For Rohr, the goal is to live from our "true self" rather than "false self". Fr. 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. 2 likes.   by Jossey-Bass. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The hard part is how to apply it. It is your own chunk of the immortal diamond. I was fortunate enough to read this book slowly as part of an online course that features a lot of video discussions with Fr. Richard. Is immortal diamond. He is also very frank about where Christianity has gone wrong in their teachings and he tries to recla. Fr. Jesus’ death and resurrection is an archetype for each human journey. I confess to being a Richard Rohr fan. Cost: $120 per person. 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. Based on the bestselling book by Franciscan author Richard Rohr, this online course is for those longing to reconnect to their spiritual identity. Rohr is definitely one of my favorite authors. Richard Rohr’s Immortal Diamond did this to me. Kerine Wint is a software engineering graduate with more love for books than for computers. “God tries to first create a joyous yes inside of you, far more than any kind of no . 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. How wonderful to run into that. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Rohr wants to do something he says can't be done in his previous book, Falling Upward. It is not exactly what is usually called “soul” but rather a combination of spiritual and moral maturity, unselfishness and healthy self-esteem. 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. 2 What is ‘‘The False Self’’? ©2012 Richard Rohr (P)2012 Audible, Inc. 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. Truly, not according to our own devising? Do I agree with everything he says? Immortal Diamond (the title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) is aimed at secular seekers and thinkers, believers and non-believers alike, and that huge disillusioned group who describe themselves as being in recovery from religion itself. Phew! He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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. 8 … 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 have known of this book for more than 5 years now and have heard glowing reviews from friends who have read it. 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. All rights reserved. In Richard Rohr's inimitable style, the book brings to light the mysteries of grace, death, and resurrection. . 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. 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. 6 If It is True, It is True Everywhere 127. Preface xvii. It was too much. Check out this great listen on Audible.com. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Everyman and what it means. It will certainly inform my thinking about what it really means to follow Jesus. Page 150–whoa! 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. 1. I need to let go of my 'false self' and find the part of me (soul, heart) that is real and unconditionally loved. 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 began to question my own beliefs and what has been driving me. This is my second Rohr book and this was again my experience. Richard. 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. This book is a tough read! 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 e. Extraordinary what you can pick up on a hospital bookstall for £1 - I never expected Richard Rohr! It would be this one. 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. Start by marking “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Checked out from the Dallas Public Library. We’d love your help. I took a lot of quotes down. Fear of losing past identities is the ego—your false self—at work. to deepen the spiritual journey. The True Self is the "Immortal Diamond"of the title; it's always there waiting to be "mined" like a diamond in the present. Concerning the True Self, it is, Rohr suggests, the divine presence that lies within us and that can if released transform us into the people we’re meant to be. I see it more as a weav. Registration closes one week before the course opens or as soon as the course fills, whichever comes first. Learn more. January 22nd 2013 Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. 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. Rediscover your forgotten self that can never be destroyed, but can be transformed to live in eternal love. But Rohr seems to have a more difficult time defining the true self, the immortal diamond. To apply for financial assistance, please complete the online Financial Assistance Form at least 1 week before registration is scheduled to close. Please do not register for the online course until your request for financial assistance has been processed. 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. Page 150–whoa! It worked in part, but I really had a difficult ti. Does that come across in this book? He speaks from a Christian perspective but only in that he references scripture to back up his points. Who are we? See 1 question about Immortal Diamond…, A Speculative Fiction Expert’s Year of Escapist Reading. As anyone who follow me knows, I am a huge Richard Rohr fan. I will read this again because I know I didn’t get it all. 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 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. 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.” I liked this book a lot. Richard Rohr seems to care a great deal more about the reader than he does of himself. 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. “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. As always, Rohr provides thought-provoking gems and a refreshing and renewing look at the value of our lives. He talks about resurrection, how one needs to experience death to understand life. I've always felt that this just could not be a necessity for the Source of all that is. If i where to recommend one christian book to read. In the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins: I am all at once what Christ is, | since he was what I am, and Our Visitor Center is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. He has a way of connecting as well with a person like me who isn't by inclination contemplative. Could any one thing be that valuable that we would sell everything for it? He is also very frank about where Christianity has gone wrong in their teachings and he tries to reclaim its original good purpose. 1 What is ‘‘The True Self’’? Or rather, it isn’t strictly a sonnet but the rhyme scheme puts us in mind of the sonnet. Depending on the study guide provider (SparkNotes, Shmoop, etc. Fr. When we have seen that we are not bullet proof but neither are we made of glass. * The Immortal Diamond course is being reviewed to be sure the material is of the appropriate length for each week’s lessons. 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. '” – T.B. It is about finding that we are what we seek! Copyright ©2020 Center for Action and Contemplation. I got the e-book from the library, so I'll buy a copy. Extraordinary what you can pick up on a hospital bookstall for £1 - I never expected Richard Rohr! 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. I got the e-book from the library, so I'll buy a copy. 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. Such a mind and soul stretching work from Richard Rohr. 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." John 17 Review and Summary; Prayer That Brings Revival by David Yonggi Cho; Experience the Good Things of God’s House for Yourself; God Has Taken the Spiritual Initiative; Faith is Our Response; Love Dissolves Fear; Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr; A good article about helping children grow into … He discusses a false self and a true self. Immortal Diamond. 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. 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. Fr. 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." Fr. 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. . Invitation: The Immortal Diamond of the True Self vii. 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. For Rohr, the goal is to live from our "true self" rather than "false self". Here he explains our True Selves and how it is both different from our False Selves and connects us to God. 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. The book is easily available through the usual providers like Amazon and Book Depository. A small subsection of people are probably going to be like me.... on the fence on this book. There is a good chance it will remain a 10-week course, and we will remove this message when we know for sure. 48. But my spirit feels uplifted nonetheless. I need to let go of my 'false self' and find the part of me (soul, heart) that is real and unconditionally loved. $19.95. Each of t. As anyone who follow me knows, I am a huge Richard Rohr fan. 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. Huge turning point for me. 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. The diamond that we see in each other but won't admit to ourselves. That life and existence flows from death into a new beginning. Hopkins, Gerard Manley. THE MESSAGE of his latest book, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self: As is usually the case with Richard’s books, the idea can be conveyed in a single sentence: At the core of each life is true, eternal goodness—and the key to a successful life is opening up that true self so that we can compassionately connect with God’s world. But I returned because I felt too challenged and unclear to walk away. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. "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." 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. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Welcome back. Who are we? He challenges me, pushes me, and enlightens me. I enjoyed Falling Upward but found this book to be much deeper. Does he state definitively anywhere his view of the nature of God? It seems Richard Rohr manages to sum up my every sermon this last year in this beautiful book. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. Connecting with your truly divine inner self and the ground of all being is the theme of this book. “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. ― Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. I highly recommend it. What is it? We must all die to ourselves if we are to deepen our understanding that we are part of the whole. I was fortunate enough to read this book slowly as part of an online course that features a lot of video discussions with Fr. 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." Please review the technical and language requirements prior to registering. Richard is academic Dean of … It is about finding that we are what we seek!! In the current title, his purpose is precisely to push his readers into that realization. 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). Recommended by good friend Gil Stafford. Connecting with your truly divine inner self and the ground of all being is the theme of this book. Sins of the flesh, however, carry shame and guilt and can always be used to bring anybody down in church, culture, or the state.”. 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. It was too much. It IS accessible, but you can't fly through it because it requires a good bit of thought along the way. Recommended by my Spiritual Director, I knew that I should read it. Fr. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation. A summary of Part X (Section7) in Philip Roth's Everyman. 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. 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 … I confess to being a Richard Rohr fan. 5 Thou Art That 95. 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). The course explores new themes each week through reflections, discussion, expanded commentary, additional articles, videos, and audio clips, plus exclusive teachings from Father Richard. 27. When we have hit rock bottom. Highly recommended! And I love that he flows through the false self being not bad, but inevitable. This is not an easy read, and to put its ideas into practice is a lifetime's work, but several helpful appendices suggest spiritual practices and other reading, as well as background ideas, to set us on the way. 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 … Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning. For him it is also God in us. But as he wrote.. Amor vincit omnia! I began to question my own beliefs and what has been driving me. This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, | patch, matchwood, immortal diamond A beautiful book! 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. But don't get the impression that this book is about head knowledge. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy. This book is about love and life. Love will win!!! Like. 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 enjoyed Falling Upward but found this book to be much deeper. My brain hurts just thinking about 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. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True 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. The Center for Action and Contemplation1705 Five Points Rd SWAlbuquerque, New Mexico 87105. I guess I highlighted about 1/3 of the book which I want to go back and look over taking my time and meditating. This rich online course is based on Richard Rohr’s book, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. 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. Buy a cheap copy of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our... book by Richard Rohr. 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