From Survival to Awakening with Ira Israel

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Many of us survived a challenging childhood that left us with a voice of dissatisfaction and an inability to find purpose and meaning as adults.  Ira Israel is an author and psychotherapist who explains that the origin of dissatisfaction is the wounded child within who is subconsciously and retroactively seeking the acceptance, approval, and love of primary caregivers who either withheld love, loved us conditionally, or treated us in ways we did not understand. We will focus on his new book, How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening  (New World Library, November 13, 2017).

 “Children create ‘false selves’ — facades, personas — in order to obtain the acceptance, approval, and love they crave; however, any acceptance, approval, or ‘love’ that we receive as adults based on our facades, and not on our inner and usually somewhat messy authentic selves, ultimately causes resentments,” writes Israel. “We need to be cognizant of how prejudices and fears built during childhood may influence our adult decisions.”

How to Survive Your Childhood Now that You’re an Adult helps readers raise their level of awareness about their subconscious beliefs or assumptions so they can gain insight into their “way of being” in the world. The book also includes an array of practical tools designed to alleviate suffering and help readers stay at the higher end of their happiness spectrum.

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