Robert Burney is an author, counselor, and a pioneer in the field of inner child healing / codependency recovery. His book Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls has been called "one of the truly transformational works of our time" - and he has been referred to as "a metaphysical Stephen Hawking." A therapist and Spiritual Teacher whose work has been compared to John Bradshaw's "except much more spiritual" and described as "taking inner child healing to a new level," Robert has developed a holistic strategy for emotional healing that is the next level of recovery / healing / consciousness raising / enlightenment that so many people have been seeking. He has pioneered an inner child healing paradigm that offers a powerful, life changing formula for integrating Love, Spiritual Truth, and intellectual knowledge of healthy behavior into one's emotional experience of life - a blueprint for individuals to transform their core relationship with self and life. Robert, whose work is firmly grounded on twelve step spiritual principles and emotional energy release / grief process therapy, learned in his own personal recovery that developing internal boundaries was the key to empowerment and freedom from the past. His unique approach and application of the concept of internal boundaries, coupled with a Loving spiritual belief system, make the work innovative and powerfully life changing. It does not matter how much Spiritual Truth, how many mystical experiences of oneness, how in tune with Love, you can feel in certain moments - if you cannot integrate it into your life in a way which changes your emotional experience of life on a moment to moment, day to day basis. You can go to therapy - or be in recovery - for many years, read all the Spiritual and self help books, go to workshops and seminars and lectures, compile encyclopedic intellectual knowledge of what healthy behavior is - and still be reacting to old wounds in the relationships that mean the most to you. In order to start to Truly be more Loving to self, and more open to giving and receiving love from others, it is necessary to change how you relate to your own internal process. If you want to learn how to relax and enjoy life in the moment, while you are healing and learning to Love your self, you want to read his book.
Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Soulsby Robert Burney
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Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls is joyously inspirational Spiritual book that explores the subject of codependence not only on personal and interpersonal levels but also from a cosmic perspective. The author explains that codependency is an ego defense system adapted in early childhood - that we learn how to relate to self, life, and other people in early childhood from people who were wounded in their childhood. Here are several quotes from the book: "This dance of Codependence is a dance of dysfunctional relationships - of relationships that do not work to meet our needs. That does not mean just romantic relationships, or family relationships, or even human relationships in general. The fact that dysfunction exists in our romantic, family, and human relationships is a symptom of the dysfunction that exists in our relationship with life - with being human. It is a symptom of the dysfunction which exists in our relationships with ourselves as human beings." "Codependence is an emotional and behavioral defense system which was adopted by our egos in order to meet our need to survive as a child. Because we had no tools for reprogramming our egos and healing our emotional wounds (culturally approved grieving, training and initiation rites, healthy role models, etc.), the effect is that as an adult we keep reacting to the programming of our childhood and do not get our needs met - our emotional, mental, Spiritual, or physical needs. Codependence allows us to survive physically but causes us to feel empty and dead inside. Codependence is a defense system that causes us to wound ourselves." This book presents a set of beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life from a Cosmic Perspective that combines Twelve Step Recovery Principles, Ancient Metaphysical Truths, and Native American Spirituality with quantum physics and molecular biology. It explains why a New Age has dawned in human consciousness on planet Earth and explores subjects that include the Bible and Buddha, Jesus and Christ Consciousness. The author’s personal Spiritual beliefs - which embrace both Christ Consciousness and Goddess Energy - is that we are Spiritual Beings having a human experience that is unfolding perfectly from a Cosmic perspective. He considers spirituality to be a word that describes one's relationship with life - and anyone, regardless of religious/spiritual belief or lack of it (who is not completely closed minded), can apply the approach he shares in his book to help them transform their experience of life into an easier, more Loving and enjoyable journey. This is a life-changing, life-affirming book.
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a person reading this book would have to relate to what mr burney is saying the main issue with people today is our child hood traumas. That is why most of us cant seem to deal with life itself, ie drug addiction, suicide, alcoholism, codependance, emotional dishonesty etc. Life as Mr burney says is not easy god did not promise this. we are human beings having a human experience and we have to deal with life in a positive way and every life situation is a learning experience and a lesson that we must learn so we can learn and grow to the person we are meant to be in the eyes of god. Inner child healing has to be done in order for you to love yourself and forgive your parents because they were only taught what they knew and for you to accept that and forgive yourself for judging your parents is road to loving yourself. Which is the most importnant journey. This is what Mr Burney teaches and i think the reader will have to relate to childhood trauma, if not you cant really embrace the content of the book. I am a person who has childhood trauma and i feel as if this book has changed my life dramatically. Ive learned a great deal about loving myself and for that im ever so greatfull for Mr Burney for writting this book it was if he was talking to me. This is a Must read get the book!!!
Good title although the text never quite lives up to it. The author has a number of interesting theories but codependence seems to be only a passing thought in the book. We are presented with a series of ideas about why we are codependent but no real strategy about how to recover from it - only some general "feel good" thoughts. We are led to believe that we are the product of our parents codependence but it's not really their fault because their parents were codependent and so forth. It gets somewhat confusing because everybody seems to be codependent and there doesn't seem and end to it. The Cosmic connection is interesting but his basic theory that we are doing everything backwards did not ring my "Truth" bell. We are left hanging with other concepts when he introduces them but doesn't develop them. Overall, I wish I hadn't spent the money or time on this book.
This Author presents an expanded definition of the term Codependency to include a Codependent Society for which there is no agreement in conversations about recovery. His spin on our dishonest society includes recovery principals grounded in spirituality and emotional honesty. Robert Burney is a pioneer in the field of Codependency Recovery and this book is merely an introduction to his inner child healing technique for recovery. I highly recommend it for anyone suffering from relationship addiction, dysfunctional family or those who desire healthy and fulfilling relationships.
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