Julia Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA - Photo by Jan McBride

                             Review of The EarthKeeper continued:

The EarthKeeper can be disturbing and uncomfortable.  Nevertheless, don’t let this somewhat gnarled path upon which Adam travels take you too far off your own course.  Steady now, but do keep reading for Adam will also take you through breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. I’m not just talking about the tropical jungles and night walks through Peru, or sunbathing on the sandy shores of Malibu.  I’m speaking about the landscapes within him, and also within you.  Plus, you’ll learn the ways of the shaman and discover the meaning of the various colorful roads upon which Adam travels.  Like Adam, you’ll learn to love and be loved again.  By the end, you might be ready to actually fall in love.  Adam did!  By the time you reach the last chapter, which is really just the beginning of a new one, you’ll fall in love with Adam, as well as the person you have become for having traveled along with him. 

Perhaps, the real meaning of being born anew means recognizing the real Truth - that which is behind the appearance of all things, even a name.  For Adam, whose name represents 'all men' has found this Truth within himself.  But he did not find it without having to experience the same pain he inflicted onto others, including his first love, Gigi, and their three beautiful daughters.  His journey would not have ended in quite the same way without having undergone a deep learning that took place with Adam's spiritual teacher, Alberto Villoldo, a medical anthropologist and author of neo-shaminism books, including Villodo's latest book One Spirit Medicine: How Ancient Wisdom Can Inspire Self-Healing; nor would Adam have become the new Adam had he not met Lizanne.  He had to "undevelop," as he might put it, in order to be born again to become the new Adam. 

We, his readers, also play a role in Adam's journey for we help Adam to complete it by giving him the opportunity to tell his story and also to be free from it.  Ultimately, it is what Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz learned, something she knew all along: the Truth of who she was and always would be, proving that there really is "no place like home." 

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