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Love's Own Truths: Bonding and Balancing in Close Relationships [Hardcover]

Bert Hellinger


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1 Jan 2001
In the years since the publication in English of 'Love's Hidden Symmetry', Bert Hellinger has traveled light years toward an even greater understanding of the intricacies of relationship and resolution. 'Love's Own Truths' represents another important milestone in the search. For readers, the book is a compass left at the side of the road. We can leave it there - afraid that we may have to change course - or we can pick it up to see where it directs us. Hellinger describes 'Love's Own Truths' as a fundamental statement of his approach. And for those who know him, clearly this was no small task. The approach - practical, improbable, complex, and simple - cannot be easily described. It must be 'seen'. First, the verbatim transcripts of three powerful workshops allow access to the various ways in which fragments of the life force puzzle can break apart or come together over generations. Time and again, feelings of distress can be traced to disconnects in the family system and the deeply subconscious attempts of other parts of the system - whether one or many family members - to put things back in balance. Readers will discover many opportunities to unlock new perspectives in their own healing process as they stand alongside the workshop participants. Second, explanations of the therapeutic linchpins that hold this approach together, even when all hell is breaking loose, help readers grasp what is happening, especially in the family constellations, when the healing movements are subtle or seemingly obscure. Pivotal are the discussions of the resumption and completion of previously interrupted movements by a young child toward the mother or father. Third, Bert Hellinger describes in detail the 'inner posture' that both gives meaning to and draws meaning from what he calls phenomenological psychotherapy. Given the chance, the congruence between the posture and the process gives power to the resolutions that are revealed so that they may be dependable and enduring. The inclusion of several of Hellinger's teaching stories adds yet another dimension to the reading. We quickly realize that some points are made stronger when they are lifted out of the immediate context, which may be emotionally charged and distracting. A master storyteller, Hellinger's gentleness and humor come through very clearly. The closing interview - or conversation between friends - offers another opportunity to understand the work on a different level and to see the man behind it through a new lens. Here, after being the subject of so much debate, Hellinger has the chance to express his views in an open and intellectually generous forum.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't knock it till you've tried it 13 April 2005
By Mike L - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hellinger's premise is that families are self-regulating systems that automatically seek balance. In the post-war situation in which his work evolved the deaths of many beloved people were not fully acknowledged because people felt they had to get on with their lives. However, things which are excluded do not simply go away. They continue to exert an influence on the family's body-mind. Everything and everyone has to be included.

Unlike the reviewer "Trabzon" I have participated in family constellations several times and I have experienced the power of the work to change people's lives at first hand. If you are interested in the influence that families have on our lives then this is a book for you. I give it four stars only because you should begin with "Love's Hidden Symmetry", which is even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must read! 9 Jan 2007
By Gloria Jarrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Another must read for people interested in healing themselves or facilitating others. People who are ready to understand and have compassion for those who commit politically incorrect behaviors like incest or adultary, will find this book very helpful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Aug 2014
By am - Published on Amazon.com
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very thought provoking
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