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For people drawn to a spiritual path, the profusion of books, seminars, teachers, and groups purporting to offer guidance can be overwhelming if not downright frightening. Devrah Laval s recent book, The Magic Doorway into The Divine, rises above the rest because of its simplicity, its honesty, and, most important of all, because of its capacity to empower seekers to trust their own relationship with The Divine. In effect, The Magic Doorway into The Divine invites readers to experience their own mystical natures initially without intermediaries. It does this by explaining the spiritual in everyday terms and by personal example, and by offering meditations to help them claim for themselves the lessons contained in each chapter. Then, when one is ready to surrender to the heart s longings to merge with the Infinite, and for the vast majority this can only be accomplished through the grace of a living Master, they are then ready to claim their true nature and ride it to final blessed union. Although she has studied extensively with several prominent spiritual teachers, Devrah s wisdom is not bound by any tradition. Universal in its approach and accessible to all faiths, The Magic Doorway into The Divine is firmly rooted in worldly concerns financial worries, health issues, marital discord... Moving from the deceptively simple premise that such familiar challenges, and the often troubling mental states to which they give rise, can either close or open the door to The Divine, depending on how we perceive them, Devrah provides clear direction to guide the seeker toward the Light. Not that The Magic Doorway into The Divine denies the darkness, a common failing of many books offering spiritual direction. Indeed, one of its greatest strengths is the support and wisdom it offers to the reader travelling through what the great Catholic mystic, St. John of the Cross, terms The Dark Night of the Soul. Sharing her own experience through this arduous phase of the journey, Devrah assures us that such a passage is a universal one. Without minimizing the difficulties, she provides compassionate encouragement to those who are lost in what can seem like an endless emptiness: The Dark Night of the Soul can give rise to boredom, emotional fatigue, illness, depression, fear, and a sense of being dead to life... But the time of The Dark Night of the Soul can be the biggest doorway of all. This time of intense purification of those habits and attitudes that prevent us from realizing our Divine nature ultimately leads us to what Devrah refers to in the final section of her book as Return to the Garden. It is here that we come to realize that everyone and everything arises from the same Source, and that nothing is separate from God. Graced with this unshakable certainty, we can end our inner and outer wars and return to our true birthright: Love of the purest kind. The Magic Doorway into The Divine belongs in the library of every serious spiritual seeker. --Donaleen Saul
This 368 page book was a treasure and a pleasure to review. The author takes us on a journey of her transformational experiences and I could relate to every page, it was kinda like she had written it about me. There is so much between the covers of this great find, and I was amazed at how it all blended in with the things I have learned from ACIM. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised because I learned a long time ago that spiritual principals are never in conflict, and this one has more spiritual principals than you can shake a stick at. The format was perfect, I loved the little boxes with different sayings about our shortcomings, and I especially liked the meditation keys and poems. My favorite poem was about unworthiness and it was like looking back at myself about 30 years ago, boy have I come a long way. I would recommend this enlightened book to everyone at any place in their spiritual journey. I also have something extra special from this author coming next month for ya. Thanks Devrah, I totally get it. Love & Light, Riki Frahmann Rainbow Atlantis --Riki Frahmann - Rainbow Atlantis
Dear Devrah, Thanks so much for the opportunity to read and review your book. I always love it when someone who has truly awakened writes something from the heart about their experience of the Divine and you do this beautifully and with fierce humility. When I first sat down to read your book, I was expecting a story...and when it didn t unfold quite the way I expected it to, I began to bog down about half way through the book. I put it aside for a couple weeks, then found myself picking it up to see what you had to say about this or that emotion. After a few times, I realized that it was really more of a daybook or handbook of lessons. Part workbook, part inspiration, your Magic Doorway is wonderful as a personal guide, or as part of a meditation class or workshop that has a spiritual basis. It would also be excellent for bringing a sense of healing and wholeness to seminars and workshops that focus on opening people to higher consciousness. There are few good guidebooks that pinpoint the inner work we must do to resuscitate the Divine Self that lives in each of us. I love the way Magic Doorway underlines and supports the path to one s True Self! There is no progress without the inner work to clear away all the fog, fuss, and traditional biases that accompany an unawakened Self. So often, we are told to just love but there is so much baggage in the way that we can t; we become immobilized and bog down in confusion. Your book extends a light and offers to show the reader the way to Truth and Life. Blessings to you and all of your efforts. The world is sorely in need of more teachers and counselors like you! Love & Light, Penny Kelly --Penny Kelly
Vancouver-based Devrah Laval is author of The Magic Doorway Into the Divine. She has had numerous mystical experiences and has spent over 30 years studying with different Masters and Gurus including the same guru as mentioned in Eat, Pray, Love by Liz Gilbert. She is a spiritual counsellor and has facilitated numerous groups and workshops for over twenty-five years reconnecting people to the truth of who they really are.
Devrah's magic doorway leads us deep into ourselves. With compassion and honesty Devrah opens her heart and her experiences to her readers. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Dee Willock
The power of transformation comes to life in this wonderful story of one woman's journey towards enlightenment. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Noel