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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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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.
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.
I've come to believe you can think of people of having two identities. One identity is like the superficial shell, the costume, the mask, the person we put on out in the world. The person that makes their way through life conforming to others, compromising for others, and withholding to oneself. This the average person on this planet. This is the same person that will wake up 40 years later and become horrified looking at the life they have lived, the job they have worked at, the people that they have spent their life with.
Then there is a person's real identity, the under the surface, straight to the core identity. This is the identity that goes beyond boundaries because it knows the truth. This is the identity that truly knows how to live and love.
Vaishali is one of the few authors and teachers that knows how to talk directly to a person's core identity and help you unclothe the fake you, the limiting identity, the mask you were. She guides you to make steps toward realising a life that is in full accord with your real identity. And she does it in a way that is both entertaining as it is incisively insightful. She does it without pretense, she cuts out the bs, goes straight to the heart of the matter and she communicates it as if you were her very best friend. She'll make you laugh in the process.
Wisdom Rising is a book you can pick up at any point and start at any page. The chapters are short and the topics, while related, don't have to be read in sequence. It's like being able to have a conversation with the author whenever you like.
Prior to reading this book I knew bits and pieces about her personal history. I knew she had been diagnosed terminal twice. I knew she had been broke and without a home. I knew she had grown up with abusive, alcoholic parents. I know she recovered from a head injury so bad that to this day the doctors still shake their head saying she shouldn't be breathing. These are just a few of the 'highlights'.
While she doesn't often talk about her personal history - once you get a glimpse of what she has been through you start to understand why she's so adamant about the brand of spirituality she teaches. You also start to understand why it's not a luxury, but an absolute necessity to learn, apply and experience spiritual wisdom in your life, not just so that you can survive whatever life throws at you, but so that you know how to grow beyond.
And what I really love about this book is that it makes for a great gift, even suitable for people that have trouble finding time, don't feel they are spiritually inclined or those that aren't the voracious reading-type.
If you liked this book be sure to read 'You are what you love' - her other book. It's one of the book's you'll be reading for the rest of your life.
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Wisdom Rising is full of goodies/wisdom and lots of humor. Vaishali works are powerful and insightful.Read more