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A book about my experience at an Ashram in India, and how you can experience your own meaningful "Inner Awakening" life transformation

Hey there! My name is Ayelet Shimron, and welcome to my kickstarter project. 

The Short Version of my Project Explained

In a nutshell, I am a twenty-four year old girl who will be spending 43 days writing a detailed book about my experience at an Ashram in India. I will be revealing the age old Hindu traditions on spirituality. For those who are unfamiliar with the practice of meditation, kriyas, the benefits of yoga, the ability to survive without food for months simply sitting in deep meditation, and what it means to have your very own Guru... everything will be revealed. This is not a “how-to” book, but rather a more personal journey that I'm sure many of you will relate to. My ultimate goal is to bring out a piece of the Divine in every single one of you and through the projection of my own personal inner awakening, walk you through my journey in hopes that it will inspire and awaken the divine consciousness in you.  

A Little Bit About Myself... in case you're wondering where the inspiration came from:

Four years ago a dear friend of mine was killed in a motor cycle accident. When I awoke the next morning to 83 text messages and missed calls to alert me about what had happened the night before, a transition occurred inside of me. I was 20 years old at the time and I had come to the realization that I had been alive for 20 years, but for 20 years I had not actually begun to live. And I was determined to start. I not only came to terms with the fragility of life and how quickly life can be taken from us, but I realized something much deeper. That on so many levels, each and every single one of us has a predetermined amount of time on this planet and it is crucial that during our short time here, we find out exactly what our unique purpose is.

So what did I do? Naturally, I jumped on a plane in search for the truth. Then I jumped on another, and another, and another, until after one year of searching I looked back to find that I had flown 11 air planes, each one taking me into a new and unique experience I had not anticipated one bit. The past five years of my life have been a journey of self discovery which led me on a path in search of the Divine. 

I graduated New York University with a degree in Media, Culture and Communications and on the day of graduation I had ripped up my resume and cover letters (which were meant to go out to all the major media conglomerations), and I decided to take a completely irrelevant and foreign course of action in my life... a course of action which was unknown to me at the time, but it just felt right. My mission is to reveal to you what I encountered, as well as what I will be encountering during my time at the Ashram. My ultimate goal is to reveal the Divine in each one of you. 

What's the Book Actually About? 

This story, to a small extent, is about my journey, and to an even larger extent will be about my next dive into the unknown, and this time it's going to be intense! I will be spending a month and a half in India, in an Ashram [a Hindu temple] to be exact. My purpose in life, as I have come to learn, is to reveal the mysterious, the mystical and the unknown to you in order to motivate you to move past your doubts and find out why you were placed on this planet in the first place. Whether you consider yourself a non-believer, spiritually inclined, or a complete orthodox in whatever belief system you follow, the purpose of "Revealing the Unknown" is to take a much deeper first-hand look at what exactly goes on behind the scenes at an Ashram, and to define the popular, but often misused term, spirituality

The Ashram I will be going to is called the Bidadi Ashram and it's located in Bangalore, India. The name of the Guru who will be leading this Inner Awakening is Paramahamsa Nithyananda. For 21 days I will be led by a Guru (considered to be the living incarnation of Lord Shiva himself), who will lead an intense inner awakening process. What I will be witnessing and experiencing are yet to be revealed in exquisite detail.

What Will I Include in the Book?

The book will be fully loaded with my own first-hand observational knowledge and experience. Just a few of my many goals will be to reveal the deep mystical secrets and truths on levitation [the ability to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural or magical power]. I will investigate the many misconceptions the West has about Indian's being able to live months without food, simply by sitting in deep meditation. I will incorporate my own experience with Kriyas [a technique or practice within a yoga discipline, meant to achieve a specific result, such as the outward manifestation of awakened kundalini energy - "corporeal energy" which lies coiled at the base of the spine]. 

I will be going above and beyond my comfort zone to experience and share with you how one can experience an expansion of self. And much much more! 

Why I Need Your Help

This is a piece of work coming from the heart. This is a service that is being done because I realized that through one's experience, others can find their own sense of purpose and then act upon it. I believe in true transformation and if I can transform the lives of those who have lost all hope or even those who simply need a little push, I believe it is very possible. All your contribution will go towards the printing cost, event production, and promo item expenses. Not to mention all the awesome rewards, including signed photographs taken by me throughout my travels, the first copy of the printed book and immense gratitude for doing such an awesome service to humanity! 

For the past couple months I have managed to organically raise a portion of the money necessary to complete this project. What do I mean by "organic"? I mean that I literally did whatever it took, beginning with selling many of my personal belongings, as well as going to schools and speaking to hundreds of students about the importance of living a life of meaning, as well as renting out restaurants to give live lectures to adults on how to pursue their dreams. The last bit of money, I ask of you, to please join me and take part on this beautiful journey... this is a project from my heart to yours, and I truly hope you gain as much out of it as I have. =)

What the Funds Are For

I've spent the past year making Revealing the Unknown the absolute best I can make itNow, I'm coming to the Kickstarter community to raise money so I can add the last and final touch. The way I see it, every copy printed has the potential to send someone on a life-changing journey and bring about positive change where it’s needed most. Life is about dancing with spirit, living with laughter, and leaving the world fulfilled... and my job is to spark that flame in you by Revealing the Unknown.

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