Sarah Paul

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Smashwords book reviews by Sarah Paul

  • Gift of the Dreamtime - Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma on Aug. 24, 2012

    This is an enlightening book about a little known topic in western culture. As a person who does not relate to animal totems and has little knowledge of shamanism, I found this book very informative. Consciousness is big and we know little about it, really. In western culture, we do not recognize the validity of trance experiences, but all people of any spiritual faith know that spiritual experience can take MANY forms. Certainly some people have such experience more easily than others, and there are many different paths, as they say, to God. Kelley's terrible childhood sexual abuse that drove her to seek healing as an adult is a topic to itself. We humans still live in a culture where pain, suffering, violence, and child abuse is accepted and is still a daily occurrence. To our horror and shame, it is even a large part of the entertainment industry. We as humans have a long way to go before we can call ourselves "civilized." Kelley's detailed account of her trance experiences into the shamanic world are amazing but to me believable, especially after reading her Readers's Companion, which is a separate publication. She tells us how she had shamanistic experiences even as a child, and clearly was born with this potential. The fact that she could use it to heal herself is wonderful, and that she is using it to help heal others is also wonderful. To meet and relate to a spirit owl, to be trampled (but not harmed) by a herd of running horses, to enter a cave of self-discovery, is nothing less than Luke Skywalker did in STAR WARS. Darth Vader and Obe Wan Kenobe called it "the old religion." It is, indeed! We have access to all consciousness, to all the old religions, and if it benefits us to use them, then by all means, let us do so and shout it from the rooftops, as Kelley has done, that this is something we can do! And if it heals us, by all means, let us do it! God bless you in your work, Kelley and thank you for two very honest, informative, well-written books to enlarge our ever-expanding global culture. It is wise for us to include the past as well as the future.
  • Gift of the Dreamtime - Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma on Aug. 24, 2012

    This is an enlightening book about a little known topic in western culture. As a person who does not relate to animal totems and has little knowledge of shamanism, I found this book very informative. Consciousness is big and we know little about it, really. In western culture, we do not recognize the validity of trance experiences, but all people of any spiritual faith know that spiritual experience can take MANY forms. Certainly some people have such experience more easily than others, and there are many different paths, as they say, to God. Kelley's terrible childhood sexual abuse that drove her to seek healing as an adult is a topic to itself. We humans still live in a culture where pain, suffering, violence, and child abuse is accepted and is still a daily occurrence. To our horror and shame, it is even a large part of the entertainment industry. We as humans have a long way to go before we can call ourselves "civilized." Kelley's detailed account of her trance experiences into the shamanic world are amazing but to me believable, especially after reading her Readers's Companion, which is a separate publication. She had shamanistic experiences even as a child, and clearly was born with this potential. The fact that she could use it to heal herself is wonderful, and that she is using it to help heal others is also wonderful. To meet and relate to a spirit owl, to be trampled (but not harmed) by a herd of running horses, to enter a cave of self-discovery, is nothing less than Luke Skywalker did in STAR WARS. Darth Vader and Obe Wan Kenobe called it "the old religion." It is, indeed! We have access to all consciousness, to all the old religions, and if it benefits us to use them, then by all means, let us do so and shout it from the rooftops, as Kelley has done, that this is something we can do! And if it heals us, by all means, let us do it! God bless you in your work, Kelley.