Hi, there. Maggie Shaw here, proud owner of Eregendal and author.
As a lifelong lover of reading, each month I choose one of my favourite books – and tell you all about it.
For January’s Book of the Month I have chosen We Are One – A Manifesto for Humanity by Simenon Honoré (2010). Simenon taught History, Politics and meditation for over 25 years. He was a political and spiritual activist and helped set up self-help groups after working through his own personal healing. This is one of seven books available in paperback or Kindle version from his website www.spiritoftherainbow.org and can also be found on Amazon.
We Are One offers a practical vision of a society based on the interconnectedness of all life, through Oneness in being, Oneness in humanity, Oneness with nature, and Oneness with the Universe. Simenon explains how despite the devastating and often overwhelming effects that greed and self-will run riot has on people, creatures and our planet, we can play our part to bring about change. We need to embrace the shadow side within, to learn to forgive, to treat others with love and respect, and to spread the light of love and hope through all our daily interactions. As each of us transforms our own spheres of influence, the force for positivity we generate will gradually gain momentum and bring about change for good in a world damaged by the forces of self, conflict and greed.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library of a Quaker meeting, after the author had sent out promotional copies in January 2015. The subject matter particularly appealed to me as I live by a similar belief in the power of changing the world by each of us changing ourselves for the better. This belief had developed through my past New Age experiences and my involvement in the Healing Ministry in various local church communities over the years.
I came away from this book feeling that my own beliefs had been reinforced, about the part each of us can play to help change the world order a little through our daily decisions and attitudes. I also felt sad that in our present world with the war in Ukraine, and the economics of greed which are beggaring millions in the UK and billions across the world, we need to redouble our efforts to bring positive change. Now, more than ever, is the time to take up the author’s challenge, to believe that we can make this world one and take part in ‘this glorious work for all humanity’.
So there we have it, January’s Book of the Month! Be sure to check back in February as I’ll be revealing another must read.