In The Tenth Door, Michele Hebert relates her journey to finding spiritual openings. She details and highlights the nine physical openings in the body, specifically focusing on the spiritual opening at the crown of the head which is considered the tenth door.
Hebert starts off with descriptions of growing up in Cleveland. She had a harrowing childhood event and escaped a near death experience. It made her realize that life was to be lived completely and that she should not fear death. She later moved to California, and began working in a health food restaurant. She learned to be open to the ideas regarding personal and spiritual enlightenment and connected with fellow yoga students, as well as Walt Baptiste, who became her spiritual guide.
Hebert used her spiritual beliefs to help open a spiritual retreat in El Salvador and it was there that she discovered her inner being and the things that would eventually make her happy in life. Her experiences are written in diary form as she explains her discovery of “mindful attentiveness” to the practice of yoga and find ways to free her mind. Hebert shares the ways to discover the ultimate in meditation, and The Tenth Door is a guide for developing ideas on leading a more open life.
The Tenth Door is less a description of the author’s journey as it is homage to Walt Baptiste. Hebert’s journey is interesting and readers who enjoy these types of books will likely find ways to enrich their lives based on the author’s discoveries. The Tenth Door is also somewhat of a travel diary, and many readers will enjoy that aspect of Hebert’s writing. I would recommend this book to readers who like spiritual journeys and writers/authors willing to show their most vulnerable side on the road to spiritual fulfillment and development.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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