Unnatural Separations

A Brief Memoir About Spiritual Transformation in An Academic World

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
101 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

What began as an extraordinary dream, while studying for her Master's Degree in philosophy, would completely change one woman's life journey. Although at first Laura Clementz tried to ignore the reoccurring dream, its powerful message was too overwhelming. Over the coming years, the author was compelled to question her beliefs and what years of study had taught her and admit the presence of something divine within us all. She discovered that our dreams or those thoughts that enter our mind in moments of silence have meaning if we tune in and pay attention. Using her new-found knowledge, she was able to observe the world with a fresh perspective and use that knowledge to educate others. Follow her remarkable journey of self-awareness over a twenty-year period in Unnatural Separations by Laura Clementz and discover how everyone has these insights into the meaning of life.

Unnatural Separations by Laura Clementz is such a thought-provoking book and really makes you widen your perspective on your view of yourself and the world around you. I think the message in this book will inspire many people to get into the habit of quietening the mind and practice tuning into their thoughts. The section that covered the connection between climate change and health problems in humans was fascinating and made a lot of sense to me. The book also made reference to the fact that people overall have clear choices about whether to take action or not, even in situations where everything seems hopeless; this was a definite aha moment for me. Another powerful message I gained is that you have to allow people to take responsibility for their actions; you cannot assume a caregiver role to everyone otherwise you will suffer from mental and physical burnout. Although the author's background is in philosophy, she explains her findings in a very easy to understand way. I would highly recommend this book.