Catharsis is a state of spiritual cleansing, as the Greek would call it. It is also a state of letting go of your emotions so as achieve complete liberation from anxiousness and stress as well as a renewal of the spirit. It is used in studies such as literature with the aim of cleansing the emotions of the characters. It could also be referred to as any other drastic transformation in one’s life that propels a person’s feelings to be re-energized.
Chief writers and authors such as William Shakespeare brought out catharsis through their books, for example, Macbeth. Keeping or hiding strong emotions is not healthy to the growth of the body and hence, through literature and reading texts and published books, one may also attain this state of complete spiritual nourishment. Let us examine some of the books that would go a long way in helping people who wish to experience this somewhat rare feeling.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
This is a book that has moved many of its readers to tears by the time they are done reading it. It was written by author Audrey Niffenegger. When I first read this eye-catching publication, I was unable to perform any other tasks or responsibilities due to the rich emotion that grasps your attention as you follow the story. Readers find themselves so engulfed in it due to the captivating and engaging storyline.
The novel uses science fiction and fantasy to show a deep and beautiful love story between Henry and Clare. Henry, however, suffers from a genetic mix-up or disorder that gives him the ability to travel across time and space. Unfortunately for the couple, his wife Clare cannot time travel, which means that she is left in the present without any possibility of following her husband. The drama which unravels ushers the reader to an otherwise unexpected conclusion.
- A Dog’s Purpose
This publication was written by W. Bruce Cameron. It is a complete gut-wrenching book, which I confess led me to uncontrolled and hysterical crying within the confines of my bedroom. A keen observation I’ve noted with time is the emotional intensity existing in dog books, forming part of the best category of books that would assist anyone in attaining a state of spiritual transformation.
The book further describes the importance of dogs, and if you happen not to own a dog, you would in the long term draw a lot of appreciation for this creature for the big role it plays in our day to day lives.
A Dog’s Purpose is a funny, heart-warming, and informative book. It shows a dog’s many lives in a funny and emotional sense. More to this, the publication helps the reader understand the unbreakable bond existing between man and man’s best friend. The book is currently a motion picture which goes ahead to cultivate a moral lesson on how love, patience, and kindness endure forever; and that every creature is meant to serve a particular purpose on this vast earth.
This Novel was written by R.J Palacio. It tells of a ten-year-old boy going through a rare deformity present on his face. The young lad, however, only desires to fit into society, which in this case mostly refers to his new middle school. The author describes a tearful and captivating story that also goes ahead to teach us never to judge people based on their how they look, and that anyone can make a difference in the world.
The young boy in the book assists the reader to understand the gift of compassion, and the power and ability to put yourself in the shoes of other people. Another quality portrayed in the book is empathy.
I have to say that after reading Wonder, I’d recommend that similar books being published in the future come packaged with a handkerchief. The heightened sense of emotions that it leaves you in will definitely move you to shed tears.
- Come Away With Me
This is a novel written by Karma Brown and it is one of the perfect descriptions of catharsis. The book shows us how an unexpected expedition transforms the life of one woman. It helps her discover that even though one may be going through tragic, complicated, and tough times, there is always that light at the end of the tunnel. You just need to let go of your constant fears, and doubt.
Tegan Lawson is a wife and a mother who enjoys a highly prestigious life which includes a happy family with a loving husband, Gabe, and a baby that’s just on the way. She, however, experiences an accident caused by a patch of ice. Her life takes a turn for the worst in ways that even she cannot and would not have fathomed. Gabe later reminds her of a collection of dream destinations that they had kept, and here is where the journey to Tegan’s life transformation begins. How events unfold, coupled with the journey of Tegan’s transformation, really captivated a reader, making the novel very captivating and compelling.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette
This book is different from the others discussed above. The publication is not a sorrowful book or one that may make you sad. On the contrary, it’s a quite hilarious novel that you have to read. When I first came across this book and as I was reading through, I could not help but burst uncontrollably into laughter.
The book was written by Maria Semple. It’s about a notorious Bernadette Fox, who is referred to in different ways and by different people. Her husband sees her as a courageous and highly opinionated wife. She is a revolutionary architect but is also considered by some citizens in Seattle, where she grew up, as a disgrace. Too sweet, young, beautiful fifteen-year-old Bee, she’s a best friend, and the only person she would call mom.
In an interesting twist of events, however, Bernadette disappears after her daughter passed in her overall report card and requested a trip to Antarctica as her mother had previously promised. An important point to note here is that Bernadette inhibits fears of travelling to new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new environments. Therefore, a journey to the far places is obviously not within her comfort zone. Young Bee then pursues measures to search for her mother through different avenues and using different strategies.
The novel as earlier mentioned has its own type of catharsis, which seeks to concentrate on the brighter side of a person’s feelings so as to cause a transformation in the state of emotions and spirit.
The great and famous Greek philosopher Aristotle described clear cut ways and guidelines for catharsis in literature that has been followed by other authors, researchers, and scholars ever since. From the books discussed above, it is fundamental to learn how much the use of literary tragedies has been used, evolving with time. For those who are ready and willing, choosing to read a book or novel is arguably the easiest way to achieve complete spiritual nourishment. Nothing much is required other than channeling your focus towards reading; the rest automatically comes with time.
Winding up, we can quote Aristotle describing the state of catharsis as, “being a form of imitating an action that is serious, of a particularly designed magnitude, and complete,” “tragedy uses pity and fear to cause cleansing of one’s emotions.”
James Allen’s The Path To Prosperity
James Allen has written an excellent book titled The Path To Prosperity. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
“When night folds the world in its black impenetrable mantle, no matter how dense the darkness, it covers but the small space of half our little planet, while the whole universe is ablaze with living light, and every soul knows that it will awake in the light in the morning. Know, then, that when the dark night of sorrow, pain, or misfortune settles down upon your soul, and you stumble along with weary and uncertain steps, that you are merely intercepting your own personal desires between yourself and the boundless light of joy and bliss, and the dark shadow that covers you is cast by none and nothing but yourself. And just as the darkness without is but a negative shadow, an unreality which comes from nowhere, goes to nowhere, and has no abiding dwelling place, so the darkness within is equally a negative shadow passing over the evolving and Lightborn soul.”
“The cause of all power, as of all weakness, is within; the secret of all happiness as of all misery is likewise within. There is no progress apart from unfoldment within, and no sure foothold of prosperity or peace except by orderly advancement in knowledge. You say you are chained by circumstances; you cry out for better opportunities, for a wider scope, for improved physical conditions, and perhaps you inwardly curse the fate that binds you hand and foot. It is for you that I write; it is to you that I speak. Listen, and let my words bum themselves into your heart, for that which I say to you is truth: You may bring about that improved condition in your outward life which you desire, if you will unswervingly resolve to improve your inner life. I know this pathway looks barren at its commencement (truth always does, it is only error and delusion which are at first inviting and fascinating,) but if you undertake to walk it; if you perseveringly discipline your mind, eradicating your weaknesses, and allowing your soul-forces and spiritual powers to unfold themselves, you will be astonished at the magical changes which will be brought about in your outward life.”
“Your true wealth is your stock of virtue, and your true power the uses to which you put it. Rectify your heart, and you will rectify your life. Lust, hatred, anger, vanity, pride, covetousness, self-indulgence, self-seeking, obstinacy,- all these are poverty and weakness; whereas love. purity, gentleness, meekness, compassion, generosity, self-forgetfulness, and self-renunciation,- all these are wealth and power.”
“Every thought you think is a force sent out, and in accordance with its nature and intensity will it go out to seek a lodgment in minds receptive to it. and will react upon yourself for good or evil. There is ceaseless reciprocity between mind and mind, and a continual interchange of thought-forces. Selfish and disturbing thoughts are so many malignant and destructive forces, messengers of evil, sent out to stimulate and augment the evil in other minds, which in turn send them back upon you with added power. While thoughts that are calm, pure, and unselfish are so many angelic messengers sent out into the world with health, healing, and blessedness upon their wings, counteracting the evil forces; pouring the oil of joy upon the troubled waters of anxiety and sorrow, and restoring to broken hearts their heritage of immortality.”
“Where there is sterling faith and uncompromising purity there is health, there is success, there is power. In such a one, disease, failure, and disgust can find no lodgment, for there is nothing on which they can feed. Even physical conditions are largely determined by mental states, and to this truth the scientific world is rapidly being drawn. The old, materialistic belief that a man is what his body makes him, is rapidly passing away, and is being replaced by the inspiring belief that man is superior to his body. and that his body is what he makes it by the power of thought.”
“Cling to self, and you cling to sorrow, relinquish self, and you enter into peace. To seek selfishly is not only to lose happiness, but even that which we believe to be the source of happiness. See how the glutton is continually looking about for a new delicacy wherewith to stimulate his deadened appetite; and how, bloated, burdened, and diseased, scarcely any food at last is eaten with pleasure.”
“Lose yourself in the welfare of others; forget yourself in all that you do; this is the secret of abounding happiness. Ever be on the watch to guard against selfishness, and learn faithfully the divine lessons of inward sacrifice; so shall you climb the highest heights of happiness, and shall remain in the never clouded sunshine of universal joy, clothed in the shining garment of immortality. Are you searching for the happiness that does not fade away? Are you looking for the joy that lives, and leaves no grievous day? Are you panting for the waterbrooks of Love, and Life, and Peace? Then let all dark desires depart, and selfish seeking cease. Are you ling’ring in the paths of pain, grief-haunted, stricken sore? Are you wand’ring in the ways that wound your weary feet the more? Are you sighing for the Resting-Place where tears and sorrows cease? Then sacrifice your selfish heart and find the Heart of Peace.”
You can buy the book from here.
Vex King’s Good Vibes Good Life
Vex King has written an excellent book titled Good Vibes Good Life. How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness? In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to – practice self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing – cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation – change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life – manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques – overcome fear and flow with the Universe – find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others.
“The premise of the Law of Attraction is that what you think you bring about. In other words, we can attract the things we war- in our lives by committing our thoughts to them. This applies to the things you don’t want, as well as to the things you do want; quite simply, whatever you focus on will be returned to you. So, the Law of Attraction stresses the importance of thinking about what you want, rather than focusing on things you fear or dread.”
“Beyond the Law of Attraction is the Law of Vibration. It’s the key component to a greater life. Once you learn and apply the ideas around this law, your life will transform. This isn’t to say that you’ll avoid all difficulties. What you will do, though, is find a way to take control and create a life that feels just as good as it looks.”
“Unfortunately, many of us identify ourselves with a certain image throughout our lives that’s created by our ego, and we have to Keep on maintaining and protecting it. If others don’t approve of the image of ourselves that we’ve created, our identity becomes threatened and the ego will fear for its protection, just as in the case here. My beliefs forced that person to question his own beliefs and therefore question his identity, which imposed a threat. This is why he was so quick to get defensive and to attack.”
“Sometimes, we have more superficial friendships than meaningful ones. Consider whether your friends show you support. Do they applaud when you win? Do they encourage you to take positive actions? Do they help you grow as a person? If you’re unsure, your friendships may not be as healthy for you as you think they are. If you suspect jealousy or hatred directed at you within your friendship circle, you’re not surrounding yourself with the right people. True friends want the best for you. Your success is shared with them. They don’t become bitter when you get better; they help you get better and ensure you don’t become bitter!”
“This isn’t about what other people are doing or sharing online. It’s not about what they’re up to in life or how far they’ve gone. It’s about you. Your competition is you. Outdoing yourself is your daily task, and that’s where your comparison should be directed: on the person you were yesterday. If you want to be the greatest version of yourself, you have to keep the focus on your own life and goals. ”
“Affirmations should be in your own words. Say them in your voices as if you’re telling facts to a friend. Only repeat positive statements – don’t recite what you don’t want. What we resist often persists. because the energy we exude in avoiding it is also returned to us. So, for example, you might say, ‘I have great confidence in everything I do,’ rather than, ‘I am not nervous anymore.’ And affirmations should be spoken in the present tense.”
“When we experience low points on our journey towards change, life can feel confusing and challenging. It’s extremely difficult to trust the process and to have faith that good things will follow. But we need to remember that, using the lessons we learn along the way, we can make better choices going forward. If you’ve had your heart broken before, you might decide to pay more attention when picking a partner. This might lead you down the path to finding your soulmate – someone who treats you much better than anyone ever has before.”
You can buy the book from here.
Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now
Eckhard Tolle has written an amazing book titled ‘The Power Of Now. This is a must read for anyone looking for a modern take on spirituality – an essential reading for anyone who might be feeling weighed down by the past or fearful of the future. To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to show us how to silence our thoughts and create a liberated life. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of The Power of Now.
“Just because you can solve a crossword puzzle or build an atom bomb doesn’t
mean that you use your mind. Just as dogs love to chew bones, the mind loves to get
its teeth into problems. That’s why it does crossword puzzles and builds atom bombs.
You have no interest in either. Let me ask you this: can you be free of your mind
whenever you want to? Have you found the “off” button?”
“All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being. As long as I am my mind, I am those cravings, those needs, wants, attachments, and aversions, and apart from them there is no “I” except as a mere possibility, an unfulfilled potential, a seed that has not yet sprouted.”
“To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.”
“Usually, the future is a replica of the past. Superficial changes are possible, but real transformation is rare and depends upon whether you can become present enough to dissolve the past by accessing the power of the Now.”
“Are you stressed? Are you so busy getting to the future that the present is reduced to a means of getting there? Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there,’ or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. It’s a split that tears you apart inside. To create and live with such an inner split is insane. The fact that everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it any less insane. If you have to, you can move fast, work fast, or even run, without projecting yourself into the future and without resisting the present.”
“It is not what you think it is! You can’t think about presence, and the mind can’t understand it. Understanding presence is being present. Try a little experiment. Close your eyes and say to yourself: “I wonder what my next thought is going to be.” Then become very alert and wait for the next thought. Be like a cat watching a mouse hole. What thought is going to come out of the mouse hole? Try it now.
“If at any time you are finding it hard to get in touch with the inner body, it is usually easier to focus on your breathing first. Conscious breathing, which is a powerful meditation in its own right, will gradually put you in touch with the body.”
“When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. The Now is the key.”
You can buy the book from here.
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