The Celestine Prophecy: James Redfield


Peruvian mountains: source unknown.


An oldie but a goodie. The Celestine Prophecy is a fictional adventure story and a super easy read. Overlook the infamously naive writing style and clunky plot, and it’ll grip you. You’ll probably read it in a day or two. Held in either low regard or close to one’s bosom, this book is an international best seller for very good reason.


A bloke called John starts paying a little attention to his intuition. In no time at all he finds himself on a wild and wonderful hunt around Peru for parts of an ancient manuscript, A.K.A. ‘Insights’, which prescribe and predict tenets of living that the human race is evolving towards. Religious and political officials attempt to ban and/or destroy the manuscript, for fear that it will undermine the societal control they believe they hold. Led by mysterious circumstances, new allies and hunches, John happens upon each Insight one by one, easing into the role he was destined to play in the grand attempt to preserve the manuscript for the upliftment of the world. We learn the details of each of the Insights along with him, each describing a previously unused inherent talent, such as seeing and using universal energy, or way of seeing reality, such as an experiential connection with all that is.

You get all sorts of hints towards more expanded and sensitive ways of being that really ring true. They may not all be entirely self-explanatory or fully formed, but there’s plenty here to feel pretty right-on about.



I must have read this book ten years ago but managed to forget literally everything about it. I was encouraged (um, ordered) to re-read this classic by a friend after divulging that I’d recently experienced a chain of coincidences so startlingly in-my-face that I’d had to sit up, take notice and feel their significance deep in my heart. The Celestine Prophecy picks up at this point of experience and continued to resonate with much of my own journey as I read.

It’s written so clunkily that a few pages in, I had doubts I’d make it all the way through, but my perseverance served me well. I was soon far to engrossed in the similarities and parallels to notice the high school-esque nature of its written style. Each Insight I learned along with John seemed to speak directly to some question or curiosity that had floated into my consciousness days or even, on several occasions, only hours before. I do love it when that happens.


The Celestine Prophecy successfully paints a picture of an entirely new way of living which, for the most part, feels so very right. Despite its faults, it manages to appeal to our deepest yearnings and truths. It serves up reminders and hope in spades. These are the things best sellers are made of.

Classic or cliché? I say both. Sometimes you gotta get over yourself and enjoy the ride.

mesmallAbout the author: Amity Roach is the founder of The Alternative Review. She’s a writer, designer and follower of her inner truth. Amity has surrounded herself with spiritual inspiration for as long as she can remember and aspires to be like those she most admires; a conduit for such inspiration. You can follow Amity on Twitter and on Facebook.



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