Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit is packed with wise, fierce and gentle emotional and spiritual teachings that describe how our natural emotions clear a path to the spiritual life. Using a holistic model of health - body, heart, mind and soul - and illustrated by stories of tragedy, death, and illumination that guided the author through his personal healing, Essence is like having an intense spiritual workshop in your own hands. Includes meditations and spiritual practices in each chapter.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
I love this book. It is deeply wise and profound. I have found it immensely helpful in my spiritual journey and have already suggested it to some of my clients in my therapy practice. From Jacob’s rich life history of being a grief counselor, interfaith minister and Abbot he offers insights into the importance of living in the present, being aware, being true to yourself and living your essence, your spirit. ~ Alison Caswell, L.C.P.C., email
A beautiful book that touched my heart and soul. I love the title; Jacob is a beautiful writer.
~ Maria Burke, R.N., email
This book is a "must" for anyone who longs to explore and deepen their spiritual life. It explores the emotional blocks that keep us from fully realizing ourselves as the spiritual beings that we are and reveals to us ways to uncover and unravel these blocks so we can be who we truly are. ~ Rev. Joan Uraneck , email
This is a beautifully written book that chronicles Reverend Watson's struggles, epiphanies, and developed spiritual wisdom. It is a story that is tender and wise, and written in a way to encourage the reader, thru suggested exercises at the end of each brief chapter, to internalize some of the learnings and teachings. If you can read only one book about spirit this year, take my word for it; this is the one.
~ Gracie Cleaves, email
This is an extraordinary book from an extraordinary man. He has taken the road to individuation with bravery and wisdom. Essence is the distillation of his experiences on that road and a guidebook for our own journeys to Spirit. He is revered as a teacher and healer by those who know him, and now he presents us with core suggestions for living the authentic life of meaning and purpose. His candor and humanity is refreshing. ~ Carol Louise , email
This gentle, honest book provides a set of guideposts for exploring one's true essence. Through personal anecdotes, meditations and exploratory exercises, the Reverend Jacob Watson shows us that it is possible to connect with our authentic selves. His is a voice of true wisdom and experience.
~ Dr. Lisa Belisle, host of Love Maine Radio, email
An engaging read with both practical and personal examples of life's unfolding journey. The author shares his story as part teacher and part healer, is considerably sensitive and very wise. Essence may help you to give up the attempt for salvation and get down to the task of taking care of yourself, developing your own soul and opening up to spirit through your own gifts.
~ Rev. Frances Bagdasarian, Board Chair: A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy, email
If you read Jacob's professional and personal book called ESSENCE, you may never need another book of this sort. The fact that his title includes both emotions and spirit foreshadows the depth and breadth of this inclusive work. His anecdotal stories of his own life, his own darkness, his own struggles and joys let the reader know there is a wise and real person behind the beauty of the clinical information also skillfully delivered.
~ Susan Young, email
Essence is a guidebook to healing emotional wounds. With the bonus of delightful stories that Watson tells about his own experiences, Essence is a carefully crafted and appealing book that may well improve one’s outlook upon life. ~ , Maine Sunday Telegram
Essence is powerful and poignant. Jacob’s subject matter is compelling: the link between our emotional and spiritual lives. I appreciate his sweet and user-friendly tone. It's very appealing. ~ Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and following an Authentic Life
A vital, valuable and important book; clear, simple and compelling. His message is unmistakable and moving: he describes ‘catching fire’ in both literal and physical ways. His feelings blaze with authenticity and passion, some painful, some humble with grace. ~ Rev. Cindy Castleman, Hospice Chaplain
Part memoir, part learned treatise, part practical manual, Essence captures the considerable wisdom that Jacob Watson has absorbed in his many years as a spiritual seeker, practitioner, teacher and mentor. It is deeply felt, gracefully expressed and pragmatically structured to enrich the hearts, minds and souls of readers. A worthy addition to every spiritual aspirant’s library of treasured books. ~ Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
In Essence, Rev. Jacob Watson reveals ways we can attune to the spiritual side of life, and gain greater serenity, joy and fulfillment. This is a beautiful, gentle, and very wise book – a marvelous gift to a world that is in great need of its message. I know it will make the world a better place. ~ Larry Dossey, MD Author: Prayer is Good Medicine