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God's Labyrinth of Good and Evil: Encountering the Self
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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school, etc., Let them get to know the personal you.
My journey really began with the love of writing
and metaphysical subjects - the alternative side of thinking developed later in
life. I grew up in Buckinghamshire, UK, an hour away from London, then
adventured out when I was 20, where the majority of my life lessons began.
I actually did not enjoy school, I left with minimal qualifications but gained interest and a passion for studying at university and was diagnosed with dyslexia in my final year. Then a few years later I undertook a master’s degree.
Where I am today is because of hard work, determination, motivation, and also having a stubborn streak to achieve - maybe that’s something to do with having low self-esteem THEN. I say then because I placed external to give me what I lacked inside. Therapy gave me a stronger sense of self foundation along with inner peace, the majority of the time, anyway.
What inspired you to author this book?
The journey started about 5 years ago or so, I can’t
remember what or how inspired me to write this book, but a dear friend said told
me over 10 years ago, “I recall you saying am going to write a book.” Thoughts
do become reality.
Through therapy, I changed and gradually developed a spiritual belief and through this, I formed a relationship with God, in the spiritual sense, not a religious, man-made idea. Developing a trusting relationship with God was a grueling and painful experience because I didn’t trust I had to be in control. Anyway, back to your question, upon reflecting. I guess something inside gave me the idea and from there I continued to water the seed that turned into a plant – the book. The first title of the book was a business name. Then my imagination ran riot progressing into a book but never got published (the book then and now is far different). A few later. I enrolled in a PhD course but left after 6 months to convert my idea into a book. In the last two years, the concept changed several times - very taxing and demanding, but there was an inner drive. Eventually, the book took over me, so I had to complete the task.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
I believe the inspiration came from “upstairs,” if you know what I mean the heavens because no way would I have given examples of my life experiences and shared about my inner world - I am actually a very private person therefore sharing is not part of my nature. However, God, if you like my soul, has given me the task to talk about my feelings and emotions that we may or may not want to identify or be conscious of. Instead, it can be easier to repress or use external stimuli to repress the (existential) dread or feelings of annihilation or emptiness. That doesn’t stop there – our fears, despair, and struggles can manifest into mental health or addiction.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
Waking up at 3:00 a.m. allowing the energy to flow through me from my higher self - God, my soul. While studying transpersonal subjects, I came across Carl Jung, a psychiatrist and psychoanalytical/transpersonal theorist, I also like Albert Einstein’s life quotes and ancient Chinese philosophy which all contributed to my imagination.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
There were several struggles and obstacles, but as I mentioned, the book took over me, so there was no choice but to continue. Stopping and starting became part of the journey, I rewrote as it was too academic, overspent on proofreading and editing, giving up, not believing I wasn’t good enough, was it a fantasy, am I being realistic, and many self-talk was going on. However, there was a seed - a self-belief that I can strive, to succeed and a strength to persistent and here I am giving an interview and the book will be out soon - once I have a date I will shout it out - exciting time and it's true no action no gain so it cannot materialize into the physical world - It is not easy! But if you want something that is bad, it happens.
Tell your readers about your book.
I chose the scenes and characters from the biblical myth Genesis 1–3 as a metaphor to describe the primordial life of the psyche through a character called Eve. In the book, Eve is plagued by her desperate need to reconnect with her authentic self. Her destructive side expresses itself through various means like addiction including the internet, and social media, which can take us away from who we are. I also included a chapter describing the seven deadly sins using personal examples. I thought it was important to highlight universal feelings of abandonment and rejection that can manifest into developing a false self. In the story, this has become Eve’s primary way of depriving who she really is. The book demonstrates how the false self and suppressing the real Eve have psychological and behavioral repercussions. To illustrate the detrimental effects on the personality, I incorporated psychotherapy theories and practices, theology authors, and included personal life experiences to add authenticity to the story.
By combining some examples of my inner world and by attending therapy, the story explains how abandoning the self as negative effects of a negative effect on the mind, therefore life. Unconsciously, one of the purposes of writing this book was to explore my relationship with God and the effect of good and evil in relation to the unconscious mind.
Who is your target audience, and why?
The audience can vary and maybe those who are Christians and Judaism background may not agree with my ideas because I speak about God partly being evil and partly good, reflecting merism – s yin/yang symbol. suffering is part of human nature that cannot be escaped in favor of transcending the false self.
Personally, I think this book is hard-hitting in terms of honesty and it directly talks about evil being part of who we are and its natural aspect of humanity. But it is our choice to change - there is no right or wrong but the consequences are yours alone - not blaming but owning what happens to you in terms of life experiences.
Those interested in their internal world from an unconscious perspective and awareness of how our negative aspects can influence our psyche and our personality, ego, behaviors, and thinking patterns. There is a way out of the abyss that is awakening the unconscious to the conscious. For example, by having a relationship with yourself and discovering the power within that is the Divine spirit, your dependency on people, places, and things is likely to lessen or have less power over you - freedom, abundance, and surely be awakened!