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Transformation soup : healing for the splendidly imperfect
Sark, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Physical Description:
197 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Fireside book."
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BF637.S4 S275 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Presents an offbeat guide to the healing process that provides inspirational directions on how to discover true healing along one's personal journey to wellness.

Author Notes

SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is an author and artist. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Since the early 1990s, SARK's playful, sympathetic style has made her an immensely popular author of self-help and creativity books. Like her past works (How to Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed; Succulent Wild Woman; etc.), this vividly illustrated guide speaks to the reader's "innerchild," aiming to free the imperfect, fearful, sad, funny and creative aspects that adults usually hide. This time SARK addresses the process of healing, inquiring, "What Hurts?" and gently leading readers to places (gardens, Zen retreat centers, bed) and activities (meditation, massage, creative expression) that promote recovery. With dark tales of her own experience of incest, and goofy ones, including one about Rosie O'Donnell's chin hair, SARK's book reflects the "friendly disorder" of being human, covering a wide range of topics, from the trauma of broken relationships to body image and aging. Along with her heartfelt ruminations, SARK offers book referrals, transformation stories and a reference list of healers, including massage therapists, hairstylists, musicians and authors. In one fanciful section, she imagines the lessons a healing school might teach, including intuition, "non-competitive play," "accepting success" and "identifying patterns of self-defeat." All the while, she pushes readers toward their own creative expression through exercises such as "turning [inner] critics into allies" and marrying oneself. SARK's unpretentious effort illustrates her fundamental theme that "we are all swirling in the soup together" and that "whatever healing work we each do contributes to the healing of all of us." (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

My Mother is no longer the Problem, now What?p. 17
Brambles of Intimacyp. 24
We Are All indelibly Connectedp. 30
Broken Frieudshipsp. 34
Being your own Partnerp. 37
What Hvrts?
Terror of Changep. 40
Money and How we suffer About itp. 43
Stupid, lonely: Brokep. 45
The weight of isolationp. 47
Meet Me in the Dark Caverns, Cryingp. 48
Why Do we care About Chin Hair?p. 53
Healing From trying to Get wellp. 57
Exercising and playing in our Bodiesp. 61
Food and Where it leads usp. 66
Aging... embracing and avoidingp. 73
Healing Tools
Healing Things to fryp. 79
My God Boxp. 83
Transformation Gamep. 89
Mirror Workp. 90
Healing Stories and people
Healings Gone Wrongp. 94
Healing Storiesp. 99
Patricia: Brandyp. 113
Rebecca Latimerp. 115
Bibbop. 117
Gordon Mackenziep. 118
Donna edenp. 120
Torip. 121
Robyn posinp. 122
Joshva Kadisonp. 123
In Process of Healing
What Im Working onp. 125
More Tears pleasep. 134
Holy places
Esalenp. 137
Tassajarap. 139
Treesp. 140
Gardensp. 141
Our Healing Bedsp. 143
What Heals?
Healing School curriculump. 146
Healing Time in our livesp. 151
Spleudiply Human Momentsp. 157
Healing work Life Yes, we can!p. 163
Creative Healings
Beginningsp. 166
I wonderp. 169
Being A "real" creative personp. 171
Being creatively seen in the worldp. 176
Jealousy, competition, and silencesp. 178
Healing Things
To Do: Ways of Being
Your own Healing Bookp. 182
Healing Circlesp. 183
Acceptance of Healingp. 184
Permission to Heal and Feel pure Supportp. 190