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Spirituality 103, the Forgiveness Code:
Finding the Light in Our Shadows

by Ivan Figueroa-Otero

Can there be any other way to explain the relations between biology, philosophy, and meditative therapy? There is, in a mind-blowing contemplative discussion of Dr. Iván Figueroa-Otero’s continuation of his School of Life trilogy, Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code: Finding the Light in our Shadows, there are concepts of man being either two kinds of a warrior; of light and shadows, in pursuit of mastering techniques on how to forgive and pour light over shadows. These are all compiled in one book, for self-help purposes or any other goals which can be sourced while reading it.

The recognition and consideration that not everyone is knowledgeable enough about terms in biology, meditation practice, and psychological concepts, can be seen in the first part where a glossary of terms defines terms firstly to guide the readers. Thought-provoking questions are well-crafted and intended to allow readers to do self-introspection over their existing habits relating to their lifestyles and how they think. Teaching techniques on how to be more of a forgiving person by being aware of the wonders of spiritual and human nature through the Magical Mirror; the primordial mind, are coherently presented.

Understanding complex terms would be impossible without Dr. Figueroa-Otero’s effective writing. His literary approach, usage of imagery, and simplifying scientific terms, are effective in helping readers understand that the duality between light and shadows should be taken as a mission to improve and love oneself to influence others to do the same. Oath as a warrior is repeated in most chapters, reminding the readers to acknowledge their enemies and the challenges in seeking light against the human’s internal and external challenges. Some repetitions are necessary, author Dr. Figueroa-Otero has proved it.

Perhaps reading the previous School of Life books can help readers look back on essential spirituality discussions, yet this alone can guarantee significant lessons one can use. For those who seek how to master the art of forgiveness, love, and compassion, this can help redirect every course of life. 

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 2, 2023

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