I can relate to so much of what Nouwen wrote. All the difficult emotions, anguish, pain and hope and love all mixed together in one intense mix. I'm gI can relate to so much of what Nouwen wrote. All the difficult emotions, anguish, pain and hope and love all mixed together in one intense mix. I'm glad Nouwen decided to share these personal feelings he recorded, because there's many of us, that like Nouwen have to live through this and it is a very lonesome process. Knowing that others, certainly others who we have much respect for, had gone through it too, is relieving. It brings hope. Hope that maybe we are good enough after all, maybe there is a way through, maybe it's all somehow okay, even if it hurts.
This was my first book of Nouwens but I will certainly be back for more. I found him to be a teacher and an inspiration with a very healing voice....more
In such a fan of Steven Forrest. His take on astrology; the psychological, developmental and evolutionary view of it is right up my alley. The need ofIn such a fan of Steven Forrest. His take on astrology; the psychological, developmental and evolutionary view of it is right up my alley. The need of a combination of head and heart and intuition. And then there is his way of communicating this rather difficult topic and making it all make SENSE - here too he is gifted and inspiring and his heart (intuition) not just his head (technique) shines through. He makes me want to read everything Steven Forrest - even the parts of astrology that is out of my capacity and interest field (at the moment). But his VOICE, his telling it, is just so compelling, fascinating and enriching. ...more
Well, this was a major dissappointment. I read the first one in the series, and kind of liked it, following a soul through the different incarnations aWell, this was a major dissappointment. I read the first one in the series, and kind of liked it, following a soul through the different incarnations and struggles and developments, and growth - seeing the big perspective of the lives and in-between-lives. But this was too much centered on just one soul, and way too repetitive of both the history of the soul as well as the current life. There just wasnt a lot to learn, it was like a long (really long monolougue) and some descriptive lecturing, without really going to the depth of the emotions or connecting the person with the audience.
I was just bored and didnt connect with it or learn anything from it. But I will finish off the series, and read the last book in it. Since I already bought it (le sigh). So im hoping that will be more like the first book....more
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