Friday, November 23, 2018
Book Review: 'Uniting Kingdoms' by Oran Thaller
Israeli author Oran Thaller is a group facilitator and Zen-Buddhist life coach. In addition he has dedicated himself to saving animals and promoting projects designed to make this world a better place to live in. The combination of writing, essence and personal growth, and the love for animals, nature and the environment, reflects Oran’s holistic view of life. UNITING KINGDOMS is his debut book.
On a tender prelude note Oran states, ‘This magical storyline is taken from real life: all the events it describes have actually taken place, just as its characters are all real.’
With an opening segment on the first page of his book Oran sets the mood of both his observational skills and his fine writing craft – ‘“You’ve got no street lights in this fairy village. How great is that! I can see fireflies!” If there’s anything I have gotten better at over the years, it’s being kind to myself, more so now than ever. This winter, the longest night of the year, has also been the coldest in twenty years. Mother earth has been trying to tell us something for quite some time now, but it seems that everyone takes her meaning differently. Somewhere along the passage of time, I’d given up. I find it hard to believe such an immense group of people could agree on anything at all, even something as simple and natural as saying, “it’s raining right now.” But it doesn’t matter to me. I had no intention of leaving the house on such a crazy night. I look at the AC and crank up the temperature by another two degrees to 32, I choosing to believe this does actually help. Those who know me already know how particularly harsh winters get in this remote village of mine; take any frost forecasted by the weatherman on TV, and our village council will take another 2-3 degrees off. My armchair was all set, complete with my fleece and my coffee. You develop all sorts of habits as your grow older. Turns out, some things in life no one tells you about, so when you find out about them, it’s already too late. But personally, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing: I do like that armchair mom had left me, my mythological fleece blanket from Goa, and the invention of coffee. Black coffee I grind myself; it took me genius skills and lab conditions to learn how to make the perfect ‘cuppa’. There are a few advantages to living by yourself. The best one? No one touches your stuff.
After the journey on which he accompanies us, introducing his holistic approach to life, Oran leaves u with a thought – ‘I believe the power struggle between the sense of fear and the essence of love will ultimately be won thanks to the collective mass consciousness of us all, thanks to billions of people who shall ultimately see better and choose otherwise. Against such a mass, no mechanisms of old could possibly hold out; no corporation, no centrist tech could survive. The solutions borne out of the experience of freedom shall unfold at an ever-growing pace, in perfect and immediate timing, in accordance with the state of our consciousness, and this is already happening! I do not wish to live in a world meted out by tycoons, politicians, generals and media moguls, nor do I wish to bring any children into such a world either. I do wish, however, to live in the new world, the conscious and awaken world of tolerance and compassion I see before my very eyes in those moments I am at one with myself, with my essence, and most importantly, at those moments when I do not feel alone. Such a world also confers on me the strong desire for continuity.’
Read and fly with this fine spiritual journey and be both entertained and inspired to change. Grady Harp, November 18
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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