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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
The is a wonderfully written and helpful book. If you feel that you're somehow missing your life's calling, but at the same time can't easily identify what your life's calling is - read this and save yourself some trouble. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've ever read. It combines guides for using your intuition and the synchronisities that appear in your life (if you're paying attention to them!) with exercises that really help you identify what you may be looking for in your life. It's a keeper - buy it!
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2003
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The co-author of The Celestine Prophecy Experiential Guide has put together this excellent collection of suggestions, ideas and true life stories to inspire one to find one's higher purpose, and a jolly good job it does! It is interesting, well-written and entertaining throughout, with each chapter finishing with a few straightforward questions and exercises to move you on in the right direction. Part three, "deep water", deals masterfully with the darker and more difficult experiences one sometimes has while trying to connect more deeply with the soul's purpose.
A major theme is developing an awareness of synchronicity (meaningful co-incidence) experiences as guiding posts for deeper personal development. There are a large number of interviews with people from a wide range of backgrounds, all of whom have come to find their unique purpose through such ideas. Quotes from the famous such as the Dalai Lama and Frank Zappa (!), and not so famous are also highlighted throughout the text e.g."intuition is the creative, universal intention expressing through you" and "either I am lost, crazy and screwed up, or I am found and on a difficult part of the path".
I found the chapter on "the void" particularly supportive, especially the section on "holding your centre during confusion, chaos and fear". Carol Adrienne is not afraid to explore the sometimes harsh realities of the spiritual journey, but the book is essentially upbeat and positively inspirational.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2000
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This book is outstanding. I was moved to buy this book since I've read all of the Celestine books and worked with the experiential guides that Carol wrote. This book is full of insight and depth, while in understandable and easy terms. The exercises along the way are thought-provoking and are applicable to real life situations. One example in the book was so close to what I am experiencing that I thought I had talked to her myself and given the example! I love the open feel and non-judgemental flair of her writing. If you are interested in discovering yourself in a meaningful way, this book is a helpful resource. I'll be recommending this book as a must read for my own clients.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
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Sigh. I thought this book was going to be very good based upon the reviews, and expected it to contain lots of exercises for developing intuition. I thought it was a workbook, but it's not. It's basically a collection of really long stories about other people from far away lands who discovered their soul mate while drinking tea in a zen garden, or that were offered a great job out of nowhere after completing university in India and touring the country to feed the poor (hard to do if you yourself are poor and lack education). It is about people with names like boona cheena (she prefers her name be spelled in lowercase letters. I know this because the author of this fascinating book told me so). Some of the stories are inspiring, and there are useful techniques in this book, but the problem is that the techniques are buried. Buried in language that appears overly flowery in its attempt to convey spirituality. Example - the author on boona cheena: "listening to the events that shaped her life, I was struck by the obvious purposefulness behind the early experiences of this deeply spiritual and focused woman." Uhhh, yah, OBVIOUS, so why is the story SO LONG, and how does it help one who is confused about their path? Most of us have not had our foreheads touched by the Dalai Lama. I'd appreciate the stories if they were fewer and shorter, and made a clear connection to something tangible that can be applied to my own purpose. Short and concise, that is key. There are a few good exercises, but many are fill-in-the-blanks and circle-the-most-appropriate. This book would be more effective if it were 150 pages instead of 300.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2004
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The optimism in this book combined with its emphasis on the link between intuition and synchronicity was infectious. I wanted to learn more! A new book that I stumbled across has become my companion to this one. It is called LUCKY YOU!, by Randall Fitzgerald, and it takes this book's themes and subject matter and adds to it information about using dreamwork and meditation practices and even prayer to help create streaks of good luck in our lives. Both books are relentlessly inspiring and full of optimism and hope. I liked all of the stories and the author's own anecdotes about creating good fortune.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2006
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I found this a very helpful book filled with ideas for people to find their purpose. I am a career guidance councelor and ninety percent of my clients do not have a purpose for why they are doing what they are doing in their work. They come to me saying "somethings missing in my work or life". It's often because they do not have a purpose which this book can help them create. Purpose is something we create or decide on. Many people think it's something mystical and we discover it by accident. This book gives people specific tools to help identify a meaningful purpose.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 1999
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This is an excellent book for anyone struggling with their life purpose. The book is an easy read with many real life examples illustrating the many points made in the book. I highly recommend this book to everyone even if you aren't seeking your life purpose. If only I'd read this book before spending countless hours belaboring my life purpose.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 1999
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This book found me while I was visiting a book store on a business trip in early 1999. It teaches one to open up to the "gut instincts" we all experience and have been taught to ignore. I for one became more aware of what life had in store for me - mainly by acknowledging my intuition and repetitive messages.
Carole Adrienne's stories and life experience are fascinating. I for one would not be able to drop everything in pursuit of what life had in store for me. That in itself is the challenge we all face and part of the message this book brings - having the courage to listen to what we are being told and what we FEEL. Then acting on it!
One of my favorite books of 1999.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2001
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This is a great book! The book has a really wonderful insight on how to explore the gentle energy of life as you twist in your own wonder. It will contour the dreams of your future. If you are interested in a very to the point, straightforward, easy to understand and truly compelling book, this is the book for you! This book will help you discover your own life purposes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 1999
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This is a pretty good book, and I'd definitely say it's worth a look. You can't go wrong with the ideas. But in addition to buying this one, you might want to take a look at TEN WORDS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Ervin Seale. That book's a real eye opener, because it explains the laws of the universe in such simple terms, you can't help seeing where your thinking's been all screwed up and how you've been blocking your heart's desire.
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