Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships by John Welwood
Healing the Wound of the Heart

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Whilemost of us have moments of loving freely and openly, it is often hard tosustain this where it matters most—in our intimate relationships. Why if loveis so great and powerful are human relationships so challenging and difficult?If love is the source of happiness and joy, why is it so hard to open to itfully and let it govern our lives? In this book, John Welwood addresses thesequestions and shows us how to overcome the most fundamental obstacle that keepsus from experiencing love's full flowering in our lives.

PerfectLove, Imperfect Relationshipsbegins by showing how all our relational problems arise out of a universal,core wounding around love that affects not only our personal relationships butthe quality of life in our world as a whole. This wounding shows up as apervasive moodof unlove—adeep sense that we are not intrinsically lovable just as we are. And this shutsdown our capacity to trust, so that even though we may hunger for love, we havedifficulty opening to it and letting it circulate freely through us.

Thisbook takes the reader on a powerful journey of healing and transformation thatinvolves learning to embrace our humanness and appreciate the imperfections ofour relationships as trail-markers along the path to great love. It sets fortha process for releasing deep-seated grievances we hold against others for notloving us better and against ourselves for not being better loved. And it showshow our longing to be loved can magnetize the great love that will free us fromlooking to others to find ourselves.

Writtenwith penetrating realism and a fresh, lyrical style that honors the subtletyand richness of our relationship to love itself, this revolutionary book offersprofound and practical guidance for healing our lives as well as our embattledworld.


About John Welwood

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Published August 8, 2011 by Trumpeter. 236 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Welwood asks: "If love is the greatest power on earth, the force that sustains human life — which in some sense it certainly is — why hasn't love's radiant warmth been able to banish the darkness engulfing the world, and transform and uplift this earth?

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