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Little Ed & Golden Bear [Paperback]

Eligio Stephen Gallegos
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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Bear Press (1 July 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0944164064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944164068
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,848,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A journey in imagery and spirit 17 May 2010
I bought this book after reading a few pages of it from someone else's bookshelf. What a lovely, heartwarming book. While it touches poignantly into sadness, loss and grief, it also brings warmth, love and peace with its simple and elegant story. Leave your adult worries behind and let yourself follow Little Ed's journey with your heart and imagination rather than your logical mind - it's a lovely and needed break from the busy and fragmented world we live in and a reminder of what really matters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little Ed and Golden Bear 24 May 2000
By Laura Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
The latest book written by Eligio S. Gallegos, Little Ed & Golden Bear, is easy to read but poignant. The story describes the experiences of a young boy growing up and facing his worst fears under the tutelage of his chosen mentor, Golden Bear. Little Ed's growth and maturation are facilitated by guided visualization and animal imagery. The book seems particularly suited to a male readership because it is more cerebral than emotional. It deals with the protagonist's feelings and fears indirectly without making them the focus of the story.
By writing from a fictional future perspective, the author weaves criticism of many 20th century social conventions and institutions with possible alternative attitudes. Gallegos is particularly critical of the educational system stating that teachers of our time "taught only for the convenience of the teacher" and "would train a student to have limitations" (36). Similarly, he writes that children were forced to go to school and "to follow the dictates of the teacher rather than listening to and trusting their own deepest knowing" (43). Since Gallegos holds a doctorate in psychology and held a professorship for ten years, he is intimately familiar with current pedagogy and educational thought. In support of growing organically towards wholeness in contrast with our system of formal education, he asserts, "Growing cannot be demanded ... but only nurtured and supported" (118). This statement reflects his philosophy of the Personal Totem Pole Process® which Gallegos created to promote individual growth and healing in psychotherapy clients. The imagery Little Ed experiences in the book is based on the Personal Totem Pole Process®.
Rational thought also comes under the censure of Gallegos as the only way in which humans currently know and experience the world. He describes our time as the "emotional dark ages" (30) and writes, "People were deliberately trained to close the eye of feeling and not use it" (36). Gallegos suggests wholeness can only be achieved by using all the ways of knowing-thinking, feeling, sensing, and imagery-which he describes as " the four windows". Although he touches on concept of the windows of knowing in this book, it is more fully described in his book, Animals of the Four Windows: Integrating Thinking, Sensing, Feeling and Imagery. Little Ed & Golden Bear is a book well worth reading. Drawing from both time-honored Native American tribal practices and new trends in psychotherapy the author presents an interesting commentary on our current way of life as well as alternatives which merit thoughtful consideration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page after page of magic 22 Aug 2006
By Rose - Published on Amazon.com
This book is packed with wisdom that applies to everyone. A great work filled with love, insight, and inspiration!!
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK: Little Ed and Golden Bear 14 Jun 2013
By Carol Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me by a friend who is a shaman and has a special relationship with animals. I read the book in 2 days and found it to be a wonderful, warm story about a little boy and his grandfather and animals. I think that anyone would really enjoy this story, esp children or adults who love children and animals.
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