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A Book That Will Expand Your Mind: The Celestine Prophecy

The Tenth Insight Holding the Vision (1996)
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Author James Redfield wrote The Celestine Prophecy in 1993 and followed it with three further instalments:

1 – The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision (1996)
2 – The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight (1999)
3 – The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision (2011)

You don’t need to read all four: the original The Celestine Prophecy is THE book that will open your mind.



No Need to Take Mind-Expanding Drugs when You Read a Good Book!

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In the book The Celestine Prophecy the protagonist embarks on a life-changing trip to Peru. In fact, it was after reading this book that I decided to throw caution to the wind and go to Peru myself as part of a charity fund-raising trip trekking Machu Picchu.

Although this is a work of fiction, the book is plausible as an account of spiritual awakening. Without wanting to alienate the rational people out there, I would say that practices like meditation and energy work do bring the individual to experience enhanced states of being.

A Self-Publishing Success Story

The Celestine Prophecy spent more than three years on The New York Times best-sellers list

As many other popular books, The Celestine Prophecy has received vastly contrasting reviews: just like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.

The success of this book was built on word-of-mouth and it appealed to the curious and the open-minded.

The book also references to psychology theories like Transactional Analysis and Carl Jung’s synchronicity. The appeal of the book then is quite varied as it manages to cover the most ephemeral topics like energies and how they interact and more scientific subjects, all within the framework of an adventure story.

Themes like awareness of environmental and social issues, respect of other cultures and self-development have attracted millions of readers worldwide.


Why The Celestine Prophecy Changed my Life

It can be easy to dismiss this book as yet another example of pop psychology or self-help rather than a book that will expand your mind. In my case, it was the catalyst that made me start my quest for a more meaningful life. My trip to Peru resulted in leaving my office job and start a new career as a freelancer.

Who knows how this book will affect future generations? Maybe people younger than me may be more cynical than my generation and completely ignore this book, or maybe they will use it as their starting point to an alternative way of life.

Whichever way you look at The Celestine Prophecy, I would love to hear your thoughts.


I am Paola Bassanese, and I love twitter – I think in slogans! I am a contributing author at itcher mag covering mainly quirky movies that I like and that I hope you′ll like too. [n-e-x-t] I have written a few books including The Foraging Home Cook, and also write about health and lifestyle for the Huffington Post. I consider myself to be a Londoner even though I was born in Italy. I love 80s music and foreign language films, but I also enjoy going to the opera and ballet.
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