Exploring the arts in therapy, this book investigates the concept that creativity is an essential element of psychotherapy. A process of “tending the fire” of the arts in therapy allows play and experimentation to enter the therapeutic space and enlighten the experience for both client and therapist. Through the author's own personal art-making journal, an outlining of the aspects of the theory of creativity in the therapeutic process, and the author's practical application of expressive arts therapy in various clinical settings, this text demonstrates how forms of sensory and artistic expression can help clients arrive at surprising new possibilities in therapy and life.
This small powerful book goes right to the core of what the popular new men's group is or can be all about. By describing the practical, theoretical & spiritual elements of a small ritual men's group Wayne Liebman challenges men to create their own sacred spaces & invites them to reach into art, psychology, literature & mythology to enlarge their sense of men & the experience of masculinity. Due out in May 1992 by the same publisher: SINGING ALL NIGHT: AN ANTHOLOGY CELEBRATING ROBERT BLY'S 65TH BIRTHDAY. This collection brings together over 40 writers & artists who have contributed essays, poems, songs & graphics in celebration of Robert Bly's work & life. Contributors include Galway Kinell, Donald Hall, William Stafford, David Ignatow & Tomas Transtromer. ISBN 0-915408-48-1.
Tending the Fire is dedicated to the study and cultivation of transformation through an innovative systematic approach for working with conditioned states, the third aspect of Dukkha--cause of suffering. It blends Zen training with an original Western psychological method of introspection called the Resolution Sequence and introduces a symbolic means of conveying information that assists practitioners with structuring, organizing, and understanding the process of awakening.Tending the Fire is offered as a skillful means for studying the constituents of self before and after transformative experiences. Original.
"Tending the Fire: Through War and The Path of Meditation " Raised on a South Carolina sea island, tempered by experiences in the Vietnam War, and trained as a psychotherapist, Ralph Steele decided midlife that tending the fire of his life would be to take robes as a forest monk in Thailand and Myanmar-for a year or for a lifetime. He left his career and twenty-year relationship without knowing if he would return. " Tending the Fire " is the gripping, enlightening, and very human story of Ralph's transformative journey through war and meditation to a sense of wholeness, responsibility, peace, and compassion. Partial Endorsements: "Ralph Steele's memoir will be of great value, an inspiration for many who are seeking release from ignorance and suffering" " Ajahn " Sumedho "A beautifully written, humbling, uplifting, and profoundly sweet and electrifying life story illustrating the transformative value of the cultivation of mindfulness . . ." Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of " Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness" "One can't help but marvel at Ralph Steele's extraordinary life." Joseph Goldstein, author of "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening " "Buddha was a Kshatriya; he came from the warrior class, Ralph, too is a warrior who, like Buddha, had to climb the walls of his enclosures to breathe the fresh air." Stephen and Ondrea Levine, authors of " Becoming Kuan Yin: The Evolution of Compassion " and "The Healing I Took Birth For " "Ralph is able to show us, in an unflinchingly graphic story, what is at once intimate and honest, heart-shredding and tender." Wayne Muller, M. Div., author of " Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives " "Ralph Steele's " Tending the Fire " offers a glimpse into worlds few of us will ever experience-and yet the humanity he shares with us is something we all can resonate with." Alexandra Kennedy, M.A., LMFT, author of " Losing A Parent: Passage to a New Way of Living " and " Creating a Space to Let Yourself Heal "
The wildfires that spread across Southern California in the fall of 2003 were devastating in their scale-twenty-two deaths, thousands of homes destroyed and many more threatened, hundreds of thousands of acres burned. What had gone wrong? And why, after years of discussion of fire policy, are some of America's most spectacular conflagrations arising now, and often not in a remote wilderness but close to large settlements? That is the opening to a brilliant discussion of the politics of fire by one of the country's most knowledgeable writers on the subject, Stephen J. Pyne. Once a fire fighter himself (for fifteen seasons, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon) and now a professor at Arizona State University, Pyne gives us for the first time a book-length discussion of fire policy, of how we have come to this pass, and where we might go from here. Tending Fire provides a remarkably broad, sometimes startling context for understanding fire. Pyne traces the "ancient alliance" between fire and humanity, delves into the role of European expansion and the creation of fire-prone public lands, and then explores the effects wrought by changing policies of "letting burn" and suppression. How, the author asks, can we better protect ourselves against the fires we don't want, and better promote those we do? Pyne calls for important reforms in wildfire management and makes a convincing plea for a more imaginative conception of fire, though always grounded in a vivid sense of fire's reality. "Amid the shouting and roar, a central fact remains," he writes. "Fire isn't listening. It doesn't feel our pain. It doesn't care-really, really doesn't care. It understands a language of wind, drought, woods, grass, brush, and terrain, and it will ignore anything stated otherwise." Rich in insight, wide-ranging in its subject, and clear-eyed in its proposals, Tending Fire is for anyone fascinated by fire, fire policy, or human culture.
"We are created in rhythm, kept alive in rhythm, evolve through rhythm. Tides, breath, and blood flow in rhythm. We are born into a universe of currents, and our heart is the great conductor of the body, orchestrating our flow." The mystical foundations of all the world's spiritual paths meet in a single, sacred place: the heart of the seeker. We have reached a time when scientific understanding mirrors the teachings of the great wisdom traditions in revealing our energetic heart as the light of consciousness, the fire of love, a field of intelligence. Tending the Heart Fire, the first book by pioneering yogini Shiva Rea, is an invitation to embody our extraordinary potential at this turning point in time, to reconnect your life to the rhythms of your body and the natural world—to live in flow with the pulse of life. Weaving together wisdom from the great world traditions—including yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and modern science—Shiva presents an essential resource for becoming a firekeeper of the sacred heart. This diverse treasury is filled with mediations, life guidance, seasonal rituals, and daily practices, including: Insights for harmonizing with the sacred junctures of time—the daily, weekly, lunar, and solar cycles of manifestation and renewal Aligning with the seasons—how to adapt your diet, exercise, and yoga rhythms throughout the annual cycle Ways to honor the great sacred holidays, rites, and festivals Awakening of sahaja—the natural flow at the origins and source of yoga asana and sacred embodiment at the heart of yoga and Tantra Skills for tending your inner fire in every aspect of life and healing imbalances that can support a renewable energy lifestyle A visual teaching with over a hundred full-color images, including reference charts, diagrams, illustrations, and ancient poetry for inspiration The legacy of the Heart Fire is more than eight hundred thousand years old—and in our modern world, we need more than ever to consciously reconnect to the radiant field that transcends time, space, and culture. "The direct awakening of the heart often happens when we are at a crisis point, when the armor of our heart has to crack," writes Shiva Rea. "Let us return to the power and magnificence of our hearts—as living fire, as intelligent energy and electromagnetic radiance, and as our illuminating guide toward love, creativity, and deep knowing of our true sacred nature."
Your prayers really do make a difference-and every act of intercession matters! When God's people send "up" the incense of prayer and worship, God sends "down" supernatural power, anointing, and acts of intervention. Prayer invites the presence of God-distinguishing God's people from all other people on earth and mobilizing the gospel of Jesus. Through prayer, God enables and empowers you to: wait with Him and receive His burden, birth His purposes into being, protect His promises by warring over them, and become a watchman for the days in which we live. These lessons will show you just how vital your prayers are, give you courage to pray for the "impossible," and help you find persistence to see your prayers to completion.The Tending the Fires of Intercession Study Guide is great for individual study in your own home, with a small group, or in a classroom setting. The full curriculum, including the The Lost Art of Intercession book and Tending the Fires of Intercession 12 Message Set, is available at www.GodEncounters.com. As you work through these lessons and put them into practice, you will learn to keep the fire burning continually on the altar of prayer-so it will NEVER go out!
Your prayers really do make a difference--and every act of intercession matters! When God's people send "up" the incense of prayer and worship, God sends "down" supernatural power, anointing, and acts of intervention. Prayer invites the presence of God--distinguishing God's people from all other people on earth and mobilizing the gospel of Jesus. Through prayer, God enables and empowers you to: wait with Him and receive His burden, birth His purposes into being, protect His promises by warring over them, and become a watchman for the days in which we live. These lessons will show you just how vital your prayers are, give you courage to pray for the "impossible," and help you find persistence to see your prayers to completion. The Tending the Fires of Intercession Study Guide is great for individual study in your own home, with a small group, or in a classroom setting. As you work through these lessons and put them into practice, you will learn to keep the fire burning continually on the altar of prayer--so it will NEVER go out!
I believe our Christian legacy can be summed up in the word, Emmanuel, "God-with-us." The Incarnate Son of God is in our midst and his imprint on our lives is unmistakable. He may be in disguise, but he is here. Our mundane circumstances are a gift from him. Then, long after they are over, we realize, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." (Genesis 28:16) He uses all of our experiences to bless and save us. In every way we matter to him. So the question for us is: "Are we with him?" Ultimately, that is what this book is about.This manifest presence of God isn't just for some select "holy ones." No, it's for us! If we have flesh, then we qualify for a personal encounter with the living God. I think it's not only attainable, but it's not as arduous as some would suggest. A meaningful spiritual life is within our grasp.
"Wild Motherhood: Tending the Fire of your Creative Spirit" explores the question "How do I stay connected to my creative practice and soul life as a mother?" through the stories of22 mothers from a variety of creative fields, spiritual paths and family circumstances, as well as deeply personal revelations from the author's own diary extracts. 'Wild Motherhood' is a state of being in which a woman can access and enjoy all of herself, outside of the stereotype of what a mother should be. This book is a report from the front lines of motherhood, as women navigate the space in which family responsibility and self-actualisation compete and converge. Hear the real voices of mothers talking about their dilemmas, struggles and triumphs as they continue to engage with their creativity and soul life. "Wild Motherhood" celebrates mothering itself as a creative act, and the gifts of motherhood to women's personal development. Be inspired by the resourcefulness, versatility and strength of mothers as they adapt to the huge changes in their lives. "Brutally honest, beautifully written." - Sara-Mae Tuson, former editor of Trespass Magazine and The London Miscellany, member of the "Loose Muse" board. http: //blakefriedmann.co.uk/saramae-tuson/. "It's brilliant. A great exploration of what it means to be a wild mother and the practical ways we all strive to reach it. Inspiring! I've been making time to incorporate creativity with my toddler already and only been reading on and off for two days. Thank you. It's the little kick I needed to redefine this guilt laden role that is "motherhood" my own way. Can't put it down!" - Michelle Morgan, artist mother-of-two. www.michellemorganart.com."