Power Struggle or Partnership?

All of us have a deep longing for partnership: for intimacy, connection, equality and mutuality – a relationship based on inter-dependency. So why is it that so few of us find true partnership? Or, if we are able to find it, are unable to sustain it?

We’ve all experienced the neediness of dependency and the isolation of independence. Most of us oscillate between these two polarities. All relationships go through cycles of power struggle and partnership and, if we are honest, most of us spend more time in power struggle than partnership. Power struggle is based upon independence and leads to defiance, shut-down and loneliness. Independence creates an illusion of safety. It feeds revenge stories, heartbreak, shattered dreams and eventually culminates in the dead zone, where there is a complete absence of intimacy.

True partnership is created from a deep sense of connection with our partner, leading to trust, intimacy, security and a desire to support the other. Partnership necessitates an intimacy with our self, which then allows us intimacy with the other. Successful partnership requires accepting in ourselves (and hence in our partner) defiance, rage, jealousy, beauty, kindness and vulnerability – the full range of our emotional experiences.

During this one-day course, we will explore the fears that take us out of partnership into independence and power struggle. We will uncover the core wounding that triggers power struggle. We will look at how we can achieve a greater level of acceptance within ourselves and our key relationships. All participants will experience the connection of true partnership, whether they are in a couple or single.

This course is designed for anyone who wants more harmony and authenticity with others in their lives; the polarity of power struggle and partnership applies to all love, family and work relationships.

‘Power Struggle or Partnership?’ course dates are shown below. This course is currently available at Hotel Du Vin in Henley on Thames – for more information see Venues.

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