Sacred Selfishness: A Guide to Living a Life of SubstanceA Guide to Living a Life of Substance

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Bud defines Sacred Selfishness as valuing ourselves enough to develop into “authentic” human beings who give back vitality and hope to the people around us. It is acquiring what Emerson refers to as “character—a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means.”

In this early thirties, Bud was “restless and generally dissatisfied.” He was terrified that the rest of his life would “consist of going to work, meetings, church, soccer games, and vacations . . . simply adjusting to what one’s family or society describes as a ‘good life.'” This full-blown crisis led him into therapy and began a lifelong quest to become a person of substance.

In Sacred Selfishness, he delves into classic quest stories to show that on the path of “renewed personal consciousness,” we must examine all assumptions about ourselves and our lives to uncover our hidden potential. True change must come from within, and no mere outer change can solve our problems.

Attaining self-knowledge both softens and strengthens us, and helps us love and appreciate life and other people. It affirms and enriches our choices of partners, vocations, and life-styles. “When the inner quest brings change, we can be comforted by knowing it’s authentic, has been carefully thought through, and values our past and other people.” This is the path of Sacred Selfishness.



by Bud Harris, Ph.D. with Gail Rogers, M.A.
Download The Sacred Selfishness Workbook here.



Interview and Call-ins recording of radio show “Inner Vision” with Dr. Nita Vallens KPFK (NPR Affiliate) 90.7 FM, Los Angeles
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“Bud Harris is a lantern on the path—clear-eyed, big-hearted, and illuminating.”
– Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

“Harris lays out specific steps readers can take in order to live a life of self-realization, meaning, value, and love.”
– Publishers Weekly