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Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want Hardcover – December 27, 2011
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Informed by her own peripatetic and tumultuous life experiences, internationally recognized counselor, author, columnist, and life-coach Beck has developed an enthusiastic and emotive guide designed to help individuals reclaim their true essence and capture a more conscious acceptance of personal desires, needs, and goals. Employing four principles she terms “Wordlessness,” “Oneness,” “Imagination,” and “Forming,” Beck prescribes both concrete and ethereal methods for harnessing one’s unrecognized powers to achieve a more authentic presence. By tapping into these underutilized forces, it is possible to refine one’s thinking and define one’s attitudes, and the resultant revelations can boost one’s productivity. Aided by inventive examples, specific exercises, and intriguing questionnaires, readers are encouraged to embrace the contextual insights such programs bestow. An energetic devotee and indefatigable practitioner of these precepts, Beck communicates the benefits and extols the rewards to be found in leading a more thoughtful, natural, and creative life. Filled with astonishing first-person experiences and sprightly anecdotes, Beck’s guide tantalizes with limitless possibilities. --Carol Haggas
"In a world that seems more and more chaotic, this book gives readers new tools--tools that bridge the gap between science and magic--for steering a clear path to joyful lives."
--Marci Shimoff, author of Love for No Reason
"Martha Beck is the wisest, most generous and gifted of spiritual leaders. Her book will show you how to gently unlock your potential for deep transformation, so that you can explore uncharted territory and come home to your true, purposeful, and unafraid self. Thank you, Dr. Beck." (Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules)
“Martha Beck has a rare ability to see the world with wisdom and heart. She is a teacher in the truest sense of the word." (Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection)
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The author, Martha Beck, has outstanding educational and life experience credentials for writing this book. It is both a sharing of her own life journey as well as a manifesto for anyone ready to embrace their own best life. With a B.A. in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Harvard University, Beck is a trained observer and analyst. Her coaching specialty is helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She first got on my radar screen as a columnist for Oprah Magazine, where I am regularly impressed with her no-nonsense, delightfully humorous approach to issues about life's questions, fears, and psychological roadblocks.
I recently read Beck's bestselling book EXPECTING ADAM, the story of her 1987-88 pregnancy and giving birth to a Downs syndrome child (new edition in 2011). Its subtitle is "A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic." The unabashed revelation of her own fears, neuroses, and personal/professional challenges at the time was both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Martha has known and overcome tragedy, sadness, and self-limiting thoughts. She is an excellent guide for empowering others to overcome their own life issues. FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD is her ultimate guidebook, the best of her teaching and philosophy in one zinger of a book.
FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD is not going to resonate with everyone. Some will dismiss it as just another pop cultural self-help book. Others will use terms like "woo-woo" and "New Age nonsense." They'd be selling it short. I am a devout Christian with an insatiable curiosity and open mind about spirituality and human potential. This book was filled with research-based findings on the power of our connectedness with each other and with all living things in nature (flora and fauna), and I believe people of any faith will find it enriches, rather than contradicts, their core beliefs.
Beck includes many practical exercises for each section of her book, all designed to exercise the parts of our brain that we don't use enough, to train ourselves to focus our attention, and to tap into the energy that is mostly likely to allow us to find and cultivate our own best selves. They're designed to get us out of our mental ruts!
Here are some hints that this book might be perfect for you right now:
* If you feel a yearning that you can't identify or suppress.
* If you feel the need for clarity and purpose in your life.
* If you're afraid to do things that you think you'd love to do.
* If wild success and abysmal failure both scare you.
* If you feel fragmented with no clear focus in your life.
* If your wild fantasies seem impossible but won't let you go.
* If you feel you're about to explode with possibilities and potential but can't grab on to that one thing that feels just right.
* If you suspect your self-talk is holding you back.
* If you feel like you're bumping your head against one obstacle after another but you're certain there's something better on the other side.
* If you feel the world is changing so fast you can't keep up.
* If you feel stuck and unproductive.
* If you feel in need of emotional healing before you can move on to your real purpose of healing others.
* If you desperately want to make a difference with the rest of your life but don't know what on earth you that might "look like."
If any one of these rings true, you owe it to yourself to read this book. There is a generous excerpt available for free on Amazon. If it doesn't grab you by the time you finish reading those pages, either the book is not for you or the timing is not right in your life.
If the timing is right for you, you'll gain clarity, focus, and powerful tools for living abundantly in the best sense of the word.
For living in these challenging times, Beck suggests four technologies of magic: Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination, and Forming.
Some of her insights:
1. Knowledge is no longer power, because knowledge is no longer scarce. Human attention is what is needed now. The qualities that capture positive attention these days are not slickness, blandness and mass consensus, but authenticity, inventiveness, humor, beauty, uniqueness, playfulness, empathy, and meaning.
2. The most valuable resource today comes from being absolutely yourself - operating from your true nature, which begins with healing yourself.
3. We might very well be better off if we eliminated the word "work" and substituted "play" instead. Try the four D's of traditional societies: drumming, dancing, dreaming and drinking.
4. Research on creativity consistently shows that people are much better at coming up with creative solutions when they are unconcerned about the outcome, when they're basically playing.
5. Creative thinkers are metaphorical thinkers. Jesus was a "metaphor machine."
6. Rule for success today: Use the most innovative technologies to deliver the most primal products and services.