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In today's climate of individual achievement and independence, it is refreshing that the Levines (Who Dies?) have parlayed their 17 years of spiritual work with the dying into a poetic and compassionate book about the healing potential of love and familial relationships. Deeply personal anecdotes and experiences with spiritual leaders, such as Ram Dass, are interwoven with free-form poetry and practical meditation techniques-to be done with one's partner-to help readers "go beyond safe territory... to let go into the vastness" of relationships. The authors comprehensively cover the healing power of relationships, including those with aging parents. Not just another pop-psychology book, this should find its way onto the bookshelves of all who strive for greater insight into their own-and their partners'-deeper natures. Author tour.
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Drawing on spiritual insights from Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and C.G. Jung, the Levines, meditation teachers and counselors, suggest that the path to spiritual awakening is one with the journey to the Beloved in relationship. Mindfulness, forgiveness, and loving kindness characterize the relationship with the Beloved as it moves from the mere convergence of bodies to the mystical union of souls and beyond. Such fluffy pop spirituality as the Levines here practice is already readily available in the works of Matthew Fox and Joseph Campbell. Not recommended.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st Anchor Paperback Ed edition (January 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385425279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385425278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a treasure, one that I will return to over time as Life's different lessons surface to challenge me. The authors present the many questions that arise from relationships beautifully, grounding them in the necessary but often-belittled work we must do on ourselves, alone as well as with another. Viewing the relationship entity itself as a third partner, the Beloved, helps in recognizing that we each interact not only with our partner, but also with the energy of partnership as though it were an individual. The chapters can be read either sequentially or separately as their specific energies are needed. In fact, I think the stand-alone nature of the chapters makes the book particularly useful. The meditations also work well whether you do them progressively or return to them as you feel the need for a specific meditation's strengths.
Most importantly, the book focuses on the importance of consciousness at all levels of relationship. The authors manage to make the book germane whether or not the reader is engaged in a relationship at the moment. Those who are in a relationship can use the book to deepen their bond and understand one another. Those leaving a relationship can use it to learn and heal. Anyone can benefit from the familiarity that comes from consciously examining their relationship persona and its impact on interactions with others.
Especially poignant is the chapter on conscious closure of relationship, providing insight and great support when saying goodbye to loved ones, whether the parting occurs through death or a decision to go separate ways. Understanding the importance of forgiveness and the role of ritual in taking affirmative steps towards making peace with partings is empowering. The authors gently address the pain of closure, and provide concrete examples that can help to ease the hurt while opening yourself up to the new beginning birthed by every goodbye.
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What can one say about a study so profound, so in-depth and so passionately presented? This book of knowledge goes well beyond the relationship between two individuals. It guides the vision of oneself inward to the place where the whole personality can be found. If one so desires, the guiding hand of this study will walk with them through the twisting, churning pathways of cluttered, patterned thoughts to the freedom of the 'inner we.' It is in the answer of the discovery of me, myself and I that the inner sharing of oneself can truly be realized. The 'workings' of the Levine's is the unadulterated truth of postive energy at its highest level.
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The book is for people who wish to attain the highest spiritual goals. What is most amazing about the book is that the authors actually manage to communicate quite well, concepts that normally defy elucidation through words. It is a must for all couples, even those who think that they are a very "loving" couple. This book will show you the extent to which you are conditioned. This book is not an "intellectual" work- it is a handbook for spiritual practice.
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About a decade ago, I was having an early midlife crisis. I had been focusing heavilly on my career and work, and relationships had become somewhat peripheral, accessories, extracurricular.

What I didn't get was brought around to me by a flood of synchronicity that included a mad affair, Sufi poetry and several really good books. This was one of them. I think this is one of the best books available on learning to love The Beloved in self and others. Though we are born knowing how to love, we aren't born knowing how to have relationships.

I'd highly recommend this as a book to share with a young couple who is cohabitating or considering marriage, or for any young person who is mature enough to understand the differences between affection, infatuation, and love.
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I have never written a review for anything. I am inspired to do so now. This book has permanent residence on my reading chair. I refer to it over and over, for the warmth and wisdom that it offers. I honestly feel this book is sacred, as it is shared through an honest deep exploration of unified partnership.

I applaud the courage of the Levine's for addressing each topic and adding their love to soften the edges.

I especially appreciated the subject of "Heightened Monogamy". Wow! That concept shifted everything that had limited my view on what monogamy means. It raised the bar in such a way as to uplift my intentions and in turn, my relationship with both my Beloved and The Beloved.

The Love that comes through the hearts of Stephen and Ondrea is somehow captured and poetically expressed page after page. Buy several copies and give them as gifts. The world will be transformed when we all grasp deeply this beautiful knowledge!!! Enjoy! And love well!
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For those who believe they have found, or are still seeking a divine partner, this is the book to guide us. For those on the spiritual path and who have found that kindred soul, a clear path to the Beloved is provided. What is unique about this book, is that the authors have done the work and now offer a guide for those of us who are choosing to follow. Moving to higher consciousness with a partner, is an exalted but very challenging path. Ever worth the effort and loving labor.
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