Almost every self-help book seems to be about how to be happy but what about recognizing and accepting that we suffer? In this, the ultimate guide on how to suffer, you will discover how to go from suffering in silence to suffering in style, showing you how to walk the peaceful pathway from regret to acceptance and embrace.
Almost every self-help book seems to be about how to be happy, how to be empowered, how to be in a fabulous relationship, how to make a million ... in other words, how to be anything other than the inevitably suffering human beings most of us are. (At least at some point in our lives!). Taking the exact opposite tack, award-winning author, filmmaker, and self-made millionaire William Arntz has chosen the surprising and frequently comical approach to self-help by teaching people how to suffer.
We all experience suffering, so why fight it? Better to embrace it, understand it and learn to walk the path in harmony. Better to understand the steps we take to arrive at suffering than to pretend they are not there. Perhaps, in the recognition of those steps, we might stand a chance of escaping. From the Suffering Cycle and how to construct your very own Sufferometer, to the nature of earthly duality (which guarantees suffering).
The book reveals the things we all do that create earthly angst and misery (no matter how much money we make or how amazing our love life is) - all of it set forth with sly, tongue-in-cheek humour that takes the sting, if not the truth, out of Will's suffering formula.
About the Author
William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for the high energy lasing systems that became the "Star Wars" strategic defense system. He then left the scientific world and spent 20 years studying with two spiritual teachers. During that time he wrote the system management software product, AutoSys, and sold the company for millions. Following his lifelong passion for filmmaking, he used the proceeds from that to produce, direct and write the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!? incorporating his scientific background, spiritual training and a desire to make people laugh and think.
Table of Contents
01 How It All Began 5
02 The Setup for Suffering 11
03 The Pseudoscience of Suffering 21
04 Blame God 39
05 Buddha Kicks the Habit 47
Interlude: Let's Have Some Fun with Suffering 53
06 Science, Technology and Our Age of Suffering 57
07 Blame Them 73
08 Creating Reality 77
09 It's the Law, Citizen 89
10 The Power of Not Now 97
The 10 Easy Steps to Suffering 103
11 The Suffering Hall of Fame 107
12 Beyond the Roast-Let's Get Real 117
13 The 6 Slippery Steps to End Suffering 125
14 Attachment 129
15 Medicine and External Substances 135
16 Slip Sliding in Time 145
17 Judgement 151
18 Forgiveness 159
19 Surrender 165
20 Wisdom 169
21 How Do You Suffer? 183
Nature's Interlude: Fire, Water and Mud 189
22 The Age of Surprise 195
23 The End of Everything 205
Image Credits 211
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had a total blast reading "How to Suffer in 10 Easy Steps". As author Will Arntz points out, the avoidance of suffering is the goal of every life form, yet we are all steeped in suffering, no matter what our circumstances. This wise, witty and illuminating work is reminiscent of Will’s classic new age movie "What the Bleep Do We Know" with a similar cadence and humor that really gets the reader pondering. I found it delightful to glimpse the author’s unique perspective on life and to experience his perpetual sense of humor. Classic Zen stories are woven together with cartoons, discoveries from quantum physics, wise words from wise sages, graphs, flow charts, clips from scripts, illustrative photographs and more. Most touching and meaningful are the personal stories that made me both laugh, and sometimes even cry, stories that served as poignant love notes; to his wife, his sisters, his friends and others, stories that left me feeling as treasured as those he clearly treasures. Entertaining and enlightening from cover to cover, there was never a boring moment. I haven’t enjoyed reading a book so much in a very long time. Will gets his points across in a way that keeps the reader intrigued, on their toes and deeply reflective. I laughed my way through the 10 easy steps to suffering and the 6 slippery steps to end suffering, and realized later that the insights and recommendations have given me the means to reframe my perception and actually choose a whole different way of being. As a result, I’ve easily incorporated these potent strategies into my everyday life and find myself evolving just as profoundly as I did in the years after reading the hugely impactful book "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Freedom" by Don Miquel Ruiz. I am sincerely grateful for this book and the impact it has already had on my life.
At once humorous, satirical, profound and insightful, 'How to Suffer' is one of the more entertaining books I've read in a while. William Arntz is a great communicator and able to tackle complex philosophical and psychological subjects and make them relatively easy to understand. I felt a backdrop of compassion behind this book as Arntz lays out the truths about suffering. The writer has suffered and understands we all suffer. The author gives us a road map to comprehend why this happens and provides hope for solutions.