How I Found My True Inner Peace
Author: Maggie Anderson
“How I Found My True Inner Peace” is the first installment of two books written by Maggie Anderson in 2011 and was published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House. The second book, “Divine Embrace”, which was released the following year in 2012, demonstrates more actively how to implement the ideas offered in the first book. Maggie, a Rhode Island native, is an accomplished Yoga Instructor, Soul Coach, and Reiki Master.
Within its two hundred and thirty-eight pages, Ms. Anderson’s first published work offers an inspiring handbook for those seeking self-enhancement and empowerment without steering the reader to convert or subscribe to a specific philosophy, religion, or prescribed school of thought. Although she cites specific examples of methods and ideologies which work for her, Maggie encourages people to look for sign posts which reveal our own paths.
Penned by a woman who couldn’t wait for someone to come and rescue her from dissatisfaction with life prior to her own Awakening, the book guides us on how to look within ourselves for answers as she did. These answers may already be there, but are often not recognized without first raising your own awareness or consciousness. Maggie draws from her own experiences as to what works for her. There are familiar topics explored such as Law of Attraction, meditation, yoga, and yes, spiritual and religious concepts, but the book does not simply regurgitate things you may have already read about hoping to cash in on the success of other authors and teachers. These ideas are described and used as tools within the text. If anything, they are presented in a way which allows you to scrutinize and decide if further investigation is something you wish to pursue. For example, as I was preparing to write this review, thumbed through the Table of Contents section and perused the chapter titles. One chapter is entitled, “Signs, Signs, Everywhere, There Are Signs.” As I read that title, a YouTube ad came on playing that exact chorus!!! (I’m not kidding.) That is a major synchronicity and should be taken as a sign post that perhaps by writing this review, I am drawn to take in once more what was described in that chapter of the book. I’ll update you at the end of this piece and let you know what I’ve pulled from that. I also noticed a section where Maggie refers to a scene from the movie, Liar, Liar, starring Jim Carrey. That movie was on today in a restaurant I visited.
The awareness to recognize such examples may be seen as coincidence by some, but that’s okay. The meaning taken away from any such occurrence is what is important to the cognizant observer. Synchronicity is just one of the many topics explored in this book.
Maggie sites Eckhart Tolle, Buddha, Kwan Yin, and the many teachers through whom she’s received guidance, healing, spiritual “attunements”, as well as wisdom given from books, friends, family, and even strangers, whose stories, advice, and experiences have influenced her on her path to self-discovery and her “True Inner Peace”. What may be fresh to the reader are topics such as Chakra Balancing, Kundhalini Awakening, the many levels of Reiki, and various modes of meditation. This may seem like a lot to chew on for the casual reader or the newly initiated, but the author’s approach is very conversational, smart without being self-absorbed or pretentious, and doesn’t talk down to the reader pretending to be a self-proclaimed oracle. She’s humble, reverent, and even sometimes a bit quirky, which disarms the mood from getting too heavy while getting into the deeper stuff. She takes us out into the universe, back into the deepest reaches of inner space, but does it in a way which is surprisingly grounded. She’s entirely relatable while connecting what was once esoteric knowledge into pop culture and even the occasional Sci-Fi reference to a passage from the likes of Star Trek. Surely, this will appease the geek in us seeking that higher level of thought which those series explored (and continue to in some cases), but Maggie interjects such references as loving memory triggers which allow her to resonate with those examples the way a song reminds us of a specific point in time that is so meaningful to who we were then and how the memory helps to fill the space between that person and who we came to be. Of course, this applies to people and things outside of just ourselves as well, but this is, after all, a book on self-exploration and healing.
There is also an equal acknowledgment of insights gleaned from many faiths, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Paganism, Spiritualism, Native American beliefs (animal guides and vision quests/rituals), even Agnosticism, and a healthy dose of Angels and their various orders and assignments. I’ve always loved the study of Eastern and Western Civilizations, the comparisons as well as the differences, ala Joseph Campbell (Father of “The Collective Unconsciousness” Theory and student of Carl Jung), Robert Pirsig (author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”)to name two scholars of these studies. Maggie manages to bridge the gaps across cultures using modern examples of their applications which she hopes without judgment will move us positively forward in our roles, individually and collectively, through evolution. In the book, by the way, citing these belief systems is not a laborious, lumbering study of each culture, but again pulls examples which are implemented appropriately into each concept explored in a particular chapter. This indeed will at the very least, peak your curiosity, whether or not you “buy” into it.
I thought it might be helpful to briefly mention some of the topics I found enlightening in the book. I won’t give the whole farm away, and no spoilers, but what I hope you’ll take away is that, if you’re mind and heart are open, there are things that are worth exploring even just to have the conversation with yourself and/or others, which get the wheels turning and drive us into a gear where we’ve elevated our level of activity to a point which draws us forward, regardless of what we decide to embrace. (See what I did there? The second book is called “Divine Embrace.”)
Here are a few of the highlights for me:
Chapter 1: Embracing the Divine
After the Introduction, an exercise in gratitude from which we all can take note of in acknowledgment of our achievements (no one gets there alone), Maggie Anderson kicks things off with what might be construed as pretty heady, but hang on and tune in. “Embrace Your Multi-Dimensional Self”, “Galactic Alignment and Our Ascension” and “Embrace the Divine” serve to position us to open up to the idea that there just may be more to life than what we know on a three-dimensional level. Part of one’s depression or frustration often stems from a feeling of boredom, being stuck, or being disenfranchised from that dream you were sold since childhood, but didn’t quite meet your expectations. This chapter, if you’ll allow it, posits the notion that perhaps you are more.
Chapter 5: Ego & the Dark Knight
This chapter talks about the “negative” aspects we encounter within ourselves and our experiences. Again, much like the way Zen teaches us that our Yin/Yang dichotomy is a separation created by our minds in order to process information for survival purposes. This chapter cuts into the idea that we must accept all aspects, but do our best to balance all parts of the whole, whether we take solace in our humanity through our positive facets, or face our demons in a confrontation with the hopes of honoring our mistakes by learning from them.
Chapter 6: Kundalini
A glimpse into an ancient process where the physical truly connects with our higher consciousness. I couldn’t possibly touch on the full meaning of this “Awakening” as we climb through each level of being and connect the dots in order to experience our true state of being. Everything you’ve experienced or have yet to incorporate into your story is understood, again without judgment, in the achievement of this process. I’m not doing it justice here, but please consider that a reason to dive in.
Chapter 8: The Essence
This chapter digs very deeply into such concepts as Energy Awakenings, the “* Limbs of Yoga”, Life Force Energies, DNA (affected by our states of consciousness… Although she doesn’t address it directly, quantum physics and Einstein’s acknowledgement of “Spooky Action At a Distance” connects the applications of consciousness in the physical world and how the Divine Code is embedded in our DNA), Mantras (how utterances alter consciousness to reveal insights), Essential Oils and how touch and olfactory senses can put us in touch with so much, and of course, Feel With Intention. Is there a better way to connect than to connect emotion with the mind?
From here, Maggie gets into putting some of these concepts into motion. Not all topics of exploration will be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a non-intrusive way to blow open the doors which have kept you in the same room for too long, this book will get you to stretch your boundaries and decide for yourself just how far you want to go. If the road becomes too challenging for you to climb or challenge your beliefs to a point where you can go no farther, fear not. “How I Found My True Inner Peace” reminds us consistently that this is the blueprint of Maggie Anderson’s journey. The intention is not to get you to climb on board at each stop along the way, but to show you that perhaps there is more and that if we can just stop for a moment and truly listen, truly feel where we are, who we are, and whether or not that is the whole story. One thing that Maggie drives home, and this is my personal belief, that no matter what our circumstances are or what our experiences have yielded, it is our responsibility, both for our individual, as well as for our collective purposes (as we set the example for others in ways that we may or not be aware), to be the best possible version of ourselves that we can be. If not, then that is simply a matter of choice. We cannot control every circumstance which comes into our perception or environment, be that on a micro or macro level, but we are certainly in control of how we react to them or in how we get in front of them. So sit down, curl up, and pull your favorite tea, coffee, incense, candle, fragrance, or soundtrack a little bit closer, and take a ride into what might be… or what can be.
Okay, so I promised an update regarding another pass at the chapter entitled “Signs, Signs, Everywhere There Are Signs.” Well, as I’m opening the chapter, which begins on Page 44, again, I have YouTube going and Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” (“I don’t cry for yesterday… There’s an ordinary world, somehow I will have to find… I will learn to survive…”) just came on with 44,407,186 hits to the page (as of the time of this review). Maggie loves to point out that the Angels’ number is “444”, so take from that what you might. As I read on, Maggie actually directly addresses the number “444” on Page 45! (I’m not making this up.)
Thank you so much to those who have read and digested this review. By the way, I happen to be the spouse of the author. I tried to stay as objective as possible and hope that you will see the potential in experiencing the full text of this book. It is Maggie Anderson’s first published work, so please forgive the occasional misplaced word which might have escaped the watchful eye of the all-knowing “spell check”. As wonderful as the distribution and publishing sources are and have been in giving Maggie a voice and a platform in which to offer her special brand of service to the general public, “we” (and that includes myself having read the full contents of both books prior to publishing) might have missed a word or two which I did catch upon a second pass. In any case, let’s just say that lends itself to the charm of the DIY platform of gettin’ it done. I hope that Maggie’s book will also serve to inspire you to go out and get it done.
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