Intellectual Celeb Of The Month: John Cusack

Huffington Post is frequented by many showbiz bloggers and recently, John Cusack’s blog posts in the GPS for the soul section, caught my eye. I have to admit that initially I wasn’t sure if he was just another celeb blogger but I decided to read on anyway. The strange thing is that I have enjoyed his off-beat work but I never imagined him to be some sort of an intellectual. Come to think about it, I never had any opinion on him! The weird thing is that he’s been blogging on HuffPo since 2005 and I only just came across his stuff. 

Anywho, it turns out that John Cusack is the kind of guy I like. He’s spiritual, intellectual, curious and laid back, which shows clearly through his writing. In the three-part influential series about alchemy, he interviews Phil Stutz who has co-authored The Tools along with Barry Michels.

The interview is thought provoking and funny at the same time, a combination that had me completely hooked. If you are the spiritual kind or someone who is open to alternative ideas, I recommend reading all the three parts. 

Psychiatrist Phil Stutz and psychotherapist Barry Michels first came to national attention in a profile (“Hollywood Shadows“) that ran in the New Yorker last year. They have written a book, THE TOOLS, that distills the dynamic methodology developed in their private practice. Through their particular brand of alchemy, which draws in part on the Jungian principle of active imagination,Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and spiritual precepts unbuckled from religion, the problems and pain of life become the foundation for creating meaning and transformation. You start to see that problems are the instruments of your evolution.”

The Alchemists: A Conversation With Phil Stutz, Part I

The Alchemists: A Conversation With Phil Stutz, Part II

The Alchemists: A Conversation With Phil Stutz, Part III

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