The Sacred Ego –
Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World
Author: Jalaja Bonheim, PhD.
North Atlantic Books 2015
Jalaja Bonheim is a teacher, public speaker, author, counselor, and circle leader, with formal study in the art of classical temple dance in India. It is from this background, and from years of work with women leaders, activists, and spiritual seekers from around the world, that she speaks. Another part of her background is that she is a German Jew who struggled to understand the Holocaust.
It is truly all about making peace with ourselves, and with our world. It is all about heart-thinking, and how this involves our body, emotions, mind, and spirit. As a physical practice, we listen to what our body has to tell us. As an emotional practice, we allow ourselves to fully experience our feelings in a conscious manner. As a mental practice, heart-thinking transforms our process of thinking, allowing us to discard limiting beliefs. As a spiritual practice, heart-thinking allows us to move towards the acceptance of oneness as an experience, rather than a mental idea.
The whole idea with the Sacred Ego is to facilitate a more peaceful world. Bonheim has facilitated circles globally in places which carry histories of long-term conflict. From this work, she offers personal stories and insights into what is at the root of conflict, and how we can change those roots by awakening our neglected hearts and souls, allowing us to create the inner and outer peace that we all long for.
Bonheim discusses some of the obstacles to peace, such as tribal conditioning, our need to control and judge, how we hold back our emotions, how we are not educated in the area of relationship skills, and how we neglect our physical and emotional selves. She shows how we can use the simple practices – rest, silence, stilling the mind, opening the heart, and really listening to our core to create beauty in our lives, to connect in community (especially in circles), leading us to create the peace that we desire.
There are exercises in each chapter that allow the reader to apply the ideas that have been discussed.
This is a feminist guide for conscious living and personal, as well as collective transformation. I highly recommend it.
© August 2015 Bonnie Cehovet
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