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What We May Be: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through Psychosynthesis Paperback – Bargain Price, July 23, 2009

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"Lucidly written, Piero Ferrucci's What We May Be brings the enlightenment of psychosynthesis to the American people in a most compelling and delighting way. This is no cheap illusory fix. It's very real and elegantly down-to-earth. The publication of this book certifies that our consciousness is rising."
-M. Scott Peck, M.D. author of The Road Less Traveled

About the Author

Piero Ferrucci, a former student of and collaborator with transpersonal psychologist Roberto Assagioli, is a staff member of the Psychosynthesis Institute of Florence, Italy, and the International Federation of Medical Psychotherapy. He is the author of What We May Be, Inevitable Grace, and What Our Children Teach Us, among other titles. He lives in the Tuscan countryside with his wife and children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (July 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427268
  • ASIN: B00342VE42
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2010
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What We May Be is a dense, 350+ page book, and I took reams of notes while reading it. It is all about psychosynthesis - a philosophy about how to live a peaceful, harmonious life.

The book begins with details about how to use it. Always nice! Keep a workbook of notes. Take time to prepare. Persist, connect, and organize the pieces in your own word.

Learn to focus on what you are doing. Take in the feel of items under your fingers, the smells around you, the sounds. Often these can help create vibrant memories.

We all hold onto old patterns long after they are useful in our current lives. Start fresh. Draw a random image. Then imagine it's a message from a foreign country and look on it with fresh eyes. What is it saying?

We are all composed of a variety of traits. We are not just one thing. We are not just a leader - sometimes we are very happy following. Think about your prominent trait, and think of a name for it. Then think of another trait. Build a map. We are NOT those sub personalities. They are just aspects of actions we can choose to take, as appropriate. Accept and understand each one for it's usefulness.

Your body is an object that can be measured. Think about its feelings, emotions, desires, actions. Observe them all. Practice your will in little ways on your body's activities. Do just one little thing - say "no" to a distraction when you should focus on a task instead. You are now trying to plow a rowboat in a rough current. You are in a sleek sailboat and are simply trying to trim the rudder and sail to tweak the steering.

How do you handle aggressive energy when it comes into your life?
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I was introduced to this book over 25 years ago when learning Psychosynthesis; the techniques in this book are threads of gold. Either using on yourself or with a client, the exercises (chapters) are specific, short and easy to follow. It is one of those foundational books a psychologist, therapist, social worker, student or professor in the helping field must have in their library. Anyone working on personal, spiritual growth to be their highest life potential will benefit - and the journey of life explored never ends. Designer G
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I purchased this book for a class on inner growth and care of the inner environment. The experiential exercises were wonderful, sometimes easy and sometimes not, but so healing. After finishing the book, the sub-personalities and shifts are still healing. I loved it.
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Absolutely one of the BEST self-help books you can buy, no matter what you are dealing with in life. Self-help is such a flimsy and disrespectful term for a book of this kind. What We May Be transcends the feel-good, hackneyed, half-psychological nonsense we are fed day in day out by more popular authors, recommendations by celebrities, and so on. This book takes you right to the point on issues, right to the core of who you are, and gives you advice and exercises you can and SHOULD use IMMEDIATELY. And regularly.

You will face the uncomfortable. You will be surprised by what you discover within. And you WILL change for the better.

Psychosynthesis is the closest you will come to performing real magic in your life. This book will give you a way to live your life that brings results from within. In time, yes. But SOMETIMES immediately. It all depends on your current psychological state and the weight of the issues cramping your life.

Written well, with examples that bring extra meaning. No fluff. No nonsense. Always an interesting discussion in every chapter! Yet every chapter is reasonably SHORT! You rarely find such a valuable book produced with such care and thoughtfulness. Every exercise and insight should be revisited till the day you die. Using this book's lessons, you cannot fail but grow through every stage of your life.

Good stuff. I am IMPRESSED!
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What We May Be was required reading for a course I was taking. Ferrucci writes cleanly and clearly. Each chapter is a joy to read and contains thoughtful and appropriate activities and mental exercises that do aid in psychological growth and spiritual maturation. I look forward to having time to read and work through it again. A large gift in a very small package.
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Widen one's horizon if you've never come across books on super-consciousness and spiritual healing. Require high concentration to read this.
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I had a profound experience while doing on of the exercises in this book. It's helped shape my outlook of life and sparked my spiritual journey. It's one book I've kept around and will revisit again soon.
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