There is a very old truism that has withstood the test of time; “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
I console myself with that fact; because I regret not having met The Wizard sooner.
This delightful new book from Andrew Steed is the closest you can get to a magical audience without being there in person. With wit, and no shortage of wisdom, Wizard Andrew outlines 13 steps of practice for us to contemplate and complete. These exercises highlight the details of life, the simple monotask found in the joy of living. It is a critical component of our well-being so often obscured in our multi-tasking, fragmented, pills for ills modern lives.
With repeated regularity science is acknowledging that the reality of our existence, the sum of our experiences, is not some abstract, universal equation. It is a relationship with and within the Universe in which there can be no boundary line drawn between the observer and the observed. Here, Andrew gives us the tools and the knowledge to see these soft edges and bring them into a deeper, richer focus. In doing so we enrich ourselves, and by the transitive property, we also enrich all around us in an ever-expanding ripple. One that calms and counters the many waves of discord and disharmony that pervade our current times.
This book and the simple (but not easy!), heartfelt practices within are transformative. Change begins, like all great adventures, in our minds. It arrives through our practice, effort, and endurance in cultural shifts and societal growth. A better world starts with a better you. Perhaps I would have been a better person had I met Andrew, his teachings, and his writings, and perhaps most importantly his song; long ago in my youth. I was not ready. But I am better for knowing him and the practices contained within this tome today. You will be, too.