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5.0 out of 5 stars This will wake you up, 17 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Dance of the Electric Hummingbird (Kindle Edition)
Thought-provoking and well written, this book is Pat Walker's personal account of her awakening experiences, triggered by a Sammy Hagar and the Warboritas gig in Cabo, and the subsequent transition period from spiritual slumber to a deeper, more intense, more complete reality. I should make it clear that it is a spiritual, rather than religious, awakening which introduces her to her truer, infinite self (as described in schools of thought as diverse as the ancient Yogic, Buddhist and Taoist texts in the East to the writings of Carl Jung in the West). In fact Walker bravely and openly renounces her rigorous upbringing in the Catholic Church, whose teachings were a major source of her own internal conflict and caused her to struggle in her early life.

Such an awakening period is traditionally very difficult for people (and Walker is no different - her journey is no stroll in the park) as their entire perception of reality, once dominated by rational mind, shatters and new dimensions start to appear. Once someone starts to wake up, they can never truly go back to sleep, no matter how hard their mind tries to convince them of the logic behind everything. They may snooze for intervals of weeks, months or even years, but can never truly settle back into the deep slumber that prevented them from seeing their true selves. Dance Of The Electric hummingbird impecabbly describes ways in which the author tries to rationalise to herself the many unorthodox series of events which follow the Cabo show and start to point her life in completely new directions.

This prompts the reader to ask themselves: how much of our waking time are we fully awake? What proportion of our lives is spent stumbling through our monotonous days on auto-pilot, truly in contact with neither ourselves nor our fellow men? Why do we feel disconnected and live exclusively in our own heads, instead of feeling connected to each other, the planet and something deeper? This reviewer actually started to have unusual experiences whilst reading the book, as has oft been reported by readers of classic spiritual texts such as Autobiography Of A Yogi, The Power Of Now and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead.

The book also deals head on with difficult subjects such as death/fanaticism, and of course great subjects such as sex and The Red Rocker. Having been given Senor Hagar's personal approval it should be a priority for any R `N R fan who also has an interest in spiritual teachings, self-development or psychology.

Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams can come true, 31 May 2012
Knowing Pat as a friend and having experienced the 'magic' that flows in Cabo myself several times, made reading this book a trip down to memory lane for me. But Pat's story also shows that wonderfull things can happen.....dreams can come true! As long as you're open for it, believe in it and go for it! I recommend this book to all of you who believe in chasing your dream or who need a push to actually start chasing it! Enjoy!
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