Our Intuitive Capacity for Spiritual Wisdom: Helen Palmer

Helen Palmer, best-selling author of books in 30 languages, reconciles psychological knowing with intuitive wisdom through a faculty of perception commonly called Witnessing Consciousness.

 She describes how recognizing the patterns of our mind requires a simple turn of attention, and illustrates this with examples from the Enneagram, which allows individuals to see objective reality from the vantage point of their own type structure. This recognition and relaxation of the emotional patterns that drive behavior activates the life force, and can bring about a new level of human development.

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How to Be Human: The Manual by Ruby Wax (Author)

In How to be Human, Ruby Wax tries to come up with some answers to that niggling question about how we can learn to like and love ourselves. With the input of a Buddhist monk (an expert on our inner lives) and a neuroscientist (an expert on the brain), Ruby explores how to find happiness in the modern world – despite the constant bombardment of bad news, the need to choose between 5,000 different types of toothpaste, and the loneliness of having hundreds of friends who we’ve never met and don’t know us.

Filled with witty anecdotes from Ruby’s own life, and backed up by scientific authority, How to be Human is the only guide you need for building a healthy, happy relationship with yourself.

It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact you’re on all twos and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive – most of us aren’t, what’s gone wrong? We’ve started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans. We’re so used to upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one comes out, we don’t think twice, we dump it. (Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if it’s new, it’s better.)

We can’t stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we’re on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, we’ll still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which, hopefully, we’ll be able use for things like compassion, rather than chasing what’s ‘better’, and if we can do that we’re on the yellow brick road to happiness.

I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us ‘us’ in the brain. We answer every question you’ve ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion. How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual you’ll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you’ve upgraded your iPhone.


Ruby Wax, OBE (born Ruby Wachs; 19 April 1953) is an American actress, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author who holds both American and British citizenship.

A classically-trained actress, Wax came to prominence as a comic interviewer, playing up to British perceptions of the strident American style, which she replicated in the TV sitcom Girls on Top. She also appeared in Absolutely Fabulous, where she doubled as script editor. Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me?, reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Wax pursued a distinguished academic career, graduating in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and gaining a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. Wax is currently a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by S Pakhrin (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons.

How To Be Human | Ruby Wax

What do you get when Ruby Wax, a monk and a neuroscientist team up to write a book? How to be Human: The Manual – which has already been described by Joanna Lumley as ‘wise, practical and funny’. ‘How to Be Human is wise, practical and funny. It is a handbook for those in despair. Ruby, the Monk and the Neuroscientist are today’s Magi’ Joanna Lumley

Ruby Wax in conversation with a Neuroscientist, a Monk & Louise Chunn

It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the ‘Evolutionary Hunger Games’ by the fact you’re on all 2’s and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive – but most of us aren’t, what’s gone wrong? Why have we started treating ourselves like machines and less like humans? But even as technology takes over the world, we’ll still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which, hopefully, we’ll be able use for things like compassion, rather than chasing what’s ‘better’ – and if we can do that we’re on the yellow brick road to happiness. It’s time to upgrade your mind as often as you upgrade your iPhone. Hear Ruby Wax, monk Gelong Thubton and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura discuss her new book, How to be Human, covering everything from addictions to relationships, via evolution, sex, kids, compassion, and the future of humanity. ————————————————————————-

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