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A Passion For The Possible

A Guide to Realizing Your True Potential
Paperback Book
August, 1998
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Banyen's Description: 

Distilled from Jean Houston’s 30 years of cutting-edge research on our human potentials for consciousness and creativity, A Passion for the Possible is an extraordinary synthesis of her gifts for inner guidance and empowering storytelling. Yet it’s a totally accessible course in personal self-realization, bristling with put-down-the-book-and-do-it exercises and visualizations, a wealth of suggestions for cultivating various facets of our being and potentials, and Houston’s energizing wit and savvy. This is a practice book to keep around, not one to stash on a bookshelf.

Arising from a PBS television special of the same name, her words and images guide the reader in skillful explorations and evocations of the potentials in “the four levels of your being”: F the physical (where chocolate mousse, the trills of violins, velvet vermilion cushions, and the scent of lavender prevail) F the psychological (whose door is a mirror reflecting all the parts of who we are, including our many capable allies such as our inner mechanic, artist, peacemaker, healer) F the mythical or symbolic realm (behind whose intricately carved door we can appreciate not only our life as part of a greater story, but set the pattern for creating the next chapters of our story), and  F the spiritual (a realm whose cleansing, thrilling waterfall of a door marks one’s connection to the Source of all things).

As she writes in her “Invitation to Discover More of What You Are”:

New birth requires new being. It means laying down new pathways in the senses to take in the news of this remarkable world. It means extending the field of your psychology so that there is more of you to do so much....  New birth demands that you embrace a richer, juicier story ... to comprehend your life and that you begin to live out of it. And most important of all, it asks that you be sourced and re-sourced in ... the Love that moves the sun and all the stars.

Savouring the sensory world; visiting the psychological realm; the mythic journey; the spiritual quest—the skills taught here are treasures culled from a lifetime of experiments in “the possible,” and this book has been well-equipped to experientially aid any of us in accessing our deepest gifts, passions, and purposes. And celebrating them! As she says:

Now you have a passion for the possible. Now you can live the life you were meant to live. So just do it!

A Passion for the Possible is a guide to expressing our fullest potential as human beings by one of the greatest teachers of this time, or indeed, of any time. Jean Houston’s work is a blessing in the true sense of the word; it encourages hidden potential to germinate and come to fullest flower.” —Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

“Jean Houston, like an archeologist of the human spirit probing the great myths and mysteries, continues to remind us why we are here on this earth now and why we must not take one moment of our lives for granted.” —Armand Assante, actor, star of The Odyssey

Publisher’s Description: 

Discover your own extraordinary gifts and live every day with passion

Now you can explore and expand your own unique possibilities on all four levels of your being--the physical, psychological, symbolic, and spiritual--using the practical and creative tools in this remarkable guide. In her most deeply transforming book to date, Houston leads you on a profound journey of self-discovery and shows how you can courageously commit to experiencing your real potential.

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