This third entry in Barbaria’s (Abracadabra: Create as You Speak, 2007, etc.) motivational series offers “antidotes” to spiritual and psychic “poisons” as it promotes day-to-day wellness.
At its core, the author’s newest self-help resource is a collection of prescriptions for living that focuses less on achievements and more on the notion of self-healing. It also continues to advocate for the rejection of the mundane and for the reclamation of imagination through positive thinking. Along the way, Barbaria draws on anecdotes ranging from her success in real estate, her experience as a mother, and the myriad characters she’s encountered during her own struggles and spiritual explorations. Many of her lessons encourage meditation, prayer, and good humor while avoiding negative influences; they also advocate turning anxious energy into positive motivation. She often frames the lessons in terms of psychic “jujitsu” or in the language of spiritually based healing. The philosophy that emerges cherry-picks ideas from numerous areas of study, including but not limited to Hinduism, Buddhism, aikido, and yoga, while also citing the ideas of controversial figures, such as the late Japanese author Masaru Emoto, as proof of a more magical world. In addition, the author stresses the importance of addressing old traumas by showing how they can later manifest as new suffering. Her book employs a formula that’s easy for readers to approach and revisit; each section offers a short observation or hypothetical situation accompanied by light counsel by the author and quotations from various people, ranging from Albert Einstein to Friedrich Nietzsche to James Brown. This structure makes it possible to address passages either separately or together and in any order that the reader might choose. The mixed metaphors and verbosity of previous Abracadabra books return here, but it’s impossible to deny the author’s enthusiasm. Barbaria’s willingness to expose her own vulnerabilities, and even the shortcomings that she saw in her earlier books, breaks up the excitable argot.
An encouraging resource for self-knowledge and mystical healing that seems more focused than previous installments.