"Embracing the Power of Truth" is beautifully and simply written - filled with personal stories, profoundly felt universal observations, and instruction which, if you allow, will touch deeply into your own tender places, facilitating release and change.
Shavasti’s book does something not many spiritual books do – it relays the truth about what it takes to achieve freedom and connection with the source of our Being. No sugar-coating. No spiritual bypass. He took a risk doing this since despite what most of us say we want in the way of ‘enlightenment’, what we actually want is escape from our pain and support for our illusions and delusions both spiritual and material. If you wish to keep on playing at spirituality and hoping that a Mommy and/or Daddy projection of the Divine is going to save you without going fully into all the shame, anger and feelings of worthlessness that we hold in our body and psyche, then there are shelves and shelves of that kind of thing available for purchase. But if what you want is to bring up your process - those emotions and concepts which are holding you from experiencing your own true nature in a way that helps to clear that energy – then this will not disappoint. It is only through entering into our embodied feelings of shame, anger and worthlessness – our wounding - that we are able to go through to the truth of who we are, to feel our innate worthiness.
There are so many wonderful passages in this volume which help to bring our attention to the truth of our situation and into the present moment, but one of my favorites is “…we can only heal that which happened, we cannot heal that which should not have happened (p. 92, paperback edition).” How much of our time and effort is spent bemoaning ‘what should have been’ over ‘what is?’ Every moment we reach a turning point where “each of us has denied the truth of who we are in order to feed the fear that somehow we need another to approve of us more than we need to love ourselves (p. 158, paperback edition).” So elegantly simple and yet, so powerful if we are able to take it in. Are we ready to face these inner betrayals of our own true nature? If so, Shavasti is a grounded and compassionate guide to the depths of our deepest longing, pain and confusion, and through to the magnificent truth of our own Being.
Shavasti has been one of my favourite teachers. And now is one of my favourite authors too! This book reminds me of every workshop of his that I have attended. What is very comforting about reading this book is that there is no judgement around anything whatsoever be it hatred for someone dear, wanting revenge, not knowing or any 'wrong' doing . The paragraph "One of the greatest freedoms we can experience comes from having a healthy relationship to being wrong....wrongness about something , an action or idea, does not equate to our badness" was very liberating for me. Cultural and professional expectations never allowed this. It was a relief to know that I do not have to be 'The Good Girl who does everything correctly' anymore! This book has very clearly pointed out the traps of getting into spirituality. It was eye-opening that wanting to think positive could become a form of abuse for me and those around me. I have been challenging every image I had around being myself. This has helped me be more spontaneous, honest and joyful than ever before. It has initiated the idea of acceptance of 'What is' rather than my usual habit of chasing 'What should be' before transformation can happen. I have felt the worthlessness, guilt, shame and fear of not being good enough that he talks about, while working with him. After reading this book I realised that these feelings have nothing to do with what another person did to me, but they really arise out of my separation from Self. It helped me to stop blaming people and own my feelings. The book has given me the courage to address the absolute truth, not fearing the consequences. It was also important to find out that it is safe to feel the uncomfortable feelings. Any person who wishes to explore the layers of the heart, not understand but rather feel, not analyse but surrender to the longing to love freely, this book is your new Sacred Text!
having read many books about spirituallity, religion and psychology I was surprised to find this book such an eyeopener. i would not place shavasti on teh same level as a few widely known autors like Tolle or Almaas because Shavast doesn't really want to be a writer asi see it, he is a storyteller who wants to have his story to be read And what a story it is! in my opinion he dears to address subjects that other writers ususally avoid. the way he looks at the way spiriuality is often used to show off to others and is used as a new form of reliigion along with the discriminationof non believers is very clear I would hesitate to recomend this book to beginners on the path of selfdiscovery because it expects at least a basic understanding of transpersonal psychology , but actually i would recommend it to everybody because it can give you a really clear and usefull insight in who we realy are
He's a dear friend and colleague and a magnificent writer to say the least. He takes us on an outer and inner journey simultaneously. He teaches us many new things as as well. He takes us on his journey from OUTSIDE to INSIDE and back out again with new insight and new tools to differentiate truth from opinion to assist us in becoming fully conscious beings. In 1 word BRILLIANT! OK 2 Words MAGNIFICENT!
Found myself wrapped in a meditative quiet as I turned page after page whilst reading “Embracing the Power of Truth” and something of this feeling remained long after. I recall that one of the reviews here describes Shavasti's book being akin to a fine Self-tuning fork for Self-alignment (something to that effect) and this is a beautiful and apt description. Usually I go to a few different sources to bring parts together over time but a full experience was delivered. Perhaps being brought gently to the heart over and over is like taking a deep breath over and over- it’s an integrating experience in itself. Will be ordering again later in print as from time to time I like to open books and simply read the page that reveals itself. A very beautiful read!
I discovered Shavasti on Youtube. I really connected with his videos and decided to buy Embracing the power of Truth. I am so happy I did. This book really explains the idea of our essence being love and how we disconnect and separate from this as we grow and experience family and societal disappointments. I am not able to fully integrate his ideas here coherently. Please read this book to open your heart and mind and soul back to love. It makes so much sense. I love this book.
I've done one-on-one work with Shavasti before. His book gives you a set tools you can use to do some serious work by yourself. Shavasti writes about his life in a way everyone can relate to. The tools he offers are experiential without tying them to any religion or spiritual belief. Anyone who wishes to go deeper and do the work with and around the "core wound", which affects all aspects of our life, I can recommend this book to anyone.
The author invites, demonstrates and inspires new possibilities for surrendering to the Heart through a coherent sharing of his personal journey and experiences. He offers a dynamic blend of context and tools that guide and support the reader to embrace the vulnerability of living life with a depth of intimacy and communion beyond the Ordinary. Shavasti has gently inspired me to take a deeper bow and to live more authentically by allowing the truth of my Heart to predominate my life.
I'm half way through this book and it has to be the best book Ive read in A LOT of years, and I've read a lot of books in the personal growth/spirituality genre. Its very profound. Its helped me immensely. I felt like he was writing for me, it felt that specific to my journey, a wonderful guide.