Reviewed By Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite:
Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? Is there a God? Find out the answers to these questions and gain true spiritual knowledge to become completely free for a full and rewarding life with How To Kiss The Universe by Jozef Simkovic. Seeking to attain spiritual wisdom, Jozef Simkovic, a former professional reporter, joins The Monroe Institute, where he learns the ways to expand his consciousness and become one with the universe through meditation. Through this book, Jozef offers a step-by-step set of guidelines to help readers connect their inner selves with the vastness of the cosmos. The author recounts a fictionalized version of personal anecdotes from his own life to provide valuable insights and exercises that can help readers work their way toward living a fulfilling life filled with compassion and empathy for others.
In these hectic times, books like How To Kiss The Universe are a timely reminder of how our petty squabbles and interests are nothing more than a speck of dust in a hailstorm when looking at the bigger picture. Author Jozef Simkovic utilizes spiritual and metaphysical elements to draw a vivid portrait of human origin, essence, and destiny that leaves you with a lot to ponder about. The narrative is meticulously organized with a keen eye for detail. Jozef writes in an accessible style, making the content easier to digest. How To Kiss The Universe was an illuminating read that I recommend to readers looking for a bit of inspiration in their lives.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OTHER REVIEWS:
“The colorful imagery is delightful, and the charismatic personalities will keep you intrigued page after page. This is a well written narrative packed with wisdom and substance inviting us to release the ego and embrace our own internal power. Whether you want to know more about The Monroe Institute and their programs, or you want to read about the potential of your own spiritual journey, this is a book that I would recommend.” ( WILLIAM BUHLMAN)
“I just completed your book How to Kiss the Universe and oh my, I’m so full of gratitude! I’ve been a professional medium for 33 years and this has been the first book that has described the universe, the realms of Spirit and creation EXACTLY as I have experienced it! It is all true!” (ISABELLA JOHNSON)
“Rummaging among the New Age / High strange offerings in Amazon’s kindle books occasionally results in landing a true gem. How To Kiss The Universe…is such a rarity.” (ART H.)
“This is one of the BEST, well done books on Astral Travel I have read. It is on a par with Bob Monroe’s 3 books.” (DONALD LORD)
“Read and ponder the truth of life and its many facets… May we all make this journey as Jozef did. Thank you for sharing, Jozef!” (REVIEWER KNOWING)
“I like this book. I am a graduate of the program Gateway at TMI. It is a personal account of his experiences. That may seem too weird to be true. But… Robert Monroe said: “Do not believe others, check for yourself.” I recommend this book.” (ROCH POULIOT, CANADA)
“I completed reading your amazing HOW TO KISS THE UNIVERSE. Congratulations on fulfilling your mission & furthering the pioneering work of Robert Monroe that is daily taking on more importance globally in these disruptive times! I congratulate you on your taking the Monroe system to further stages of realization & development.” (ANONYMOUS)
“Yours is only the 3rd book in the last 6 months that I’ve read where the theme is centered on the Ultimate Love & everything we do to honor our Source Creator. You have instilled the desire to reach out to my Higher Self, and Spiritual Guides and hopefully I can make contact with them. My journey may be about to begin…thank-you again.” (D.H. Alberta, Canada)
“I read Robert Monroe’s books many years ago, but after reading this book, I am more curious than ever about the spiritual experiences that The Monroe Institute (TMI) can foster. This book is well written and is a joy to read!” (RICHARD, NEW ZEALAND)
“The book tackles complex insights in the realm of spirituality and metaphysics, and with that complexity comes greater thought energy required of the reader. There is no room for cherry-picking, as author has done a fine job of proposing fascinating insights.” (JUDGE, 27TH ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS)
“I decided to accept every word as truth. I have also decided to do everything in my power to find out who I am. Thank you, Menev.” (LEE HUNT)
“The intention of this brave book is to enlighten and encourage everyone to begin or continue their own spiritual adventure. After reading the book I have a refreshed dedication to my spiritual growth.” (GLENN W.HOLLIS)
“Dear Mr. Simkovic, Congratulations on your Book, How To Kiss The Universe. We are happy to be an outlet for authors whose voice aligns with our mission of expanding awareness for personal growth.” (DR.SCOTT TAYLOR, PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE MONROE INSTITUTE)
“I enjoyed the author’s easygoing and approachable attitude towards complex new age topics that most authors would be afraid to express. Jozef Simkovic has such a fun-loving, adventurous personality that I felt personally compelled to finish reading this book regardless of the several others I had started prior to this one.” (MIKE A.)
“The language used by the author was easy to grasp, and he includes an extensive dictionary of important terms at the end of the book. The book is organized into 90+ short chapters of individual non-physical encounters events and experiences. As I read, each chapter became its own unique adventure. I enjoyed this pace as it made the book very easy to digest (e.g., like a snack at a time).” (SUBTLE TRAVELER)
“I started reading it late one night and couldn’t put it down. Jozef’s experiences as he searches for answers to some of the universal questions about the creator and the universe are amazing (to use a much-overused word.) Seekers should not miss this one.” (PETE PARTIN)
“Each time I have read it, I have found a new nugget of spiritual information that has gladdened my heart. The knowledge revealed in this book is unprecedented in some cases and reinforcing in others. As I read it, I find myself a bit jealous of his wonderful experiences. I suspect the same will be true for most readers.” (DR.JUANZETTA FLOWERS – EDITOR)
WRITER’S DIGEST FULL REVIEWS:
By Judge,7th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E book Awards:
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4; Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5; Production Quality and Cover Design: 5; Plot and Story Appeal: 3; Character Appeal and Development: N/A; Voice and Writing Style: 4
What an interesting book, though not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. I am truly not enlightened enough to understand the metaphysical or overall significance of the text, yet the author’s voice and style made it a pleasure to read.
Using something called the Monroe system, the author carries the reader along on his journey of discovery. Through his travels, progressive exercises, spiritual meditation and consciousness-raising astral projections, he encounters colors that have significance, a thief/former foe, hibernating souls, lost love, and so much more, not all of it good. Most of the book didn’t make sense to my logical mind, but the author tells the story with such ease it took on a mythical quality. At times, I felt the book read like a cross between ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe’ and the works of Chuck Palahnuik.
Of note, I’m not a fan of quotes at the start of chapters because they often seem random and detract from the actual text, but the quotes used for this book’s chapters were well done and not random at all. In many cases, they actually tied into the narrative. Also, I appreciated the glossary.
The book is well-written, fast-paced, and entertaining. The information is presented with a light hand, so it isn’t really overwhelming for those less-enlightened readers, like myself, and for those willing to keep an open-mind, it might compel them to explore meditation further.
By Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Awards:
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4; Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5;
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5; Plot and Story Appeal: 4;
Character Appeal and Development: 4; Voice and Writing Style: 4
The book tackles complex insights in the realm of spirituality and metaphysics, and with that complexity comes greater thought energy required of the reader. Reader is given some heavy lifting in order to take the time needed in processing new considerations. No one is skipping through this book, nor taking it lightly. There is no room for cherry-picking, as author has done a fine job of proposing fascinating insights.
Reader can question the methods of the Monroe Institute, and author uses that initial skepticism to fuel exploration of belief systems. Author writes with an engaging, experienced voice, never delving into heavy-handed instruction. I liked the energy from the list of questions at the start of the book. Author mirrors the kinds of fast-paced questions that can swirl the reader’s faith and coping skills, as an effective way to create connection and engagement.
Pace needed some variation in movement. Some sections, I felt, bogged down a bit, requiring author to find ways to lighten the tone and pick up the cadence. We don’t want reader to get fatigued, keep putting the book down, lose their momentum. A solution to that disconnect is to provide more spaces for taking notes and journaling big topics, so that reader can stay engaged with the book and immersed in the author’s 15 spiritual lessons. Always provide an easy way to stay with the book.
Another way to increase engagement with these tenets is to craft realism in settings, using sensory details that bring energy to the narrative. Reader can then exist within the story, allowing for an open mind as these insights are discussed. Author is tackling the present and the afterlife, biting off big chunks of material for the reader’s digestion, and doing a nice job of making this book an experience. Topics like the ‘singularity transfer point’ and other metaphysical moments can sometimes feel confusing, but author brings as much description to these moments as possible, for the reader’s continued acceptance of realism. Well done.