Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Review: The Space (Within): Finding Your Way Home
I'll let you into a secret, the reason I asked to review a book with the subtitle Finding Your Way Back Home was because finding my way back home was something that had been on my mind over the past year. I wondered whether author Michael Neill's book would help.
I was being literal about finding my way back home too. My journey to an office where I was regularly doing freelance work took me past the site of the home I had lived in when I was a child. It wasn't there any more. The house had been compulsory purchased in the 1970s and my family forced to move. It was then knocked down, along with the other houses in the road, and an industrial estate built on the site. It was a beautiful old building and I still think the destruction was needless and wrong.
Every morning on my way to the office last autumn and early this spring I would stop for a moment and imagine my old home as it had been, trying to visualise it still standing there. Rebuilding it in my mind. I took the photo at the top of the page on one of those mornings. That car park is exactly where my home once stood.
Micheal Neill's book, The Space (Within): Finding Your Way Home obviously isn't literally about how to get a long-demolished house rebuilt. The book is about how we construct our reality out of our thoughts and it teaches ways to recognise that the things that worry us are often just shadows. This can help us not get overly upset by stuff that's just in our minds, but instead enjoy being ourselves and be at peace with our own thoughts - to rediscover the real us.
Publisher Hay House says about the book: "There is a space within you where you are already perfect, whole and complete. It is a space of pure consciousness - the space inside which all thoughts come and go.
"Every problem we have in life is the result of losing our bearings and getting caught up in the content of our own thinking. The solution to every one of those problems is to find our way back home. This is both the invitation and the promise of this book."
So has The Space (Within) helped me find my way back home? Yes, I think it has. I've long known that my old house still exists in my memories. Micheal Neill's book has reaffirmed to me the importance of that. As he says: "...no matter where you are in your life or in the world, you're never more than one thought away from home." Yes, a home is where the heart is more than it is bricks and mortar.
Author Michael Neill is transformative coach. His previous books include The Inside-Out Revolution. You can visit his website at: https://www.michaelneill.org/. The Space Within: Finding Your Way Back Homecan be ordered via Amazon.
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