A Guide to Living a Life of Substance
Bud Harris defines Sacred Selfishness as valuing ourselves enough to develop into “authentic” human beings who give back vitality and hope to the people around us. It is acquiring what Emerson refers to as “character—a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means.”
In his early thirties, Bud was “restless and generally dissatisfied.” He was terrified that the rest of his life would “consist of going to work, meetings, church, soccer games, and vacations . . . simply adjusting to what one’s family or society describes as a ‘good life.’” This full-blown crisis led him into therapy and began a lifelong quest to become a person of substance.
In Sacred Selfishness, he delves into classic quest stories to show that on the path of “renewed personal consciousness,” we must examine all assumptions about ourselves and our lives to uncover our hidden potential. True change must come from within, and no mere outer change can solve our problems.
Attaining self-knowledge both softens and strengthens us, and helps us love and appreciate life and other people. It affirms and enriches our choices of partners, vocations, and life-styles. “When the inner quest brings change, we can be comforted by knowing it’s authentic, has been carefully thought through, and values our past and other people.” This is the path of Sacred Selfishness.
Below you’ll find the first chapter from Sacred Selfishness, excerpts from further chapters, as well as The Sacred Selfishness Workbook by Bud Harris, Ph.D. with Gail Rogers, M.A.
Sacred Selfishness – Chapter 1: Captives of Normalcy
Excerpt from Chapter 2: The Call to Transformation
Excerpt from Chapter 3: At the Crossroads
Excerpt from Chapter 4: The Hidden Power in the Shadow, and Shadows into Substance
Excerpt from Chapter 5: Paying Religious Attention Through Journaling
Excerpt from Chapter 6: Dialoguing as Interrelating
Excerpt from Chapter 7: Midlife as a New Beginning
Excerpt from Chapter 8: Befriending Our Dreams
Excerpt from Chapter 9: Facing the Dark and Finding Life
Excerpt from Chapter 10: Sacred Selfishness – Learning to Love Ourselves
Excerpt from Chapter 11: Relationships of Substance
Excerpt from Chapter 12: Life Against Death
Interview and Call-ins “Inner Vision” with Dr. Nita Vallens KPFK (NPR Affiliate) 90.7 FM, Los Angeles
Listen to the Interview
For more resources from Bud and Massimilla Harris, please visit The Center for Spiritual Resources.
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