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Playful Awakening


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Prologue. Act One. 1. The Universality of Play. 2. Towards a Definition. 3. The Cloak. 4. Play the Weaver. Act Two. 5. Falling Asleep. 6. The Day of the Square Yellow Sun - Obstacles to Play. 7. Deadly Play. 8. The Shadow Side of Play. Act Three. 9. The Call from the Great Below - Aspiration to Awaken. 10. Manifestations of Play. 11. Play for Surviving, Play for Thriving. 12. Staying Awake.

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Exploration of play as a means towards greater understanding of self, better relationships with others and a richer life, in the context of psychospiritual, art and drama therapies

About the Author

Di Gammage is a Core Process psychotherapist, dramatherapist and play therapist, and a trained Drama and English teacher. She lives in South Devon with her husband and two children.


Playful Awakening is a wonderful weave of rich imagination and deep insights into our psycho-spiritual being. Di Gammage skilfully draws the nature of play out from beneath the cloak of our prescribed adult reality to give it a central role in how we can awaken to our nature. This book is a lively and ever enlivening exploration of our relationship to play in both its creative expression and its potentially dark side. We see how our capacity for play is so much part of our innate vitality and yet can become drowned in a life full of prescriptions, responsibilities and psychological fears and insecurities. In Playful Awakening Gammage brings back to life the magical, mysterious, liberating significance of play as a source of health and transformation, not just for children but for us all. She shows us that when we see the play of our reality, we discover how much lighter, kinder and more joyful our world can then be. -- Rob Preece, author of The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra, The Wisdom of Imperfection and Feeling Wisdom.
We learned: "hard work" is the key to success, play is kids' stuff. Grownups then value work and devalue play, sadly separating them. This fascinating, deep dive into play rejoins the two. That marriage produces more creative and innovative work, more authentic lives and healthier relationships. -- Bowen F. White, M.D., author of "Why Normal Isn't Healthy" and founding board member of the National Institute for Play
In [Di Gammage's] comprehensive look at play ... the reader can begin to appreciate its richness and life affirming reality. -- Stuart Brown MD, Founder, President, The National Institute for Play

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