Item description for Sacred Selfishness: A Guide to Living a Life of Substance by Bud Harris...
The author, a Jungian therapist, defines two kinds of selfishness: Sickly selfishness is self-serving, power-driven, and imposes its will on others, draining their energy. Sacred selfishness is valuing ourselves enough to develop into "authentic" human beings, who give back vitality and hope to all around us. While growing up, selfishness was usually defined, for most of us, as the first kind; we were taught to put the needs of others above our own. As a result, we became outward-directed people, cut off from our inner source of energy and vitality. If we have failed, through the years, to develop our own individuality, eventually we may slide into depression and ill health. It is only after becoming whole again that we can help others and truly renew our society. In the tradition of Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled and Thomas Moore's The Care of the Soul, Bud Harris shows us to value and love ourselves, to think for ourselves, to have lives of our own, and to be able to love others without losing ourselves. This is the path of sacred selfishness.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 10, 2005
Publisher New World Library
ISBN 1930722516 ISBN13 9781930722514
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More About Bud Harris
Bud Harris is a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Z??rich, Switzerland. He and his wife, Massimilla Harris, are practicing Jungian analyst in Asheville, NC. Dr. Harris is the author of several publications including 'Sacred Selfishness: A Guide to Living a Life of Substance' and 'The Fire and the Rose: The Wedding of Spirituality and Sexuality.'
Bud Harris currently resides in Asheville. Bud Harris was born in 1937.
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A true gem of a book - not to be missed Oct 10, 2004
This is one of the best books of the self-help genre that I have read in a long time. Living a balanced fulfilled life with a loving and peaceful attitude is possible, but sacred selfishness is required. Everyone needs time to look at their self and examine their life, passions, plans, etc. Sacred selfishness is not selfishness with a negative connotation. It is taking the time to retreat for yourself, taking the time to reclaim balance in your life.
The book is divided into three parts - Breaking the Mold and Seeking a Path, Cultivating Inner Substance, and Cultivating a Life of Substance. The chapter titles also give a good idea of the direction the book takes. Some titles include The Call to Transformation, Preparing for Change, Journaling as Inner Exploration, Beginning the Search for Personal Substance, Befriending Our Dreams, Learning to Love Ourselves, and Relationships of Substance.
This is a book of such substance that I found myself reading a section, stopping to think about it, and then reading another section. For a person who reads a typical book in about an hour it is rare that I find one of such substance that it takes me almost a week to read it carefully so I can be sure to extract all the value out of it I can. Sacred Selfishness is very highly recommended to anyone seeking balance and fulfillment in their life.
Great Read Aug 22, 2004
I wondered what I would find within the pages of this work. Would it be words of advice that I could truly use, or just another book to place on my shelf. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised in my reading and what I found. The author gently leads you into stories of many people's life experiences, their heart felt emotions, their deep seated fears, hopes, dreams and breaks down the why's of their failures and even their success. Interesting.
My favorite chapters were those on dreams and keeping a journal. I always knew that dreams, if not ignored could help us on our journey in life, and this work added new dimension to that idea. I loved it and found it very helpful. As far as the chapter on keeping a journal, this was something I had been doing for quite sometime, but gradually stopped as I felt it was not helping me. How wrong I was. In this chapter I learned how important and helpful it can be to keep track of your life and all that revolves around you. In a way, it certainly helps to keep things in the proper perspective, and the author explains so many ways that doing this can be beneficial to you. There is so much helpful information in this book that it would be impossible for me to detail here in this short review. However, this is one book you certainly will keep handy to read time and time again. It is full of helpful thoughts, insights and information that will be a great aid for you in your journey through life. The final thought that was left with me is this. The blame or the pat on our back for our failures or our success does not go to circumstances, location, upbringing, or any of the things we so quickly point our finger at. It lies within ourselves. Want to change your life? Read this work, and get started down the road to victory. Shirley Johnson MidWest Book Review Denise's Pieces
forget searching for yourself Jul 31, 2004
To be selfish is to go against true Love. We should not seek our own but to give to others selflessly then you will truely be happy. "Love does not seek it's own" 1 corinthians 13
Discover the real you, live and love more fully Jun 5, 2004
Our whole lives, we are taught to play by the rules that others make. We are also bombarded with messages designed to make us want to buy things or join organizations. Many of our activities--including work and play--are at odds with who we really are. We make the wrong educational choices, career choices, and leisure choices. And we may feel frustrated, restless, unfulfilled, or even despondent due to this.
So, what's the answer? Harris believes the answer lies in valuing ourselves as individual human beings and finding out who we really are. In "Sacred Selfishness," Harris draws lessons from the classic quest stories--such as those involving the Greek and Roman gods, Biblical heroes, and other icons of our culture. He demonstrates how to question the very assumptions that we have taken for granted--assumptions that have formed a sort of glass cage from which many of us never escape. This questioning, and the journey it takes us on, leads to discoveries of our own potential.
Self-knowledge provides a basis for strength in ourselves and an understanding of others--thus we enjoy life more and love more fully.
In addition to being philosophical, the book is practical. Harris demonstrates the techniques of journaling and dialoguing, plus presents some other tools for those seeking self-knowledge. Harris provides case histories, and gives insight into the kinds of issues a person should consider delving into.
Be warned, though. This book contains no simple recipe, cute formulas, or six step process for transforming yourself into a superhuman. It does provide a solid foundation for the thinking person who wants to develop more fully and realize her or her own potential. With a bit of work and this book as a guide, you can expect a rewarding journey of self-discovery.
A wonderful guide May 30, 2003
Bud Harris has refined his writing style and gives us an entertaining and practical guide to using dreams and other techniques for inner work to achieve a more balanced and authentic life. The book includs experiences for Dr Harris'own personal journey, making it less theoretical and more accessible. I'd highly recommend it anyone who is interested in living a more authentic life less defined my the conventions of our modern and decidedly unbalanced culture.