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Freeing the Soul from Fear
Fear comes at us from politics, war, work, relationships, strangers, movies, and television. It keeps us from behaving intelligently, since the mind's first reaction to fear is to ignore danger, hoping it will go away. When fear takes over, it drives us to extremes of manic happiness or fits of rage; it pushes us to destroy relationships instead of letting relationships ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Riverhead Books
(first published 1999)
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There are lots of things in this world that swirl around us like prairie fire and that do indeed cause us fear and to suffer a deep existential angst, if not outright paralyzing terror. All of which poison our minds, our bodies, and our innermost essence - our souls - not to mention serve as predicates for robbing us of our civil liberties. Dr. Sardello's pre-9/11 book adequately addressed issues of "fear" as such and its impact on our minds, lives, relationships, cultures as a whole, and his ...more
This is a creative and innovative perspective of freeing the soul. It views the soul as an entity that seeks freedom, but is often held captive by fear. It describes many several dimensions and level that fear inhabits in our daily lives. I highly recommend this book, if you have a mind that is not currently not completely held captive by fear, then this book will allow you to find a better and healthier state of living.
A real mix, this book. Some very practical tools for contemplation/meditation, mixed in with a smattering of intellectual/academic passages that seemed out of place. I may need to read this again, perhaps over a shorter time, with commitment to doing all the exercises to fully appreciate the value and impact this book seems to offer.
Sardello is fascinating. His ideas are new to me, yet at the same time, I instantly recognized the wisdom of his writing. I'm re-reading the book and using his meditation techniques, which are very different from what I'm used to. Definitely a book I'll be referring to again and again.