Beyond the Spark of Freedom
by Jule Gaige
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"The mind relates to the past or to the future. In Truth, your existence simply pertains to the now."

Part self-help guide, part philosophical and poetic tribute to cultivating one’s true nature, Gaige’s manifesto teaches that once one has realized “who you are, completely and absolutely,” one is liberated from the struggle of misunderstanding. Each of us on this earth, the author maintains, is, in reality, comprised of love and wisdom. “Walk your Truth” and “Build Awareness” are some of the fundamental offerings Gaige inspires readers to undertake in this book of guidance. They are encouraged to identify their thoughts and emotions—without judgment—and move beyond that realm into their own truth.

While the text at times can come across as abstract, the author does succeed in grounding the subject matter squarely into daily-life scenarios, with plentiful use of concrete examples to back up the points made. In fact, just about every other page contains anecdotes to illustrate the various points made throughout the book. Effective (and helpful) as well is Gaige’s presentation of germane “Questions and Answers” at the close of each chapter, providing in plain-spoken language a welcome addendum to the material.

A hallmark of Gaige’s thesis is the realization that there is no self; rather, everyone and everything are interconnected. Furthermore, our true nature is that of love and wisdom. Love, in fact, is the most potent force in the universe. With the rejection of self or ego, this work is not entirely dissimilar to Buddhism’s rejection of self (ego) to get to the fundamental truth of complete interconnectedness. “Love,” Gaige writes, “is the prime activity of the universe, from which everything gains its source and creates the connection by and among everyone.” And love, the author maintains, can even be as simple as silence.

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