“No resource has had a more profound impact on my spiritual growth than the live recording of a workshop by the late Fr. Anthony DeMello called Wake Up to Life. After just one session – a mere seven hours – my life was forever changed for the better.
DeMello’s Wake Up to Life is inspirational and thought provoking, and his presentation style is both entertaining and forthright in nature. Throughout the course of this seminar, he shares many valuable insights on a wide variety of subjects, and provides a very systematic approach to dealing with negative emotions to which he refers as the “Four Steps to Wisdom.” Each of these steps is summarized in the following excerpt from Awareness, The Perils and Opportunities of Reality: the book version of Wake Up to Life:
“The first thing you need is awareness of your negative feelings…Get in touch with those feelings first…The second step, is to understand that the feeling is in you, not in reality…So stop trying to change reality. That’s crazy!…The third step: Never identify with that feeling. It has nothing to do with the “I.” Don’t define your essential self in terms of that feeling…The fourth step: Understand that when you change, everything changes.”
The beauty of this approach is that it is practical, simple to understand, and easily put into practice. Based on my experience working with this technique, if you will begin to apply it in your own life, I truly believe that your relationships and overall peace of mind will improve.
For complete information about these Four Steps to Wisdom, read pages 78–89 of Awareness, by Fr. Anthony DeMello.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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