The Way of the Lover: The Awakening and Embodiment of the Full Human

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The Way of the Lover: The Awakening and Embodiment of the Full Human

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By Robert Augustus Masters

(Xanthyros Foundation, $14.95)

The Way of the Lover is about awakening "the full-blooded wholeness of ourselves," and the author, leader of the Xanthyros community in Vancouver, pulls no punches in his attempt to arouse us from our habitual insensibility. Unsparing in his criticism of the way we lead our lives, he sets out to expose the deceits of all our most cherished "consolations" -- spiritual practice sex, guru-worship, marriage, and the fictions of the "new age." He challenges us to face ourselves honestly and make room for all that we are, freeing ourselves from self-constriction and its compensatory addictions.

The only technique here is that of letting go, falling apart, and then seeing "what unsuspected glories sprout up from the ruins of what we took ourselves to be." "Make exposure more important than composure. Reveal and give up your position. Give up being right. Give up being wrong. Give up your hidden grip. Lose face. Make space for a truer face." Like a plunge into a cold mountain lake, this book is designed to arouse discomfort.

Yoga Journal L.L.C.

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By Holly Hammond

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