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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Mindfulness Press (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439217513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439217511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,403,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a word, powerful. Clearly illustrates the profundity and absurdity of our relationships with others. Takes the reader beyond the polarities of our conflicts with others to a place of renewal and hope for a more unified and peaceful world." -- Philip Lichtenberg, Ph.D., Director of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and author of Encountering Bigotry: Befriending Projecting Persons in Everyday Life.

"Self-help for the wounded soul is reflected by the cosmic mirror. The core idea of the cosmic mirror is that we unknowingly populate the world around us with our denied inner attributes and struggles. Petty squabbles, emotionalism and intense dislike of others offer vital clues to unresolved material in the shadow and aura. The authors masterfully develop their thesis and thoroughly support it with personal stories of workshop participants, the writings of poets and philosophers, Native American wisdom, Japanese folklore, pop culture and the seminal work of Carl Jung. A beautifully rendered, well-organized and supremely effective guide, full of insights for the ages." -- Kirkus Discoveries, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., TX 78744 (discoveries@kirkusreviews.com)


"To say that the material in this book and course has fundamentally changed my life for the better is a vast understatement. This innovative book was able to cut through decades of defenses and self-medication in a matter of hours and help me constructively replace them with a deep sense of passion, peace, humility and empathy." -- Bob Kalka, author of The Emotionally Authentic Christian

"A View from the Cosmic Mirror is perceptive, timely and wise. Peppered with clinical vignettes, it encourages us to search our souls, our darkness, and our projections in the quest toward wholeness." -- Kate Amatruda, MFT, author of Sandplay, The Sacred Healing

"Insightful and articulate, A View from the Cosmic Mirror is a rich and enlightening pathway to look more deeply at ourselves and others. Gary and George's inspiring examples and stories help us all." -- Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University

"I am so on board with what you are saying in A View from the Cosmic Mirror. This book is for every one of us! It explains in plain language some of the most profound mysteries to understanding our deeper self. I learned in new ways how to uncover my own blind spots and become more whole, just by looking more closely at my experiences with others. Thank you for giving me some simple yet profound tools for becoming a more complete person." -- Katherine Lewis, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lou Tufford on October 27, 2009
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A View from The Cosmic Mirror offers powerful lessons in self-discovery grounded in cross-cultural perspectives, from Carl Jung to Lakota spiritualism; from contemporary images to Buddah and the Bible. Using accessible language and straightforward tools, Gemmill and Kraus provide each of us who care to look, with a view of ourselves in the Cosmic Mirror of our reactions to and relationships with others in the world around us.
With the authors as guides, A View from the Cosmic Mirror takes the reader on a journey to increased self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the source of life's sometimes painful struggles and the gifts we possess and often cannot see.
Beyond the direct benefits of individual personal growth, A View from The Cosmic Mirror has tremendous value for business leaders, management consultants and those of us whose professional responsibilities include guiding, coaching and developing others, as well as managing and resolving conflicts. The insights gained by looking into the Cosmic Mirror of the self, are exceptionally useful to gain a greater understanding of others, their gifts and their struggles. Experienced practitioners will find this important book provides a wealth of resources to complement and enhance their effectiveness in working with clients.
This book belongs on everyone's bookshelf.

~ Lou Tufford, CEO and Principal Consultant, Tufford and Associates, Inc., Management Consulting.
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A View From the Cosmic Mirror: Reflections of the Self in Everyday Life

This amazing book by Gemmill and Kraus (2010) happens to be one of the most enlightening books I have read to date. It is based on the premise that individuals in our lives are our mirrors; our own cosmic mirrors, we can see in them only our own reflection. In my opinion, this simple but at the same time extremely profound statement contains the wisdom of our world. Objects, human beings, and symbols that elicit intense attraction, admiration, and repulsion or fear in us usually indicate that we see in them all that we may have trouble acknowledging in ourselves. Further, we unknowingly tend to populate the world around us with our denied inner attributes and struggles. It is difficult for us to accept those attributes and struggles as our own because of our built in blind spots. The authors maintain that we are hard wired to be emotionally reflective of others' feelings. The book contains numerous examples from everyday life, images, cartoons, and exercises for the reader to grasp the rare knowledge contained in this "gem". The authors also make references to the classic literature of East and West. I highly recommend this book to you. It will require reading and rereading over a number of days but each and every page is worth your time and effort. Go for it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shellagh Marshall-Young on February 1, 2010
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I am no longer capable of looking at others strengths and limitations as not mirroring my own.This book and the CEU's I took with it opened my eyes and created a paradigm shift for me.
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By A. Jones on December 26, 2013
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This book truly gives you a new perspective on how you look at the world. Explains a lot about our society.We have an opportunity to change.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darbymar on December 20, 2013
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This book stated the obvious to me, and therefore did not change how I think. I plan to share with colleagues and get their perspectives.
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