Alive with Spirits

Have you ever felt a certain way but couldn’t explain it? Growing up, I didn’t feel like I belonged. I didn’t feel the same as most of my family. My mother even called me backward. I couldn’t explain the way I felt, but I felt more peaceful than most of the world. I was intrigued by the weird and whimsical and loved silence and isolation. The simple things were more intriguing than the extravagant. After reading Alive with Spirits, it opened my eyes to a new way of thinking back on my childhood.

Growing up, I hid in the woods and talked to animals (not sure they understood me). I loved my time alone in nature and often sought it out, but at some point, I succumbed to the will of the world and went along with everyone else.

Now that I’m in my middle age, as they would call it, I’m returning to myself, enjoying my solitude and isolation, and talking to my domesticated animals and the wild ones in my yard. I have lizards that visit my yard, and I adore watching them scurry around. The bigger ones hang in the trees, and I sit in a chair next to the tree, talking to them. I know you’re thinking crazy woman, but it’s not a crazy conversation. It’s just whatever is on my mind at the moment.

When I’m sitting there, I take my shoes off so I can feel the earth beneath my feet, and I feel connected to the earth. What most people don’t realize is that we have lost the connection with the very earth that provides for us, and that is where we have the most problems in our lives and with our health.

I’m trying to get back to where I know I’m supposed to be, at one with the earth and its energy. Reading this book helped me realize a lot of things that I had lost from my childhood, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read it and reconnect with a truer version of myself through it.

Check out my review below; maybe you can find something interesting.

Alive with Spirits: The Path and Practice of Animistic Witchcraft by Althaea Sebastiani 

When I saw this book as a GoodReads giveaway, I was intrigued and couldn’t help but enter. I was pleasantly surprised when I won and anxiously awaited my beautiful book. I loved this cover, so getting a print version was a treat.

The author does a fantastic job of being very thorough in explaining concepts that I’ve long wondered about and have searched many books for.

I loved how the book isn’t one-sided and has definitions for many things so you can figure them out for yourself. It does not push one side on you but merely informs you so you can be sure you want to follow what feels right for you.

There is a line in the book that shocked me because it spoke to me, and I can tell you it’s on page 38. “Or, perhaps you finally have words to describe your worldview.” It was as if the author was saying how I’ve felt much of my life, and I don’t know how she knew that, but it’s true.

I’ve felt a certain way but couldn’t explain it, but I found explanations in this book that felt whole to me. This book brought about acceptance and peace that I very much appreciated, and I encourage many to read regardless of their belief system because it will allow them to understand much more than they thought they could comprehend.

It is well-researched, very well-practiced, and an author with an incredible body of work.

I also took the time to seek out the author to validate the authority of what she wrote. I felt my research into the author was thorough, and she definitely has the authority to write this book and many others within this realm.

Bravo, I can’t wait to read more and learn more.

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CJ Ives Lopez Book Review

Have you ever felt a certain way but couldn’t explain it? Growing up, I didn’t feel like I belonged. I didn’t feel the same as most of my family. My mother even called me backward. I couldn’t explain the way I felt, but I felt more peaceful than most of the world. I was intrigued […]

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