If you are content in your work and relationships you don’t need this book. If you feel a need to push through with your shackles rising and a heavy heart, or feel ‘hopelessly stuck’ or lost, Steering by Starlight holds the keys to setting yourself on the right path again, and staying on it.
From the outset, Martha Beck (Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints) warns this will be no ordinary process of seeking knowledge, setting goals, and analysing performance. You will need to suspend disbelief, although this is no book of fiction or fantasy. If you fully commit to the sometimes unbelievable ride, you are likely to find yourself equipped with the practical skills for deep, lasting and soul-liberating re-alignment, with the life that feels right for you firmly in your sights.
Replete with lizards, dungeons, star-charts, miracles and protagonists from the Dark Arts – it may sound too far out if you feel uncomfortable with everyday magic. But far from having her head in the mists of fantasy, Martha Beck has vast experience as ‘America’s best known life coach’ (USA Today), backed up by a rare intellect, and decades of study and research. Beck’s own extraordinary life, in which she has overcome obstacles that most of us would believe impossible, is a testament to both her courage and the efficacy of her process. To help her readers along the unique path that waits for each of them, she sets them up to expect to manifest those things in their lives that they believe are out of reach.
Those willing to ‘bracket’ what she has to say long enough to reap the benefits will soon realise that embarking on the course to their right life may feel a lot like how Harry Potter must have felt, as he stood at Platform nine and three-quarters. But once through to one’s Stargazer-self the corpus of wizardry translates to the familiar challenges of navigation – replacing fear with love, challenging false beliefs, grounding one’s self in one’s inner core of peace, developing and trusting our intuition, and knowing when to bail out when confronted by intractable nutters.
“Whenever outer-limit rewards escape us – when our hearts are broken, our trust betrayed, our health compromised, or our dreams dashed – [the] process of grieve-or-disbelieve is triggered, and our attachment to the shallow, material shell of life weakens. The gravitational pull of the Stargazer self draws us inward, trying to get us to the place where our hearts can heal once and for all and our real dreams comes true,” says Martha Beck.
The alternative is to live out our days in the never-enough, lizard-eat-lizard, material land of the shallows with ‘the devil you know’. I know which I would prefer.