This is an important book providing convincing answers in our search for meaning. Its author, Dr Rainer Taeni, asserts that Love constitutes the true essence of our being, and that it is humanity's fear of Love which is causing our state of disconnectedness and alienation, both as individuals and as a society. The result of that fear is a sense of lack in the individual psyche - an emptiness which is then filled with substitutes for the missed love on which we become addictively dependent. This compulsion pervades all spheres of human life, keeping individuals confined in their problems of the past and turning relationships into 'ego-games' (of which a number of all too familiar ones are here presented). But this affects the social sphere as well, our entire society being geared to fulfilling substitute needs in place of our real ones. Nonetheless the picture painted here is on the whole one of hope, in the certainty that Love exists as a powerful force throughout the universe and, even if unnoticed by many of us much of the time, remains all-pervasive.
Truly, this book presents a personal challenge to the reader, as it prompts us to embark upon a journey of reflecting how we are ourselves are blocking our spiritual development. But it's a most rewarding journey on which the author aids the reader by offering effective solutions, giving advice on a range of emotional and spiritual issues and describing numerous practical ways of reawakening our loving capacity. This book makes the ideal present for anyone who is ready to start out on that journey of self-discovery the destination of which is Love - not any of its substitutes but the reality of it.
Born 1933 in Germany to a German mother and Jewish father who suffered persecution under the Nazis and migrated to Australia in 1950. A graduate (in Philosophy and Modern Drama) of Melbourne and Monash Universities, he has been a lecturer at universities in Melbourne (German), Cologne (English)and Berlin (Drama). In 1972 through his theatre contacts he was appointed dramaturg and co-producer of the West German street theatre contribution to the Munich Olympics. Back in Australia, he underwent three years of Primal Therapy and received training in Rebirthing - a meditative form of connected breathing which facilitates access to normally hidden areas of the mind. From 1979-98, co-director of the Yulunga Healing Centre in northern NSW. There he developed and taught the method of Creative Refocussing, designed to uncover the unconscious limiting programmes with which we habitually block access to our truth - our unique capabilities and creative potential. By means of CR - the process is described in detail in the book - we regain access to this potential and to the love we each carry within ourselves. For 20 years he has also been conducting CR workshops in the German-speaking countries of Europe, as well as Russia and Italy. He has five children and is also a writer of children's stories.