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This book should be required reading for anyone who works with people—counselors, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, ministers, massage therapists, bodyworkers, etc. Dr. Andrews has written a comprehensive guide to the connection between emotions and the body and beyond. Not only does she cover the basics of chakras and the meanings of these energy centers, but she takes it a step further, recognizing a higher understanding of the messages and intuitive meanings of the emotions we experience.
The Path of Emotions releases the reader from the stranglehold of one’s emotional past and expectations. All our lives, in accordance with our cultural expectations, we have been taught to “control” our emotions. For many this means not crying in public, avoiding or holding back anger or angry expressions, laughing politely instead of out loud and other indicators of being “in control.” Andrews makes it apparent that we don’t have to regret or repress our emotions, but instead must embrace them, trust them, and understand the messages they offer.
“Emotions are a source of information,” Andrews writes. “They tell us about ourselves.” She reminds us that emotions are the response to the frequency of subtle energies. But beyond all the sound, easy-to-follow explanations, she also offers concrete, step-by-step instructions for feeling, addressing, understanding, and using our emotions to create positive change, reduce stress, and improve intuition.
For example, the emotion “anger” can be seen as a positive force (this book gives a new, more effective, meaning to “anger management”)—providing the strength to “break through obstructions, right wrongs, and achieve our goals.” Anger tells us our boundaries have been violated. When examined as a disinterested observer, we can recapture the power of our own anger and direct it into action taken in full un derstanding.
The Path of Emotions should be on the bookshelf of anyone wanting to truly reach self-understanding, and to understand others. It is a book that will not be read once and put away, but referred again and again throughout a lifetime of emotional and intuitive communications between ourselves, others, and the Universe at large.