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.
About the Author
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