By Tom Butler-Bowdon
Such a lot of people are seeking a non secular course. even if our purposes might range, we proportion an identical uncomplicated motivation: to minimize soreness and improve our feel of fulfillment.50 religious Classics: undying knowledge from 50 Books of internal Discovery, Enlightenment and goal is an inspirational advisor that introduces you to assorted principles relating to enlightenment, success, and function, principles that span centuries, continents, religious traditions, and secular ideals. during this 3rd paintings of a sequence that started with the award-winning 50 Self-Help Classics, Tom Butler-Bowdon explores the complexities of human spirituality by means of reviewing works from a few of the world's maximum figures, together with: Muhammad Asad; St. Augustine; Black Elk; Carlos Castaneda; Pema Chodron; Mohandas Gandhi; Hermann Hesse; Aldous Huxley; Carl Gustav Jung; C.S. Lewis; Malcolm X; Thich Nhat Hanh; Starhawk; mom Teresa; Eckhart Tolle. motivate your self to arrive your personal non secular strength with tales of conversion and non secular awakening. extend your conception and accomplish a deeper feel of function and peace of brain. achieve perception into life's significant questions and humanity's religious evolution with a few of our best secular and religious thinkers.
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No matter what we’ve done, how much we’ve hurt, how ashamed we feel, it’s just energy, just stuff that separates us from our perfect essence. Part of the false core we have developed and maintained through our stories puts limits on the free flow of energy in our bodies: be careful, don’t get too excited, don’t be so loud, so exuberant, so passionate, so wild. My colleague and friend Marylee and I often joke about WASP (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) damage. Keep a firm upper, a tight lower, don’t slurp your soup or suck on an orange, don’t indulge yourself in more than one fudge brownie, and for God’s sake don’t ever let anyone hear you fart.
The voice of the rigid ego is intense, urgent, worried, afraid. It says I’ve got to have someone, I can’t stand being alone. There’s something wrong with me for not having a lover. We cling to the first person we meet, afraid there will never be another. Honesty, integrity, and peace of mind give way to grasping, emptiness, and conniving. Our self-worth is outside of us, attached to having a lover. The rigid ego is fueled by fear of meeting the dreaded false core—I’m bad, a loser, unlovable, and so on.
Separating from a controlling parent can feel as if we’re being disloyal and cruel. For some, it feels like giving up an addiction. And the guilt—the symptom of withdrawal—can be gut-wrenching. Releasing guilt requires that we connect with our underlying resentment and anger. This crime of breaking a symbiotic loyalty tie is a necessary one, however, because only through forging a separate identity and finding our authentic voice, can we give birth to our own true self and see others clearly. Margie was determined to separate from her mother.