By Shelley Klammer

I have been a huge fan of F. Aster Barnwell’s writing for over 15 years and I think that Aster himself is a hidden treasure whose time has come to be discovered for his contribution and understandings of the deeper mysteries of life. His book “Hidden Treasure” is in my experience his most important book yet. I read his book “The Pilgrim’s Companion” 15 years ago and it helped me to guide myself through a time of personal upheaval and loss with practical guidelines on how to re-orient my life to incorporate and live into my spiritual values and principles. It helped me to see into the deeper meanings behinds life’s events and I was able to apply the wisdom I gained from his writing to living my own life with more depth and meaning.

“Hidden Treasure” brings the two spiritual worlds of the East and West together, and explains how the deeper symbolism of the Gospels illustrates the awakening of the life force of Kundalini and the seven chakra system. This is a fascinating read and one that is infinitely practical in that it illustrates a “psychology of transformation”. The gospels amazingly lay out the process of the unfolding of the human psyche as it is correlated to each chakra and illustrates how we can consciously participate and help our own transformation by progressively allowing our intuition and the available “numinosity” of the Divine to take hold in our being.

What I felt when reading the book was that I was graciously being led into the secrets behind the symbols of what has felt like some of the most cryptic writings of our human history. I have always felt an aversion to organized religion’s literal and exclusive interpretations of the bible. This book reconciled these uneasy feelings for me and for the first time I could see the deeper meaning and intentions clearly illustrated and how the teachings of the gospels are applicable and available to all people. This book is empowering in that it incites and illustrates the clear actions, efforts and participation needed for us to awaken to our higher nature as human beings.

Shelley Klammer (Vancouver, British Columbia Canada)