Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Cauda Pavonis (March 26, 2020)
The BookViral Review: Genre – Personal Transformation Self-Help
A uniquely powerful and thought-provoking read, Stark Raving Zen: A Memoir of Coming Alive speaks directly to those who find their lives sapped of meaning.
Realizing she could no longer ‘pretend’ her way through life Sweetland’s journey isn’t one that can be validated in conventional terms, but in engaging and thought-provoking prose she avoids the grandiose of more saccharin accounts of spiritual encounters to tell the incredible story of events that changed her worldly perspective.
In her own words, she had spent her life ‘locked within the iron bars of restriction, repression, fear and hopelessness’ and found a way to open a door to enlightenment but it was no easy path that she followed. Taking her first psychic steps at the tender age of just two years old before finally experiencing an explosion of her psyche which connected her to the spirit warrior Mangas Coloradas who came to mentor her through the spirit realm.
Her descriptions of otherworldly encounters are simple, not overly poetic, just the memories of someone who experienced the indescribable and then found the best words to describe it. For many readers, it will raise questions to the most pressing questions they may have about the purpose of life. To others, it may provide the answers they have knowingly or unknowingly been seeking. Either way, Sweetland’s words are likely to broker much in the way of reflection.
A highly accessible account of spiritual enlightenment with broad appeal Stark Raving Zen: A Memoir of Coming Alive is certainly deserving of your attention and is strongly recommended.