Through Booktasters, the author was kind enough to give me a digital copy of the book.
I haven't read a book like this since the Gaia project. The author's belief system was really all over the place. One minute she was using terms like "Mother Nature" the next she was all hippie dippie with New Age beliefs and to spicen things up she flippantly throws in a "God" here and there.
Reading the title I came in thinking that the book might be a psycho analytic way of interpreting Consciousness or a philosophical type of book. It wasn't. And that's okay, you know, I thought well if it isn't that, surely I can still find the book enjoyable.
I saw some bible verses thrown in here and there, a quote by Descartes (and I was happy that there might be some kind of philosophical thinking, I didn't have to be deep, just some thinking would have been good) but it was all I guess just to fluff the book because I didn't see how the author expected so many different systems of beliefs to be in harmony with one another.
Once I realized that it was mostly New Age thinking, I figured that ok well it's always good to read outside of one's comfort zone because it teaches you empathy and it helps you understand how other people think.
But in the back of my mind I (or I guess you could say "i") really couldn't take this book seriously. Partly because I felt as if it wasn't taking the reader seriously. Yes we're all spiritual infants in a sense but the author's voice was just too, it made me think that she thought we're all idiots, and I guess humans are but at least give us benefit of the doubt and communicate in a slightly more mature tone.
The i vs I conversation was creative, and I was amazed she stuck through it the whole book. I know she did that on purpose, she wanted her readers to take their time with the book ( I'm generally a fast reader, I like smooth reading so I didn't like that I had to stop repeatedly because I was confused by the syntax) but I think it would have benefited the book more if she stuck with the i vs I sporadically around the book or the initial 1-3 chapters and then have used her adult author voice to continue on. She had some interesting thoughts but she didn't give anything to back them up with. We in the modern era are not that brilliant I mean ALL THAT WE KNOW is because someone else thought it up already. It takes a creative genius to make something new/useful nowadays, so you can't expect a reader to read through this book and believ that all of these ideas are solely from the author's mind. A bit more reference instead of quotes and verses (that had nothing to do with her opinions) would have been nice to try and harmonize everything up.
I didn't like this specific writing style neither did I like the ideas that weren't backed up by empirical data. I heavily disliked her attempt to describe "God." She could have mentioned which "God" she was talking about, it would have made more sense. Lastly, mental gymnastics is fun if it's worth the time to do, this was only challenging because of the thoughts and beliefs that were all over the place. I think my rating is generous.
Quotes from the book:
"you must allow Me into your Conscious Awareness and give My Thoughts your Trust."
Before that my "filter" was pretty relaxed. But when I read that I thought H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS NO.
Another quote that really stuck out for me and it stayed with me throughout my reading was:
Would Love be Love if It allowed you to actually be vulnerable to danger, disease, pain and loss? In other words, would Love be destructive to Its Self?
And I thought YES IT STILL WOULD BE LOVE!! Because that's what love IS. It's free will and it let's you use that will to let things unfold. If "love" interrupted us at every second, just to save us from ourselves or from others, then it wouldn't BE love. We wouldn't BE humans. It's like when parents let their kids fly the coop. What kind of a parent wouldn't want their kid to GROW.
I do commend her for her efforts to try and explain something so complex like consciousness, and to have paired it up with written thought, it's no easy feat so kudos to her for trying.
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