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HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR INTUITION
on January 1, 2011
In planning this book Rebecca Rosen was faced with a difficult dilemma. As an experienced and skilled psychic medium, she knows that souls outlive their bodies, that it's possible to contact deceased souls and facilitate contact with loved ones, that souls have a variety of ways of leaving hints to the living, that each of us has spirit guides and angels, along with deceased souls, who can be called upon for help. She knows all these things and much more, but what can she hope to teach us poor lay readers who are not psychic mediums?
One thing for sure she can't do is teach us in a book how to be psychic mediums. A manual on how to drive a car does not translate into high level driving skills. So she has chosen to focus on what I would call an intermediate goal, namely, showing people how to develop their intuition in order to be more accessible to messages from beyond.
It turns out that her lesson guide on intuition happens to be an excellent personal growth program, so that even if one dismisses the life-after-life structure and the angelic/spirit guide presence, it is possible to derive great value from following her suggestions and using her exercises.
Actually, her easy familiarity with deceased souls and her matter-of-fact way of reporting their messages plus her clients' acceptance that the messages are the real thing from their deceased relatives might influence skeptical readers to be more open to her cosmology.
So the logic of the book goes something like this: 1) It is possible for people to contact the souls of their deceased loved ones and vice-versa. 2) Enhanced intuition is the key. 3) You can develop your intuition by following an easy-to-understand program of personal growth, beginning with meditation. This logic, in my opinion, constitutes the main value of the book.
There are also problems. First, Rosen overreaches. She cannot resist throwing in some of Michael Newton's findings on what happens between lives (from "Journey of Souls" and "Destiny of Souls") such as souls planning their life path, selecting their life situation (including their death!), sharing incarnations with a peer group of relatives and friends in shifting roles, evaluating your life after you've died. I understand why she wanted to tell the whole reincarnation story, but it's too much for some readers to absorb and not essential to the teaching of intuition.
A second problem is that Rosen has used a professional writer to make the book as reader-friendly as possible, and the writer has gone a bit overboard with the effort. At times the tone becomes somewhat condescending, as if the book were speaking down to a child.
But despite my reservations, this is a valuable book that offers readers enlightenment and practical guidance on many levels.