A chorus of spirits discusses the deeper nature of reality with a medium.
This latest book from Martyn (New Ages and Other Wonders, 2016, etc.) presents an ethereal tapestry in which a large selection of spiritual entities and spirit guides communicates with her about her own life and human existence in general. Martyn, who says she hears particularly from guides named Josiah, Isahal, and Rashka, styles herself as a powerful, spiritually tuned mystic, a woman capable of the psychic feat of repeatedly and easily contacting otherworldly beings. She communes with Aaros, a spirit guide who specializes in a kind of mystical magnetism, and Helena, a water-oriented guide. Helena at one point gives Martyn the impression that the Earth’s sea creatures who surface to breathe will be leaving soon for “their native watery worlds”—presumably in some sort of spiritual dimension, because all marine mammals were born and evolved right here. Everyone has a “Master Guide,” she writes, a spirit who bears primary responsibility for an individual, and Martyn’s is called Serrale. All of these different spirits bear the same message: “It is important to know,” they tell Martyn, “that source [God] wants all beings to be happy and fulfilled.” All that exist stand in service to a divine purpose, they instruct Martyn, and all will be changed in the new age that’s coming, when everybody will serve “the springtime of the world.” The author tells stories of her upbringing and family life, but the otherworldly narrative that parallels her autobiography quickly comes to dominate the fast-paced book as a whole. Martyn explores various New Age-style topics like automatic writing and reiki meditation, but the main body of the narrative consistently drifts toward deeper philosophical waters, where the prose is often at its strongest (“In the presence of divinity, motion is so fast that it feels still. Power is so great that it feels like peace”). Fans of New-Age spiritualism should find Martyn’s vibrant book a feast.
A woman’s vivid, personal account of the real world’s interactions with the spirit realm.