Mutant Message Down Under Review
TITLE: Mutant Message Down Under
AUTHOR: Marlo Morgan
GENRE: Spiritual Travel
Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman’s spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan’s powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all.
Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aborigines to accompany them on walkabout, the woman makes a four-month-long journey and learns how they thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals that exist in the rugged lands of Australia’s bush. From the first day of her adventure, Morgan is challenged by the physical requirements of the journey—she faces daily tests of her endurance, challenges that ultimately contribute to her personal transformation.
By traveling with this extraordinary community, Morgan becomes a witness to their essential way of being in a world based on the ancient wisdom and philosophy of a culture that is more than 50,000 years old. ~ Goodreads.com
Fact or Fiction?
Recommended by a kindred spirit, Mutant Message Down Under seemed to have all the necessary ingredients for me to love it madly—a journey to a fascinating destination, a mysterious culture, and a focus on spirituality.
Sadly, I have mixed feelings about this book. I remained curiously un-bonded to the book and was at times downright irritated by it.
Something nagged at me. Although my intuition is strong, it can be vague—maybe it was Morgan’s focus on facts and spiritual theory rather than emotions, possibly it had something to do with inauthenticity.
Not surprisingly, there’s a significant amount of debate surrounding this book. Is it fact or fiction? Many people feel it’s the latter.
Morgan asserts that her recollection of her walkabout with native Aborigines is 100% true. However, there are many who accuse her of lying.
Whether it’s true or not, and despite being irritating at times, Morgan’s message is positive and the Aboriginal culture is fascinating. Their loving nature and peaceful tribal lifestyle resonated very deeply with me. This world wouldn’t have a fraction of the problems it does if we all walked about this planet with a bit of the Aboriginal spirit.
By the time I turned the last page, I was inspired to spread more love in my own life—so I’m not sorry I read Mutant Message Down Under one bit.