I’ve been asked why I wrote the book Liberation from the Lie and what it offers readers.
Like many of us I was troubled by the quality of my life and I discovered that I was drawn to the beauty of Buddhism. I became a serious practitioner in my later 20s. I became affiliated with a Zen Temple and was even considered “awakened” by the eminent Roshi there. But I just didn’t fully believe it. My problems really didn’t change. I also wondered why, if the authentic fully aware self is our natural state, why were so few able to experience full liberation?
A number of years ago I received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of Navajo Peacemaking (Navajo Nation Peacemaking: Living Traditional Justice ) to reduce and prevent interpersonal violence. Like the authors Jared Diamond Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and Morris Berman Wandering God , I couldn’t help noticing that the people with whom I was working seemed much more alive and authentic. It was clear to me that they were considerably more comfortable in their bodies and worlds than many of the Buddhist practitioners I knew from back home. It was the Navajo experience and the training I received from traditional healers and counselors that defined the key missing piece of the puzzle for me.
That missing piece was the pervasive incidence of invalidation in the modern world and the immense effect in had on people with respect to how they understood themselves and their world. This insight gave birth to my book Liberation from the Lie. The reason why awakening from our dreams of discontentment and the endless searching for an answer was the trance that invalidation nurtured in the very core of our being. This revelation provided me with both the challenge of understanding it in my own life, as well as to explore pathways to liberate everyone from the bondage of a life of seeking and endless insecurity.
So for those of you who want to know just a little more about this book, please note the following.
Part One of Liberation explores the question of why modern people so rarely experience SUSTAINABLE awakening in their lives. Why does a life of vivid, alive awareness far more characterize the lives of hunting and gathering people? This section also presents the vast breadth of infantile and institutional invalidation that our culture produces. The inevitable outcome of this invalidation is the development of the Fear-Self. This is the fundamentally false persona we unquestionably believe ourselves to be.
Part Two of Liberation is a detailed presentation of how the Fear-Self manifests in our daily lives. We can NEVER be free of this unquestioned identity until we bring it to light in our own lives. We need to see what is false in every detail if we are to ever experience what is true.
Part Three of Liberation presents the road map to finding the authentic You in everyday life. Liberation becomes a manual to finding both the false self and the authentic you that underlies it. Dozens of exercises are provided to guide the reader to not only identify her Fear-Self, in its many guises, but to also support the reader as she releases what is false and allows what is true to emerge on its own. Reading Liberation is, itself, a powerful healing pathway.
Liberation provides a detailed road map to unraveling our false identities and discovering the innate strength, resilience, and passion that is our true self.