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Book Review: Mystic Journey: Getting To The Heart Of Your Soul’s Story by Robert Atkinson

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Mystic Journey: Getting To The Heart Of Your Soul’s Story by Robert Atkinson points toward a lifelong quest for timeless patterns through which we discover our unique identity and connection to others. Only then can we identify who we are and reclaim a spiritual heritage uniquely personal and worthy of emulation.

The book explains that there is a defined path to God. First, there is an awakening into a consciousness beyond the temporal world of the here and now. The purification or purging of human imperfections is next. Illumination takes us from a self-centered to a Creator centered world. The next state is the dark night of the soul which leads to death and surrender. The last state is the union with God. This union makes us one for eternity. Therefore, our life here on earth is merely a platform for the eventual ascent of the soul.

Atkinson explains that the nature of transformation is breaking down or disintegrating the old and building the new. Transformation allows us to access the hidden mysteries of life itself. Myth and ritual both define and facilitate a process of transformation. Myth is an instructional story about transformation. Ritual is an enactment of the transformation. A transformation can be a synthesis and union of seemingly separate parts that can come together in a fashion that is complementary. Wholeness is a concept to be embraced and internalized as a goal.

The presentation sets forth three steps to practical soul-making. The first step involves remembering who we are and reclaiming our own spiritual origin. The second step is to re-envision our life experience. We recognize a repetition of the dialectical pattern of crisis followed by victory.

Similarly, the Hegelian dialectic recognizes that factors working in opposite
directions are reconciled eventually. The third and final step is to reclaim our own innate spiritual nature or heritage. Herein is the whole process of knowledge, volition and action that will serve to catalyze future transformations in our lives.

Atkinson explains that letting go is necessary to reach out. Cleansing is a condition precedent to purification. Ultimately, the unknown becomes known with experience. Lastly, retreat is necessary for emergence into a new and unexplored identity.

Mystic Journey may be used to explain the historical context of zeitgeist or the collective Spirit of the Age. The origin of our existence can be accessed by looking backward in time to explain our unique personal transformation into beings with a new identity both individually and collectively.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.