March 7th, 2017

Stewart Not Your Monkey

The Spiritual Awakening Process: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light by Christine Hoeflich

The Spiritual Awakening Process

I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to receive this book, as I've been doing a lot of shamanic reading lately, but I just can't get into this one. I really appreciate the books that give both firsthand accounts and well-researched info sourced back to scholarly articles. This book doesn't offer that. When bringing up “what makes me qualified to write this book”, what is actually offered seems to be “I studied with a priest I really liked and read a whole lot of stuff on the internet. If you, too, would like to know more about all the internet stuff I read, google -Such & Such-.”

Okay, so no footnotes or sources in the back. I thought maybe I just had a personal peeve about repeatedly being told to google this or that for further info – it's a 90 page book; why not include any pertinent info? I still stuck with it and tried to give an honest-to-goodness shot.

I'm way more woo-woo than your stereotypical hippie or new ager or whatever you want to call it, but I spent the first 25% of the book either frowning or rolling my eyes at harping on the importance of Dec. 21, 2012 (which did offer a look at interesting astrological symbolism if you like that kind of thing), our Founding Fathers, shilling her mentor's books, channeled information from the “Galactic Federation” and others, politics (which I am actively avoiding at the moment)... Once we reached conjecture about Atlantis and she introduced the channeled Counsel of Light, I had to admit that I'm personally not going to get anything from this book, and I wish what I'd read had actually been about shamanism. I did a quick flip through the rest of the book, and it seems full of new agey buzz words but little enough substance. I'm sorry I couldn't offer a better review, but perhaps I'm just not the right market for this one.