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Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening Kindle Edition
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Then I ran into this book by 'accident'. Years ago I read a book called Radical Honesty, and then I happen to see this title 'Radical Happiness'. I clicked on it, wondering if it was the same author. Needless to say it wasn't, but I was intrigued nonetheless. I downloaded the Kindle version and started reading.
To put it simply, this book broke through my stagnation! This book is crazy simple, and yes there were a lot of concepts that were review-like. But the concepts were phrased in a way that made me 'get it' on a far more deeper level than ever before. One of the most helpful things for me, was that the distinction between ego and 'self' was clarified, clarified, and clarified some more. I should mention that Gina use the word 'self' to describe our true identity, and encompass basically all that is real, all that is Not ego. I have used the term higher self, but her use of just 'self' was all encompassing, and really clicked.
Self is described in detail, and ego is described in detail. Part of my stagnation was due to my lack of real clarity over these.... ie: How do I know if communication is coming from self or ego? How can I be in closer touch with self, especially during meditation? And one of the most confusing issues for me was, What is the working relationship between ego and self? In a lot of what I had read to this point, ego and self are so opposing, so it really helped to have this relationship clearly defined.
Gina answers all the above questions and more throughout the book. She describes various aspects of the ego, and I was fascinated by the one that masquerades as being spiritual. She calls this one the Guru. That really helped to clarify some things.
To summarize, I am greatly inspired to work even more diligently on always being in touch with 'self'. Before reading the book I felt stagnant and knew I needed to look within. Gina's words have helped me to do that.
One final note, I find I like this author so I just started her book 'Sojourn'. FASCINATING so far! Not your typical book on reincarnation. I'm about 1/3 through and look forward to writing that review soon!
Ms. Lake writes with an eloquent simplicity that cuts right to the heart of matters: the ego's hold on us and how to release it.
She is a gem!
At the end of the book Gina says "The truth is hard to swallow. It means giving up not only our ideas about ourselves but our ideas period: all of our opinions, beliefs. judgments, hopes, dreams, and our ideas about our past and future. These are the only things that make us who we think we are. Nothing else. . . The mind is the great generator of identity. it is a master at generating ideas about who we are, and none of them are real. . . All of our roles and identities are like this. they are just ideas dreamed up by the mind, a way of thinking the egoic self into reality. . . When we stop thinking, or even just stop paying attention to our thoughts, the me disappears. In its place, is the truth of who we are--the Self--which cannot be put into words. This Self has been here all along. It is the only thing that has ever been here and you are it!"
As it is often said, when you reread a book you become aware of ideas that you did not get on an earlier reading. For me, this was the case.I had to do some growing in awareness to really benefit from the truth in this book. It has been a great confirmation of what I have come to understand about my true Self
Bottom line, if you are looking for answers as to why you find yourself unhappy in a world where you have more than anyone should ever need or want, consider this book. And kill your ego.