This is a tiny little book written by an obscure philosopher and spiritual teacher named Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov.
Alexandra got it after one of her favorite teachers referenced him and his work. I randomly picked the book up to a random page one day (you should see all the books around our house—lol) and was IMMEDIATELY struck by the lucidity of his words.
I flipped to another page. Same effect.
Then I proceeded to “borrow” the book for the next 24 hours as I thoroughly enjoyed a full immersion in some potent wisdom. (With an asterisk-caveat that I ignored some of the more esoteric aspects of his teachings while soaking in the essence of his practical wisdom.)
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov was a Christian mystic who was born in Bulgaria in 1900 and taught in France until his death in 1986. He reminds me of some other somewhat obscure spiritual teachers like Vernon Howard (see our Notes on ) and Sri Swami Satchidananda (see Notes on ). I also thought of Rumi as I read the book (see Notes on ) along with some old school Stoic philosophers (see !).
The book has 115 micro-chapters on his “rules” for everyday living. My copy of the book is nearly entirely underlined. (So much so that I had to get Alexandra her own copy. Hah.)
I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!