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Chakra Book Review

Awakening the Heart

A Book Review

21 Ways of Following Love’s Message

by Tony Cuckson

Book Review by Lisa Erickson


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There are many wonderful books available about the chakras these days, but few focus on the chakras as a vehicle for spiritual awakening in the way that Tony Cuckson’s Awakening the Heart – 21 Ways of Following Love’s Message does. This lovely, poetic little book is filled with light and warmth. Tony Cuckson is a lifelong spiritual seeker, singer, and storyteller based in Ireland, who now helps others along their spiritual journey.

Rather than focusing on the chakras in a sequential order as many books do, Mr. Cuckson focuses on the heart chakra, the central chakra in the seven chakra system. As the core of the chakra system, the heart chakra is the center of our spiritual journey, and of course of our capacity to love and know ourselves as love. Knowing ourselves as love is the focus of this book, and is the core of the journey represented within every spiritual tradition, as Mr. Cuckson shares here:


It is in the heart chakra that we first glimpse what is beyond the separate sense of ourselves as a time bound individual living in and identified with the limitation of the form we call “the body.” In living from the heart we are given our first glimpse of Satori, enlightenment or Christ consciousness. This is a state that is both literally and metaphorically speaking beyond belief.

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After introducing this spiritual aspect of the heart chakra, the majority of the book focuses on “21 Ways to Open the Heart Chakra”– literally, 21 different ways in which we can work with the lessons of the heart through the medium of our daily life.  Some of the methods explored are the shape, color, spirit animal, and element associated with the heart chakra, and how to work with these. Other chapters, or ‘invitations’, explore the ways the heart expresses itself through song, poetry, pictures, stories (including movies), the senses, affirmations, archetypes, prayer, places, signs and more.

In each of these chapters, the focus is not so much on step-by-step exercises but on finding ways to connect personally. The author shares experiences from his own journey, and many of his favorite works of art, interpreting them symbolically for us as a way of demonstrating how the lessons of the heart come through. For example, he uses The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats as his main ‘heart’ poem in the chapter exploring poetry, the painting Love’s Messenger by Marie Spartali Stillman for the ‘Pictures’ chapter, and the fairytale Beauty and the Beast in the “Stories” chapter.

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One of the most distinguishing characteristics of this book is its interfaith nature. Verses and quotes from every major spiritual tradition are entwined throughout the text, as well as teachings from famous mystics and poets such as Rumi, Hafiz, Osho, and Mary Oliver. Passages from the Bible are prominent, which is unusual in a chakra book, since the chakras developed within the Eastern spiritual traditions. But because of his own restricted religious upbringing, which left him with a resistance to Christian teachings, Mr. Cuckson has committed himself to understanding the teachings of Jesus within a modern chakra, heart-based context. He speaks a little of this journey from belief-based religion to personal heart-based searching in his chapter “The Challenge”:


The challenge involves the willingness to move beyond the security of a fixed belief system and into a true experience of faithfulness. Traditional religious teachings often abort this awakening process because the group or religious hierarchy prefer that you remain a believer rather than enter the cloud of unknowing which is a prelude to becoming a knower of the Message of Love.


Overall this is a beautiful book for anyone feeling the call to the heart. The depth of Mr. Cuckson’s own journey, and his vast knowledge of spiritual teachings of all types, as well as of how spirit is expressed through art, makes this a joyful and awakening read.

The Testimonials

Extracts from Amazon Reviews of

Awakening the Heart – 21 Ways to Follow Love’s Message

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Awakening the Heart is a delightful invitation to experience a state of being as if on holiday – everyday! It is an easy and applicable read that should be included in everyone’s daily practice of going ‘within’ – to achieve their unique vision of optimal health & wellness.

The importance of nurturing and nourishing one’s chakras or energy centers – especially the Heart Chakra, cannot be overstated!

ByMichele McTiernan-Gleason, CHHC, AADP

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and, really, a review like this is extremely limiting in that the book is about experience and the personal choice to accept and attempt change rather than something to be copied.
Nobody can open our hearts until we have opened it ourselves and Tony Cuckson has written a beautiful and thorough explanation of how we can begin this process. The book combines the mythic wisdom of Joseph Campbell with the human compassion and action of Christina Noble and is an essential spiritual classic.

David H Amazon Review

The Content

Awakening the Heart

21 Ways to Follow Love’s Message


  • The Preface
  • How to Use this Book
  • Healing Balance and Alignment
  • Making Up Your Own Mind
  • Knowing Your Own Mind
  • Using Your Own Mind
  • The Chakra System.
  • The Heart Chakra.
  • The Lasting Privilege.


21 Ways to Follow Love’s Message

  1. The Shape.
  2. The Color.
  3. The Animal.
  4. The Song.
  5. The Poem.
  6. The Picture.
  7. The Tree.
  8. The Story.
  9. The Sense.
  10. The Affirmation.
  11. The Archetype.
  12. The Prayer.
  13. The Place.
  14. The Movie.
  15. The Element.
  16. The Sign.
  17. The Question.
  18. The Value.
  19. The Challenge.
  20. The Yoga.
  21. The Step Beyond.

The Practices

  1. Turning Within.
  2. Stillness.
  3. Gratitude.
  4. Kindness.
  5. Meditation.

The Personal Journey

The Heart-Awakened Individual

The Personal Experience.




Availability of Awakening the Heart

– 21 Ways to Follow Loves Message


This book is available in different formats:-


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Printed Book and Kindle Edition

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Ebook and Mobile Editions

For information on how to read this book on a mobile phone read this article.


Signed Editions of the Book

For a signed copy of the book individually addressed to you or a loved one contact me on my facebook page and request a copy.

Facebook Page – Tony Cuckson


Book Review by Lisa Erickson

Genre – Chakra Healing

  • ISBN-10: 0995767602

Rating 5 Star

Reviews 6

Language – English

Date Published 3rd August 2017

Publisher – Still Point Centre Press

Lisa Erickson  is an energy worker, writer, meditation teacher and mom to three. Lisa’s primary modality is chakra-based meditation and guided energy work, although she is also a certified mindfulness meditation instructor. Her specialty is Women’s Energetics – women’s subtle anatomy, and practices and tools that women can employ to heal, empower, and awaken themselves. Lisa especially focuses on helping women during critical life passages such as pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause, as well as on healing from sexual abuse and trauma. The author of the popular DailyOm course Fall in Love With Your Feminine Power, and the author of the e-book Women’s Energetics: Healing the Subtle Body Wounds of Sexual Abuse and Trauma.  She is also the Buddhism editor for Contact her through her blog, Mommy Mystic, or her website Enlightened Energetics.


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