Healing the Sacred Divide is timely: As issues of faith and women drive our political dialogue at national and local levels, it offers a highly useful window into troublesome assumptions rarely recognized. Bringing these into the open can be enormously helpful for resolving conflict and promoting fruitful compromise between entrenched parties. Author Jean Benedict Raffa fiHealing the Sacred Divide is timely: As issues of faith and women drive our political dialogue at national and local levels, it offers a highly useful window into troublesome assumptions rarely recognized. Bringing these into the open can be enormously helpful for resolving conflict and promoting fruitful compromise between entrenched parties. Author Jean Benedict Raffa first explores eight common ways of thinking about God that create strife in ourselves and contribute to the rampant divisiveness in our world. She then helps us see (and work with) the emotional ignorance of this situation that spoils relationships through distorting what we think God and others want of and for us. Raffa then invites us to entertain what she calls an integrated God-image. She offers it as a basis from which to bridge differences and work creatively with fundamental dualities such as masculine/feminine, good/evil, relationship/individuality, heart/head, subjectivity/objectivity, experience/belief, mystery/clarity, etc. In the process she explores a variety of personal crises and political dysfunctions that arise from overemphasizing masculine ego-values in ourselves and our conception of God, and ways to overcome them by honoring feminine values equally. Doing so, she says, makes available nine wisdom gifts that offer a reprieve from unrelenting anxiety and guilt about never being good enough, and help us connect intimately with what feels truly sacred to us. From there, she suggests, we are in a much better position to make peace with ourselves and one another, and to contribute together to humanity s noblest dream of universal peace, justice, and love"...
|Title||:||Healing the Sacred Divide: Making Peace with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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Healing the Sacred Divide: Making Peace with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World Reviews
What a joy to hold this beautiful book in my hands. From the opening pages this reader was thoroughly engaged and filled with the greatest admiration for the author Dr. Jean Raffa for her writing style, presentation, the richness of the material and her research.She presents our contemporary lives interwoven with myth from the distant past and shows the timelessness and universality of trials and tribulations we all face in one shape or form or another. She writes from personal experience as well as her deep knowledge of psychological and spiritual matters. I felt many moments of recognition in reading about her own or others' responses to life situations. She is clearly in touch with how her own life experiences have shaped her and is similarly in touch with the questions we all wonder about, love, relationships, the meaning of life and the ongoing questions .. The wounds we all carry from our own personal generations as well as collectively and culturally are laid bare.Part 2 of the book is divided into 9 sections and are presented as 'gifts'. For example The Third Gift: Acceptance of the Shadow; The Fifth Gift: Partnership; The Eighth Gift: Meaning. There are chapter headings within these sections - for example under the Third Gift: Acceptance of the Shadow, Chapter Twenty is 'Mining for Gold'. In each of these 9 sections there is always is A Cosmic Dialogue where God and the Goddess have a talk ...Her book will speak to the psyche or soul of every reader. It is deeply satisfying on all levels. The inner journey is highlighted at all times. She skilfully weaves the wound of the sacred feminine into her tales and stresses the urgency for repair of this wound for both men and women, and for the world. It is one of those books I return to time and again for inspiration and hope for our human condition. The title is very apt: Healing The Sacred Divide: Making Peace With Ourselves, Each Other and the World. I highly recommend this for any and everyone. It is a book I will return to time and again.
The first step in "healing the sacred divide" is to heal thyself. But how? Jean Raffa takes us through a self-examination of how our ego-self, beliefs, culture, gender, and dualistic thinking separate us from who we truly are and our rightful place in the world. Practical exercises show you how to identify what's holding you back, and how to re-connect with what truly matters to you. If each of us took this book seriously and worked on our own psyche, the world would begin to heal.
Dr. Jean Raffa's book Healing the Sacred Divide explores and illuminates the difference between religion and true spirituality. Strongly immersed in Jungian Psychology, Christianity, and many religious traditions, she helps me understand where we humans have gone wrong in our religious convictions, where we've clung to outmoded limiting belief systems, and how we've put ourselves at peril by neglecting the Feminine.Raffa's spiritual/philosophic/psychological book highlights both her scholarship and her personal journey to understand the essential connection between soul/nature and body. Raffa shows us that we must bring together our inner feminine and masculine sides to heal the soul and heal the world.The book is filled with beautiful stories--I especially enjoyed learning how the bear mother teaches her cub--and it also offers a pathway into the wisdom of dreams. As a memoir writer, I am drawn to sections where Raffa discusses her own spiritual and psychological journey that led to her brave expression of her deepest thoughts and values. As is true of Raffa's other books, she makes the world of dreams alive and compelling with images that grip, transform, and turn the reader toward this deeply feminine realm of wisdom.Healing the Sacred Divide helps us move toward both personal and universal healing. It helps us understand the deeper gifts of our spiritual nature and how both men and women can experience the Divine Feminine and learn to partner the Divine Feminine and Masculine within and in the world. This book will transform your life, your sense of self, and the world around you.