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Challenge of the Heart: Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Changing Times

Welwood, John (Ed.)

 This anthology presents the results thus far of the author's six-year personal study of love and heterosexual relationships today. In the Introduction, he writes: "The historic challenge couples are now facing is how to find a synthesis between the need for belonging or commitment and the need to be true to themselves as individuals, honest in relationships, and respectful of their different growth needs. Precisely because relationships no longer work very well when based primarily on social convention or personal pleasure, they are challenging us to become more conscious of the larger dimensions of our being as the sustaining ground for an enduring love. In this way, relationships can become an impetus for growth in consciousness, awareness, and inner strength" (p. xiii). There are six sections. The first consists of ten chapters on "Erotic Love: The Puzzle and the Promise." The second section, "What Do Men and Women Really Want?" has ten chapters. The third section, "Marriage as a Path," has six selections. The fourth, "Sexuality: The Meeting of Two Worlds," consists of four chapters, and the fifth, "Larger Visions of Relationship," has six. Welwood has written introductions to each section. The 32 contributors are many and varied. Among them are J.G. Bennett, Wendell Berry, Eleanor Bertine, Robert Bly, Robert Johnson, D.H. Lawrence, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, A.R. Orage, M. Scott Peck, Rainer Maria Rilke, Theodore Roszak, John Sanford, Keith Thompson, Chogyam Trungpa, and Alan Watts. Together they provide many insights into the love relationship as a discipline in the transformation of consciousness.
Publisher Information:Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1985. 283p. Bibl: 275-277; Chap notes; Ind: 279-283
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