Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Review: 'Hidden Treasure' by Alice McDowell

New York author Alice McDowell, PhD initially majored in math and became a statistical analyst in the NYC financial district, within two years she returned graduate school for religious studies and subsequently taught mysticism, world religions, depth psychology and women’s studies at Ithaca College. She now is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center, as well as the founder of the Hidden Treasure program―a three-year training in personal and spiritual growth. Alice has trained with healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi and Buddhist teachers, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over thirty years. ‘She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves, their divinity within.’

As Alice has stated elsewhere, ‘There is a deep longing in us for greater fulfillment, aliveness, authenticity, and love. We frantically seek to fulfill this longing outside ourselves. Yet its fulfillment lies deep within—the hidden treasure or divine Self. Such a process requires courage, commitment, and discipline. The awareness of our illusions and the consciousness of our divine Self creates personal and transpersonal transformation. Every part of you is invited to open up to the Light within. The opening brings healing and leads us to the treasure. It’s a physical process. It’s an energetic process, it’s a psychological process, it’s a spiritual process.’ The book is a study of the Psychology of Self-Awareness.

The synopsis for her book provides a competent outline of the content – ‘Do you long to live a more authentic life but feel you might be getting in your own way? Author Alice McDowell reveals five personality patterns that cause unnecessary suffering and block individuals from living a full and radiant life. These patterns can be so ingrained that they influence body shape and even who a person thinks they are. Through a series of exercises, compelling true stories, fun cartoons, and spiritual insights, McDowell offers individuals and groups an opportunity to learn about—and break free of—these patterns. She provides guidelines for readers to join or create a Hidden Treasure group for ongoing exploration. No matter a person’s age or background, Hidden Treasure can light the way to soften and heal these patterns—and restore your true self and spiritual identity in the process.’

HIDDEN TREASURE examines five personality patterns or character structures - Schizoid, Oral, Masochist, Psychopathic, and Rigid – and teaches us how to break free of these patterns through effective exercises, supported by true stories and excellent illustrations and insights on how to conquer these adversities and find a more fulfilling life. The manner in which she enters each of these character structures makes of a private session with a coach of substance. Not only helpful end informative, Alice has also created a book that is completely entertaining to read! Grady Harp, November 17

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