Book Review – The Guidance Groove: Escape Unproductive Habits, Trust Your Intuition, and Be True by Carolyn Kurle, PhD

Book Review

The Guidance Groove:
Escape Unproductive Habits,
Trust Your Intuition, and Be True

by Carolyn Kurle, PhD

Publisher: Treehouse by the Sea Press

172 Pages

Release Date: January 4, 2023





There is a voice inside you that knows exactly what to do in every situation. “The Guidance Groove” is an invitation, a manual, to find, cultivate, trust, and live according to that intuitive voice of wisdom and authenticity.

A big part of listening to intuition is recognizing when you are not, when you are stuck in one of the “Unproductive Grooves” of inadequacy, obligation, scarcity, or unworthiness.

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Examples and questions guide readers to take an unvarnished look at their thoughts and behaviors. Do you spend time with people out of a sense of obligation or block the participation of others who might diminish your contributions? The second and largest section of the book identifies hundreds of these false beliefs and destructive practices.

If thoughts are false and do not bring joy, then it’s time to change the narrative. Readers will be shown how to move from a place of logic, social programming, and fear to accessing guidance and positive, self-talk messages that result in joy, contentment, ease, and freedom.

The third part reviews the importance of creating and sustaining a healthy Guidance Groove. To escape the automatic thinking that perpetuates the Unproductive Grooves means finding, valuing, and following your own personal guidance. It requires possessing a willingness to be vulnerable, recognizing there are choices, and selecting “an outcome rooted in benevolent intentionality.”

Doing so means navigating the flow of life from a position of authenticity and clarity, which brings about ease, contentment, and joy that can be felt in the body. When moving out of your comfort zone and basing decisions on more than the rational realm, Kurle tells readers, “If an outcome feels wrong, just try again.” Her tone is caring and loving, and encouraging, assuring readers that the difficult, uncomfortable, and painful parts of life are invitations to grow, learn, and release that which no longer serves the highest good.

Trusting our intuition is ongoing work for most of us. More encouragement to connect with your Guidance Groove can be found on its website.

About the Author
Carolyn Kurle

Carolyn Kurle holds degrees in zoology; German literature; wildlife science; and ecology, evolution, and behavior. She is a tenured biology professor at the University of California, San Diego and it was seeing her students’ struggles that inspired her to write “The Guidance Groove.”



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About the Author:

Lynn Woike

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice.


When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at, Facebook and Instagram.