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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Apocryphile Press (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933993766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933993768
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beck and Metrick remind us that human beings have used ritual for centuries as an important buffer to change, and as a way of consciously recognizing and supporting a life event rather than denying or indulging in it. The end result of all ritual is increased balance, strength, energy, and comfort. This is an important book whose time has come. -Angeles Arrien, from the Foreword --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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SYDNEY BARBARA METRICK is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with a Ph.D. in expressive arts therapy. She is the author of I DO and CROSSING THE BRIDGE, and co-author of Art from Ashes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
RENEE BECK is co-director at the Contra Costa Alternative School and a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist with master’s degrees in transpersonal counseling and clinical psychology. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Renee has been working with dreams, ritual, energy, and symbolic systems for over 40 years. A non-denominational minister, she helps folks create & perform personalized rituals for life transitions.

Renee maintains a private practice in Dreamwork & Transpersonal Psychotherapy for teens & adults, specializing in Shadow work, & family therapy, in the San Francisco East Bay. She is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#MFC21060) with over 30 years experience, with a BA in Consciousness from Goddard College and masters degrees in Transpersonal Counseling and in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

You can learn more about her private work at http://www.reneebeckmft.com.

At Holden High School (formerly CCAS) since 1981, Renee created, nourished, and developed the Counselor Training and Internship Program. As Clinical Co-Director, she teaches, does therapy with teenagers & their families, and trains and supervises the counseling interns.

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Scarborough on February 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
The authors use a step-by-step approach for forcusing on the creation of meaningful ritual in modern life. A must read for all those interested in crafting their own spirituality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Mohr on March 29, 2014
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Let's be upfront about the book. It's for beginning practitioners of ritual and those who understand the importance of having rituals in your life, but have no idea how to construct them. Advanced practitioners of ritual, such as clergy will find some basic justification and simple reminders of why rituals matter. they might also find new or underutilized rituals to help their practitioners. But let's be honest, the New Age-y elements are somewhat useless in actually constructing something meaningful for most people.

As a minister myself, I am somewhat hesitant to really recommend this book and its suggestions be put into practice by those who are not properly trained (particularly in the maintenance and containment of liminal space and all that can arise from within it). In the same way you would hesitate to let a primary/elementary school student run a nuclear reactor, letting untrained/unskilled persons create and perform rituals naturally should cause some hesitation. The authors seem to understand this, even as they go about laying out a number of rituals for even the uninitiated to perform.

That said, the content is simple, easy to understand, and in the grand scheme of things, probably mostly harmless. The descriptions are simple to follow and the book is laid out well, and in a logical, carefully considered way. The checklists and reflections in each chapter are also a nice touch. It is easy to read, and its flaws are few. All in all, not a bad book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Hover on April 2, 2014
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There are lots of book out there that give you pre-created Rits and ideas but this book goes even further. This book delves in to why, why are rituals important? When should we have one? and how to create your own. Magic is deeply personal, symbolism works because we have all agreed that certain things symbolize other things. I have found it much more fulfilling to look inside to find my Symbols and then my focus and intent is natural not learned. This is not to say agreed upon symbols are less potent but that you should be able to decide that for yourself ad be given permission to create your own magic. -Bethany
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