Linda Hoy is a well-
There is a whole industry of books on spirituality from every conceivable angle.
This book has made me realise how agnostic I am on many issues. I simply do not
know whether reincarnation makes sense – and there are a number of different understandings
of reincarnation anyway. I do not know what form questioning and judgement take at
the time of death or just after. I cannot say whether the sensation of déjà vu is
based on the fact that the future has already happened in one of the myriad universes
possible, or are they multiverses? But Linda holds my hand as it were into a discovery
of worlds beyond words. It is the tone of the book which I find so enchanting. Linda
is a reluctant explorer. She begins with the question, what if?... and allows her
creativity to lead her where it will. She is self-
The title of the book, The Effect, comes from the writings of J.W. Dunne on time; the ‘effect’ she writes is his expression for finding a portal into DreamTime. So the whole matter of the book is a profoundly mystical one. How do we live deeply the present moment in such a way that we are in touch with that which is beyond time? (Linda is well aware of the sceptics even among Friends and imagines the reaction of some people to her writing, but her desire to explore further means that she will go on regardless.) In order to live at this level she feels the need to try to discern the relationship between time past, present, and future, the nature of space, and the relationship between waves and particles: quantum science suggests that everything is made from quivering waves of energy, waves which move and vibrate; these quivering waves pass through each other but then turn to particles when they’re being observed. If it is true that our observation makes a difference, then how much of our creativity alters our relationship with the world in which we live? Amazingly after all this speculation, analysis of experiments, reflection on physicists, astronomers, gazers of heavenly things, we are brought back to the simple question of why we are here and how we live among all these possibilities.
If you want an adventure into a land of wonder and are willing to put aside prejudices of every kind, I would recommend this book. Treat yourself.
Harvey Gillman, author of ‘A Light that is Shining’
September 2012More reviews ...
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