*Hello. I am aware that I haven’t posted in months. Thinking I could balance college and a blog was a big lie to myself. But recently I was asked to write a review for some one else’s blog. So I wrote this. He didn’t like it, he turned out not to like me too much either. Anyways his loss, one day he’ll wish I wrote for his blog. Besides, I’ve loved this book since my 17th birthday and I’ve always wanted to write about this masterpiece.
As well as a review it’s also a breakdown of a couple things which will hopefully help. I Hope I don’t give too much away; but you can’t simplify this work with the hopes it’ll have the same impact or motivation. Here we go x*
Miguel is a nagual, a master in the Toltec. Fundamentally an American Indian people from Mexico, dating before the Aztecs but they don’t like to be confused as a race, but consider themselves as a society (not a religion) of people conserving and sharing spiritual knowledge, promoting Truth. The Voice of Knowledge is part story, part manual. But none of this is noticed or important, because of its beautiful construction.
What the book tells you, and successfully installs in you is your integrity. So carefully without making you feel immoral, you learn very simply, very quickly how dishonest you have been with yourself, although it’s not your fault. From the moment we are taught words we are filled with tainted knowledge, which we hang onto of course because knowledge is power and it feels good. The tainted knowledge manifests in us as the little voice in your head, it judges you, and it judges everything. It allows you to be upset by others judgments and doing so you water the seed. Miguel explain this so informally and which such understanding of how our thoughts flow, he’s written a master piece to restore our integrity accommodating the structure previously programmed whilst smoothing it out.
He is the main character, but so are you. By doing this he becomes your favourite character (which isn’t hard, he’s a nice guy) but you also become your favourite character. There’s no sense of horror many books of this kind put in you, the feeling your life has been some sort of lie and you’ve let yourself down daily every year you’ve been alive. Your perspective isn’t flipped on its head, you still believe in most of the same things you did yesterday, just with a polished perception. It feels good to know that what is now important to you is, because you are following your instincts.
Once finished you have a new sense of self-respect and freedom. You stop making assumptions, gossiping isn’t entertaining, judging doesn’t feel empowering. It’s a strange feeling to go back to that childlike honestly and elation, you laugh at what you find funny, smile at what makes you feel happy, and turn away from what doesn’t please you or what’s trying to change you. You learn how life is your story and you are writing it, if someone is trying to change it they don’t respect you, your art, basically the story you a trying to create a reality for yourself – among many other lessons.
Miguel includes his life before Toltec, talks with nagual grandfather, out of body and near death experiences, promising you that your emotions are real. The story is relatable atypically, you wont say “this same thing happened to me before”, it relates with the themes in your life, which is far more useful and that’s how it makes you identify.
Highly recommended to all people, despite its Christian themes and occasional refs, anywhere it says god can simply be translated to “universe” or whatever works for you (although the meditations and 2 short prayers at the end are gold). The personal writing style makes you feel chosen. Difficult to put down because all the new knowledge is a new power, and it feels good.
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Next review will be The Great Cat by Hiraide Takashi I think, but don’t hold me to it x