4 out of 4 stars
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Chakaura: Awakening the Muse, Sacred Journey of a Modern-Day Mystic is a mystifying novel written by Michèle C. St. Amour which parallels the author’s own spiritual awakening.
Angelina comes from a family of healers and seers. She grows up with special abilities she does not understand like knowing things that will happen in the future and seeing things that other people do not. She learns, eventually, that she is born with full consciousness and completely aware of her purpose for coming into the world but asked for this awareness and for her memories to be taken away. She chooses to grow up in ignorance as she believes she has a lot to learn from this new era.
She studies under different teachers and meets and befriends other mystics though some are not as powerful and as talented as she. As her abilities surface, she encounters other mystical beings like the Earth deva and the Wolf Woman and experiences various mystical phenomena like levitation and precognition.
Told in the first person perspective of Angelina, this is a bewildering story of an extraordinary woman’s spiritual awakening as she rediscovers her gifts and the extent of her mystical powers. The author uses casual words in conversational tone to make an otherwise esoteric subject easily understood. She keeps the book interesting by introducing Angelina’s powers one by one which include communing with and commanding the elements, ability to influence the weather, ability to time travel, communing with Earth-bound spirits among others.
Michèle C. St. Amour successfully uses flash backs to pique interest and entice the readers to keep on reading and join Angelina in her journey to self-discovery. Despite her mysticism, Angelina is a very relatable character with her love for fashion and her spontaneity regarding her sexuality, while her tendency to ignore her intuition makes her just like anybody else. She is the epitome of a strong woman, who rises above everything life throws at her, with a good heart who is willing to help out with everything she has.
The author’s descriptions of Angelina’s visions, astral projections and time travels are very educative especially for those who are totally unfamiliar with these phenomena. Her warnings regarding the use of mystical powers without proper training speak of her utter respect for these powers while the inclusion of negative encounters with other mystical beings is a responsible gesture to remind other soul practitioners to be always on their guard.
However, though this is a very interesting, informative and enlightening book, skeptical readers may find the subject inconceivable and the book itself may not be taken seriously. Moreover, I find some explanations, especially from Angelina’s mystical teacher, too vague and difficult to comprehend.
I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed it a lot. I love the stories Angelina shares. They are very interesting, informative and quite entertaining. The book is well written and easy to read and I recommend it to readers who believe in religious mysticism. Some topics, however, may be too profound for young readers.
Chakaura: Awakening the Muse
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