IS: Your Authentic Spirituality Unleashed
by Faith Freed
Hay House, Inc., 2013
“Regardless of whether one identifies as atheist, agnostic, religious, spiritual, or otherwise, it’s useful to have a philosophical framework from which to start.” —Faith Freed
Do you have difficulty buying into any one faith tradition? Do aspects of some appeal to you, while others don’t?
Faith Freed wrote IS: Your Authentic Spirituality Unleashed out of her own experience with different faiths. This book describes the philosophical framework she created for herself, and proposes it as an option for others.
Her ideas appeal to the “spiritual but not religious” crowd.
The “I” and the “S” in the title refer to different parts of her framework. Freed arrives at many IS phrases, in fact, it is Inspirationally Surprising how many different variations she takes on the theme. She begins with her words for the divine: Infinite Source. After that, Freed creates a list of spiritual contemplation phrases based on IS: Inspired Self, Incarnate Self, and Incarnated Source.
- Infinite Source: God, the higher power, the divine in non-physical form
- Inspired Self: soul or spirit, the piece of Infinite Source that is in all of us
- Incarnate Self: our physical body and mind
- Incarnate Source: trees, earth, nature
Freed digs out the foundational aspects on which organized religions were based in the first place and frees them from their years of human misinterpretation. She takes the stuffiness out of spiritual contemplation. She calls prayers “shout outs” and she depicts the four IS phrases as a colourful disco ball. This book is full of honest, helpful insights and lovely meditations, such as: “The magic is in the moment; the mystery is in the next.”
I see this book as a useful tool for people who need to shed their reservations about organized religion and open the door to the possibilities available to them through spiritual contemplation. Once the door has been opened though, people need more. Body and spirit evolve through interaction with others, and when it comes to spirit, ironically, that means some sort of organization.
Next for all of us then? Let organized religions know that they aren’t fulfilling our needs. Tell them why. Help them to dig out the foundational aspects on which they were based and encourage them to evolve with you and the Infinite Source.
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
Posted on March 13, 2013, in Book reviews, Books provided by publishers, Non-fiction, Self-Help and tagged Divinity, faith, Faith Freed, Hay House, New Age, Religion & Spirituality, spiritual but not religious. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.