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Dare to Grow Up: Learn to Become Who You Are Meant to Be

Dare to Grow Up: Learn to Become Who You Are Meant to Be

by Paul Dunion


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People often think it’s something that you gain over the years, feeling that if you live long enough, you’ ll end up a mature person. But it’s an achievement, one that not only takes time, of course, but effort and courage as well.
Paul Dunion compares this process of growing up to the cultivation of crops: Some seed can simply be tossed about and regardless of light, water and nutrients, this seed will prevail and come of age, he says. The rest of us resemble the seed in need of stewardship, where attention needs to be paid to weeding, watering and enriching the ground that holds us.
If, with much effort, and the help of others, we remain open to the mysteries of life, enriching ourselves with all living has to offer, then we may begin to learn who we were meant to become.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780910155878
Publisher: Jackson Westgate Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul Dunion is a psychological healer and philosopher committed to promoting the understanding of life as a mysterious, insecure, and unpredictable journey. He offers individual and couples sessions, groups and workshops aimed at deepening a capacity to receive the mystery of life and accept ourselves as those who have chosen to travel such an odyssey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Thomas Moore xi

Introduction 1

The Lost Art of Maturing 3

Mentors, Ritual and Community

Cultural Interference 25

A New Cosmology

Leaving Home

Anatomy of a Boundary 43

How Do Boundaries Work?

Three Types of Boundaries

Quality of a Boundary

Finding Our Love

Receiving Boundaries

Self-Loyalty 77

Faithfulness and Devotion


Creating Self-Loyalty

Discernment and Boldness

A Proper Time for Power 115

The Nature of Personal Power

The Anatomy of Abuse

Abuses of Power

Abdication of Power

The Challenge

Personal Power and Autonomy

Moving Out of Victim Stories

Death of the Inflated Heroic

A Sacred Reference Point

Time for Healing 161

The Wound


Feeling Vulnerable

The Medicine

The Wounds Gift

Wounding and Healing as Initiatory

The Many Faces of Healing

Forged by Intimacy 209

Emotional Intimacy

What It Isn't

What Is It?

A Cornucopia of Proper Times

Can There Be Too Much Diversity?

Emotional Generosity

Wind and Breath 245

Three Faces of Spiritual Immaturity

Spiritual Food

Betrothed to Life

The Novice Mystic

Initiated by Life

Life Offers Initiation

Fate's Assistance May Not Be Obvious

Calls to Spirit 273

Abdication of Power or Victimization

The Adventurous Life

Seeking Faces of the Self

Circling Back

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