Understanding False Self and True Self

These terms ‘false self’ and ‘true self’ were first used by Thomas Merton back in the 1960’s and they have evolved over the past decades offering a core insight into one’s growth in the spiritual life.

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These terms ‘false self’ and ‘true self’ were first used by Thomas Merton back in the 1960’s and they have evolved over the past decades offering a core insight into one’s growth in the spiritual life. “Lose yourself in Me and you will find yourself” (John 12:25) now evokes deep spiritual as well as psychological realities. 

Hopefully, as readers begin to sense their personal call to deeper transformation, this small book will be a trustworthy accompaniment that supports their growth, healing and transformation. The chapters on Exploring the False Self and Exploring the True Self with their concrete practical applications from daily life are quite encouraging and inspiring. Helping to stir up awareness of egoic reactions and coping mechanisms, these insights foster a perseverance and steadfastness throughout the spiritualization process that most often spans decades. 

We encourage readers to embrace this understanding of ‘false self’ and ‘true self’ with a spirit of trustful abandonment and surrender. The suggestions for the recovery of love in all our relationships act as a guide to help us grow in understanding one’s past history as well as discovering the truth of one’s authentic and creative true self. Hold fast your deepest desire!

 

Format: 5.5 by 6.5 inches

Number of pages: 76

ISBN: 978-0-9680061-6-0

About The Author

Rosemary O'Toole CSJ

Rosemary O’Toole CSJ(Sisters of St. Joseph) and spiritual directors from The Upper Room Home of Prayer in Ottawa, Canada are creating a library of books on various core spiritual teachings. This Future Full of Hope series of 15 small books is their 30th anniversary ‘pay it forward’ gift to Christians. These books can be purchased for individual study and reflection or used in school, parish or home groups. Concise, yet comprehensive, these teachings can guide and inspire many on their spiritual journeys.