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The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World--The Essential Guide to Women's Circles Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573241768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573241762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jungian analyst Jean Bolen hit the big time in the early 1980s with one of the first New Age publishing successes, Goddesses in Everywoman. Every woman in America seemed engrossed with identifying her goddess and using the archetypes of the Greek pantheon to guide her out of the patriarchal system to greater self-knowledge and self-esteem. Bolen again hangs a lantern aloft for feminists and lovers of light everywhere with this slim volume. Though only 87 pages, The Millionth Circle has the potential to become the latest bible for the Jungian/feminist/evolution-of-consciousness movement (remember Women Who Run with the Wolves?). The premise is based on Ken Keyes Jr.'s "Hundredth Monkey" theory: that a behavioral change in a growing number of individuals will reach critical mass, and the entire population's consciousness will leap forward to embrace the new behavior as if by magic. Bolen's version is this: form consensus-based, peace-loving circles of support, and one day the millionth circle could alter the psyche of the human race. Written in free verse from chapter 3 on, The Millionth Circle is a dandy manual for creating women's circles, which Bolen hopes will one day save the world. --P. Randall Cohan

About the Author

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst in private practice, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center, and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of many books including Crones Don't Whine and The Millionth Circle, which was published in 1999 and spawned a whole new way for women to become activists from their local circle.

More About the Author

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don't Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, with over eighty foreign translations. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award", and the Asssociation for the Study of Women and Mythology's Demeter Award for her lifetime achievement in women's spirituality. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women--For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered. The Millionth Circle Initiative (www.millonthcircle.org)was inspired by her book and led to her involvement at the UN. She is an advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (www.5wcw.org), which was supported by the Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on March 8, 2012. Her website is www.jeanbolen.com.

Event schedule: http://www.jeanshinodabolen.com/schedule.html
Most current and past newsletters: http://www.jeanshinodabolen.com/newsletters/index.html

2014 New Publications: 30th Anniversary Edition of Goddesses in Everywoman, 25th Anniversary Edition of Gods in Everyman (both from HarperCollins, July 2014), and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman (Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel Weiser, September 2014).

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a slim volume, and beautifully laid out. Its utter simplicity goes right to the heart of what makes a circle so powerful, and what keeps a circle healthy for its members, without embroidery. It would be easy for a hurried reader who skipped through it without stopping to meditate on its words to mistake it as "lite." It has the lightness and ease that I associate with profound teachings. I have given this book to several young women who have never been in a circle before, and who haven't read much about women's spirituality or feminism. Their responses were exactly the same: "Wow, that is an amazing book!" I believe it will probably change their lives. As a veteran of many years of women's circles, I find it valuable too, as a crystal-clear, straightforward statement of the essence of how circles work and how they can go wrong. It's a most welcome addition to my spiritual library, and one I intend to give as a gift often. It aims at a very different goal than would an exhaustive how-to-do-it manual; don't miss its riches because of some readers' tunnel-vision judgments.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most enlightning and helpful books I have ever read. I had no idea there were so many techniques and different ways of circling. It is a must-read book for anyone interested in creating or being in a circle. I believe it's entirely possible after reading The Millionth Circle that we can change ourselves and the world. One person CAN make a difference and ONE CIRCLE can cause miracles to happen in our lives. Thank you Dr. Bolen for writing this precious little book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Working as I do in the corporate environment, I have used the principles contained in this concise book to create healthy alternatives to the typical hierarchical meeting. One does not have to have a background in women's spirituality to understand its premise or its practical application in many settings. As businesses of all sizes seek to move beyond traditional organizational forms, the book provides the outline of how furture organizations can work NOW.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read and reread all of the books by Jean Shinoda Bolen and most of her contemporaries. This one is brilliant,a portion of a larger work given life in a synchronistic request by Isabel Allende. The Millionth Circle is logical, mystical, and inspirational. It is a meditation and a how to guide which makes sense even to my doctor husband. I am so excited about her ideas that I bought 15 copies as Holiday gifts for my closest friends and those whom I think might become so. It is a GREAT gift idea for our "changing times"...and The Millionth Circle might even hold the formula for altering the prognosis of the Earth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Womens' and Mens' groups everywhere could gain from reading this short, simple, but comprehensive book. Would that leaders of nations could digest it and learn from it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carole Robinson on December 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This little book is a poetic companion. It is not meant to be a "how-to," but a meditation, a holding, a container like two gentle hands to support the idea and the power of women's circles.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spiral Dancer on July 30, 2006
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This is a small book which one might be tempted to race through, given its size... Do not be fooled! It is a very "meaty" (substantial) book, filled with wisdom and insight and useful information. I would suggest it be taken in little "bites," so as to properly digest all the nutrients it has to offer. It is something that one can use as a concise guide, to be referred to time & time again, and to be held up as a shining example of the strength and healing power of women's circles. A true gem. Blessings, All.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "mchiqui" on January 30, 2003
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This is a very good read if you know nothing about circles. It can be read in a couple of hours and covers the explanation of circles, the do's and dont's. And for me, the book stirred an interest to learn more.
Yes, there are books that tell you a lot more about circles, but if you've just heard about the idea this is the book to read.
Jean gives circle information in an easy to understand format and portrays her enthusiasm about creating the Millionth Circle.
I've recommended this book to all of my friends.
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