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Awareness Paperback – December 5, 1990

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De Mello's spiritual classic remains at the top of the Fount bestsellers more than five years after its original publication. One of the most gifted spiritual guides of the 20th century, de Mello uses humour, compassion and insight to help his readers into a real understanding of the importance of "awareness" in understanding ourselves and the world around us. Awareness is a comprehensive spiritual guide filled with wisdom as it tackles life's big questions--love, anger and fear, change, suffering, happiness and loss.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Fount (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006275192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006275190
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book. De Mello went far beyond the orthodox catholic dogma by addressing what (to me) is one of the most important practical and existential issues facing us: how does one learn to live one's life with the bittersweet delightfulness that accompanies us when we manage to be present and aware. In other words, how do we learn to become a free person. Typically, our awareness is clouded by others' expectations and by our desires to escape the perceived unpleasantness of the present moment. In order to free ourselves from the desires and escapism we need to be aware; de Mello's book is a classic (and still unsurpassed) manual that guides us into the conscious universe where we can finally heave a sigh of relief and start enjoying this great gift of life.
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The Live Program "Wake Up to Life" is Powerful and Profound, the only complete Conference de Mello allowed to be recorded. This book is the written-transcript for the Live Conference, "Wake Up to Life." It is the only full-length de Mello Conference available -- and the only one he allowed to be recorded. It is even more powerful because you hear de Mello Live with an audience.
De Mello also has three films, one is "A Way to God for Today". These are excellent.
Many have wondered how a man from India could speak so pointedly to one's personal experience and background.
One reviewer has described this quality, "In his words and in his person there naturally flow the best currents of East and West in a holistic approach which incorporates theology, psychology, literature, and popular culture. He is an international man whose planetary perspective provides the ingredients for a newly emerging human spirituality."
Another said, "In one day he unburdened me of years of guilt and wrong thinking. I am now living with fresh eyes and a new heart."
"He provided an atmosphere for me to experience God . . . "
"He has broken . . . a mystical sound barrier in our spiritual growth, that has elevated our capacities to be more loving and introspective."
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This book was recommended to me by one of my beautiful yoga teachers. It helped me really understand that much of what happens with other people is not about you, even if someone insults you to your face. People, including me of course, are projecting all the time. We really don't see the world as it is--we see it as we are. This book has helped me greatly in my quest to take nothing personally and thus to give people a break.
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My second book by DeMello …and true to its name, brought me to a new level of Awareness. It posed a way of thinking - about reality ..about living in the present moment - that, for me, was extremely transformational. Goes beautifully with "The Song of the Bird," his other book I read and used as a meditation.
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De Mello provides a manual to clarity and happiness in this short and easy to read book of his thoughts and observations. I have given and have recommended this book to many of my friends and family. I am grateful to my friend who cared about my Spirit enough to recommend this book to me.
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An intense book to help you learn more about yourself.
Different then most books of this kind. It is not an easy read.
Had to digest, re-read many parts. Its one to keep you thinking!
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Written as if he were talking to you, this book is full of gems of insight. If you are on a spiritual path, this book is an essential. Anthony DeMello makes the case for awareness as the basis for spiritual awakening. This book should appeal to both Buddhists and Christians.
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You need to want to read this book if you are looking to gain from it. Otherwise you'll just be cynical and gain nothing from it. But if you read it with an open mind, there is an enormous amount of wisdom in its pages. I bought copies for lots of friends and family.
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