Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tour Stop & Book Review: Impossible Compassion by Edward Mannix

Impossible Compassion
By Edward Mannix

Paperback: 192 pages
Purchase Link: Amazon

Book Description

How do we end suffering in our own life and on the planet? How do we bring about seemingly impossible outcomes such as miraculously healing our self from a fatal disease, saving the environment or ending violence and war?

In his second book, Edward Mannix takes on our assumptions about what is possible and impossible for us as individuals and as a species, and he provides us with a new paradigm and new tools that enable us to achieve that which was perviously unachievable.

The new paradigm he presents includes two key concepts the author calls metaphysical causation and interlocking karma.

Metaphysical causation at first sounds a lot like the Law of Attraction but ends up being quite a bit different. According to the author it is not our thoughts that create our reality, but rather it is our karma or karmic imprints that are projected onto the movie screen of our life by the powerful projector of our soul. By moving the discussion away from the potency of our thoughts to something more difficult to observe - our karmic imprints - the book reveals to us important hidden aspects of the creative mechanism of life, and offers us the opportunity to intervene in this causal process in a new and powerful way. For those readers who have tried the Law of Attraction and found it sometimes effective and other times ineffective, it is likely that the information presented in this text will illuminate why those techniques often fall down.

Impossible Compassion provides a missing link of sorts, helping us identify and change our karmic imprints through the use of simple tools and processes that fall under the heading of what the author calls directed compassion. By utilizing our own compassion to alter the karmic imprints on the film of our soul - which the book teaches us how to do in specific detail - we can literally re-write the script of our life, leading to rapid and potentially miraculous changes in our external world.

And, while according to metaphysical causation we each sit at the center of and in some way create our own universe, we are also all connected to one another and part of each others' created universes. In his discussion of what he calls interlocking karma, the author illuminates this critical paradox that is so often misunderstood or entirely missed by students and teachers of modern spirituality. In so doing, he gives us further insight into the process of reality unfolding, and it is with an understanding of interlocking karma that we can see how giving our self compassion can influence the physical health of a loved one or help bring about major changes in our collective reality, e.g., ending violence and war. 

My Review

Edward Mannix’s passion and excitement for compassion are evident in Impossible Compassion. The title perfectly defines the contents of his book. Edward wants to guide individuals on how to make what is thought impossible possible.

Mannix has organized his thoughts into two main sections –

Part I: Basic Techniques, First Precepts, and Learning To Utilize Directed Compassion To Help Ourselves

Part II: Deeper Concepts, More Advanced Topics, And Learning To Utilize Directed Compassion As A Force Of Goodness And Healing In The Lives Of Others And In The Life Of Humanity

I appreciate how Mannix could take some deep concepts, like using directed compassion to not only heal our mental and physical wounds, but to also transform the world, and present them in a way that is easy to comprehend. He also includes samples of utilizing directed compassion and step-by-step techniques.

I feel as though Impossible Compassion is an important read because it's common for people to complicate the process of healing and compassion by being overwhelmed on where to start or how to be successful in restoring their lives. Mannix emphasizes that we need to go back to our younger selves and pinpoint where the trauma initiated.  It makes sense. Once we learn how to be compassionate with ourselves, we can begin to heal our wounds. Once we become stronger, more confident individuals, we can spread our compassion and healing to others and the world around us. 

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