The Fire and the Rose: Human Core Needs and Personal Transformation

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A spiritual map for the path to self-understanding is loosely based on the Matrix Theory, identifying four basic human needs that are pivotal to health and happiness and explaining how to balance these needs for a fulfilling life

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With the dawning of a new millennium comes the promise of social enlightenment, environmental responsibility and spiritual fulfillment. Yet our world today is one that stifles creativity, normalizes violence and distrust and alienates feeling from thinking. In The Fire and the Rose, sociologist Robert Griffith Turner presents us with a road map for understanding our human needs and experiencing personal transformation, using a unique synthesis of traditional wisdom and new paradigm thinking.

According to Turner, we have precisely four basic needs: the need to give and receive love, the need for cosmic grounding, the need for identity and approval in a social world and the need to nurture and protect the body. These core needs are interrelated in a fourfold matrix as primal as human consciousness and as ancient as the four sacred directions of traditional cultures and religions. Turner uses the principles of matrix theory to create not a philosophy, ideology, nor system of beliefs, but rather a guide that can be used by anyone to search out and identify a path toward fulfillment in a sterile and mechanistic world. It is, simply, a guide, to making human choices in terms of human needs.

Understanding the crucial balance of our four core needs is the ultimate goal in transformation, but Turner explains how we must first identify how the rigors and chaos of modern culture and everyday life throw these needs out of balance and prevent us from making choices that would transform our lives. The Fire and the Rose offers a clear series of steps to regain this emotional and spiritual balance. It is a guide for overcoming today's toxic dualism, which separates intuition and feeling (the fire) from thinking and sensation (the rose). Only then will the fire and the rose become one.

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Robert Griffith Turner, Jr., Ph.D. is a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech and Radford University.

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