The Twelve Attunements

by Cassandra Sturdy

Verdict: THE TWELVE ATTUNEMENTS is an entertaining piece, and anyone interested in seeking higher consciousness while not entirely losing one's sense of humor might find it a worthwhile read.

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The premise of THE TWELVE ATTUNEMENTS is that our universe is not alone. In fact, it is one of nine (the indigo-blue one) in the most recent batch designed by El-Quan-Tem, a universe-crafter of skill and capacity. However, our universe is proving troublesome, because one small planet (coincidentally enough, our own beloved Earth) is not pushing on to higher consciousness and higher vibrational level as it ought to be. In fact, we might even be going backwards. Coincidentally enough, the Earth in another universe created by another universe crafter, one El-Cos-Mol, is also causing problems. A wormhole opened between the two universes, in hopes that each Earth will provide guidance and help for the other, only deepens the problem. But one young human woman, Sophie Archer, becomes aware of a widespread conspiracy to control Earth civilization for the benefit of certain powerful figures, and manages to raise her vibrational level to the point where she can meet her two ANGELs (Advanced Nurturing Guides of the Energetic Light), higher-being guides from the Arcturus system who look like brightly-colored three-foot-tall kangaroo mice. They reveal to her that Earth is under a vibrational damper field imposed on us by invading aliens, the Annanki, who view El-Quan-Tem as an oppressor and wish to keep Earth from evolving its higher consciousness. She agrees to try to bring down this field by achieving twelve attunements that will help her achieve the status of a Higher Vibrational Being, and the three set off on a quest to bring her to her full potential and save her planet and with it, our universe.

THE TWELVE ATTUNEMENTS is an odd book, full of mischief – the humor is charmingly bizarre, in a dry, British sort of way. The premise of the story would, frankly, explain a lot about our society, and is at least creatively entertaining. The ANGELs, Zalzibar and Roger, are quirky and personable, adding color to the tale, both literally and metaphorically, while Sophie is an appealingly put-upon heroine. Clever little details, such as the ANGELs’ penchant for sixties-style decorating, brighten the story in many places. The writing style is bright and lively, and the book is well edited.

There is a basic conflict, however, between the author’s apparent serious advocacy of higher consciousness and the quirky humor of the story. The story at times feels as though it is parodying itself, and it is rather difficult to take its premise seriously when it is so fantastically clothed. However, when the author, in the second half of the book, gets more serious about communicating her deeper meaning; the writing loses a good bit of its fun and verve, and becomes almost a propaganda piece. The reader must, in a sense, choose between the humor and the meaning of the story, which grate on each other somewhat. The premise of the story is not given enough sound factual backing to make it persuasive to anyone who does not already believe, and the skeptical reader will find added reason for suspicion in the author’s note advertising her services as a coach for those seeking to heighten their vibrational level.

THE TWELVE ATTUNEMENTS is an entertaining piece, and anyone interested in seeking higher consciousness while not entirely losing one’s sense of humor might find it a worthwhile read.

Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader.


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