Trusting the Currents by Lynnda Pollio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Trusting The Currents is a form of conscious storytelling. It is the story of two women: Lynnda Pollio who reached a point in her life when she was ready for a spiritual journey, and Addie Mae, a Southern African-American woman who chose to speak about her own teenage life through Lynnda.
‘Then, one afternoon, Addie Mae laughed, and every plan I had entertained evaporated.’
At a time when many are awakening to their own spiritual paths, Addie Mae’s story will resonate with those ready to hear her words. Addie Mae’s tale is set in the 1930s; she lived in a small town, with her mother, uncle and his step daughter Jenny. They were people who relied on the land for most of their food, supplemented by a small income her mother made from sewing. The community was friendly and hard-working.
Addie Mae and Jenny were best friends; while Addie Mae had a thirst for learning at school, Jenny was more of a free spirit. Jenny spent hours in nature; listening to the trees and earth spirits. She followed her own path, was pretty and caught the attention of the boys.
The one dark cloud which hung over their lives was Uncle Joe. Addie Mae reckoned he was born bad; unhappy with his lot, he spent most of his time drinking and at times took his anger out on the family and their home.
This is a multi-layered book; the poetic writing creates beautiful pictures of 1930s Southern America, and Addie Mae’s rich Southern dialect drops you right into the era.
“Let go, fool child. Can’t hold to anythin’ too tight.”
Addie Mae’s own story is about self-discovery and her strength to break away from the small town expectations. But this is much more “It’s not what happened to me that matters.” She tells Lynnda at the outset. This book will be about what each reader can take from it: messages, lessons and inspiration may resonate with readers. This book was full of meaning for me, and I thought about it a great deal, afterwards; I’ve been excited about spreading the word to others, and hope you will take as much from it as I did.
I’ll leave you with one more quote from Lynnda about Addie Mae.
‘She taught me how much we are shown in a flickering moment. How many secrets are hidden in the ordinary if we only take occasion to notice.’
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Some moments change everything you become.
Author Lynnda Pollio’s life as a busy New Yorker abruptly changes when she unexpectedly hears the mystical, elderly voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African American woman. Her first words, “It’s not what happened to me that matters,” begin a spirited remembering of Addie Mae’s teenage years in the late 1930s rural south and the hard learned wisdom Addie Mae asks Lynnda to share. As women from different times and places, together they embark on an uncommon journey.
Narrated by Addie Mae Aubrey, Trusting the Currents carries living messages of faith, courage, forgiveness, and the uneasy search for one’s place in life. Beginning at age eleven with the arrival of beautiful, mysterious cousin Jenny and her shadowy stepfather, Uncle Joe, Trusting the Currents explores Addie Mae’s reluctant awakening. As Jenny, the story’s mystical center introduces Addie Mae to the spiritual world, a caring teacher, Miss Blanchard, guides Addie Mae with the power of reading. Romantic love enters her life for the first time with Rawley, and we experience how Addie Mae’s emerging sense of self compels her to a life-altering decision.
Throughout the story her mother remains an unwavering source of love, even when fear and evil shake their lives. Unfathomable loss and rising trust in the “Invisibles” not only transforms Addie Mae’s budding life, but leads to the author’s own spiritual awakening. This unlikely pair becomes partners in showing us how to trust our own life currents.
Trusting the Currents represents a new literary genre of conscious storytelling, engaging high spiritual frequencies that resonate with the reader’s heart, guiding them deep into their own truth and transformation.
Born in rural New Jersey, I grew up surrounded by trees. I communicated to insects, raised baby birds and wandered through a childhood feeling like I belonged somewhere else…like there was always some time, some place that was waiting for me. As an adult, I moved to New York City and began experiencing life from many perspectives. After my father died, I heard a voice tell me to go to Sedona, AZ, and that began a journey into spiritual awakening. I immersed myself in raw foods, spiritual disciplines, energy work and levels of awareness.
I have always been deeply committed to elevating human consciousness. This life purpose has guided me as an accomplished advertising executive, as a consultant and thought leader in conscious business practices, and as the world’s first Chief Consciousness Officer, supporting Fortune 500 companies by helping them engage the human technologies of wisdom, intuition, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude. Currently, as an Empathic Consultant, I continue to connect people with the universal truths that lie within their hearts.
I never expected to be a writer until I heard the mystical voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African-American woman asking me to tell her story. Together we shared an amazing journey through space and time that transformed my life forever.
We are all in the process of becoming something unexpected. I am no exception.
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