Amazing, Inspiring, Truth
Moments of resonance, Solidifying and expressing ideas and theories I've had about intuition, or the "guiding force" available to all of us.
I loved every story, lesson, and quote. Undoubtedly these masters tapped into a resource which most ignore. I was drawn to this book because of my own guidance, coincidences, and paths found through this process. Our marketed, physical systems have took us as far as they can, now we must look inward to reach our full potentials. These masters were a rarity in the past but I believe with technology and books like Mastery will be abundant in our future. Robert Greene expresses the importance of submersing yourself into a field and being guided by your intuitions, but this practice goes for all aspects of life. This is a great crash course for anyone interested in this field. “We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” -Marcel Proust.
The way he articulated his experiences and how he approached them. He shows you the hopelessness of a situation, then tells how he and others found meaning within it.
“Once, an elderly general practitioner consulted me because of severe depression. He could not overcome the loss of his wife who had died two years before and whom he had loved above all else. Now, how could I help him? What should I tell him? Well, I refrained from telling him anything but instead confronted him with the question, “What would have happened, Doctor, if you had died first, and your wife would have had to survive you?”
“Oh,” he said, “for her this would have been terrible; how she would have suffered!” Whereupon I replied, “You see, Doctor, such a suffering has been spared her, and it was you who have spared her this suffering – to be sure, at the price that now you have to mourn her.” He said no word but shook my hand and calmly left my office. In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of sacrifice.”
I really enjoyed the first half of this book, very informative and inspiring. I do however believe it was a little drug-out and repetitive.. A lot of examples were given of the same successful practices of the author.
I felt that the author drifted on his position. At the beginning of the book he believes his patients problems could be cured by unlocking their minds potential, then towards the end he ties every problem to a past experience like any other therapist. The second half really takes away from what you get from the first half.
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