- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True; 1st Edition edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591792576
- ISBN-13: 978-1591792574
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 786 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire Paperback – October 1, 2004
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"I keep giving this book away; I think I've owned 30 different copies already. I tend to pass it out to anybody, man or woman, who has made a commitment to-or even has a passing interest in-the art of loving. David Deida gets it, like no one I've ever read, and he writes about it forcefully, honestly, and downright poetically."
-Michael Tucker, actor and author "The Way of the Superior Man is quite wonderful. Finally, a guide for the noncastrated male. This book will offend and infuriate some, inspire and test others, but challenge virtually everybody. I found it wise, insightful, occasionally brilliant, and always resourceful. To transcend the body-mind means to transcend and include its sexuality, not transcend and evaporate it. Few are the books that discuss strong sexuality within strong spirituality, instead of tepid sexuality diluted by a mediocre spiritual stance. This book steps straightforwardly into the challenge. 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 "At last! A book that explains the heart and soul of a woman to men. As a woman, I've never felt so understood and validated. This book is a key to helping men and women take their relationships one step further. Finally, a clear and brilliant guide to unraveling the mystery of relationships."
-Marci Shimoff, co-author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul "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. I invite you to live in the moment, to love openly, and to step up to the plate with this book in your hand."
-Tony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power "David's work speaks to the core of our work as men. He offers a bold view of men, and challenges us to stand up and lay claim to the beauty and power of the masculine. He does not advocate superiority as in 'superiority to women.' He speaks of superiority as the Greeks might. The challenge is strictly internal. The invitation is to rise above our mediocrity, to let go of making excuses for our own laziness, to stop apologizing for who we are, and to stop blaming others or our childhood for how we've become. He asks that we step into the fullness of our being-intense, focused, powerful, clear. And directly connected to our hearts."
-Dennis Mead-Shikaly, Executive Director: The ManKind Project / New Warrior Network
About the Author
Acknowledged as one of the most insightful and provocative teachers of our time, bestselling author David Deida continues to revolutionize the way that men and women grow spiritually and sexually. His ten books are published in more than twenty-five languages worldwide and are required reading in university, church, and spiritual center courses. His workshops on a radically practical spirituality have been hailed as among the most original and authentic contributions to the field of self-development currently available. He is a founding member of Integral Institute, and has taught and conducted research at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, University of California-Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, Lexington Institute in Boston, and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. Some of his recent books include Blue Truth, The Enlightened Sex Manual, The Way of the Superior Man, and Instant Enlightenment.
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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.
On the first point, I would suggest that the author's academic credentials are irrelevant. The crucial thing is whether his views help you out or not. If they do, great. If they don't, that's a pity. And for a lot of guys (and their women), the concepts expressed by Deida here have been a great help. I would also point out that I have read a lot of relationship books authored by people with all the academic credentials, and those credentials are no guarantee that the author has anything sensible or worthwhile to impart. When my own marriage was in trouble, I arranged for my then-wife and I to visit a number of well-credentialed marital therapists, and most of them were useless. So again - credentials schmedentials. What matters is what works.
On the second point, I happen to know several women personally who are huge fans of this book. I notice also that quite a number of the glowing reviews here were written or endorsed by women. How can that be, if this book is a hate-filled screed against women?
The answer is, it can't be, and the accusation that this book is "misognynist" is absurd. It is also pernicious, in that it cheapens the value of that serious word through misapplication.
The truth is that there are a lot of enduring truths expressed in this book, and most men will be better off for having read it. According to one relative of mine, this book "saved his marriage", and it might have done the same for mine, if I'd discovered it earlier.
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.