Kae is a storyteller, spiritual life coach, and performing artist. Originally from Chicago, he has taught yoga and meditation since 2008, lived in an ashram for seven years, and acted on stages and in media projects across the country. Globally, he has led workshops on mindfulness, connection, creativity, and empathy. He is a graduate of Northwestern University (manga cum laude) and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his husband and rescue pup. He has MANY other accomplishments and creative endeavors, which you can find at Kaestrouse.com
Journey to the Ecstatic Self by Kae Strouse is a full mind, body, and soul approach to self-help, and should be read by anyone who is ready and willing to do the deep spiritual work it takes to become whole.
This book is exactly as it says—a journey. There are meditations and exercises to help you along, and I highly recommend the recorded meditations in Kae’s own relaxing voice. You will move through space and time, to galaxies within and outside of yourself, in order to find yourself. Best part? You don’t even have to leave the house. Don’t be fooled by the undeniable beauty of the prose in this book, the trek across your soul will be a difficult one. But then, Kae warns you of the hard work required up front.
This book is geared toward intuitives, HSPs, and generally sensitive people. That does not mean other types of people won’t enjoy it, and I will be recommending it to everyone regardless of personality, but some may get more out of it than others. Also, it requires a level of openness and willingness to receive guidance that may feel uncomfortable at times. If you are not ready for change, not even the most well-written book on Earth could bend you to its will. So, go in with an open mind and take what you will from it.
Shared experiences from his own life give perspective and show you he is willing to open up just as much as he asks you to do. He eases you into being present with your inner self, and gently helps pull away all the stressful, painful, and useless layers we’ve all adorned ourselves with in order to appease others or hide from the world.
Personal note from me: Kaelan is truly one of the most magical people on this earth, and I cannot tell you how much love and support he has brought into my life by simply knowing him.
Since I had the great honor of being Kae’s editor, I had a few thorough readings of this book. Each time, it taught me something different and added depth to its layers. I was going through a particularly rough time when the manuscript came to me, and I admit it couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. In fact, it was so valuable to me that I believe I got more out of the partnership than Kae did. He has a way of approaching things with a gentle and calming energy, creating a safe space for you to just…be. I am lucky enough to have Kae as a client, but more importantly, I get to call him my friend. I look forward to his next books. If you’d like to check out his book, it can be found on Amazon *here*!
Thank you, dear friend, for an unforgettable and invaluable experience.