There Is Nothing Wrong With You: Going Beyond Self-Hate (2001)
If you are looking for a warm, loving hug in book form, your search has reached its end. From the welcoming words of the title to practically the last word of the last page, this book is full of encouragement and simple wisdom.
“At some point, now or later, you're going to have to risk being you in order to find out who that really is. Not the conditioned you, not the you you've been taught to believe you are - who you really are. And this perhaps will be the scariest, the most loving, the most rewarding thing you have ever done.” ―Cheri Huber in 'There Is Nothing Wrong With You'Printed in various large fonts and augmented with simple line drawings and cartoons, these 200+ pages serve as both a quick, heart-warming read and a nice reference book for short lessons or daily meditations. But don't be fooled by the informal appearance of the book; Cheri is an experienced spiritual teacher with a clear understanding of how the conditioned egoic self develops and then maintains the stories of self-criticism that we all have playing in our heads. This insight, combined with Cheri's special brand of loving and compassionate writing, results in a book containing both practical tools for detaching from egoic chatter as well as many warm words of healing wisdom. Definitely a good book for the newly awakened and aware.
“You've been taught that there is something wrong with you and that you are imperfect, but there isn't and you're not.” --Cheri Huber, from her book There Is Nothing Wrong With YouCheri Huber, author of 20 books, has been a student and teacher of Zen for over 35 years. In 1983, Cheri founded the Mountain View Zen Center, and in 1987 she founded the Zen Monastery Peace Center near Murphys, California. She and the monks at the Monastery conduct workshops and retreats at these centers, other places around the U.S., and internationally. In 1997, Cheri founded Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization whose primary work is the Africa Vulnerable Children Project, based in Zambia, where the project team has been helping the people of Kantolomba turn a slum of 11,000 people into a self-sustaining community. And Cheri also hosts a weekly podcast, the Open Air Radio show. Links to all this work and more are available on Cheri's website.
“At some point, now or later, you're going to have to risk being you in order to find out who that really is. Not the conditioned you, not the you you've been taught to believe you are, who you 'really' are. And this perhaps will be the scariest, the most loving, the most rewarding thing you have every done." --Cheri HuberWhat's been helpful: At a time when I was first fully realizing just how intractable egoic conditioning can seem, serendipity handed me Cheri's book, There Is Nothing Wrong With You. After I zoomed through the book - which is all I know so far of her teachings - Cheri became one of what I call my 'comfort teachers', those whose words are especially good at helping me find my inner kindness. Her books are published in a style she calls 'loose organization'; short chapters printed in various large-text fonts and illustrated with simple line drawings, almost more of a note format at times. This makes her book both easy to read (it's like binging on compassion!) and good as a quick reference full of short lessons. There Is Nothing Wrong With You is 230+ pages of positive affirmation delivered with a sense of certainty that I found pulling me along and I'd recommend it to anyone in need of a boost during their spiritual journey.