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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 Reprint edition (August 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062515322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062515322
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Over the past 30 years Jean Houston has dedicated her life to helping people unleash their creative and spiritual potential. As a result she has worked with some of the greatest cultural and spiritual visionaries of our time, such as Margaret Meade and Joseph Campbell. In A Passion for the Possible, written as a complement to the PBS series by the same name, Houston explains what helps people become creative geniuses. The trick is to fully commit to the four levels of self (sensory, psychological, mythic, and spiritual). Acting as a guide to the interior world, Houston once again inspires readers to embody their true potential. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Famous not just for her Clinton connection, Houston is a cofounder of the Foundation for Mind Research in Pomona, New York, and has been an author and lecturer in the personal growth movement for over 30 years. In the same vein as Chopra and Breathnach, Houston here expands on the message from her PBS special of the same name. This guide creatively advances readers through four levels of self?the sensory/physical, psychological, mythic/symbolic, and spiritual?via exercise and meditation. There is nothing especially new here, but many of these techniques have been demonstrated in Houston's work with major corporations and the United Nations, and her name recognition earns this work a place in most public libraries.?Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'm sure there are more than one in every book, but I'm really trying to LIVE MORE & LOVE MORE EACH DAY.
Sheila A. Kelly
Inspirational author and speaker Jean Houston has shown us again that hope and a vision are valuable tools in the quest for our personal best.
Donna King
I also love the ones in her book The Possible Human : A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities.
Robin Brande

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Since the page for this book already contains a description of its topics, I'll skip straight to my opinions. I came away from this book feeling inspired to open up to the world around me...and inside me. Many of the techniques in this book are not wholly original so some readers may be disappointed, but the combination of topics and presentation are very effective and powerful. Nevertheless, this is one of those books which cannot be fully realized without doing the exercises. As a result, how much one gets out of it varies according to how much one puts into it. Don't let that scare you though, because the exercises are not difficult and are enjoyable. I wish the book went a little further, though. There were places where the lack of depth left me wishing for more. That issue aside, reading this book is just the right thing to do if you want to wake up to the world around you, gain some self-realization and, most of all, become a little more passionate to the everyday possibilities available as a human being.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
Jean Houston can rightly be called the mother of the human potential movement. She has been everywhere every one else has gone, only she was there first. Sadly, her books have not always served her well, she is too complex and always on the move. Her life is a virtual roadmap of personal transformation and the search for our deepest selves. In this small but potent book she does manage the near impossible and distills a lifetime's worth of teaching into an accessible introductory work. While a book is no substitute for actually studying with this master teacher, A Passion for the Possible serves as an inspiring glimpse into the mind and work of Jean Houston.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell R. Alegre VINE VOICE on April 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is an adventure of the imagination. Houston gives us a design for using the imagination as a tool for personal growth. The book is a workshop for personal development. Houston provides the reader with exercises to develop four realms--sensory, psychological, mythic, and spiritual. This is not a book of concepts and theories but of practical exercises for becoming more of who you are meant to be.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book showed me how to get in touch with my true self. At first reading it made me realize that I needed to take a second look at where I was heading. The author guides one through four sections of personal development , starting by becoming totally aware of everything - - opening up the senses, of smell, of touch, of hearing and listening etc. etc...and it's fun doing the exercises. The next part is looking, at one's life psychologically, and the guidance pertaining to that area of self. When I got to the third section of the book I personally enjoyed the revelation and realization of the part I play in my own life - in being my own heroine, by creating my own myth. And on reaching the fourth part, what a delight to finally acknowledge my true spiritual nature. To me this was a work book of self discovery, very easy to read. I found it to be not only interesting and informative, but also great fun and a pleasure to work with and to grow from, I wanted to share it with everybody I knew ! . Indeed a book which I feel would benefit anyone interested in personal growth..
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Format: Paperback
I've read several Jean Houston books --- she's a continuing favorite.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Jean Houston has some of the most creative meditations and visualizations I've found. I also love the ones in her book The Possible Human : A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities. The imagery she uses is so specific and evocative, it feels mentally relaxing while at the same time really sparking creativity. This is the kind of book that you'll want to dip into again after you read the whole thing and replay some of the meditations that had the biggest impact on your attitudes and behavior and how you approach the world. Excellent and fascinating work!
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By james j brophy on March 15, 2014
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Jean Huston is a magical storyteller. Once again experiencing Jean in any form opens doorways I never knew existed. Have ordered more of her books to keep expanding my point of view.
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By Lisa Michaels on October 10, 2013
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