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A combination of vision and howto, The Millionth Circle is the most activist work to date of Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a writer, analyst, and teacher who has long been a leader in the women's empowerment movement. Written in poetic language that invites the readers to use intuition and draw upon their psychological and spiritual insights, The Millionth Circle will be the too A combination of vision and howto, The Millionth Circle is the most activist work to date of Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a writer, analyst, and teacher who has long been a leader in the women's empowerment movement. Written in poetic language that invites the readers to use intuition and draw upon their psychological and spiritual insights, The Millionth Circle will be the tool and inspiration women can use to create new circles or deepen and transform existing circles into vehicles of societal and psychospiritual change.


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A combination of vision and howto, The Millionth Circle is the most activist work to date of Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a writer, analyst, and teacher who has long been a leader in the women's empowerment movement. Written in poetic language that invites the readers to use intuition and draw upon their psychological and spiritual insights, The Millionth Circle will be the too A combination of vision and howto, The Millionth Circle is the most activist work to date of Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a writer, analyst, and teacher who has long been a leader in the women's empowerment movement. Written in poetic language that invites the readers to use intuition and draw upon their psychological and spiritual insights, The Millionth Circle will be the tool and inspiration women can use to create new circles or deepen and transform existing circles into vehicles of societal and psychospiritual change.

17 review for The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and the World. The Essential Guide to Women's Circles

  1. 4 out of 5

    J.V. Connors

    The Millionth Circle explores the concept of meeting circles, where no one is the head or leader, but all are guided by a 'center', a shared purpose, that evolves through discussions. The idea is that traditional power hierarchies exclude, dominate and repress discussions, and that we need to learn to interact as equals. As a group psychologist, I am amazed how much of the essentials are covered in this tiny book. In short, lyrical chapters she covers positive communication, domination of group t The Millionth Circle explores the concept of meeting circles, where no one is the head or leader, but all are guided by a 'center', a shared purpose, that evolves through discussions. The idea is that traditional power hierarchies exclude, dominate and repress discussions, and that we need to learn to interact as equals. As a group psychologist, I am amazed how much of the essentials are covered in this tiny book. In short, lyrical chapters she covers positive communication, domination of group time, confidentiality, group safety, passive-aggressiveness and dealing with unresolvable conflicts. Every difficulty is a chance to work on healing and to challenge ourselves to do better. This book is promoted as a guide to women's circles, but I think it would be equally valuable to men who want to try a different way of coming together and to challenge traditional hierarchies. Both men and women have been wounded by bullying and abuse, as well as by our society's dog eat dog climate, so we all could benefit from examining our patterns. Bolen says that she was inspired by the concept of "The Hundredth Monkey", where when something happens enough that a critical mass is reached, then everyone changes. Small groups / circles are a way to challenge and change our society's abusive ways, so I encourage us all to rediscover their power and add to this forward movement!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynette Hague

    I had read this book before approx. 6 years ago. I wanted to read it again because I remembered something in the book that might apply to a current situation. I found that several chapters were very insightful to my current situation and would recommend it to anyone who is involved with a group of women.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Complete game changer. Bolen, the Jungian psychiatrist, is a genius and her tiny book has the power to make a difference!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    3.5. I want to join a women’s circle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is one I'm going to put on my bedtime reading pile, to go back to again and again. It's a very quick read, packed with wisdom and practical advice on how to form and how to nurture circles of all kinds -- for consciousness raising, for emotional support, for community organizing... She absolutely put her finger on the sorts of issues that sometimes arise, and the sort of commitment it takes from member to address those issues. I took some of her assertions with a grain of salt, and I think This is one I'm going to put on my bedtime reading pile, to go back to again and again. It's a very quick read, packed with wisdom and practical advice on how to form and how to nurture circles of all kinds -- for consciousness raising, for emotional support, for community organizing... She absolutely put her finger on the sorts of issues that sometimes arise, and the sort of commitment it takes from member to address those issues. I took some of her assertions with a grain of salt, and I think the book is essential reading for anyone who wants to be involved in egalitarian relationship and communities, not just women's circles. I'm definitely going to recommend it to the members of my own women's groups.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann Douglas

    This book contains an important idea -- the idea that social change can be sparked at the relationship level; and that it's possible to consciously create circles of women who are interested in building those kinds of relationships and sending out ripples of change into the wider culture. The problem is that this book is very, very thin on content. The book's central idea could have been conveyed much more effectively as a blog post or a magazine article -- and with a whole lot less repetition. This book contains an important idea -- the idea that social change can be sparked at the relationship level; and that it's possible to consciously create circles of women who are interested in building those kinds of relationships and sending out ripples of change into the wider culture. The problem is that this book is very, very thin on content. The book's central idea could have been conveyed much more effectively as a blog post or a magazine article -- and with a whole lot less repetition. I really wanted to like this book (it was recommended to me by a friend about a decade ago and it's languished on my bookshelf ever since), but, in the end, I didn't.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pupak Haghighi

    Jean Shinoda Bolen's insight and passion is a joy to take in. I enjoyed reading her book, especially in conjunction with Abdullah Ocalan's book on 'Liberating Life, Woman's Revolution.' I thought both books have much in common and are communicating a very similar message. I wholeheartedly recommend Jean to read Ocalan's book and Ocalan to read this book <3 Jean Shinoda Bolen's insight and passion is a joy to take in. I enjoyed reading her book, especially in conjunction with Abdullah Ocalan's book on 'Liberating Life, Woman's Revolution.' I thought both books have much in common and are communicating a very similar message. I wholeheartedly recommend Jean to read Ocalan's book and Ocalan to read this book <3

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbe

    One of the women in a book group I am in suggested this book and author. The power of female friendships has been clear to me most of my life. The power of women’s circles is also familiar but how it is laid out in this work helps to formalize it. The rules set forth are excellent guides and I saw the strengths and weaknesses of various groups I am or have been affiliated. I do believe that women need other women to share their journey and when they come together they can help change the world. One of the women in a book group I am in suggested this book and author. The power of female friendships has been clear to me most of my life. The power of women’s circles is also familiar but how it is laid out in this work helps to formalize it. The rules set forth are excellent guides and I saw the strengths and weaknesses of various groups I am or have been affiliated. I do believe that women need other women to share their journey and when they come together they can help change the world. Thought provoking.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I picked this up at the suggestion of the leader of a group I attend. Interesting concept that I understand in the realm of possibilities. But the practical side of me doesn't understand how such a group could be formed in reality. But I am thinking about it and wish it could be true. I picked this up at the suggestion of the leader of a group I attend. Interesting concept that I understand in the realm of possibilities. But the practical side of me doesn't understand how such a group could be formed in reality. But I am thinking about it and wish it could be true.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brande

    My rating is subject to change as my ability to implement improves.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Autumn (Triquetra Reviews)

    Great primer on women's circles. Lots of inspiration here! Great primer on women's circles. Lots of inspiration here!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mileidy

    Inspiring and motivating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    A brief introduction into a potentially powerful concept, changing the world, one women's circle at a time. A brief introduction into a potentially powerful concept, changing the world, one women's circle at a time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teru

    It's a sort of positive concept, in that it's reach is to replace what doesn't work in the lives of females with a support base that aspires towards mass change, individual uplift and across the board sustained equality. Where I have an issue or what I find scary is that placed in the wrong untrained hands and less than sensitive circle, it can be used as in "outing" someone of sorts, of personalized things that they were maybe not at a point to group share. If they seek peer support and that is It's a sort of positive concept, in that it's reach is to replace what doesn't work in the lives of females with a support base that aspires towards mass change, individual uplift and across the board sustained equality. Where I have an issue or what I find scary is that placed in the wrong untrained hands and less than sensitive circle, it can be used as in "outing" someone of sorts, of personalized things that they were maybe not at a point to group share. If they seek peer support and that is why they are there, they would not be in a strong enough mind to go against the group request. The listening of others revealing personal " hidden truths" becomes a true "tightrope of intervention" and you pray that the women are not on an island and that someone doesn't loose their glasses. Once or if, you are deemed uncomfortable to your group for any reason, you can be asked to leave from the circle. The circle where you have revealed and placed your deepest personal hidden secrets unto the women who now own them. ...If that were to happen how do you retain any true feelings of inner good grace with what once constituted all your closest friends. Do you request a sepuku sword? You become the awkward banished outsider who's secrets and fragilities are commoditized. I have just spewed a very worst case scenario ( in my mind. only speaking for my thoughts) BUT, BUT, if it IS a good circle of her strongest and dearest, friends with times of good and the bad proven and still there for each other, still tight friendships no matter the facing storms, and the women truly will have the other one's highest interest, it could prove a wonderful safety net for the feminine. A personal gift made richer through affirmation and it's good works. Basically it's a double edged sword - only as strong and effective as the women and their integrity and intention's comprising. I like the idea of like minded feminine strength in numbers to accomplish a positive goal more than the wiccan fem thing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Salasin

    Makes me even keener on sharing women's circles... Makes me even keener on sharing women's circles...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louise Silk

    Subtitled "How to Change Ourselves and The World", this book is based on the concept that many small, non-hierarchical women's groups can change the world. The author likens the idea to the hundredth monkey where when there are that many monkeys with a new behavior they become a critical mass to change the culture at large. Why do we need a million circles when we only need 100 monkeys? a quote from the book by Angeles Arrien: Show up and choose to be present. Pay attention to what has heart and me Subtitled "How to Change Ourselves and The World", this book is based on the concept that many small, non-hierarchical women's groups can change the world. The author likens the idea to the hundredth monkey where when there are that many monkeys with a new behavior they become a critical mass to change the culture at large. Why do we need a million circles when we only need 100 monkeys? a quote from the book by Angeles Arrien: Show up and choose to be present. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning. Tell the truth without blame or judgement. Be open to outcome,not attached to outcome.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    There is a yearning for connection among all people. As a Jungian analyst and activist, Bolen {author: Jean Shinoda Bolen] addresses this yearning in all her books. In Millionth Circle, she gives us the gentle, wyse womyn inspiration to make those connections. Although the title itself speaks of women's circles, which I personally believe to be essential to society, it is not "just " for women. It is for everyone. There is a yearning for connection among all people. As a Jungian analyst and activist, Bolen {author: Jean Shinoda Bolen] addresses this yearning in all her books. In Millionth Circle, she gives us the gentle, wyse womyn inspiration to make those connections. Although the title itself speaks of women's circles, which I personally believe to be essential to society, it is not "just " for women. It is for everyone. flag Like  · see review Feb 20, 2008 Nichole rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction Super easy read and not worth the $15. I think I finished it in just under two hours. For anyone thinking of starting your own circle, you can and skip this book... at least don't buy it. Get it from the library. If you're in the circle mind-set, you probably won't be shown any new ideas in this book. Super easy read and not worth the $15. I think I finished it in just under two hours. For anyone thinking of starting your own circle, you can and skip this book... at least don't buy it. Get it from the library. If you're in the circle mind-set, you probably won't be shown any new ideas in this book. flag Like  · see review Aug 06, 2014 Bea Zee rated it liked it Much as the whole "Hundredth Monkey" theory may be false, the fact that people's behaviour influences other people's behaviour is exactly that: a fact. Maybe there isn't a specific number. But I strongly believe that Circles change the world, because they change the people in the Circles. They have been doing that already. Beautifully. Much as the whole "Hundredth Monkey" theory may be false, the fact that people's behaviour influences other people's behaviour is exactly that: a fact. Maybe there isn't a specific number. But I strongly believe that Circles change the world, because they change the people in the Circles. They have been doing that already. Beautifully. flag Like  · see review Feb 06, 2020 Baxter Trautman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: non-fiction, women, feminist, heart Inspired me to start my own circle! flag Like  · see review Jul 14, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction Very good writings on the value and logistics of women's circles by well-known analyst and teacher. She makes it clear that circles are not therapy, but healing can and does happen in circles. Inspiring. Very good writings on the value and logistics of women's circles by well-known analyst and teacher. She makes it clear that circles are not therapy, but healing can and does happen in circles. Inspiring. flag Like  · see review Oct 12, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it This is an excellent book for anyone in a circle or thinking about joining or creating a circle. It can be used to explore the many possibilities of women's circles and as a check-up to see how healthy your circle is and what can be done to heal its illnesses. This is an excellent book for anyone in a circle or thinking about joining or creating a circle. It can be used to explore the many possibilities of women's circles and as a check-up to see how healthy your circle is and what can be done to heal its illnesses. flag Like  · see review Mar 17, 2016 Kayce Hughlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Compact. Courageous. Powerful. Read the The Millionth Circle. Written as poetry, spoken as fluid truth. I realized as I read it, the powerful work I am already doing with women's circles. Together we will heal the world. Compact. Courageous. Powerful. Read the The Millionth Circle. Written as poetry, spoken as fluid truth. I realized as I read it, the powerful work I am already doing with women's circles. Together we will heal the world. flag Like  · see review Jan 03, 2009 C.J. Prince rated it it was amazing If you are involved in any womyn's groups, read this! It is must for considering how we come together in harmony. If you are involved in any womyn's groups, read this! It is must for considering how we come together in harmony. flag Like  · see review Mar 13, 2009 Dayva rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction Fantastic advice on forming , and maintaining womens circles. flag Like  · see review Mar 24, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it Well worth the 45 minutes it takes to read. Click here for my full review. Well worth the 45 minutes it takes to read. Click here for my full review. flag Like  · see review Jan 01, 2012 Tahia rated it liked it Informational short instruction on starting a women's circle. Informational short instruction on starting a women's circle. flag Like  · see review Aug 14, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it Book was so insightful I ordered two copies for two of my friends who have embarked upon a new sacred journey with me....... flag Like  · see review Sep 06, 2012 Gail Ristow rated it really liked it Absolutely excellent, empowering and inspirational book. Should be required reading for women - wonderful, wonderful. flag Like  · see review Dec 23, 2015 Gemini Adams rated it really liked it Shelves: grief-loss, love, inspiration, healing Beautiful book. Inspiring. Useful information if you are looking to bring women into community of any kind. Much needed. flag Like  · see review new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one » Share

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