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SPIRTUALITY AND HEALTH INTERNATIONAL 7: 172–173 (2006) Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) Book reviews Emmanuel’s Book (1987) ISBN 0 553 34387 4 Emmanuel’s Book II (1989) ISBN 0 553 34750 0 Emmanuel’s Book III (1994) ISBN 0 553 37412 5 All by Pat Rodegast and Judith Santon New York: Bantam, £10.00 Books about the thoughts and words of wise beings or God being ‘channelled’ are common on the new-age shelves, and those under review were given to me as a gift some years ago. Pat Rodegast is the ‘voice’ for Emmanuel, and what ‘he’ has to say is profound, moving and full of universal truth. I approached the books with deep scepticism, as indeed I do all reports of channelling. Is it just the person digging deep into his/her consciousness and speaking his/her own truth, yet projecting it onto some divine being? Is there really a ‘something up there’ sending messages to us through an ordinary person? Psychologists would have a ﬁeld day on somebody like Pat, and no doubt a few have. Yet she approaches her task with great humility and no sense of trying to make a fast buck. I was forced to set aside my scepticism and re-read the books when an opportunity arose to meet Pat herself and encounter the phenomenon that is Emmanuel. It was a fascinating experience, life transforming even, and I found it necessary to suspend my inquisitiveness about what may or may not be going on and just listen to the words and judge for myself whether what Emmanuel had to say made sense or not, whether it was true or not. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The books support the experience, for Emmanuel is indeed charming, amusing, innocent, complex, simple and many other qualities rolled into one, but above he projects a deep sense of compassion for the human condition. He has much to say (and I will stick with ‘he’ on the assumption that he is real and not a confection of Pat as some might argue) about health, healing, well-being and dying, and little of it would look out of place in the teac; hings of many spiritual masters and holy books of different faiths. Sometimes you catch your breath when truth touches you deeply, and these worthy books and an encounter with Emmanuel are full of moments like that. For this reason some sample quotes from the books are the source for the quotes in this issue of the journal. A highly recommended, easy, often entertaining and moving read. Stephen G. Wright Editor Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI: 10.1002/shi.292 The artist’s way: a spiritual path to higher creativity By Julia Cameron London: Pan/Macmillan, 1994 ISBN 0 330 34358 0, £12.99 It can be presumptuous to recommend a book when tastes and personalities vary so much, and enjoyment of a book can depend on the mood of the moment. However, this 7: 172–173 (2006) 10.1002/shi Book reviews book is one that I often return to and have recommended to friends and family, variously intrigued by its title or by its effects. A mentor who appreciated my need to use creativity more, at work and leisure, introduced me to it. I embarked on it aware that I wanted to develop one or two obvious interests and soon realized that the book was about leading a creative life. Throughout, the author speaks of a creative force, a sense of the unknown, larger than us, which she calls God, but which she leaves for readers to frame in their own way. She encourages open-mindedness, imagination and receptivity to the creative ﬂow, which may allow synchronicity, Jung’s concept of a ‘fortuitous intermeshing of events’. Cameron advocates daily writing to externalize thinking, and ring-fencing solitary time to recharge the batteries and provide inspiration. This dovetails with my experience as an occupational physician where I often ﬁnd that people struggle when they have lost a sense of balance, especially when they have left little time for themselves. At the end of each chapter, there are optional and open-ended ‘tasks’ that stimulate reﬂection and experimentation. Understanding dawns that to be creative and to live life as you want you need to tune into your essence and what makes you tick. With chapter titles “ such as ‘Recovering a sense of safety/identity/ possibility’, the ﬁrst half is fun, and helps to do this. The author suggests small changes and activities leading to others, which aim in the direction of your overall goals. Having enjoyed the ﬁrst half I noticed that I found a thousand excuses for not continuing. I had hit the barrier of fear, when the only next step was to ‘just do’ those things that I wanted to do. Gradually we are introduced to ‘blocks’, e.g. lack of money or time, people’s reactions, and most importantly the fear of failure and the unknown. These may cause us to divert from our real inclinations. There are surprises: in realizing how hard it is to change; how even small changes can cause reactions in other people; how fear of the unknown can be hard to deal with; and how, sometimes, we are our own harshest critics. What makes this book different from other ‘how to’ books is that it speciﬁcally relates to creativity, in a fun, supportive and non-prescriptive way. One result I have seen is that people develop literally more colour and delight in their lives. Dr Clare Rayner Occupational Health Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI: 10.1002/shi.243 Is there truly a cure for all illness? I would say yes, if you would be wise enough to consider death a cure. Emmanuel Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 173 ” 7: 172–173 (2006) 10.1002/shi