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Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path Paperback – 8 Dec 2000
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"Ask yourself, 'When do I feel most real?' What comes up on the screen? All of us have had moments in our lives when we felt whole or wholly present, or experienced a sense of well-being, an intuition of a higher order of reality. Such moments are transitory, alas, and cannot be summoned up by will or mind or right conduct, just as the person who seeks humility finds more and more that pride and one-sidedness push the goal further and further away." - excerpt from Creating A Life
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It examines what brings us into conflict with ourselves, and the very difficult route to make that conflict mean something.
It's worth buying for the advice about trying to become a "happy carrot" alone.
He simply suggests that we step back, examine our lives and stop being a cog in the machine. Stop putting our faith in others (even self-help gurus!) and become the person we were destined to become. Sounds easy in theory but in practice it requires us to address the brainwashing that we've all received from our parents, our tribe and our culture. In a memorable passage he points out that we either live life reflexively or reflectively and if you don't learn to reflect you'll always be dancing to someone else's tune.
But don't expect him to tell you how to go about all of this. This is a true self-help book that demands that you help yourself. It poses the questions but refuses to provide neat one-size fits all answers. Essentially it's a book for middle-aged people who've hit the buffers and feel their life has become devoid of meaning. His message for the young is go out and conquer the world because your personality can only be forged in the fires of living. The time to read Hollis will come when those fires no longer warm you but begin to consume you.
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