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Living With Reality: Who We Are, What We Could Be, How We Get There Paperback – November 10, 2011
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The pages on addiction (in Part 1) have always stood out to me as profound amd applicable to everyone. They have helped me to understand how addictions originate and how everyone suffers from addictions as coping mechanisms for our pain, fear and anxiety. I came out of a model of support which focused on substance addiction--like food or alcohol--but what has helped me recently is to identify when I'm addicted to fantasy, how I try to escape into in a fantasy world and how that hurts my ability to be in reality.
For the way I process things, I like to have a fact pattern to go back to, a method to help me recognize what I'm doing so I can shift out of the behavior. I like the aspect of the book that is linear nature as it helps me see where and why I'm being triggered and to do something about it.
What I read in Living with Reality last night that really struck me is that the only thing we really have in this world is our self-respect, and if we don't have that, nothing can compensate.
When I was younger, I was searching for self-respect but didn't know exactly what I was looking for or how to get it. One of the issues I would face is my inability to talk about problems or matters of relationship with others without fearing that I'd lose the relationship or be hurt. If there was something going on between me and another person, I would usually withdraw or cut off the relationship altogether. That wouldn't really help but just leave me feeling uncomfortable and anxious and more insecure about the friends that I had. There are a lot of good parts of this book, but a couple that are really good are the chapters on Becoming Oneness and Becoming Differentiated. They teach how to stay connected with people without losing ourselves. It's not about setting boundaries, but a way that I hadn't experienced before. I have become a lot more honest in my relationships and also better able to recognize relationships or aspects of relationships that are unhealthy for me. By speaking up more and being willing to risk the pain of losing a friend, I have had more respect for myself.Read more ›
Living with Reality is the most powerful tool I can offer my clients, because as the author, Beth Maynard Green, says, "consciousness is the answer to every problem," and that is exactly what we achieve more and more of by studying and practicing the principles, tools and exercises found in this book. I have been using it for ten years and every time I read it I learn more. It's a feast of support that is never exhausted.
Thank you, Beth, for all the effort it took to write this amazing book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wherein Beth explains how the ego arises, and with it, learned patterns of behavior that served us very well in infancy. Those same patterns serve us very poorly in adulthood. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patient Researcher
I can't thank Beth enough for writing this book! If you believe in synchronicity, as I do, then let me tell you it found me - not the other way around. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Cheryl Gannon
"Living with Reality" is a really powerful book. It challenges me to change my perspective and way of being in the world. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Tracey