Book Review: The Turquoise Ripple

Author: Esra Ustar Oguz
Publisher: Balboa Press
Book Publication: 2013

The Turquoise Ripple is Esra Ustar Oguz’s honest, open and captivating account of how she transformed her life from the inside out. In this telling, she shares the techniques she used “in the hopes that others can also change and transform in any way they want.”

Oguz began her professional life in finance, spending 19 years working as an international executive. However, due to illness and a fundamental disenchantment with corporate life, Oguz began to ask herself some very significant questions: “Why do I do nothing but work; why don’t I travel as much as I want, and why do I always save for a future when I do not know how much of a future I have?” She came to the conclusion she could not go on living the same way she had been. Shifting tracks, she retired from her job and began a second life: painting, writing, and training to be a spiritual hypnotherapist.

Oguz says the major step towards her transformation (opening her heart and speaking her truth) was learning to meditate. Meditation, she explains, brought clarity to her thinking which triggered a leap in creativity, and being more creative she became more productive and efficient at everything she did. For her, meditation became “the sacred portal to finding happiness, fulfillment and approval…”

Studying and then practising Delores Cannon’s Quantum Healing Hypnosis (which works with clients in a deep theta state for about four hours at a time) was another major milestone. Talking to a person in this state, says Oguz, is like talking to an all-knowing being beyond space and time (Oguz calls this Superconscious). According to Oguz, this Superconscious knows exactly what the person needs to know, see, and experience during the session. (For more information visit

She pays tribute to her teachers, and the many writers and thinkers that inspired her growth (Rumi, Deepak Chopra, Dolores Cannon, Carl Hohan Calleman, and Mirzakarim Norbekov are just a few), explaining how they helped her move towards a ‘higher self.’

Her story of transformation can provide guidance and inspiration to others on their own journey of self-discovery. She has found that one of the “easiest, quickest, and most wonderful ways to change…and get away from wherever you are in this cycle of life is going to nature.”  She also believes it is important to learn how to recognize and listen to messages from the animal kingdom. This is a particularly fascinating chapter, revealing the significance of coming across various animals: grasshoppers represent uncanny leaps forward, crows symbolize mysticism, and dolphins suggest we get out, play, explore, and most of all, breathe.

Other tips offered include:
– adopt an attitude of gratitude
– trust in your inner voice
– listen to your body
– affirm your intentions with caution, clarity and conciseness.

The advice and suggestions she offers are supported with insightful stories and conversations from sessions with her hypnotherapy clients.

Oguz believes that, even when we recognize the need to change things in our lives in order to achieve happiness, we resist because we do not want to be forced out of our comfort zones. In The Turquoise Ripple, she clearly demonstrates that real lasting change can be effortless. We need only open our hearts and minds to the possibility.


Susannah Kent is a Toronto area Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Instructor.

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