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Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Title: Conscious Footsteps

Subtitle: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters
Author Name: Dianne Eppler Adams
Publisher Name: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 978-1-4520-1147-9
Genre: Self-help – General; Religion – Spiritual



Synopsis

Conscious Footsteps is an idea generator for finding Spirit in ordinary life experiences, inspired by the author's deep, heartfelt search for life's greater meaning. Read it to awaken personal happiness and notice the interdependence and sacredness of everything. Discover how Spirit manifests in your daily affairs, bringing greater joy and fulfillment.
Underlying the book is the assumption that you won't find Spirit by moving away from the world; you find it by going more open-heartedly into ordinary life. Though written by an astrologer, you do not need to understand or believe in astrology to gain from the book. Those who want to know more will find answers to many common questions about astrology in the appendix. Open this book to any page at any time and use it to inspire your day.



Reviewed by Tracy Riva Book Reviewer for Amazon
RATING: (5) STARS

Conscious Footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters by Dianne Eppler Adams is a unique find in the world of books of spirituality. Dianne draws upon her own heightened awareness and her experience as an astrologer to bring an entirely new refreshing perspective to books on spirituality.
Conscious Footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters is a self-help book in that it does help highlight practices you could now be doing to help you and the world around you to achieve better balance and happiness. Adams recognizes we are going through difficult times and acknowledges that more of the same is likely, but she shows ways, such as focusing on the positive or helping with a charity, to get through these times. As she aptly points out the key to surviving these times is to take the focus off of ourselves and put it on someone, or something else.
Another thing Adams emphasizes is the fact it is better to say nothing at all than to tell even a "white lie." She uses the example of someone asking us how we are and the fact we almost invariably reply with "fine." Adams points out that it's better to say nothing than to answer that you are fine if you aren't. Don't be rude or anything, just come up with a true, but non-committal answer.
Adams also strongly emphasizes out uniqueness and how important our opinion is, even when it differs from that of the world around us. Voicing our opinion can help others see another side and may help bring balance, or a better resolution to a situation. She also points out that we need to honor ourselves in our lives, opinions, relationships and interactions with others and the world around us. We need to find ways to both give and receive in our relationships so we can be fulfilled and have an inner well of strength to draw on. We need to not allow fear to hold us back. That only brings about more fear and a constriction in the natural flow of things.
I'm giving away way too much of Dianne's book, but let me point out that these examples are only a very small portion of the life-changing examples of Adams work and these are all in the first few chapters. Also, you can use the book as a daily reference - or whenever you want/need to - just pop it open to a page and apply that point for the rest of the day. It works great.
What follows is an excerpt from Conscious Footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters:
"I remind myself that I did not create myself. Therefore, I am not the beginning and end of the strength on which I can call to manage my life. I frequently call on Spirit during the day with an inner thought or wish or prayer. I ask for strength when I feel weak. I ask for clarity when I am confused. I ask for patience when I am frustrated.
The operation of Spirit is not something I fully understand, but I trust it. I consider it humorous that, with our little brains, we think we might understand the vast wisdom of Spirit. For this reason, I believe all religions and belief systems are only partially true. All mystics, seers, and prophets see part of the Truth but not the Whole Truth. They are trying to access the Truth with a puny (relatively speaking) instrument called "the human mind." When I am fearful, I call on the strength that comes from beyond me and trust that Spirit is handling everything."


Author Bio

Dianne Eppler Adams, CAP, is a certified astrologer, practical mystic and author of the book, "Conscious Footsteps: Finding Spirit in Everyday Matters." She writes a popular monthly New Moon newsletter (signup at www.SpiritinMatters.com) from which Conscious Footsteps was drawn.
Since 1995, Dianne has maintained an astrological consulting practice in Alexandria, VA using a Western psychological-spiritual approach and inspiring others to live in alignment with their authentic selves by recognizing life's higher purpose. She is certified by the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) and also holds membership in the National Committee for Geocosmic Research (NCGR)and the Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA).
In 2004, after 35 years in the corporate world, she transitioned her astrology practice from part-time to full-time. Dianne is also the founder and director of the Holistic Entrepreneurs Alliance, an alternative business networking group in the Northern VA area.
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