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Sex and the Spiritual Teacher Why It Happens, When It's a Problem, and What We All Can Do

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ISBN-10: 0861715969

ISBN-13: 9780861715961

Edition: 2011

Authors: Scott Edelstein, Mic Hunter, Anne Katherine

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Anne Katherine has been a therapist for more than 30 years and has specialized in treating food addiction and binge eating since 1985. She regularly leads workshops, retreats, and conferences, and appears frequently on the radio. She is the author of the best-selling Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin, Where to Draw the Line, Anatomy of A food Addiction, and her most recent book, When Misery is Company.

What You Need to Know About This Book
Introduction: Sex, Spirit, and Safety
Spiritual Teachers and Sexual Transgression
Five Narrow Views
Exploiters, Errants, and Exceptionalists
Tangled Webs
Creating Healthy Teacher-Student Relationships
The Spiritual Teacher as Role Model
Why Spiritual Teachers Are Sexy
Sex and Spiritual Experience
The Paradox of Masculine Sexuality
Common Pressures, Projections, and Temptations
The Power of No
The Spiritual Teacher as Alpha Figure
The Sexual Power of Students
Spiritual Insight and Arrogance
The Spiritual Teacher's Partner: Soulmate or Saboteur?
The Shadow Side of Celibacy
Monogamy and Its Skeptics
The Power and Pitfalls of Gurus
Sex as a Spiritual Teaching
Tantra and Pseudo-Tantra
Crazy Wisdom and Its Shadow
How Exploiters Crash and Burn
How Errants and Exceptionalists Fall (and Sometimes Rise Anew)
Disillusion and Dissolution
Cultivating Trust and Reducing Exploitation
Spiritual Community and Sexual Transgression
Double Helix or Tug-of-War?: Balancing Spiritual and Organizational Authority
Why Codes, Policies, and Therapies Aren't Enough
Building a Healthy Spiritual Community
Hiring a Spiritual Teacher: Mindful Guidance for Spiritual Communities
Building Support Systems for Spiritual Teachers
Training, Encouraging, and Culling Potential Teachers
When a Spiritual Teacher Transgresses: Responses of a Healthy Community
An Open Letter to Spiritual Teachers
Some Further Questions
Afterword: Knowledge, Action, and Power
Recommended Resources
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author