Spirit Lifting Reads etc.
The Journey UP
As far as crises of identity go, Harm OCD is a whopper and a Real BIG Lie.
Nonetheless the purpose of this page is not to elucidate why, but to present you with YOU
– the Real You, that is. The you that existed before all this bluster and worry and fear…
…the “You” you fear you have lost.
Because despite what you think, you are still here – under the noise of your Harm OCD.
Included here are primarily works I believe will help you remember who you are.
Works that will help you find your way back to happiness and health.
Works filled with beauty and love and all the good stuff you need to build yourself up.
Works that will fill your heart with the hope of unending fulfilment beyond this weary travail of Harm OCD.
Recovery from Harm OCD is a self-awakening, “seeing beyond” what you think is true about you, experience. It entails feeling beyond this obscurely based perception, so dependent on the shaky reality of your adrenaline soaked body and your tired, racing mind. It entails asking, who am I really? Which is why Way of the Peaceful Warrior is so felicitous.
As a book that pulls you into yourself, it contains vital clues to you finding the happiness and peace you so crave, and presents them fantastically throughout in a story inspiring of a more balanced and health-giving lifestyle.
Note: while the movie of the same title is enjoyable to a degree, it is very much a watered down version of Dan Millman’s story and is fairly bereft of the book’s thought-provoking mysticism and wisdom. In other words, you’re not going to find the encouragement and inspiration you’re looking for in the film. Read the book, skip the movie; the book is far, far superior.
It’s probably fair to say that those of us with more compassionate leanings towards another’s misfortune, are going to get far more from this than those of a stony heart. Because one thing’s for certain, going by some of the harsh reviews I have read on this movie, there’s wavelengths…
…and then there’s wavelengths.
Indeed, while some may not “get it” (and some appear to get it all too readily, in that they deem in this movie spiritually banal), for me, it all depends on your hunger for the precepts this movie contains.
Personally, I think this is a beautiful film and a perfect metaphor for those of us lost in the jungle of life, endeavouring to find our way back.
Helped by unworldly caddy Bagger Vance (Will Smith), Junuh(Matt Damon) is a golfer who is striving to regain his “authentic swing”…ah, can you see the correlation?
However, this time I’m going to have to defer my judgement, because I have yet to read this one. And so I will leave it to you.
I’ve placed it here because, surely, the value in the film must come from this. And like I say above, the book version is usually preferable.
Anyhow, watch this space, I’ll review it in due course here.
Yes, this is a book on creativity and it entails writing some “stuff”, and maybe putting down all your worries and fears and all that dubious guff on the page and whatever else comes to mind…but it’s also about winning through to “you”.
That is, a lot of what’s going on in you is just plain noise – but it stands in the way of your truth.
That is, when you get all that crazy mind stuff down in writing, it kinda loses it’s power over you: it becomes “object” and seperate from you. You can then more easily see it for what it is – nonsense – and by and by you learn to stop listening to it, wherever you are.
So writing is a way of detaching from this scary, negative stuff. A way of dropping a weight off your mind. What you write is not to be judged or analysed. It’s to be thrown out. Disergarded.
What’s important is eventually your authentic voice, or your authentic self, will start shining through and you’ll get a better feal for yourself as seperate from your thoughts and your Harm OCD.
As Julia says, you write to “right things”; or write to get to the “other side” of your problems. It’s powerful, and healing.
But there’s more than that here…other processes for life’s lost souls…it’s a wonderful book.
In Og Mandino’s The Greatest Miracle in the World there is reference to “Hand of God books” he considered great works of art created not by the author, but by God. Of these books is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The above quote is from it, and how apt it is for our purposes here. For this pain you are enduring, is indeed healed by “understanding”; healed by knowing who you are at your core, beneath all this fuss; by knowing you’re good; by knowing how to deal with this “thing”…
This book deals specifically with “who you are at your core”, and it’s a beautiful read. It will remind you of your true magnificence – remind you of what you actually are – for inside you know.