"Love has accounted for remarkable deeds. It has healed the dying, saved the imperiled, warmed the heart in ways that words fail to express adequately, inspired nations, raised the consciousness of the world, and so much more. Drawing on this power, manifesting it, begins by caring for something more than you care for yourself. The authentic self knows this truth. I believe that one of the most frequently asked questions about life comes down to What’s my path? The answer is written in the hearts and minds of all humanity, and it amounts to no more and no less than service. Unconditional love manifests easily when we genuinely work for the benefit of another." ~ Eldon Taylor
I have been experiencing a bit of a rough patch in my life, as have so many others in these somewhat trying and chaotic times. Dealing with caregiver burnout, grieving the loss of my mother, and various health and job challenges became overwhelming. Some of my core beliefs were shaken to their foundations and cracks began to appear. I started to question my whole way of relating to the world, my path of service, my very faith in the goodness of the Universe. Quite predictably, my self-confidence was suffering under the onslaught, despite my efforts to practice all the balancing, healing tools I could marshal. So I was more than ready to devour this wonderful, stimulating, thought-provoking, cathartic book.
Oddly enough, had I not given my word that I would do this review, I would likely have skipped it, with all the major upheaval transpiring in my life. And that would have been a personal loss and a very sad thing for my spiritual growth, as well, since reading the book was like watching the sun emerging from behind a bank of dark clouds and shine fully on my soul. The illumination it brought to mind and spirit have been very profound. Through a series of anecdotes, stories, research studies, inspirational quotes and using the wisdom of his lifetime weaving them all together, Eldon Taylor has created a gem of a book to help sort out what you, personally, believe -- about yourself, your world, your integrity, love, enlightenment and so much more!
Many of these concepts were not new to me, since I have been privileged to hear many inspiring speakers and read their works over the past years. But my psyche, through the persistent battering of adversity, put up a protective shield and I lost touch with my own authentic self. I could no longer hear the still, small voice that had been my guide. I felt abandoned. Anyone else in this boat with me?
Through reading and reflecting on the ideas presented in this book, I've begun to find my way back to my authentic self, to the strength that emanates from being in alignment with my deepest core beliefs. The book both inspired and also challenged me to do some deep inner work, but it ultimately affirmed and stretched my belief system, reminding me of truths that I'd forgotten.
One quotation particularly caught my attention: "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." ~ Norman Cousins
The impact of this was like a sledgehammer to my soul, especially when I realized that I'd been contemplating letting some cherished dreams die, feeling that circumstances were out of my control. The process of reading I Believe helped me to reclaim the power of my integrity through deeply examining my beliefs and their motivation.
I think anyone who is seeking answers to life's most challenging questions, willing to take an introspective, searching look at why they believe as they do, will benefit greatly from the insights and reflections presented by Eldon Taylor. This book seems to me to be a distillation of Taylor's wisdom derived by authoring 300 books, audio and video presentations, hosting radio talk shows, and developing his patented InnerTalk technology. I found truth resonating through the many topics covered, and it was accessible because of the way in which it was shared. Taylor is candid and open in describing his own path -- the triumphs and the failures -- and makes exploring your own beliefs a much more productive process through his insights.
*I was provided a copy of this manuscript for purposes of review.