The Danish version I have of this book is a translation from what I presume is two chapters of this book (that it refers to), "the origins and signifThe Danish version I have of this book is a translation from what I presume is two chapters of this book (that it refers to), "the origins and significance of the Existential Movement in Psychology" and "contributions of Existential Psychotherapy" - which is why I've only 'partly read' this. But I LOVED what I read! It is very much in line with my own thinking on existence as well as psychotherapy....more
I like Brinkmann. I've heard him speak/teach/lecture several times and I love his way of teaching, and his ironic yet relevant critiques of our societI like Brinkmann. I've heard him speak/teach/lecture several times and I love his way of teaching, and his ironic yet relevant critiques of our society. But that doesn't mean I always agree with him. Or that I liked this book very much.
On an overall scale I agree with Brinkmann that our society is running too fast, trying to do too much, makes too many demands on the individuals (self-improvement, flexibility some of these), and in the process we've lost touch with some important values and created new problems and illnesses for ourselves. So far so good. But how did it happen and what to do about it? This is where Brinkmann and I have different perspectives, some of them overlapping (just to add to the confusion). His format of a '7-step guide' as an openly admitted attempt of showing the absurdities of society in its 'own language' so to speak, doesn't really work for me (even if it certainly has made headlines and created heated debate!). I get the point, I just feel like it misses. Brinkmann's at his best, in my humble opinion, when he's actively critiquing society, holding up the mirror of the consequences of our way of life. But his 'solutions', are rather useless. He puts all (too much, in my opinion) his emphasis on blaming self-help individualism and thereby leaves out a lot of other contributing factors and stronger forces at play. And his suggestions of just doing the opposite of what society today often expects and advocates, even if an ironic way to try to prove a point, are also oversimplifying and misses the mark. His critique of society in itself is liberating and serves in making us reflect on whether and how much we want to participate in that and it would be enough to include in that critique a reminder that its okay to say no and to stand our ground.
And I certainly don't agree with brinkmann that looking inwards is a bad place to look - to see and be conscious of what's going on in there (as much as it might change), and to have the courage to make choices between your differing and often opposing impulses and values and follow what you find to be the most true and best way for you (which is not the same as following every impulse). I think it's important that we develop the skills to reflect, discern and be conscious of ourselves, our society and the dynamic relationship we have on one another. I think there are an endless amount of interesting questions we can ask and wonder about those.
Oh, and I was bored out of my mind on the history lessons on stoicism in the end. Yawn. A quote here and there where it fits the argument, fine, but don't overdo it please. ...more
I felt like this book gave me a new and more enlightened perspective on some of the differences between people, and why it's sometimes so difficult foI felt like this book gave me a new and more enlightened perspective on some of the differences between people, and why it's sometimes so difficult for us to understand each other. There are subtle, but deeply ingrained differences in how we're wired and our cosmic backgrounds that affect our trajectories and focuses and abilities. And I really needed that perspective. Because I have spent much time agonizing over and failing to understand how some people value materialism so much and value earth and its inhabitants so little. Why we hurt each other so much. And this book added and deepened that perspective and understanding and brought back some hope and trust and peace of mind. These differences are part of our learning and growing. It was good to be reminded of that and looking at it from a cosmic- spiritual- humananesqe view....more
This book started out good, very 'on' to the difficulties and challenges of the demands of everyday life and the inner, living spiritual life. But theThis book started out good, very 'on' to the difficulties and challenges of the demands of everyday life and the inner, living spiritual life. But then, about a third or so in, it turned repetitive and lofty and felt to me, a bit disconnected from everyday life, very contrary to its point. And from that point on me and the book just weren't in sync, unfortunately. ...more
Another Birgit Klein book, another great experience and connection with my spiritual self and the vast, Godlike energy and the sublter, invisible butAnother Birgit Klein book, another great experience and connection with my spiritual self and the vast, Godlike energy and the sublter, invisible but none the less real side to life. I have fallen in love with another book, and I want to carry it around with me everywhere and to just keep it close to my heart, look at it and flip through the pages. It pierced my soul and I just feel so grateful that this was written, that i got to read it, and that i even get to own my very own copy of this book. Whule reading it I both wanted it to last longer, savour it all, and at the same time couldnt really stop myself from wanting to read more, and more, so it was a rather quick read, which is why im even happier to have it sitting on my bookshelf (if its not in my pocket or on my night stand), where i can read it whenever I want.
What was so amazing about it? Hard to explain, because it was more than just what was in the book, it was also the flow and the deep connection i felt, with what was carried through the book, triggered and opened up in me, to the energy inside and all around me. It felt like pulling up the blinds and opening the window and seeing, feeling and interacting with the light, the fresh air, the promise of a new day with the inside and outside world connecting, coming into one, me in the midst of all of it.
bonus info: this book is one of the few of birgits books that are translated into english. It is titled 'I am oneness'....more
There is no other book like this one. (At least I havent heard of any. If you know of any, please let me know, i'll be very intrested to read it). A boThere is no other book like this one. (At least I havent heard of any. If you know of any, please let me know, i'll be very intrested to read it). A book where we are led through incarnations of a soul, from a developmental perspective, and get to experience both the perspective of the soul while its in incarnated in form and with a personality- what it feels and thinks and acts, and why, and how it copes to understand its own life and the life around it- but we also get to experience, the wisdom, teaching, explanations of the guides and helpers in between incarnations, and here we, the reader, learn alongside the soul the purpose and lessons learned in these lives and the overall path and journey of the soul. Or struggle to learn and understand might be more accurate. Because as fascinated as I was by the whole thing, and as deep a core certain parts struck with me, there were also a few parts, that I didnt quite 'catch'. Yet. Because im sure one day, when im more of an experienced soul, in a different lifetime and body perhaps, i will ;)...more
This book was so intriguing and masterfully crafted. The story was well told, and the inner workings of the personalities fascinating -to get up so cloThis book was so intriguing and masterfully crafted. The story was well told, and the inner workings of the personalities fascinating -to get up so close, to get inside, and to watch them play off of each other, trying to figure each other out, responding from the idosynchratic points of view. ...more
This is one of the books that I'm really sad is over. Only relief is that I own it and can reread it, anytime I want. And I will be rereading it, no dThis is one of the books that I'm really sad is over. Only relief is that I own it and can reread it, anytime I want. And I will be rereading it, no doubt. Because it brought such comfort, peace and love with it, and helped me open my mind and my heart and connect with my higher self as well as clear my intentions and sharpen my focus. This is a book that is very dear to me, because it has reached my heart and soul as very few books have. I'm utterly grateful to have found this book and for the messages of hope, light, love, strength and power it brings....more
So that was a major disappointment! I'd read Gary zukavs 'the seat of the soul' and loved it, so I naturally expected to come back and be floored againSo that was a major disappointment! I'd read Gary zukavs 'the seat of the soul' and loved it, so I naturally expected to come back and be floored again. Not so much.
This book was just much too cliche, simplistic, repetitive, unnuanced and reductionist if for my taste. Simplifying and generalizing of people's behaviors might be useful or interesting to the novice who is new to the behaviors that can serve as a way to avoid feelings. 'Can' being the keyword. Not all anger/pleasing behavior/etc. is a way to avoid emotions. A solution to all and every problem is to just notice and allow your feelings, no reacting to them, only observing. Which I agree is a key starting point. But unfortunately the book uses that solution and only that, for all concerns. And I do not believe that simply observing and feeling feelings is enough for healing. To heal you have to go beyond the feelings and to the thoughts that give rise to them, the circumstances you're responding to or the painful memories and conditioned responses that keep triggering you. You have to follow the emotions to their often painful root, and see what lies beneath it. And then can you discover whether this response and emotion is healthy or not. Maybe anger is a 'new' and healthy response in the right direction for someone who has had trouble saying no and maintaining their boundaries out of fear of not being loved, low self esteem, a tendency to please and so on. But for someone like that anger can be a scary feeling of you aren't familiar with it. It can be healthy, but you still need to monitor it and know why it's arising and whether it's healthy or unhealthy. This is just to say that you can't divide people into categories where a certain emotion or behavior is taking out of context and assumed to always be because of this or that. People are much more complex.
Another problem I had with this book is its one and only solution (which is repeated to the point of madness. I really don't need to hear the same thing repeated on every. Single. Page.): investigate and feel your feelings. (Through your bodily responses which are ether fear of trust based. This is also stated about every page.) Like I said I agree that this is important, but what is equally if not more important is what you do with the patterns behind the feelings and how you change them. Of this, the book is very silent. Which is useless and disappointing at best but could be a severe problem to people who have used these strategies because of a lot of pent up fear and who are not usually aware of these feelings or how to cope with them (probably why they developed these strategies in the first place). If these people even get to the point of daring to let themselves feel these feelings but not knowing what to do with what lies beneath, they risk being so overwhelmed by fear that they will shut the door and be back where they started or worse: drown in their emotions which could lead to a likely or worsened state like depression or panic attacks or what not.
So: I'm all for investigating your emotional responses and taking responsibility for them, I think that's an important first step: self awareness. And yes feelings are good feedback, good messengers and signposts. BUT I think it's equally important to dig a little deeper; what are you running from? What are you so afraid of? How did this fear arise? How did the response act as a coping mechanism for you (the authors generalisations may not be true for you). And how are you going to gently, and lovingly heal yourself without guilt and with small steps? To answer those important questions there are other books that have helped me a lot more in my spiritual and physical life on how to deal with my emotions. Books like ' The untethered soul' for example. Or sanaya Romans books.
I'm stunned, blown away, amazed. This book went to my core, opened up closed parts of me, so I let in more light, released some pain and struggles andI'm stunned, blown away, amazed. This book went to my core, opened up closed parts of me, so I let in more light, released some pain and struggles and looked at myself and the world with a clearer vision and a more relaxed and assured soul. It came to me at the exact right time where I needed it, and I am so deeply grateful for the healing and the development I experienced, that this book supported me in. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will treasure you forever and love you till the pages start falling out and then I will love you right back together. You helped me leap more into my own power, my own clarity and my own peace. You helped me open my inner doors to God to Love and to Peace. My soul is able to better hold my calm center as I resonate with the voice of Truth and recognize it in my experience. ...more
I am not able to do this book or this author justice, as I cannot fathom into words the praise it deserves. It is brilliant and enchanting and true anI am not able to do this book or this author justice, as I cannot fathom into words the praise it deserves. It is brilliant and enchanting and true and wise, and elegant and piercing and wonderful and beautiful and magnetic and a so much more I do not have the words for. It grabbed hold of me from the first page and it didn't let go. I am still mesmerized by this book even as I have long since put it down and even lend it out, but it's rhythmic poetic wisdom still resonates as an echo in my mind and my soul. I'm awed....more