The JourneyThe Journey by Luke Eastwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has long been said that good things come in small packages, and this delightful 69 page volume is no exception. The Journey is a collection of wisdom that is relevant to anyone, on any spiritual or religious path; even an atheist would find reassurance here, I think.

Luke has split his volume into two halves; The Hidden Path, and Master and Pupil. The book is a combination of Luke’s own observations with quotes from religious or spiritual figureheads throughout the ages, and some proverbs and sayings.

The first section, The Hidden Path, tries to shed some light on where that path may be found. Luke’s own words lend clarity to quotes by riddlers such as Ghandi and Li Bai; not that they are nonsensical, but Luke has a way of taking the metaphor and making it relevant for our modern age. He explores different aspects of our society, from the way we view our own bodies, to the meaning of civilisation itself. One of my favourite thoughts is upon Atlantis; the idea that the sinking of Atlantis is a metaphor for the civilisations lost over the millennia; perfect.

In the second part of the book, Master and Pupil, it’s as if we have found the path, and now we need to think about what we do while we’re on it. Luke promotes the cycle of learning, from experienced elder to novice and on again as soon as the novice becomes the master. He speaks of ways to avoid indoctrination and why the supernatural may actually be, well, natural. There is talk of prayer and its power, opening one’s 3rd eye, and the futility of material possessions.
Each small section is like a tiny gem, the words gleaming out of the paper. The style is easy going while retaining a passion for the subject at hand. There is no judgement, no religious preference and no snobbery; this book is talking about the universe and everyone in it, and at the same time it is talking about just you, and you alone.

One of the Chinese proverbs he uses is

‘Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.’

This book can certainly open doors, and I would heartily recommend that you enter.

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