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What is Self?: A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness, [Paperback]

By Bernadette Roberts, Mark Victor Hansen (Compiler), Amy Newmark (Compiler), Dean Karnazes (Compiler), Laing Art Gallery (Corporate Author), A. Dold (Editor), F. Takens (Editor) & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2005
Publisher   Sentient Publications
ISBN  1591810264  
EAN  9781591810261  

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Offers a philosophical treatise on the nature of self and God. This book includes chronicles of the author's own spiritual journey. It explains her concepts about ego, self, and the revelations of the contemplative life in a deeper fashion.

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Bernadette Roberts is also the author of The Path to No-Self: Life at the Center, What is Self?, and Spiritual Journey Recapitulates the History of Religion.

Bernadette Roberts was born in 1931.

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Effing the Ineffable  Oct 2, 2008
I do not pretend to Ms Roberts' achievement or to review the route-map that is her book but I do want to highlight the advantages that accompany progress on the path she describes so a wider audience may be persuaded to participate.

The clarity of detached thought that results from egolessness is quite basic to mental insight. I suspect she describes an evolutionary step that has been evolving in our species over the last few millennia and is only frustrated today by fear of the unknown and our common wish to blend in.

I believe the ego is the enemy of us all. That great man Linus Pauling sought to elucidate DNA before anyone else and published a description that was not even acidic - that is the cost of egocentricity, even amongst our greatest and best.

A qualification in Mr Roberts' field of expertise should be the doorkey to every science career. If more of us followed her path we would soon be living in a splendid world, travelling from birth to death without fear or error and making really useful contributions along the way. We all value clarity in word, thought and deed. Here is a route map to it.
Ultimate non-duality state articulated.  Jan 21, 2008
In reading Jerry Katz's book, "One" which is collection of what is written on the non-dual state, the chapter with sample pages from Bernadette Roberts book "What is Self?" was riveting. Having read thousands of books on practices leading to "enlightenment" this is new ground. Few persons having this experience are able to articulate the experience into language understandable to any degree. I have no doubt many from various religions have reached this state though Bernadette Roberts is from the Christian tradition and this possibly brings the experience more understandable as opposed to Sanskrit terms etc. I will add Dr. David R. Hawkins books, videos on his experiences of the non-dual state are excellent, too. Books are "Eye of the I", "I",and "Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Non-duality."
It took me many years to discern that psychic experiences and general paranormal experiences are merely symptoms on the way to the non-dual state and should be ignored as opposed to being a goal to expand upon if one wishes to experience the non-dual state aka enlightenment.
This book is a masterpiece in my opinion.
The real thing  Jan 7, 2008
I found this an amazing, inspiring account of a very deep spiritual journey. Bernadette Roberts describes the causal, non-dual, no-self experience in a manner both clear, logical and profoundly unsettling. Not many people reach this place, or even know if its existence. The fact that an "ordinary person" can describe her journey in clear terms is profoundly inspiring. The structure of the book is a bit garbled and repetitious, representing as it does four separate 'essays'. Her insights into the Trinitarian nature of Reality are provocative and sometimes hard to follow (altho this may represent may own limited capabilities!) This minor flaw makes the book a human endeavour and does not diminish my overall recommendation.
Finally - Information and Answers From An Authoritative Source  Jan 2, 2008
So pleased to have connected with this very unusual offering. Roberts spends the first half of the book explaining in great detail - sometime tediously, but in the end thoroughly and with stunning insight - the nature of all self identity - Small Self, Big Self, or as some refer to it, True Self and consciousness. Her conclusion is that they are all temporary, mutually supporting constructs that fall away as one matures along the human journey. Her description of the "no self" condition - her ability to describe "no self" to readers who assume identity as being the one absolutely, irreducible, personal accessory is an amazing accomplishment. Beyond unitive consciousness, Roberts describes conditions of pure knowing without a knower. And not as some have led us to believe - not God realized, omniscient knowing. Instead a knowing that includes the sober realization that all that has been previously "known" was really and unavoidably, mere self reflection. Roberts, now in her seventies is described by those who know her as, "A Force Of Nature." Having spent her early years in a convent threading a path parallel to St.'s. Teresa and John of the Cross, Mrs. Roberts is now devoted to her family - having long ago left cloistered life to marry and raise her children. Present day philosopher, Ken Wilber predicts that our human developmental/spiritual ceiling will continue to rise - just as we see looking back to the 16th century when Christian mystics assumed that the highest level of development was an ecstatic, I/Thou, union with God. Bernadette Roberts takes the reader with her beyond this previously supposed end game - charting new waters, higher ground and finally leaving us to understand that beyond self there remains knowing without a knower with still more to come. And, that as frightening as death of self identity may be - it is natural and necessary that we take this final step, as she assures - all, someday will. A great resource, best suited for well grounded, sturdy thinkers.
the message alive today!  Dec 15, 2007
This experiential description from a christian perspective has left me awe-struck. I went on the path of eastern religions after discovering the access to truth our medieaval mystics e.g Hadewich, Ruusbroeck, Eckehart and Thomas a Kempis had achieved around the 13th century AD. However they did not show me the way to this truth and Christianity as it was explained to me was totally devoid of it. After 35 years of zen buddhist practice I touch on this book and I am dumbfounded by the deep similarities AND the differences between Christianity and Buddhism as direct experiential religions. It has allowed me to resonate deeply with these aspects of reality as are labeled Trinity and Resurrection.
It is clear that the difference in our society is not going to be made by Eastern traditions. It must come from our own tradition. But then this tradition has to stop clinging to a dead mythic past and become alive to the here and now. I want to thank Bernadette deeply for this courageous deed of going down her path unerring and making it available to us all by writing it down so lucidly.
Thank you Bernadette.

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