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Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves in God In his bestselling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey? This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation. Shows how to navigate spiritually difficult terrain with clear vision and tools to uncover our True Selves Written by Father Richard Rohr, the bestselling author of Falling Upward Examines the fundamental issues of who we are and helps us on our path of spiritual maturity Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr's inimitable style.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986, where he presently serves as Founding Director. An internationally known speaker to many thousands of people a year, Richard’s travels have recently taken him to Europe and Australia/New Zealand. Teaching on such themes as adult Christian spirituality, men’s spirituality, and politics and spirituality, Richard has partnered with such esteemed teachers as Thomas Keating (author of books on centering prayer), Diana Butler Bass (author of Christianity for the Rest of Us), Ronald Rolheiser (author of the best-selling The Holy Longing), Joan Chittister (author of The Gift of Years), Phyllis Tickle (author of The Great Emergence), and Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and authors of bestsellers such as God’s Politics.
Table of Contents
Invitation: The Immortal Diamond of the True Self
1 What Is “The True Self”?
2 What Is “The False Self”?
3 What Dies and Who Lives?
4 The Knife Edge of Experience
5 Thou Art That
6 If It Is True, It Is True Everywhere
7 Enlightenment at Gunpoint
8 Intimate with Everything
9 Love Is Stronger Than Death
Appendix A: The True Self and the False Self
Appendix B: A Mosaic of Metaphors
Appendix C: Watching from the Tomb: Attitudes for Prayer
Appendix D: Head into Heart: “The Sacred Heart”
Appendix E: Adam’s Breathing: Praying from the Clay
Appendix F:Twelve Ways to Practice Resurrection Now