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The Secret of the Shadow: The Power of Owning Your Whole Story Paperback – December 3, 2002
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Writing in the voice of the wounded healer, Ford tells her own story of embracing the wisdom and direction she found in facing family and addiction problems. She skillfully offers examples from participants in her workshops at the Chopra center who have leveraged the lessons of a painful past into a purposeful life. She invites readers to "own their whole story" by asking: What is the secret [about you] that your story conceals? What wisdom can you contribute to the world that you couldn't if the events in your life hadn't happened?"
At times, Ford's approach seems derivative of 12-step programs and ersatz Buddhism. And she mixes metaphors of shadows and light with those of a recipe and ingredients. Readers also know that self-reflection, acceptance of life's mixed blessings, and making lemonade from lemons are not new ideas. Yet Ford's passion and persuasiveness make a fresh case for daring to be yourself, learning from experience, and discovering the divine spark that is beyond our understanding. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The key points in this book are nicely summarized by the author as follows:
"First, we create our life stories in our attempt to become someone or something." These stories are usually built upon setbacks. "Our real fear is the disapproval of others, their harsh judgments, or the withdrawal of their love."
"Second, our stories hold the key to our unique purpose in life and its fulfillment." "It is safe for me to contribute my specialty."
"And third, hidden in the shadow of our story is a very special secret . . . [which will cause us to] stand in awe of the magnificence of our own humanity." When the personal story is removed, the Divine intention becomes apparent.
One's personal story can be found in the themes behind the internal dialogue that runs through our minds all of the time, either putting ourselves down or saying that all is well. The book contains many excellent examples from the author's own life and those of people who have attended her courses or have been coached by her. I found the examples helped me to locate key events that helped form my perspective. Unlike some other teachers in this area, you are encouraged to remember the good, the bad, and the ugly.Read more ›
While reading this book I discovered that everything I had previously thought myself to be -- my past, my beliefs, my feelings, my limitations -- is just part of a story that I created about myself. A story that has kept me small. A story that has prevented me from spreading my wings and flying as high as I am capable. This realization has opened a door in my consciousness that can never again be closed. It has awakened a deep inner knowing of who I am and what my life is about.
What I loved most about this book is Debbie's generous accounts for her own evolution, from living inside her limiting "story" to choosing a life outside of it. The book is filled with practical exercises and meditations that helped me to find the wisdom of my life's experiences, and to see myself as the magnificent spiritual being that I am.
Thank you, Debbie Ford, once again, for taking the light of God out of the shadow. I am deeply touched and forever changed.
When I saw that I am robbing myself of fulfillment, joy and self expression by not sharing my gifts with the world, I was able to make a shift in my perception. As a result, I am already moving forward in creating the life of my dreams. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to play on the court of life in a big way!
The countless examples Debbie Ford gives from her own life, and from the participants in her programs, helped my mind to stretch and open up to new possibilities for myself. I saw how deeply attached I was to 'my story' of suffering and struggle. I actually viewed it as some kind of noble virtue. I was able to see how much easier it is to blame circumstances and other people than to take responsibility for my life; especially when my blame was "unquestionably justifiable." How liberating it is to know that our "stories" can serve as guides to our higher purpose in life. They can actually reveal our Divine calling. To know that we can take EVERYTHING that has happened in our lives and make good use of it through extracting the wisdom is powerful beyond measure.
Nowhere in the book does Debbie imply that this paradigm shift is easy or quick. She knows there is no value in dwelling on how hard it can feel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very helpful for over coming PTSD and dealing with emotional issuesPublished 8 months ago by Larry Johnson
This book is absolutely amazing. Ford's writing is personable and easy to read. The exercises she provides do work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by csummerfield
An excellent introductory book to Shadow Self and Shadow work.
Also see Marc Gafni's "Unique Self" book and videos for more depth on this topic. Read more
Discovering why we do what we do has been the best thing that has happened to me. Discovering y shadow beliefs has brought me a sense of clarity and empowerment to live the life I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michele Madrigal
I love this book! It helps people understand why working with their shadow selves, or the things they don't like about themselves. is SOOOO important for personal growthPublished 17 months ago by nancy mouat-rich
Debbie Ford gives you a whole new perspective on YOU! Her insight cuts deep to the soul and puts you in touch with your shawdow - which when we are honest - we all have. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marjorie Miles