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Circles of Meaning, Labyrinths of Fear: The twenty-two relationships of a spiritual life and culture - and why they need protection Paperback – March 16, 2012
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Brendan Cathbad Myers's interest in mythology and ethics was inspired by Celtic stories told him by his Irish parents. His Ph.D. doctorate is in ethics and philosophy. He writes a regular column in several Pagan magazines.
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This book guides the reader through the various forms of relationships that we humans engage in every day. Although some are more common than others, all of them have profound impacts on the way we communicate, think, and act throughout our lives. Myers does this through the symbolism of the labyrinth, the famed maze of classical antiquity that inspires both wonder and fear.
As the book examines those various relationships, Myers explains how the relationships can become unhelpful and toxic. The relationships become clouded with fear and our ability to make the most of them becomes lost. But like any good labyrinth, there is a way out. Instead of getting trapped in these "labyrinths of fear" caused by toxic relationships, we can shift our perspective in such a way that changes the dynamic of the relationship for the good of all involved.
I write a lot of reviews for books that feel very obviously Pagan. This book is less obviously Pagan, but I would very much recommend it to any Pagan (or any spiritual person for that matter). As a coven and religious organization organizer, I often find myself in situations where I must facilitate healing between various people or at the least, understand why a spiritual or friendly relationship went sour. Sadly, there are not many books out there that are helpful in educating Pagan leaders on how to grow relationships within a community in ways that encourage growth while also being helpful and mutually beneficial. So although you don't have to be a leader to find great use of this book, I will be especially recommending that it be read by all 3rd degree initiates within my tradition from here on out. Although you must of course identify your own relationship dynamics before you're all that well suited to help others.
In all, Brendan Myers wrote a stunningly useful book that I hope more people get the change to read. Once you realize how deep you are in the labyrinth of fear, you can't help but be inspired to find the way out.