Who is in?
For all spiritual seekers who encounter the basic question of identity: Who am I? or Who is in? or What is the nature of I?
Who is in? is for all spiritual seekers who encounter the basic questions of identity: Who am I?, Who is in? or What is the nature of I? Using the Zen Buddhist koan - a paradox to be meditated upon - ‘Who is in’ as a door to discovering the true self and pure subjectivity, this book provides examples and understandings, techniques and invitations to experiment with self-inquiry.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Lots of wisdom here, and presented in interesting ways. The author is a deep thinker and writes pretty well. I suspect those that pick this up will find some helpful info. ~ Paul V (Reviewer), NetGalley
Without a Mask will take you on an exciting journey. It will give you tools to use to discover who it really is behind the mask we all wear… the mask we hide our real selves behind in order to belong and fit in with our families and the society in which we live. The process the author takes you through is logical and experiential. It is not a process that you will do once but several times. For me it has given me timely reminders of what I already ‘know’ and prompted me to keep using these techniques in my life. For the beginner, you will learn interesting facts on child development and up-to-date research that underpins the information the mystics have always known. The tools the author gives us are easy to implement. I have no hesitation in recommending Without a Mask as an aid on your inner journeying. Quoting Costantino “… an incomparable adventure, a journey of awakening …” Definitely a ‘keeper’ for me. ~ Shaz Goodwin , Goodreads.com
I found Avikal Costantino's book on mastering the inner judge inspiring, easy to read and extremely practical. He obviously understands the subject well and presents it in a way that can lead people to do their own work on overcoming the tyranny of their inner judge. As a seminar leader who deals with this theme, I find this book a great contribution to the work and will not hesitate to recommend it to our participants. ~ Dr Krishnananda Trobe, author of Face to Face with Fear and When Sex Becomes Intimate
Freedom to be Yourself is a very deep and thorough look into how our own personal judgement can impact on our lives, and perhaps more importantly, who we are. The book is divided into four parts: Recognising the Inner Judge, Freedom from the Judge, Being Yourself and Experience. In these sections we are taken through a variety of subjects including what is the inner judge?, gossip, guilt, sexuality and spirituality. The book is illustrated throughout with case studies, depicting the lessons mentioned in the chapters, and how the issues were dealt with / overcome. At the end of each chapter, exercises are provided to help you understand and explore the lessons covered. These exercises challenge you to face the truth about who you are, and why you are like the way you are; they make you face what is real in your life. By working through these little exercises, you will come to know yourself better and on a much deeper level. This book gives us much to think about, especially in terms of who we are, who we appear to be, and how we measure personal worth. I would recommend this to those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and to those who find themselves asking ‘who am I?’ ~ Sammi Cox, author of One Turn of the Wheel
This book, centered around the questions ‘Who’s in? Who am I?’, and ‘Who’s aware of the experience?’, came to me at a time when I found myself in a void, with little else to do but to surrender to whatever processing is needed, making these questions more relevant than ever. I thought I could ‘just read’ the book, but found myself in tears reading only the first half of the prologue. Taking in one page, even one line at times, the words keep hitting all the spots where I can no longer find anything to hide behind. I read, experience, follow the words with a defenseless heart, with every word falling into place. Sometimes I find myself crying, sometimes laughing, never indifferent, sleepless at times, and always, always drifting into silence, in awe of expanding beyond. As a Osho sannyasin I’m no stranger to the questions and processes that are being presented, so well laid out, in this book. The clear, razorblade-sharp writing only deepens the experience. And the soul, once addressed and having tasted glimpses of its true nature only calls louder: I Am, here, now, until ‘I am’ dissolves. It’s astonishing how universal, unique, this experience is. I’m reading: ‘This life, this planet, this universe feeds not on hope but on PRESENCE. And Presence is rebellion.’ I think of all my compromising, my betrayals of Truth. Will I have the courage to rebel? To live totally? What do I sense when I ask myself these questions? This book leaves me with a clear set of tools and the warm and comforting realization that I don’t need to do anything. ‘Who is in? Beyond Self-image’, certainly, reminds me I already embody it. ~ Caroline Beumer-Peeters, Psychotherapist, trainer, author of Solution Focused Coaching for Adolescents