Coherent Self, Coherent World
Reclaiming value in a fractured age.
Greater coherence follows in every aspect of our lives when we learn to use the magical tool of consciousness. Diana Durham shows that we do this by connecting to our deeper self. She draws on her unique understanding of myth and ancient sacred texts as well as time spent in dialogue with theoretical physicist David Bohm to guide us on the path to personal coherence.
In a poetic, accessible style, Diana argues passionately that understanding who we are and how we work is not only the key to individual fulfilment, but also the way through to a sustainable future for us all.
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Diana Durham’s new book, Coherent Self Coherent World is inspiring, evocative and challenging. Durham’s perspective about our interior world and our personality self, seen through the various windows of metaphysics, myth and Bohm’s implicate order, builds in a thought-provoking way and has opened new and creative possibilities for me in my life and work as a leadership development practitioner. Durham’s essential message is that when we align with our innermost self, we find ourselves integrated within a coherent whole. We achieve the condition of ‘intuitive mind’ and can trust that our intuition is valid. If we fail to do this, however, we can also function, conversely, in the condition of ‘defiled mind’, when our thinking becomes fragmented. At times, while reading, I felt as if I was travelling with her into a profound, reflective space that we generally don’t make enough time to consider. A real gift! I was relieved by her assurance that our flashes of insight lead to a deep knowing that we can trust. This approach is also a refreshing change to the increasingly common narrative that says ‘It’s all an interpretation”, in other words there is nothing coherent that we can rely on this apparently random world. Each of us is challenged to open and to let through us an already existing intelligence and creative flow that is the very core of our own being and the universe itself. I am convinced that this is the answer for our disjointed and incomprehensible world; an answer that we are called to pay attention to in this incisive and penetrating book. ~ Vicky Coates, Founder/Director of Transformer Leadership, Cape Town, South Africa
This wide ranging book is an important contribution to reorienting our culture towards the neglected inner dimension that gives rise to coherence and meaning and which constitutes our deeper being....It is a bold and inspiring vision. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
An important contribution to reorienting our culture towards the neglected inner dimension that gives rise to coherence and meaning and constitutes our deeper being. ~ David Lorimer, editor of Paradigm Explorer
Diana Durham’s explication of the search for the meaningful relationship between the inner self and the outer 'personality self' carves a path that includes Tibetan Buddhism, the Christian view of Adam’s fall, as well as physicist David Bohm’s musings on creativity, among other topics. This is an interesting and intricate read on the workings of wholeness. ~ Rosie Rosenzweig, Resident Scholar, Brandeis University, Women's Studies Research Center
Diana writes with a particular crystalline clarity suffusing both her poetry and prose: it is her essential expression. At the same time, her philosophical cast of mind reaches the highest level as a result of her many years of training and inner work. She is truly in touch with Sophia: and at a time when the Feminine has never been more important in its embodiment on the planet, we would do well to hear what she has to say. ~ Jay Ramsay