Article first published as Book Review: ‘Walking Through Your Walls: Loving Yourself and Everyone Else by Lynda Lamp on Blogcritics.
August 17, 2016
Walking Through Your Walls:
New Book Offers Vision of Amazing Future Through Loving and Living Consciously
I love the visionary title of Lynda Lamp’s new book Walking Through Your Walls. Who wouldn’t want to be able to walk through walls? Lynda Lamp has some ideas that may seem a bit strange to some, but she believes in the metaphysical possibilities that can transcend our reality when we raise our vibrations, when we live to the fullness of whom we can be, and we learn to liberate ourselves from what holds us back, rather than settling for what is and devolving into our brutal, warlike behavior that has marked so much of humanity’s past, We need more people who are willing, as Don Quixote said, “to see life not as it is but as it should be.” Lamp is one of those people.
Lamp wants a better world. Don’t we all? And she begins this remarkable book with a quote from Einstein that tells us “Never lose a holy curiosity.” Too often, religion has been used to limit people, to confine them rather than free them. We are told that curiosity killed the cat as justification for keeping us in our places. The Bible was withheld from being read by the common man for centuries, and scientific attempts to learn more about the universe led to burnings at the stake, but Einstein has it right in his word choice. Curiosity is holy, and so, why shouldn’t we strive to be all that our creator created us to be? And Lamp wants to show us precisely how to do that.
In Walking Through Your Walls, Lamp sets out to provide us with a handbook for how to live as humans on this planet. A handbook for life seems like an overwhelming endeavor, and consequently, Lamp has ended up writing a three-book series, of which this book is the first. Early in the book, Lamp explains her purpose in writing this series, “all the necessary information is out there in the world, but it’s too spread out, it’s fractured, so this is an attempt to gather things into one place, into a handbook.” She goes on to say, “we have evolved as a species; we are capable of so much more than we realize. You are capable of more than you ever used to be. This handbook gives you what the 1960s never did; it gives you a plan.” She then explains that the three volumes in the series will focus on exploration, discovery, and creation.
In this first volume, Lamp takes us on an exploratory journey through a host of information, including a timeline of world history, largely focusing on wars and religion, but also great inventions and philosophies. In this process, she separates the wheat from the chaff—what is useful information from what are false beliefs. She quotes Garrison Keillor as saying, “Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” And she quotes Deepak Chopra as saying, “Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience.”
Lamp wants us to have our own experience. She tells us, “You deserve to be educated about the things you really need to know, to maximize the power within you, to allow you to find wholeness and authenticity. You are a magnificent being, capable of astounding things. You can walk on water. You can physically walk through walls. You can time travel. You are a creator and capable of magnificent manifestations. Your body can be whole and without pain. You can live comfortably in your meat suit, and you can heal from anything. You deserve to live your genuine life!”
Then she realizes the reader may be shaking his or her head, and she points out to us that thinking such statements are foolish or impossible is “Wall #1.”
I, for one, have always believed these things possible, although I remain unclear on how to obtain them, but I think Lamp has many ideas here that can help us, and ultimately, it’s not so much that we want to have a fantastic time travel experience or awe our friends by levitating. It’s that we want to make the world a better place, perhaps heaven on earth.
One way, perhaps the only way, we can bring that about is by living more consciously. Lamp offers advice and methods for doing so, including activities at the end of each chapter for opening up to and cultivating our chakras. She helps us to realize that not only do we need to live consciously, but that everything on this planet has a consciousness, and we need to be aware of that—not just people, not just animals, but even plants and inanimate objects. This idea may seem far-fetched, but years ago, I remember hearing about a medieval saint who said we were to walk gently on stones, for even they are our brothers. Lamp’s ideas are not New Age foo-foo but rather based deeply in metaphysical and mystical traditions. Her chapters on the limitations of language, the illusion of reality, and finally, how we can get out of our own way that is holding us back are all worth reading and considering. You may choose to reject these ideas in the end, but even then, you will become clearer on where you stand in your beliefs.
Give this book a chance. It can’t hurt you. Maybe it’ll scare you a little, but maybe it will also enlighten you a lot. I, for one, am looking forward to the second book in the series.
For more information about Lynda Lamp and Walking Through Your Walls, visit www.WalkingThroughYourWalls.com.
— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and award-winning author of The Children of Arthur series
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