After reading Liberation by Emma Eker, I can’t help but feel that this book was meant to enter my life. I said “yes” to reading and reviewing Liberation on a whim. For some reason it just felt right. Little did I know that was exactly what the book would lead me to learn I should be doing. I surrendered to my intuition and quite honestly, I’m very glad I did. This books seems to have found me just when I needed it.
In Liberation, Eker talks about her life trying to find herself against the background of addiction. She struggles with containing her true self whilst living up to expectations that others have of what path her life should be taking.
The first part of the book takes you through Eker’s life. She explains how through her early life she learns in societies institutions that she doesn’t “fit in”. The norms that are expected of her do not feel natural. As she supresses her true self, Eker falls in to the clutches of the demons of addiction and depression. She hits rock bottom and begins the journey back to the self that she has long been holding hostage within. The back story is often brutal and tear-inducingly honest. There were moments that made my heart ache with empathy. Eker’s story also smacked with familiarity as I reflected on my own life and the constant desire I had in my 20’s to never leave the party.
In the second part of the book, Eker begins to impart the wisdom of her own evolution in to the spiritual development she is now creating for her true self to live in. There is a grief and letting go. She gets through it but also finds a new way of thinking to grab hold of. Eker unlearns old bad habits. She learns to lean in to serendipity, listen to her intuition and stop pushing to make life follow ruler straight lines.
I haven’t been able to read a book or write a review for quite a while until now. When I was offered this book I had already decided to stop bothering with reviewing. I was going to give up on my blog that I loved because I just couldn’t deal with the world. Like so many others have, I struggled to cope with the past year. Mourning the loss of an old way of living, loss of certain freedoms and loss of a father has been a very hard thing to do. It was my Dad who encouraged me to do this whole blogging thing. His faith in me has always been what keeps me fuelled. Without him I have struggled to know who I am. My confidence in myself has fizzled to nothing. I was gonna say no to reviewing Liberation but this little voice at the back of my mind was telling me to take it. I feel like the universe needed me to have this book.
After reading Liberation, I feel like I have begun to grieve. I know I have a long way to go but maybe with Emma Eker’s book to guide me, I’ll find my true path. The review I planned was so very different but this was happened when I led from the heart. If you are lost, alone or struggling then I recommend you give Liberation a read. It might just help you find you too.