Reviewed by Damaris Lasa
Sonia Choquette is an intuitively guided being.
She’s walks the spiritual path and knows you tune out your inner voice sometimes when you’re afraid of what it might say.
Choquette is a New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned teacher and an intuitive guide. She has helped thousands of people find their authentic selves and she wants to help you.
Her book Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You to Fulfillment and Flow is an invitation to reconnect with your Spirit and rediscover your life’s ultimate purpose.
A Four-Step Plan for Spiritual Transformation
The book has 194 pages of exercises, stories and advice but, thankfully, Choquette doesn’t offer easy answers. Instead, she admits the spiritual journey is often sloppy, scary, rocky and hard.
“To be empowered means to follow your heart even if doing so is uncomfortable, disruptive, unpopular or can’t be explained to others right now or ever,” she writes.
Choquette believes tuning out intuition might be the most common problem people suffer from today. She has a four-step plan for lifelong transformation. Here’s a preview:
- Step One: Wake Up. Does life feel like an uphill battle? Are things falling apart around you? Recognize a call from your Spirit and follow it. The storms outside are telling you it’s time to turn inward.
- Step Two: Dig Deep. Your inner guide has powerful guidance to offer. Are you listening? Do you have a daily practice for slowing down and getting in touch with the stillness beyond your restless mind? Establish a practice through meditation, gentle breathing, praying, stretching, walking or easy yoga.
- Step Three: Take the Leap. Listen to your vibes every day in small nonthreatening ways. If your inner guidance suggests leaving early from work, do it. If it tells you to take a different route home, go. Each time you say yes, you take a step toward building the kind of trust that only comes from experience. Let little steps snowball into larger leaps.
- Step Four: Enter the Flow. Choquette says we flow by being committed to doing things we love every day. We don’t have to do them all day. Spend some time each day doing things you love, and enjoy those moments thoroughly.
Choquette digs deeper into each step and walks you through ways to combat ego resistance with breathing exercises and visualizations.
Practical Tips for Tuning In
Choquette also gets pragmatic. She stresses the importance of building the habit of living from the heart by making intuitive practices a part of your life every day. She gives readers plenty of advice for doing things like:
- Creating an altar. There’s an entire chapter devoted to creating a personal altar with tips on where to place the altar, what to place on the altar and how to approach the altar.
- Practicing powerful daily rituals. There are more than 20 simple, daily rituals sprinkled throughout the book. They’re listed on one page at the end for easy reference.
- Digging deeper with questions. There are journaling questions at the end of each chapter that reinforce the lessons and inspire contemplation. There are over 140 probing questions in all.
Real Life Stories of Transformation
The most engaging parts of the book feature personal stories about Choquette’s work with clients.
- There’s Cynthia, a woman who loses her job of 23 years with little notice. She gets a tiny severance package and a heartless goodbye from a boss she thought was her friend.
- There’s Patrick, an adventure traveler who settles down, becomes “responsible” and slips into a soul-killing rut. He becomes increasingly irritable and negative until his family stages and intervention and sends him on a whirlwind trip that leads to a sudden wake up call.
- And there’s Eileen, my personal favorite. Eileen learns about the world of intuition, metaphysics and spirituality through a special event at work. She gets hooked on spiritual books and builds an impressive library, but winds up feeling just as scared and lost as before. Choquette describes how she helps Eileen go from learning to doing.
There are more than a dozen stories like these plus stories about Choquette’s own trials and how they’ve led her to higher expressions of her true self.
Words to Remember
Lastly, Tune In is filled with thought-provoking lines to carry with you on your soul journey. Here are two that spoke to me but there are many more:
- “All disruptions in life are part of your spiritual awakening, and in the end are set in motion in response to your own internal craving to connect with your true power and authentic inner voice.”
- “Your inner fire will ignite and help you create an authentic life or it will burn the house down, liberating you from the prison cell built up by your ego. You decide.”
A prolific genre of books covers the topic but Choquette’s probing questions, practical advice, and vast experience make this a great resource for any seeker’s bookshelf.
Pick up a copy at the New York Open Center Bookstore Café or meet Sonia Choquette in person on October 2, 2014 during an evening lecture and book signing for her new book Walking Home: A Pilgrimage From Humbled to Healed.
Let Your Intuition Guide You To Fulfillment and Flow
by Sonia Choquette
194 pp. Hay House. $16.95
Damaris Lasa has degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Miami. She was a writer/producer for Fox News then went on to manage brands at the American Heart Association. She has worked with top brands including Macy’s, Zumba, Capital One, Campbell’s, Colgate, HBO and others. She is passionate about humanitarian work and issues that effect women.