John Welwood


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John Welwood is an American clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, and author, known for integrating psychological and spiritual concepts.

Trained in existential psychology, Welwood did his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago in 1974.

He has been the Director of the East/West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is an associate editor of Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

A prominent figure in transpersonal psychology, he is a pioneer in integrating Western psychology and Eastern wisdom.


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Toward a Psychology of Awak...

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Perfect Love, Imperfect Rel...

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Journey of the Heart: The P...

4.40 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 1996
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Love and Awakening: Discove...

4.34 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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Ordinary Magic

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Awakening the Heart

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Journey of the Heart: Intim...

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Challenge of the Heart: Lov...

3.87 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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The Meeting Of The Ways: Ex...

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Sacred Fire: The Path of Co...

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“A soul connection is a resonance between two people who respond to the essential beauty of each other's individual natures, behind their facades, and who connect on this deeper level. This kind of mutual recognition provides the catalyst for a potent alchemy. It is a sacred alliance whose purpose is to help both partners discover and realize their deepest potentials. While a heart connection lets us appreciate those we love just as they are, a soul connection opens up a further dimension -- seeing and loving them for who they could be, and for who we could become under their influence. This means recognizing that we both have an important part to play in helping each other become more fully who we are....A soul connection not only inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in the way of that expansion.”
John Welwood

“Forget about enlightenment.
Sit down wherever you are
And listen to the wind singing in your veins.
Feel the love, the longing, and the fear in your bones.
Open your heart to who you are, right now,
Not who you would like to be.
Not the saint you’re striving to become.
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.
All of you is holy.
You’re already more and less
Than whatever you can know.
Breathe out, touch in, let go.”
John Welwood

“Awareness born of love is the only force that can bring healing and renewal. Out of our love for another person, we become more willing to let our old identities wither and fall away, and enter a dark night of the soul, so that we may stand naked once more in the presence of the great mystery that lies at the core of our being. This is how love ripens us -- by warming us from within, inspiring us to break out of our shell, and lighting our way through the dark passage to new birth.”
John Welwood



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