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True Self, False Self

Written by: Richard Rohr O.F.M.
Narrated by: Richard Rohr O.F.M.
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Franciscan priest Richard Rohr feels that there is no more challenging spiritual issue than the “problem of the self". Most of contemporary spiritual teaching, he believes, is still trying to inspire and fortify the private self, the autonomous "I". Even much church work is trying to evangelize and sacramentalize what many would call "the false self". Basic transformation is not expected, but merely a new set of beliefs and practices or loyal membership in a new group. This only confirms the disguise of the ego, but does not truly offer a "new creation". Both the individual and society remain largely unchanged.

Rohr suggests that until the false assumptions of Western individualism are clearly faced and experienced by religious believers (and they are the only ones fully prepared to face it), there will be no real breakthroughs for Christianity or any religion.

He makes reference to the work of Ken Wilber, Thomas Merton, Eckhart Tolle, the mystical tradition especially of Julian of Norwich, and the new paradigms offered by quantum physics. In a presentation that embraces the challenge, inspiration, and the genuine hope that is offered by the Gospel of Jesus, Rohr illustrates the implications of transformation both for individuals and for society at large.

©2003 Center for Action and Contemplation (P)2003 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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Refreshing.

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate what this guy is saying. I got it on a whim and there were many parts that made sense. The book is so much better than a book trying to tell you “my religion is the right one”. It also gets into the intolerance that goes along with the ‘tribalism’ we seem to have so much of in our life these days. He also talked about freeing ourselves from our egos - well that would be the end result? It was lovely and quite spiritual but not overwhelmingly religious.

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This book is a gift I wish I’d gifted myself many years back. It marries spiritual, mystic and Christian belief, but never in a “thou shalt” way. Richard Rohr is my newest Spirit guide. I’ve been blessed.

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Outstanding

R.Rohr is amazing! I love the way he speaks, explains, uses examples, is open. everything I have ever heard (through audiobooks) is OUTSTANDING. I could listen to his teachings all day.

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Just what I needed to find my Connection

Searching on Self Will and the ego. Chapter 4 & 5 were so enlightening. Thank you Richard Rohr, you’ve just helped me to reconnect with my Spirituality robbed from a Religion gone wrong so many years ago 🙏🏼🙌 Our HP guides us to where we may find connections, so grateful for that ❤️

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Theologically I see this as New Covenant insight.

Unity of the Spirit in Christ as One with the Father in Love, in union with the souls in the church/community, in His Presence is well presented. Listen for yourself, whilst allowing your heart to hear. Though I am not Catholic, nor is Rohr legalistically, I resonate with many metaphoric insights, in parallel to my Protestant theological expansion and prophetic vision primarily uniting Johannine insight to Pauline theology magnified by the indwelling Spirit advancing the affections of the Love of God, in the Kingdom City of God's New Jerusalem amidst others resonating in the same Love.

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True Self False Self

I really appreciate Richard Rohr's words, humor, love for humanity and devotion to true connection to the Lord.

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Just Awesome in the true sense

I found this enlightening, refreshing and so moving. Truly a must have listen. So mind blowing

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Great theme scattered talk

Fr. Rohr talks about a really important theme, but is somewhat scattered in his approach. overall the talks are great, but could be more organized. Also, I would have appreciated more Scripture references and less Tolle and Wilbur.

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Amazing!

Great reminder of our true nature! Richard Rohr is a modern priest of our day and age 💛

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When you tire of the grind.

this book opens a door to find freedom. this book is not a way to fix the grind or to fix yourself. it is freedom from the grind.

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