Title: Transformative Awakening – Thoughts on Spiritual Progression
Author: Caleb Birch
Publisher: Self published
Genre: Spirituality, Self-help
First Publication: 2021
Book Summary: Transformative Awakening by Caleb Birch
Are you a truth seeker?
Do you feel that religion has left you emotionally and spiritually wanting?
If so, you may be on the verge of a spiritual awakening. In Transformative Awakening, Caleb Birch explains why he broke up with Christianity and provides arguments to justify his change of beliefs. Guilt and fear can keep you stuck in something that you are not. To be free, you need to learn self-acceptance. Even if you have been disappointed by religious systems, you can find enlightenment and fulfillment on the positive path. It’s time to take off our spiritual kid gloves. In this book, you will explore:
- How to embrace your sexuality as a spiritual person
- Why blind belief in the Bible can cause unhappiness
- Why people go to church
- What the value of the Bible is
- What happens after death
- How you can increase your spiritual evolution
- How to use your energy to transform your life
- How freeing yourself from your mind can help you overcome guilt and fear
Book Review: Transformative Awakening by Caleb Birch
The word ‘Spirituality’ is more often used with religious doctrines obliviously. The result is that many people believe both are the two sides of a same coin. Astronomers and astrophysicists like Sagan, Neil Tyson, and Brian Cox enlighten some of us ‘spiritually’ when they speak lyrically about their specialized fields, causing us to be awed at the depth of their understanding. Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut are some writers who make people realize they can live a happier life and be more proud of being alive than they previously imagined. Beethoven and Mozart used the same tools and media they knew to create their works. Now, consider a religious person listening to a ‘Spiritual’ Guru, he would feel a deep connection and understanding of the relevance of his existence in regards to the words and teachings of the Guru. In Transformative Awakening, Caleb Birch is promoting spirituality without religion. He connects the word ‘Spirituality’ with understanding the brain. The Book deals with signifying the importance of being “self-accepting” which the author implies removing the religious beliefs.
There is a fair bit of neuroscience in this book as Caleb delves into what we currently know about consciousness. He also discusses his personal experiences with transcendent states. Despite the risks, however, Transformative Awakening by Caleb Birch is an unapologetic argument that the cultivation and experience of spiritual states can drastically improve the quality of one’s life. Caleb excels at jumping into contentious and weighty topics with sound logic, clear explanations, and a good deal of humor. He’s one of those authors who, even if you disagree with, should be taken seriously.
The concept of spiritual enlightenment is hard to define. Spiritual awakening, or enlightenment, refers to a consistent awareness of the world, emotions, and motivations. When you reach this state, all you feel is love. Having reached a higher level of understanding, things that once troubled or annoyed you no longer bother you. The present moment is all that matters. You don’t live in the past or future. In Transformative Awakening, Caleb Birch asking us to stop and examine the flood of thoughts that chatter incessantly within our minds and control so much of our daily experience.
The Book deals with signifying the importance of being “self-aware” which the author implies freeing yourself from your mind. By “freeing from mind” he meant that the illusion of inner-self, some kind of agenticity within our body having control over. And breaking this illusion of the self, he says that our minds can have different and better ‘conscious’ experiences irrespective of our emotional states.
Author Caleb makes a strong distinction between spirituality and religion. One can be spiritually inclined without being religious, and even without believing in a God. Through this book, Caleb Birch reveals that, for him, spirituality is not the existence of a higher being in the ethereal realm, but rather the cognizance of one’s true self.
Transformative Awakening by Caleb Birch is not a very long book – less than 100 pages – but it took me a while to finish it. For every minute I spent reading, I spent another 2 minutes thinking about what I’d just read. Overall, I feel the book is well worth reading, pondering out our brain. Though the brief summary of the book is very simple but one has to go through every word vigilantly, to avoid confusion, to avoid misconceptions. Highly recommended.