What's Behind Your Belly Button?
Martha Char Love
Robert W. Sterling
This book is a work conceived out of the awareness that directions we take in life often are chosen because of the impact on us of external forces. Judgments of authorities, well-meaning counselors, circumstances, and too often crises dictate the roles we play and the characters we assume, which seldom coincide with our inner needs. Time is wasted day after day and energy is dissipated by each of us pretending that we know what is important while within us is the growing feeling of emptiness.
The experience we have obtained interacting with individuals and groups, provides us with a growing awareness that the feelings, which are ordinarily dealt with, are not pure feeling responses. These so-called feelings are instead, a mixture of thinking and feeling, we commonly call emotions. These logical feelings have a curious universality of meaning, even though these feelings are learned in totally different environments.
Seldom are any of us encouraged to learn to take action as children based on feelings. We seem to grow-up physically, schooled to “think for ourselves” about externalities that are usually only vaguely related to our Selves. If there is any reference in our education and experience to inner necessity, other than food, air, and water, it is carefully molded to conform to patterns of acceptability until only vestiges of human instincts are allowed to show. And thus we individually live in fear and guilt, angry that we must deny our organismic feelings and perform in the best way we can, caught between the feeling of need and the judgments of those to whom we want to stay close.
This book was written because of the experience we gained as career counselors trying to reach beneath the ...
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