by Sahvanna Arienta, New Page Books, 2012
There are a few books that come into our lives that strike us as being truly important. In the category of “metaphysical books to treasure” I am adding Lightworker: Understand Your Sacred Role as Healer, Guide and Being of Light, by Sahvanna Arienta (no, that’s not a mis-spelling.)
Arienta hasn’t actually told me anything new—I’ve been a student of metaphysics for over forty years—but what she has done is compile important foundational information for all of us who consider ourselves to be “Light Workers” in the world, and provides a framework for understanding the many ways in which this role is fulfilled.
Arienta begins with an introductory course on energy and how it works within the realm of the spiritual. Her explanations are clear and practical. And although I have a few minor points I will expand upon in a moment, overall the information and cosmology she presents seems essentially sound.
The issues I have with the book are many of the same issues I have with lots of books in this genre—poor editing and misspellings undermine Arienta’s credibility and authority. Of course, in any book, it is possible to find a typo or two, but here the errors are fairly glaring—“crevasse” when she means “crevice” and a reminder that we “reap what we sew.” (Which makes me think that Arienta doesn’t understand the word “sow” because she grew up in an urban environment where all food comes from the industrialized food-production system.)
My other criticism is one which few readers will likely notice; Arienta occasionally draws conclusions or makes broad assumptive statements with little or no evidence. For instance, in her preface she states, “As the Earth’s population continues to increase, violence and crime have increased along with it.” Given the propensity for the mass media to emphasize the awful, I can understand how one might arrive at this conclusion. However, it simply isn’t true and this is where writers have a responsibility to check their facts first. It is critically important to ensure that we can support our position, and make rational arguments, if any part of the “New Age” movement is to be taken seriously. Because we are often regarded as “flakes” or misguided simpletons, the onus is doubly upon us to demonstrate that we are educated, rational and erudite.
But Arienta is young and still wise beyond her years and this basic guidebook for being a Lightworker will surely provide guidance and comfort to many who now suffer with their sensitive natures in an insensitive world. For me, it reminded me of my energetic center, of the “mission” I have felt embarked upon my entire life. Arienta refreshed my commitment to Lightwork, and helped me once again feel the transcendent energy that moves us closer to unity.