The Hidden Wisdom of Fairytales, Parables and Myths

Reflections on Self-Cultivation

by Allan W. Anderson


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/14/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 198
ISBN : 9781664190016
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 198
ISBN : 9781664189997

About the Book

In Hidden Wisdom, Professor Anderson introduces the activity of self-transformation or self-cultivation through meditative reflections on so-called nonsense poetry and myth. Central to his thesis is the claim that, “without a willing change in attitude from fear to radical trust, and from reactive bewilderment to active attention no person can leave anxious worry behind and ‘cross over’ to tranquility.” In the spirit of Don Quixote, Anderson contends, “that the road is better than the inn if for no other reason than that the sublime always looks ridiculous in the world of small talk and domestic ease. And yet it is precisely on the ground of the commonplace that every ideal must pitch and strike its tent or fail to own a habitation and a name.”


About the Author

Professor Emeritus Allan W. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Comparative Religion from Columbia University with Union Theological Seminary. He has published several articles on the I Ching and presented numerous papers at professional academic conferences on the nature of and interrelation between religion, spirituality and the oracular. He has also become well known for his series of 18 dialogues with Krishnamurti available on DVD and transcribed in A Wholly Different Way of Living.