As many of you know, I am training in a degree system. This started within FWTI and after it's dissolution, it continued within my Mentor's family coven. Crystal Blanton(my mentor) has recently started the Rising Phoenix Tradition and she has also recently had her first book published, titled Bridging the Gap.
After much delay I was able to purchase this book. And after reading it, for what will be the first of many more times, I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. This is because, while her book is focused on covens and larger groups, many of her lessons also apply to families as well. It is this topic, of Family Dynamics which she talks about in depth at her column on the Pagan Household.
Bridging the Gap, as it progresses diagnoses and explains the symptoms of groups that have problems. And I think we all have seen or been part of these groups. The Witch Wars and gossip and backstabbing that can be a common part of the Pagan community.
But she doesn't stop there, Bridging the Gap, fully explores the steps that we can all take to improve and 'cure' these problems. Most of which focus on the self. This is because it is difficult, at best, to fix external problems if we cannot deal with our own problems.
Additionally she provides guidelines to help mentors and those they mentor establish solid, healthy and productive guidelines. Guidelines, which help to promote healthy spiritual growth.
With additional exercises and advice on things from building Group Mind to creating balance in groups and the self, Bridging the Gap, is a fantastic read and one that I would recommend to anyone who is part of any Pagan/spiritual group. Whether that be family, coven, grove or whatever it is called.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
Posted by Patrick McCleary Sunday, February 20, 2011
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