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early 1996

celestine prophecy

is a book that quietly encourages a cult following. Distended, but commercially available - after a swift spellbinding tale of intriguing spiritual secrets to be saught after in the trecherous wilds of peru, there is an ad for the continuation of your enlightenment.

The breathless feel makes for good drama, but the book postulates a way of life. reading something that anticapatory about my spiritual potential strikes me dubious.

I don't doubt that for some folks this is a good and proper means to spirifual enlightenment. but saying in hiushed tones, I read the celestine prophecy like you've joined a club, there are ways to get along without all the trappings. It's a bit like eating a good green salad with ranch dressing.

all true, but too easy almost. the mataphor came on strong. Not that I wasn't taken by the experience, but I found it a little contrived. Going to peru for the ancient lost secrets of a meaningful life? Outrunning banditos and government terrorists hell bent on keeping the precious truth out of our hands? but somehow we hold it, now having been exposed and shared in hardcover unto the world by James Redfield and Time Warner?

This is not to say that it did not have a positive effect on me, now I am more focused during the time I spend with my houseplants.

the celestine prophet is a full on critique, from New Age magazine.
April '96, I compared this book with Michael Harner's Way of the Shaman, to critique the new age, for shamanism class.

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