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White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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- Publisher : Virtuonica (May 16, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997651407
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997651409
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #483,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Definitely a worthwhile read for any Danielle fan, or someone burnt out on "New Age" and feeling like they are doing the "right" things spiritually but not getting anywhere meaningful. The main message of the book is that only YOU can look inside yourself and "be your own guru", get to know yourself and what you're all about. Radical self-acceptance.
Danielle dissects the lies that permeate a lot of New Age thought and encourages the reader to look past these lies and more into themselves for answers. She uses her own extensive life experiences with religion and spirituality to support her argument, which is super helpful and lends her credence. I really like what she had to say about the meaning of suffering and how to deal with it when it arises.
I do, however, have several problems with the book. First off, while it is clearly written to appeal to women, Danielle doesn't just come out and actually say it, which I wish she would. She mentions at one point the importance of including men, but there are no men really mentioned in the book - it's all bits of conversations with her girlfriends. I think the book would be more powerful if it either a) was written with all genders in mind; or b) was explicitly feminist and, say, explored goddess narratives. I also feel that certain messages in the book are really only accessible towards people with a certain amount of privilege, and I wish Danielle had expressed more cognizance of this. As someone who has worked with low-income clients as a caseworker, I can see how the ideas about "not letting your bills get to you" or "staying positive" don't apply to someone who experiences constant life stress and oppression. This is a trend that I see - a lot of spiritual books coming out, written by white women, that don't seem to acknowledge that those women are writing from a position of privilege. For me, unfortunately, this taints the message of what is otherwise a well thought-out and helpful book.
So on the one hand, I liked this book - I'm going through a major transformation in my life, and a lot of Danielle says are things that I can relate to. On the other hand, I like to see when an author owns their audience and wish Danielle had expressed more insight into whom she was specifically writing FOR. She's done some populations a disservice by ignoring them in this book.
That being said, I first discovered Danielle Laporte when I most needed her “Desire Map” message- it’s not about accomplishing the goal itself, it’s about how accomplishing the goal makes you feel. White Hot Truth had a similar effect on me. I can’t say I knew what to expect, even when the tagline of the book was “Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path – from one seeker to another,” but it turns out it was what I didn’t know I needed.
I did not grow up with religion, but I have felt the need and desire to begin a spiritual practice. Conventional religion always felt far too restrictive, oppressive, and formal for me, and regarding other practices, I often felt concerned with “doing it right.” Danielle answered so many questions for me about how to start a practice of my own and gave me the permission I didn’t think I needed, to go about my developing practice in my own, unique way.
Some of my favorite quotes from WTH include:
“You can’t take any of it too seriously.”
“You’re the only one who can validate your spiritual integrity.”
“Protect your heart so you can keep it wide open.”
“We need to make our definitions of ‘leader and follower,’ ‘sage and seeker’ more malleable – we are all both.”
“When we paint over pain with premature positivity, we short circuit our healing.”