The Great Work of Your Life
by Steven Cope
It’s a pretty daunting task to try and summarize this book.
This a tour-de-force interpretation, dissection, and illustration of one of the great literary works of all time, The Bhagavad Gita also just know as the Gita.
What relevance does this have to finding your career path?
Somewhere between everything and nothing at all. And that’s the whole point.
Stephen seems to have spent a good portion of his life peering deep into his own, and others, subconscious, to try to understand the deeper motivation that comprises, makes-up, and composes the origins, shape, nature, and progression one’s life calling.
In the Great Work of Your Life, he takes on the amazing task of reinterpreting the personal life-quest journeys of some of the create luminaries of our time, including the likes of Gandhi, Walt Whitman, Harriet Tubman, Jane Goodall, and Thoreau, not to hold their achievements as beacons of aspiration or to elevate high moral personal standards, but rather exploring their internal relationships with their struggles, doubts, and suffering, as they wrestled to find and realize the powerful internal callings that were seeking voice.
Along the way, he intertwines this rich narrative with his own journey, his experience as a Yoga teacher, and witnessing the unfolding of similar discernment with us mere mortals.
The only small thing that might be missing is a deeper attempt to try to integrate emerging thinking from the field of Psychology which, in addition to the acknowledgment of mythological and archetypal unfolding of the Hero’s Journey, also acknowledges the emerging understanding, and impact that ‘effective memories’, and the evolutionary environment of childhood, have on shaping our quest and life-long strivings.
Like poetry, and the Gita itself, The Great Work of Your Life is a book you will read more than once.