I Am Different from You

How Children Experience Themselves and the World in the Middle of Childhood

I Am Different from You

Within the brief compass of this masterful, inspiring book, Peter Selg conveys the heart of Waldorf education. He does so by focusing on a little recognized yet immensely significant "crisis" in children's lives, occurring around the age of nine. Often referred to by Rudolf Steiner, this crisis involves a profound transformation in children's relationship to their selves and the world.

No Longer Confined

One Man’s Triumphant Pursuit of Truth, Wholeness, and Freedom

No Longer Confined

At birth, he was not breathing and was therefore pronounced dead. Fifteen minutes later he filled the room with wailing, declaring himself ready to take on the world. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and doctors told his mother he would never walk, never read, and never even know he was himself. Christopher, however, had other plans for his life. No Longer Confined is the story of one man’s fight for freedom. It began with physical and emotional imprisonment. From his wheelchair, Christopher shares his story of pursuing an unconfined life. His is a tale filled with joy and pain, victory and defeat, and yet he models for us how a life of adversities can be transformed into a journey toward freedom. Christopher’s life story makes it clear that even if you have to start out crawling, you can live a life above the circumstances to which you were born. Success is born of transcending the expectations of others and growing into your God-given potential. What’s in the wheelchair on the book cover? Be the first to solve the mystery and you will win a $250 cash prize! Here is the first clue: The object is mentioned towards the end of the book. Additional clues will be given on Christopher’s ‘Unconfined Conversations’ video blog. If you are not currently on our email list, go to unconfinedlife.com/contact and sign up for notifications of recent & upcoming blogs.

Complexion Based Discriminations

Global Insights

Complexion Based Discriminations

Complexion based discrimination is a harsh prejudice against dark-skinned people by fair-skinned people that has been prevalent in all countries and continents of the world. This book states the unbearable traumas faced by dark-skinned people such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhimrao Ambedkar, and the Dalai Lama. The book is a harsh whip against the orthodox dogmas that make the lives of dark or black skinned people hell and is a healing balm to restore their stamina in the fight against people who deprive them of their rights. It is an effort to strike at the root of superstitions and prejudice. Worth is to be based on one’s quality, talent, and hard work, not on skin colour.

A Psychoanalytic Exploration On Sameness and Otherness

Beyond Babel?

A Psychoanalytic Exploration On Sameness and Otherness

In dialogue with the most famous myth for the origin of different languages – The Tower of Babel – A Psychoanalytic Exploration on Sameness and Otherness: Beyond Babel? provides a series of timely reflections on the themes of sameness and otherness from a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective. How are we dealing with communication and its difficulties, the confusion of tongues and loss of common ground within a European context today? Can we move beyond Babel? Confusion and feared loss of shared values and identity are a major part of the daily work of psychoanalytic psychotherapists. Bringing together an international range psychoanalytic practitioners and researchers, the book is divided into six parts and covers an array of resonant topics, including: language and translation; cultural identity; families and children; the cyber world; the psychotherapeutic process; and migration. Whereas the quest for unity, which underpins the myth of Babel, leads to mystification, simplification, and the exclusion of people or things, multilingual communities necessitate mutual understanding through dialogue. This book examines those factors that further or threaten communication, aiming not to reduce, but to gain complexity. It suggests that diversification enriches communication and that, by relating to others, we can create something new. As opposed to cultural and linguistic homogeneity, Babel is not only a metaphor for mangled communication, alienation, and distraction, it is also about the acceptance or rejection of differences between self and other. This book will be of great interest to psychoanalytic psychotherapists and researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Paranoia and Modernity

Cervantes to Rousseau

Paranoia and Modernity

"Don Quixote is the first great modern paranoid adventurer.... Grandiosity and persecution define the characters of Swift's Gulliver, Stendhal's Julien Sorel, Melville's Ahab, Dostoyevsky's Underground Man, Ibsen's Masterbuilder Solness, Strindberg's Captain (in The Father), Kafka's K., and Joyce's autobiographical hero Stephen Dedalus.... The all-encompassing conspiracy, very much in its original Rousseauvian cast, has become almost the normal way of representing society and its institutions since World War Two, giving impetus to heroic plots and counter-plots in a hundred films and in the novels of Burroughs, Heller, Ellison, Pynchon, Kesey, Mailer, DeLillo, and others."—from Paranoia and Modernity Paranoia, suspicion, and control have preoccupied key Western intellectuals since the sixteenth century. Paranoia is a dominant concern in modern literature, and its peculiar constellation of symptoms—grandiosity, suspicion, unfounded hostility, delusions of persecution and conspiracy—are nearly obligatory psychological components of the modern hero. How did paranoia come to the center of modern moral and intellectual consciousness? In Paranoia and Modernity, John Farrell brings literary criticism, psychology, and intellectual history to the attempt at an answer. He demonstrates the connection between paranoia and the long history of struggles over the question of agency—the extent to which we are free to act and responsible for our actions. He addresses a wide range of major authors from the late Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, among them Luther, Bacon, Cervantes, Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Swift, and Rousseau. Farrell shows how differently paranoid psychology looks at different historical junctures with different models of agency, and in the epilogue, "Paranoia and Postmodernism," he draws the implications for recent critical debates in the humanities.

Animal Souls Speak

Through Robert Shapiro

Animal Souls Speak

Arcturus is the name given to the star system some thirty-seven light-years from our own. It includes at least a half dozen planetary bodies and is many times larger and much older than our own star and its system. Arcturian involvement with our system began over three million years ago when a space colony--a galactic space station--was established on Velatropa 24.4, otherwise known as Mars. With its 40,000-year warm cycles, Mars provided the perfect experimental way station. If anything went wrong, at least those on the Arcturus system would not be affected--or so it was thought. Some of those in command of the Martian project had not considered carefully enough the inexorable efficacy of karma, the law of cause and effect. By the time strange events began to transpire on Mars, little did anyone on Mars or Arcturus reckon the strange consequences of forgetting about each other's mutual existence. Thus unfolds the tale of the Arcturian experimental way station, V.24.4, otherwise kno

Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of Self

365-Day Life Journal

Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of Self

Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of Self—365-Day Life Journal is a journey for each of you toward emotional growth. It gives you an opportunity to look more closely into the issues that we all face in life. After each lesson you will find a question to answer. You may work on these lessons alone or with a partner. There are photographs, illustrations, poems, and comments from ordinary people from around the world. Mirror, Mirror teaches us that we are all a part of each other and that we share the same feelings no matter where we are from. Enjoy growing!

Zen Battles

Modern Commentary on the Teachings of Master Linji

Zen Battles

One of the key tenets of the Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism is that each one of us is already a Buddha—our enlightenment is inherent within us, and the practice of mindfulness is the tool to bring this truth to our full awareness. While it can bring much relief, this simple statement does not preclude the need for practice. We must strive to always be aware of our Buddha nature, rather than waiting until times of emotional upheaval when it is more difficult to practice. Thich Nhat Hanh uses the teachings of ninth century Zen Master Linji to elaborate on this simple truth and to give readers tools that can help awaken them to their true inner nature. Linji's recorded teachings are the most significant we have from the Ch'an school. One of the unique aspects of Linji's teaching, is the need to "wake ourselves up," not only by means of sitting meditation and listening to enlightened teachings, but also through unique techniques such as the shout, the stick, and the empty fist. Master Linji emphasized direct experience of our true nature over intellectual explorations of the teachings, and he encouraged his students to not "become lost in the knowledge or the concepts of the teaching." Powerful, direct, and uncompromising, Thich Nhat Hanh's reflections on the teachings of Master Linji are destined to become classic Buddhist writings.

In the Game

Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity

In the Game

Examines the relationship between gay male athletes, sport, and American masculinity.

Light Emerging

The Journey of Personal Healing

Light Emerging

Barbara Ann Brennan continues her ground-breaking exploration of the human energy field, or aura—the source of our experience of health or illness. Drawing on many new developments in her teaching and practice, she shows how we can be empowered as both patients and healers to understand and work with our most fundamental healing power: the light that emerges from the very center of our humanity. In a unique approach that encourages a cooperative effort among healer, patient, and other health-care providers, Light Emerging explains what the healer perceives visually, audibly, and kinesthetically and how each of us can participate in every stage of the healing process. Presenting a fascinating range of research, from a paradigm of healing based on the science of holography to insights into the "hara level" and the "core star," Light Emerging is at the leading edge of healing practice in our time.