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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.

©2003 Center for Action and Contemplation (P)2003 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a good choice for anyone who feels stuck in their spiritual journey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of True Self, False Self?

Richard's desciptions of the ways we in which we have encounters with the Christ.

What about Richard Rohr’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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I highly reccomend this book.

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A CHALLENGING PILGRIMAGE

What made the experience of listening to True Self, False Self the most enjoyable?

Fr. Rohr is articulate and so widely read. He makes the Gospel personal and relevant while challenging the culturally based interpretation.

What other book might you compare True Self, False Self to and why?

I would consider this a good sequel to Rohr's Falling Upwards.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt a sense of joy in how the Gospel opened up through his lecture

Any additional comments?

He spent a good amount of time responding to people's questions.

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Absolutely remarkable

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.

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Changed my life.

Richard cuts through the false self. His stories and self deprecating humor helps break it down. I felt as if I was at the conference.

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True Self-False Self

One of my favorites of Richar Rohr's to date. Great insight into understanding the ego and the false self. Very well explained.

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Eye-opening, beneficial

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.

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Wonderful, highly recommend

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.

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More inspiration

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.

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Enlightening

I like the treatment of the doctrine of in-dwelling, our participation in the divine life of God.

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Both a foundation and an extension of Rohr's theology

Not really a "book" so much as a series of recorded lectures, this text still holds together conceptually by Rohr's awareness of his audience's needs. In fact the advantage of hearing his voice is augmented by the pace and process as he "reads" his audience, and adjusts. This lends to a sense of authenticity, blending substantial preparation with a spontaneous "think aloud." Ultimately makes the "listening to a book" experience even better.

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  • 11-22-12

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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-18

It opens your eyes

Wonderful. It brings understanding of your own self, your place, your desires, and also brings understanding of different religions. It gives a sense of peace.

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  • Samantha Redgrave
  • 12-20-17

Transformational

Really amazing. Changed my life. The true and false self really spoke to me. Wonderful

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  • Paul Clever
  • 06-30-16

excellent and thought provoking

To be aware of our false self is so vital if we are to truly function in the way God intends us to. The more aware we become of this false self the more we will come to realise our true self and the potential we have to truly be what we are before God and others

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  • Miss R M Myles
  • 02-05-21

Brilliant, life changing & important!

It's rare to find a speaker that has things to say that you have literally never heard before. This is a fantastic talk and I highly recommend it to everyone who is seeking to more authentic in their own lives.

To those of us of a Christian tradition outside of Catholicism (like myself) - please don't let that deter you from listening to a priest! I come from an Evangelical background, and I am humbled to say that this is some of the best teaching that I have ever heard.

This is by no means a talk just for believers! (Although there are some Christian themes): This is a talk which is open enough not to alienate those of different faiths or none. This talk is very much about the human condition, how we operate and how we can live more authentically. I cannot recommend this more highly!

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  • Jacob
  • 05-13-15

Amazing

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

A great listen

I find Richards teaching helpful and challenging. But now I have inspiration to help me on the journey of healing. Thank you Richard

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  • A hubby
  • 03-19-22

Excellent

So enjoyed this. I’m an evangelical baptist pastor and it scratched where I’m itching. Excellent.

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  • Dr John B Cavanagh
  • 02-13-22

A Mystic of the first magnitude

A colossal thesis and performance. God has laid a finger on Rohr’s brow.

Dr John B Cavanagh FRSA

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-20

Narrator

I love listening to Richard Rohr narration of his books . For me it adds so much more emphasis to the teachings and the stories

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  • Jigsaw doer
  • 07-10-17

outstanding

life-changing ideas and practices. wisdom for our time. Rohr is clear and wise, even when he characteriistically deviates from a theme.

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  • Barry
  • 06-27-22

Needed live teachings

Ive listened/ read a lot from Rohr. Ive listen to this retreat now 5 times and going for a 6 tine while writing a summary statement of each chapter.. Its been really helpful to listen to when i want to refresh my understanding on Rohr’s teachings. In this recording the author discusses, on a broad level, his thesis on what is false self, what is trues self, how to find it, whats are difference. Every chapter is concluded with a real life scenario out of the past.

However, if you want to go deeper you must really read/listen to one of is many awesome books on the subject. If you want most out of the retreat it helps to be aware of this teachings already. If you like Merton and Keating. You going to love this, for sure.

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  • vos01
  • 03-26-20

Loved it, easy to listen to.

Indepth insight into the philosophy of Christianity, Buddhism, Zen. Taking the best of each religion and giving it a fresh understanding.

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  • Jane
  • 11-27-19

Life changing - exceptional messenger

Wonderful narrator. Could, and do, listen to Richard Rihr for, hours, days, weeks... Such a blessing and such a blessed man.

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  • David Mountain
  • 02-02-19

Good message but not what I expected

I don't know if the book is the same but this is a recording of a conference. Great message but not a audio of a book