The aim of this book is to set you free. But free from what? Free from neurosis. Free from the feeling that you have to obey authority. Free from emotional intimidation. Free from addiction. Free from inhibition.
The key to happiness, mental health and being the most that we can be is absolute and unconditional self-acceptance. The paradox is that many of our problems are caused by trying to improve ourselves, censor our thinking, make up for past misdeeds and struggling with our negative feelings whether of depression or aggression.
But if we consider ourselves in our entirety in this very moment, we know these things :
1. Anything we have done is in the past and cannot be changed, thus it is pointless to do anything else but accept it. No regrets or guilt.
2. While our actions can harm others, our thoughts and emotions, in and of themselves, never can. So we should accept them and allow them to be and go where they will. While emotions sometimes drive actions, those who completely accept their emotions and allow themselves to feel them fully, have more choice over how they act in the light of them.
Self-criticism never made anyone a better person. Anyone who does a “good deed” under pressure from their conscience or to gain the approval of others takes out the frustration involved in some other way. The basis for loving behaviour towards others is the ability to love ourselves. And loving ourselves unconditionally, means loving ourselves exactly as we are at this moment.
This might seem to be complacency, but in fact the natural activity of the individual is healthy growth, and what holds us back from it is fighting with those things we can’t change and the free thought and emotional experience which is the very substance of that growth.
Friday, 28 September 2012
Has materialism become a joyless addiction? Is idealism making things worse for us? Have we underestimated the healing power of the erotic? Can the symbolic language of religion tell us something about the nature of the mind? Is the "Kingdom of Heaven" within? These are some of the questions explored in these essays by the author of "How to Be Free".
Joe Blow's controversial first book "How to Be Free" has received over 100 five star ratings on U.S. I-Tunes and led to him being referred to as a "screwball" and "a lost soul". Now he is back with more.
Materialism Is Masturbation
The Conscience of the Free Individual
The Malignancy of Idealism
Do We Know That We Are Life Itself?
You Complete Me
Fantasies and Sexual Healing
Taboos and Fixations
Untying the Sexual Knot
Anorexia, Armouring and Objectification
Fifty Shades of Sexual Liberation
Sucked Into Paradise
Inner Space - The Final Frontier
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Sunday, 23 September 2012
- We don't believe we will succeed, so decide not to try.
- We don't believe we will succeed, but we try anyway.
- We believe that we will succeed, but we fail.
- We believe that we will succeed, and we do.
- Fear Fail
- Fear Fail
- Faith Fail
- Faith Success
Keith Johnstone tells this story :
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
|Wilhelm Reich under arrest for alleged Food and Drug Administration violations shortly before his death in prison|