Become Your Masterpiece

A Poetic Symphony of Wisdom, Guidance, Tools and Techniques for Transforming Your Life

Non-Fiction - Self Help
128 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2023
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Author Biography

At an early age Carlton became interested in metaphysics. When the nuns were teaching that God made man he was quick to ask who made God. That natural curiosity led him to always try to figure out how things worked. He marveled at the awesome power of nature. He felt more comfortable alone in nature than with people. It was as if he was trying to become one with the universe. As he neared adulthood he began spreading his wings, wandering far and near. His travels took him to several continents. He did stints in the US Marines and Silicon Valley and pursued various fields of study. His brand of restlessness surely meant that he was searching for something. He would eventually realize that he was going everywhere but getting nowhere. And that certain something he had long been seeking but never finding? He would only discover it after slowing down long enough to realize the futility of all that activity. His inward quest began after he was advised by a Native American shaman to redirect his energy, as all the answers he needed were already inside of him. That proved to be amazingly prophetic and marked the beginning of his journey of healing and transformation - a journey that continues to this day. It also led him to discover his true purpose and define a major mission in support of that purpose. Today, he is singularly focused on helping others become all that they were meant to be.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Become Your Masterpiece: A Poetic Symphony of Wisdom, Guidance, Tools and Techniques for Transforming Your Life by Carlton J. Buller is a compilation of the author's poems, stories, and curated imagery. Buller's collection has a wide range of content that varies by length, tone, and tenor. This moves from the poem Choices, using a reflective, conversational style exploring alternate life paths, and contemplating how different choices shape circumstances and challenges, suggesting they serve the purpose of fulfilling one's existence in the universe, to a graph of the IEAR formula—Intentions + Expectations + Actions = Results—in colorful bubbles. From there one moves on to the autumnal photography of a tree, altered to reflect itself upside down, that accompanies the poem Duality, which expresses how the power of imagination and inner wisdom shape one's reality and lay the groundwork for future success and creativity.

There is so much to appreciate about Become Your Masterpiece by Carlton J. Buller, and every single poem and piece of artwork contributes to the work as a whole. Buller offers reflection and the provoking of thought, embodying it in poems like Meaning and Purpose, while also nourishing the soul with an authentic philosophical depth and mindfulness like in The Present, which also encourages seizing the moment. Empowerment streams throughout the book as a whole, but is no more apparent than in the poem Streaming. Buller refrains from stereotypical, linear poetic storytelling by offering twists that are delightfully unexpected. Blessings with its message of giving and receiving takes a unique turn. I loved that each piece was accompanied by imagery. Overall, this lovely coffee table book allows readers to enjoy it themselves and let it rest for others to pick up and share as well. Very highly recommended.