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Coming Full Circle
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
I originally bought this book close to 5 years ago - in 2013.
I read it through, and tried to apply "The Work", but I just couldn't seem to "wrap my head around it". Truth be told, I ended up arguing with the whole process. Which made me upset, because I had already been doing self-inquiry as a meditation practice.
So, I threw or gave my copy away.
But, in those 5 years, I kept meditating, I acquired a VERY loving, patient and 'stubborn' spiritual mentor, and I started studying "A Course in Miracles".
And so, now, I am buying another copy of this book! Because I kept recalling how "The Work" would be soooo valuable for me to apply in my everyday life.
I make that statement because, now, I realize the importance of and the full meaning of forgiveness.
I've learned (the hard way) that the ONLY way to achieve true forgiveness is to be able to drop ALL my judgements about "trespasses" and "trespassers".
And, I've learned that ALL judgement is related in some way back to one's own 'story' - it's almost like our mind's judgements are the "proof" behind what makes our stories 'true', or 'real', or 'meaningful"! (While our mind thinks our stories are what makes us 'me'. 'individual, or 'important'.)
So, while what I have said so far is NOT a review of the book, after reading a number of the negative reviews of this book (that are basically negative comments about "The Work"), I felt drawn to say what I have, so that people hopefully have a clearer idea of what the philosophy of Byron Katie is, and in particular her inquiry process of "The Work", which is basically what this book is all about.
If you are tired of emotional suffering (whether or not you already know it's ALL self-created) you will benefit from this book!
BUT, Ms.Katie's 'philosophy' (which is basically the same as any advaita vedanta, or "non-duality" teacher's), and being able to apply "The Work" to yourself is probably going to hit some of your cherished beliefs (unless you were raised by enlightened folk).
So, unless you're willing to at least be open to the concepts that: 1) we are all connected; 2) (other than immediate physical pain) NO one makes us feel anything; 3) judgements are the primary 'tool' of prolonged human suffering; 4) the only person one can probably change is oneself; and 5) there really is NO such thing as a 'victim', then you're probably going to have a great deal of difficulty with the material in this book, possibly even more than I met myself 5 years ago.
Then again, IF you ARE ready and willing to change your world by changing your mind,"The Work" and ACiM will definitely help you achieve it.