I realize that some people will look at the cover of this book and immediately dismiss it as too New Agey, but that would be a shame. If you’re trying to figure out things in your life—and who isn’t?—then you could do worse than consider what Shakti Gawain has to say.
I first read LIVING IN THE LIGHT about 20 years ago, and I’ve re-read it several times since then; I turn to it when looking for answers, and it always reminds me, in a comforting way, that paying attention to your intuition and attending to the signs all around you can, in fact, provide the answers. This sounds obvious, perhaps, but sometimes we forget to listen to ourselves, we forget to trust our instincts. Sometimes our instincts seem crazy, but that’s the point: we need to look beyond the rational mind to see more deeply into what is needed.
Anyway, Gawain asserts that the people around us are mirrors, reflecting some aspects of ourselves that we need to be aware of. She also suggests that we are composed of multiple selves (not that we all have multiple-personality disorder, but that we have different competing strengths and energies), and it can be helpful to monitor how those selves are interacting. I think she’s right, for example, that if we disown parts of ourselves, we miss the energy that those parts could bring to our lives, and we need to figure out how to accept, say, our vulnerable sides so that we can be open enough to experience true intimacy and closeness.
She also has some interesting insights about what we can learn from our children. But I don’t want to give everything away. You should pick this up and take a closer look.