Wow! I can’t help but love this great book review by Diane Donovan!
Centerlife: Finding Happiness Through Nature’s Designs is more than a book: it’s a spiritual practice that considers order in nature, how this translates to human affairs, and how nature not only raises harmony, but can be used as a model for achieving the same throughout human endeavors.
Like its subject, Centerlife is laid out in an orderly series of discussions on harmony in nature and exactly how this is achieved. The foundation of Nua’s contentions lies in the fact that everything shares a common, unifying structure; and that this center-oriented pattern and process transforms randomness to create structure from seemingly-random events.
These ‘centerfields’ are not just limited to the outdoors, but are broadcast everywhere throughout the universe, providing an arrangement that orders all life. While this contention may at first appear quite basic, consider the fact that the idea of a ‘Centerpath effect’ can be seen in everything from geometric order in nature to the patterns of galaxies and their distributions and vortexes.
Jin Nua excels in linking microcosm and macrocosm as he explores the Centerlife thesis. Readers who open the book expecting it to be a cosmic engagement will be pleased to note that discussions move from universal structures to everyday human affairs: “What are the control centers guiding our day-to-day routines? There are many. They are the numerous beginnings and starts of our lives. Such things as new thoughts, experiences, interactions, and initiatives. They are also centers of mind related to our needs, wants, and desires. All dew drop-like seeds of the universe that once formed, grow into the larger creations of our being—our relationships, houses, families, the furnishings and products we buy, destinies, and the memories we form in others. They all reflect the disposition of their maker—i.e. you. You being who you are deep down inside—what you believe in and what you hold as dear and important.”
As discussions move into cosmic links and perspectives, readers receive a blend of science, philosophy, and spirituality that comes full circle to personal choice, achievement, and perspective: “Thus, when fields interact with their surroundings, only those things of ‘like’ makeup coalesce about, circle about, move inward, connect with, and affix to the originating center. The net result is to create a larger, halo-shaped creation about, and of similar composition to, the originating center. In other words, the developing creation is comprised of the same makeup and character as the originating center. The created indeed reflects the creator!
Thus, matter filled stars create matter filled solar systems, charged nucleons organize electrons into atoms, and greedy and selfish people create distorted and unhappy lives.”
The ideal reader of Centerlife and its guiding principles will be one interested in understanding more about what drives behaviors and choices. Readers interested in self-improvement based on scientific evidence about the interconnectedness of the universe will find the juxtaposition of the macrocosm of the universe and microcosm of individual experience is well done, clear, and inspiring.
Centerlife isn’t so much a philosophy or a spiritual bent as a journey. Centerlife offers the connections and keys essential to embarking on this path of not only understanding, but self-appraisal and change.
The book is very highly recommended for new age, self-help, spirituality, and psychology readers alike; especially those looking to forge new connections and positive pathways in life.
Centerlife Book Review (by donovansliteraryservices.com)
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