Good, definitely good, but with its high popularity I hadn't expected it to be so deep. Rohr is considered by some to be quite a radical, and outside of the teachings of the church, but I found his messages -- which have a mystical flavor and tend to be both rooted in text and in everyday reality -- really resonated with me. That’s the ultimate goal for Immortal Diamond: A Study in Search of True Self. In the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins: I am all at once what Christ is, | since he was what I am, and And there is more to uncover. The True Self is the "Immortal Diamond"of the title; it's always there waiting to be "mined" like a diamond in the present. Connecting with your truly divine inner self and the ground of all being is the theme of this book. Like Rohr always seems to do, this one will force you to step back, reflect, and do some serious internal work in light of the truth he shares. He's a writer with the gift of spinning out a single idea to a whole book (a very profitable gift) but I realized after a while that there is a complex of ideas in this book: about the false self we construct for public (and our own) consumption, the true self who can be found only in relationship with God, the meaning of all the little deaths and resurrections (and the big one) in our lives, our essential unity with God, and the role of Christ in bringing us to spiritual completeness. Richard is academic Dean of … Each of t. As anyone who follow me knows, I am a huge Richard Rohr fan. I need to let go of my 'false self' and find the part of me (soul, heart) that is real and unconditionally loved. When we have seen that we are not bullet proof but neither are we made of glass. I grew up in the Catholic church, fell away for a long while, disillusioned by negative experiences with bigotry and hypocrisy (especially lack of love + care in my close church community as a youth). For anyone who has read "Falling Upward," you'll find "Immortal Diamond" to be a sequel, but it's equally possible to start with the latter. '” – T.B. His depth of understanding philosophy, theology and psychology comes across so smooth in this medium. Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves in God In his bestselling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and... Free Shipping on all orders over $10. “One of the most valuable and vital aspects of this brilliant merging of theology, spirituality and psychology is the articulation of the human condition and the True Self/False Self conceptualization as a replacement for the more traditional language of ‘Original Sin. From the Back Cover. Buy a cheap copy of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our... book by Richard Rohr. Huge turning point for me. Like. If i where to recommend one christian book to read. He is also very frank about where Christianity has gone wrong in their teachings and he tries to reclaim its original good purpose. Recently, I've been deep in spiritual seeking and have been trying slowly to make peace with my religion-of-origin, starting with the things that are beautiful and good. That we are the false self because of defense mechanisms and up bringing and because of trying to prove and rail against and pull things toward us when - throughout the book - it is discussed that our true self is the ability to be pulled toward, to be in awe of, to survive and become the diamond. The diamond that may or may not have always have been there. I took a lot of quotes down. It is to inhabit Jesus' frame of reference: "Jesus never knew himself or operated as an independent 'I' but only as a 'thou' in relationship to his Father and the Holy Spirit, which he says in a hundred different ways." He talks about resurrection, how one needs to experience death to understand life. The "true self" is a life "centered" in God rather than ego: "in finding your True Self, you will have found an absolute reference point that is both utterly within you and utterly beyond you at the very same time." In Immortal Diamond, Father Rohr likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. The True Self is the "Immortal Diamond"of the title; it's always there waiting to be "mined" like a diamond in the present. This book particularly resonated with me because it deals with the search for the True Self, which is a task of the second half of life, where I definitely am at present. Our Visitor Center is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. When I began this book-it seemed simple and fairly straightforward. A summary of a classic Hopkins poem ‘That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection’ is a sonnet, but not as we know it. As Richard Rohr writes, “Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.” We need ego to help us function, succeed, and belong. Jesus’ death and resurrection is an archetype for each human journey. Rohr is definitely one of my favorite authors. Fr. There are quotable quotes on nearly every page, and I found myself doing a lot of note taking and journaling to soak up the insights. Fr. I see it more as a weaving of a trail enticing the reader to go up to and through a gateway that they might not have been afraid to approach. As always, Rohr provides thought-provoking gems and a refreshing and renewing look at the value of our lives. I enjoyed Falling Upward but found this book to be much deeper. As anyone who follow me knows, I am a huge Richard Rohr fan. In this 10-week online course, you will have opportunities to: Course content will be available until one week after the course end date, or until Midnight, U.S. MT on the Tuesday following the course end date. Rohr wants to do something he says can't be done in his previous book, Falling Upward. This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, | patch, matchwood, immortal diamond As Richard Rohr writes, “Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but … There is a good chance it will remain a 10-week course, and we will remove this message when we know for sure. I guess I highlighted about 1/3 of the book which I want to go back and look over taking my time and meditating. I confess to being a Richard Rohr fan. It will certainly inform my thinking about what it really means to follow Jesus. Just one example of what grabbed me was his explanation of the error in the thinking that God required the sacrificial death of Jesus to atone for sin. Here’s a journey that Father Richard Rohr promises will secure a happier existence. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation. It is about finding that we are what we seek! In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation. The "true self" is a life "centered" in God rather than ego: "in finding your True Self, you will have found an absolute reference point that is both utterly within you and utterly beyond you at the very same time." Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves in God. Recommended by my Spiritual Director, I knew that I should read it. I got the e-book from the library, so I'll buy a copy. This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. But Rohr seems to have a more difficult time defining the true self, the immortal diamond. “This book is a must read for anyone on a serious spiritual search.” – J.K. “A deep read, if you’re ready to take the leap.” – LH. This is a soul-searching explanation of the difference between our “false self” (how we present ourselves, who we perceive ourselves to be) and our “true self” (who God has created us to be) and an exposition of how to let go of the former and embrace the latter. He says that we should "happily be willing to sell everything to buy that field" (Matthew 13:44)—or that diamond mine! Fr. And I love that he flows through the false self being not bad, but inevitable. 8 … Thank you! Richard. Does that come across in this book? Immortal Diamond The Search for Our True Self (Book) : Rohr, Richard : Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves in God In his bestselling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy. The last lines of this beautiful poem say, “I am all at once what Christ is, since he was what I am, and/ This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,/ Is immortal diamond.” The distinction between false and true selves is useful and so was the reminder not to hate our false self, but to go beyond it. to deepen the spiritual journey. Recently, I've been deep in spiritual seeking and have been trying slowly to make peace with my religion-of-origin, starting with t. I loved and admired Richard Rohr for awhile before reading this book, based mostly on receiving his daily email meditation from the Center of Action and Contemplation. I will read this again because I know I didn’t get it all. I was fortunate enough to read this book slowly as part of an online course that features a lot of video discussions with Fr. Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning. I began to question my own beliefs and what has been driving me. 48. Truly, not according to our own devising? 14th book of 2017. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation. A small subsection of people are probably going to be like me.... on the fence on this book. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Everyman and what it means. It worked in part, but I really had a difficult ti. In Richard Rohr's inimitable style, the book brings to light the mysteries of grace, death, and resurrection. I need to let go of my 'false self' and find the part of me (soul, heart) that is real and unconditionally loved. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In the previous book, it was highly doubtful that anyone in the first half of life could appreciate the second half. Richard. I suggest that you read this if you can integrate the metaphor of resurrection into your own theology. Start by marking “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” as Want to Read: Error rating book. 1. In his best-selling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in … Checked out from the Dallas Public Library. Either you are going to find the book truly uplifting, life changing and/or affirming or you are going to be unable to appreciate the book in any way, shape or form. Poems When we have hit rock bottom. Richard Rohr has a way of bringing to the fore ways of understanding spirituality that is both future oriented, broad in concept and outreach, and revelatory. After his best-selling book, Falling Upward, Richard Rohr takes us on a journey to find our True Selves and to overcome the petty distractions of our egos-- the essential tasks of mature and soulful spirituality. Who are we? For him it is also God in us. I have loved Richard Rohrs voice and style on podcasts for the last 5 years so it was nice to grab on of his books to look through. Who are we? But the depth of meaning in his words, thoughts and beliefs...I was often left in doubt of what I thought I knew. That we are the false self because of defense mechanisms and up bringing and because of trying to prove and rail against and pull things toward. Father Richard's masterpiece, in my opinion. But I did not feel prompted to read it until this year which turned out to be a blessing because the message of this book echoes my own personal journey of the last 12 months, so when I read it, I found that Rohr's words helped me articulate what I have been experiencing but could not quite describe. Love will win!!! He discusses a false self and a true self. Truly, not according to our own devising? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At one point in the book—I stopped reading. I liked this book a lot. He speaks from a Christian perspective but only in that he references scripture to back up his points. I have loved Richard Rohrs voice and style on podcasts for the last 5 years so it was nice to grab on of his books to look through. Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr's inimitable style. Learn more. Immortal Diamond: A Study in Search of the True Self is an opportunity to mine for the real you that has been there all along, hidden under the trappings of ego and False Self. Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr’s inimitable style. When the false self dies and the true self lives. He is also very frank about where Christianity has gone wrong in their teachings and he tries to recla. From a very Christian perspective. It seems Richard Rohr manages to sum up my every sermon this last year in this beautiful book. Hearing Rohr speak, it sounds like he has abandoned Christian theism for pantheism or panentheism. Kerine Wint is a software engineering graduate with more love for books than for computers. But I returned because I felt too challenged and unclear to walk away. Fear of losing past identities is the ego—your false self—at work. by Jossey-Bass. Registration closes one week before the course opens or as soon as the course fills, whichever comes first. Extraordinary what you can pick up on a hospital bookstall for £1 - I never expected Richard Rohr! * The Immortal Diamond course is being reviewed to be sure the material is of the appropriate length for each week’s lessons. By doing this, "He overcame the [world's] system's seduction and illusion by living inside an utterly different frame of reference, the eternal 'Reign of God.'" Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr's inimitable style. 1 What is ‘‘The True Self’’? Is immortal diamond. Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self is required reading for this course. It was too much. This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. I have self-doubts, image problems and the perspective of this book was to help me recognize that I am love, loved, lovable, loving. Invitation: The Immortal Diamond of the True Self vii. Immortal Diamond The Search for Our True Self (Book) : Rohr, Richard : Dissolve the distractions of ego to find your authentic self in God. The Center for Action and Contemplation1705 Five Points Rd SWAlbuquerque, New Mexico 87105. Immortal Diamond The Search for Our True Self (Audiobook CD) : Rohr, Richard : Shows how to navigate difficult terrain with clear vision and tools in order to uncover the "true self" and examines the fundamental issues of being, providing help on the path of spiritual maturity and awakening. ©2012 Richard Rohr (P)2012 Audible, Inc. 6 If It is True, It is True Everywhere 127. I began to question my own beliefs and what has been driving me. Copyright ©2020 Center for Action and Contemplation. ― Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. When I began this book-it seemed simple and fairly straightforward. It would be this one. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. See 1 question about Immortal Diamond…, A Speculative Fiction Expert’s Year of Escapist Reading. Immortal Diamond. Sins of the flesh, however, carry shame and guilt and can always be used to bring anybody down in church, culture, or the state.”. Fr. Here he explains our True Selves and how it is both different from our False Selves and connects us to God. He speaks from a Christian perspective but only in that he references scripture to back up his points. Do I agree with everything he says? I got the e-book from the library, so I'll buy a copy. But if we let it stay in charge, ego stands in the way of living freely and authentically, from our God-given identity and calling. I enjoyed Falling Upward but found this book to be much deeper. I was fortunate enough to read this book slowly as part of an online course that features a lot of video discussions with Fr. Fr. The course explores new themes each week through reflections, discussion, expanded commentary, additional articles, videos, and audio clips, plus exclusive teachings from Father Richard. . I'm quite surprised that his quasi-universalism hasn't got him excommunicated from the Catholic Church yet, but I suppose as a Franciscan monk rather than an 'official' theologian he has more latitude - and especially under the current Pope. This book is about love and life. It is not exactly what is usually called “soul” but rather a combination of spiritual and moral maturity, unselfishness and healthy self-esteem. Fr. Having just finished Richard Rohr’s latest reflection Immortal DiamondI have taken the time to collect a few quotes that caused some wonderful moments of personal reflection over coffee. Hopkins, Gerard Manley. I see it more as a weav. Check out this great listen on Audible.com. "The Risen Christ represents the final perspective of every True Self: a human-divine one that is looking out at God from itself—and yet knowing that it is God-in-you seeing God-who-is-also-beyond-you—and enjoying both yourself and God as good and as united." Highly recommended! We must all die to ourselves if we are to deepen our understanding that we are part of the whole. Connecting with your truly divine inner self and the ground of all being is the theme of this book. This is my second Rohr book and this was again my experience. Richard Rohr’s Immortal Diamond did this to me. A Guide to English Literature Book Summary : At first glance A Guide to English Literature may seem to be no more than a short bibliography of English literature with perhaps rather more extensive--and certainly more outspoken--comments on the principal editions, commentaries, biographies, and critical works than bibliographies usually provide. Richard Rohr – Immortal Diamond. Page 150–whoa! In Richard Rohr's inimitable style, the book brings to light the mysteries of grace, death, and resurrection. It is to inhabit Jesus' frame of reference: "Jesus never knew himself or operated as an independent 'I' but only as a 'thou' in relationship to his Fathe. Summary Sunday, July 31-Friday, August 5, 2016 You (and every other created thing) begin with your own divine DNA, an inner destiny as it were, an absolute core that knows the truth about you, a true believer tucked away in the cellar of your being, an imago … I have self-doubts, image problems and the perspective of this book was to help me recognize that I am love, loved, lovable, loving. I've always felt that this just could not be a necessity for the Source of all that is. This book was just okay for me. Please review the technical and language requirements prior to registering. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) was probably Victorian poetry’s… He challenges me, pushes me, and enlightens me. Not sure. For Rohr, the goal is to live from our "true self" rather than "false self". Privacy Policy, Discuss course content with fellow learners from around the world, Read course relevant works by Fr. Assignment Explanation Write a three-page critical reflection paper on something you found interesting, important, objectionable, etc., from Immortal Diamond.Place your analysis in the context of Rohr’s treatment of the relationship between the True and False Self, and discuss the implications of his book for the way you understand “God” and spirituality. It was too much. I highly recommend it. But the depth of meaning in his words, thoughts and beliefs...I was often left in doubt of what I thought I knew. How wonderful to run into that. “Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”, “If unconditional love, loyalty, and obedience are the tickets to an eternal life, then my black Labrador, Venus, will surely be there long before me, along with all the dear animals in nature who care for their young at great cost to themselves and have suffered so much at the hands of humans.”. But I returned because I felt too challenged and unclear to walk away. I can’t remember the last time I finished a book, thought to myself, “I will never be the same again,” and began rereading to figure out why. He discusses a false self and a true self. The book is easily available through the usual providers like Amazon and Book Depository. The diamond that we see in each other but won't admit to ourselves. These are the questions raised by Richard Rohr in his latest book Immortal Diamond, which brings the mystical tradition -- what he calls the Perennial Tradition -- into play with daily life. 2 What is ‘‘The False Self’’? It IS accessible, but you can't fly through it because it requires a good bit of thought along the way. January 22nd 2013 It is about finding that we are what we seek!! ), the resources below will generally offer Immortal chapter summaries, quotes, and analysis of themes, characters, and symbols. 1918. Just one example of what grabbed me was his explanation of the error in the thinking that God required the sacrificial death of Jesus to atone for sin. I confess to being a Richard Rohr fan. 59. Not an easy read, but ultimately I think worth a try if you are trying to let go of your ego. His depth of understanding philosophy, theology and psychology comes across so smooth in this medium. $19.95. Thus, sin is an "ego trip" - "sin is a mistake about who you are and whose you are." Rohr explores the True Self, the immortal diamond we discover if we are willing to go deep enough, and move beyond our false self. Huge turning point for me. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection. His concepts are far broader in scope and if you have more Buddhist leanings you will see that he is only trying to show that Christianity is saying the same thing, if you know where to look. However, I’m not sure what the rest of the book was about, other than rooting the notion of truth telling and knowing oneself into the Christian tradition. Your "true self" is like a diamond, buried deep within your, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr's inimitable style. He has a way of connecting as well with a person like me who isn't by inclination contemplative. It worked in part, but I really had a difficult time getting over the literal resurrection part. Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Among the summaries and analysis available for Immortal, there are 1 Short Summary and 3 Book Reviews. As an avid reader, writer, and fan of all things... To see what your friends thought of this book, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. 2 likes. This book will set you on that path. Refresh and try again. For Rohr, the goal is to live from our "true self" rather than "false self". Immortal Diamond didn't grab me as firmly as did Falling Upward but that may be because some of the content was material I'd read in Rohr's daily devotions. It is your own chunk of the immortal diamond. Cost: $120 per person. I especially like his books on Masculine spirituality (the journey from wild man to wise man). All rights reserved. . But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. At one point in the book—I stopped reading. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Richard, Step into a deeper understanding of the True Self, Engage in personal reflection and contemplative practice, Review supplemental material (audio, video, articles, books, etc.) I like Richard Rohr and have read several books. “God tries to first create a joyous yes inside of you, far more than any kind of no . But as he wrote.. Amor vincit omnia! Does he state definitively anywhere his view of the nature of God? 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