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What Is Self?: A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness Paperback – January 15, 2005
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Please note that "What Is Self?" (and her other books) are very often misrepresented as elaborating a "nondualist" perspective. Having attended many retreats given by Bernadette Roberts over a period of nearly twenty-five years, I know for certain that her paradigm is completely different from "nondualism"-- advaitic, Buddhist, or otherwise.
Indeed, she calls the nondualist misconception of her paradigm "forcing the fit," which she defines in a recent book as "redefining, clipping, pasting, twisting-- to make the original fit a dissonant paradigm" (Roberts, "Forcing-the-Fit" self-published, Foreword, 2008).
In her essay, "Nondualism," she writes: "It is unfortunate that those who aspire to a nondual state will never reach it-- because it doesn't exist. In truth it is just another illusion to be dispelled. With or without self, there is no state in the journey truly 'nondual,' neither in our earthly journey nor in heaven" (Roberts, "Essays on the Christian Contemplative Journey," self-published, 2007, p. 71.)
"What is Self" --with the above works-- clearly distinguishes her paradigm from that of nondualism. Those seeking further clarification of her view this matter will find it on the site, 'Bernadette's Friends."
Joseph Conti, Ph.D.
Dept. of Comparative Religion
California State University at Fullerton
It is clear that the difference in our society is not going to be made by Eastern traditions. It must come from our own tradition. But then this tradition has to stop clinging to a dead mythic past and become alive to the here and now. I want to thank Bernadette deeply for this courageous deed of going down her path unerring and making it available to us all by writing it down so lucidly.
Thank you Bernadette.
The author articulates a subject that is ellusive and nearly ungraspable, but she does so magnificently, and I was actually able to understand the subject of enlightenment as I never have before. I have not yet read such a comprehensive treatment on consciousness. She does a splendid work on describing the difference between the two states of transcendent and immanent, which I believe makes her presentation of evolving consciousness more exhaustive and remarkable than any literature I have previously encountered. Admittedly, what she says and how she approaches her subject is compatible with my own perceptions, even though her experiences and mine are far removed. I felt so elated and fulfilled after devouring all three of her books, but paradoxically, I couldn't get enough -- I wanted more!! But that's all she wrote.
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Just another attempt to downgrade Buddhism and extol the greatness of Christianiy....spiritual socialism. I never even completed the book.Published 6 months ago by PaleShadow
After spending several years reading and re-reading Bernadette Roberts' other two books- THE PATH TO NO SELF and THE EXPERIENCE OF NO SELF, I finally got around to WHAT IS SELF?. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
It's hard to describe why this book is a must read for any spiritual seeker but, it just is..:)
This is not a reading book but, a book that I guess must be read if you need... Read more
This book is more geared to someone that has the "Christian" identity. If you are more universal in your perception, you will find this a hard go. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Julie Gallagher
When you are happy nothing needs to make sense--whether self or non self. In Christ, relationship revealed not grasped. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Non De Plume 46
Without doubt, Bernadette Roberts' work is superb. Her experience is indeed unique and her ability to recognize the various milestones and phases will help many spiritual seekers... Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer