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Bringing much-needed levity to the world of Metaphysics and Self-Improvement.
En-lighten Up! Limitations are SO 20th century.
Aleksandra H. Artlands
on Feb. 05, 2014 :
An entertaining master guide to discovering one's vocation and ending up in 'seventh heaven'...
What Rumi "said to the Rose" is what Miss DeRose's writing said to me...
Both, figuratively and accurately speaking.
So here we are - one confused day in Portland, Oregon, visiting a professional astrologer...and the adventure begins.
Trying to find a solution to what feels like a before mentioned midlife crisis, Debbianne follows the popcorn trail of her "Gypsy soul's calling", and opens up a box of curiosities. During her fascinating and amusing encounters with a colourful parade of people, places, beliefs, spiritual techniques and class rooms, powerful personalities, mystical masters in disguise, and charlatans disguised as masters, she's sifting through eye-opening possibilities, facing health challenges and opportunities for growth and self-healing while...making her own magic.
Debbianne's original, straightforward, highly entertaining, daring, yet very humane style full of those "delightfully quirky catch phrases" makes us see and taste and breathe the atmosphere of her quest as if it was all happening to us. Oftentimes, she simply reads your mind and is not afraid to voice her personal discoveries that used to be our secret thoughts for a long time.
There's something about her writing that makes you feel open, receptive and alive, and always hungry for more.
Comfortable with her own emotions, whatever they might be, Debbianne DeRose has the rare ability of making her readers feel safe throughout the whole book. Being one of the clearest, purest, no-nonsense writers (and people in general) I've ever come across, she boldly addresses her patterns, teaching you how to "walk in your own truth" as she finds out the truth about the TRUTH, and aligns with it herself, step by step, leap of faith by leap of faith, with plenty of those delicious 'aha', 'yay', and 'wow' moments on the way.
For any curious soul who wants to dab into starting on their own voyage of self-discovery, either to find their life purpose, personal freedom or "the bigger picture", Debbianne's observations and insights are priceless.
If you're tired of working it out for yourself, beware, 'cause this book may make the floodgates of your mind open up so widely that you may just get what you've wished for, suddenly becoming the one who actually calls the shots in your life.
It's a journey of "stepping into your power" and letting go of the barriers that separated you from allowing yourself to accept the awareness of that knowledge. Once you realize this, you'll feel no need for external validation, and will reconnect with yourself, starting "taking pleasure from your inner reality" instead.
Since reading "What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation", 'playing with reality' had become my favourite term.
There's nothing like that calm, unaffected, steady yet flowing state of liquidity of things that feels like diving into the "swimming holes" of energy, pouring the light to and thro' once you learn how to "collapse the wave".
In the last (my favourite) chapter, where we're re-emerging back into the California sun, all pieces of the puzzle finally fit, yet don't try to skip it too quickly to get to the end of the book 'cause your experience won't be the same without the whole sixteen-chapter ride beforehand.
And yes, there is a chapter where she actually explains how magic happens, making "What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation" not only a vivid memoir but also a guide to discovering one's 'seventh heaven', literally.
This girl has already found what you're looking for - the next part of her adventures in a sequel "How I Met the Man of My Dreams: a guide to MANifesting yours", with a new trail of popcorn in front of you.
One thing's for sure, once you've read this book, when anyone asks you what you do, you'll smile and say "I play".
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on July 01, 2012 :
By definition, a memoir is always going to be a little self-indulgent. But what I enjoyed about Debbianne’s book is the way she sets about telling her story like a friend updates you after an extended break. You get the whole saga – good, bad and warts and all. What friends always do, as Debbianne does, is balance the story with commonsense and humour – bucket loads of it.
To begin with, her hyper writing left me breathless and I fought to keep up, but once in her groove I was at her shoulder, flexing with her energetic prose.
A big question mark seemed to hang over Debbianne – she sought the answers through some honest and hysterical means, mostly spiritual. Some worked, some didn’t – most just moved her on to another American town and more questions.
And that’s the key – she’s definitely a free spirit and the constraints of any structured studying were clearly at odds with her sparky personality.
Debbianne’s quest to become a clairvoyant, to experience life-changing moments of spirituality, was fascinating to read. But I concluded that her life itself is the big experience. The author has lived through some difficult periods and come through them all – stronger, wiser? Only she can answer that – maybe there should always be a question mark?
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 29, 2012 :
This book is vibrant, alive and real written by someone who has experienced life in the new and isn't afraid to admit it.
You are transported back to the 70s covering a multitude of sins, we have all experienced and what joy to relive it all through someone else's eyes.
Each chapter moved you into different areas of the country, towns and cities she had happy memories in, revealing at the same time new experiences and how as a person she has developed both on a personal and spiritual level.
Each scenario gives you a perception of reality, how she feels that her life has reached mid life crisis and the need to up sticks and travel is the driving force,s ending her in search of the magical, colourful characters which she meets along the way, emerging eventually from her cocoon into a beautiful butterfly, but at the same time experiencing different avenues and a deeper grasp of the metaphysical part of her life which needed new energy.
Its an honest and humorous account of her perception in life with glitches along the way.
A must read for spiritual like minded people
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)