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Brought up in fundamentalist Christianity, Lee & Steven spent over twenty years as dedicated Christian teachers. Although their service to others was the most gratifying aspect of their lives, other important parts of the puzzle were missing. They were disappointed that their faith had not resulted in the deep and sustaining peace and joy they believed it should, and it failed to offer satisfying answers to their questions about God. Eventually their continued questioning resulted in excommunication. They continued their search for several years, but kept finding the same disappointing answers. Frustrated by severe illnesses, family and financial problems, and their seeming failure to find God, they made a suicide pact. Before carrying it out, they prayed one last time, but this prayer, and the result, was very different than anything they had experienced before.
Instead of asking for what they wanted, they laid aside all their personal preferences and preconceived ideas. For the first time, they were willing to accept any message they received as long as it resulted in a connection with Source. The answer they got came from a most unlikely source: quantum physics. They suddenly realized that science and spirituality create a powerful synergy that can transform our lives. The misery and fear we each experience is the direct result of our misperception of the universe and our place in it. The Beginning of Fearlessness: Quantum Prodigal Son is a spiritual quest and scientific adventure written to help you let go of the misperceptions that have made you miserable.
on June 11, 2012 :
Though authors Lee and Steven Hager have titled their book “The Beginning of Fearlessness,” they are quick to point out they have not written “a self-help program that uses a system or formula” to assist the reader in overcoming specific fears. Instead, they insist that we must “dig deeper,” “eliminating the causes of fear at the most elementary level.” This means changing our understanding of the universe itself, and also our place in it. In this unique and original book, the Hagers have compiled a well-researched volume comparing the parable of Jesus’ prodigal son with quantum physics.
Lee and Steven Hager also tell their quite interesting personal story of the fallout due to questioning their church, and the devastating illnesses they each have had to overcome, quite miraculously in many ways.
I don’t know where else the reader will find a book where the authors delineate how the laws of classical physics have shaped their lives, and then how quantum physics shaped them again. You will find a wealth of information on forerunners such as Karl Pribram, David Bohm, Michael Talbot and Dean Radin, broken down in easily understood sections on this journey to understanding fear at its root level. They take us through the “false” mind and the “true” mind in the journey of the prodigal son, against a background of the Gnostic Gospels, among others. We go from “The Bhagavad Gita” to Rumi, and ultimately to opening the heart to experience Source.
This is a tremendously satisfying book on many levels, but also a challenging one for those of us who truly desire to expand our consciousness and let go of the fear of being who we truly are. Lee and Steven Hager have done a marvelous job in bringing the material together in order for the reader to understand what may seem like complex and diverse subject matter. And yet, they make it all fit somehow, and we are the wiser for it.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)