Awareness - Anthony De Mello


By Anthony De Mello

  • Release Date: 1990-06-01
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Score: 4.5
From 216 Ratings


“Wisdom from one of the greatest spiritual masters of our time.”—James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.

In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.

Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.


  • Highly suggest

    By Malllory1712213
    I read this book 18 years ago and it has been a touchstone in my evolution. “Real change happens slowly over long periods of time”
  • Inner freedom

    By CJR12121212
    I have read this book over and over and there is NOTHING like it to obtain inner freedom …
  • Awareness by Anthony De Mello

    By Terry-Wan
    At first glance your engaged in an unorthodox way of introspection or self awareness. The author who was a Jesuit Priest, born in India, and became a psychologist offers a penetrating self reflecting style to our western minds. Through great story telling, and deep insights the messages conveyed stay with you a long time. De Mello does not give you a formula to apply towards life. Rather he provides hints and clues for you to incorporate into to your life this are guides to do your own self evaluation. The gift of becoming aware of yourself lead you to understanding others. I have read this book 16 times and each time I pick up some insights I missed. They can be so subtle and yet so impactful. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow in their awareness of self and rid themselves of illusions and fantasies and come to reality.
  • Amazing

    By NYClocal
  • Fascinated!

    By DAGorion
    What a brilliant man! Have read it twice and will read it again it was that good. Loved it.
  • Fascinating

    By SwiftThought
    If you're going to read this book be forewarned that it will shatter your concepts and illusions about reality, but it is definitely worth it in the end. You will feel liberated in a great way!
  • Awareness

    By Player 501
    After the last word I could only realize -WOW!!! If understood, the impact is stunning. DeMello undresses humanity and puts personalities in perspective. One can only appreciate this book if one can stand naked in front of their own mirror.
  • Life changing but be careful

    By D.A.H., Jr.
    I heard a lot of "life changing" things in my life to the point I thought I learned enough and there is not much "enlightening" or good things for me to learn as I go on throughout life. So far, I am halfway through the book and these concepts are very new to me that I can't wrap my mind around some of them. It challenges your current beliefs and ESPECIALLY beliefs that were placed in you through society. I feel like this book is a liberator and tries to wake you up to a point not much people attain. It also introduces you to illusions that may prevent you from waking up. I recommend this book... Every paragraph in this book means something and it is filled with parables and stories to make points clearer. As I mentioned before I am halfway through it and these concepts are new to me, but I find this book is worth the read and I find few books worth the read. However, BE CAREFUL when reading. You cannot just throw away your belief system because ONE MAN says so. Remember, this guy is human just like you and while some of his ideas seem revolutionary, other ideas I feel should be challenged. I'm personally a follower of Jesus Christ (I'm a Seventh Day Adventist) and his teachings so I approach books like these with skepticism. Good luck and BE CAREFUL. God bless.
  • Wake up

    By DustyThomas
    This book is written the spiritual cripple. Just as The Carpenter healed the physical, He truly came to heal the ailments of the Spirit, and lead us to the solution. The Great Reality. Awesome.
  • Brilliant!

    By NorCalSteve1
    If your a Christian and like E. Tolle, but have a problem with his non-dualist (all is God) worldview, you'll probably be more comfortable with De Mello. The basic concepts are the same: you are not your thoughts, awareness is the key to spirituality, etc. It's very good. Again, if you like Tolle, you'll like De Mello, and he will help you get your head around these life changing concepts without you feeling like you have to throw all your Christian theology out the window (which some Christians feel when reading Tolle). It will challenge your basic church taught theology though, but if you are a seeker of truth, and not simply denominational dogmas, you'll grow from this book. Like DeMello says "wake up!"'s so worth it!