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The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure Paperback – November 1, 1997
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Find out for yourself why virtually everyone you know has this book, described as an "adventure in pursuit of a spiritual mystery", on their coffee table. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine Insights that supposedly prophesy the modern emergence of New Age spirituality. South of the border, he encounters resistance from the Peruvian government and church authorities, who believe the document will undermine traditional family values. While dodging evil soldiers, paranoid priests and pseudoscientific researchers, our hero sequentially discovers all nine Insights during a series of chance encounters. Redfield has a real talent for page-turning action, and his lightweight quest employs auras, energy transfers and other psychic phenomena. But several of the Insights are incredibly vacuous and politically correct, and long stretches of dialogue are banal and cliched. The book ends with the protagonist poised to discover the 10th Insight in a promised sequel. 250,000 first printing; BOMC selection; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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By James Redfield
I circled back to read this book with two intentions. First was to refresh its powerful message in my mind. Second was to write a review and share it on Cigar Room of Books.
This book takes a `new age' spin on Christ's message. It talks about a higher level of consciousness as a function of the energy in thought. It touches on subjects that for some reason science backs away from. I honestly do know if they back away in fear, or they refute it in the name of ignorance. Perhaps they can explain all these mysteries away. The fundamental concept is that people are energy; molecules housed as one collection in a body. This is science. So if energy takes the form of vibrating molecules: can the by product of those molecules the brain, thought, actually control the molecules. Psycho-cybernetics.
From the book I provide the following excerpt. "When humans begin to raise their vibrations to a level where others cannot see them....it will signal that we are crossing the barrier between this life and the other world from which we came and to which we go after death. This conscious crossing over is the path shown by the Christ. He opened up to the energy until he was so light he could walk on water. He transcended death right here." Now there is a lot of dialogue that leads up to this excerpt that would help the reader more fully appreciate the words herein. Still yet it is indeed quite a leap in what...faith. So my question still stands to the Neigh Sayers of science: does not science require faith in their own study of the unknown?
The book itself is an adventure novel in pursuit of Insights across the countryside of Peru. In my mind as an adventure writer Redfield is a little weak. What keeps the reader going is to read what he exposes as the Insights them selves. To that I provide a summary, an excerpt from the book for those who somehow cannot find time for reading any book, let alone this one.
"I was alert to the mysterious way my life evolved, as revealed by the First Insight. I knew that the whole culture was sensing this mystery again as well, and we were in the process of constructing a new world view, as pointed out by the Second. The Third and Fourth had showed me that the universe was in reality a vast system of energy and that human conflict was a shortage of and a manipulation of this energy. The Fifth Insight revealed that we could end this conflict by receiving and inpouring of this energy from a higher source. For me, this ability had almost become habit. The Sixth, that we could clear our old repeated dramas, and find our true selves, was also permanently etched in my mind. And the seventh has set in motion the evolution of these true selves: through question, intuition of what to do, and answer. Staying in this magic flow was truly the secret of happiness. And the Eight Insight, knowing how to relate in a new way to others, bringing out in them the very best, was the key to keeping the mystery operating and the answers coming. All the Insights have integrated into a consciousness that felt like a heightened sense of alertness and expectation. What was left, I knew was the Ninth, which revealed where our evolution was taking us. We had discovered some of it. But what about the rest? `
The rest is covered in a few more books by Redfield and many other authors. But the bottom line is let the energy our thoughts connect with the universe. In that connection you will find man-kind as One. Once again John Lennon's song Imagine fills my day. If you don't read start your day with his song.
Bibliography: is on my website. key word cigarroomofbooks. You'll find detailed excerpts.