An invitation to Journey: Living in Process, by Anne Wilson Schaef


An Invitation to Journey …

Anne photo colour - favorite2Living In Process is about living—spiritual living and living spiritually. We all have the opportunity to live completely, fully, wholly, joyfully, serenely with our spirituality expressed in every facet of our lives. Deep inside we resonate with that promise, yet may have lost our way back. Living in Process is an invitation to journey into that deep movement of the all encompassing spirituality that exists in each one of us, and feels in tune with the life force within and beyond us all—whatever we may choose to call it or however we may choose to approach it. Each of us has the possibility to move into our spiritual wisdom and link with the oneness of the all. We only have to remember and reconnect with what we have forgotten and moved away from.

Many cultures of the world have no word for spirituality. In these cultures spirituality is in the living. It is so integrated into life that it needs no separate designation. Yet, many of us have lost that integration as we try to cope with our lives. Living In Process is the reintegration of the spiritual into all that we do and all that we are. By segmenting ourselves and our lives we have reduced the spiritual to a very small corner of our lives. Living In Process is about the relearning of living our wholeness.

After over four decades of working with people around the world, I have come to see that all human problems are ultimately spiritual. They result from our splitting off and compartmentalizing our spirituality and not recognizing it at all. Since we are spiritual beings, our solutions to our problems must come from our spiritual wholeness. All healing is based in our spiritual wholeness. The secret of living a whole life is accepting and being wholly who we are as full spiritual beings.

However, at the beginning of the 21st century, we find ourselves estranged from our oneness in God, and ourselves. We cannot embrace the fullness of spirituality without accepting the reality of life as a process and participating in the process of our lives. We cannot be observers in our own lives and expect to know and experience our full spiritual selves. We must first acknowledge our role in the process that has created our present reality, and accept our role as active participants in all of life’s process, in order to move in the direction of healing. We must see how our current world view has contributed to where we are in our lives as a species, and in so doing be ready to move to new ways of being and living.

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About Anne

Anne Wilson Schaef has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an honorary doctorate in Human Letters from Kenyon College in Kenyon, Ohio. After practicing for many years, she left the field of psychology and psychotherapy in 1984. She has developed her own approach to healing the whole person, which comes out of the ancient teachings of her ancestors, which she calls Living in Process.

Living in Process works with recovery from the addictive process moving beyond to wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. In the last twenty years, she has taught this approach to healing throughout the world, and is internationally respected as a speaker, consultant, and seminar leader. For the last 20 years, she has worked intensively with addictions — both ingestive addictions (alcohol, food, drugs, etc.) and process addictions (work, gambling, sex, relationships, etc.)

She has published thirteen books which have been translated in many languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Croatian, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Dutch and others. Her books have been best sellers throughout the world and have included a New York Times best seller, a nomination for Best Political Book of the Year, a two million+ best seller — Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much — among others. Her books fall into two categories: 1) theoretical commentaries about the society and how it is functioning or not and 2) books for personal growth and healing. In addition to her books, she has written numerous articles and appeared on major radio and television shows throughout the world.

Dr. Schaef has been described as “one of the most important thinkers of our time”, always “cutting edge”, “way ahead of her time”, and “having the vision of the eagle”. Her favorite and oft received compliment from readers is that she “writes what I have always known and was never able to articulate.”

Dr Schaef is of Irish and Cherokee (Native American) heritage, with a tiny bit of English thrown in to shake things up a bit. She has visited Ireland many times and is very grateful to the land of her ancestors for the gifts it has given her.

Dr. Schaef travels extensively, loves traveling by ship, being a gourmet cook, teaching writing, being in nature, and gratefully living each day to its fullest.

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