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Wisdom Rising: A self-help guide to personal transformation, spirituality and mind/body/spirit holistic living Paperback – October 1, 2008
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About the Author
Vaishali uses her understanding of mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg's wisdom as the central core of her spiritual practice and writings. Vaishali demystifies mysticism by offering answers to many thought provoking questions about Spirituality Truth. Vaishali has survived a life fraught with every possible personal challenge available to a human experience: the violent death of a loved one, lying cheating significant others, a messy painful divorce, financial devastation due to life threatening illness and injuries complete with years of physical agony. These experiences have shaped her work with honest heartfelt and deeply insightful knowledge on how to understand the purpose behind human life on earth.
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Vaishali has such an authentic, funny and wise voice. Today there are many spiritual teachers but few combine their own wisdom with humor and current terminology. Vaishali is able to speak about consciousness and spirituality and make it accessible for everyone to understand. She quotes many greats from Swedenborg to Lenny Bruce and shares their divine wisdom with us as she applies it to our current lives.
Vaishali is obviously very intelligent and well studied. She makes you think about your own life and gives you practical yet easy ways to start taking action to become more aware, conscious and in control of your own life.
I feel anyone would gain wisdom from Vaishali's book and I know I will be giving this book to many for Christmas. This book is very timely and I encourage anyone, no matter what stage of spiritual development they are in -- to pick it up.
The chapters are short, but are replete with information applicable to our every day life. You can literally open the book to any chapter and start reading, without losing anything.
There are 6 sections to the book. The one entitled "Personal Transformations" was especially interesting. It included chapters on Oscar Wilde, Frank Capra, Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce (yeah, Lenny Bruce), all with a fresh, fascinating perspective. It just shows that spirituality is everywhere. The section on "Holistic Living" had a great chapter on food, and how, as a conscious person, to eat and enjoy tailgate party cuisine.
If Lenny Bruce and Kwan Yuen had a child, it would be Vaishali. Who says spirituality has to be dull and boring? Not Vaishali!
I only rated this 5 stars because 6 was not available.
Witty chapter titles reflect the aspects of spirituality, beliefs, behaviors and practices that she is often asked about such as: "Meditation: It's Not What You Think " and "Out of the Box, It's the Only Way to Grow." The inclusions of comical drawings by illustrator Brian Narelle remind us to take ourselves lightly through our spiritual discoveries. Wisdom Rising has it all to provide the ideal resource for living an authentic spiritual, fulfilling and healthful life.
Ample information about Vaishali is on her website: [...]. She has a weekly newsletter, a store to order her holistic amethyst detoxifying products, other books and CDs; a "listening lounge" for online and archived radio programs, videos and downloads of her articles, books and appearances.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis
Now onto the reason I'm praising her this particular minute. Vaishali's book "Wisdom Rising" has a chapter in it about the amazing Oscar Wilde. Wilde was a man of both ultimate compassion and means who treated servants as if they were part of the family at a time when that just wasn't done. If he drank wine they drank the same bottle. If he went on vacation they did as well. This generous man was stripped from everything he had including his wealth, wife and children by the English courts. He died penniless in Paris with a sense of humor about his trials and an astounding ability to share anything he scrounged up with his fellow homeless. Now that's a way to live.
Oscar Wilde'z life reminds me that I'm happiest when I make people laugh even if it's at my own expense. He reminds me I'm fulfilled when I give as much of myself as I can others. That I'd rather build people up than tear them down. These moments are always hard to come by because I'm very flawed and human, but it's in the trying that we make a difference. At least that's what this wonderful book reminds me.
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