The following lists the contents of Self and Society, Volume 27 Issue 5.
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Editorial:
Author: Maxine Linnell
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Article:
Practical mystics, energy workers and the transpersonal
Author: William Bloom
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Abstract:

Teaching meditation and what is now becoming known as ‘energy medicine’ over the last twenty years, I have often been curious about the background of the large number of professional carers who come on my courses. It is usually obvious why they come: the techniques and concepts of practical mysticism and energy medicine help therapists and carers maintain a clear personal centre; and they also give insights into the energetic dynamics which can distress and release their clients. (Energy medicine and mysticism accept that the universe, nature and human beings are made up of wave-fields of moving energy with which we can consciously work.) Also because of my own therapeutic background, I teach this work in a way that is, I hope, emotionally literate and aware of the psychological dynamics.


Rites of passage for men
Authors: Steve Banks, Ron Pyatt
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Steve Banks talks to Ron Pyatt about the Wild Dance Events—Everyman's Men's Rites of Passage, which is among the longest established forms of menswork developed in the UK. It was created by Alex Wildwood, Eric Maddern and Justin Kenrick in 1989, and has been running twice yearly ever since. Ron Pyatt became a co-facilitator in 1991 and has been its co-ordinator since 1994. In 1996, Everyman merged with Wild Dance Events in order to offer the men's Rites of Passage to a wider public. It is continually developing: a pilot Rites of Passage for men and women took place for the first time in June 1999.


Gnosis—goal or ground
Author: John Wren-Lewis
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Some, if we believe what they tell us, are born with God-consciousness. Some struggle to achieve it by strenuous spiritual practice, though by all accounts the success rate isn't (and never has been) encouraging. I had God-consciousness thrust upon me in 1983, my 60th year, without working for it, desiring it, or even believing in it, and this has understandably given me a somewhat unusual perspective on the whole matter. In particular, I wonder if discipline isn't altogether counter-productive in this context and the idea of spiritual growth totally mistaken.


Human development by nature's design- a heroic journey for all times
Author: Miriam Dror
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Recently, on two separate occasions, I was asked what my ‘speciality’ was. First my friend, Jock, a newly trained psychotherapist who was interviewing me in order, as he put it, ‘to gather pearls of wisdom from his elders’, asked me the question. I was stumped. Some ‘elder’, I thought, thirty years of practice and teaching and I had yet to declare whether I specialized in ‘trauma’, ‘addiction’, ‘sexual deviance’, or what (all terms that he offered to try to help me to decide).


Tantra
Author: Martin Jelfs
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There is a bridge made of stones—a single arch, splendid in the sunshine, perfectly proportioned, immaculate… On the left side of the bridge is a land of deep caves… shrouded in darkness but for the glow of deep red fires… it is a place of power, the earth, mystery, passion, energy and intensity. It is the abode of Goddesses… On the right is a land bathed in a cool white light, the air is clear… in the distance are mountain peaks capped in snow… it is the place of Gods…the bridge connects the two lands and in its centre is a rose pink crystal gleaming in the sunlight.


Happiness and the healing power of nature
Author: Ann Whitaker
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There's a ritual which I've repeated for a long time now. From late February each year, entering the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow via the Kirklee gate, I stroll up the path, and have a close look at the earth border to the left. Green shoots are just appearing. I check them every week, as the stems grow taller and sturdier, and the buds fatter. There is a magic moment in mid to late March when, at last, the first daffodil of Spring appears. Quite often, I punch the air and go “Yes!!” That moment provides a rush of pleasure which remains with me the whole day. I call my ritual The Daffodil Run.


AHP page
Author: John Buckle
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AHPP page
Author: Eric Whitton
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The identity of the AHPP
Author: John Rowan
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An Extended answer to John Rowan's message about the AHP/AHPP
Author: Courtenay Young
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Book Review:
Reviews
Authors: Betty Gould, Jen Popkin, Vivienne Silver-Leigh, David Jones, David Brazier
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Letter:
Letters
Authors: Guy Gladstone, Alix
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Article:
Ethical issues
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