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  • 9780997744002 0997744006
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Ten Minutes, Ten Days, Ten Years: Finding the Grace of God

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

This book is a brilliant melding of three intriguing stories that will fill your soul with blissful joy and substantial inner courage. Witness how the lies and deceptive ways of this alluring cast are exposed and the merits of cultivating intimacy and integrity are embraced. Along the path, you discover how to face the challenges of sexual addictions, triangle relationships, and emotional turbulence. My story begins on some levels with my struggle to accept a recent divorce and an unsuccessful attempt to realize my dream of creating a yoga retreat center in the Caribbean islands. To cope with the resulting anxiety and depression, I immerse myself in practicing yoga. I pray for guidance in the form of a yoga guru, and for wisdom, regardless of any amount of suffering I must endure.My prayers are eventually heard! While in an advanced inverted yogic posture, I feel a tingling sensation throughout my body and then in my heart. Then, I hear the voice and feel the presence of Swami Sri Yukteswar, a guru of wisdom, who claims to have entered my body. Although I don’t understand what is happening, I find what unfolds to be fascinating. For the next 10 days, I experience a spiritually altered state that is like riding a roller coaster… during this time, I attempt to figure out the truth, while facing some of my deepest fears. Along the way, false impressions arise through all five of my senses, leading me to discover I can’t rely on the senses I have always trusted…I am guided to start a vegetarian diet. I spontaneously move into new yoga poses, and find I’ve acquired the ability to speak foreign languages I couldn’t speak before. Some of my friends and family members become deeply concerned. “Pastor R.I.P.” from a local Christian church, “John Wayne,” a spiritual dowser, and “Frenzy”, my acupuncturist, all want to perform their version of an exorcism to get this Guru, which I am enjoying, out of my body. After these 10 days draw to a close, I begin a passionate 10-year quest to find God’s grace through love, truth and healing. My spiritual path unfolds to include yoga therapy, Native American traditions, and the teachings of Jesus. I enter transformational programs as a residential volunteer at several renowned spiritual retreat communities including Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and the Satchidanada Ashram also known as “Yogaville,” in Buckingham,Virginia. I take in the teachings of two great yoga masters; Swami Satchidananda and Baba Hari Dass. I explore my Abenaki heritage through unexpected adventures at Clan of the Hawk in Evansville, VT and through my experiences within two Lakota Sioux traditions, the Sweat Lodge and Peace Pipe ceremonies. I share highlights from guided retreats, including a life-altering 40-day silent retreat. Throughout the early parts of my story, I try to understand Christ, amidst unsettling interactions with my church pastors. During my darkest hour, the church presents me a written ultimatum, which I reject, in effect severing all ties. Abandoned and alone, my world is shattered. In prayer, I ask Jesus to take authority over my life, and find that shifts begin to occur instantly. My personal relationship with Jesus starts to deepen. I also trace the major relationships and tribes that have influenced my life. My father, “The Lion,” is a controlling businessman seeking power and money through creating his empire at any cost. My mother, “The Lamb,” is a saintly artistic woman, who sews dozens of homemade quilts for babies with AIDS. My Christian grandmother, “Hosanna,” is a retired schoolteacher who lovingly recites teachings from the Bible to me. There is mysterious “Swan Song” who comes into my life so we can teach each other about love and respect, which starts foremost with ourselves. Through dreams and visions I received years before we met, I feel clearly that our relationship is a continuation from a past Native life. I sense that our life together begins where our previous life together left off. When we are together there is magic; but we weave a web of deception. When uncovered, it leads to a spiritual duel.
Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 9780997744002 0997744006
  • 434 pages
  • $19.99

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