The Wheel of Life is turning and we’d better be on it for our own good.
So says Dr. Jane Ely in her excellent new book — and accompanying workbook — Coming Into Balance: A Guide for Activating Your True Potential.
This is at once an ambitious and yet eminently practical primer that teaches, among other things, how to navigate the treacherous shoals of human interaction and traverse the turbulent waters of human existence — all while staying calm and collected.
This concept is not new, of course. Library shelves the world over are sagging with the weight of works by many esteemed experts, whose universal message exhorts us to “let go and live in the now.” That’s the advice of no less an authority than Albert Einstein, who once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
In other words, if you constantly see your glass as half full, you’ll never be thirsty. Or words to that effect.
The Wheel of Life is an ancient ideology that is examined here expertly and succinctly by Dr. Ely. She adroitly covers the following concepts: wholeness, change, cycles, realities, learning, growth, development, participation, engagement, patience, commitment, remembering, and — coming full circle — the sacred wheel of life itself as the guiding principle in our lives.
For instance, staying centered every minute is essential if we want to see and commune with God — or whatever you might want to call the divine spark that reflects and is part of the universal soul. This is essential to the pursuit of personal well-being, Dr. Ely says.
Another key to healthy living involves being mindful of each moment. Dr. Ely’s advice is to “wake up from the trance in which you are living,” and become fully engaged in the world by accepting your gifts — the ones God and circumstance put in your path each and every day.
Of special note is a very helpful segment for anyone who has been the victim of a crisis or PTSD. Dr. Ely has helped many people over the years deal with rape, suicide and end-of-life issues by leading them through a very precise relaxation and meditation process that really only takes a few moments. In fact, much of the book provides these outstanding exercises which, if followed, can lead to a state of relaxation even in your worst times of tension.
Finally, Dr. Ely quotes the venerable guru of living in the moment, Eckhart Tolle, to introduce one of the most valuable chapters dealing with the masks we so often put on when dealing with — or dealing out — unpleasantness. Tolle says, “To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for your inner state at any given moment. That means now.”
Dr. Ely then details seven specific “masks” we don, such as the one we wear when someone asks how we are. “Fine,” is the universal response — when all too often we are anything but.
Dr. Ely then walks the reader through in exquisite detail the steps needed to bring healing and separation from your masks. She explains how many of them form in childhood and linger into adulthood to often hamper our happiness.
Five-plus stars to this amazing guide to self-awareness and soul recovery. If you follow the steps outlined meticulously in this book and workbook, you will undoubtedly gain a whole new level of inner peace.