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Sitting In The Fire

Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity
Paperback Book
Lao Tse Press
October, 1995
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Banyen's Description: 

Here, renowned process-oriented psychologist Arnold Mindell shows how conflict and diversity can help build community and promote liveliness and peace. With concrete examples and exercises based on a unique conceptual framework, Sitting in the Fire helps you learn how to make a difference in the world and find the courage to sit in the fire of conflict and differences. Mindell provides practical methods for working with groups troubled by conflict, leadership issues, stagnation, abuse, terrorism, violence and other social action issues. It shows how to apply these tools to social issues such as racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. Examples range from disputes in small groups and organizations to large-scale conflict in places including
Northern Ireland
South Africa
Eastern Europe, the former
Soviet Union and the
United States

This embodiment of Mindell’s process-oriented “world work”

demonstrates that engaging in heated conflict instead of running away from it is one of the best ways to resolve the divisiveness that prevails on every level of society—in personal relationships, business and the world.

The pages that follow will introduce you to innerwork as a way to overcome the fear of conflict. You will gain understanding of the cultural, personal and historical issues that underlie multicultural violence. You will acquire some of the skills necessary to work with large groups of people.

The fire that burns in the social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of humanity can ruin the world. Or this fire can transform trouble into community. It’s up to us. We can avoid contention, or we can fearlessly sit in the fire, intervene and prevent world history’s most painful errors from being repeated.

Presenting a powerful challenge to leaders of all kinds of groups, “This book is an invaluable and excellent resource for collective work and mediation facilitation. Arnold Mindell is a pioneer, visionary, and leader who recognizes that through quality process and community work, human beings will always flourish and come to creative solutions.” —Angeles Arrien, author of The Four-Fold Way


Publisher’s Description: 

Using examples ranging from disputes in small organizations to large-scale conflicts in countries around the world, this volume offers practical methods for working with conflict, leadership crises, stagnation, abuse, terrorism, violence, and other social action issues. It brings an understanding of the psychology of conflict and the knowledge that many disputes can be traced back to inequalities of rank and power between parties, providing tools that will enable people to use conflict to build community.

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