Sunday, March 25, 2007

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire: Dysfunctional Families and Group Energy

Off the Shelf

Wheels of Life: A Users Guide to the Chakra System

The Sevenfold Journey

Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self

- all by Anodea Judith

John Bradshaw On The Family by John Bradshaw

Truth or Dare by Starhawk

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For those who are interested, this article by Dr. Anodea Judith (with a Forward by yours truly) now appears at The Witches' Voice:

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire: Dysfunctional Families & Group Energy

Excerpt from Forward: This article, a powerful triple weaving of ideas put forth by Starhawk and John Bradshaw, along with personal wisdom she gained working in the Pagan community, was written in 1989 by a counselor named Anodea Judith. In her essay (which appears below) the author discusses the roles, which many of us learned to adopt as children, and shows how these roles can later haunt us as adults. She describes how assuming these roles again in later life (also known as “working from our shadow sides”) can sabotage attempts to build community and undermine even our best projects by poisoning our group's energy system and supporting toxic relationships.

Dr. Judith does not simply bemoan the problem; she also offers practical, common sense solutions. Anyone who has encountered dysfunctional behavior in a circle, coven, class, festival, ritual group, organization, or workplace will find her article both relevant and useful.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice entry, good references, great links.