This attitude comes from our desire to be able to control life as much as possible. The less control we have, the less comfortable we feel.
The truth is that a strong self-esteem frees us from this urge to control our life.
A strong self-esteem takes life experiences just as they happen.
With this attitude we define the experience itself and how we handle it.
Aldous Huxley explained this truth with the words: “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”
With this constructive attitude we find ourselves better able to handle life’s variety of experiences.
The Perennial Philosophy
- Author: Aldous Huxley
- Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 6/28/09 edition (2009)
- Paperback, also available as Hardcover and ebook
- 352 pages
An inspired gathering of religious writings that reveals the “divine reality” common to all faiths, collected by Aldous Huxley. “The Perennial Philosophy,” Aldous Huxley writes, “may be found among the traditional lore of peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions.” With great wit and stunning intellect—drawing on a diverse array of faiths, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christian mysticism, and Islam—Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains how they are united by a common human yearning to experience the divine. The Perennial Philosophy includes selections from Meister Eckhart, Rumi, and Lao Tzu, as well as the Bhagavad Gita, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Diamond Sutra, and Upanishads, among many others.
This brings together the intersections of the all the great religious/spiritual teachings and principles through the ages. I find it to offer clarity and confidence in one’s pursuit on their spiritual path.
Huxley gathers the wisdom of the ages so you don’t have to, and provides some insight to the questions that have been on humankinds mind since we first gained consciousness.
This is a book to be carefully pondered and studied with others. I can think of no other which so deserves to be the Vade Mecum of the spiritual journey — the road map to guide you onward. Ultimately your conception of the “perennial philosophy” may differ from Huxley’s, but I am sure you will value his contribution toward its elucidation, and may well agree that several of his original passages merit inclusion in its eternal canon.