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The gender divide is where it all starts for it informs how we view ourselves. Often, it limits how we experience our potential as human beings.

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INTRODUCTION-1

More than a Woman is an analysis of the myth of gender differences, gender roles and social breakdown. It is as also an examination of the dominant worldview about gender, the experiences of other cultures and the author’s hypothesis that there is no such thing as ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ purpose, roles, jobs...

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PROLOGUE: Facing Up 1

...Ours is a society fragmented by our individual selfish interests. This fact explains why a ‘white’ woman who complains about discrimination in favour of men can be a racist; a ‘black’ man who complains about racism thinks it is okay to beat up gays; and some Muslims who complain about lack of equality before...

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CHAPTER ONE: Do you know what empathy means?

...I vaguely heard him talk about empathy as being the ability to ‘walk in another person’s moccasin.’ I think it was a quote he’d picked up from one of the motivational books we were always being encouraged to read. We were both twenty three years old and working for a financial services company in Watford...

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CHAPTER TWO: My Father’s Daughter

...I remember turning round to him and saying: “When you lie down with dogs, Daddy, you get up with fleas”. My father laughed and laughed at the shock of what I had said to him. Then he punched the air with joy, saying how brave I was. He also said that he knew that if he died right there and then, that...

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CHAPTER THREE: More than a Woman

...I subsequently found out that this inane logic was quite widespread amongst women of my mother’s generation, of the Anglo-Saxon culture and for that matter all patriarchal cultures. Girls were treated differently emotionally. Boys were more revered and treated delicately, especially eldest sons. The...

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CHAPTER FOUR: The Gender Con

...Under Protestantism the extended family tradition of the Catholic Church was reduced to smaller self contained families. Protestant woman no longer had the support of the spurious practices of confessions, novenas, miraculous shrines or the doctrines of purgatory which had given her a strong sense of...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Victoria’s Prison

...Women emerged from two thousand years of Christian history in various states of mind, ranging from conformism to rebellion and manipulation to compromise. No woman who has been exposed to this world view, in spite of the progress we have made, has remained unscathed by the wounds inflicted by...

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CHAPTER SIX: Role Play

...He also evidences women who have held high positions and status in society from which they were later barred. These women had been queens, led armies, were warriors and chieftains, diplomats, scholars, artists and leaders. According to Briffault, the reason for the transition to patriarchy was the...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Survival of the happiest

...As the masculinisation of cultures progressed, male sexuality was further regulated as the body, emotions and elements deemed subversive of male control became despised. This was why the Catholic Church forbade priests from marrying. It was a rule designed to minimise the influence of women over men...

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CHAPTER EIGHT: Breakdown

...We are now learning that the needs and psyches of men and women are remarkable for their similarities than their differences. Technological advancement has made it possible for people to have easier access to information; and the media, for all its sins, has brought into sharp focus the extent of the choices...

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CHAPTER NINE: Changing History

...History somehow has a habit of repeating itself, especially when we do not question it or seek alternative ways of being. Tradition, limitations, gender stereotypes and expectations had fermented a pattern of behaviour amongst the women I grew up with which fanned inter familial feuds, anger, bitterness...

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CHAPTER TEN: Do you hate Women?

...Through conversations with my best friend, I came to realise that my fear of women, like that of Christine de Pizan an early feminist who hated women, was ingrained. I wasn’t helped by the stereotypes we had grown up with of women as vicious, manipulative and spiteful. Whilst it is true that many...

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EPILOGUE

...The days in the trenches, battling over gender differences and injustices are waning. The future lies in men and women changing, becoming much more of whom they truly are, human beings with a whole range of options to choose from in the design of their script in this drama called life. For the world to change...

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The time has come for us to be honest. We are so much more connected than we have dared to admit.

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INTRODUCTION-2

Ain’t no Black or White is an analysis of the myth of race, the institutionalisation of notions of ‘black’ and ‘white’ and the impact of culture on the way we perceive difference. The author explores the experience of being part of a minority community of slaves-turned-masters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, that had...

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PROLOGUE: Facing Up 2

...The event was outstanding except for one or two references which I believe exposed the fundamental dilemma facing our society. Here were women talking about the glass-ceiling and barriers facing women which all these women had overcome. Then there came the comment by the moderator, the senior...

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CHAPTER ONE: Royal

...I was also to find out that this attitude was common across Africa where it is said that in years gone by albinos were either killed or abandoned in the bushes. There is an anecdote that these albinos, red skinned, freckled and red-haired migrated out of Africa, northwards to cooler climes, mutated and diversified...

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CHAPTER TWO: Slave turned Master

...Educated Creoles valued European culture above their own. In the late eighteen hundreds the Creole upper class was more interested in literary societies, public lectures, and piano recitals than in African drumming and dancing. As a result, Creole culture is unlike that of most other ethnic groups in Sierra...

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CHAPTER THREE: History’s Open Secret

...This connection was further demonstrated by Professor Cheikh Anta Diop who traced the origins of the main groups of people in the Senegambia to ancient Egypt using a range of disciplines from archaeology, linguistics and African oral traditions, to the writings of Greeks and Arabs. The Senegalese Professor...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Cycles

...These prophecies are said to be very far reaching, affecting every aspect of life of the ancient Egyptian and by extension the African people, including those who migrated south at the decline of the civilisation. They are said to predict disunity, civil war and unrest, tribal conflicts, underachievement of its young...

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CHAPTER FIVE: The African Question

...Because of my research, I came to understand that long after the demise of ancient Egypt, before the slave trade and colonialism, Africa was independent. In the fifteenth century, in spite of the bloodshed that was brought about by the Arab slave trade, most countries in Africa had highly developed levels of social...

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CHAPTER SIX: Questions of History

...There are those who have justified colonialism. They argue that, having freed the slave, the problem was to train the African whose prosperity rested in agriculture. As a result, colonial governments had to concern themselves not merely with land tenure, irrigation and famine relief but also with rent fixing, money...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: I am afraid the Answer is No!

...Many of the boys in this group were disruptive, argumentative, and aggressive. Most of them had to be sent to a naughty corner at one stage or the other during the week. Nevertheless, we were firm; they loved it, and stayed the course of the journey. Remarkably, after a week of exploring all the issues...

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CHAPTER EIGHT: There Ain’t No ‘Black’ or ‘White’

...Eventually, the objects of such persecution tend to assume the identities of the persons they had to be to deserve their fate. The Irish experience in Northern Ireland, the Jewish experience in Nazi Germany, the Arab experience in Palestine, the African American experience in the United States of America...

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CHAPTER NINE: Awakening

...I wasn’t conscious of it, but I began to loathe them. I remember discussing this issue with friends sometime later and saying that I couldn’t understand how people could go on about racism in Britain when, in my experience, the only people who had caused me pain were my people, people who looked like me...

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CHAPTER TEN: Running Out…

...Nor have they stemmed the disintegration of the communities these students come from; or the spiralling violence among their predominantly disadvantaged peers, in the inner cities. The reason is simple. The symptoms are being tackled, the root causes not. The value system of a society that punishes...

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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Transcending

...My belief in karma and my trawl through history combined with common sense tells me that our African ancestors who once stood proud, admired, and revered started the vicious race for supremacy. So it seems fair that it is we who must lead the way to bring an end to the pain of racism by transcending racism...

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Ain’t no Black or White: EPILOGUE

...I understand much more the concept of the cyclical nature of life, not only the seasons, birth, life and death, but also the cycles of experience. Most cycles are inevitable; but others can be broken, those over which we have a choice. The cycles of pain we hand down through the generations are not natural...

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I now understand that classy people are classless because they have learned to live from the inside out.

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INTRODUCTION-3

Classless is an analysis of the evolution of the social structures and hierarchies that led to the rule that many now accept as natural and universal that all men are created equal but not born equal. The author explores her struggle with this rule and the journey that led to her conclusion that this miserable and...

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PROLOGUE: Facing Up 3

...I had always assumed that writing Classless would be a walk in the park compared to More than a Woman and Ain’t no Black or White. Classless would be funny, full of anecdotes, irony and the whole shebang. After all, I had had the fortune of being born into relative affluence even though my father opted out of...

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CHAPTER ONE: Classy Peasants

...He continued: “I dislike the way they have come to this country, lived here for twenty years or more, made no effort to learn the language and are proud of it, made no effort to get to know the culture and how they have tried to turn this place into a ‘little England’.” I listened as he puffed at his cigarette...

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CHAPTER TWO: Pecking

...Although it is not clear what prompted the change, this sequence was soon succeeded by economic arrangements and social stratifications which gave rise to widespread misery, warfare, enslavement and human sacrifice. A hierarchy of human beings divided into classes of the very rich and the very poor...

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CHAPTER THREE: Ideology of Plunder

...For Smith, anything that would enhance economic growth for society should be encouraged. Profit superseded morality and just like morality bore no relationship for Locke in society, so it did not for Smith in economics. This view was further supported by Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, the full title...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Global Havoc

...If these corporations lack any form of loyalty to their own nation, they cannot possibly feel any responsibility to other communities. They exploit them and their resources, do not contribute fairly to taxes, and have no scruples about whom they deal and work with, regardless of their policies. The manipulation...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Ideology of Eugenics

...But Allah provides generously for whomever He chooses and diverts His grace away from whomever He chooses.” The truth, as the saying goes, is mighty and will prevail. The ‘white’, lazy, ignorant and stupid people of the north went on to conquer the world, subjugate the Arabs, Indians and Persians and develop...

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CHAPTER SIX: Waspish Classism

...Throughout American history rednecks have experienced rejection and insults, particularly from their upper class southern neighbours, wealthy northerners, and also from ‘blacks’. Over time, these once proud men became objects of ridicule. They became known as ‘poor white trash’ which carried not only...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: The Chickens are coming home…

...This fraudulent claim of Wasps to being America’s oldest group is the true fall guy of the story, exposing again the deceitful and delusionary nature of Wasp history and of itself. But it is true that Wasp values prevail, dominating the domestic and global mindset. It is also true that Wasps have disproportionate...

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CHAPTER EIGHT: Faith, Power ‘n’ Capital

...Puritanism became synonymous with hard work and study. It also became synonymous with a piety and works-righteousness, a moral fervor to bring about a just society, and a paranoia and intolerance for other views. In time, it led to a tendency to control others and how they live their lives including the...

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CHAPTER NINE: An Anglo-Saxon Muddle

...This very clear statement of universalism co-existed with another of Emerson’s statements from around the same time: “It cannot be maintained by any candid person that the African race have ever occupied or do promise ever to occupy any very high place in the human family.… The Irish cannot; the...

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CHAPTER TEN: Towards Classlessness

...I have written in previous books in this series about my grandfather whose English public school education, success in the mines, marriage into an equally successful family, and aristocratic status earned him top-shelf status in the central Methodist church and the elite Masonic lodge. But this same...

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Classless: EPILOGUE

...He didn’t respond so I continued: “Shit happens, and where we are is where we are. This isn’t about bad ‘white’ people. This is about a mindset, a culture, a world view. It is about understanding how we got to here. It is also about seeing the perfection of everything that has brought our world to this point of...

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Love directs me to my destiny; it gives me the courage to keep on keeping on until I become completely love…itself.

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INTRODUCTION-4

Know Thyself is an analysis of man’s long search for meaning and purpose, his discovery of God and his subsequent creation of dogma and rituals which eventually eroded the authority of the God to which many of his religions first prayed. The author examines the fallout with mainstream religion which is...

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PROLOGUE: Facing Up 4

...My journey began with the breakup of my relationship with my childhood sweetheart. It left me free to search for - what I couldn’t put so clearly into words at the time - life beyond the world I had grown up in. I didn’t want to settle for life as the wife of an accountant, the safety of knowing where I was...

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CHAPTER ONE: Haiti Spirit

...I am still not sure what the connection between the Haiti earthquake and this meeting might be but I felt that the earthquake was a life-changing experience for me. It shifted something within me, made me reassess, for the first time in my life, my relationship with the African continent, the land of my...

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CHAPTER TWO: Back to the Beginning…

At some stage, as the wheel of life turned around, man began to feel a deep urge to understand the purpose of his existence, why indeed anything existed at all and the reason for life. He could make conscious changes but lacked the ability to control his destiny. He had to learn to live with the...

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CHAPTER THREE: Searching for SOUL

...As I waited to get out of this theatre, I made some important observations and discoveries. One of the most important I made early on was the link between our actions and the consequences of our actions, which I came to understand as Karma. Somehow, there appeared to be an invisible hand that...

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CHAPTER FOUR: The Demise of God

...He taught that the earth was the centre of the universe and claimed in his work, Generation of Animal, that the human female is a deformed male. He also claimed in another of his works, History of Animals, that males have more teeth than females! Nevertheless, Aristotle’s theories were accepted without...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Masters of Spin

...In those early days of the religion, the followers of Mohammed appeared to have adhered by his teachings that: "The ink of scholars is more precious than the blood of martyrs” and that: “The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.” The standardisation of Arabic, the language of...

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CHAPTER SIX: Sufferance & Anger

...It was a period of coming to terms with the fact that talk about our civilisedness, and assumptions about living in the age of reason, was mere rhetoric. The reality was that apart from the external trappings of progress and modernisation, our hearts, minds and souls were stunted, trapped in the traditional...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Analysing God

...This projection of God by Jesus was particularly offensive in his day but by all accounts the God he worshipped and talked about was the same God projected by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the same tyrannical and dictatorial God projected by Jews, that served the interests of Christian and Islamic...

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CHAPTER EIGHT: Love & Freedom

... I was inspired by him and his message to love my neighbour as myself, to turn the other cheek and be a light to the world. What I have never agreed with was the idea that he was the only one who had such a message to share with mankind. I sensed and then later found out that there were many before...

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CHAPTER NINE: Know Thyself, Love Thyself

...And, for a while, this lack of rootedness gave me a sense of freedom, of detachedness from many of the ideas that others around me appeared to have about their identities as women and men; as creoles or non creoles’ ‘white’ or ‘black’; Christian, Jew, Muslim or Hindu; English, French, Indian, Arab; rich or poor...

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CHAPTER TEN: Choices

...For the pilgrim who seeks to bind back and is open and free from religious superstition, these extracts from a letter written by Einstein in nineteen fifty four captures the essence of his or her religiosity as one that is free from legality; a religiosity which understands, reveres and values a universe that makes...

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Know Thyself: EPILOGUE

...I have experienced the journey of my evolution from theoretician to practitioner. I have known the soaring of my heart, with each successful breakthrough; the feeling of freedom, from within, of tolerance; and the appreciation that there are indeed many paths to God, in the broadest sense of the name...

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We are progenies of the values, hopes and expectations that have led us perfectly to these crossroads. We must now choose what path we tread for our environment, our fellow humans, our very existence.

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INTRODUCTION-5

Letter to Middle England is a letter to the middle classes. It is an analysis of the evolution of middle class aspirations; as it is an assessment of the potential of the middle classes to change the rules for thinking that currently govern our world. The author also examines the impact of these rules on the mental...

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PROLOGUE: Facing Up 5

... I have often wondered what it would feel like if British news was run by the Chinese and we only got to hear about and see images of the worst excesses of the English, their plundering past, their cruelty, their brutal and merciless exploitation of the poor at home, and their denigration and abuse of their...

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CHAPTER ONE: Tribute to Middle England

...I still am at a loss at trying to fathom how such a small country on a small Island could have had so much influence, so much impact on the world. It beggars belief and it commands respect and admiration, admiration not only for your ancestors, but also for their cousins who set sail across the world in...

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CHAPTER TWO: Identity & Power

......The pursuit of power, as a celebrated and heroic phenomenon, is a drive which invokes a sense of a god-like transcendence. It invokes feelings of invulnerability, impregnability, and untouchability. It offers the ability to affect others while remaining unaffected. Such power is not only of the utmost value...

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CHAPTER THREE: A Vote for Humanity

The How would that make you feel? series was inspired by the millions of Americans who voted for humanity in two thousand and eight and the hundreds of millions of people across the world who dared to believe in an alternative narrative, in the better side of our collective humanity. It was indeed kindled by the...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Perfect Chaos

...The march for peace is part of the painful process of the growing up that we must all go through individually, and eventually collectively, to achieve the true freedom which we all crave and desire. It is why I believe that we must use the current stand off between those who value genuine freedom...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Lessons from History

...Logically, and as a consequence, there is a deep uneasiness in Europe which owes much of its early legacy to the Moors, as they do the Egyptians and other African civilisations, about this event in history. It is particularly the case amongst the people of the Mediterranean where the presence of the Moor is...

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CHAPTER SIX: Evolution in Action

...American workers can no longer be guaranteed that they will continue to secure bigger and bigger slices of this pie. This is because the path of capitalism goes upwards and onwards, towards what and where we know not. But what is inevitable is that it is not standing still, and it will not stand still. All we can...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Convergence

...They will have a profound effect on others, and in time a crucial mass of people will be awakened. Sometime in the future many people will become aware of this phenomenon and will begin to work towards a common vision for humanity, cooperating towards the creation of a new world and a new way of being...

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CHAPTER EIGHT: Obama the Anti-Christ?

...What is very interesting about rumours concerning President Obama’s agenda is how they resonate with much of the debate on the left and right of the political spectrum. Both sides believe he is a pawn in the hands of the elite, who have chosen him to continue their long term agenda of world domination, a...

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CHAPTER NINE: Drug Dealing vs. World Healing

...If we are to believe the conspiracy theories that litter the Internet, and the mainstream media, on this subject, a major and most disturbing cause of the drugs epidemic might be geo-politics. On one side are the western countries, primarily the United States, and on the other Russia and China who are accused...

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CHAPTER TEN: Towards Kosmocentricism – Lessons from Ken Wilber Part 1

...... Making this leap from the mythical to the rational or other stages beyond requires an understanding of the role of culture and conditioning on our lives. It is about understanding that what we see and how we interpret what we see is in part a construction. As Wilber points out, many theorists agree that...

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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Boomeritis – Lessons from Ken Wilber Part 2

...The reality, for those who wish to engage in the process of transformation, is hard work. Recognising the tasks and the challenges involved is important. Meditation, for instance, might enable one to access higher states of consciousness because it is about letting go of everything. However, it does not address...

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CHAPTER TWELVE: Yes We Can, When We Change

...Cognitive development, however, does not guarantee emotional development. We may be cognitively developed and emotionally at a lower stage, the egocentric or ethnocentric stages of development. This makes it impossible for us to walk our talk – we talk one thing and walk another. When this tendency...

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Healing

... For love to be real is to be ready to serve others. It is to be able to approach others not from the ‘outside’ but in a way that we are able to share their helplessness and inadequacy. It is be unafraid to open up, to offer help that makes us vulnerable to the other, to treat everyone as equal, to say not in words...

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Letter to Middle England: EPILOGUE

…It is only when I let go of sorrow and negativity that I am able to keep myself open and loving. Remaining open to life and its constant adventures and its constant opportunities to grow is the only guaranteed way for me to reach my full potential. At last I am able to find some peace through understanding...

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