Sharon Strand Ellison, the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words, is a pioneer in the field of eliminating defensiveness. An international communication consultant and award-winning speaker, Sharon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication. In this interview she describes and gives examples of defensiveness and explains how openness, honesty and curiosity results in connection and communication with others.
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There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity.
The journey into authentic nondual experience usually entails an ongoing experience of paradox
Stories, fiction included, act as a kind of surrogate life.
We would play shower games like ‘I will remember you every time I …’ We would prepare a death ‘nursery.’ There’d be a great playlist.
Nondualism and idealism aren’t purely Eastern insights, but the metaphysical and spiritual root of the West as well
When the heart awakens to love, it can carry the human being beyond the horizon of the ego.
"There's really no research that supports that point of view,"
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