New book, Through the Fire, Illustrates How Masculine and Feminine Energies Are out Of Balance Causing Fantasy, Fear and Fire

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Using her own sensuous sculptures as guideposts, author and psychotherapist, Satya Winkelman steers the reader on a path of self-discovery and shows how art can heal. Through the Fire provides an opportunity to uncover personal imbalances that keep people from success, connection and authenticity.

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In Through the Fire: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation, http://guidetotransformation.com/, artist, psychotherapist, and holistic health educator, Satya Winkelman, leads the reader on a journey into the subconscious that focuses on the drawing out of the shadow—the rage, frustration, and powerlessness that can lead to choices with unintended consequences—and the balancing of the masculine and feminine qualities within each of us. These qualities have nothing to do with how individuals are seen as men and women but deal with deeper aspects that we all share and which must be balanced in order to have a balanced life and a balanced world.

“Our culture has been steeped in the shadow,” says Winkelman, “And it threatens our emotional health.” She notes that we all have a shadow side, and when it is invisible to us we tend to act out our frustrations in ways that are not healthy—for us or for those around us. So we kick the cat, berate our partners, scream at the kids, or quit our jobs. We fall into addictions, buy more pills or alcohol to numb us and we get sick . We do this, says Winkelman, so we don’t have to feel and deal with our shadow. But there is another way to express the shadow and bring balance back into our life that does not involve leaving relationships or the cat and instead takes us into and Through the Fire of creativity. For those who want more than the self-help workbook, there are workshops to draw out the negative culprits in color and clay, and Winkelman's Drawing From The Inside - Art class offers them help to emotionally balance through creative expression, http://tinyurl.com/2b9858h

Over the course of thirty years spent working with clients as a corporate effectiveness trainer and psychotherapist, while also creating provocative clay sculptures that depict both masculine and feminine body parts in symbolic arrangements that elicit often hidden emotions, Winkelman noticed a similarity in the process of creating ceramic art and the process of personal growth. She saw clearly how feminine qualities (such as compassion, intuition, and nurturing) have been relegated to secondary status relative to the culturally valued masculine qualities such as logic, assertiveness, and competitiveness. To help foster awareness and heal this imbalance and use the process of making art for personal growth, Winkelman has created a blog, http://www.artcanheal.com/ which invites artists to post photos of their original art and to explain how creating it helped them find balance and healing.

In Through the Fire, thirty-three of Winkelman’s sculptures are used to illustrate what happens when our masculine and feminine energies are out of balance, drawing us into our shadow side. Self-help worksheets throughout the book allow readers to explore and document their own stages, beliefs and reactions to the sculptures. Once they have reflected on their own experience, and learn the when and whys of their belief systems, individuals can be more aware, accepting, and appreciative (rather than punitive) of who they are and how they have arrived at one of Winkelman’s five stages of life. While Through the Fire is written from a woman’s perspective, men can benefit, too, and learn how to strengthen their awareness and expression of the feminine principle. To read an excerpt from the book and flip through a photo gallery of Winkelman’s sculptures and life stages, go to http://guidetotransformation.com/

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