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The Big Unraveling Paperback – December 3, 2012
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From Kirkus Reviews
A Far Eastern–flavored prescription for personal reinvention imbued with poetic beauty.
At first blush, the title of Naimi’s book might sound like another dire warning about an impending societal apocalypse. In reality, Naimi is offering the opposite: a pathway to personal fulfillment at the most elemental level. Fortunately, although the author has a New Age resume steeped in shamanic training and heavy on the mind-body-spirit connection, he presents tips that are surprisingly down-to-earth. His metaphysical tutorial on personal reinvention hinges on three basic questions: What do I want? How do I get it? Am I making any progress toward getting what I want? He writes that the three questions might smack of egocentrism, until one peels back the layers and discovers that the best questions one can ask are those that appeal to a higher level of consciousness. One may ask, for example, “How can I be more successful at my job?” But one could also ask, “How can I be of service to more people?” or “How do I become a more loving partner?” The author is a poet, and the fine verses he offers at the end of many of these chapters serve to enrich and deepen the text.
An illuminating and practical guide to spiritual transformation.
According to Naimi, to find the correct balance we need to understand our personal stories and “unravel” them to get to the beginning—a single strand of thread we can then use to create the fabric of our lives. Naimi’s premise is not a bad one. One’s role or identity is based on life stories—the events of an individual’s personal history—and those stories often get in the way of living an authentic life. Indeed, people ask impossibly difficult questions and search for the “elusive meaning of life.” Naimi believes the importance of questioning is not to find “true” meaning but to determine “whether the answer helps us come together or separates us further in our humanity.”