The Art of Becoming is a blend of the author’s story and self-improvement manifesto, somewhat reminiscent of Richard Bach’s 1970s novella about Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which Corey Lee Lewis acknowledges profoundly affected him as a young man.
Life turned inside out for Lewis at the age of 40, when he lost two close friends in separate, fatal incidents, and his wife through divorce. He felt broken and bereft, without purpose, and yet knowing there was something better for his life.
As a Tae Kwon Do master, he also knew the power of self-motivation and resolved not to “lose several years of his life to depression.” Attempting to reset his happiness button despite life’s “ordinary but devastating losses,” Lewis discovered during meditation that he could astral project 20 years forward to his future self—that is, turn inward (through meditation) and outward (through invocation) at the same time, and learn from his older, wiser self.
This experience flung him down the rabbit hole of quantum physics to understand how this simultaneous inner-outer paradox might be possible. He learned about “entanglement,” and that “quantum leaping to your future self can change you in the here and now…if you [can] get entangled with your future self.” (“Once atomic particles come into contact with each other, they forever after influence each other.”)
The book’s tone is informal and sincere, like the many included conversations in which the future Lewis and present-day Lewis enjoy while drinking tea on a porch. The spiritual work the author experiences includes travelling backward in time with his future self, hypnotherapy, habit breaking, gratitude stones, imagination exercises, mind/body energy, belief work, and much more. The book is peppered with humor, hard science, and established healing techniques.
For those open to such ideas, this book is an enjoyable and memorable read, and an uplifting reminder that “our ability to receive is directly dependent on our ability to believe.”
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