REVIEW BY JODINE TURNER FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE VISIONARY FICTION ALLIANCE.
This is a book that offers glimpses into the soul of the author.It could have gone the way of many memoir or Visionary Fiction books and been self-absorbed or pedantic. This does not happen in 'Dreaming Worlds Awake.' Esme expresses her life experience through narrative, through life synchronicities, through her dreams, through conversations with mentors (dead and alive), and through poetry. This variety proves creative and interesting. Esme's writing drew me in.
I particularly liked her description, (quoting Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey), comparing the Hero's journey with the Writer's journey as being one and the same. How fashioning words, and paragraphs, and stories is magic and is in effect casting a spell ... (in its most basic form, when you 'spell'a word correctly you are casting a 'spell!)
In one of the dreams and past-life remembrances Esme related, a priestess appears and gives symbolic messages about the inner feminine and masculine of both herself personally, and the world at large. These reflections are so crucial to our world today, where these two aspects are out of balance and struggling to come together in harmony as they are meant to be.
She also asks an intriguing question which bears further contemplation -- Is there an unconscious aspect to Divinity?
While studying the art of sculpture, one of Esme's earliest mentors chose her to be in the college program because he said she had 'presence'. This indeed, comes through in the art of her writing.
Jodine Turner, award winning and best-selling author. "Carry On The Flame. I am with you. Goddess of the Stars and the Sea"