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I Don'T Want To Be Your Guru, But I Have Something To Say (New Edition) Paperback – April 14, 2007
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"I Don't Want to be Your Guru, but I have something to Say." Written by Joyce Shafer
Because I have enjoyed the articles from Joyce I became interested in getting additional information about her experiences. Although her book is only 54 pages long and is written in such an elementary style, it is one of my favorite. When I started the book, from the first few sentences I knew it was going to be my kind of subject. A book of spirituality not religion and has analogy after analogy that makes what could have been complicated, very simple indeed.
There were times while reading this book I chose to stop and reflect, I wanted to absorb the message in order to be more effective in life. Often times it is the simple message that we overlook. I found myself wanting to look deeper within myself, turn the mirror and examine those things that I tend to judge.
Enjoy the simple things in life....
I Don't Want to be Your Guru, but I Have Something to Say (New Edition)
Joyce Shafer, a knowledgeable metascientist, artist, keen observer of human behavior, and skillful weaver of tales, manages to deliver the messages of a dozen best-selling, self-help books in one small package. Treat yourself to an easy to take dose of perennial wisdom and an hour of "Aha's" that'll last a lifetime. Paul Von Ward, cosmologist, author of Gods, Genes, & Consciousness + Our Solarian Legacy.
Joyce Shafer created a story within a story that kept me interested all the way. For example, Old Bill and A.J. are casually discussing religion over a slice of apple pie and a cup of coffee when Bill says, "Ideals should guide your life, not rule `em (it). Someone might be really good at being whatever the `ism' is--let's use Christian for example--but they don't go the distance...they don't aim to be Christ-like. It's easy to quote chapter and verse, but how deeply is it understood? Is it integrated into the life?"
For one who was steeped in fundamentalist religion before embracing a metaphysical view of life, this rang true to me. My new goal in life is to be more Christ-like and that means ascending in consciousness, keeping my thoughts pure, never judging self or others, seeking the will of the Divine Plan, and expecting miracles (doing and receiving them) on a regular basis. Yes, it's a process with many "oops" along the way, but my beliefs are being integrated into my daily experience. It was refreshing to read Bill's commentary on this and many other thought-provoking topics.
This is a great short book for anyone who would like a simply put overview of a deep spiritual (rather than religious) dissertation on how our thoughts create reality.
Through random meetings and occurrences, this book weaves together timeless concepts for better living from the inside out. Old Bill, the character through which the author brings her message out into the world, has a way with words that is so simple yet still quite profound in their meaning. He’s got kind of a Marlboro Man toughness combined with a flair for spirituality and observation like Andre Gregory in the movie, “My Dinner with Andre.” And the character A.J. is somewhat like Wallace Shawn’s character in the same movie. Together, they tackle some of life’s toughest questions with a straightforward message that you may have heard before, but not quite like this. In fact, many books posit similar messages; it’s just a matter of which one brings it all on home for you!
"I Don't Want to be Your Guru, but I Have Something to Say," may be just the right vehicle that brings you that “Ah-ha moment!”
~Dave Markowitz, Medical Intuitive, Author of “Self-Care for the Self-Aware: A Guide for Highly Sensitive People, Empaths, Intuitives, and Healers”
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