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The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire (20th Anniversary Edition) Paperback – February 1, 2017
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“The Way of the Superior Man lays out a challenge before all men to fulfill their true purpose and to be authentically masculine. It will guide you on your journey to a successful and spiritually complete way of life. Step up to the plate with this book in your hand.” ―Tony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power
“David Deida must have the biggest balls in contemporary spirituality.” ―Vijay Rana, Watkins Mind Body Spirit
“As a woman, I’ve never felt so understood and validated.” ―Marci Shimoff, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
“The openness, the love! What lively new language David Deida finds for the unsayable!” ―Coleman Barks, author of The Essential Rumi
“Every once in a while, someone comes along whose work is clearly a next step. Their ideas seem to answer some collective question hanging out in the culture. Their books and seminars become an underground buzz and, within a period of time, their ideas become part of our cultural vernacular. David Deida is such a person. In a time not too far off from now, his ideas will have spread like wildfire.” ―Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love
“Finally, a guide for the non-castrated male. This book will offend and infuriate some, inspire and test others, but challenge virtually everybody. Few are the books that discuss strong sexuality within strong spirituality. Love it or loathe it, it is a shout from the heart of one perspective of the eternal masculine.” ―Ken Wilber, author of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; No Boundary; and Grace and Grit
“There are few categories I know of for an original like David Deida; for his teachings there is no pigeonhole. He is a bridge-builder between East and West, between ancient and modern wisdom traditions. David is in the dynamic living oral tradition of maverick spiritual teachers who, like free-jazz musicians, can riff directly on Reality, outside of established forms. Mark my words: in a future that I hope is not too far off, David Deida’s original western Dharma will be widely known as one of the most sublime and accessible expressions of the essence of spiritual practice that is freely offered today.” ―Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
“David Deida’s work reveals a depth of loving the human condition and understanding its immanent spirituality I’ve seldom seen, even in a glimmer. It’s hard for me to find words with which to express my appreciation and admiration for this unique gift.” ―Jenny Wade, PhD, author of Changes of Mind
“David Deida brings spirituality down from the clouds and back into our bodies where it belongs. His no-nonsense approach to refining our spiritual sensibilities comes as a welcome intervention to both New Age and conservative trends in contemporary spirituality. Deida helps us to get REAL in a world where reality is an increasingly rare commodity.” ―Mariana Caplan, author of Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment
“I feel that Deida has reached a new level of poetic genius in his writing, and his understanding of feminine psychology astounds me.” ―Miranda Shaw, PhD, author of Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism
“The Way of the Superior Man is a bold and challenging and very perceptive book. The cutting-edge masculinity of these pages is sexually strong and spiritually clear . . . Deida challenges and instructs men to live on their edge, to go forth uncompromisingly in search of their own deepest truths and greatest purpose. He pulls no punches and brooks no weakness.” ―NAPRA Review
“With uncommon honesty and unparalleled insight into the deepest desires of the masculine heart, Deida explores the most challenging and important issues in men’s lives. Covering everything from work and career, to dealing with sex, women, and love, to finding purpose in an increasingly superficial and mechanical world, The Way of the Superior Man reveals how a man can live a life of fulfillment without compromise by relaxing into the truth of his very being, discovering his deepest vision, and giving his gifts without holding anything back. What emerges is a wholly revolutionary look at what it means to be a man in today’s world as well as an astonishingly practical guidebook to living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom.” ―The Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Choice
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It can change your life.
It changed mine.
After a very turbulent upbringing I learned how to forgive my family + myself & was ready for the next step.
The Way of... inspired me to take action & be the energy that they can trust to follow by sharing my purpose & love.
I ended up contacting my mom/sister for the first time in ten years & opened the door wide open for the real work to begin.
The chapters are brief yet precise which makes it easy to read.
Scan the table of contents and jump to a sentence that speaks to you.
These were some of mine.
pg. 17 "Live with an open heart even if it hurts"
pg. 27 "Your purpose must come before your relationship"
pg. 106 "Choose a woman who chooses you"
Something this book taught me:
Imagine our tribal ancestors sitting in a field somewhere with the sun setting.
One of them starts rounding everyone together and points toward the forest in the distance:
"Listen everyone its going to be dark soon! We're going over there to chop down those trees and then build a fire!
I'll take our strongest & fastest to hunt some deer after that! Any questions?"
His energy is literally shouting "I know what to do! Follow me! Nothing can stop us!"
If he does anything to compromise that energy he's undermining his own core.
Which weakens his image ie. integrity, respect & trust from others
No one wants to follow a coward into the dark.
Being overtly lazy, gossiping, arguing and getting distracted
versus being totally open, present, passionate & loving.
Imagine this man fighting with his women on the way to chop down the trees
versus comforting her with the sheer confidence of his purpose.
His purpose comes his core. A core that is full of strength, courage & an unstoppable love for everyone.
"May this book serve the liberation of your true gifts, so that countless multitudes of being may benefit from your living & loving." - David Deida
- Mason R.
I do not recommend this book.
I will say that that the title,will tick off a few,let it, it is subtle way of how to be that man in every way, the friend,the worker,the lover and yourself,in a life conscious way, to be that someone you knew, deep down you knew but couldn't articulate it, to be yourself,the man you are.
Divided in parts, Mr. Deida gives insight how just how to be the man you need to be,one of my favorite chapters is to be driven by your purpose,without purpose a man is a sailboat,at the mercy of the tides and waves,this of course is a allegory for those,"little things" that make a day go by oh so much faster, games, social media,sort of the on the spot water cooler technology that while may be fun,it zaps your soul and drives you away from you meant to do and be and once one's establish your purpose then the woman in one's life becomes that beacon,that divine light that gets you were you need to be,that was a eye opener to say the least. But my favorite is to praise your woman, it's the feminine energy needing that masculine energy to make love and life itself a journey to savoy.
One of the best growth books I've have read and can't wait to read it again and again and yes take notes on it.
Top international reviews
Personally I would have found a slimmer book of the more sane and insightful parts of the text to have been more useful.
I would definitely recommend this book if a a man struggles to understand them as a good place to start.