This book had some interesting insights about the ideal of extroversion in today's world. To discover research about the strenghts and weaknesses of This book had some interesting insights about the ideal of extroversion in today's world. To discover research about the strenghts and weaknesses of both personality types made for interesting reading. The realization that parents often think their introverted children need coaching to compete in a more extroverted social situation reminded me of how my own mother had encouraged me to push myself to be more extroverted in high school because I wanted to reach out and get to know more people. I remember my high reactivity to social situations and how I needed time afterward to process times with groups of people. Cain reports that this tendency in introverts has now been studied and documented as a factor of the amygdalae portion of the brain. The amygdalae is an ancient part of the brain --so old that primitive mammals have their own versions of this system. Research says that if a person was a "high-reactive" baby, the amygdala of that person may, for the rest of one's life, go a bit wild "every time you introduce yourself to a stranger at a cocktail party". With that studied awareness, I can now know to prepare myself by actively remembering to engage my frontal cortex to calm me down. There was a chapter on the Tony Robbins "myth of charismatic leadership" that walked the reader through one of Robbins high powered workshops, and another chapter following that one on how setting up offices to give people less private space turned out to be a problem for both introverts and extroverts. It was also interesting to read the chapter on the difference between the asian culture and the American scene. In the examples given, students in American school from asian descent spent a good deal of time evaluating (and sometimes feeling guilty about) their social skills and preferences and comparing them to those of their typically extroverted American counterparts. There is a lot of good information in this book and it could easily be used as reference matierial ...more
This was a very practical book on the technique of focusing. Eugene Gendlin's book of 1982 was much more interesting to me as a study of the possibiliThis was a very practical book on the technique of focusing. Eugene Gendlin's book of 1982 was much more interesting to me as a study of the possibilities inherent in learning this introspective activity. I haven't reread Focusing, but perhaps should do so. When I read about what Muslim author Jamal Rahman called "Sacred Holding", I was reminded of Focusing by Gendlin and Cornell's book as well and wondered about the similarity of this Islamic devotional activity to the psychological practice. ...more
I just completed rereading this book in order to give my current review as a response to the material. I was swept up in the author's ability to creatI just completed rereading this book in order to give my current review as a response to the material. I was swept up in the author's ability to create a poetic essence that can be a foundation for practical ideas. This style kept me fascinated and eager to reread the book.
It seemed there was a "conversation" in reading this book which enabled me as a teacher/student to grow and expand my own inner core as Palmer encouraged me to dare to move into a dance with other teachers and learners, institutions and movements.
Palmer encourages taking the time to reflect on who have been my mentors and what they have evoked in me. Then as I step into the fullness of my lifelong learning and know who is the "Self" that I bring to my teaching, I have a better sense of "Who" in my students is there to learn. I like thinking that integrity can grow as people choose to hold paradox and complexity as a charging element that awakens teachers and learners. I especially like the idea of holding a variety of perspectives in mind in order to lift up a fabric of thought from a community of people in the service of the subject we explore in learning.
Each chapter starts with an excerpt from a classic poem. Poetry is woven into the text as an illustration of how Palmer speaks to "reweaving the fabric of human community...through the ancient dance of spiraling generations in which the old empower the young with their experience and the young empower the old with new life".
This is a book about the system of education in our culture. Palmer explores the pain of silence and how much suffering is involved in allowing the space for silence. He speaks to the problem of fear both in teacher and student and wonders about the "voice that is there" before speech is heard. Paying attention, being aware, realizing that knowing is relational and animated by desires to come into deeper community with what we know and learning to expand the heart of learning...this is the Courage to Teach. ...more
This is an amazing book which easily catalogues a variety of ways people emerge into deeper aspects of spirituality. Grof chose the word "emergency" bThis is an amazing book which easily catalogues a variety of ways people emerge into deeper aspects of spirituality. Grof chose the word "emergency" but I prefer the term "emergence". The idea that it is possible to emerge from one level of spirituality to another more insightful level is very appealing to me. Perhaps the reason Grof chose to use the word "emergency" is because he is trained as a psychiatrist and has had people come to him for help as they make their way through an experience that is somewhat foreign and a bit frightening. People who enjoy the everyday world of consensus reality and wouldn't want to step outside that realm, might be caught "off guard" by a glimpse into a more attuned level of spiritual awareness should it "happen" to them without their conscious seeking of that experience. For example in the case of a UFO sighting and perhaps if one experienced an unsolicited drug experience...the words "spiritual emergency" might be more appropriate. The Grofs' addressed at least 10 varieties of Spiritual Emergency including: 1. The Shamanic crisis 2. The awakening of Kundalini 3. Episodes of unitive consciousness ("peak experiences") 4. Psychological renewal through return to the center 5. The crisis of psychic opening 6. Past-life experiences 7. Communications with spirit guides and "channeling" 8. Near death experiences 9. Experiences of close encounters with UFO's 10. Possession states They outlined and defined each of these states in the introductory chapter of the book and then went on to include articles by authors who are experts in each of these fields of transpersonal experience. My favorite article was by Paul Rebillot who was an actor who became a facilitator of groups who took "mythic journeys". Since I already have an interest in psychodrama, I was intrigued by the idea of including Jungian ritual in workshops designed to encourage personal growth by creating a personal map for future challenges....more
I was first attracted to this book by the name of the book and the picture on the front of the book. The author suggests that the picture on the frontI was first attracted to this book by the name of the book and the picture on the front of the book. The author suggests that the picture on the front might be an effort to mimic a classic painting entitled "Lone Wolf". This painting is of a wolf on a mountain looking down at the light shining in a domain below. The longing of the outsider to come inside and visit. Would this outsider ever stay? Would the wolf be able to fit into the life of a philosopher?
The author of this book describes himself as a professional philosopher. Heidegger, Nietzsche, Husserl, Camus are among some of the philosopher's mentioned in the author's wandering insights. I kept wondering as I read the book if perhaps I might be stirred to read more of some of these philosophers again. There are certainly interesting points to ponder in philosophic ideas.
The myth of Sisyphus was used by Albert Camus in some of his writings about human life. Mark Rowlands spends many pages exploring this myth in detail and reflecting on possible interpretations as relates to the value of life's many pursuits especially with regard to death. And this reflection comes as he is considering the death of his "wolf brother". As in most stories about a beloved pet, the book starts with the infancy of the wolf and follows until his death. In spite of the heady aspects of this book there was also a good deal of sentiment.
The mix of philosophy and the tale of one man's life with his very unique pet wolf was an interesting one. It was an exercise in going from the animal world to the world of the mind, back and forth, over and over. There were some very visceral descriptions of animal life in the book and there were also long considerations of how animals compare to humans.
I would like to write more about this book and may find the time to do so soon....more
I think Huston Smith is a very thoughtful scholar. I liked having the illustrations in the book to stop and ponder along with Smith's interpretation oI think Huston Smith is a very thoughtful scholar. I liked having the illustrations in the book to stop and ponder along with Smith's interpretation of the religious texts and the culture of the people from various backgrounds. ...more
This author has a put together a great deal of research and sorted out a variety of facts about how different cultures view God. She has evidently beeThis author has a put together a great deal of research and sorted out a variety of facts about how different cultures view God. She has evidently been on a personal as well as a professional quest to figure out how people relate to the idea and energy of God. Theology appears to be an intricate hair-splitting dialogue with people who want to think critically about the nature and essence of God or gods. ...more