The Story of ‘You’ – Sample Chapters

The Story of ‘You’ examines the ‘Natural State of Being’ in which we are born, how we lose it as we come to identify as our Personality and the effect that identification has on our health, relationships and minds. It covers how we try to escape the Suffering of Personality by the distractions of belief, desire and hope. Finally we focus on what happens when those distractions don’t work any more and a search begins to find out what is the cause of this Suffering. 

The Story of ‘You’ takes the reader on a journey that touches on sociology and psychology but always leads back to the central, spiritual enquiry: “Who is this ‘you’ that appears to be experiencing its story?” 

I recommend you begin by reading the Prologue for an overview of the material and keep reading in order because the themes and concepts covered build progressively throughout the discussions.

A note on capitalisations: You may have noticed I capitalise certain key words such as ‘Being’ and ‘Personality’; this is because I’m using them in a specific way. Words mean different things to different people; the effectiveness of language depends on a consensus of meaning between speaker and listener. To communicate this material effectively I have had to be clear on exactly what I mean by the use of these key words in the context of this enquiry. I explain and define them as they arise in the books. For easy reference they are also summarised in the Glossary.

 

 

PROLOGUE

BEGINNINGS

1 ONENESS
Before energy becomes something, it starts out as the undivided, potential energy of everything
2 DUALITY
When Oneness manifests as Two-ness
3 THE ABSOLUTE & RELATIVE LEVELS
The interplay of two levels of reality
THE NATURAL STATE
4 OUR ORIGINAL RELATIONSHIP TO LIFE
Before we relate to any human, our primary relationship is with life itself
5 BEING
How the Original Relationship to Life manifests in a person
THE WORLD OF MAN
6 SURVIVORS
We are all survivors of having lost the Natural State
7 THE GROUP PERSONALITY
How our tribe informs the development of our Personality
8 FAMILY
Its parts in influencing the development of our Personality
9 GENDER
The influence of gender on Personality
CHILDHOOD
10 THE SELF
How the Natural State develops an operating centre
11 IDENTIFICATION
The appearance of an ‘I’
12 FORGETTING
How we lose touch with the Natural State
13 THE WOUND
The moment we first experience estrangement from Love
14 THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE
How we learn that, in the world of man, love is conditional
15 CONTRACTION
How we learn to contract from love to protect ourselves from being hurt
16 REPRESSION
How the Personality consigns unwanted feelings to the
sub-conscious
17 EMOTION
The difference between an Emotion and a feeling.
18 GAINING ATTENTION
What we substitute for Love
PERSONALITY
19 PERSONALITY
The self grows in relation to the Wound and crystallises into our Personality.
20 PERSONALITY IN THE WORLD
How the Personality interprets the world according to its beliefs.
21 PERSONALITY AWARENESS
How Personality edits our experience of life
22 BELIEF
The foundation of Personality
23 THE DREAM
How our beliefs create the Dream of the Personality
24 MIND
How we identify the mind as the centre of who we are
25 THOUGHT
How we become addicted to thinking as way to avoid feeling
26 THE MASK
What we wear to hide the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to be seen
27 THE SHADOW
The hidden side of Personality
OUTCOMES
28 SUFFERING
The outcome of identifying with Personality
29 HEALTH
The effect of identifying as the Personality on our health
30 PERSONAL LOVE
How, in our personal relationships, we seek to replace the Love we have lost
31 RELATIONSHIP
How our Personalities get played out in our relationships
32 DISTRACTION
How the Personality distracts itself from unhappiness
33 CHASING HAPPINESS
How we pursue fulfilment in the world
PERSONAL GROWTH
34 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
How we try to find happiness by rearranging the Personality
35 SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
What is it and does it work?
LIFE BEYOND PERSONALITY
36 TEACHING THE UNTEACHABLE
Pointing to what you already know
37 RESISTANCE
The habit of not feeling
38 AWARENESS
Consciousness encountering what is
39 WHO ARE YOU?
The ultimate question
GLOSSARY