Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review: Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit

Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit by Richard Bach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Life is."

Sometimes in the rush of life, we forget the maxim written above. Life is not a mystery, life is not about waking up and getting through the day. On its own, life simply is, but we in the process of rushing through the days and nights lose the idea of Life is. I know because I am guilty of that. This book raises questions that I am sure I will puzzle over for a long time and I still have questions of my own to ask of Life and discover.
On the other hand....
Life is sometimes lost innocence, lost memories, and this is the exact situation Bach faces in his spiritual journey. He has lost his past and his ability to fully experience emotion. At least, until he meets Dickie, his younger self who is trapped in a dungeon within his mind.
Life sometimes can get in the way of holding on to what we learn and analyzing it, therefore we do not fully experience what is happening in front of us. Perhaps it's a trauma, a tragedy, or a wound that bleeds so much so that it cannot be patched up so easily. In teaching young Dickie about Life and religion and facing fears the two separate facets of Bach's mind, the memories Dickie holds and the life lessons Richard holds, begin to merge and he and Dickie begin to unite in more than just friendship. As a result, Bach begins to feel again and heal while Dickie learns what it means to truly live.
They each learn to run from their safe zones and take risks in life. They learn what it means to truly be happy. But how they get there is the real story, how they become one is one of the best journeys, in my opinion, to take.

"We can no more destroy life than we can create it."

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: Hypnotizing Maria

Hypnotizing Maria Hypnotizing Maria by Richard Bach
My rating: 4 of 5 

Richard Bach has hypnotized me.
It is in no way easy to comprehend the concept of hypnosis when you see hypnotist shows or are even subject to it. Hypnosis can reach into areas of the mind that cannot be reached when awake and not in a suggestible state. Hypnosis is, after all, nothing more than the mind accepting suggestions. The idea that we experience hypnosis every day and hypnotize others without knowing is fascinating to me. Jamie's journey of spirituality to learn to trust his "higher self" is a form of hypnosis that I adored seeing. And, as with any other Bach book, the spirituality of flight helps Jamie to achieve his ultimate goal of reaching his higher self and fully comprehending the concept of hypnosis.
And, on a minor note, I personally believe that when I write those poetic stories on this blog, I am under a small degree of hypnosis, as I feel that my mind is suggesting things to me and I accept them by painting them with words. Even after I finish, I don't know what drove me to write them.
Maybe, to a small extent, we are all hypnotized.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Silver Tears

The clouds in the sky are crying silver tears. I am a child. I am one with the moon and the stars. With you by my side, my rose is made of stars. Hold, take me into your arms. Open me to the sun as it rises beside the now fading moon. Rise, stars, and sing me a farewell tonight. You are beside me and I am in your arms. I fall to my knees and cry golden tears of happiness. I am in love with the sky. We float upward and swim in the clouds. We are children again. You hold me as the sunlight shines down on us and the stars bow and bid farewell. The wind kisses us, blesses us. We are one as we become children of the sky. We are reborn.