liberational message here.

Swami Z's last-in-the-alphabet name hints that this constructed image can be the last such image a reader would need on the path. His various roles in the book invite you to stand up tall and step forward.

Greg Goode, author of Standing As Awareness and Direct Path: A User Guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book injected with humor throughout
Another wonderful book injected with humor throughout. Pick up a copy and enjoy the ride with tears of laughter and sorrow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ELeis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Funny
This is such a wise and funny book! It's stuffed with both entertainment and truth. Swami Z is another brilliant gem shining from Vicki's boundless treasure chest of wisdom. Read more
Published on August 31, 2012 by Fred Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guru in the Guest Room
Wonderful book full of wisdom from a cranky loveable cookie loving guru. You will laugh and cry. You will wonder and think about your life and where it is going. A great read. Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy!
Vicki writes with depth, humour and love. Swami Z is a guru we would
all love in our lives, encouraging, cajoling and infuriating by turns. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Ruth Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars What They Said!
The previous reviews and accolades for Vicki Woodyard's A GURU IN THE GUEST ROOM are so eloquently written by humble authorities of Truth that I'm tempted to just say "What they... Read more
Published on July 26, 2012 by Gail D. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars a guru in the Guest room
Moving touching ..wisdom in a nutshell with a sense of Humor..touches your heart and soul .beautifully written ,..wisdom in plain English.. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by PRASUN C RAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Dogma and Into the Living of It
Hi Vicki,

I just finished reading your wonderful new book A Guru In the Guest Room. It is great! What a very joyful, funny and wise book! I love it! Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Sandy Jones
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Vicki Woodyard is a spiritual writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she graduated from The University of Memphis, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and Psychology. She is a meditator, a webmaster and has a lifelong interest in the spiritual path.

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