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By Michael Eigen

ISBN-10: 1849409048

ISBN-13: 9781849409049

This ebook explores methods we make touch with the depths in ourselves and every different. we're deeply moved via touch we make with existence, but additionally questioned through a necessity to wreck or lose touch, and infrequently endure wounds by means of failure of touch to be born. Our feel of touch is tenacious and fragile, topic to deformations, plagued with a feeling of jeopardy. Chapters specialize in methods we make-and-break touch within the wounded  Read more...

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Pain and beatific threads intermingle, meld, and become indistinguishable. Addiction, in part, is a response to wounded aloneness and attempts to find an aloneness without wounds, a wholeness of aloneness not subject to damage. It seeks a state in which damage did not happen, a taste of what it might have been like had a whole SPIRITUALITY AND ADDICTION 21 alone feeling received the support needed for its existence. Since a drug, object, or behaviour pattern substitutes for this support, the experience needed for repair is missed.

I felt this distinction odd, misplaced, and wondered at its origin. An overall goal is to diminish the split between spiritual and personal living, a task which always has been challenging, perhaps more so in today’s driven and fragmented society. In Coming Through the Whirlwind (1992), I presented two cases. A woman deeply into spiritual practice but at sea with psychological difficulties and a man who was a psychologist in need of spiritual experience. I hoped to convey how artificial this division can be.

Case 1. A case I wrote about before (1973, 1993; this book, Chapter One), here called Abe, brought home the importance of background presence in support of aloneness. I am aware that an adult case far removed from Winnicott’s thoughts on infant experience must be taken metaphorically. Yet, metaphor conveys realities and, whether or not my speculations are “literally” true, they aim to mediate significant experience. Abe was alcoholic, severe and chronic for many years. When I met him he was in Alcoholics Anonymous but still liable to find himself lying in the street after days of binging.

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