Say what you will, there is more – lots more – to recommend positive thinking as an avenue to healing than there is negative thinking. Try your hardest and you would be at a loss to come up with very much of efficacy in the negative.
Now, Philippa (“Pip”) just happens to be the Advertising Manager of this publication, and as a consequence of that (and other things, besides) has asked for and has received a half page ad as well as this review to help her publicise her new book.
The fair question remains, then, as to how objective this review can possibly be?
The answer is this: Very.
Firstly, I would not have agreed to run the ad or a review if I thought that I would be obligated to falsify my opinions.
I genuinely like this beautiful book (and the author) very much. I am impressed with both of them.
Unlike many spiritual teachers, Pip actually exemplifies everything she is writing about. She is a walking billboard for her philosophy and techniques. Her book is a roadmap for people who have had a difficult time of things in this incarnation and are looking for a way to turn things around – without adding any baggage to their already heavy load.
She is not pushing a cult or a rigid belief system.
She is, rather, helping the reader get in touch with knowledge that they may already have, without being aware of it.
In that regard, she is through her most interesting techniques, helping the reader explore and actually utilise the innate knowledge of the soul – something we are born with and have been pressured into suppressing.
She is pushing the “rediscovery” barrow, something we all seem to require on this journey, and without which we are less complete than we are designed to be.
What, then, about the technique?
I have thought for many years now that what we call “reality” may be little more than a concept we self-imbue with moment-to-moment self hypnosis. e.g., our belief system which creates what we think of as “reality”.
Some people think of this as a “consensus reality trance” we spin for ourselves, and I tend to agree.
So does the author who focuses much of her effort toward freeing the reader to explore “reality” outside of this trance, as well as techniques to break the trance as non-traumatically as possible in such a way as to facilitate (that word again!) the healing process.
It is indeed refreshing, albeit somewhat disconcerting, to read of Pip’s own brush (!) with cancer and how she sucessfully dealt with it, and how she came out far stronger and eager to share her hard-won wisdom.
This is above all an honest book, relatively free of New Age jargon and full of guidance for the perplexed.
As she writes of her experience: “Truth sits quietly inside us, and with truth we can simply allow a healing space to form”
Indeed, she did that.