In this work by Parker J. Palmer, the concept of a divided life is explored. Just about everyone lives a divided life. Palmer offers guidelines and explanations of the human condition that is free of judgment. You will find, “A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life” insightful and very helpful.
Palmer uses the Quaker practice of “the Clearness Committee” to provide the concept of a Circle of Trust. This concept is unusual yet something that can realistically be put into practice by anyone. It is the skill of learning to listen to that ‘little voice inside’ that gives us the right direction about what to do and what to avoid.
When we ignore this inner voice, the self is divided. We do things we don’t truly feel are ethical and right and have difficulty with conflict resolution. Sometimes this is done to earn a living, other times it is simply because we want to ignore that directive voice. Our emotions and mental balance suffer as a result and our actions become in conflict with our beliefs and values.
Palmer provides the 21st Century hope for a sense of community. By breaking down barriers in each of us as well as in the collective human experience by using Palmer’s methodology, we can build a sense of hope and honor our diversity.
This book is a great tool for anyone who wants to work through their issues about how to react to things in the world and the things that pull us apart, trying to make us do things we do not believe to be ethically and right. Conflict, isolation, failed attempts to forget past wrongs, and our fears are all addressed in this work. To reunite your soul with your role in life and ways to live with integrity, this is a must-read.
If you are looking for a gift for someone who has conflicts, this would be a wonderful choice. It is also a book you will want to buy for yourself, read and kept for future reads. It can be used as a daily devotional as well.
To learn all about living an undivided life with integrity, pick up a copy of A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer.