Think – Re-member – Un-learn
Author: Noreen Jameson
Artist: Noreen Jameson
This is the fourth book by Noreen Jameson. The first three books comprise a trilogy – “Petals of the R.O.S.E.”, “Wells of Wisdom”, and “Whispers … I Know …”. I have to mention something right off the bat about this book that makes me smile – the use of the infinity symbol in the middle of a blank page to separate parts of the book. This is profound!
From the preface:
“Have you ever had the affinity for a place you’ve never been to, nor had a relation to? Perhaps, for instance, Ireland intrigues you, yet your Nationality/Heritage/Ancestry isn’t Irish, Celtic, or Gaelic? Maybe Spain, France, or even Egypt “feel” right to you, yet your Genealogy records don‘t indicate any relationship to the Nation/Country/Area that seems to “call” to you consistently?
Lifescapes will explore our Remembering and Re-membering.
Why do you believe what you believe? Is it because you’ve investigated a spiritual/religious belief? Or is it because it was what you were taught?
Lifescapes will challenge you to Un-learn “taught” dogma, and provoke you to THINK.”
Hearing a little woo woo music in the background? Would it help to know that Jameson is a metaphysician, healer … and Druid?
Noreen notes that one reason e may want to un-learn something is that it doesn’t resonate with our Highest Good. The challenge that she offers us is to re-member ancient knowledge. She discusses conventional religion, the dogma that it contains, and the patriarchal society. Her purpose in writing this book is to put the thought out into the world that wisdom should not be hoarded. (Note: this is my interpretation of her purpose.)
I love this quote that she puts out there – it has been my mantra for a long time: “Take what you want, and leave the rest behind.”(Buddha rephrased.)
Jameson looks at religion, and why it is used as the impetus for wars. She also recommends that we question not the religion of others, but our own religion. The questions that she poses here are posed with the intent to make the reader think. There is a graphic in the book that is amazing! In the center of the page we see a globe with the words “Golden Rule” written on it. Circling the globe are the world’s religions, with a short notation about what the religion is based on.
Jameson talks about something very important … the spoken and the written word, and how they can be misinterpreted. We take a journey through Christianity, its written word and a bit of its history. Then she moves on to the topic of Godde (God/dess), and how we tend to humanize the image of Godde. She talks about Godde as the creator of the universe, and as an integral part of who we are. She looks at whether we need to prove the existence of a Higher Power to believe in it. From the book: “… For the wakened mind is one that knows its Source, its Self, its Holiness.” ACIM 1134.
It is interesting reading about how and why we remember people, places, and times. I think e all have a longing for a specific place. For me it is primarily France, and the UK. And yes, that is my genealogy – French, English, Irish, and Scots. And I see this not in the present day, but in the Napoleanic times. I have hear that the time period that we see ourselves in is the one that is most relevant to this lifetime. Jameson talks about these past life memories, and past life regression. She also talks about dreamtime, and the images that come to us. Karma, and the akashic records also come into play here.
There is also a really great section on clearing past karma – something that we can do on our own. Part of this is a letter that you hand write, read over a period of three days, and then burn. Quite empowering! There is also a past life contract termination, a procedure that relieves sadness, raises our vibration, centers and balances, an d helps us to end negative associations.
Bottom line – we unlearn so that we can learn. At the least, e are clearing away what is not working for us, and making room for something new to come in. From the book: “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it within himself.” Galileo.
It is all about respect (Respect E very Spiritual Path Every Cultural Tradition), and the R.O.S.E. (Realizing Our Spiritual Essence).
Jameson touches on magic, ritual, spells, and the occult. A spell is defined as a prayer, Magic is the result of a prayer or ritual. How did these practices become so fearful? Jameson posits that this may be because these practices were largely the realm of women, and some men who manipulated sacred writings didn’t want women to have more power than they did.
One of my favorite sections is on mystery schools and secret societies. I love why they exist, their back stories, and the wisdom that they carry. Jameson feels that they have run their course … that in place of having wisdom carriers we need to share that wisdom.
An important section is that on Guidance for Spiritual Enlightenment/Awakening. This is a series of statements that we can all use to live by, to be the best people that we can be, to empower ourselves. As is the section on prayer, the instructions on meditation, an exercise on compassion, and a daily activity exercise.
This is not just a book to be read, it is a book to be worked with. Powerful wordsin this book!
Lifescapes can be purchased here.
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