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Chapter Six How You Trust

Reina, Dennis; Reina, Michelle Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

When our son, Will, was a little boy we put him on crosscountry skis. At the foot of his first big hill his voice quivered, “I don’t think I can do it, Daddy.” Dennis gave his son’s shoulder a quick squeeze. “Sure you can, Will. I’m right here with you. We’ll take it one step at a time.” On the way up the long, steep hill, Will experienced some moments of struggle, fear, and anxiety. Once the pair had finally reached the top, Dennis leaned down and encouraged our son, “Turn around and look, Will, and see what you did.” When Will turned around, he couldn’t believe what he saw. He had climbed all the way up this long, steep hill by himself. His trust and confidence soared. He shouted out to the heavens, “Let’s do it again, Daddy. Let’s do it again!” And again and again they did.

Like Will, before you tackle a big new challenge, you may have trepidations and question your capability. As you become aware of your current Capacity for Trust, you realize just how deeply it affects your perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors—and the level of unease you feel when facing new or uncomfortable situations. The material you’re getting ready to dive into next will expand on this awareness. By reflecting on a series of four questions, you’re going to learn more about yourself and what you need to do to expand your Capacity for Trust—both in yourself and in others.

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Multiple voices, multiple truths: creating reality through dialogue

Karnac Books ePub

Multiple voices, multiple truths: creating reality through dialogue

Dawn Freshwater

Dear Reader, have you ever had the experience of putting together an abstract for a conference, a proposal for a book, an idea for a paper, or even rehearsing a conversation in your head, so far in advance that when it comes to handling the situation or the event itself it bears little or no resemblance to what seemed so clear (and indeed inspirational) at the time? Somehow so much is lost (or gained) in translation. The translation of what to what is an interesting point to reflect on. From the internal thought to the external behaviour/action; from the cellular to the universal; the word to the reader; from the pen to the page.

As you read this chapter, and, indeed, as you have read this book, you may not be aware, but you will not have read what has been written. Well, at least, you may have read the concrete and literal words on the page. But this is not the sort of reading I am referring to; rather, I am interested in what you have done to the words you have read, how you have interacted with them, interpreted and translated them. In this chapter, I want to emphasize the ways in which each one of us, in each and every moment of our lives, interprets and translates every interaction in order to enhance and validate our own personal narratives, experience, and truths. That is to say, we seek and create our own truths, and do so through multiple voices, representing multiple discourses and complex dialogues. At this point in the proceedings, I ask you to reflect on how you have participated in the process of this book and invite you to further that process through observing and attending to what I will call the participatory dialogue of the reader–audience (Freshwater, 2007).

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2. Williams, Lane’s Brigade, and the Civil War

Robert W. Lull University of North Texas Press ePub

Chapter Two

Williams, Lane’s Brigade, and the Civil War

The Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi, or Frontier area of the United States, was generally an annoyance to the authorities in Washington and Richmond. Senior commanders and politicians were more focused on the huge formations of troops swarming across the eastern landscape, led by clusters of generals with impressive names. Casualties in the east defied imagination. Northern and Southern capitals were at stake. The Trans-Mississippi was far away, sparsely populated, and perceived to have little value in affecting the outcome of the conflict.

Across the Mississippi, in Kansas, Missouri, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and Arkansas, the largely unheralded war was savage. Troop populations were smaller, resources were limited, and there were many old scores to settle. Civilian populations did not escape violence; their lack of density made them more vulnerable. The same enemies fought each other repeatedly, with each engagement ratcheting up in fury. Their numbers may have been fewer, but the stakes were just as high to them as they were to the people of the eastern United States.

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6. Emotion and the Malformation of Emotion

Karnac Books ePub

Richard Wollheim

It is a great honour and a great pleasure for me to have been invited to contribute to this volume. In advancing psychoanalytical theory, Segal has enriched the philosophy of mind. I have learnt many things from her work. But to say this is not to exhaust the great debt that I owe her for the help, encouragement, and criticism that I have received over more than three decades. This essay is, I am aware, an inadequate recompense.

1. In 1991 I gave a course of four lectures at Yale University on the topic of the Emotions. These were the Cassirer lectures, and part of the charge was to produce, in due course, a text for publication. In the summer of 1992, while in England, I used two separate occasions to present some of my ideas to psychoanalytic audiences. The second of these two occasions was a ‘conversation’ at the Freud Museum, where John Steiner was my interlocutor. As the meeting was drawing to a close, Segal asked me a question, to which I had no answer. I promised her one in due course, and this belatedly is it.

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5 Demotic Ritual: Religion and Memory

Alexander Henn Indiana University Press ePub

Zagor. Representação cómica em concani por amadores analfabetos; teatro groseiro, em Goa. O Zagor está actualmente proibido pela autoridade eclesiástica, sob pena graves, post que não fosse mais immoral do que muitos teatros europeus.1

—(Dalgado [1918] 1988: 2:436)

Jagar or Jāgṛāna rituals mark a distinct mode of Hindu religiosity. They are performed in many parts of India (Walker 1983: 1:352) and are especially popular in the western Himalayas (Gaborieau 1975; Leavitt 1985; Krengel 1999), Rajasthan (Thiel-Horstmann 1985), Gujarat and Punjab (Erndl 1993), and Goa (Khedekar 1983; Verenkar 1991; Cabral e Sá 1997; Gomes and Shirodkar 1991; Henn 2003). Their name derives from the Sanskrit term jāgṛ, which means “wakefulness” (Turner 1966: 5174) and refers to religious night vigils that are seasonally celebrated in honor of local deities, saints, ancestors, and tutelary beings. The rituals are part of temple, village, or domestic ceremonies, and have a special appeal in that they enact a ludic genre of bhakti religiosity that combines religious ritual, such as prayer, invocation, and sacrifice, with joyful entertainment such as music, singing, dancing, and, in some regions, also mask and theater plays. Jagar ceremonies are very popular in Goa. Their performers and audiences belong to the rural population who by tradition earns its livelihood through small farming, agricultural labor, or fishing, or some combination thereof, and, today, often also has some income from small businesses, wage employment, or labor migration. Reflecting the peculiar history of the region, the communities performing the ceremony, and also the religious orientations and cultural styles of the rituals themselves, vary considerably. Three different types of Goan Jagar can be distinguished.

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