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Finally, a spiritual book written for the laymen! March 7, 2012
I am so glad that I found this book, or should I say, this book found me. I was in need of a deeper understanding of myself and the life that I was living. Shift Happens, really makes these concepts easy to understand and apply to my own life.
From the Author
I'm using my notes on this human experience to point to the shifts that usher us into living an Awakened life. It's about discovering that we are the keepers of our own happiness, and the key to our best life has been in our back pocket all along. What this book is not, is an attempt to change your mind about anything. That's your job. I can liken the writing of this book to me making you a sandwich. I can make you a sandwich, but I can't eat or digest it for you. Only you can do that. I can write the words in this book, but I can't give you Conscious expansion. The hungrier you are, the better the sandwich tastes. Spiritual growth, Conscious expansion, getting closer to God, gaining control, freeing yourself, finding your life purpose or the life of your dreams, all have the same thing in common. It's really an inside job. This is a journey for which we have shown up fully equipped. We have everything we need including the road map.
Gina Charles writes about spiritual awakening and authentic living with wit and practicality. She is the author and illustrator of, Shift Happens, A Layperson's Guide To Awakening, and FUEL Your Life, A 4-Point Practice To Spiritual Awakening. Gina is also the founder of the New World Apparel dot com. For more, visit: GinaCharles.com.
I just finished your fantastic book! The title "Shift Happens" is so appropriate because as I have been reading I was creating shifts. Your book is so instructional and so much in the now that it can't help but create shifts in our consciousness. It kept me checking in with my higher self. Kept pointing me in the right direction. I was noticing when my mind wanted to take over and I would and start thinking too many ego thoughts, i would catch myself and quiet my mind. You show us our own wonderful spirit. You didn't miss a trick when you pointed out what we do when letting our thinking mind run away with us. I know I will re-read this book. It was so packed with the here and now. I hope you know that you have the capacity to effect change in this world. I love your image of a pond. It was a very clear way of explaining the different layers of ourselves. With the universe and the Good consciousness every thing will always happen to our benefit. Your a new world thinker and I'm sure you were lead to write this book with all the right ways to make that shift. Just what we all need to hear at this point in life. Thank for being you and spreading this "be here now." Thank you for writing this book and am looking forward to reading the new one. This book can change any bodies consciousness that is willing to read it. I feel that you again were very inclusive and put it in simple concepts and never talked over anyone else's abilities. People that read your book will see themselves and be able to make that shift. Read this book people. It will make you happy.
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I have never written a book review, but I always read book reviews before I buy a book. Because this book has had a PROFOUND impact on my life, I have decided to take the time to not just recommend it to my friends, but to recommend it to all you strangers who will read this review.
It is obvious that the author has been influenced by many of the metaphysical giants of our day. Indeed she gives many of them credit for guiding her on her journey. What makes her approach so unique is the way she BLENDS it all together. She has a fresh and funny way - a DIFFERENT way- of describing and saying the same things, making it easy for anyone to UNDERSTAND, REMEMBER and APPLY.
She offered me invaluable tools for getting through the day in a conscious manner. Not just pointing out that I needed to, but the HOW TO DO IT!! I benefitted from her real life examples and her many metaphors. My favorites are the "straw" and "movie" metaphors which my mind actually remembers and uses when I find myself feeling uncomfortable or uneasy during the day.
Simply put, the book is: easy and fun to read or listen to; simple - yet profound; and a new way of looking at and synthesizing many metaphysical ideas into one powerful read. I have read many books and usually feel wiser, but the same. Now I am not only wiser, but different. A shift has happened and I will never be the same.
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This precious book is truly a gift ... "a laypersons guide to awakening." It helps us to see that waking up to our true nature and capacity is not reserved for gurus or saints. "Spiritual growth, conscious expansion, getting closer to God and finding your life purpose is a journey for which we have shown up fully equipped." SHIFT HAPPENS turns our attention inward where the spiritual journey begins. "Our focus is the magic wand and we always have free will as where to point it." We're here to get acquainted with our authentic Self ... SHIFT HAPPENS will light our path.