Empowerment, Inspirational, Spirituality, General, New Thought
With more than two million copies in print, in over thirty languages, individual students and study groups study it daily around the world. Every page of A Course in Miracles offers pearls of wisdom on love and fear, forgiveness and healing, happiness and inner peace. This beautiful book, with its insightful aphorisms and delightful poetry, is perhaps the most widely quoted book on psychology and spirituality in modern times. Robert Holden has studied the daily lessons offered in A Course in Miracles for twenty years. He teaches workshops and gives talks on the Course across the world. He is a patron of the Miracle Network in the UK.
In Holy Shift, Robert has selected 365 of his favorite passages from A Course in Miracles to serve as daily meditations throughout the year. Students who are already familiar with the Course will enjoy this portable edition of miracles, and those new to the Course will appreciate the friendly and accessible introduction. Holy Shift will help everyone to practice the universal tenets of this profound teaching and to experience a year of miracles.
Books come in to our awareness and after reading them we may label them as a ‘good book’. It is common to think of a good book as literature you read and fall in love with the characters and anxiously await a sequel. Once in awhile we stumble upon a book that causes us to fall in love with ourselves and is not only a ‘good book’ but a great one as well.
These great books cause an effect with in us and brings a feeling of peace to the soul and opens the eyes to the beauty surrounding us. It awakens a part of the spirit that slumbered and acts as a guide to a place we belong and rekindles a long ago forgotten quest of divine love.
Holy Shift is a ‘good book’, a ‘great book and a guide that will either ignite, reignite or continue to lead to the right state of mind and being.
Opening the page to the designated date for the corresponding devotion reveals a gem of truth and great wisdom to appreciate and ponder upon the thoughts it provokes.
Holy Shift by Robert Holden is a 365 day devotional and meditations from Course In Miracles and beautifully compiled from the leading of the Holy Spirit to give the reader the right message needed for that day to grow in love and to overcome the fear that this world produces.
Opening the book to the designated page brings me instant peace within and as I ponder the words and meditate on the thoughts it provokes I focus on the beauty of the feeling of that peace and the beauty of the vision of nature that surrounds me. All concerns of life evaporates with the confirmation that every thing will turn out right because there is a stronger force within me that will guide me to the right decisions and paths as I let go of ego and embrace the Holy Spirit that is my true guide.
Holy Shift is the perfect book to own for anyone seeking their higher self, anyone who has forgotten their higher self or anyone that wants to increase the strength of their higher self. If you are a student of the Course In Miracles or are interested in this book then this is a great companion guide as well.
The title of the book suggests the outcome for those that read it. A shift from a mind set on this world to a holy place we all belong.
In the 10 page introduction Holden gives the best overview of “The Course” that I have read. “A Course in Miracles is a big book. It’s more than 1,200 pages and 500,000 words long, and its size alone is too imposing for many,” Holden writes. It was a relief to know I was not the only one who was baffled by ACIM at first glance. Holden himself writes about The Course, “Initially, I found it difficult to understand.” Yet Holden says “The Course describes a miracle as something you experience when you are willing to shift your perception from a psychology of fear to a psychology of love.” Now that’s something I can relate to! My spirituality is based in the unconditional love of God, and not in the fear based messages taught in many churches. I wanted to read more.
Once I was past this excellent introduction, I discovered Holy Shift was not an original work. Rather Holden gives the reader 365 passages from The Course to read and meditate on – one for each day of the year. For someone intimidated by the size and language of the original Course, Holden’s work is much easier to digest. I found myself underlying key passages, such as:
“As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.” (February 1st).
“Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances.” (March 1st)
“You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness.” (May 2nd)
“God is our goal; forgiveness is the means by which our minds return to Him at last.” (Sept 13th)
“The Holy Spirit’s Voice is as loud as your willingness to listen.” (November 5th)
With ACIM’s primary message of love and forgiveness, emphasized throughout Holy Shift in these and other passages, I found the book uplifting. Holden has produced an abbreviated version of A Course In Miracles – good for people like me who find the original Course a bit overwhelming. Ardent students of ACIM will find Holy Shift a valuable refresher of The Course’s key concepts. For the purposes of this review I quickly read through the 365 daily lessons. I’m going to take a second look, this time reading the book as it was intended, with one passage to focus on each day.
This isn’t a book you read; it’s a book you use. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and here are my impressions.
First, the basis of this book is the radical and profound "A Course in Miracles". Although it could be used independently, like the author I recommend you study the Course as well. However, if you’ve ever approached the Course itself, you know it can be daunting to say the least, and I wouldn’t rule out this book even if you’ve ruled out the Course.
" 'There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach.' That’s quite a statement." ~ Robert Holden, Holy Shift! (quoting the Course in the Introduction)
[Personally, I want to add a note that although I’d studied the Course on and off for decades, it never made any sense to me until I read Gary Renard’s "The Disappearance of the Universe", at which point I finally “got it”. Where reading the Course used to be a strain, I now eagerly devour every word. So it goes without saying that I strongly recommend Gary’s book as well.]
This book consists of 365 daily meditations from the Course. Each one is titled with a month and day so you can easily access a new idea daily with no need to keep track. The Course itself is way too comprehensive to keep in your head at any given time, so it’s really nice to have some of the more outstanding passages to touch in with each day.
The quotes Robert’s chosen are excellent. They’re fairly short and very profound. (He has studied the Course for over 20 years and was obviously very thoughtful about his selections.)
He also lays them out nicely. Rather than in chunky paragraphs, they are printed more as a poem which works beautifully and lends itself to reading them more slowly and meditatively like, well, a poem!
Each one credits its exact location in the Course in case you want to see its context, although he’s chosen passages that stand on their own very well. I really like that Robert didn’t add his own commentary. The Course is so powerful and profound that there’s no need, and I appreciate his allowing it to remain pure.
I didn’t even read the introduction until today but that is impressive as well. He describes the Course exceptionally well, and includes some of its more pertinent points. I expect I will reread that from time to time.
"The Course is a love letter written from your soul to your ego. In this love letter you are asked to let go of your separate self-image, made of pain and fear, in order to experience your wholeness again." ~ Robert Holden, Holy Shift! (from the Introduction)
I also appreciate the actual, physical book itself. I’m lucky to have the hardcopy which measures about 5 1/4? x 7 1/4? x 1 1/2?), which is a really nice size for daily use, and it just feels really good! It’s beautiful, too — pure white under the dust cover (except for text on the spine, of course). I think it deserves an attached ribbon to mark the current day, but I’ll be okay using a bookmark. ;-)
I think I could go on about how much I love and value this book but the real point to make is that it speaks for itself … wonderfully!
"The Course describes a miracle as something you experience when you are willing to shift your perception from a psychology of fear to a psychology of love." ~ Robert Holden, Holy Shift! (from the Introduction)
The message this book contains truly is holy, and if you give it chance, and enjoy the process, I have no doubt it can also deliver its shift.
Very highly recommended.
Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.