Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling, beloved classic on how to go into the dark side of yourself to bring out the light -- now with new material.
Debbie Ford believes that we each hold within us a trace of every human characteristic that exists, the capacity for every human emotion. We are born with the ability to express this entire spectrum of characteristics. But, Ford points out, our families and our society send us strong messages about which ones are good and bad. So when certain impulses arise, we deny them instead of confronting them, giving them a healthy voice, then letting them go.
It is to these feelings that Ford turns our attention, these parts of our selves that don't fit the personae we have created for the rest of the world. She shows us the effects of living in the dark, of keeping all our supposedly unsavory impulses under wraps. We find ourselves disproportionately frustrated and angry at the selfishness of friends, the laziness of colleagues, the arrogance of siblings. When we are unable to reconcile similar impulses in ourselves, Ford explains, we waste our own energy judging others instead of empathizing. But most important, we deny ourselves the power and freedom of living authentically.
Through the stories and exercises in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford shows us not only how to recognize our hidden emotions, but also how to find the gifts they offer us. This is for fans of Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, and Deepak Chopra. The very impulses we most fear may be the key to what is lacking in our lives.
What are we hiding from ourselves?
Why do we find ourselves disproportionately angry with the selfishness of a friend, the laziness of a co-worker, the arrogance of a family member -- or even the rudeness of a stranger? Why do the same old things get to us so easily, and so intensely? Our same old things, Debbie Ford explains, are clues to our dark sides -- and to the emotions and trails that we fear most in ourselves.
In this enlightening guide, she explains how -- consciously or unconsciously -- we hide and deny our dark sides, rejecting these aspects of our true natures rather than giving ourselves the freedom to live authentically. She shows us that it is possible to acknowledge and accept our so-called weaknesses -- and that, in fact, these qualities may prove to be important, hidden strengths. Perhaps a touch of laziness is just what the workaholic needs; perhaps some judicious selfishness can save us from exhaustion and resentment. Through the illuminating stories and practical exercises on this audiocassette, Debbie Ford shows us how to reconcile our darker impulses, find the gifts they offer -- and reclaim our wholeness once again.
About the Author
Debbie Ford was an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal transformation. She was the best-selling author of many books, including: The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, and The Shadow Effect. A transformational coach, speaker, and teacher for more than 20 years, Debbie created the renowned Shadow Process Workshop, was the executive producer of The Shadow Effect transformational documentary, and founder of The Ford Institute, the world-renowned personal and professional training organization. Visit: www.DebbieFord.com.