Author(s): Debbie Ford
The bestselling, beloved classic on how to go into the dark side of yourself to bring out the light -- now with new material. Debbie Ford believes that we each hold within us a trace of every human characteristic that exists, the capacity for every human emotion. We are born with the ability to express this entire spectrum of characteristics. But, Ford points out, our families and our society send us strong messages about which ones are good and bad. So when certain impulses arise, we deny them instead of confronting them, giving them a healthy voice, then letting them go. It is to these feelings that Ford turns our attention, these parts of our selves that don't fit the personae we have created for the rest of the world. She shows us the effects of living in the dark, of keeping all our supposedly unsavory impulses under wraps. We find ourselves disproportionately frustrated and angry at the selfishness of friends, the laziness of colleagues, the arrogance of siblings. When we are unable to reconcile similar impulses in ourselves, Ford explains, we waste our own energy judging others instead of empathizing. But most important, we deny ourselves the power and freedom of living authentically. Through the stories and exercises in "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers," Debbie Ford shows us not only how to recognize our hidden emotions, but also how to find the gifts they offer us. This is for fans of Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, and Deepak Chopra. The very impulses we most fear may be the key to what is lacking in our lives.
Ford explains how individuals hide, deny, and reject their dark sides--and how, through stories and exercises, they can reconcile these impulses, finding the gifts they offer and reclaiming our wholeness once again.
Debbie Ford was an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal transformation. She was the best-selling author of many books, including: "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, " and "The Shadow Effect." A transformational coach, speaker, and teacher for more than 20 years, Debbie created the renowned "Shadow Process Workshop, " was the executive producer of "The Shadow Effect" transformational documentary, and founder of The Ford Institute, the world-renowned personal and professional training organization.
Introduction -- Foreword -- Chapter 1. World Without, World Within -- Chapter 2. Chasing Down the Shadow -- Chapter 3. The World Within Us -- Chapter 4. Re-Collecting Ourselves -- Chapter 5. Know Thy Shadow, Know Thy Self -- Chapter 6. I Am That -- Chapter 7. Embracing Your Dark Side -- Chapter 8. Reinterpreting Yourself -- Chapter 9. Letting Your Own Light Shine -- Chapter 10. A Life Worth Living -- Afterword.