4 out of 4 stars
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“We are all vibrating, energetic beings that are constantly regulating – constantly fluctuating. This never stops, even after death” - Andrew Pacholyk, author and holistic healer.
Andrew Pacholyk takes readers on an interactive, spiritual adventure in his new book Lead Us to A Place. Firstly, he pays tribute to his mentors by highlighting their importance in his spiritual journey. After an exciting introduction into the world of meditation, energy healing, crystals, and religion, he explores the comparisons between astrology, the four elements, and nature. He uniquely likens our lives to the four seasons; spring, summer, autumn, and winter. As he delves into each season, he provides interesting healing techniques and meditation activities which can help us to fully immerse ourselves into the energy of that season. Pacholyk also advises us on holistic health practices, and recommends various types of food, oils, and music which can help to improve our personal wellbeing during each of the seasons.
I was immediately drawn to this particular book. Although this book is non-fiction, I was able to connect with the author as he generously shared several inspiring personal insights. I was able to relate to him when he described his Catholic beliefs, especially his devotion to the Virgin Mary. Despite this strong religious foundation, he supplemented his spiritual journey by exploring other religious beliefs and delving into mysticism. Personally, I became a Catholic because of my devotion to the Virgin Mary, but like the author, I have explored chakra healing, meditation, and working with gemstones. Pacholyk also talked about Vedic concepts in his book, such as karma and Ayurvedic medicine. Chinese practices were also described such as Feng Shui, Chinese medicine, and the zodiac. I felt like these subjects resonated with me because Chinese and Indian cultures are widespread where I live, and all of these were familiar to me.
One of the things I appreciated was that Pacholyk provided clear directions for things like ritual baths. He also gave helpful advice on how to clean certain gemstones from negative energy. As someone who uses an assortment of gemstones alongside meditation, this was excellent information for me. He also described enlightening meditation techniques such as The White Light Protector Exercise which I attempted. I felt happy and empowered after completing it. Practical activities like this one made the book quite interesting.
Pacholyk also included several of his own poems in the book. Each of these was geared towards an important concept like sex, blessings, and death. A few of them were also dedicated to significant people in his life. It was interesting to note that he advised his readers to use writing and poetry as tools for their own self-expression. His poems proved to be a good example of this. In my opinion, this was admirable because not many self-help authors include examples to show readers that they practice what they preach.
I was very pleased that this book hardly contained errors. I only spotted a few sentences where full stops were missing. There was nothing that I disliked about this book. I was impressed with the wealth of knowledge that the author displayed. Reading it was like experiencing a profound spiritual adventure. Therefore, I am rating it 4 out of 4 stars. Anyone who is interested in spirituality, meditation, paganism or energy healing will enjoy this to the very end. However, I would not recommend it to staunch Christians as they may not agree with some of the ideologies highlighted. One really needs to have an open mind to truly appreciate this book.
Lead us to a place
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