Why did I love this book?
Prior to reading this book, I had always been struck by how seemingly random events in my life followed a pattern that, upon closer inspection, pointed me in a certain direction.
It suggested that we are each on a spiritual path that becomes apparent when we peel back the seeming randomness of events to reveal an underlying direction toward a spiritual destination. A single momentous sign could occur all at once, but more likely, signs are broken up into discrete individual experiences, leading from one to the next.
This pattern is distinctly revealed to the hero of The Celestine Prophecy, a story of sequential insights, told in the first person, not easy to do but thoroughly accomplished by James Redfield.
The hero’s conscious insights become intelligible through descriptive subjective reflections but are only fully revealed by recognition of his subconscious and, in some cases, suppressed feelings.
In modern-day Peru, the hero meets a female associate whom he has not seen for some time. This meeting sets off a series of chance encounters that reveal the existence of a 2500-year-old Incan manuscript, whose existence has been hidden by a religious sect to maintain dominion over human populations.
Through self-justification for resorting to unjust means, they reason that human society is not ready for the implications of forbidden revelations. Therein lies the tension and suspense of the story as the hero meanders through multiple traumatic conflicts.
James Redfield revolutionized the modern story-telling concept that synchronous events can propel a hero’s or heroine’s quest forward when conscious awareness is coupled with subconscious insight.