During his lifetime Bruce’s students frequently asked him to write a book. Bruce, it seemed, was much happier devoting his time to writing for his lectures and classes and spending time with his students. Whether he was sitting in his living room with them or around the kitchen table, Bruce preferred to teach in his own very unique dynamic way. He loved to be with students. He never did get around to publishing a book himself, but he left us with a wealth of material to work with.
In this book there is something for everyone, those who had the opportunity to know him and especially those who had not. The Option Method: Unlock Your Happiness With Five Simple Questions is the first book of his writings ever published. It encapsulates his entire philosophy and is based on material he developed near the end of his life. His widow, Deborah Mendel, has put together his most succinct work, writings that he had evolved and refined over the thirty years he shared Option with us. This book will not only help us individually to understand his Option Method and its principles, but provides a key tool in sharing Option with others. Whether exploring Option with friends or in one’s own Option Method workshops or practice, this book is an invaluable guide.
The Option Method is not about memorizing questions. It’s about understanding why you are asking them. In this book Bruce explains the philosophy behind his Option Method questions. Bruce explains how our beliefs affect our happiness. He describes the difference between wanting and needing. He sheds new light on the myriad forms our unhappiness can take while at the same time removing its mysteries. Finally he reveals how “we cannot be bad for ourselves.”
This compact book is simple, inspirational, and challenging. Readers and students at all levels of Option study will have fun exploring Bruce’s ideas in this book.