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The Riddle in the Mirror: A Journey in Search of Healing Paperback – October 25, 2012
About the Author
Jayni Bloch is the owner of Kanata Psychotherapy Centre (www.genian.net) in Ottawa, Canada. Her fascination with people and the meaning of life started during her childhood where she became a keen observer and contemplator of life. Jayni is married and enjoys photography as a hobby.
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The center of the book describes healing principals that are deceptively easy. But I think they work beautifully. A gentle reminder of what we know we can do for ourselves in terms of healing.
The book is packed with information and ideas. As I read it I felt my heart opening. As soon as I finished reading I wanted to begin the book again, to capture the enormous amount of perceptive points the book contains. (At one point I thought of underlying key phrases but I soon realized I'd be underlining nearly the whole book!)
The Introduction, which lays out the concept of the mirror and the riddle, is dense. But I encourage you to think about each idea and allow it to seep into your mind. Once the narrative begins in Chapter 1, the story flows.
All this is set against the backdrop of the author's upbringing in South Africa, during Apartheid. This disturbing time of a population of polarized splinter groups fighting for recognition or supremacy echoes today in other parts of the world, even the United States. I feel this book is a step in the healing of these factions: on a global level, and an individual level. Ms. Bloch makes the point that the first step is healing oneself, then healing the group.
There is also a short but comprehensive history of South Africa at the end of the book. Again, so many parallels are appearing in other countries and cultures, it made me want to require this book for schools worldwide.
If we can approach ourselves with the knowledge and acceptance of the wounds we have suffered, and find a way to heal them; if we can face our human weaknesses and incorporate them into our whole being instead of sublimating them or having them grow within us unobserved; if we can find a balance between our compassionate selves and our flawed selves, then we can begin to repair not just ourselves but our world.
Written with intelligence and grace, this book gives you the blueprint to do just that.