Jewels in the Net of the Gods
Sometimes worlds collide and customs blend together when people are different backgrounds by spiritual and religious learn to hear the words of others and understand and embrace their differences. We travel to many ancient lands within the pages of this book from Africa to Egypt in the past to Morocco and the caves as the author relates in the cover to Ancient Jerusalem. We hear many voices and the story is told by Kundun a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and Liora a young Jewish woman who wants to find herself and goes on a spiritual journey finding her way to the courtyard of a monastery in East Jerusalem and spending time with several Muslims, hearing words, sharing their religious beliefs and understanding their ways proving that although our ideologies might be different our ideals and thoughts need to be shared and understood. Hearing many voices such as Lorea’s, watching Kundun travel to find the man he is looking for to learn more about reincarnation we go back in time and learn about a young Priestess named Inet who fell in love with a married man who came into her palace and life. A young architect whose wife did not totally please him in ways she did, Inet soon realized that as even in our times she became the topic of conversation and being true to the Gods and her Pharaoh, she realizes the problem and decides to leave changing her destination in life. Meeting Moses and hearing about his journey and how he stood up to the Pharaoh to try and free his people created on issue for her as speaking to him went against their ways. Having the affair was the first and third she realized that she had to do something different in order to show her loyalties to the Pharaoh so leaving and the rituals described send her walking with the Hebrews and then finding her own path to start her new life.
In the present we here more of Lorei’s journey and we learn about her encounter with an older woman and the lessons she learns and the reasons for her guidance. There are many flashbacks related to Kundun’s journey to find the monk as he goes to Jerusalem this time and we learn about the Passover holiday and one woman named Amenie. Added in her story and then the author goes back to Liora in the present and explains why she is drawn to so many places, becomes engrossed and enamored with Sufism and wants to learn more as she enters another Monetary with this Monk and meets others within the walls that she so vividly describes. The author then returns to Kundun who is now on a plane and is talking about his other past life as a healer who was part of a coven, had a child out of wedlock and was given the choice of fire or drowning as her punishment. The author takes us to his next story or reincarnation in India but as we travel through both of lives and journeys she includes at the head of each chapter the name of a precious stone and it’s meaning in relation to what we are about to read.
Each chapter explains the hidden meaning behind the stones and each one is followed by something Liora experiences and then goes to the past with Kundun’s experiences. It seems all of his past lives were as a healer or involved with some type of medical person. These stories and the reasons why his character tells them are quite interesting. The history of the Sulfi beliefs and Liora’s fascination with the art, architecture and each church or monastery that she visits provides more information into the many religions and influences on her own background.
Each character at one point flashes back to his/her past lives and each one describes the country, the people, the art and their surroundings in detail but what is most fascinating is that Liora begins to see the Monk wherever she goes but does anyone else? One child named Gwyneth provides a story of a ten-year-old girl who loves to collect precious treasures and learns the meaning of the shape the circle. Hearing the voice of a stranger in her head telling her that she is always to believe she is filled with love. As she passes from the world this message remains with her in many ways. The final destiny will bring both Kundun and Liora together in a peace meeting with people called the Peacemakers. The Sheik could not be happier to see Kundun and as they drove together the Sheik shared that Rabbis, Imams, Sheiks, Priests, Palestinians and Israelis would attend this meeting. Even optimistic women and woman that did they believe this could happen. When Kundun, Tibetan Buddhist Monk meets Liora a young Jewish woman something special and spiritual happens. As the final words are written and spoken and the formalities and speeches are completed the final experience is quite compelling and as the shadow of the Druze Sheik melded with the old Greek Orthodox monk, the author relates, and floated across the white wall like a chiaroscuro mirage the rabbi feels a flitting of buttery in his heart and two women are aware of a white dove outside of the window. Read the story of Sarah and Aliyah to understand the meaning of true friendship and understanding between two women of different backgrounds. Read each chapter heading and learn the meaning of love, understanding, tolerance, peace, and harmony and understand the true wisdom behind the meaning of Jewels in the Net of Gods. A pearl will help the flow of faith and the Chrysocolla strength and balance while Tiger’s Eye focus, protection, enhances connection and insight. But the diamond is the most precious and bonds relationships, enhances love and is associated with the spiritual ideals. The story that hit home for personal reasons was the one about the two children that were brought to safety by a young woman and Jean-luc. Take the trip back in time to Greece, Italy, India, Germany, Rome and Israel and find your own spiritual guide and journey as you come to realize that our differences are what makes us special. Wouldn’t it be nice if this peace meeting really did happen and the end result well you decide for yourself after you read all of the journeys and understand each person’s quest for peace, harmony and finding their own special path in life.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ Magazine