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Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible Paperback – August, 2004

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How to tell the difference between rage and plain, everyday anger? Anger, explains King, a life coach and management consultant, is primarily associated with a current injustice or disappointment. Rage, on the other hand, is accumulated anger from past traumas that is locked in our bodies and minds. Or as they say in 12-step programs: If it's hysterical, it's historical. This is essentially a workbook to unlock that childhood trauma. It includes ways to understand how rage can mask itself (dominance, depression, etc.), questions to locate the rage and exercises to help process it. The book may be a valuable first step in recognizing unprocessed childhood trauma, especially for women. King speaks with insight and empathy about her own rage, rooted in a harsh childhood in South-Central L.A., and the experiences of others. And the exercises, while not new (journaling, imagining an inner rage child), can perhaps help some readers become more aware of the triggers that ignite their rage. Some women might be well advised to seek professional help, too, but King offers a starting place for women whose lives are being distorted by unrecognized rage. (Aug. 2)
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A wonderful resource. Engaging, clear and generous. Therapists will want to pass this compassionate, non-pathologizing book on to clients. -- Sue N. Elkind, Ph.D., author of Resolving Impasses in Therapeutic Relationships, CA

INSIGHTFUL! This book is a masterpiece, a fresh take on living, learning and loving. You've broken new ground. -- Monica L. Wells, Ph.D. Student, American University, DC

Insightful and life giving. King treats us to a buffet of exercises that strengthen our personal relationship with rage. -- Suzanne Stevens, Founder, Hope Springs Women's Retreat Center, Peebles, Ohio

King has articulated the traps of a raging heart and offers the skillful means for liberation. This is revolutionary work. -- Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA

This book provides methods for transforming vital energies into positive, creative life-enhancing endeavors for individuals and societies. It's Good News! -- Cecile McHardy, Anthropologist & Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Harvard University

Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Sacred Spaces Pr (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975425803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975425800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,310,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leading Authority on Emotional Wisdom and Individual & Team Development

As a speaker, facilitator, coach, consultant, and scholar of indigenous wisdom, Ruth King, MA, provides a unique understanding of the most intimate and challenging emotions of our time. With her passion and pioneering methods that foster emotional wisdom influenced by global cultures, King is also a seasoned expert on experiential training design, leadership development, and mindfulness meditation. A woman who embodies her values, King's work promotes collaborations that enhance aliveness, personal integrity, and community well being.

Ruth King is the author of the groundbreaking book Healing Rage-Women Making Inner Peace Possible [Penguin Publishing Group, 2007]. A sampling of her wisdom became an O Magazine Nugget in the July 2007 issue. In her book Healing Rage, King reveals her love of humanity with powerful insights about the trajectory of rage as a healing force in our life. Among the many who have endorsed her book, Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winner for The Color Purple says:

"Healing Rage is a classic self-help book filled with passion, earthiness and wisdom... Ruth King's desire for our wellness and freedom radiates throughout. This is a book that can change your life."

The knowledge and inspiration that inhabits Healing Rage was derived from King's own "full-on" living and from over 20 years of experience and learning from fields of Eastern and Western psychology, leadership development, systems theory, shamanism and metaphysics.

King's education also includes Master's coursework in Organizational Development at Pepperdine University [1985], and a Master's in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University [1991]. At this University, she served as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. King is also a scholar of Buddhist philosophy and a seasoned mindfulness practitioner.

King has studied indigenous cultures in China, the Philippines, Europe, Cuba, Brazil, Scandinavia, and India, and led diversity tours to Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa. King was also a Vanguard Public Foundation 2001 finalist of the Social Justice Sabbatical Fund. Ruth Shares:

"I'm able to go back and forth between cultures and experience our oneness. From this place of oneness, I serve."

All of this education and expertise served her well when she conducted leadership training programs at Levi Strauss and Intel corporations. These are a few among the multinational companies that have benefited from King's leadership and outstanding ability to synergize the emotional body and mind. While consulting and offering workshops in such organizations she consulted to leaders on workplace trauma and the emotional and cultural implications of mergers, acquisitions, and severe downsizing. Currently, King focuses her expertise on leadership and team development and is recognized as a consultant to consultants, practitioners and clinicians.

Responding to the emotional challenges in our personal lives, for over 13 years, King has been leading Generational Healing™ and Celebration of Rage™ retreats--highly acclaimed as demonstrated by the countless testimonials received by Ms. King. In these events, participants are empowered to release and heal their emotional distress, honor their ancestors, and become reacquainted with their greatness.

King currently works extensively with organizations, managers, counselors, consultants, social workers, psychotherapists, educators, trauma workers, practitioners of the healing and expressive arts, spiritual counselors, artists, activists, mothers, and other women and men who influence the lives of others. While her content addresses the commonality at the heart of these groups, King is also meticulous about customizing to respond to the specific needs of her clients.

A California native, King currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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Format: Hardcover
As a Chinese Buddhist from Asia, I was initially skeptical about what type of practice this black American lady could offer. I came from "the traditional Buddhist religion" in Asia. I was told to "let it go", and to strive for "forgiveness", and "compassion" These are the virtues of being Buddhist. Yet, no matter how many retreats I attended, I just couldn't reach that level and I blamed myself for not being a good Buddhist. I found that Ms. King's book and CD offered deeper teachings than that which I had received back home. She used practical personal experiences and displayed the wisdom of her personal discovery process. She made the teaching become tangible.
From reading the book, I found that my upbringing and experiences were similar to the author's in some degree. I experienced a strong resonance while I was reading the book and listening to her CD. I found she spoke for me.
As a mostly devotion type personality, I was inspired from her book and CD to learn the teachings of self-care, and self forgiveness. Without healing my rage how could forgiveness happen truthfully? After I came to the North America, I took some workshops. I gained a lot of new perspectives from the new teachings and felt more confidence about myself. But I still felt that there was something missing in them (I couldn't figure it out in the time). Everybody knew how to talk about compassion but no one is encouraged to face their rage.
Perhaps most importantly I learned to "forgive myself for not being able to change my past, but also for not being able to accept it". I found it really took very small steps to "move from resentment rage to a more balanced truth". My karma with my mother became more gentle, although I am still provoked by her ignorance sometimes. Ms. King's book was a great help to me and I don't know how to express my gratitude to her. Thank you!
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I have sought advice either through my therapists or self-help books and friends over the years in healing my inner rage. I recently read King's book and find it to be insightful, thoroughly understanding and precise in the aspects and the process of rage. How we become enraged spirits to how we contaiminate our spirits and others around us...to how we can arise above it, love our "rage child", and be one w/ our inner peace. Thus, we may also bring about a legacy of world peace... I'm so glad that I read this book... Hope you will find this book helpful... for those who have experienced childhood abuse/ traumas and in seeking to "heal" our wounds. King offers wise and practical advise in pacifying the inner anger and healing the pain.
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I've read this book, worked with all the processes and have attended a Healing Rage Workshop. I write in support of this book from direct experience. I found Healing Rage to be a groundbreaking and inspired tool that enabled me to deal with powerful emotions surrounding abandonment, sexual abuse and self-loathing. My life work is personal healing, I have written several memoirs as part of that path and have been in many forms of counseling for more than ten years. Ms. King is a powerful (and much needed) healer addressing rage head-on and giving women ways to express, release, honor and work with that rage. I endorse this book without reservation.
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This book contains some useful information about ways in which women (but one could also argue the same for men) disguise rage (resulting from childhood trauma and neglect) from themselves and others. There is an assessment for the reader to do to clarify which disguise tends to be her/his dominant one. I felt there were some flaws in the questionnaire, though, as what emerged for this reader tended to conflict with later profiles of people who operate from those "dominant", "distracted", "depressed", "devoted", "dependent", or "defiant" rage disguises/stances. It's possible that a person doesn't always have a dominant mode and this makes for some confusion. As well, using an altar, creating "sacred space" for contemplation of the "rage child" within, and keeping a rage journal may not be for everyone. A few of these practices frankly seemed a bit silly and precious--but this may be my defence mechanisms at work. At times, as well, the language sounded like vague Californian psycho-spiritual mumbo jumbo to me--e.g. the birthing and midwifery metaphors etc. Such language may be natural and soothing to some, but I found it and the vagueness cloying and annoying. If you like new age titles for women (along the lines of Harriet Lerner's Dance of Anger--not a particular favorite of mine), this is for you. Consider who endorses the book before purchasing it is my best advice. I don't regret looking at the book and parts definitely gave me pause for thought, but it was not written with the clarity, voice, and recommendations for practice that would have been useful to me. I am glad I DID NOT buy it and just borrowed the book from the local library!
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I have read Ruth's book and just received today, 10 more copies in the mail which I intend to give as Christmas gifts. There is no greater gift than personal healing, and Ruth is a gifted healer. Her book, her coaching, her workshops, her CD, I am a firm believer in all, and have experienced them all first hand. I recommend this book, without reservation, to ALL people. Rage does not discriminate, and neither does Ruth.

I have tried, unsuccessfully, many times to connect to a counselor or therapist. Ruth is the first person I've found that is able to help me, profoundly, in a 1-hour coaching session. Call her a coach or don't, it doesn't matter, she is the real deal, and I'm a better person for having come across Ruth and her work.
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