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Return To Essence: How To Be In The Flow And Fulfill Your Life's Purpose Paperback – February 26, 2007

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Gina Lake is the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation (February 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615141196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615141190
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,036,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura Prue on April 8, 2007
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I couldn't wait to recommend this book! I am not quite at the half way point and yet the message of Return to Essence is so hopeful for those who want to know and live as Truth that I feel compelled to let people know about it right away.

So often we hear that there is nothing to do and no one there to do anything. And yet if we want to wake up, this teaching can be very frustrating. Return to Essence approaches the idea of choice and effort in a completely new and refreshing way. Here is an excerpt:

"You must make this choice to be give your attention to the moment over and over again until being present in the moment becomes automatic and your natural way of being. Making this choice takes an ongoing commitment to waking up and allowing essence to live through you."

The message is clear, simple, and full of promise. Waking up is no longer for the fortunate few. It is the most natural thing, and Return to Essence is a wonderful guide for those who are tired of seeking and don't want to postpone freedom any longer. --Laura Prue
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For fans of Eckhart Tolle and the few other great spiritual teachers of this time, this book shows us how to concretely apply those teachings in our every day lives. We hear "just be" or "stay conscious and aware of the present moment" from these teachers, but how do we apply these teachings to our lives in a practical way? How do we distinguish the voice of the conditioned mind (ego) from what awareness (the Self) is trying to communicate to and through us and how do we translate this into our speech and actions?

While the pure advaitist may have trouble with the notion that we can align ourselves with the Absolute by doing anything (because we are not truly individuals at all but only the Self manifesting as it will), for those of us who choose to act as if we have some power to influence our experience of Life, this book is essential.

Gina Lake comes from the non-dual tradition, but her credentials also include a background in counseling psychology; she is also a gifted astrologer and channel. Her book is not an airy-fairy new age spin on non-dual philosophy and its application. It is an extremely well-written guidebook on the practical application of non-dualism to one's life so that one's experience becomes more and more enjoyable and adventurous and in harmony with the divine.
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I believed psychics and mediums when they told me that I was an old soul. I read that old souls tended to congregate in certain areas and that Northern California was one of those areas. Knowing that a spiritual teacher I admired for his clarity also lived there I decided that there's where I need to move. I believed that moving and interacting with other `old souls' was a part of my life purpose. But life put up many blocks in that direction. It made it seem impossible to leave when I thought I should. I thought I was following Gina's advice and listening to my Heart but when Gina suggested that perhaps it was simply the voice of my ego dressed up in spiritual garb that I was listening to, I had a dramatic paradigm shift. Just because what I wanted sounded and seemed right to my mind didn't mean that it was resonating with my spirit. I asked myself if there were feelings of excitement and elation around the decision and there weren't any. It just felt like a sense of obligation, some duty I had to fulfill. Of course, it was something I wanted but there was no sense of joy around it as Gina says there would be if I was being guided by the Heart. I realized that perhaps I need to fine-tune my ability to listen to my Heart. One way Gina suggests to do this is to create more space and presence in one's life to hear the voice of Heart, perhaps in meditation or just by resting in presence through the day. This has helped me tremendously. I also look for clues in my dreams.
I love Gina's elucidation of the general energy patterns and life purposes of the astrological signs because they resonate with what I've come to see to be true.
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By CM on October 20, 2012
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I was a bit dissapointed with the fact that the author says that our destiny is written, and that astrologists can see it, and then tries to explain that we have to find purpose in life, so if our destiny is written whatever we do will not matter; if a person is homeless- is it her/his destiny, and should accept it? It was contradictory in that sense. If I dismissed that part (our written destiny), I must say that I enjoyed other parts of the book that talks about how the ego can affect us in a negative way.
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My first introduction to Gina Lake's work was her free download book "Radiance: Experiencing Divine Presence" on her website ([...] It was obvious to me from this small sampling that Gina is a gifted teacher who truly embodies her messages. I was ready for more and have not been disappointed.

To quote from the introduction to Return to Essence: "The flow is the experience of who you really are as it moves through life. ... But how do you get there and how do you stay there?" This book answers those questions. Gina gives information and examples as well as practical exercises to support the material, especially helpful in showing you how to recognize the difference between ego-generated thoughts and direction coming from Essence (Source, your higher self, true self, god-self, or whatever way you refer to it).

If you've read Gina's earlier works, like 'Radical Happiness' or if you haven't but are beginning to see that there is a wonderful difference between following spirit and following ego and want more help, guidance and information, this book is for you. It has helped me recognize what is driving my decisions and actions, and makes it easier to get back 'in the flow' - which is a most rewarding place to be!
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