I’d like to introduce you to my friend Ana who I’ve known since I was 9 years old, went to school with, hung out in London in my 20’s with, celebrated the arrival of the new millennium with and many other great memories, past, present and future.
Ana is a life coach and mindfulness teacher and will be writing the occasional review on books of a spiritual nature, I asked her to say a little about her reading and life, so here she is in her own words and you can also follow her on her new blog/website Ana Reyes – Life Coach where she will be writing about life issues, life lessons, sharing inspirational resources, reviewing books and conducting life coach sessions, either in person or via Skype.
A heartfelt thanks to my friend Claire for sharing her inspiration, motivation & practical know how. Without you I would not be “live!” My hope in these books, is that a sentence, chapter or even entire book supports, nourishes and guides you on your journey. Enjoy!
I have always loved books that inspire, challenge and offer an alternative window through which to view life. I’ve trawled through, and read dozens of books on the library shelves with Dewey Decimal numbers linked to personal growth, meditation, the esoteric, angels…the list goes on. I cannot get enough. Many have made an impression, a fingerprint either small or large and ultimately I’ve learnt from them. For that, and these authors I’m truly grateful.
I was born in the Canary Islands, educated in Catholic schools and live in New Zealand; currently the South Island. Alongside my love of reading inspirational books, I’m a mum, teacher, life coach and yoga student. I have a fascination for astrology and a deep appreciation for my soul group of friends.
I hope you enjoy the reviews and I appreciate your thoughts on the books we explore together.
Review: Conversations With the Universe
“The Universe never stops talking to you. It avails itself of every possible avenue to get your attention.”
Simran Singh first came to my awareness through an interview I listened too. That interview led me to her TED talk, her 11:11 talk radio show and then to this book, ‘Conversations with the Universe.’
It’s a captivating read. Both immense in concepts that challenge our often narrow views of life and wise in guidance on how to broaden our perspective to see the benevolence & beauty within ourselves and others.
Singh is a passionate messenger. She says we are more than we realise. More powerful, more beautiful. In fact Divine. To evolve our Divinity, the world, or our world, guides and communicates to us on a daily basis.
The key for us, is to notice the signs, synchronicities and symbols that fill our days and dreams and to see them as self-created messages that encourage and guide us into alignment with our highest good. Observing these messages, whether it is a song on the radio, a repeating number or an alarm going off in the distance, all have relevance if we choose to notice.
Given this, our world is a classroom in which we have abundant opportunities to heal and transform. Through this lens we are our flat tyre, the butterfly on the windowsill, the flooded basement.
The question to ask ourselves is: What is before me? What is here for me to heal/learn/grow? In this view our outer world is a reflection of us.
There are anecdotal stories woven into the chapters illustrating nothing in life is random, that all is a symphony asking us to become who we are meant to be. The true “Self.”
“We are the mess, the message and the messenger of our lives.”
‘Conversations with the Universe’ is a deeply compassionate book. It emphasises self-reflection and inner healing to free ourselves of suffering and at the same time reassure us:
“Whether you are stuck in your muck and liking it or rewriting your story and becoming the hero, there is magic in your midst.”
We are encouraged to live bigger, with less fear and to see beyond our narrow ‘reality’ (really illusion). To understand our birth right is to live fully and joyously.
There are practical exercises throughout the book to encourage reflection of both our inner and outer worlds. Acceptance, awareness and forgiveness are necessities: we are human, imperfect, but at the same time magnificent Divine co-creators of our life.
“You are not on a journey, YOU are the journey. That journey is asking you to experience YOU in discovery. This means that there is no end goal or destination but a never-ending path of realizing ALL that you are. Step into the magnificence of infinite possibility.”
I loved Singh’s palpable wisdom and inspiration, captured through her beautiful writing style. Paragraphs and pages needed to be re-read to allow my mind and heart to expand around the author’s vast view of life. It’s a book that could be re-read many times and with each reading new insights would emerge. It’s definitely one that will stay on my bedside table for a long, long time.
Our lives are designed beautifully. They have been created in the most unconditionally loving way, without interference or hindrance, other than that of our own choosing. But they also have the gifts of ‘choice’ and ‘asking.’
Thank you so much Ana for sharing with us your own insightful and thoughtful review of such an inspired book, full of resonance and wisdom. We certainly do need more of these reminders in our daily lives, not just to keep us in line with who we really are, but to drown out the often loud and distracting noise of the media.
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Claire, thank you for introducing Ana to us.
The book seems to brim with love, compassion, and hope. I loved reading Ana’s commentary on the book. I have never heard of the book. As I read the passages quoted by Ana, some sort of calmness descended upon me. Thank you for this uplifting post.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed the review Ramesh and felt uplifted. That’s the energy of the book coming through!
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Lovely duo (Claire and Ana’s words) in today’s post, and would love to read this book. Thanks.
I do hope you get a chance to read it and would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you very introducing us to Ana. Her blog sounds interesting and I will follow. And needless to say I will also be buying this book. And thank you for the birthday wishes. My book is going so well, I hope to be seeing the sunshine in Provence soon 🙂
I really hope this book is a source of inspiration…and lovely to hear your book going well!
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Thank you! I look forward to reading your blog and the book 🙂
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but perhaps it should be. I won’t pretend I know to “live bigger, with less fear and to see beyond our narrow reality,” not entirely. Though sometimes I try to live fully and joyously, as is my birthright, and succeed. That is usually when I feel at my best — worthy, capable, and satisfied with my place in the world. The feeling doesn’t last forever, which is why the notions inner healing and self-reflection resonate with me. I need to do more of that.
Love your honesty, that you know how it is to feel worthy, capable & satisfied and other times those feelings go. I think this is part of being human as we walk the journey to love all of ourselves…the light and the shadow 🙂
Beautiful review! Thanks Claire for inviting your friend Ana to do this review. This looks like a very inspiring book. I loved this sentence from her review – “our outer world is a reflection of us”. It made me think on how what we see outside could be just the manifestation of our inner selves and how that view can change based on how we feel inside. This sentence made me smile – “Whether you are stuck in your muck and liking it” 🙂
That’s a great quote isn’t it…about being stuck in the muck because Singh is so non-judgemental is her writing and reminds us that there is ‘magic” even if we are stuck. Yes, I find it a big concept to digest…that our outer world reflects our inner world. But what agency it gives us in co-creation!
Thanks for introducing us to Ana. I enjoyed this post.
Glad you enjoyed it and appreciate you letting us know 🙂
What a lovely post Claire and Ana! This was just what I needed considering the difficult period I’m going through. Life when you’re going to be 50 doesn’t seem so easy or cut and dry for making decisions. Doubt about everything and everything starts to grow. All the same thank you, this post has given me something more meaningful to ponder. 🙂