Sereni-Tea, By Dharlene Marie Fahl (Transformation Media Books, Bloomington, Indiana, 2009, 209 pages.)
Book Review by Dennis Moore
June 9, 2010 (San Diego) Author Dharlene Marie Fahl, a protégé of Mark Victor Hansen (Co-creator, #1 New York Times best selling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul), has an ambitious goal: to become Amazon’s next best-selling author. From what I have read of her book, Sereni-Tea, this East County resident is on her way. She has used tea as a means to examine our roles in life and the spirituality that we all possess. She redefines success from the inside out – all while sipping tea. An upcoming graduate of the East County Leadership program, Fahl will introduce her book at The World Tea Expo, June 11-13 in Las Vegas.
Sereni-Tea is a book of a series of healing prayers (positive affirmations with a poetic flow) to assist in the process of changing current thought and behavioral patterns. For example:
Humani-Tea: As a people, as a collective, we are the human race. No separation, no segregation – we each have a place. We are all one with God. God is all there is. Each and every one of us, children of God; divine beings- being human. Human beings seeking a divine experience. For this experience I go within. I am not just human, I am a humanist and I am humane. Good and kind. Gentle and compassionate. For this real me, good as can be-a humanitarian. I cause no suffering nor do I torment myself. I embody and embrace all of humanity. I accept God’s diversity and creativity. I thank God for my sisters and brothers. For the perfection of myself and all others. I see no division, only God’s pure vision, and the reality of eternity long beyond our humanity. I release all human trifling and all past suffering. I let go and let God’s divine plan unfold for man. And so it does. Amen.
Fahl, as a certified tea specialist, guides you on an inner journey of self-discovery through the simple practice of sipping tea. She states, “Quiet your mind, open your heart and nurture your being as you drink in the peace of self success. Anywhere, anytime, your cup of Sereni-Tea awaits you.”
As a certified tea specialist and ordained minister, Ms. Fahl’s goal is to introduce tea drinkers to the spiritual practice, and to acquaint the spiritual seeker with the ancient rituals and traditions of taking tea: "Sereni-Tea: Sipping Self Success guides you on a gentle journey of self-healing, self-discovery, and self love – the necessary precursors for true success."
In an interview, the author stated that everything that we are looking for is within us. She reminds us that tea is the number one beverage on the planet, next to water, and that it has a rich and well-steeped history in just about every country in the world.
Mark Victor Hansen states in regard to his protégé; “How sweet it is to toast a book for the spiritual seeker who is finding enlightenment through tea. Tea releases and expands your life force energy. My friend, Dharlene Marie shows you in Sereni-Tea, just how easy it is. Cheers to your health, wealth and well-being. Happy reading!”
I highly recommend this book to all seeking to find their inner self, along with self-discovery.
Dennis Moore is a member of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter at: @DennisMoore8.