Into the Daylight: A Wholistic Approach to Healing / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is an account of the personal and collective struggles of First Nations people and how the principles which held traditional societies together can be used today to promote harmonious and cooperative relationships by both aboriginals and non-aboriginals. Calvin Morrisseau provides in it the fundamentals for healing that he has learned over twenty years through his training in counselling and addiction studies; his education in traditional practices by aboriginal elders, healers, and teachers; and his personal recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse, and the effects of assimilation, racism and poverty.

The model of healing Morrisseau advocates is simple, insightful, and based on the values that allowed aboriginal people to live in accord with each other in the past. His approach centres on people accepting responsibility and making choices that give them the freedom required to enter into recovery by recapturing their sense of harmony, cooperation, sharing, balance and spirituality. The deepest healing takes place on a spiritual level. Morrisseau describes an interdependent system of individual, family, and community in which needs, desires, values, and purpose are communicated, and the responsibility to ensure everyone has an opportunity to grow to their full potential is shared. The book is unique in that it offers guidance on ways in which communities can heal.

While the book was written for people who work with aboriginal people, the wholistic approach Morrisseau uses can benefit anyone. The healing model can be used by an individual seeking to heal himself, by a professional as a tool for assessment and treatment, and by a community in crisis.

"...looks at wholistic healing with respect to Native American principles, taking into account that recovery is not just a matter of the mind, but also the soul."

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Editorial Reviews

Sudbury Star

'Morrisseau's story of self-abuse and self-redemption is an inspiring one. The book ... is a gift of healing to others ... By going back and dealing with his childhood trauma - his sense of betrayal and abandonment - Morrisseau found the insights necessary to help others.'

Aboriginal Voices

'Morrisseau had produced a highly engaging and informative book. The direct, open manner that he uses to address some very painful issues ultimately leaves the reader with a profound sense of hope.'

From the Publisher

'Morrisseau had produced a highly engaging and informative book. The direct, open manner that he uses to address some very painful issues ultimately leaves the reader with a profound sense of hope.'

'Morrisseau's story of self-abuse and self-redemption is an inspiring one. The book ... is a gift of healing to others ... By going back and dealing with his childhood trauma - his sense of betrayal and abandonment - Morrisseau found the insights necessary to help others.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802081629
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Calvin Morrisseau is Program Manager at the Wee-chi-it-te-win Child and Family Services in Fort Frances, Ontario.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 The Individual 9
Our Responsibility to Our Feelings 11
Our Responsibility to Our Body 16
Our Responsibility to Understand Our Sexuality 20
Our Responsibility to Our Breath 22
2 The Family 27
Communication: A Family's Responsibility 30
Eating: A Family's Responsibility 35
Intimacy: A Family's Responsibility 38
Respect: A Family's Responsibility 40
3 The Community 45
The Community's Responsibility for Its Members 47
Play: A Community's Responsibility 49
Purpose: A Community's Responsibility 52
Values: A Community's Responsibility 55
4 The Healing Journey 61
My Personal Journey 61
The Individual's Road to Assuming Responsibility 71
The Family's Road to Assuming Responsibility for Its Members 76
The Community's Road to Assuming Responsibility for Its Members 79
Combating Community Denial 81
Moving beyond Grief 82
5 Into the Daylight: Moving towards Wholism 85
The Process of Creating Our Own Spirituality 89
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