Editorial Review: Namaste News

  “Hébert has expertly preserved the powerful lessons he (her guru, Walt Baptiste) imparted to her within this book, at times you feel like his messages are meant for you, too. Wherever you are in your journey, The Tenth Door sets a beautiful example of how to follow your heart in order to craft your best life.”

 

 “At first glance the recently released ''The Tenth Door'', written by California-based yoga teacher Michele Hébert, reminded me of a book I read over a decade ago that jump-started my spiritual journey: ''The Celestine Prophecy'' by James Redfield. Both take place in the tropical jungles of Central/South America and deal with the process of spiritual evolution. However, Hébert's book is not a work of fiction but chronicles her actual time studying with her guru, Walt Baptiste, as she managed his retreat center in El Salvador. 

 

''The Tenth Door'' takes turns at being a travel diary, a personal journal of spiritual growth, a coming-of-age tale, and even an adventure thriller (as our first person narrator dodges the growing guerilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 80's in order to carry out her job duties and her dharma). The most moving and intriguing aspect of the book is how it has been crafted as a loving tribute to the author s guru and his seemingly boundless love, strength and knowledge of the spiritual path. Many yogis do not get the opportunity to physically meet their guru in person although it is said that the guru is always guiding you from within. It was fascinating to watch the guru/student relationship unfold, and as Hébert has expertly preserved the powerful lessons he imparted to her within this book, at times you feel like his messages are meant for you, too.

 

 It was not uncommon while reading this book to feel whisked away to the tropical paradise they'd carved in the Salvadoran jungle: meditation in the stone pyramid, doing yoga by starlight, or watching the sunset while swinging in a hammock. Wherever you are in your journey, ''The Tenth Door'' sets a beautiful example of how to follow your heart in order to craft your best life ”

 

--New Jersey Namaste News, Winter 2012