REVIEW – The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment – Alice Grist
As a late 20’s-something bottle-blonde, who is almost as equally concerned about my waist measurement as I am my spiritual path, ‘The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment’ by Alice Grist came across as rather refreshing!
There is a strange perception within the new age and religious scenes that in order to be truly spiritual, one should cast off the trappings of mundane life to become some sort of sandal-clad, ‘a-sexual’ being, in order to reach enlightenment. But this is certainly not the case in my own tradition; in which it is important to embrace the sacred feminine in all her aspects.
In contrast, ‘The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment’ offers the modern woman an insight into the different alternative spiritual paths which are available to us all, and brings the idea of religion, philosophy and spirituality into the 21st century – where, as we enter an age of environmental, financial and political uncertainly, perhaps it is needed more than ever.
Due to my own field of research, the only spiritual path within the book that I could really review with any accuracy was that of the entry about Wicca. Now, Wicca being described as ‘White Witchcraft’ is something that has always got my heckles up, as it’s not entirely accurate to the tradition; however, this term has historically been used as a standard way of introducing Wicca to beginners, and therefore its use in this book is entirely valid. There is a great introduction to the Sabbats, together with a discussion of some of the more controversial elements of the Craft today, which Alice approaches in her humourous, yet insightful and balanced way.
It is clear from her detailed descriptions of many of the practices that she is speaking from her own experiences – an element which is so often lacking from similar books on the subject, which warms the reader to the author and ultimately allows the book to come alive.
The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment’ had me laughing from the very beginning, and nodding in agreement towards so many of Alice Grist’s insightful views of the modern woman’s life and her struggle to achieve an understanding of the world.