Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure Book Details

  • Title: Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self
  • Author: Alice McDowell
  • Genre: Nonfiction, Body Mind & Spirit, Self-Help, Psychology
  • Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2017


Hidden Treasure
How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self

By Alice McDowell, Ph.D

There are moments in life when you instantly Know.
Such was the moment when I opened the “Hidden Treasure,” a phenomenal book written by Alice McDowell.
I am that type of reader that, a writer must be able to touch my heart to influence me to read their book thoroughly.
I must admit that until now, several authors have done this.
But none that I recall have ever touched me so deeply within the very first two paragraphs of the introduction.
Alice McDowell is the “guilty” writer.
She needed only a few words and several seconds to convince me that her book is worth reading.
Only a flash of time did I need to know that a writer, who can bring a tear into my eyes, in a blink of an eye, is a writer who knows HOW and WHEN to write.
And, not only this.
Alice McDowell knows WHAT she writes.

Now, between you and me… I feel I should give you a hint.
An important hint.
The truth is, even if the book would consist of only the introduction, it would still be worth reading it.

Luckily, the author didn’t stop there and decided to put on paper, words that can “help you bring more light into the world”, words of wisdom that she learned as a counselor in private practice, retreat guides, who has trained with several healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, and has guided people to their personal and spiritual journey for over thirty years.

So, here you come onto the scene.

If you are the one who wants to become aware of your true self, to understand why life is so “hard,” and what you should do starting right now, this book is for you. You’ll find included in its chapters, all the necessary details.

The provided knowledge and the structure of this book “would benefit anyone interested in psychological and spiritual growth – anyone wanting to break free of behaviors that cause suffering and find their authentic self.”

If you ask me, I’ve never met someone who’s not.

The book reveals for you, not only theory but, at the end of each chapter, the author gives you a gift – exercises – physical, energetic, awareness and behavioral – visualizations from many healing and psychological modalities.

And… as the author mentions…

“It’s like observing pieces of a puzzle falling into place.”


To conclude and to repeat…

Only a flash of time did I need to know that a writer, who can bring a tear into my eyes, in a blink of an eye, is a writer who knows HOW and WHEN to write.
And, not only this.
Alice McDowell knows WHAT she writes.

The author hopes the book will help you (me included) find the Hidden Treasure.
I am here to tell you that, after reaching the end of this beautiful and useful book, you’ll find yourself in a fantastic state. You’ll suddenly unhide the treasure. And you’ll know how to use it. For your own highest good.

My advice…
Step into Your Hidden Treasure!
Do it.
For the rest of your life, you’ll never need to worry again.

5 Stars from MC Simon, the WritersPayItForward’s reviewer.

Five Stars Book Review

Hidden Treasure – Synopsis

Hidden Treasure Cover

An inspiring, illuminating book that examines five personality patterns—called character structures—and teaches you how to break free of these patterns through effective exercises, compelling true stories, fun cartoons, and spiritual insights so you can live a free, more radiant life.

Do you long to live a more authentic life but feel you might be getting in your own way? In Hidden Treasure, author Alice McDowell reveals five personality patterns that cause unnecessary suffering and block individuals from living a full and radiant life. These patterns can be so ingrained that they influence body shape and even who a person thinks they are.

Through a series of exercises, compelling true stories, fun cartoons, and spiritual insights, McDowell offers individuals and groups an opportunity to learn about and break free of these patterns, and provides guidelines for readers to join or create a Hidden Treasure group for ongoing exploration. No matter a person’s age or background, Hidden Treasure can light the way to softening and healing these patterns—and restoring one’s true self and spiritual identity in the process.

Buy Links

Amazon US (Kindle) | Amazon US (Paperback)

About the Author

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Alice McDowell, PhD is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center, as well as the founder of the Hidden Treasure program — a three-year training in personal and spiritual growth. A professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for eighteen years, she now facilitates groups devoted to inner work. McDowell has trained with healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi and Buddhist teachers, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over thirty years. She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves, their divinity within.


Practical, clear, and wise, this book is a precious gift to anyone seeking to understand the patterns that underlie their behavior. ~ Jalaja Bonheim, PhD, author of The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves

I have never seen such a helpful compilation of contemplations, exercises, and inspiring words of wisdom from such a variety of outside sources. The writing is extremely accessible, without dumbing down. The cartoons are charming and helpful. What a wonderful contribution this is to the study of Characterology. ~ Sandra Barnard, founder of Full Spectrum Center for Spiritual Awakening

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