The Shack by William Paul Young

shackoverEvery once in a while, it seems, a book comes along and impacts millions of lives. The Shack is one of them. If you haven’t already read it… then it might be a lovely gift to give yourself. If you have read it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s thought provoking to say the least, and from my point-of-view, basically just a brilliant and simple way of looking at some of life’s mysteries.

If you’ve ever pondered over oneness, relationships and whether right and wrong really exist, then you will love The Shack and may be able to relate to the next few paragraphs.

I have spent the last twelve years contemplating about what life is all about. Why we’re here, what our purpose is, whether anything really matters at all and what it all means. For the majority of those past twelve years I honestly didn’t know how I would manage to get through this thing called “life”. A world filled with so much abuse, judgment, anger, tragedy, lies, prejudice and pretension. I wasn’t willing to conform to this “reality” and just accept that this is the way things are. I had a burning desire to be wholly happy and to experience true joy each and every day.

So I began searching deep within myself and asking questions, having a desire to truly know why things were the way they were, why certain relationships existed and why people act the way they do. I saw counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and hypnotherapists. I studied nutrition, personal training and aromatherapy. I practice yoga, Vipassana meditation and Access Consciousness. I engaged in work experience at health retreats. Whatever I come across in day-to-day life (whether it be reiki, naturopathy, homeopathy, reflexology, herbs, massage or acupuncture) I research, experience and try my best to learn and gain an understanding of its principles and practices.

Essentially I have thrown myself wholeheartedly at exposing myself to as many different points-of-view out there as I can find, in the hope of finding what takes to live a magical life complete with miracles; to be loving, nurturing and healing energy to anyone that requires it from me; to be vulnerable so as to see things as they truly are; to be in total allowance; to trust that the universe will look after me. It’s a challenging and confronting journey … but oh so much more rewarding than surrendering to the drama, trauma, fear, cravings, aversions, envy and anti-consciousness that this “reality” conditions us to function from.

I can’t say that any one thing I have experienced or learnt has been more important than another, as each and every practice has its own truth and gift. Which brings me back to The Shack … you may be wondering what any of this (my story and journey) has to do with the book… but quite the contrary. From my point-of-view The Shack is a literary work of art that stirs up all of those questions and issues that so many of us ponder over. We each have our own “story” and “journey”, seeking happiness, healing and well-being. The Shack is just another truly exceptional thing that I have come across that is helping me to reach that space and consciousness of simply being me … the magic of life. I dare say it just might have the same effect on you too.

What books have you read that have been spiritually inspirational?

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