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Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity Paperback – October 1, 1995
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Arny is in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and teaches with Amy in many places around the world. He is known for his development of the "dreambody" and "process work" (process oriented psychology). He is the author of 21 books in 31 languages, including Dreambody, The Shaman's Body, Quantum Mind, Quantum Mind and Healing, and ProcessMind. Arny has an M.S. from M.I.T., was a Jungian training analyst, and has a Ph.D. in psychology. He is also known in the area of conflict management for his Sitting in the Fire and for his integration of psychology and physics, work on dreams, bodywork, relationships, and for interventions in near death situations. His newest work is the "Dance of the Ancient One" published by the Deep Democracy Exchange, was released in 2013.
See www.aamindell.net for more about Dr. Arnold Mindell's biography, seminars, and work in psychology, physics, social and world issues
Top Customer Reviews
The author says "... we want to insist on peaceful behavior: line up here, single file. ....." "But the world is not composed of docile little groups" "... engaging in heated conflict instead of running away from it is one of the best ways to resolve the divisiveness that prevails on every level of society - in personal relationships, business and the world."
Are you concerned about global trends? Do you want people to learn to share this earth? You need this book to guide you. Jump in and lead a deep democratic process. Be a midwife at the birth of our sustainable global community.
"Severe conflict can threaten to separate or be facilitated to bring a community together." "If violence is admitted and addressed, it is less destructive than if it is repressed. Going consciously into battle is an intense experience, but one that revitalizes everyone. You are renewed in hope. You find not only solutions to issues, but something more precious. You find that a battle does not mean the end of the world, but the beginning of the river called community."
It is an earlier work, but I feel it is probably one of the most engaging books on group transformation that I have ever read. I'll be reading more of his work.
I think the book delivers on this some. Indeed, some of the points in the final chapters were quite enticing to me.
Unfortuantely, the author and I have profoundly different personal cultures (for lack of a better word). In this book, Mr. Mindell sees the world mainly through power/oppression relationships and group distinctions (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, etc), and while I don't dispute that those exist, I don't see them as centrally as the author does. As a result, many of the ways he describes situations focus almost exclusively on (say) how members of one race group felt oppressed by those of another, or one gender by another or the like. I suspect that if you do see the world this way, you'll find this book has many good things to say to you. Since I don't, it didn't.
Aside from this, perhaps the biggest problem I, personally, found with this book is that it tends to tell me THAT things happened in various workshops rather than SHOWING me it happen, so there seemed little I could learn. In part, this may be an inevitable byproduct of the written medium, for I believe part of the author's fundamental approach is to react to the emotion of the moment. Without at least a video recording of an event, you're not going to be able to sense that moment, and what ends up on the written page is "dead" by comparision.
I did like the reminders that helping a group find they have shared interests, or moving people away from thinking towards feeling can be helpful. I also liked the notion of the various role playing activities that were mentioned in the book.
This book is full of challenging, fresh thinking. I particularly appreciate the understanding of “rank” as the sum of a person’s privileges not shared by everyone. For instance, rank is related to: skin color, economic class, gender, sexual orientation, education, religion, age, expertise, profession, health, psychology, and spirituality. It is not the rank itself but unconscious and unacknowledged rank that causes conflicts. Mindell says: “You can consciously use your rank to benefit others, or you can mindlessly confuse and abuse those about you by considering them beneath you.”
Mindell has creative insights on war and terrorism, showing how they operate as dynamics at every level of society, and what the underlying issues are. He does not admire political correctness, seeing it as a covering of feelings that keep resolution from taking place. His positive belief is that we don’t need to solve all the problems in the world but merely to learn to use each conflict in each arena of life as a way to community. Reading this book may inspire you to become an elder and to begin facilitating community and “deep democracy” in your family, your local community, and the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sitting in the fire gives anyone who is interested in the method Deep Democracy insights in its background. Mindell shares his experiences and gives reflection on his lessons. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Teeuw
Excellent for any facilitators committed to social transformation.Published 9 months ago by Rosa Gonzalez
Bought this during my graduate studies and passed it on to classmates. I have bought it again, because I find the ideas and information it contains more and more useful as I work... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jessica Rafka
Amazing book, thank you!! It's so much needed now - in times of war in the world! To understand many things and phenomenon and people and oneself deeply - to make the world a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Yuliya
Well, this will get you thinking. There's no sitting on the fence with this one.Published 11 months ago by Shannon Blood