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Brent Ovalsen’s Yapa guides us on a unique spiritual journey into ourselves. The book echoes that adversity, like fear, arises when we are not in harmony with life or ourselves, and we are prisoners in the mind. It is a reminder how we respond to adversity can catapult us forward to grow and better ourselves. Fear is always about what’s going to happen next and does not exist.
Through this story, as we recognize our own resistance to the flow of life, we also discover the unconditional love of the Soul, where compassion, kindness and forgiveness reside. Being true to ourselves, living in integrity, is about being grounded in True Divine Nature, consciously connecting with ancestral spirits and guides, tuning into intuition, and knowing we are pure energy, an integral part of everything.
As we engage in Brent’s engrossing story, we learn to forgive a prisoner (or set a criminal free) by healing our own shadows, seeing anything we reject is actually a version of ourselves we do not yet fully love and accept. This is about liberating self from judgement, letting go of hatred, contempt, intolerance, negativity that keeps us separated from the truth of Universal Love.
Ovalsen shares wisdom gained from his experience as an aboriginal art dealer and living in remote communities. He ponders how many people are taught to focus on the next spiritual or other achievement, reflects on what makes us human beings, the value of service, even in prison, and invites us to reflect on what God or the Divine means.
The ups and downs of his adventures reveal his evolution from an inventive childhood and adolescence to cultural and spiritual epiphanies and life changing examples of growth and transformation.
Ultimately, we are reminded life offers no true security. It is just a question of how gracefully and with how much freedom from thought and self judgment we choose to live this life. If you have lived, it will be worth dying. This is a thought-provoking, must-read.
Liara Covert, PhD.
Author 13 books, Spiritual Teacher
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Yapa - Walking Barefoot with Jangala
I thought this book was extremely interesting, well-written, and thoughtful to its intended audiences. It could come across as shocking or triggering for some, but for me I enjoyed reading it and learning more about a topic that I did not know a lot about before. There were photos, diagrams, and great explanations to most of what was written, which aided in telling the story and making me understand right from the get-go what I was reading.
I found it extremely powerful in Brent’s story of how his spirituality came to develop from the Indigenous Australian tribe and their wisdom. The influence of these people seems to be grand, and I especially liked that the author was thoughtful of the Indigenous audiences that might read the book as he even put a warning in the Introduction for certain triggering photos.
It was great to see the pictures of Brent’s journey. I loved looking at the trailer, as I’ve always been interested in living remotely myself and traveling as he did. This book would be a great book for those interested in travel, photos, and a story unlike most. It’s definitely unique and impactful.
Overall, this book is an excellent delve into culture, spirituality, experience, and what it truly means to be human. I think it’s more than just a non-fiction story, it’s something that we can relate to within ourselves, even if we haven’t experienced it. It’s also a chance to learn and to immerse yourself.
I loved the book and definitely recommend it for anyone looking for this kind of thing! Very well written.
Darian Rehder - Dallas, Texas USA
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Yapa - Walking Barefoot with Jangala is a beautifully written novel that provides a window into Brent Ovalsen’s fascinating and eventful life. The novel is mainly divided into three stages of his life – his childhood and young adult years, his life with the Warlpiri Indigenous Australians, and his 15 years in prison. In the beginning of the novel, we learn that Ovalsen was a gifted child, with talents ranging from operating computers to creating all sorts of things. Ovalsen then describes his journey to Lajamanu and the relationship he builds with a man of the Warlpiri people, A. Jangala, who had a tremendous impact on his life and his spiritual journey.
As his journey in Lajamanu comes to an end and Ovalsen turns himself in for a crime he took part in in his twenties, he starts a new chapter of his life in prison where he experiences spiritual growth and inspires many other inmates through means such as meditation, art, and yoga.
Although the beginning of the novel is more catered towards those who have an interest in technology and vehicles, the rest is a fascinating look into Ovalsen’s many experiences as well as the life of the Warlpiri Indigenous Australians.
As someone who has read very little about spirituality, it was particularly interesting to read of Ovalsen’s spiritual experiences and his outlook on life. The photos included of the Warlpiri people and the many beautiful art works they and Ovalsen created were also definitely a bonus!
Overall, I found this novel to be captivating and inspiring as Ovalsen was able to write about his intriguing life while also incorporating his positive and uplifting mindset into his writing.
Anita Falk - Prague, Czech Republic
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After reading hundreds of spiritual books throughout my eight decades of life, I would like to commend this author, Brent on his willingness to be completely transparent about his spiritual life. I found that this characteristic drew me in to realize what profound spiritual experiences he had with the beautiful Aboriginal community in the spectacularly gorgeous desert of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Brent also learned (or remembered) many critically important spiritual life skills because of his willingness to surrender to Grace! This includes trusting that knowingness within, intuition, telepathic communications and even some shape-shifting are normal spiritual developments.
I find this book to be a very helpful and powerful guidance tool reminding us of the ancient wisdoms and Truths within as we are willing to claim and declare “I am calm, I am still, I am silent,” the beautiful mantra personally given to Brent during a profound spiritual experience.
Wilma Hill - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas USA