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Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of Tao-Te Ching

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A sensible and compassionate book that will help those involved in any form of therapy make the best possible use of their time, effort, and money. "A fascinating blend of Eastern spirituality, Western psychotherapy, feminist consciousness, and real caring."--Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade 35 black-and-white photographs.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 15th 1994 by Harmony (first published October 1st 1991)
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
To be slowly savored....

I found the beginning and ending to be most useful and accessible, but the middle began to drag or seem repetitive somehow. Also, when the author switched language to describe the therapist as the client, I got a bit confused. I appreciated the real life examples of people going through problems and how each principle could be demonstrated in situ, as it were. I also like the small black ink paintings that began each chapter. It's a handy book with plentiful q
Jan Rog
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This took well over a year to read as I was writing reflections along the way. Unless you have truly reached your most grounded and at the same time elevated state, do not try to read this straight through. Take your time to read the simple lessons and to really absorb them, hopefully applying them to your life or at least to appreciate the potential of these. I am laughing even as I type this, for I found myself caught up in new books, school work, and compositions, and I would put the book and ...more
Sid Johnson
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a beautiful, inspirational, book that challenges us to live in a way that is quite different from our cultural norm. Although aimed at therapists and clients, it speaks to anyone. Johansen and Kurtz weave the teachings of Taoism with the practice of therapy that is reminiscent of the follow-the-client approach of Rogers, but with more depth. The power of this simple, eloquent book is difficult to describe; it needs to be experienced. This is in keeping with what the book teaches; that le ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: searchers, healers, self, consul
Recommended to chaz2b by: research
- 090111 finished up, with spot re-reads as needed. good enough analysis book, teaching really nothing new, just singing in time with tao te ching as a backdrop. if you've studied analysis and read the way, there may be little to no profit in the read of this book, though maybe refreshing.
- 071911 working through it. no where a tough read by any means though mental consumption time would indicate otherwise
- 060911 just bought to replace finishing up current two books reading. review
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The metaphoric connection with the Tao is laboured, but the content and the approach to therapy are marvellous.

There is a lot of really useful information about the form and nature of therapy, delivered through an overtly Taoist perspective.

Very interesting.
Sep 20, 2010 added it
A very nourishing book. A reminder to what is really matter.
Kaya Prpic
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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beautiful ... beautiful ... beautiful ... and in the true spirit of The Tao ... the mystery is held gracefully in the many folds of emptiness ...
Jul 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
I found the advice to be vague and impractical. It reads more like poetry than psychotherapy. The Tao is, however, a lovely piece of Eastern philosophy, and nicely translated in this volume.
Dec 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in recognizing emotions and how to really FEEL
SO thought-provoking. Written simply, beautifully and yet so powerfully.
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