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Rediscovering the joy of life that we already are
on August 27, 2011
For me, Gina Lake's book "Trusting Life, Overcoming the Fear and Beliefs That Block Peace and Happiness," speaks with a gentle and friendly, but also knowing voice, and this writing helps me to look deep within myself and observe what is happening there. On one hand, this experience of reading this book seems like listening to a very close friend, while at the same time, I can hear the same voice that comes from the most true, profound and sacred spiritual traditions and teachers.
Gina Lake's books have all been quite wonderful and helpful to me, and if one is familiar with and finds benefits from say, the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, it seems that they might feel at home with her writings as well. However, Gina Lake also takes the reader further in the direction of examining the practical implications of the spiritual message that is found in teachers like Eckhart, and really explores the ramifications of the balance with living and functioning on the level of "form," or what could perhaps be called the everyday ordinary living experience, and the encounter of the all-pervasive spiritual dimension of our true Self, which she calls Essence. In my view, this book's exploration of the practical side of spiritually inspired life never loses touch with the wellspring of being and life, or Essence.
One reason I find this book, "Trusting Life," so helpful is that it carefully and deeply explores the connection between the unfortunate process of creating and living in a fearful egoic inner state, normally called "me," and the fact that this leads directly to having a sense of not trusting life, which means feeling cut off from a joyful sense of life. With this book, and other sources as well, I have been able to notice and examine previously undiscovered and hidden mind-based thought forms, illusions and memories that have been stored within myself. This has allowed me to uncover, feel within, and then, stop listening to the many fictitious mental belief patterns that I had not previously realized were even there. These often continuous negative thoughts and unconscious mind activity patterns had been creating a life-deadening inner state at times, preventing a life-trusting sense that is needed to really be open to life's deeply natural, abundant and wonderful energy.
Gina Lake's book is a sincere invitation to the reader to really trust this life. This means to trust it exactly as it is right now in this moment, and without all of the extra unnecessary but "normal" mental labels and judgments that often arise when there is constant fearful mind activity. Without being in the grip of this fearful inner state, or at least without believing and identifying with the fearful things the mind loves to offer us fairly continually (at least in my case), then there is instead a chance and opportunity to experience the natural Joy that is always here, right now in this moment.
Gina Lake gives the mind what it needs to at least stop, albeit perhaps only briefly sometimes, and allow the possibility for the true essential aware Self that we are to emerge, and let It (Essence) lead us through our everyday life from a truly loving source instead of the usual egoic thought patterns, normally known as "me." Is this worth it? It sure seems to be. On many days, it is wonderful to wake up and simply see with my whole being (and not just with the mind) that there is this vibrant aliveness everywhere and that trusting life truly makes complete sense.
On a practical note, all of Gina Lake's books are found in Kindle editions for very generous prices. I have found that I can be in the middle of 4 or 5 of them at a given moment and that I just pick one "out of the blue" and start reading it. Whatever I find to read this way manages to be relevant whenever I do this. I also to like to read from her books in short stretches at a time, and then allow what I have just read to be observed within me and to be aware of what it does, both within and without. My partner and I have even read entire sections and chapters of her books out loud with each other, and her writing is great for that as well (since there are no Audible versions of her books available "yet"').