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If You’re Into New Age Spirituality, Read This One Born Aware by Diane Brandon

If you’re only here for the fun and the fiction, turn around. This post is not for you. In fact, if you haven’t heard terms like lucid dreaming, awareness or consciousness, or if you use terms like reincarnation or karma as topical jokes only, you might find this post weird. So it’s best for both me and you that you stick to my posts about fiction. Especially if you’re religious. I don’t want to offend anyone’s beliefs. ‘Kay?

Also, it might be a bit of a touchie.

So now that I’ve got the attention of those who are truly interested, let me talk to you about a lovely book called Born Aware. You might have realized that I’ve dabbled in matters of consciousness before. I would say I believe in at least half of ‘that stuff’, some by experience, but I wouldn’t like to delve too deep, because this isn’t about me – it’s about the book. Long story short, though, I have had extraordinary experiences, I have always felt different, I have always been different.

Hey, it’s perfectly fine to call me a weirdo. You weirdo.

fake funny flying rug weirdo

Which is why I picked up this book. I have read a lot of ‘weird’ things (not that I think them weird, society does), Carlos Castaneda and Jane Roberts among them, and many others. So I know my way around this. Which is why I can say that Born Aware is good spiritual literature. It’s unassuming, geared towards the better good, does not judge, does not try to get you to join any cult. It’s just there to tell you the stories of people who were born aware (meaning, people who remember being born and being a baby). If you’re skeptical – of people, who believe they were born aware. It’s not really a big difference if that’ll make you feel better about reading it.

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So was I born aware? No. Fortunately or not, like any normal person, I can only remember my life as of maybe being 3 or 4 – which is even relatively late for most kids. But I could say I was born spiritually aware (the book goes more into what that is). I won’t go into why (quite personal, and this is not about me), but the bottom line is, I felt very alone in being like this. When I’d feel or do one thing, society would always do something else. Society punishes you for being kind, for being spiritual – unless you’re the fashionable spiritual, that is.

simpsons fake swami

I’ve believed in people a little too much when I was kid. I would rather take the bullying than bully someone else to fit in. I’ve always believed everyone’s goal was to make it the best possible world for everyone (keep dreaming…) I’ve always suffered from heightened empathy. And I’ve felt like such a weirdo, doomed to be nice to others when they step on my face, cause that’s who I am (here I am typing this and thinking you’ll say I’m bragging, and being embarrassed about that. I am absolutely not, I can tell you I have been embarrassed about not being able to lie (legit), at paying for my parents’ bills when they were jobless although everyone said I should just “let them have their own problems”, at hurting when other people hurt – I am legit embarrassed of being like that cause it does not pay at all to be this way in society.) I am still failing at getting to the bottom line, which is THE BOOK TOLD ME I WASN’T ALONE.

Every single story the book told – acting and feeling differently, being deemed too kind, being unable to lie, being bullied, being depressed – some go as far as trying to commit suicide at age 5 (!!)… Not feeling like life was seriously meant to be lived, cause it’s just too hard and heavy. All of it fit in so well with what I’ve always been feeling. And suddenly I wasn’t alone anymore. Suddenly I was just.. different. But I wasn’t the only one different.

I’m not saying this book is for everyone. It might not be for you. But even if it’s not about people like you, you still should read about those who have come here with something more than we have. To read about how much of a gift, and yet also a punishment it is (so far, I’m siding with punishment… ugh.) If you’ve ever felt like maybe the world is running the wrong way, that maybe we’re all a little (or a lot) too selfish as a society, that something is fundamentally wrong with us, and we all lack trust of each other and feel like we’re not all one, that we should work together instead of fight, you should read this. Yes, perhaps you’ll cringe at the mention of reincarnation (a lot of people do), and I’m alright if you cringe at me – but I believe reading this can be a truly enriching experience. It might even tell you more about who you are.

I thank Llewellyn Publications and Diane Brandon for giving me an early copy of this book in exchange to my honest review.

So do you read anything of the sort? Do you think I’m weird now? 😀

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

17 thoughts on “If You’re Into New Age Spirituality, Read This One Born Aware by Diane Brandon

  1. You have me curious about this one now! I think a lot of people feel that way, TBH, and probably some for different reasons, but I think there’s a lot we don’t know about consciousness and why some people are more attuned or empathetic or whatever. And some people just seem to flow along and not be in touch with something deeper. Or they’re not interested, which I don’t get (how can you not be??).

    anyway nice review. 🙂
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    1. Yes! How can you not be! You always get it spot on, Greg, and have such good points, you’re a really smart person that way! You’re absolutely right to say that we don’t know a lot, and to me it’s always funniest when people claim “this is true and this is heresy” when they can’t even face up to the fact that both sides of the argument probably know barely a quarter of the story, if even that much. That’s why I like to read this kind of stuff 🙂 it just makes me think and wonder.

      1. Thanks! And I know- I’ve always had a sense of wonder, like looking up and pondering things lol (adults of course call it daydreaming- apparently missing the point that shouldn’t kids be thinking about things???). Probably why I gravitated towards SF and fantasy, but also why books like this are good as well. Make us think…

        I love New age music too, it gets the imagination going and feeds that sense of wonder. 🙂
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        1. So you’re like Anne of Green Gables then 😀 haha. That is awesome though. I mean, especially for a reader/writer/blogger it’s most important to have imagination. I’m glad you’re like that 🙂

  2. WOOOOW you have read Castaneda???? yes you are a “weirdo”! 🙂 I can call you that because we are the same species [though I haven’t read Castaneda yet I have read other “weirdos” like Benitez :)] I have such a new age-arcoiris colored like soul 🙂 AND I have indeed felt the way you described.. I’m afraid to red the book. Am I having an anxiety episode today?? two “afraid” comments in less than a minute! LOL I think it’s because I’m supposed to start Camp Nano in less than two hours 🙂 but seriously speaking I sometimes dive too deep in such philosophical waters and find it hard to resurface maybe that’s why I started to read fiction after my loooooooong hippie phase?
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    1. Yes, let’s blame NaNo 😀 but it’s okay to be a hippie! Hippies are great. Also, have you read Seth Speaks? I absolutely loved it. Very uplifting.
      Also, I love having another weirdo friend in you 😀 (and didn’t you just love that gif with the “flying” rug. Can’t even.) I have had a lot of interesting weird stuff happen to me in my life, and I’ve read a lot about lucidity (been into lucid dreaming lot), so this is all stuff I like to read about. Although Castaneda… I’d say, read one book. Two at best. Don’t read anymore 🙂 he goes off the track pretty quick.

    1. Awesome 😀 what is your rate, BTW? Mine’s like 35%, so it’s not you alone xD 35% is also the highest it’s ever been!!

        1. Mine has never been higher than ABOMINABLE because nearly the first thing I did on NetGalley was download maybe 50 books in one sitting 😀 that’s BEFORE I even knew about the ratio. Whoops 😀
          But I’ve reached 39% today. A few more months and I’ll fix it 🙂 yes, NetGalley themselves do recommend 80%. I have to reach the dream! 😀

  3. I don’t think you’re weird at all. I think it’s actually pretty cool that you take the time to read read books like these. I find that reading books touching themes such as these can unravel so much about life. Even if you don’t share half of the ideas that are conveyed. The next “spiritual” book I wanted to read was one by Hermann Hesse called Siddhartha. I definitely enjoyed your thoughts on this book. Excellent review! 😉

    1. 🙂 I’m glad you think so. I have read Siddhartha, but I didn’t like it too much – it was short and wasn’t as deep as I would have liked it to be. Have you read Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts? That’s maybe… toughed than Siddhartha, and crazier too, but it changed my view about so many things.

  4. I’ve read one book on spirituality because I didn’t know fully what it was about. I thought it was about the author, Barbara Ehrenreich’s, atheism. The book is called Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything. Ehrenreich isn’t religious, but she’s had some pretty interesting experiences with possibly seeing something like a deity and spending most of her life focused on the apocalypse and the “why” question, which reminds me of the five-year-old you pointed out that tried to commit suicide.

    1. Hm, that sounds good! Yeah, well, atheism doesn’t always mean you believe in absolutely nothing, sometimes it can mean you believe in certain laws, just don’t deem them… godly. Or you just don’t know what to believe even (although that might qualify more like agnostic). Some of these books can be really good for existential questions, I think. It makes you think deeper, and you can tell a book is good if the author is simply stating their ideas/beliefs, but not forcing you to take their side or judging you.

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