How can we free ourselves from mental suffering? How can we unlock what the poet William Blake referred to as “the mind-forged manacles” - those unhelpful, unfounded and inflexible habits of thought which keep us from reaching our true creative potential?
This book provides practical advice on how to achieve this.
But it also offers an imaginative holistic theoretical framework for an understanding of the nature of the universe, the psychological history of the human race and the meaning of life.
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Customer ReviewsSee All
Excellently raw-written book, as well as factual. If like myself ,before completing this wonderful book, you are having trouble getting to grips with your persona/self esteem due to the whatever reason, then this book is exactly what you need to remind yourself how much of a special being you actually are, as long as you’re truly ready to let go of your “society built Ego”, would highly recommend!
An excellent read!
I really enjoyed this book. It's quite wide ranging but all fits together well. The pace is steady but never slow and the author's style engaging. I found his honesty refreshing and his research interesting too (having studied psychology for two years as part of my degree and being a fan of Jung also).
I'm just returning to give this book a second read, having read it in only three hours the first time because I was incapable if putting it down. I only hope I will enjoy the second reading as much as I enjoyed the first.
Psychology and Religion
The author talks about how a breakdown can sometimes be a breakthrough to a new consciousness and way of relating to the world. Having had some similar experiences to the author, I wholeheartedly agree with him.
His new theory of the world can be neatly summed up by the quote "Pleasure is healing.". Doesn't sound like very much, but I found the full exposition of this quite profound.
Late in the book the author connects his theory to the teachings of Jesus. As a Christian, I found this a very helpful interpretation of what Jesus had to say. It can be very hard to grasp fully what Jesus was saying not least because it was told in stories that were for a culture that existed two thousand years ago. I think that the author describes in more up-to-date literal language (although still difficult) some of the broad features that the New Testament tried to describe.
Heartily recommended for those who are Christians, are recovering from a breakdown or are interested in psychology (the more practical kind, not academic).