The idea of effort not only finds an essential place in all authentic spiritual traditions but also is most deeply implicated in our identity, our sense of self. For that reason, it is not only an indispensable way into a new, liberated feeling of self but also the chief obstacle to it. The Sickness of Effort will explore this difficult question by examining how the notion of effort changes in different traditions across diverse cultures. In so doing, it will reveal an altogether new notion of effort and, with that, a new and liberated feeling of identity.
About the Author
Gary Bryant is an ordained priest, a hospice chaplain, and a lifetime student of the world’s spiritual traditions. He has five master’s degrees, having studied at Rice University, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University. Gary is also the author of two books published by Balboa Press, Invicti Solis and The Liberation of Thought. Those two books, along with The Sickness of Effort, form a trilogy designed to explore the universal search for liberation.
With thirty years experience in a form of spirituality called the Gurdjieff Work, Gary is authorized to establish and foster individuals and groups in that tradition.
He is also the past president of the Prometheus Society, past membership officer of the Triple Nine Society, a current member of the online Four Sigma Society, former associate of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (ISPE), and a former lifetime member of Mensa.
Gary enjoys participating in athletic activities with his wife, with whom he resides in the Houston metro area.