“We don’t get to live once, we die once – we get to live every day.“
Gerry Hussey ~ Awaken Your Power Within
Awaken Your Power Within is a wide-ranging book, touching on such diverse topics as sport, mortality, the vibrational frequency of thoughts, thermodynamics, meditation, trauma and the gut-brain axis. All these, and more, feature in this guide to discovering your potential and becoming your true self.
Hussy begins by introducing the reader to his eleven-year-old self – a little boy who, despite growing up in a loving family, endured a heart-breaking emptiness inside. He charts his own inner struggles until, as a young adult, he found himself admitted to hospital for an extended stay. There, in a ward where death was a frequent visitor, he experienced things that would change the course of his life and lead him on a journey of self-discovery. Through learning how to help himself, he developed the skills and knowledge that have seen him become a renowned health and performance coach, and which he shares in this book.
After telling his own story, there are two main sections; the first is all about letting go – particularly of the beliefs and past experiences that hold us back, and the second sets out ways to actually go about constructing the lives we want to live.
There is an interesting mix of physics, biology, philosophy and psychology. There is both theory and practical, actionable advice. The book is sprinkled with ‘Take a Moment’ sections which invite the reader to reflect and to ask specific questions of themselves.
There are a number of concepts that give pause for thought. Hussey’s assertion that the average lifespan of a person is 900 months, and 300 of them are spent sleeping, certainly helps to focus the mind on the brevity of our existence.
Many of Hussey’s claims are common-sense and uncontroversial, while some, particularly concerning thought vibrations and positive thinking, are less convincing, and seem to stray towards the less scientifically robust law of attraction. While this is not supposed to be a science book, citations of studies or other evidence would have gone some way to alleviating the doubts that inevitably arise concerning some of the more contentious claims.
What is not in doubt, however, is that it is written with a warmth and compassion that shines through on every page. Hussey is clearly someone who cares and who wants to help others succeed. For many, this book will certainly help them on that journey.
We don’t get to live once, we die once – we get to live every day.
I was given a copy by Random Things Tours. Opinions my own.