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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 is an excellent book which describes the transition from the physical world to the temporal dimension in the afterlife. The very role of the mystic is to return to our being in unity with God. This transition has been described as the absolute spirit or unity with the Creator.

There are common theological and philosophical concepts between Mystic Journey and Tracking My Soul by William H. Odekirk although Atkinson’s work has more analysis on the soul and the transition from the point of death to the afterlife itself.

In Tracking My Soul: A Philosophical Biography by William H. Odekirk, the author indicates that a soul matures when the body and soul become one in an enlightened state. This concept of the soul is very much like the unity envisioned by Atkinson.

According to Atkinson, mysticism has five transitional states to reach unity. The process begins with the great awakening which transports us into the spiritual realm. This process leads to the purification or purging of material things and false desires. The third state is illumination into creative expression. The fourth state is the dark night of the soul which leads to final illumination or the ultimate light.

Atkinson teaches that opposition is a necessary condition for a transition to change. Life itself is a constant struggle between darkness and light or pain and pleasure. The very nature of transformation is destruction and construction, as well as disintegration and integration.

Atkinson describes three steps to practical soul making. The first step is remembering who we are. This step leads to revisioning our life as it exists in a timeless pattern leading to reclaiming our spiritual heritage. Odekirk describes a spiritual incarnation into another persona with compassion, humility, sharing and responsibility.

Atkinson describes the essential dialectic of life which is to resolve the flow of opposites into a oneness of being. Thus, the goal of our common spiritual background is to achieve unity through the duality of reconciling opposites.

Odekirk teaches that the soul must be accountable for every act and action during life. And so, enlightenment is the highest state a mystic can reach through great contemplation-sometimes for years. Jesus, Buddha, and the greatest mystics all practiced isolation in order to become enlightened.

Mystic Journey is an important work on the temporal steps to achieve oneness through a continuous struggle on earth until each of us sheds the negations of material excesses in favor of unity with a higher Supreme Being. The book is written well. In addition, the author poses classic existential questions at the heart of religion and philosophy today. Odekirk also teaches unity through contemplation and an enlightenment of the human spirit.

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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.