Borrowing from Japanese cookery, I call the writing style of Katie Davis tempura. It is tender and crisp.
The purpose of this book is to be a pointing toward the recognition of Heart, Truth, Reality, or Awake Joy.
The chapter entitled Innocence may be the best one, for how it compares egotistic illusion to awake joy. "If you wish is to be free of suffering, you must stop terrorizing yourself and others. When you stay sharply present and free of time, the `I' thought does not arise, since it requires time. Being present defies the false image of ego and therefore defies mental separation. If you slip into time and the image of `I' does not arise, do not touch it."
Katie gets you actively involved in this book, requiring you to look at your emotions, thoughts, problems, and feelings. She says, "Always inquire into negative emotion, `Is there anything deeper?' and keep following it to its deepest root." Then you are guided to a place beyond time, which is known as Essence or Awake Joy.
Katie notes that one comes upon new perceptual reference points as the journey to Self-discovery deepens. She reminds you not to get mentally involved in any of them. "Instead, we release the perception to open to the essential Essence to which they point."
I enjoyed the descriptions of the beach and ocean in Maui and the Oregon coast. They are a small but significant part of this book as they bring you to surrender to the pages you are reading. And surrender is the overall tone of this book.
It is remarkable that Katie and her husband Sundance Burke wrote their books at desks next to each other, and they published them at the same time and in the same format. Sundance's book is Free Spirit. I'll be reviewing that one next.