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5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth and up to you, 5 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Happiness Handbook, The: Practical Exercises and Techniques to Develop Harmony in All Areas of Your Life (Paperback)
Most of today's self-help books are based on mumbo jumbo and psychobabble. Not so this gem. What you'll find here is both practical and wise. It's based on a system of teaching from Marsilio Ficino, who was perhaps the most influential philosopher of the early Italian Renaissance. Ficino was in touch with every major academic thinker and writer of his time and was a guiding light of the Renaissance.

What Ruth Clydesdale has achieved is the distillation of Ficino's teaching in such a way that it's palatable, easily absorbed, and effective. This handbook gives real advice on all areas of life - earning a living, falling in love, coping with daily life ... right up to a graded course in spiritual development. What's more, you can follow as much or as little advice as suits you. And the advice is accompanied by exercises that are simple yet effective. A book to keep and study.

As for Clydesdale's voice, it is masterly. Her style makes you feel she is a close friend talking to you. But while the writing is deceptively light, the content is deep.

Although a very different subject from that of Clydesdale's Secret Wisdom, this new work captures the essence of the ancient wisdom that Ficino grasped and lets you make use of it in your daily life.

I am now using The Happiness Handbook to work on a serious problem area in my own life and am certain I will achieve a dramatic change. Today's world is tough, but with this handbook as a companion, I already feel better able to find my way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom Concealed, 12 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Happiness Handbook, The: Practical Exercises and Techniques to Develop Harmony in All Areas of Your Life (Paperback)
Based on the thought of Marsilio Ficino, Clydesdale offers a comprehensive path to happiness by way of contemplation of deep and lasting truths. The message of this book is a challenge to 21st Century habits of thought but I have seldom read anything so well considered among the myriad self-help books on the market.

Shame on the publishers for not contributing to the success of this book with the kind of design that would further the message the text contains of the value of the contemplation of beautiful things. The book cries out for high class illustration and design.

As it is, do not be put off by the cover and simplistic title. There are many wise things and genuine paths to happiness given within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic book, 12 Feb. 2012
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A magic book for me. It began when one day I was questioning `anger' and the next day reading a really helpful answer in a section on Mars energy.

The Happiness Handbook draws on the`ancient wisdom' of the Greek philosophers, as translated and interpreted for his time by Ficino and now systemised and re-presented for us by Ruth Clydesdale. I found this unusual perspective very stimulating and helpful. The book has 'cosmic' ideas, but also a variety of practical ways to realise them which I like.

These are some extracts that appealed to me:

The ancient wisdom offers us a workable formula: Respect everyone, choose one person to love, trust in the Divine Power alone

Love is a `holy mystery' in the ancient sense of a mystery religion... [with] rites of initiation... But most of us blunder around the mysteries of love... the force that creates and sustains the cosmos...

Plato describes various levels of love as forming rungs on a ladder leading to union with the Divine Power. This is true Platonic love...

The essence of the wisdom tradition is that life is about participating in the flow of universal energies, adding your own personal note to the cosmic harmony. To do this you need to see the world from the perspective of wonder, miracle and magic.

The wisdom tradition teaches us that using magic is simply making the most of the divine nature of existence... of participating consciously in a process that's already happening... When used for the right purpose, it is no more unnatural than practising agriculture to help plants grow....

Once you start putting the ancient teachings into practice, you'll be going against the flow of society.

Traditionally there are three paths [to happiness]: those of action, wisdom and devotion...
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