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What is your life’s purpose? What is the nature of God? When considering these meta-questions, many people turn to their spiritual beliefs for answers. Author WakunDaMa answers these questions clearly and confidently in his latest book, Spirituality for Real: Deep Healing: Finding Strength When Reality Seems Unkind.
The author writes of a personal path that included a period of self-destructive behavior in the form of drug overdoses and alcohol abuse. The practices that enabled him to leave behind the addictive behavior and find a spiritual path are the essence of his message. How do we find strength when times are rough?
Your soul holds a contract, an agreement between you and spirit, to fulfill your highest good, says WakunDaMa. A human lifetime – every experience you have and every person you know – offers opportunities to help you reach your greatest potential. Everything in your life reflects various aspects of God; nothing and no one is to blame. It’s all benevolently designed for you by your higher self.
Important to this thinking is knowing how to respond when difficulty arises. WakunDaMa discovered that as he stepped in and took responsibility for loving himself in the way he craved and deserved to be loved, his self-destructive behavior subsided. This is an advanced version of responsibility. It calls on you to release any sense of victimhood and know your needs won’t likely be met by anyone but God, and you are God.
When adversity causes fear or anxiety, the instinct is to avoid the feeling. Fear, writes the author, is an invitation for growth. Cultivating curiosity is a way to work with fear head-on. WakunDaMa includes numerous drawings and video links to assist readers with his exercises and meditations. The book wraps up with a review of the healing power of gratitude and self-love.
I enjoyed this book very much. It’s the second in WakunDaMa’s Spirituality for Real series and is geared toward practices for finding the courage to heal pain and fear. The message synthesizes the best aspects of transpersonal psychology, inner child work, the law of attraction, and body-centered mindfulness. WakunDaMa doesn’t just repackage these disciplines. He is uniquely skilled at gathering disparate threads of truth and weaving them into his own cohesive cosmology.
At times, we’ve all felt like life is against us. Maybe there is a deadly, contagious virus sweeping the globe, you lost your job, and you were stressed even before all of that. Could this be part of a plan? WakunDaMa calls adversity a “positive, loving, and nurturing” conspiracy against you. The exercises and meditations effectively illustrate how meeting painful content with curiosity and reverence engages the brain in such a way that the pain begins to dissipate.
I am familiar with many of the teachings in the book, but the author’s angle is fresh and unique. There is a subtler quality about his writing that makes the book an absolute pleasure to read. His orientation to his audience and humanity as a whole is endearing. The book is written with love and empathy toward the reader. “So good to see you, dear friend,” is the book’s opening sentence. This is WakunDaMa’s true gift.
For its clearly defined spiritual teachings, solid presentation, and big heart, I gladly award the second installment of Spirituality for Real 4 out of 4 stars. The few editing errors I found were mostly typographic and specific to the fonts used in my version of the book, I believe. I found myself wanting a little more content about the author’s life experience, but there was a bit more of that in the first book.
I recommend the book to any adult who enjoys expanding their knowledge of religion and spirituality. I think Hindus, Buddhists, and non-dual thinkers will find familiar but fresh material in this book. The author’s kindness and humility set the tone for an open invitation rather than a conversion attempt. You won’t find many books that are more user-friendly than this one. If you are looking for some affirmation and empathy during a difficult time, this book may feel like a warm blanket on a cold day.
Spirituality for REAL
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