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The Spiritual Scientist Paperback Book By Maria Afentakis Review

THIS ITEM WAS GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN.

Reviewed by Hannah Chan

As a bookworm with a background in science I do love a good factual book, especially if it is easy to read and up to date. I also love to read about other faiths, spirituality and how it all ties in. Until now the books I have read have been a bit sketchy in tying it all together in a way that can make sense. Spiritually I am a follower of nature and the natural world, how it influences us directly and also our impact on it. This book is full of actual, proven science, most of it very easy to follow and what I used to teach myself when I was a high school science teacher. The spiritual part, some is author’s personal opinion – all about her life, her experiences and in some cases a little more far fetched however I am not here to say she is wrong or has made it up, who am I to say what she has or hasn’t experienced. If you read with an open mind it all ties together beautifully and you can see where she is coming from. What I am saying though is she has tied it all in in a way that makes sense to the science she has written about.

I have always had an interest in meditation, gemstones, reiki and mindfulness. Mindfulness is a huge topic at the moment, all three of my children do some form of mindfulness or meditation in school so I can see they huge benefit it can be to changing the course of a persons thoughts or changing their day for the better. It was really interesting to see how all of these techniques tie in together and how they can be applied.

The book itself is printed as a paperback, the cover black with a bridge leading up into the clouds which are the colours of the spectrum. On the end of the bridge is a pair of wings that look like they could be from an angel. The text on the front with the title, the authors name and a short explanation of what the book is about. On the back the blurb gives a short and snappy bullet point breakdown of what to expect and is very accurate to the contents.

Maria Afentakis has a background in neuroscience, a field which has always interested me. I studied Neurology at university myself so am quite familiar with most of her facts and research in this book. She also works diagnosing cancers so her knowledge in the biological field is excellent which is what you want from these sorts of books, to be able to trust they’re correct without having to look everything up yourself. Saying that it is far from reading like a textbook, it is written in a way that you can imagine someone talking to you. I read part of it to my six and nine year olds, and they followed it quite well. I was interested to read also that she has contributed to many published scientific papers and worked with PhD students on their learning journey.

She begins with a little background to let you know where she’s coming from and what it was that interested her in combining science and spirituality, before she begins to talk about energy. I particularly liked this at the start of the book because it draws you in with very familiar concepts and explains the different types of energy and breaks them down. She then moves on into concepts like cell anatomy and how our bodies obtain energy and how it flows within our bodies.

In my opinion, I liked how she talked about energy. It wasn’t patronising and the text flows really well. She then brings in chakras. Maria explains the different chakras of the body and how energy flow effects them, and what it is we can do to improve this.

There is a lovely section on essential oils. I have always loved research into how different plant based oils can influence things which happen within the body and how certain smells activate different parts of the brain. Maria has covered the use of oils well and has added a series of very useful charts in the book about how they are made and what they are used for.

She covers the brain and neurons in the later part of the book, tying it in nicely with mindfulness and how stress causes the brain to react. This is very interesting as it is very similar to concepts being taught in my children’s primary school.
I think my favourite chapter was the one about crystals/gemstones as it covers how they are made and why people believe they are useful in healing and influencing energy. Also commenting on their piezoelectric effects (think quartz in watches) and magnetic properties. I have always found crystals fascinating, and this chapter gives a fantastic beginners coverage.

After rounding off the book, Maria has added a selection of useful references and sources for further reading which was thoughtful and thorough. There is also a page on how to connect with the author further.

It can be difficult with these sorts of books to engage sometimes. It can be the writing style, the content, be it too fact heavy or more theory. As a whole I found this an excellent edition to my shelf of philosophy books and would recommend it to any likeminded readers. I would also recommend it to those who would like an insight into spirituality rather than looking at religion per se.

Rating: I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is a lovely read and quite concise without being short. Less is definitely more with this book.

You can find the book here on Amazon for £14.99.

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