I've been a big fan of Robin Norwood's work ever since I first read her classic work, "Women Who Love Too Much". That book was instrumental in bringing the topic of relationship addiction into the mainstream.
Her work has been vital to my own healing from dysfunctional relationships. Norwood has been a marriage, family and child therapist, who specialized in the treatment of chemical dependency and codependency.
Her success after her publication of "Women Who Love Too Much" was followed by a series of traumas. She experienced a divorce and a life-threatening illness. While convalescing, Norwood entered into seven years of isolation and reflection. That period of her life gave birth to this book.
She began to read books on astrology, palmistry, tarot, healing and reincarnation. She notes she was finally exploring in earnest what she'd always believed to be the correct focus of psychology: the study
(-ology) of the soul (psyche).
Gradually, her worldview shifted. As she continued to study, she began to realize that our life on earth is about learning, evolving and growing spiritually through our experiences.
On p. 11, she writes, "When we can use whatever difficulties we have experienced in order to help others, then all our suffering and struggles are raised up and given purpose and dignity even beyond ourselves."
On p.204, she offers some guidelines for healing ourselves:
* Always look for the gift in adversity.
* Never indulge in self-pity.
* Never blame anyone else for your problems.
* Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
* Seek opportunities to serve.
* Learn to regard death as a healing.
There is so much wisdom and depth in this book that is quite hard to describe it. It is a book that I'll return to often, especially if I'm feeling confused, discouraged, depressed, and need comfort. It gives the best insights into life that I have found in my quest to understand why I'm here.
Robin Norwood has given so much of herself to millions around the world, and her work has personally been a remarkable gift to me. She is one of my heroines. I highly recommend this book, as well as all of her others!!
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (4 May 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009952371X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099523710
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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