Now It Begins by Gary Markwick is the most timely book I could review today as we approach 12/21/12, which many believe, according to the Mayan Calendar, ends a cycle of our planet’s evolution. Gary says that 12/21 is not the end, but the beginning, with a shift occurring that is raising our level of vibration to a higher state of consciousness, in which we can become more in touch and aligned with our purpose.
“It is now time to work from the heart, to connect with each other, to change our ways, thoughts and actions and give unconditional love,” he writes. Now It Begins then guides the reader to understand how all these things are possible.
The book shows how to gain strength and help the world emerge from the chaos of greed, selfishness, anger and blame that we’ve been experiencing. Gary shares how to gain practical and spiritual knowledge and awareness through Ten Phases, starting with “Changing Your Life” to serve one another, which starts with unconditional love.
Phase Two is “Changing the Way You Think,” important because our thoughts can transform the world. The author advocates positive thoughts as the key to happiness, accepting and being grateful for all we’ve been given. His recommendations throughout the book guide one to change, e.g., beginning every morning with gratitude for what you have.
Putting Gary’s spiritual guidance to work, we reach Phase Ten, “The Higher Self,” in which Gary explains how we can tune into our inner awareness, our spirit guides, our unconscious minds, to find all the answers we need. We can attune to a higher frequency and develop our higher self, he instructs, by remaining in present time, thinking positive thoughts for yourself and others, enjoying your life and allowing yourself to feel good.
He advocates the practice of yoga, eating natural foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising, being in nature, and laughter, to become aligned within yourself and raise your energy. Gary also provides detailed guidance in the practice of meditation, visualization, and information on chakra balancing and kundalini energy.
In essence, Gary offers ways you can tap into the limitless energy of the moment and be part of the world’s great spiritual awakening… to be guided from your heart, to remember what you have only forgotten.
Becca: What is the underlying message or mission of your book?
Gary: The message is that we are all aware, we just simply have to remove the ignorance that has obstructed our paths in the past from spiritual growth, so that now we may become enlightenment and begin to know the higher self.
My mission for my book is to be able to share any knowledge of truth that has perhaps been overlooked or forgotten in any way, and to be able to help people, who then may in turn help others.
Becca: What inspired you to write the book?
Gary: I have always wanted to write, and finally I felt that the right time had come to also share my life experiences with the world.
Becca: What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
Gary: Inspiration, a greater awareness, a feeling of well-being, of inner peace and harmony.
Becca: Where do you find your inspiration?
Gary: From within and connecting to the one source, knowing the higher self.
Becca: What is the best thing anyone has said about your book?
Gary: Maureen Stephens, in her Goodreads review, called it “an excellent Spiritual self-help book, written with such warmth, honesty and sincerity with each subject, or topic, clearly explained. The layout makes it very easy to read and I really love the style that Gary uses because it allows what has been written, to really sink in. I have read many self-help books but I have to say that, to date, this is one of the best I have ever read. It is truly inspirational and I cannot praise this book highly enough. It deserve to be a BEST SELLER!”
Becca: Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share?
Gary: Follow your heart and let it guide you, for only you can know the truth within. Keep the belief within and know that you have something special to offer, something unique.
Love and light,