July 2015 By Punya Srivatsava Emergence – Seven Steps for Radical Life Change, Derek Rydall, Simon and Schuster, India, INR 399; 200 pages Derek Rydall tells you that you do not have to improve yourself because, well, the self is whole and doesn’t need any improvement. Nothing could get simpler than this. Our time’s biggest oxymoron is that we all are trying too hard to reach the next step with the help of visualisation and manifestation which enable us to access ‘happiness and abundance’. This we do by looking outside when we have everything within. “What is trying to emerge through me, and as me?” he exhorts us to ask the self. He urges the reader to move over from visualisation to vision, from mind-projected images based on limited self-concept to the divine ideas planted in one’s soul.“By self-improvement you will get what you want but you won’t get what you truly need,” he writes. The Law of Emergence that he talks about in this, his third book, is a seven-stage system that takes you on a journey within, allows access to the immense potential that you hold, and helps you realise the grand plan that the Divine has chalked out for you. Derek likens the human life journey with that of the acorn that becomes a mighty oak. “Just as the acorn doesn’t come here as an empty shell and then sets about ‘making something of itself’, neither were you designed for such a thing,” he writes. Emergence is a reaction against the mega successful, The Secret, and other such books that promised money, homes and fast cars. This book promises to help you take your power back from all the New Age techniques that hook you to acquisitions. This comes from a person who reached the deadend twice. Once, after a near death experience, and the second time, after becoming a successful integrative therapist training corporates from Fortune 500 companies. This book is more of a guide for the West to move from the materialistic life to a truly spiritual life, which we in India are already familiar with. But it is an effective antidote for the millions infected by the Secret fever here too.
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