Phoenix Soul: One Man's Search for Love & Inner Peace

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151 Inspirational Reflections to help you rise above life's intimate challenges. Has love for yourself, or a life partner, been elusive? Have you ever felt lost in your own existence, unable to truly accept who you are? Are you living a life that lacks inner peace? Well, take heart, you are not alone. Like everyone else, David Essel struggles with these same issues and along his path has uncovered some revelations that will help you to feel again, leading you one step closer to true love and inner peace. Reading a reflection or two a day will allow you to connect even deeper to all that you are. SEARCH. GROW. LOVE.

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I think pretty quickly you'll see that this is your story. Your life as well as mine. I'm always amazed at the inner connectedness of our lives, regardless of who we are, the color of our skin or where we live, we are all one in the same. We feel the same pain, frustration and loneliness. We strive for a better connection to ourselves and our lives. Over the years that I've been writing these thoughts down, not one person who has ever read them looked at me and said, "I don't get it, I've never been involved in any of these challenges, nor have I ever felt or desired to feel the love you write about." I'm convinced now, more than ever, that no matter how separate, different or strange our feelings might seem at times, the person next to you right now is, or has been, in the same boat. Writing these reflections began a number of years ago when I was in a serious and deep depression. Clinically depressed. Desperate for an understanding, desperate for love and acceptance. Hearing people in my home when no one was there. Crying for no apparent reason during a run. Yet from that pain came many of the writings that are the most powerful. A search for some kind of relief was taking place. As I recovered, I found myself growing personally and in my relationships, yet still not able to understand the need for me to accept all that I am. It's a slow process. And then came the feeling of love from several different people with whom I shared some of my most intimate times. I had begun to learn how to create a dialogue with myself and others that led to some beautiful breakthroughs. And, I'm still learning. So from out of deep pain, this writing, this journaling of all that I was feeling, came a release that turned into this book. I remember at one point thinking "but who are you to write this book? Only talented writers write like this. Only people who have created a deep connection with a lover for years have the right to be acknowledged for their special talents." And the thoughts of doubt went on and on. When I sent this book to literary agents and publishers, their reaction was the same . . . no thanks. But as time went by, my feelings changed. My own feeling of confidence began to soar. Others were as deeply touched as I was by these universal feelings. What you are holding right now is destined to touch millions of people and I could not be happier about all that I have experienced . . . my feelings, with the guidance of my higher power, put with pen on paper. The title Phoenix Soul holds a lot of relevance in this book. The Phoenix is known in mythology to be a sacred bird, who, through a repeated process, sets itself on fire (often by flying into the sun), dies in the flames and then rises anew from the ashes. Each time this occurs, the bird soars to new heights and then repeats the process. To me this book represents an ability to rise to love ourselves and others, even though we know that sometimes we may get "burned" through our own vulnerability. We then lay low and heal, the "ashes" stage. And finally we realize the power we have to go to the next level, resurrect ourselves, and try again. The three chapters of this book, Searching, Growing, and Loving are analogous to this beautiful creature's purpose and existence. You and I are the "Phoenix" of our own lives. I ask you to be open and vulnerable to risk in love . . . it really is the only way to truly live. With my love, David Essel, M.S.

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Phoenix Soul: One Man's Search for Love & Inner Peace "This book is your life's story too. Every man, every woman, will be deeply moved by reading these true life reflections." Has love for yourself, or a life partner, been elusive? Have you ever felt lost in your own existence, unable to truly accept who you are? Are you living a life that lacks inner peace? Well, take heart, you are not alone. Like everyone else, David Essel struggles with these same issues and along his path has uncovered some revelations that will help you to feel again, leading you one step closer to true love and inner peace. Reading a reflection or two a day will allow you to connect even deeper to all that you are. SEARCH.GROW.LOVE.

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