Franciscan priest Richard Rohr feels that there is no more challenging spiritual issue than the “problem of the self". Most of contemporary spiritual teaching, he believes, is still trying to inspire and fortify the private self, the autonomous "I". Even much church work is trying to evangelize and sacramentalize what many would call "the false self". Basic transformation is not expected, but merely a new set of beliefs and practices or loyal membership in a new group. This only confirms the disguise of the ego, but does not truly offer a "new creation". Both the individual and society remain largely unchanged.
Rohr suggests that until the false assumptions of Western individualism are clearly faced and experienced by religious believers (and they are the only ones fully prepared to face it), there will be no real breakthroughs for Christianity or any religion.
He makes reference to the work of Ken Wilber, Thomas Merton, Eckhart Tolle, the mystical tradition especially of Julian of Norwich, and the new paradigms offered by quantum physics. In a presentation that embraces the challenge, inspiration, and the genuine hope that is offered by the Gospel of Jesus, Rohr illustrates the implications of transformation both for individuals and for society at large.
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this teaching conference. If you have an interest in understanding the way of true spirituality, this will be a great help to you. I could not be happier with the material provided and I look forward to listening to more of Father Rohr's books and teachings.
One of my favorites of Richar Rohr's to date. Great insight into understanding the ego and the false self. Very well explained.
This book is a good choice for anyone who feels stuck in their spiritual journey.
Richard's desciptions of the ways we in which we have encounters with the Christ.
Richard explains how we got to where we are and how we can experience a fresh encounter with the Divine within and in all things.
The articulation of real life descriptions we all encounter with the true and false self. Each one of us must undergo a transormation of encounters which can lead us to true liberation and freedom for the Divine.
I highly reccomend this book.
As usual, Richard Rohr is profound and enlightening. This is really a special piece. Not a book, but rather a recording from the lecture series, True Self, False Self. Worth listening to over and over again.
This was an execellent lecture. My only issue is he refers to the hand outs and it would have been great to have these available. It would be 5 stars with the hand outs.
I have listened to this audio presentation numerous times. It has been a great help to me in both good times and sorrowful times. It has many wonderful discussions and I highly recommend it. The audio quality is also excellent.
There were so many foundational concepts that I gathered from this presentation that will take me the rest of the year (or years) to even partially unpack. I have grown up Christian and sat in many a church that have had some one at some point allude to the corporate belief of those in attendance that we were sitting in the presence of God. As I reflect on my life in the church, I can only put my finger on a few occasions in which I truly felt present to His presence (in the way that Rohr has beautifully described it). I can subscribe to the objective belief that Christ died for us while also subscribing to the subjective belief that He did not die for me. I'm not good enough to deserve that, and what I am dealing with is worse than what anyone else is/has so He couldn't have possibly died for me. These are the thoughts I am actively fighting against, and striving to be intentionally present in His presence will help me get there. Praise God for this work of art.
"True Self, False Self"
This is a truly beautiful audio book. Love Richard Rohr's explanation of the true self (and the false self) and how we can transcend the false self through our experiences of life, getting us back in touch with our authentic being :) Couldn't recommend this audio more. I have recently converted from Catholism to Buddhism, but feel that his words have so much to offer to people of all faiths. It is wonderfully insightful, discussing the biology of transcendence, how we are 'wired' to find something greater than the 'little I'. I have listened to it so many times and got my husband listening with me I was so moved by his words which are delivered with humour and simplicity. They should make this audio a part of schools' religious education....it is so, so powerfully transformative!
"Simple and true"
The message is simple and true. And we get advice on how to grow. How to live a happier and fulfilling life. How to let the kingdom come.
Steve Peters' chimp paradox is a contemporary way of explaining the same idea. I prefer the simplicity of this version.
Amazing. Just what I needed to hear. It is everything everyone needs to know. Mind blown. What a gift. Thank you.
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