We’ve all heard it - that negative, inner voice that creeps into our heads and hearts, nudging us this way or that. That little voice, too often ignored in favor of what others say or think, that little voice, full of possibilities far greater than what we can imagine through our limited, current view. Call it guts, balls, or just plain gumption, but Louise Lewis pushed past her negative inner voice toward a journey of self-discovery. The result of that journey is her book, No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You!
After working in an advertising position for eleven years, Louise Lewis found herself in a predicament that most would dread. She was laid off - or, as Lewis, in her perpetually positive state, would say, “set free.” After a momentary mark of fear, anxiety, and dread about what lay ahead, she heard an intuitive voice assuring her that all would be well. She calls that voice Spirit or God. Some call it intuition, the universe, soul, or inner self. The name is not important. What is important is that Lewis allowed that voice, or “Spirit”, to be her guide in a four-year spiritual journey into her discovery of the meaning of life. Her Spirit guided her with positive energy as she asked family, friends, and strangers one simple question; “What is the meaning of life?” She made one stipulation when answering the question: they had to answer her on the spot.
Through the telling of their stories, she demonstrates that the answer to the question is as individual as we are, and it is our responsibility to follow the longing of our heart to a life of inspiration rather than obligation. The responses to the question range from drinking beer and having a good time, to living with God and helping others, to valuing family and nurturing friends. Lewis reminds us that no one answer to the question of the meaning of life is right. She also reminds us that the similarities between us are greater that the differences.
Her dedication to her four-year journey is inspiring, and her devotion to spirit, refreshing. With strong awareness and conscious effort, she opens her heart to fellow human beings and looks and listens for inspiration, guidance, and love. Lewis believes that those she encounters on her path are put there for a reason. She blames no one or no thing for her circumstances (as we so often do) and she insists that things are exactly as they should be. The message is to live every day from the heart, and pay attention to the signs and synchronicities that guide you along the way. The lessons she teaches throughout No Experts Needed are plenty. One to take away is this: When we approach circumstance with curiosity and love, we unwrap the vast potential for hope.
Some stories came across as casual bar conversation, (which they were) and their messages were marred by murky prose. However, it is through the telling of personal stories of everyday life that we are inspired to make a difference in our own lives, and, in turn, the lives of others.
Pick up any spiritual book these days and you will find that most are written by professionals working in the “spiritual” realm who lead extraordinary lives, which we struggle to relate to. If you are looking for a structured step-by-step “how to do your life” book, then pick up one of theirs. If you are looking for a thought provoking, entertaining tale that gently sweeps you into asking the important questions in life, then pick up No Experts Needed. Lewis builds strong relationships with everyday people, giving us comfort and the knowledge that we, too, can change.