- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Enlightenment Is Sexy (June 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099635025X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996350259
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enlightenment Is Sexy: Every Woman's Guide to a Magical Life Paperback – June 13, 2015
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"Valerie Gangas's Enlightenment Is Sexy provides women (and men) with an eye-opening, paradigm-shifting guide for living a more conscious, empowered and fulfilled life!"-- Marci Shimoff, NY Times Bestselling Author of Happy For No Reason
About the Author
Once a self-proclaimed wild child, Valerie Gangas went on to graduate from DePaul University with a degree in Comparative Religious Studies and managed a high-end restaurant in Chicago for 15 years. But after her mother's passing, she slid into a dark, suicidal depression, only to recover (her whole Self) when she learned Transcendental Meditation and had a profound, 180-degree turnaround of perspective-what she refers to as an awakening. Shortly after, she began working for the David Lynch Foundation, speaking all over the country about personal freedom, meditation and self-realization, and met Oprah Winfrey. When Valerie told her story to Oprah and some of her top executives, Oprah simply said, "I want what that girl has."
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Now for the reason why this doesn't get my full 5 stars. Honestly, these are a bit nit picky but I mostly hope that if she decides to write another book that she takes this feedback into consideration so even more people can benefit from her story:
- I really wish that this book hadn't been geared solely to women. If I'm honest I almost didn't buy the book because of the title. She could have used "badass", "amazing", "life changing", "awesome", or basically any other word to get her point across and I would have immediately been on board. I get why she wanted to do that to an extent, it's just there wasn't THAT much of her story that was lady-centric enough to alienate the other gender. I suppose because of how bubbly her personality is (which I love that it comes through so much in the book) that maybe not a lot of guys would be drawn to her style of writing/storytelling. I'm just slightly frustrated because there are a few men in my life that I think would benefit from a read like this.
- The way Valerie attempts to be inclusive with regards to spirituality/religion could have been executed a little bit better. Admittedly I can't decide if it's because I'm a fairly recent agnostic that it occasionally rubbed me the wrong way, but I get why she would say that prayer is a fairly sizable part of stating your intentions to the universe, etc.
The above weren't dealbreakers for me and shouldn't be for anyone else who is considering reading this book. For the maybe 5 times in the book when I squinted and went, "ehh" there were about 10 times the amount of times I would be excitedly highlighting a truth/insight while audibly being like, "YEP. THIS FOREVER OMG YES."
I look forward to receiving more insights from Valerie in the form of her blog in the days/weeks/months to come. In the meantime, if you're in the need of a kickstart for your heart, definitely consider this to be a well made investment into your future.
I am so glad I picked up this book.
unlike other self reflecting books that are trying to guide you through a self discovery sequence in order to evaluate yourself,release, discover what is holding you back -- journal-- and come to some action plan to take back control of your life-- with this book you find yourself naturally evolving into your true self as you read this book.
when I read most self help books I feel the structure of a educated therapist who is teaching you out of their textbooks how to fix yourself. they sound great. however as I go through the book and it begins the process of questions .. ask yourself these 10 questions about yourself and post the answers on your bathroom mirror and when you look at it you'll be renewed. the Journaling and self reflective questions are great...but you feel the process--- you fear the process and 99% of the time I stop reading there and the book collects dust. because that is alot of work and we procrastinate... and put it off ..at least I do...and 99% of the time they are questions we have asked ourselves 1000 times---we know the answers to out sad stories and it doesn't really get us far...then we're on to the next book.
I'm not sure how to explain it because everyone's experience will be different and I don't want to spoil anyone's read, but as I read this book I just started making changes. her words-stories- the way she words things... it is like talking to a good friend who just makes you feel better about your life and gives you the confidence to start doing things to change the way you think and the way you give to the universe---the way you love yourself--- the way you live your everyday life as your true self... only your true self. and it doesn't make you do 100 exercises to find your true self... we know our true self- we know our dreams-- we know the way we want to live our lives...we just need to start letting those feelings get discovered to our consciousness. we need to allow those dreams and hopes and desires to be heard within our own selves. we need to meditate--- and allow ourselves to listen to ourselves.
and this book just does it! as I read...within the first 100 pages I was calling people I held grudges on for 20 years and forgiving them... releasing so many angry emotions I did not know we're weighing on me. I conquered fears...booked road trips that put me way outside my comfort zone... started saying hi to strangers..the list does on...all due to reading this book.. it gave me confidence... at the very least... I was taking action on my life without even realizing it...and the universe was happy! it felt balanced with me again.
but this book is amazing because it doesn't keep building up to the magic in chapter 12 that promises by the time you get there you'll be a whole new person.. as you read each and every page you are transgressing into your true self... the magic just evolves...and you begin to evolve as well.
I highly recommend this book and really hope this author keeps writing!
Ms. Gangas' honest memoir shows how admitting one's vulnerability & trusting the Inner Voice can ultimately lead to strength.
She accomplishes this with a memorable personal story, in your face humor, thoughtful questions, and spot-on quotations from prominent historical figures.
After her TM-induced transformation, she quickly realized just how inverted a world most of us tend to live in!
Inner must shape the Outer (our culture has this reversed, to its detriment) is her big message.
And this "ex-wild child" is the perfect messenger, having spent time on both sides of the divide - reminders of Augustine, St. Paul, Merton...
Ms. Gangas really maintains that there truly is no divide - that one can live in the Absolute & the Relative simultaneously!
Her gift of seeing with her soul (as well as her intellect) & stressing Inner growth prior to Outer achievement makes me think of 2 statements from
Christ: Mark 8:36 and Matt 6:33.
The synergy of her loving relationship with her spiritual Mother, the wisdom gleaned from a Religious Studies background, and her disciplined daily
meditation practice has created an honest, much-needed new voice for this Kardashian-infected society.
As she says, we all must grab our birthright!