Contemplate much less the ‘I shall progress,’ than the ‘I’ stand in ‘my way’. Reflections: Idries Shah

Idries Shah’s The Commanding Self helped me recognize that what I think is my “normal” everyday self is actually a mix of primitive & conditioned reactions which inhibit and distort my understanding. Shocking, fresh, often funny the book points to a middle way where this “beast” is allowed to exercise its useful functions & meet its needs while keeping the door open for other capacities or selves to emerge and grow.