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I was told about Ami: Child of the Stars by Enrique Barrios, during a chance conversation with someone. It woke me up to a world of wonder and infinite possibilities. I recall lighting up when first reading it as its message resonated so deeply with me. The emblem on Ami’s chest encapsulates this message, a heart with wings which “represents unconditional love; a winged love that goes beyond all attachments and borders.” The author communicates the language of love with such simplicity and speaks to people of all ages particularly those interested in a shift towards a new planetary consciousness.
The book opens with the following, “dedicated to ‘children’ of all ages and of all places on this round, beautiful ‘nation’, the future builders and heirs of a new Earth without division between people.” We have tried relentlessly to bring about peace with antiquated methods of coercion and force both on a micro and macro scale without success. The answer as shown in this book lies in adopting a new way of thinking and being, akin to a child's spirit.
The book touches on a number of key themes and ideas, including universal love, free will, Supreme Intelligence or God, the notion of life being a school or classroom, reincarnation, extraterrestrial life, cause and effect, the ego and even romantic love.
Such ideas when read with an element of seriousness and not merely as fantasy can be rather overwhelming to assimilate and digest. It helps to adopt a child-like approach, an open mind without any preconceptions of what we believe to be true and what is possible. We have been conditioned to think a certain way and haven’t been taught to question our beliefs about the world. Due to a reigning materialistic society many haven’t even entertained such ideas. Ultimately whether it’s read as science fiction or not, one thing that cannot be denied is the lesson in love it teaches.
One of the longest running debates of humankind has been whether or not intelligent life outside of Earth exists. The question is not whether or not it does, but how open are we to the possibility. To be closed to such a possibility limits our thinking and understanding of life. To stand firm in a belief we aren’t completely certain of, is limiting in all facets of our life as it's egotistical in nature. As mentioned in the book, we cannot solve the biggest scientific questions using only our mind. The mind makes up half of our brain, the other half being our heart. The mind communicates through thought and the heart through feeling, which is something overlooked in our society. To use the mind as a tool in service of the heart is true intelligence.
I found myself really being able to relate to Pedro’s character, the young boy’s overactive imagination and over analytical mind. Due to various types of programming we have been directly and indirectly exposed to, we tend to see through lenses of fear, doubt, worry and therefore are misguided. Our monkey mind projects irrational fears on to the world which keep us entrapped and asleep. We are so absorbed, in our primarily negative inner dialogues, we end up sleep walking our way through life. To see through the eyes of children is to see with an air of lightness. As I had heard someone phrase so perfectly, it is not to be childish, but to be child-like. To embody a child-like innocence and joy.
It also touches upon the concept of vibrational energy fields. Specifically with thoughts, where different types of thoughts emit a different energy field and by elevating our thoughts, i.e. to ones of lovingkindness, we are consequently able to experience higher levels of reality. Considering our thoughts affect how we feel, and feeling is our biggest superpower, this in turn affects our vibrational frequency. As explained in the book, “evolution means growing in love,” and in order to raise our level of evolution, we must overcome the ego. A beautiful analogy I recently heard is how the ego is like a grasping fist and each one that lets go, releases a different inner treasure of the soul.
With regards to the topic of romantic love, it alludes to the importance of cultivating patience as a single individual remembering the value of taking time to create a fundamental basis of self-love, rather than frantically trying to find it outside of oneself. A heartwarming part of the book is when Pedro meets his soulmate in a distant future lifetime. It evokes such stillness and beauty, where love transcends time and space, and is not limited to the third dimensional reality, abiding to Universal Laws outside of our prism of understanding.
One of my favourite lines in the book is “we need to be humble, Pedro. Behind the great design of this universe there is Supreme Intelligence so humble that it never shows off, or demands our gratitude. We are simply invited to witness all that is before us.” A reminder that life is truly a gift to be enjoyed with every ounce of our being. To approach life in a celebratory manner and take it less seriously. We so often become entangled in mundanity and miss out on the small miracles in our daily life. A fitting quote, arguably misattributed to Albert Einstein, reads, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle,” and the beauty lies in the latter. We have a choice in every moment to see life as an opportunity for joy.
Although originally written in Spanish, it has since been translated in a number of different languages including English and can be readily found online. I would like to finish with a quote by Mark Twain to summarise: “truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t."