Return to Essence: How to Be in the Flow and Fulfill Your Life's Purpose

Gina Lake
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Return to Essence describes how to get into the flow and stay there and how to live life from there. Being in the flow and not being in the flow are two very different states. One is dominated by the ego-driven mind, which is the cause of suffering, while the other is the domain of essence, the divine within each of us. We are meant to live in the flow. The flow is the experience of essence--our true self--as it lives life through us and fulfills its purpose for this life. You will learn: - What the flow is, how it feels, and what you find there - How the ego/mind and conditioning keep you out of the flow - How to get back into the flow - How action, talking, knowing, and choosing come out of the flow - How to discover where the flow is going - How to find and fulfill your life's purpose. Exercises throughout provide an opportunity for practicing and integrating the understanding.
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About the author

Gina Lake is the author of over twenty books about awakening to one’s true nature, including From Stress to Stillness, All Grace, In the World But Not of It, The Jesus Trilogy, A Heroic Life, Trusting Life, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, and Choosing Love. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty-five years’ experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Gina's website offers information about her books and online courses, free ebooks, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter, a blog, and audio and video recordings: http://www.RadicalHappiness.com


The focus of Gina's writing and teaching is on helping people be in the present moment and live the happy and fulfilled life that is possible and on shedding light on the ego and other programming that interferes with that. Gina's teachings are most similar to Eckhart Tolle's, Byron Katie's, Adyashanti's, and A Course in Miracles. Her most recent books were received from Jesus in the same way that Helen Shucman received A Course in Miracles, through a process called conscious channeling.

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Gina Lake
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Published on
Feb 28, 2007
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Pages
152
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ISBN
9780615141190
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English
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Religion / Spirituality
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness
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