The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World

The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World

by Jalaja Bonheim
The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World

The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World

by Jalaja Bonheim


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Blending psychological insights with spiritual wisdom, this “brilliant and visionary” guide deconstructs the myth of the ‘selfish’ ego to provide a blueprint for fostering peace (Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance)

Why have we failed to create the happy, peaceful world that we all want? And what can we do about it? For more than three decades, Jalaja Bonheim has explored these questions in her work with women leaders, activists, and spiritual seekers from around the world.

In The Sacred Ego, she tackles one of the core myths of popular spiritual culture—the myth of the ego, supposedly responsible for our greed, selfishness, and violence. In contrast, Bonheim approaches the ego as a sacred function worthy of honor and gratitude. With riveting stories from her work, she guides us into the depths of our collective psyche to pinpoint the real sources of our problems and illuminate our path to wholeness. Firmly grounded in a lifetime of practical experience, The Sacred Ego is a visionary, uplifting book that explains why our world is in crisis and how we can support the unprecedented transformational process that’s underway.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583949436
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Sacred Activism , #10
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,114,923
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Jalaja Bonheim, PhD, is an inspiring visionary, teacher and speaker who illuminates our path toward peace, wholeness, and joy. Founder and director of the Institute for Circlework, she is one of the world’s foremost experts in the use of circle gatherings as a tool for healing and empowering women. Her workshops and trainings have changed the lives of thousands of women by connecting them in a spirit of true sisterhood, open-heartedness, and authenticity. Jalaja (pronounced Djá-la-dja) has mentored hundreds of leaders from around the world and has gathered international acclaim for her groundbreaking work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the Middle East. Visit her website for more information on her books and workshops as well as free guidelines for study groups.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I The Heart-Centered Ego

1 Placing Our Mind in Service of the Heart 5

2 Birthing the Planetary Ego 31

3 Why Relational Education Is Crucial 51

Part II A Brief Anatomy of the Tribal Ego

4 Tribal Conditioning 71

5 Belief Addiction 81

6 The Racist's Transformation 97

7 Working with Judgment 107

8 Healing the Wounds of War 121

9 The Power of Connection 131

Part III A Brief Anatomy of the Modern Ego

10 Control Addiction 147

11 Thought Addiction 157

12 Circle Gatherings: A Tool We Need 167

13 Invoking the Feminine to Heal Our World 181

14 The Roots of Greed 197

15 Let's Celebrate! 211

Epilogue 217

Questions for Contemplation and Discussion 223

Exercises for Individuals and Groups 235

Glossary of Important Terms 257

Notes 259

Index 262

About the Author 271

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