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Reflections on Us-bookcover

By: George William Bryan

Reflections on Us

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As a collection of verses, these may be enjoyed at first read simply as they are for all age groups, or the discerning reader may find multiple levels of understanding to be reflected upon. There is an emphasis on coping with loss, as well as a frequent exploring of existential questions. Observations of the thinking process as an obvious essential tool but also as a nuisance to personal growth is explored. They bring the reader along author’s personal journey into increased spiritual awareness. The assumption being that such internal experiences are potential in all of us if one finds the tools to pursue it. The verses offer those tools. So, while underscoring our primitive underpinnings, altogether they reflect a final view of us with purpose and hope.

Dr Bryan is a retired psychiatrist presently living in the suburbs of Paris, France, with his wife, Genevieve. He had practised psychiatry in Ventura, California, specialising in adolescent juvenile offenders, with training in psychoanalytic theory. His first wife died several years ago from a protracted illness that resulted in his turning to a different view of what he had been writing for many years. After more than twenty years of meditation, a spiritual awakening occurred as a consequence of her loss and the writing turned to that experience, enhanced by his psychoanalytic knowledge. The present book is a product of those events.
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    "Reflections On Us" is quite a gem--a poetry collection to read and to reread, a touch of Emily Dickinson with psychiatric sophistication which packs a wallop. From the clever ambiguity of the title, a "mental change of clothes" awaits the reader.

    There"s the joy of rhyming: " effusive, ---elusive"; "pain,--- no name": "charming,---alarming": "mind, ---Divine": "note,--" remote", to help when the "results are hard to swallow",
    and we are "flying to light.". Nevertheless, it's " Authentic, I exist.", "Your soul, that's always been", "And hints at heights enchanted".

    That is to say, C'est une merveille!

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