“Do you realize that in the time weâ€™ve known each other, weâ€™ve never argued?â€ â€¨It was that initial insight that led us to explore our relationship and eventually blog about it. We were astounded again and again by the peaceful nature of our union. We found an amazing lack of conflict and an ever increasing experience of joy, ease and harmony, and you can, too.
These ideas are simple but very powerful. We believe that if you are open to the possibility of a different way of relating, of changing your frame of reference, a magical transformation can take place. We know from our experience that it is real and tangible: not a theory, not thoughts, not a collection of ideas. Get the book now and transform your life.
– Introduction to the book by Phil and Maude from their website http://PhilAndMaude.com
The above was written by my dear friends Phil and Maude. I’ve known Maude since I was a child, and she helped to launch me in to the world when I stayed with her after leaving my parents’ house. She has always been passionate about all her relationships with her husband, family, friends, community, and the world. It is as though she knows that relationships are the main stuff of life and that there is deep magic and meaning in plumbing their depths, living them fully.
So, I was excited and happy to hear that in her relationship with her husband Phil, they have discovered an amazing way to co-exist in bliss and harmony that totally embraces their complete union while at the same time fully and unconditionally valuing, uplifting and enjoying their uniqueness and individuality.
It is really quite simple, but like the raw diet, it is hard to believe it possible until you actually see it in practice! And this is what they provide with this book. What started out as private emails between Phil and Maude then developed in to a conversational Blog which they shared with a few friends, and then eventuated in to this book which draws on their Blog conversations to illustrate their process and the ways in which they have achieved their unusual and ecstatic level of harmony.
â€œThis book surprised me, as it offers a path to ALL peaceful relating and isnâ€™t just for couples â€œworking it outâ€. â€¨Iâ€™m a single gal; been single for over 12 years, so I am often intimidated by â€œrelationshipâ€ self-help books. Yet as I began reading â€œSECRETS___â€, it clearly showed me it is THE RELATIONSHIP to myself that can be altered and softened, allowing peaceful exchanges with others to spontaneously occur.â€¨Through the blogs and playful musings of Maude and Phil, I was able to see I too could have a more positive, receptive posture that invites relationship possibilities.â€ â€”Â Iris Cutler
â€œThis is a wonderful book. Itâ€™s about selflessness (as opposed to the selfishness which so often characterizes relationships). Itâ€™s about achieving a level of communication which enables a true sharing of the best of each otherâ€™s qualities while respecting differences. Itâ€™s about learning how to â€œact in the living presentâ€ (to borrow a line from a Longfellow poem). And, it is so much more, because it is not the usual manual of â€œhow to have a successful relationship.â€ Instead, it gives the reader a window to experience the authorsâ€™ personal intimate exchanges, letting one feel as though having traveled with them. It is a very good read.â€ â€”Â Sam Redman
An excerpt from the book….
My Dear Maude,
I am blown away by how we are. I have never experÂienced this harmony of being with anyone else. The way we flow through the world together, taking things just as they come, is like nothing I have ever experienced. With others, there were always periods of conflict, friction, disagreements. With you, I have, for the first time, the experience of always being on the same side. If we want different things, we talk â€“ just talk! â€“ until the choice becomes clear. I can say whatever comes to mind, and you just hear me. That is SO liberating. And every time it happens, it makes it easier to speak truth the next time.
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