Fresh Eyes Upon The World –
Making Life A Spectacular Journey
Author: Neal Grace
Grizzly Peak Press
Neal Grace is a global traveler, a psychic healer, a leader of personal growth workshops, publisher of fourteen books, 2,500 poems, and two librettos. In “Fresh Eyes Upon The World” he is asking the reader to open their mind, to ask the questions that need asking, to look at their own personal assumptions, and to think outside of the box.
The book is broken down into five sections:
- Section One: Self-empowerment & Relationships
- Section Two: Hotly Debates Issues
- Section Three: The World & Nature
- Section Four: Spirituality & Philosophy
- Section Five: Other Subjects
In each section, questions are asked, and Grace expounds for 2-4 pages on his thoughts, garnered from his life experiences. Nothing is gone into in depth – the aim of this book is to lead the reader to question themselves, to look at issues that are meaningful to them, and to come up with their own responses. The journey that this book represents is a conscious journey, one that leads to awakened thinking.
Each chapter is presented with a question, a quote, and 2-4 pages of Grace’s thoughts. The great thing here is that in reading Grace’s thoughts, the reader will start to formulate their own. His work kick starts the reader’s thinking process.
Questions in Section One include:
- How can I be more receptive to new ideas?
- What inspires creativity in people?
- How can I be my authentic self?
- How can I become a positive person?
Things that stood out for me here were opening your heart to other people, shifting ones understanding from an external to an internal one, and that the path to freedom and authenticity is a conscious one.
Questions in Section Two include:
- Why do people hold on to hurt and disappointment for so long?
- What are your thoughts about gun control?
- Why do people lie?
- Why do so many people struggle with work?
Things that stood out for me here were why people hang on to misery, why we are so entrenched in fear of change, that it is a challenge to cope with negativity, that when we have a safe inner world, lying is contrary to our true self.
Questions in Section Three include:
- How can we find peace with aging?
- How do we heal our bodies?
- Why is there so much violence in the world?
- Is there anything that I can personally do to make the world a better place?
Things that stood out for me here were if we are to survive as a species, we need to be in harmony with the earth, how we treat our bodies is a reflection of how we respect ourselves, people who cheat and steal are self-serving, we need to live our lives in peace.
Questions in Section Four include:
- What is the nature of traditional religions?
- What are your thoughts about heaven and hell?
- How does one become more spiritual and access the divine?
- What is death?
Things that stood out for me here were that we are our own caretaker, that a great religion has no doctrines, that our mind wants to control us, and that when we choose to live in harmony, we are not easily thrown off course.
Questions in Section Five include:
- What is art, and what is its function?
- Why are some people mean to others?
- Why is music so universally loved?
- How do I become a better writer?
Things that stood out for me here include art being an attempt to explain the mystery of life, that art is a link to higher consciousness, that human nature gravitates towards that which is comfortable, that the food we eat shapes us physically, energetically, and spiritually, that music is the language of the spirit of life, and that the best thing for a writer to do is to write for themselves.
This is a wonderful book that acts as a starting point for readers to ask themselves questions and answer them. It is a great way to connect with self! Grace does not go into depth about anything, but he says enough to get the reader thinking. This is the kind of book that we can go back to time and time again, reading over specific questions, and starting our own journey of discovery for answers.
© February 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.