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The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2002
The message here is clear. Reclaim your power and creativity by actively embracing the sides of yourself you deny or dislike. Rather than waste time and energy condemning others, look at yourself for possible faults you may be finding in those around you. In this context, being a whole person is more important than being a "good" person. Being "spiritual" means being fully human, warts and all!
Many examples are given throughout of how judging others negatively is in fact a mirror for one's own perceived negative personality traits. Positive qualities are also often projected onto others and we can reclaim these too. By accepting the whole truth about ourselves we can move forward with a greater sense of self-worth and more love to give to others.
"Do you really want inner peace?" asks Debbie Ford, "If you do its yours. Surrender. Stop fighting. Stop defending. Stop pretending. Stop denying. Stop lying to yourself". Overall this is a powerful read in the territory of the "Conversations With God" books by Neale Donald Walsch who contributes an introduction here. As with many books of this nature, the challenge is to consistently LIVE these ideas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2002
Actually 3 stars is generous. 2 to 2 and half is about all it deserves. The exercises are ok. The overall message that we need to embrace all sides of ourselves and learn from every part of us, good and bad is fine, but Ford's anecdotes,such as the one about "Jennifer" and her stalker, just don't ring true.
If a total stranger followed me for months on end including to Hawaii half-way around the world, there is no way in holy hell I would be content with merely acknowledging my own capacity for evil and saying "hello" to the stalker to get rid of him or her.
If anything, some stalkers would be ENCOURAGED by the one they stalk saying "hello." And if all my so-called friend could offer in the way of advice and support is "just own your own evil" - I think i'd soon drop that person as a friend.
Likewise with the Morgan story - she admitted how much she hated her mother and all her stomach cancer magically disappeared.
Are we as readers given any evidence whatsoever that any of these things ever happened ? NO!!! could they have been cnojured up by a self-styled self-help guru just to sell books ? YES!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2004
This book has genuinely helped me continue to bring out my greatest attributes from within, as well as learn to honor all aspects of myself. Ironically, I discovered this book from the Afterword of another book 'Individual Power' where the author shared how much this book helped her. What a wonderful gift this brought to me!
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers helped me learn how to embrace those aspects within that I did not 'own' but viewed as 'wrong.' Through this wonderful book, I was able to discover the good behind the so-called 'bad'. I was able to free myself of false limiting beliefs, and I am deeply grateful for the contribution this book has had on my life.
I highly recommend this book as another wonderful and powerful tool if you want to own and embrace all aspects of yourself so you can soar in your life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2004
I thought I was happy, I thought I was mature. I was looking for another challenge in life, so I picked up this book to see if there was anything useful. Whoa! This book made me realize that I have a whole other side to myself that I was not aware of. It made me understand what really being whole as a person is all about. I cannot say enough about this book! Thanks to this book, I feel I can really see the positive and negative sides of myself. I am using it to figure out how to get rid of the clutter in my life and embrace the simple beauty of it all. Another book that is really helping me now is "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. It is another one of these terrific books that looks at these things with a focus on our relationships with other people. Both of these books are highly, highly recommended!!! Good luck to you all!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2002
When are we average people going to stop letting self-help gurus like this author cheat us out of our hard-earned money? I read the book with somewhat low expectations, and I was not disappointed!
Maybe I'm completely out of touch with the rest of the world (i.e. California), but I hear one more Self-help Guru telling me that if I follow her psychological diet of nutritious nuggets I will shed the cumbersome load of stagnant mental sludge. She has some nice ideas but they are neither original or practical. I hear a hundred other psychoanalytical prophets speaking through her words. Just another psychological diet book for us mentally unfit savages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2001
The philosophies shared in this book are significant. Unlike many of the theories written in other self-helps, Debbie provides the reader with tools that seem to make true lasting changes. I took the time to do the exercises and I believe I find myself on a brighter path of consciousness and contentment. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life" by Taro Gold. Excellent.
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on June 19, 2003
I thought I had finished writing my own book. I believed I had said all I have learned. Then I picked up Debbie Ford's book The Dark Side of the Light Chasers. Oh boy, did I have more healing to do.
I discovered this when I completed one of the exercises in this book. It directed me to connect with that part within which contains the highest self truths, my "sacred self," and ask: "What [do] you need to do to open your heart and let go of any emotional toxicity you have been carrying around?"
With pen and journal in hand, I began writing.
We have to experience understanding ourselves in order to heal ourselves. With the help of this wonderful book, I was able to do just that.
I am deeply grateful to Debbie Ford for sharing herself and her healing process so that I was able to continue mine. Thank you.
I hope you can see the true power in giving and sharing. They are not simply esoteric concepts reserved for the few. They are the connection we all share, the connection that transforms each of us individually and thus transforms all of humanity when we give ourselves permission to simply be ourselves.
As a self-help, spiritual author, I salute Debbie Ford for her courage to open up, share, and make a difference. This book will certainly help you embrace and transform whatever you may unconsciously view as "wrong" with you, just as it did with me.
From my heart, Barbara Rose, author if 'Individual Power: Reclaiming Your Core, Your Truth, and Your Life' and 'If God Was Like Man'
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on August 26, 2002
In Debbie Ford's book THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS: RECLAIMING YOUR POWER, CREATIVITY, BRILLIANCE, AND DREAMS, the author explores what she calls the "shadow" or the "dark side": all of the things people have repressed and judged as bad or wrong in themselves. This "dark side" essentially limits and belittles us and is the source of pain in people's lives. Ford explains her Shadow work by examining all of the ways we can reveal these hidden qualities. This involves turning around our judgments of others (positive and negative) and applying them to ourselves, looking at how we resist the way we are and realizing how each of us is a mirror of everyone around us. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter that allow the reader to experience what they just read about. Ford shares her experience of how uncovering her "shadow" allowed her to take her attention off herself, be healed and be available for other people. I really enjoyed how she made what she was talking about real through discussing her own experiences and by painting pictures of other people's experiences of finding healing, love and freedom through her work. If you enjoyed this book, I highly recommend WORKING ON YOURSELF DOESN'T WORK by Ariel and Shya Kane. This book is about transformation, a shift from mechanical ways of living to having a magical, satisfying life. The difference is that Debbie Ford's approach involves exercises and revisiting the past, whereas the Kanes' approach is instantaneous and only requires being aware of your behaviors without judging them or trying to fix yourself, as their book title suggests.
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on November 7, 2001
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers is a good book for people who are dedicated and committed to finding their true selves and sacrificing the person they always thought they were (a pretty hard thing to do). It's based on the theories of Carl G. Jung,
a swiss psychologist who first thought up the "shadow" and how it might be good to embrace it instead of run away from it. A big part of the book is being willing to sacrifice the person you think you are for the person you can become and that involves giving up your excuses and questioning your beliefs.
But the main theme of the book, as the title suggests, is embracing your dark side and finding a gift in all those "horrible" qualities- the things that you most fear and hate about yourself- and not just being boring or dull either; DebbieFord has you go through accepting everything(insane,depressed,empty,evil,masochistic,and insensitive to name a few). This book is very inspiring for me but it will only be
effective if you are willing to open up, see the truth, and do the work.
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on October 30, 2001
There are so many New Age "Self-help" books on the shelves that you can literally get lost, and every book begins to sound the same. This is the first book I've read in a long time that actually helped me. Of course, I read most of it thinking, "Sure, it worked for the author--her picture on the cover already tells you that she's got everything going for her, but what about the rest of us?" I also thought her exercises were too simplistic and would not work. I decided to try the exercise on the bus--meeting your sub-personalities. I was absolutely not expecting to see any imagery in my mind, since visualizing is difficult for me. I was amazed when a very clear& vivid image of a small, plain, mousey-looking woman with glasses stood up immediately on my bus & said hello. I realized that this was the image I have spent my entire life working to avoid, and talking to her was very enlightening. This book has helped me a great deal in accepting & even embracing all of the aspects of myself that I have worked so hard to eliminate. I highly recommend it!
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