Walking a Fine Line: How to Be a Professional Wisdom Keeper in the Healing Arts


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Walking a Fine Line: How to Be a Professional Wisdom Keeper (and discerning Wisdom Seeker!) in the Healing Arts, , With the #MeToo and Times Up Movements gaining steam, and powerful documentaries like 'Wild Wild Country' gaining attention, the themes addressed in this book have never been more relevant.,  If you are a seasoned Wisdom Seeker, this book will help you cultivate healthy boundaries and a discerning mind, so that you can successfully engage with professional Wisdom Keepers that best suit your needs. If you're just getting started on your Wisdom Seeking journey, this book will help you know what to look for, and what to look out for! It can help you assess your needs, clarify your wants and enable you to find the quality support you deserve.,  For centuries, Native American and indigenous cultures have identified the elders and teachers in their communities as Wisdom Keepers. Wisdom Keepers have been revered and trusted not only for their sharp minds, but their compassionate hearts and strong spirits.  Able to embody and impart sacred, holistic teachings, and to nurture a humble-yet-potent relationship with the Great Mystery, Wisdom Keepers have helped their communities through hard times for generations. Both spiritually and practically, they've served their communities by bringing everyone in the tribe closer together, as well as closer to the earth, and the cosmos.,    Many people in today's world are Wisdom Seekers. We long for the healing and empowering guidance Wisdom Keepers have traditionally provided in the past, but we have lost touch with the ways of our ancestors. Very few of us still live in indigenous or traditional communities where elders are respected and responsible for passing down ancient, experientially-tested wisdom to the younger generations. Because of this, many of us turn to modern-day professional Wisdom Keepers for support and inspiration.,     Professional Wisdom Keepers are today's therapists, healers, coaches, psychologists, bodyworkers, astrologers, psychics, spiritual counselors, yoga teachers, inspirational speakers, workshop leaders, meditation facilitators, metaphysical mediums, priestess circle holders, urban shamans, & more., , As professional Wisdom Keepers, sharing knowledge and techniques is only half of our task. Discovering how to share, with whom, when, how much, why, & where make up the other portion.,    Some of the common traps Walking a Fine Line addresses with humor, compassion and real-life stories: , The Self-Absorption TrapThe Peaceful-Loving-Kindness TrapThe Martyr TrapThe Money TrapThe Love, Attention and Approval TrapThe Charisma TrapThe Forgiveness TrapThe Perfection TrapOther themes richly explored in this book are:Quality Control, Supervision & MentorshipThe Ego Gets a Bum RapThe Shadow's Role in the Healing ArtsTruth, Honesty & the Inner ChildThe Art of Non-Attachment & Moving Beyond PrinciplesCreating a Safe Space for Conflict & Anger Grief & Suffering: Resisting the Temptation to Explain it AwayManaging Transitions & TimingGuilt, Blame, Resistance & Positive ThinkingBoundaries, Roles (Including Cross-cultural & Social Boundaries)Learning, Working & Role Juggling in Wisdom Keeping CommunitiesThe Hazards of Hierarchy (The Popularity Contest)An Invitation to Speak Out against Community InjusticeThe Teacher's Special Role in Letting GoWe are being asked as a collective - and as members of healing arts communities - to better understand the emotional, psychological and socio-political forces that contribute to abuses of power and systemic inequality., , 'Walking a Fine Line' speaks to the wisdom, skill, art and balance we all need to live, learn and serve with integrity.,  , , Invite those you know who are either seeking wisdom or sharing it in professional contexts by sharing about 'Walking a Fine Line.' Let's enter an ongoing, nuanced and collective exploration of spiritual congruity, professional integrity and the healthy use of power... together!

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