• Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships

  • Healing the Wound of the Heart
  • By: John Welwood
  • Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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By: John Welwood
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While most of us have moments of loving freely and openly, it is often hard to sustain this where it matters most - in our intimate relationships. Why, if love is so great and powerful, are human relationships so challenging and difficult? If love is the source of happiness and joy, why is it so hard to open to it fully and let it govern our lives? In this audiobook, John Welwood addresses these questions and shows us how to overcome the most fundamental obstacle that keeps us from experiencing love's full flowering in our lives.  

Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships begins by showing how all our relational problems arise out of a universal, core wounding around love that affects not only our personal relationships but the quality of life in our world as a whole. This wounding shows up as a pervasive mood of unlove - a deep sense that we are not intrinsically lovable just as we are. And this shuts down our capacity to trust, so that even though we may hunger for love, we have difficulty opening to it and letting it circulate freely through us.  

This audiobook takes the listener on a powerful journey of healing and transformation that involves learning to embrace our humanness and appreciate the imperfections of our relationships as trail-markers along the path to great love. It sets forth a process for releasing deep-seated grievances we hold against others for not loving us better and against ourselves for not being better loved. And it shows how our longing to be loved can magnetize the great love that will free us from looking to others to find ourselves.  

Written with penetrating realism and a fresh, lyrical style that honors the subtlety and richness of our relationship to love itself, this revolutionary book offers profound and practical guidance for healing our lives as well as our embattled world.

©2005 John Welwood (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Love Is The Answer

Wonderful teaching. Drawing on the ancient wisdom that cuts across all religious traditions as well as offering modern interpretations, Dr Welwood articulates spiritual practice clearly and from a place of authenticity.

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very interesting book it answered a lot question

Answered a lot of questions I had I strongly recommend this book love it this that book

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Non specific

Over generalization without exploring deeper specific issues. I gave it a try but became bored with each chapter

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  • thailalaudy
  • 08-13-20

some great tools on how to find absolute love

Thought I had done much self work in the last few years, but again this book shows a whole new range of beliefs and blockages I want to work through and it also gives tools on how to do so, thank you for this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-22

Strong Truth

Appreciate Welwood acknowledging the real absolute love of the transpersonal, and how we also interact with relative love in our relationships and how our relationships can show us where we are wounded. Lots of depth and insightful.

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  • Denise James
  • 04-08-21

I enjoyed the PsychoSpiritual Unity

A refreshing perspective in his work and life practice that resonates and gave more life to mines- just what I was looking for and needed at this time in my life, relationship & counselling practice.