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What Is Self?: A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness,

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Offers a philosophical treatise on the nature of self and God. This book includes chronicles of the author's own spiritual journey. It explains her concepts about ego, self, and the revelations of the contemplative life in a deeper fashion.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Sentient Publications (first published December 1st 2004)
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Dorena Rode
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly analytical presentation of the path to no-self from someone that has done it. Amazing, modern presentation.
Sher
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book 62 2012 Reading Challenge - Psychological and Religious views of self. I think I found this book most satisfying and interesting, because I had studied the Carl Jung, Hindu and Buddhist view of self.
Roberts looks at both and also compares them with her discovery of self from a Christian contemplative view. Ultimately she argues a Christian emptiness that has some relationship with the Buddhist take on emptiness, but this one suited to her more spacious than currently popular views on the Ch
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MK Fong
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
On one level, this book is a book for practitioners of higher levels of consciousness. At another level, it is for the general reader to understand the nature of consciousness. The author speaks about the subtleties of life in God as a Christian Catholic contemplative. The book is quite technical in that it is detailed for practitioners from all traditions to compare notes as opposed to an inspirational/motivational book. I appreciate her precise, clear, and observant way.
Rhonda Keith
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bernadette Roberts' books are not easy reading but are unique and important to those interested in the path to God. She says her experience goes beyond the unitive state, such as John of the Cross wrote about.
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conditioned back by Christian belief system?
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“The major problem with the notion of transformation is that it forever hangs on to some form of self and never lets it go. It perpetuates the notion that self gets better and better, more and more divine, when in truth, the divine increases in proportion as the self decreases or falls away. The notion of a divinized self only increases or inflates the self; for those who buy into this notion, the journey may well end in total disillusionment. Offhand” 1 likes
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