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Close To The Bone

Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Conari
 | 
April, 2007
ISBN:
9781573243032
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A serious illness—a crisis for the soul as well as for the body—is a metaphoric descent into the underworld. Priorities shift and relationships are tested; it is a time of both personal and medical decision-making. The possibility of death confronts us with questions about the meaning of our own particular life—what we came here to learn, and what living our own truth really means.

Weaving her insights as a Jungian analyst with her own experiences with friends and family, Jean Bolen, author of Goddesses in Everywoman, shows how life-threatening illness can be a soul-baring experience that strips away neurosis and illuminates the essential truths of our life. She describes how illness brings “the teachings” of death closer to us, and brings us to a place where dreams and mystical experiences become more vivid. And she explains how many patients in recovery, especially women, gain the soul strength to act—to end destructive relationships and make other practical changes for the better.

Bolen affirms that the price of going into the scary places, of feeling like a piece of green meat on a hook, is high, but worth it. We have no choice. We will all face health crises—our own and others’. We can try to bury our heads in the sand. Or we can travel to the underworld. We can probe. We can listen. We can connect to what we know in our bones.

In the ten years since the original publication of Close to the Bone, Bolen has continued to explore the impact and the possibilities for finding purpose that confronting a serious illness and possible death present us. This expanded edition includes a new section about forming circles in the time of crises, plus more stories—including the very personal story of her son’s death.

This is the book I needed when my daughter was sick. It would have helped me through it, like a map of the underworld. Myths, stories, prayer, touching, visualization, rituals, and especially love, are some of the tools and wisdom that this extraordinary book gives us.” —Isabel Allende

Publisher’s Description: 

This is a book for any person who is living with a life-threatening illness and for anyone who is caring for and/or loves a person who is ill. Bolen affirms that the price of going into the scary places, of feeling like a piece of green meat on a hook, is high, but worth it. We have no choice. We will all face health crises--our own and others. We can try to bury our heads in the sand. Or we can travel to the underworld. We can probe. We can listen. We can connect to what we know in our bones. In the ten years since the original publication of Close to the Bone, Jean Bolen has continued to explore the impact and the possibilities for finding purpose that confronting a serious illness and possible death present us. This expanded edition includes a new section about forming circles in the time of crises, plus more stories that support the process of hope and the desire to live and change as well as a very personal passage in which Dr. Bolen tells the story of the death of her son. This book is meant to help and heal, to make people less afraid, and to encourage them to trust the wisdom they have inside--what they know in their bones. * 10th Anniversary revised edition, with a guide for those who want to form support circles.
We will all face health crises - our own and those of others. We can go into denial. Or we can probe, listen, connect to what we know in our bones. Written for anyone living with a life-threatening illness or who loves such a person, this book affirms that the price of going into the scary places is high, but worth it. Dr. Bolen’s 10th Anniversary expanded edition includes a guide to forming support circles and the very personal story of the death of her son. 256 pp.

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