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"Every sentence provides insight and clarity I wouldn't have thought possible. Gina made some valuable additions that Eckhart Tolle didn't cover. If you are a spiritual seeker, this is one you don't want to miss." -J.B. Everett

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Gina Lake is the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation (April 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456472119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456472115
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combine Eckhart Tolle's pop Nowism with New Age Nonsensism and you get Gina Lake. If you're looking for psychologized pseudo-spirituality, then this uber-trivial, prattle-filled text could be your spiritual Bible; but if you're really interested in living in the Now, then you'll have to look elsewhere for the Keys to the Kingdom.

Gina Lake doesn't have a clue what the Now is. She writes, "The Now is what you are experiencing right now." Unbeknownst to Lake, the so-called "present moment," the passing now, is in constant flux and is never the true Now, the eternal Divine Presence. But Lake never moves past mere phenomena to What lies outside time and space. According to her, "It all boils down to now, this moment... The current moment is rare--there is no other moment like it. This alone makes it worth giving our attention to." In short, Lake apotheosizes mere phenomena, samsara, instead of pointing people to Nirvana, abidance in timeless, spaceless Presence. Moreover, she never mentions the Power of this Presence, the Power of Now--Spirit, or Shakti, or Light-Energy, without which there can be no spiritual En-Light-enment."

Lake informs us, "If you are giving your attention to what is going on in this moment, you are loving the moment." This is hardly true and sounds like a soundbite extracted from a Mc Donald's commercial. For example, are you loving the moment when you're paying attention to a rapist, a doctor informing you that you have cancer, or a bill collector harrassing you for money? But Lake makes the "present" (actually passing, and not present) moment sound like a veritable bowl of cherries. She writes: "When we are present to life as it is happening, our experience is full, peaceful, happy, and content." What balderdash!
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This is a good spiritual book. It has 99 short essays but it's not a "light weight" book. I liked it because I could open it up anywhere and go from there. It will make you think, read, and ponder again. Gina Lake has written a number of good spiritual books. I like this one especially because I can feel her open hearted kindness thru her guiding words. Some of the chapters and words that particularly struck me were:
#34 - An Opportunity to Love in which she writes: "Every moment is an opportunity to love." Wouldn't the world shift on its' axis if everyone followed that one sentence for a day!
#37 - Life Brings You What You Need: "If you said yes to everything that life brings instead of no, as the ego does, you wouldn't suffer." This reminds me of Byron Katie's comment "don't argue with reality..." Gina continues "say yes to whatever is happening" and "trust that that experience is good, not always easy perhaps, but always good." I am sure a lot of people can't go there yet, but it makes me think we don't have to judge good/bad, right/wrong...just BE and LET IT BE.
Gina wrote in #90 - "Thoughts create our unhappiness, not circumstances." This is a good reminder again to go deep within the ever present NOW moment. I'm reminded of what Mary-Margaret Moore says "If your thinking says this shouldn't be happening to me and this is hell on earth, then thinking makes it so." So...drop thoughts and judgements, and be an observer of what IS now.
Chapters 96 and 97 were worth the price of the book (Awakening and Wanting To Awaken. Really fine! Thank you, Gina Lake.
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Nice book. Gina's writing has a very calming effect and is easy to read and understand. She creates a deep sense of "nowness" in a multitude of life situations where she gracefully walks us through a maze of mind created scenarios that take us out of the present moment and brings us back to the peaceful beauty that surrounds us constantly. Sweet, eloquent and lovely book.

Carl Bozeman

Author: Amazon bestselling book; "On Being God - Beyond Your Life's Purpose
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On Human Being - Loving and Living Without Purpose &
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If you want to have a happy and joyous life, read this book and then practice what it teaches. It will teach you how to be present in all situations and not react automatically to what ever you face. To have joy in your life with out doing a thing except being present in the moment. To find your real purpose in life and to experience unconditional love.
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the one star review on Amazon titled "shallow lake" nails it perfectly. I could not believe how useless this book was. I have no idea how anyone could finish the book much less give it five stars. At least the Kindle version only cost me about 3 bucks--but save your money for a latte.
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Apparently a lot of people liked this book. Each to his own. I bought this book because of a glowing review by a person whom I respected because of her reviews of other of her Amazon purchases. That turned out not to be a good indicator for compatibility with literary tastes. What I encountered with this book was a lot of ill-defined, under-developed, and vague ideas that fall in the category of what I call woo-woo thinking. I read about 1/4 of the book before deciding that it was a waste of time.
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