- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Jossey Bass; New edition (21 November 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118303598
- ISBN-13: 978-1118303597
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 18 cm
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How well do we know ourselves? So many roles and identities shape individual lives that it's easy to be confused about what is authentically "us." Rohr, a Franciscan priest and founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.Mex., leads a narrative excursion to the "True Self," the core of character that lies like a diamond buried within. Writing for secular seekers, the author claims that individuals need to allow the false self to fall away in order to get in touch with the true self, allowing it to breathe and flourish. Grasping onto the superficial identities of the false self, such as job, class, race, or accomplishments, can keep people from being the loving and generous conduits of the Divine that they are meant to be. God is always communicating with humans, but those who cling to ego and social position can't hear these divine messages. The author makes clear that it is not easy to shed this falseness for truth in the inner life, but it is a spiritual path well worth the effort. (Jan.) (Publishers Weekly, February 2013)
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"I promise you that the discovery of your True Self will feel like a thousand pounds of weight have fallen from your back. You will no longer have to build, protect, or promote any idealized self image. Living in the True Self is quite simply a much happier existence ..."
From Chapter One
In his bestselling book Falling Upward (and in many of his other teachings), Franciscan priest Father Richard Rohr talked at length about ego (part of the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity, especially if its preoccupations continue into the second half of life.
But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey?
In Immortal Diamond, Father Rohr likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.
Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning. In Richard Rohr's inimitable style, the book brings to light the mysteries of grace, death, and resurrection.
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The ideas were compelling, but distant for me. Father Roar both inspires me and also makes me wonder if I even understand what he is saying. He is a mystic and I struggle with silence. My mind races, well more like jogs, and it is hard to make it take a seat. Contemplation asks you to take a seat while life is rushing around you.
Anyway...about that book. It's basic premise is that you are a piece of God in a way. Yes, you are you, but you are also divine. Religion tends to ask its adherents to find God out there, but God is really in you...once you get rid of your "false self." As he says, "That God is both utterly beyond me and yet totally within me at the same time is the exquisite balance that most religion seldom achieves..."
A good portion of the book takes shots, with good reason in my opinion, of the way religion is done today.
"The religious False Self can even justify racism, slavery, war, and total denial or deception and feel no guilt whatsoever, because “they think they are doing a holy duty for God” (John 16:2). The ego has found its cover, so be quite careful about being religious. If your religion does not transform your consciousness to one of compassion, it is more a part of the problem than any solution."
He is open to truth from wherever it comes from, which I find very appealing. I really like this analogy of finding the Way without being a "true believer."
"I also know that being a Christian today does not demand that you walk this map or recognize this deep pattern to reality. It is too often just a club to join. Indeed, many non-Christians see it, honor it, and live it much better than those who claim to be true believers. You have not been to Russia just because you have a correct map of Russia, and you can fully experience Russia without ever owning the map."
Anyway, read it if you are a seeker. Rohr will intrigue you if nothing else.
the soul is larger than the ego- much larger- we are ALREADY successful!
the resurrection says it all-
Quit building your life around your obsession with victimhood and GET in the present-
You can LOVE! Like Mary waiting at the tomb, hoping emotionally spiritually that Christ is alive, while knowing cognitively (she saw him die) that Christ was DEAD- yet she had faith in the the unknown, that which can not be seen with our senses. If you want prosperity/fame/love in your life, visualize abundance - it is not as elusive as you imagined. With FAITH and belief- like Mary- you will witness the resurrection (of the thing that REALLY matters- love)
I had been stuck in unsuccessful relationships after my husband died- after I read this book, my
self identity evolved past fear and blossomed into something all-encompassing, iluminating and
larger- touched upon the DIVINE me. No longer am I desperate for a man's comfort- I am
comfortable all by myself.
LOVED the quote from the Brothers Karamozov- I read that book maybe 20 years ago and Rohr's use of this (butterfly effect) quote crystallizes his thesis succintly!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
uncomfortable with any religious institutions - and Fr. Rohr is definitely a Catholic, I find his ideas
and the way he burrows into them inspiring. He is one of the few people I've read anywhere who I
might describe as 'wise.'
My soul likes him.
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