This was one of my many fortuitous second-hand finds. I’m lucky to have an endless source of used books as I live just half an hour from Hay-on-Wye, otherwise known as the second-hand book capital of the world!
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to read some of Joseph Campbell’s work for a long while, but this is the first of his books to present itself to me so it must be the right time. Campbell was a well-respected writer and lecturer who specialised in comparative mythology and religion. He is probably most well known for his collected works entitled The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and the conclusions of his extensive research as well as his philosophy of “follow your bliss” has found its way into many self-development and spiritual development teachings.
“Men and women – different yet equal. Let’s celebrate and enjoy the differences instead of averting and fearing them.”
Almost immediately afterwards synchronicity steered me to stumble across the book The Apple and the Thorn by Emma Restall Orr and Walter William Melnyk, and to my amazement I found myself reading a beautiful and haunting story that perfectly illustrates that statement.
I’ve always loved fairy tales and could sense in them, even at an early age, a kind of innate magic and significance, but I don’t think it was until my university days that I realised the depth of their wisdom.
I chose to study Old French as one of my English literature options (don’t worry, this isn’t going to get too cerebral!) and one of the authors I read was Marie de France and her wonderful 12th century lais – short but vivid narrative poems about knights, maidens and adventure.
Up front I admit to a biased view and a spot of nepotism here, as this book is written by my good friend Lauren D’Silva. What’s more I actually appear in it as myself! But I wouldn’t be a friend if I didn’t celebrate and promote this important achievement for her so here we go.
Lauren is an established and experienced crystal healer and teacher but this book focuses on the fascinating exploration of her own past lives and their impact on her current life.
I love second hand book shops, well I just love books but I’m also lucky enough to live a short drive from Hay-on-Wye – the book capital of the world. Every other shop is a book shop, most of them selling second-hand copies at bargain prices.
There is a certain magic in going into one of these places, asking the universe to take you to something you need to read and then enjoying the delicious adventure of anticipation as you browse the often haphazard shelves, waiting for something to leap out at you. Please excuse this rather long introduction but I’m getting to the point, which is that this is exactly what happened to me with this book.