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Already Whole

Discovering the Sacred Within

Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Many of us have made our lives so noisy, overwhelming, sensory craving and data driven that we have somehow missed the most fundamental part about ourselves and our lives. Learning how to work with every process, every situation, every relationship intuitively; learning to love what is, to let go, to have faith and find stillness; to foster one’s intuition and become creative in our own lives is something we can all achieve. To illustrate these concepts, Hajlmarsson calls on her decades of experience and work as a psychotherapist. But most significantly, her life as an autism parent, accounted for in her previous books, Finding Lina 2013 and Beyond Autism 2019, which has taught her where to find that elusive freedom and harmony: inside herself. Hjalmarsson believes that the solution to life's chaos, this freedom and harmony—this love—is accessible to all. She writes, "We don’t earn freedom. We either realize who we are and how we can live free, connected, joyful and expansive lives or we don’t. We can realize it some of the time and live a little bit connected and a little bit trapped. Or we can learn to realize it most of the time and spend most of our lives fully awake."

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  • Publisher: Skyhorse (February 8, 2022)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510769304

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Blurbs for: Beyond Autism: My Life with Lina
Beyond Autism is the closest that anyone has come to entering the mind, unlocking the medical challenges, exploring traditional and non-traditional therapies, and grasping the potential of an autistic child. Unparalleled in its honesty, compassion and unconditional love.  A must read for physicians, parents, and researchers who want to understand autism.” -- Sheldon Krimsky, Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences Tufts University
“Helena takes us on a journey of transformation with heart and honesty, applicable not only the challenges of autism, but to the trial’s life hands us all.” — Ken Siri, author ofCutting-Edge Therapies for Autism
"Hjalmarsson reminds us that even in the most trying of circumstances, there is always light, a lesson, and above all, love - if we allow ourselves the space and permission to experience them. Beyond Autism is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the never-ending quest to connect with our children.” -- Julie Obradovic, author of An Unfortunate Coincidence: A Mother's Life inside the Autism Controversy 
“Helena Hjalmarsson gives us a genuine view into life a shared with a child afflicted with autism – the pain and frustration but also the joy and mystery of walking a spiritual path with a genuine, loving person. Beyond Autism is fearless and honest. Hjalmarsson tells autism like it is, courageously.” --Louis Conte, author of Vaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines
Beyond Autism divulges epiphanies as gifts only seen through a special needs parent's lens. Helena reminds us to reclaim our self-compassion and Beyond Autism ultimately defines the autism paradox.” –Lori Ashley Taylor, author of Dragonfly: A Daughter's Emergence From Autism . . . A Practical Guide for Parents
“It’s easy to lose sight of what is truly important, especially if it’s been staring you in the face all along.  Beyond Autism is about appreciating the wonder, beauty and creativity all our children on the autism spectrum bring us each and every day, regardless how it may appear.” –Karen Simmons, Founder, CEO Autism Today,, author of The Official Autism 101 Manual
“In Beyond Autism, Helena Hjalmarsson lays bare with raw honesty both the extreme challenges and the moments of exquisite beauty in raising a child severely affected by autism. She speaks openly about moments of awe-inspiring anguish and pain in a way that many parents experience but cannot express, [while]  her love and respect for Lina shine throughout this memoir.” -- Kim Mack Rosenberg, author of The Parent’s Autism Sourcebook 
“If you want to understand what it feels like to raise a child with severe autism, Beyond Autism is an excellent place to start. Helena Hjalmarsson’s memoir about her life with daughter Lina reveals the heartaches, joys and spiritual gifts of this parenting journey. Written in clear prose, the memoir is filled with beauty, trauma, and grace.”Mary Holland, faculty, NYU School of Law
Beyond Autism is a treasure of immense honesty and faith, a tribute to the joyful chaos of pursuit...of medical answers, philosophical understanding, spiritual awakening, and the ironic reminder that it is sometimes the unknowing that keeps us most present and self aware.”  —Amanda Friedman, MSEd, SBL, Executive Director Atlas Foundation for Autism

 “A painfully honest and deeply moving book. . . . In the process of going beyond the spectrum with Lina, her mother too finds courage and solace.  That should serve as the primary lesson of this heartfelt memoir, not only for parents facing similar hardships but for all of us seeking to become more empathic human beings.” — Dick Russel, the author of My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism

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