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Surviving the Divine by Raphael Cushnir is Raphael’s account of his life before and after meeting his wife Hannah, an acupuncturist with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and an actress. Raphael’s abusive upbringing during the 60s was devoid of love and nurturing. In 1991 at age 31, Raphael met Hannah. He found her acceptance of him intoxicating and seductive. Hannah also came from an abusive home which resulted in her becoming a sex worker and attempting to take her own life on numerous occasions. Assisted by therapists, Hannah triumphed over her traumatic youth. The couple married in 1993 but divorced in 1995. Raphael went to Israel to study Judaism and, after returning to America, he experienced his own spiritual awakening and mystical encounters. He was able to embrace his past experiences of pain and illness which led to an explosion of “Kundalini” energy.
Surviving the Divine is fascinating and well written, a sincere and truthful account of Raphael’s life before and after his awakening adventure. A refreshingly honest and humorous account of a spiritual transition, this story makes a valuable and thought-provoking contribution to the world of traditional medicine and offers insight into alternative healing. The wisdom that Raphael shares with us through this engaging story of his traumatic life is interesting, unusual, and fascinating. This book serves as a practical and truthful guide for those who are new to the awakening process and provides valuable information. I would recommend Surviving the Divine to any person who has an open mind and is seeking spiritual possibilities.