Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review of Your Ultimate Life Plan by Dr. Jennifer Howard


Although I haven't finished reading Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last, I wrote the following review for Amazon.com.

Is it synchronicity that led E. M. Forster to name his novel Howards End, known for its key phrase “Only connect!”? He saw the malaise of our civilization as disconnection—from ourselves, our fellow humans and our planet itself.

Yet we live as if we can exist apart from them, and this illusion has created a splintering of experience. This chasm between our interior and exterior worlds can be healed—become whole—when we restore these connections. Dr. Jennifer Howard shows us how in Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last.

When I first began therapy years ago, I thought of my unconscious as a “Pandora’s Box.” I know I am not the only one who believed this. I kept it tightly shut to prevent all hell from breaking loose, although occasionally a little squall escaped anyway.

No one told me about the peace, joy and safety beyond the storms, where the rainbow lies. I muscled through my tempests of fears and illusions because not doing so became more scary that digging deeper. In Your Ultimate Life… Dr. Howard continually cheers you on through your process, reassuring you rainbows do exist. I can second that encouragement.

Every exercise in Your Ultimate Life… enriches you. There is such a variety of what I call “flavors” in the meditations that you are sure to find some that speak to you deeply. You may find yourself doing them regularly long after you finish your reading. Like You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise L. Hay, Your Ultimate Life… is a resource you can return to over and over, each time taking it to a deeper level, throughout the course of your life.

I have come to realize the final frontier is not outer space, but inner space. If life is a daring adventure, according to Helen Keller, then its greatest payoff is in self-exploration. Your Ultimate Life… is your guide on this journey.

On page 55, Dr. Howard writes: “As we learn to connect with our essence, we begin trusting ourselves.” For me, this is the greatest gift of all.

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