Joyce Rupp has written a fantastic book! This book is all about finding what is authentic within us. Joyce encourages us on a journey of courage to embrace our true selves. She uses the metaphor of opening the door to guide us deeper within ourselves to befriend what we find and learn from it. It is emphasized that divine revelation is happening all the time, but we need to become more aware of its message of transformation within.
- Experiences are stepping stones to wisdom
“We can find ourselves grumbling when life does not give us all we want or when the price of transformation costs us dearly. Failures, defeats, and disillusionments temporarily wipe out our hope of reaching the promised land of our true self until we realize these very experiences are stepping stones to the wisdom we need…”
- The realm of beauty and potential growth within us
“We have this realm of beauty and potential growth within us, but we do not always believe in it or know how to reach it. When we do find our way to our true self, there is work to be done in order to resurrect or restore our innate goodness…”
- Nothing is left out from divine revelation
“Not a person, place, or moment is left out from divine revelation. Something of value for our growth is always being made known to us in the midst of our ordinary lives. This revelation stretches far beyond and much deeper than how we usually perceive life. Our spiritual development depends on our being alive and vigilant enough to hear the message of transformation that weaves through our daily existence.”
- The freedom of becoming our true selves
“While Jesus opened physical eyes and ears, his deeper message centered on an interior releasing that led people to the freedom of becoming their true selves…”
- Befriending what is within us and learning from it
“When we open the door to the true self, we uncover more of the sum of who we are. Initially, this may lead to discomfort instead of peace, for not everything we find is what we want. But if we befriend what is within us and are willing to learn from it, serenity will ultimately reign at the center of our being.”
- The greater the contribution of our presence in the world
“The further we enter our authentic self, the greater the contribution of our presence in the world. Within the confines of our inner sanctuary, fuller love arises and keener awareness grows of how intimately connected we are to all that exists. We become a nonjudgmental, listening, caring presence. Rather than engendering fear or animosity in us, the vast diversity of people with whom we engage enlarges our compassion and broadens our enthusiasm for the complex and mysterious nature of humanity.”
How can we have a greater contribution of presence to the world through living into our true self?