L’Amour Déraisonné: Reclaiming Self
from Psychosynthesis and A Course in Miracles
by Olivia De Gage
This book is a celebration of life, life in spite of the obstacles of childhood abuse, neglect, confusion and poor self esteem. What Joseph Campbell might term “the heroine’s journey,” this true story describes the encounter of the multi-faceted sides of “self” in one young woman’s search for the “right to exist.” The story tells of trauma and lifelong, repressed pain, but most importantly reveals a story of transformation, courage, perseverance and acceptance.
Ms. De Gage’s life story demonstrates how the tools of Roberto Assagioli’s psychosynthesis, as well as the teachings of A Course in Miracles, helped her to encounter and reclaim her own Self, and her link to the essence of Love, Universal Love. She explains that as we awaken to our true Selves, understanding that our lives are lessons in the classroom of life, we realize that life is about forgiveness. No matter what life has dealt us in terms of challenges and difficulties,“unfairness,” we alone decide the time to free ourselves from the infernal prison of hatred, abuse, projection and violence to allow forgiveness and love into our lives. The decision is ours.
L’Amour Déraisonné: Reclaiming Self is a story of an interior journey that invites us to open the neglected or forgotten door within our minds, take a deep breath, and look within; the journey to our own true Self is just beginning.
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Endorsements for L’Amour Déraisonné: Reclaiming Self
This “interior adventure,” as the author calls it, recounts a truly amazing journey of healing and awakening, undertaken with determination and courage, and guided by the wisdom of psychosynthesis and A Course in Miracles. Anyone embarked on their own such journey, as well as counselors and therapists, will find here inspiration, hope, and helpful perspectives. ~Molly Young Brown, psychosynthesis teacher and guide, author of Growing Whole and Unfolding Self, co-editor of Held in Love.
Each of us has a story within our path of learning and growing. Although Ms. De Gage’s story contains sadness and tragedy, it is woven with hope and faith. Her story uplifts, her path a help to others. ~James Deming, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
This is a testimony of a personal journey that the author undertook with courage and perseverance, with the help of psychosynthesis tools and spirit, and other references. It is an illustration of the labor required to tame the wanderings of a confused mind, and to develop a sense of presence to oneself and to the outside world. ~Tan Nguyen, MBA, MPhil. Director of Centre Source-Ecole Française de Psychosynthèse.
Olivia’s story is brought to life with frankness, passion and insight. It is almost a complete course in human struggle and endeavour in its own right, and will be a source of inspiration to anyone on a journey of self-discovery and growth. ~Keith Silvester, Director of Programmes, Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, London
Through her courageous testimony the author highlights the suffering of emotional dependency, taking us step by step to an awareness of our own ability to accede to unlimited, exciting possibilities in life. As women we must learn to provide loving care and security to ourselves to release restrictive ancestral behaviour patterns and conditioning and create positive, powerful relations with our environment, society and ourselves. ~Gabriele Eibner, President, Women in Leadership Association, Paris
In her book, Olivia de Gage carries us on a personal journey of transformation and awakening. She uses her writing to recover from trauma and as a tool for personal growth. Unexpectedly, we find ourselves posing the same questions she raises and following the trail she blazes. Through Olivia’s journey of self identification and awareness, she recognizes which parts of her psyche ‘perform’ in order to be loved. The story is ultimately one of forgiveness for herself and for the perpetrators of her haunted past, to be free to move onto healthier relationships. Her journey is courageous and admirable, and in reading her book we are enticed to do the same. Robin de Lafforest, a reader