Healing the Core Wound of the Heart – a conversation with John Welwood

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We hope you enjoy Healing the Core Wound of the Heart, a free audio dialogue between Dr. John Welwood andSounds True founder and publisher, Tami Simon. This particular conversation was one of our most inspiring and provocative Insights at the Edge episodes of 2012. John is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and longtime Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner, who has spent several decades exploring the relationship between psychological and spiritual work in an integrated approach to personal growth, psycho-emotional healing, and spiritual transformation.

In 1984, John coined the term “spiritual bypassing” in the exploration of how spiritual teachings, beliefs, and practices can be used defensively in the avoidance of unresolved psychological wounding. Additionally, John is the author of some excellent books in the areas of psychology, meditation, and intimate relationships, including Toward a Psychology of Awakening and Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships. Next year, we’ll be releasing an audio learning course with John, entitled Embodying Love – stay tuned for more information.

In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami speaks with John about his understanding of the relationship between psychological work and the spiritual journey, as well as his view of the phenomenon of “spiritual bypassing.” He also spoke about committed relationships and the most common issue that couples present in couples therapy.


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