What is it like to recover from betrayal of trust today in a culture that is blind to the trauma and impatient with grief? When her long-time partner suddenly left her shortly before their wedding, the author found nothing had prepared her for the depth and duration of the pain. Despite having lived through her husband’s death years earlier, she was stunned by the intensity of the suffering and could not understand why this shock hit so hard. Her loss of faith in this one person precipitated an existential and spiritual crisis that called her very understanding of human nature into question and she wanted to know why.
As she wrested with what turned out to be a massive trauma, she began to keep careful notes of her inner life–she wanted to capture the paradoxes of love, grief and longing mixed with bewilderment and post-traumatic stress. With bracing frankness and fearlessness, she succeeds. Love and the Mystery of Betrayal seamlessly blends research and reflection, love and heartbreak, rage and transformation, and the personal with the collective. The deep, engaging writing provides the type of solace only a kindred spirit who has been there can. This achingly moving chronicle and meditation on the mysteries of love and betrayal shows how faith and love can triumph even after the most life-shattering revelations and loss.
About The Book
SANDRA LEE DENNIS, PhD, is an author, teacher and explorer of the interplay of depth psychology and spirituality. She was a teacher in the Gurdjieff tradition for many years, an Ananda Yoga instructor, and a longtime student of the Diamond Heart work. Sandra obtained her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate in Integral Studies/ Psychology and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been on the faculty of six universities, as well as the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
She is the author of the award-winning, “Embrace of the Daimon: Healing through the Subtle Energy Body: Jungian Psychology & the Dark Feminine.” Sandra’s writings have emerged from inquiry into largely uncharted depths of interior life. Bridging the world of scholar and visionary, her special interest has been to bring light to the shadows–those subtle interior spheres that defy description and often appear frightening, painful, or unreal to the logical mind. Her deep-diving discoveries have served as a doorway from the personal psyche to collective truths about human nature and have helped many mine their own depths for the jewels hidden there.
Sandra currently lives and works in the Bay Area and can be reached through her website at www.sandraleedennis.com