LA FILOSOFÍA DE MI GATA ANDARIEGA
Published by Eriginal Books
Thank you to Noelvis Diaz for illustrating The Philosophy Of My Wandering Cat. Above are just some of the illustrations from the book. Click on any image to get a larger view.
About "The Philosophy Of My Wandering Cat"
presented by Elena Iglesias
at the Pen Club of Cubans in exile
July 18, 2009
My career as a writer is intimately linked to my life process. My personal story is the same as that of Pinocchio’s, who is born a wooden puppet, but who is so loved by his Father that he wishes to give him life. I see God in Geppetto: always wanting his daughter to wake up from being a lifeless object into realizing who she truly is. In my book, The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat (2009, 2013, 2014) I projected my life experience in a girl called Evaluz, who goes out into the world to explore it intensely. There, dazzling circuses surrounded her and she totally forgot her search for the truth justifying herself with every excuse her mind could conceive. Completely unaware that she is one with the Divine, the girl lives to please her ego until she grows the proverbial donkey ears.
I think that Pinocchio, just like most fairytales, is a wonderful allegory about life. In trying to be “real” people, we become more and more like puppets; like caricatures of ourselves. The outside world tangles us in its spider web until we become its own prisoner. Without realizing it, there comes a point when we cannot, nor do we want, to get out of there. We fall in love with our misery. We formulate great dramas from our little tragedies. We become victims or victimizers to the point that we enjoy this game of accusers and offenders. The symptoms are clear: we are entrapped, as Evaluz was, in the kingdom of this world.
The Philosophy of My Wondering Cat is a storybook for adolescents and adults that entertain the conversations of Evaluz with her wise cat, who, unbeknown to her, could be Jiminy Cricket’s sister. Manchita uses some sarcasm and a lot of irony to make her friend discover the spider web she has been tangled in so that she can untangle herself.
It was very hard for Evaluz to get out of this fantasy, but just like Pinocchio accomplished it with the help of the Blue Fairy -that divine grace that always responds to a sincere seeker- she also was able to do it by searching within her until she came afloat and reached ashore. Her prize was the happiness her freedom brought her.
All my stories are spiritual fables with philosophical content. Throughout my long pilgrimage through different spiritual traditions, I have found much wisdom; from Shamanism to the most sophisticated Schools of Mystery, with their knowledge subtracted from the Egyptian and Greek secrets. This is reflected in the Tarot Stories of The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat. This eclectic blend is what constitutes my vision of the world, which is exposed in my work.
For me, the entire world is a stage, as Shakespeare said in his famous speech from As You Like It. We are simply performers of a great farce created by ourselves to unnecessarily suffer and finally learn. But the day we realize that we are playing a role, we will free ourselves from all anguishes. We will enjoy the play, knowing that what happens there has nothing to do with us, the spectators. At that moment, like Evaluz, the observer will realize that he is much more beautiful, real and all encompassing than what he thought he was. The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat tries to describe the remarkable path towards discovering our inner divinity, our union with everything that surrounds us in order to encounter unconditional love, the same Love that saved Pinocchio.
Iglesias Illuminates Path to Enlightenment in Her New Release
By: Yara Zakharia, Esq.
On a perpetual quest for the spiritual truth and viewing the world in a spiritual light rather than an everyday material light, author and celebrated journalist Elena Iglesias shares her philosophical fables shedding light on a path to enlightenment in her unconventional, inspirational new book The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat. A page-turner par excellence, this engaging work of fictional prose is a collection of short stories for readers to reflect on and see how they can be instructive in their own lives. "This book is a spiritual memoir, and the tales are about what I think, about my experiences and who I am, and the world," says Iglesias.
"For me, what you see and what you live daily isn't everything there is; there are more profound things than that," she observes. She states that the way one approaches life depends a lot on how he or she sees the meaning of the world. Iglesias, who is a member of Unity on the Bay church, has practiced Buddhism and Zen meditation, and has studied the esoteric traditions of ancient Egypt and Greece, says that all of the knowledge and wisdom she has acquired through the years are contained in the book. The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat is "mainly about the things that I'm still learning because life is a learning process until you die," she wisely notes.
In 2008, "The Realm of the Taboo: A Love Story", a fable in the second part of her book, was nominated from among 19,000 entries and won honorable mention at the 76th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. "I consider it to be an honor because it was written in English, and I was competing with English-speaking writers," she remarks. In July of last year, The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat was presented before the Pen Club of Cubans in Exile at Miami-Dade Community College. It then received a rave review from El Nuevo Herald journalist Olga Connor who commented on the book in an article titled "Elena Iglesias desnuda su alma" ("Elena Iglesias Exposes Her Soul"). Iglesias encourages the public to pick up a copy of the book so that she can write more books that are spiritual eye-openers. The Philosophy of My Wandering Cat, which is 142 pages long, is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For further information, she invites readers to visit her website at www.elenaiglesias.net and to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org