THE LIGHT WITHIN by Marie Hofsløkken


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A self-help book with a grassroots political agenda and a mystic connection.

In this unusual text, three Norwegian authors have collaborated to bring together a series of writings channeled through their consciousness and subconscious. Their sources include a number of higher spiritual beings including stellar light and spirits of Atlantis. “In the beginning, none of us dared to speak out loud about the book that was lurking in the back of our head,” the authors explain. “When it turned out to be a full channeled book, we had a hard time struggling with our disbeliefs and our fears of being labeled as crazy.” Readers will also have to suspend their disbelief in order to embrace this spiritual journey, a voyage that calls upon an energy inherent to us all. The book is based upon the idea that within our deepest being, each of us carries a divine light. For many of us, however, this light has become dormant because we have smothered it with feelings of our own inadequacies and ceased to fuel it with affirmations of our gifts and growing potential. Though this in itself may not be an exceptionally fresh notion, some of the other premises, such as our connections to the lost city of Atlantis and to ancient beings made of light that exist within the aurora borealis, may not be so familiar, and these ideas are intriguing. The spiritual teachers remind us that we must also allow our inner light to shine out into the world so that we can connect with others. In so doing, they claim, we can heal our world and help initiate positive political and environmental changes. The authors make no apology for the eerie, far-reaching claims made within these pages and, though they may be admired for their bravado, it’s ultimately unclear what they have accomplished. The prose is sometimes lilting and optimistic, though occasionally difficult to follow. The book is also marred by poorly rendered drawings and low-quality photographs.

A positive message that will appeal to those with a New Age mindset, but the work is hobbled by a murky presentation.


Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1466396944
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Fortunalife AS
Program: Kirkus Indie
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