Hidden Treasure

How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self

Non-Fiction - Self Help
253 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2018
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Author Biography

Alice McDowell, PhD is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center. McDowell created the Hidden Treasure program—a three-year training in personal and spiritual growth.

A professor of Religious Studies at Ithaca College for 18 years, Dr. McDowell now facilitates groups devoted to inner work. Alice has trained with healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi and Buddhist teachers, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over thirty years. She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves, their divinity within.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self by Alice McDowell is about discovering yourself and making yourself the best you can be. Sometimes we can be our own critics, which is all good and well, but when it stands in the way of our progress, it becomes wrong for us. We all have some self-destructive patterns and behaviors that can make us our own worst enemy and stand in the way of our success. This book helps the reader recognize such patterns, evaluate them, and helps in breaking free of them.

The title of the book is pretty self explanatory. This book has a number of exercises - breathing, spirituality, meditation and even visualization of the future and present - that can help the reader improve and stop the mannerisms and behaviors that can be damaging to one’s self. This is an incredibly encouraging book for anyone who wants to break free of the patterns that we have adopted to save us from failure, but in fact, these are just holding us back.

What I truly enjoyed about this book is that it was very easy to digest and the exercises were easy to follow. The book has many insights taken directly from psychology and spiritual sources that help the reader to connect with the words and have confidence. The exercises are easy to do, as Alice McDowell describes everything in a calm and comforting tone that just makes the whole experience even better. This can truly help those people who want to become better and more confident versions of themselves.

GRADY HARP, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100

Helpful and informative…completely entertaining to read!

PAULA PETER, CEO Solstice Group

This book is a godsend. McDowell has condensed her decades of work and knowledge into an amazingly well laid out, clear yet comprehensive overview and practical guide for personal healing.

GLORIA OREN, author & award winning edit

Great read, true eye-opener and definitely a page turner.


McDowell’s guidebook is sprinkled with inspiring quotations from notable spiritual and psychological trailblazers, and each chapter contains real stories from people who have been through the process she recommends.

LISL ZLITNI, writer, blogger, editor

Accessible for all to experience ongoing, constructive change.

M.C. SIMON, author, copywriter, blogger

. . . a phenomenal book by a writer who can bring a tear to my eyes and who knows how, when and what to write.

CARLA PINEDA, spiritual director

An excellent read! Psychology/self-help books often just skim the surface of a topic. Or, they are too deep for the reader who wants hands-on practical ways of applying tools for growth. Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self is hands-on and practical, not light reading yet so readable for the person on their own journey.

AMY GOODUSKY, attorney

The book is both clear and compelling, and readily applicable to anyone willing to take a peek behind the curtain in the interest of feeling better.

ALESSANDRA MACALUSO, author, blogger

I’d recommend Hidden Treasure to anyone who’s curious to learn more about their own energies and behavior patterns, and how to work with them to be your best self.

ANNE HOYE, Dean, Barbara Brennan School

a gem. . .clear, practical, easy to understand. . .masterfully shared.

SANDRA BARNARD, founder of Full Spectrum

I have never seen such a helpful compilation of contemplations, exercises, and inspiring words of wisdom from such a variety of outside sources. The writing is extremely accessible, without dumbing down. The cartoons are charming and helpful.

LISA LOUSTANAU, Inst. of Core Energetics

Hidden Treasure will be of immense value to anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the forces and circumstances that create the sense of self.