Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness As a Soul Journey

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Conari Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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This is a book for any person who is living with a life-threatening illness and for anyone who is caring for and/or loves a person who is ill. Bolen affirms that the price of going into the scary places, of feeling like a piece of green meat on a hook, is high, but worth it. We have no choice. We will all face health crises--our own and others. We can try to bury our heads in the sand. Or we can travel to the underworld. We can probe. We can listen. We can connect to what we know in our bones. In the ten years since the original publication of Close to the Bone, Jean Bolen has continued to explore the impact and the possibilities for finding purpose that confronting a serious illness and possible death present us. This expanded edition includes a new section about forming circles in the time of crises, plus more stories that support the process of hope and the desire to live and change as well as a very personal passage in which Dr. Bolen tells the story of the death of her son. This book is meant to help and heal, to make people less afraid, and to encourage them to trust the wisdom they have inside--what they know in their bones. * 10th Anniversary revised edition, with a guide for those who want to form support circles.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Close to the Bone Illness and the Soul
4
The Ground Gives Way Under Us
14
Psyches Journey
31
Like Green Meat on a Hook
47
Procrustean Dismemberment
58
Illness as a Turning Point
71
Sometimes We Need a Story
86
Summoning Angels Prayer
130
Prescribing Imagination
146
Rituals Enacting Myth
162
Helping Each Other
188
Musings
204
Notes
229
Index
235
Copyright

Soul Connections
110

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Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, a Jungian analyst, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing award. She is an internationally known lecturer and a best-selling author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Crones Don't Whine and Urgent Message from Mother, and many more. She resides in Marin County, California.

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