Debbie Ford's section was very repetitive, light, and not that useful, although she did make me think more about the idea that we are walking mirrors. Meet those who have learned to face their terror, heal their wounds, and embrace their higher, heroic selves to overcome the shadow effect. Besides, such a metaphor will surely resonate with the rather large segment of humanity receptive to such differentiation. The message of the book is gold. Overall, it was underwhelming but I did get reassurance that I'm on the right path of discovering more.
What we like or dislike in others are the very things that we like or dislike about ourselves. Overall, it was a worthwhile listen. I didn't really get Marianne Williamson's section as it was peppered with too much Christian and pseudo Christian analogies and lingo, and that was kind of a put off for me. I must say the first part of his essay is some of the messiest writing of his I've waded into. Believe me, I have tried to disprove this theory all week, and I cannot.
National television recognition for Dr. Jung, who no doubt came up with brilliant insights within the limitations of knowledge available in his day, his concepts and ideas have had their utility in human learning, and have been transcended. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. Edie is a sought-after clinical psychologist and lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations, discover their powers of self-renewal, and achieve things they previous thought unattainable. I didn't know much about any of the three authors, although I had heard of Chopra, but the concept of having a dark shadow intrigued me. Forgiveness doesn't just make us feel better; it literally transforms the heart.
Overall, I was disappointed with this book. Ford's tale is more autobiographical, detailing her problems as a former drug addict, and how she overcame her shadow. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. But all books take me a while, which is contradictory as a librarian, no time to read. In order to feel that you actually belong, however, you must feel loved. And although ignoring or repressing our dark side is the norm, the sobering truth is that running from the shadow only intensifies its power.
He soon settles down and gives us some gems we can use. The authors' reliance upon such dated concepts to support their unique differentiation of the self is unwarranted and unworthy. Love is reassurance that you are cherished. It gave some great insight into the human psyche, and confirmed things about people in general that you were always hoping were true. I highly recommend the audio book version.
Since he began his association with Deepak Chopra, M. I have never read anything that rang quite so true before. The writing felt a bit hokey at times but that may be my general attitude. In order to gain power over them, we have to bring these shadow selves into the light in order to become whole again -- and that isn't an easy prospect. If you repress the shadow somehow you're 'winning'.
Turns out, she is a contributing author in this book. The last section by Marianne Williamson was a bit too floaty and non-specific for me. I then came across the author Marianne Williamson, but could not find the book title concerned, on line. The higher the rating a source file has - the better. Denying it only leads to more pain, suffering, regret, and resignation.
Don't waste your time on this one. We all have a dark side, and it threatens continuously to destroy us. Only by exercising the light of our consciousness can our shadows come out of their hiding places. Being whole is about finding a balance and a measure of self-love. Each had something a little different to offer.