The Hoop & The Tree
The Hoop & The Tree
|This simple yet life-changing volume fully explains the power of these two ubiquitous symbols to bring us a whole new understanding of ourselves and our place in the world, including guidance for initiations into our own wholeness. Through explorations of their deep meaning in psychology, Native American and other spiritual traditions, myth, and fairy tale, author Chris Hoffman shows how we can use the Hoop and the Tree to be happier in our relationships, increase our connection with nature, create a more functional society, and live lives of balance and fulfillment.
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In addition to some updates, this new version includes a whole new chapter (#6)
“The Hoop and the Tree for Healing and Transformation: A Twenty-Year Perspective”
The Hoop and the Tree and Our World Situation
Initiations into the Human Ring of the Hoop
Initiations into the Ecological Ring of the Hoop
The Millennial Adventure of the Soul
Getting Stuck: Initiation Failures or Regression
The Perilous Return: Gluskabe and the Four Wishes
Hoop-and-Tree Aspects of All Initiations
The Hoop and the Tree for Personal Growth (a practical methodology)
Once You Have “Finished”: Growing with It
Getting Down to Work
Praise & Reviews
For the new edition...
"I admire the gentle simplicity of this book, the way it endeavors to connect us back through the power of story and the healing strength of nature—to the rootedness that so much of the modern world has lost. In our Native traditions we speak of seven generations, how our deeds will affect those who come long after us. A deep understanding of that responsibility is at the heart of The Hoop and the Tree.”
—JOSEPH BRUCHAC, Nulhegan Abenaki Nation, Author of Our Stories Remember and the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series
"Chris Hoffman's new version of The Hoop and the Tree is even more beautiful and enlightening. You'll be uplifted as he distills world spiritual and wisdom traditions, including modern psychology, into practical guidance for a life of connectedness with all our relations. Come away feeling more grounded at home on our Mother Earth. Enjoy!”
—ANITA SANCHEZ, PhD, author of The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times
"The new and revised edition of The Hoop and the Tree offers deeply thoughtful and wise advice. The symbol that serves as an inner compass, drawn from ancient traditions from around the world, is especially relevant for these troubling times. I couldn’t put the book down.”
—ERICA ELLIOTT, MD, author of Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People
"Our personal, social, spiritual and ecological dis-ease these days makes the call for living in harmony with one another, the Earth and the Divine more pressing than ever. The second edition of The Hoop and the Tree offers an early roadmap for how we might go on. Re-grounding us in story, spiritual teaching and science, it reminds us of the profound wisdom of the hoop-and-tree metaphor, the gifts it has offered others, and the potential it holds for us all. It highlights archetypal initiations through which we can learn to care for one another, the earth and future generations; and it introduces concrete practices that promote personal, organizational, social and ecological wholeness.”
—AMANDA TROSTEN-BLOOM, Co-author of The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, Co-Founder, Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change
"Every once in a while, I come across a book or article that brings together all the principles, ideas, wisdom and techniques that shape my work and presents them in a way that is simple, elegant and accessible. I have just finished reading The Hoop and the Tree: A Compass for Finding a Deeper Relationship with All Life by Chris Hoffman, and this is one of those books.” [READ MORE]
For the first edition...
The Hoop and the Tree gives us a profound image of wholeness at the core of things.
Chris Hoffman makes the image of the Hoop and the Tree come alive
through the exercises, questions and stories in the book. Anyone
concerned with therapy, mythology, ecology, spirituality or personal
growth, will find rich and rewarding material here. I recommend
"An integrative, life-sustaining, eco-spiritual point of view and practice. This book helps us to widen the boundaries of our compassion.”
—RALPH METZNER, PHD, author of Green Psychology
“Compelling, grounded, full of hope . . . can be easily followed in our daily activities.”
—MARC BEKOFF, author of Strolling with Our Kin, Minding Animals, and The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall)
"Destined to be a text for all those who seek balance and faith in the world our children and grandchildren will inherit."
The Bloomsbury Review November/December 2000, p. 18.
Reviewer: Alice Auer Connor
There is an old Zuni saying that there is no "Truth," only
stories. It is with this phrase that we begin our journey into
the realm of study, looking to be happier in our relationships, to
release and build our inner strength, to increase our connection with
nature, and to live a life of joy and satisfaction. Author Chris
Hoffman pulls from his vast knowledge of worldwide images of wholeness
to present a path for the modern spiritual adventurer. It is not
always easy to find the essence of numerous spiritual traditions, much
less to combine them into one meaningful pathway to happiness; however,
Hoffman has succeeded. This small travelers' guide is full of
imagery, guidance, history and thought presented in a manner that is
easy to read and understand. I found it to be therapeutic, enlightening, and a joy to read.
Branches of Light Oct/Nov 2000
The Hoop and the Tree is a category-defying book (a key to a book with juice) that snuggles up with the best in ecopsychology, spirituality, and native studies.
with a Hoop of friends around a fire and watch the sparks and smoke
drift up to the infinite night sky, as the fire’s ashes crumble back
into the earth from which we all came…Ultimately the only Hoop and Tree
that matters is the Hoop and the Tree of your own unfolding in the
Tree is the vertical growing core of individuality running through the
center of your being, from your deepest roots up to your highest
aspirations. It anchors and centers you. The Hoop of
relationship consists of concentric rings of family, friends, all of
humanity, and the encompassing beauty of nature, all encircling the
Tree. Drawing on world mythology and sacred traditions including
Native American teachings, the long dance tradition, Taoism, Kabbalism,
Sufism, Druidism, Buddhism, as well as contemporary psychology, fairy
tales, and real-life examples, The Hoop and the Tree is the first book
to focus on the relationship between these two powerful symbols and
specifically to show how, when properly developed, they bring us a
whole new understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
It also makes clear the direct relationship between psychology and
ecology, and how the mature self is necessarily ecological.
Midwest Book Review Volume 10, Number 12 December 2000
Published online on their "Internet Bookwatch" -- Margaret Lane, Reviewer
The Hoop & The Tree: A Compass For Finding A Deeper Relationship With All Life is a groundbreaking treatise offering the reader a practical integration of psychology, spirituality, and ecology.
Chris Hoffman draws from world mythology and sacred traditions that
include elements of Native American teachings, Taoism, Kabbalism,
Sufism, Druidism, Buddhism, and contemporary psychology. Highly
recommended reading for students of metaphysics, spirituality,
psychology, and personal growth, The Hoop And The Tree makes clear that
there is a direct relationship between human psychology and
environmental ecology, and that the mature self is necessarily
ecological in nature.
Excerpts & Additional Resources:
EXCERPTS from the book
German Translation of the First Edition
Lebensbaum und Lebenskreis
Hoffman begibt sich auf Spurensuche und erschließt die alten
Weisheitssymbole für das Leben von heute neu: Basierend auf
Erkenntnissen der modernen Psychologie stellt er ein leicht umsetzbares
Selbstfindungsmodell vor, um sich selbst und seinen Platz in der Welt
besser zu verstehen und das eigene Potential in seiner ganzen Fülle zu
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