A guide to finding and cultivating an internal, spiritual sense of self, with an eye toward improving relationships, communities, and eventually the world.
Santen, a “counselor, holistic health practitioner, life coach, and transformational hypnotist,” spent years observing his clients as they struggled with their own psyches and baggage. They came from all backgrounds but shared the inability to articulate what would truly make them happy. Santen has poured years of advice into a self-help book that is more “about becoming an authentic sovereign being” than about following any particular doctrine. The most important element of his philosophy, however, is to “learn how your mind interacts with your core Self, your Universe, your fears and illusions.” If one undertakes this task, suggests Santen, one will find that the elusive “answers” to the questions about oneself, one’s relationships, and one’s everyday reality have been available within the entire time. The need for external experts (a “Path Within practitioner”) or spiritual leaders is only in the beginning; these figures may help the reluctant or “obstinate,” to use Santen’s term, overcome their resistance and find the “Path Within.” The book comprises three sections. The first introduces the core ideas of the program; the second, “The Path Within Foundations,” outlines the roots of negative or even false thinking, providing exercises and strategies for the reader; the third continues to build on the second, adding meditations and further points of exploration. Refreshingly, Santen continually emphasizes that the program cannot do the work for you; you need to be willing to focus and make conscious changes in your thinking in order to affect your subconscious mind.
A well-organized and easily digested overview of a lifelong practice of transformation.