Self Fulfilled (Thoughtless) by Gregory Nicholas Malouf is an important treatise about the inner self and the soul. The book indicates that trust and faith in our inner self begets our trust and faith in the world around us.
The author indicates that we are fulfilled when we make an inner connection to the soul. This inner connection is made through self-fulfillment and forgiveness. The connection also involves an acceptance of our own imperfections which can contradict perceived expectations of those around us.
One of the most important parts of the book deals with unhealthful connections or modes of behavior in daily life. Examples of these sum zero modes are rehashing past experiences, illogical reactions, a tendency to manipulate and control to satisfy needs, offering negative opinions about others and attacking others even when unprovoked.
Malouf offers a plethora of solutions to break away from the negative modes of behavior in our lives. He indicates that fears give power to the ego while love neutralizes it constructively. Overcoming fear ultimately involves opening our minds to new possibilities previously unarticulated or even unthinkable.
The author has stumbled upon another powerful way to thwart criticism. Simply put, each of us should learn to observe without criticizing. In this way, the undesirable information gets tossed into the public arena without criticism attached. The book closes with a call for each of us to be at one with the Universe.
Self Fulfilled is an excellent book on developing skills to transcend life’s tribulations by making connections with the all powerful soul. These connections aren’t easy for everyone to make because the disincentives around us tend to make connections to the spirit more difficult to obtain. Nonetheless, people can begin making these connections as part of spiritual and philosophical movements.
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