Today I am sharing my thoughts on What Was Never Lost (and then just giving it away) by Martin J Worthy. Many thanks to Rachel at Authoright for my spot on the tour and a copy of the book. PURCHASE LINK Available in paperback or eBook.
An epic of the modern era, the author takes us on a voyage from postwar London, through his coming of age in the days of LSD and flower power, culminating some decades later in that most treasured condition – a sublime, calm and joyous state of inner and outer equilibrium. Triggered by an excruciating medical trauma in Mexico, he takes us upon a thirty-year journey none could have predicted. Farming in the Punjab, married life in Denmark and twenty years in Southern India practicing Raja Yoga and much more besides. His learning is transferable, practicable and universal.
Vivid, deeply personal and refreshingly honest, ‘’Finding what was never Lost…and then just giving it away’’ offers a fascinating combination of memoir, spirituality and self-help, as well as a snapshot of the hedonistic lifestyle of the 70’s and 80’s, with some travel and, unsurprisingly, a whole lot of laughter too.
This is not a vanity venture, it is the sharing of a lifetime of experiences and insights that have every chance of making a difference to the way the reader looks upon life, and the possibilities that lie ahead. His main precept is that the quality of one’s life is of paramount importance. And, that current cultural aspirations of wealth, importance sensual pleasures and distraction are of a lesser worth when set against the peace and joy that is attainable through this inner journey. The inner journey, aided by meditation perhaps, can offer conditions felt to be far higher. Does he want you to copy him? No. He simply hopes that his story may act as a catalyst or inspiration for the reader to aspire for such growth, and to set out on the journey, on their inner journey too.
An intriguing title, Finding What Was Never Lost is the authors journey through his life so far. From his childhood, through his teens and into the world beyond as an adult.
Martin quite candidly shares experiences, thoughts and also feelings from various points in his life. He has walked, hitched, flown, sailed and travelled to and through quite a few countries. He has taken a variety of jobs, some were the transient jobs of harvesters that follow the seasons, crofting with friends or holding a “normal” job to provide money for further travels. His goal through his journey was to find a spiritual guide or guru, someone who could teach and help him find his own place within himself and the world.
This is quite a different read for me, I do read a few memoirs and tend to like the ones that are about an individual rather than a celebrity. Martin’s book fits into this style, it is a personal account. It is recounted in a very calm way, his spiritual nature is something that is felt as I read this book. If a book could have a quiet and calm voice, then this is one that has that. It was an interesting read in the respect that it is very different to how I live my life. In my opinion it is good to take a step in someone else’s shoes for a moment and see how they view the world.
The layout of the book is set in out in very quick chapters, this makes it perfect for dipping in and out of. There are quite a lot of footnotes, many for things that I feel didn’t need an explanation, and a very handy glossary and index at the back of the book. I am going to make the presumption that some of Martin’s readers will know English as a second language and this is maybe the reason for the amount of footnotes.
This is a book that would appeal to those who like a more spiritual, self discovery style of memoir. One mans journey and experience of life told in a calm and quiet way.
Many thanks for reading my post 🙂 xx