The Promise of Wholeness (formerly Henosis)
Cultivating Inner Peace, Mindfulness and Love in a Divided World
Henosis: (Ancient Greek: ἕνωσις) is the classical Greek word for mystical “oneness”, “union”, or “unity.” In Platonism, and especially Neoplatonism, the goal of henosis is union with what is fundamental in reality: the One (Τὸ Ἕν), the Source, or Monad.
In the East, the Chinese character for soul also meant breath and in ancient Greece, psyche similarly linked soul with breath. Today, the conscious and unconscious parts of our personality are said to lie within our psyche. The field of psychology can be likened to a three-legged stool where behavioral, emotional and cognitive interventions and their related theoretical orientations provide its core foundation. Each approach believes their approach stabilizes the other two legs and breathes life into our body, mind and soul. This book not only addresses the actions, passion and wisdom that stabilize psychological stools, but also provides eternal principles that lead to lasting peace and wellbeing.
Philosophers study the foundational nature of reality and look for universal patterns that lead to lasting peace and wellbeing. Eternal principles, values and ethics occupy philosophers. Literally translated, the Greek word philosophia means, “love of wisdom.” The pursuit of wisdom leads to accumulated knowledge and this book stands on the shoulders of many philosophers, who birthed civilizations. Examining what feels right, wrong or wise are as necessary today as it was in ancient times. Mistakes recycle, when we fail to learn from history. Henosis provides modern interpretations of eternal wisdom. Transformation and transcendence requires our body, heart and mind to embody eternal principles.
Our quantum physicists state that atoms are ninety-nine percent empty, all matter contains energy, observation impacts atoms and the universe is entangled and interconnected. Thinking ahead about first principles, forms and source, the Greeks created the word meta-physika (metaphysics) to describe, “what comes after physics.” We live during auspicious times, where theology, orthodoxy and what seemed certain is up for grabs. Henosis examines why soul and breath were considered the same thing to a metaphysician or a Greek/Chinese philosopher. Our scientists are now revealing what many of our philosophers and spiritual teachers have been saying for thousands of years. We are one people on one planet, interconnected and entangled in perpetuity.
Dreams are created by consistent actions, heartfelt passion and focused attention. Henosis provides many meditations and suggested techniques that lead to lasting peace and wellbeing. When we are mindful about our own needs and our actions, passion and mind is focused upon benefiting everyone within the collective, we gain access to the quantum field and possibly divine intervention. The personal stories and practical examples within Henosis provide paths through the entanglements of illusion. When philosophy, psychology and peace unify, love replaces illusion like the sun removes darkness. Read this book slowly and consider each concept carefully. Change occurs when love replaces illusion and becomes a daily practice.
“. . . rich with understanding and perspective . . . With his forty years’ experience as a psychotherapist and seeker of hidden truth, Eric Ehrke merges classical teaching with modern psychology to create a new framework for a revitalized humanity.”
Jennifer Read Hawthorne
Writer and coauthor of 5 books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“Eric Ehrke creates a tapestry in Henosis, weaving Platonic forms, Plotinus’s ideas, with Jungian and modern psychological thought. . . quality and depth . . . the time and thought needed for each chapter are investments in further understanding the glory of being human.”
David B. Henderson, Ed.D
owner, NorthStar Consultants
“Eric Ehrke gives us an open and detailed account of what he has learned over a lifetime about bearing pain and learning to love the world and all its creatures. In addition to a good understanding of modern developmental psychology and neuroscience, he has dug deeply into the history of philosophy, especially Plato and Plotinus, and shows how all of us move through many illusions to a larger understanding of all of Being, achieving Henosis (oneness with everything)—-or at least as far as we can do it, with or without the kind of thoughtful psychotherapy he practices.
It is humbling and refreshing to realize that in this larger context we are all working through some of the same dilemmas as the citizens of ancient Greece and Rome. (In fact, people were probably doing it before then, but we don’t have their written records.) Although the exercises and extensive bibliography of the book show the impressive research Mr. Ehrke has done, he has the grace at times to tell an anecdote about his own personal experience which brings the account down to earth in the present. This is a book worth studying and meditating on.”
Dr. William Houghton
“It is rare when a book embodies the very potential it claims to awaken in its readers. Henosis takes us on a journey of the human quest for soul—it is a living, breathing labyrinth of self-discovery and awakening that shatters illusions and asks us to question everything. And in the end, its message is the antidote for a new humanity.”
Kara Catrelle LCSW
“Well-researched, Henosis is based on the premise of Unity Consciousness or the inherent goodness/love of every person. Through the teachings and applications of tested meditation exercises included in this book, based on the mind/body/soul connection, the reader can embrace self-discovery and ultimately reach that timeless quest for Soul. Eric Ehrke writes from a deep humility, sharing not only his own teachable experiences but also those of his clients, helping us to transform ourselves and discover what stands in the way of loving others.”
Marjorie Schramm, MS,CAEH
“Beyond the haze of illusion, revise our templates for love, and turn difficulties into blessings. With great depth he also speaks of the cherished human and how to create a state of grace for ourselves and others. His emphasis on our inherent goodness and how to maintain our principles in the midst of serious challenges offers a new and empowered understanding of individual happiness and well-being.”
AlixSandra Parness, DD
Founder and Director of Inner Focus Mystery School for Deliberate Creators
“The writing in Henosis is extremely concise and packed with meaning, full of wisdom and profound insights. The author’s powerful personal stories grab the reader and offer new perspectives to bring swift personal change. His philosophical understanding is very clear and easily woven into modern psychology to supports his examples. This is a profound read that offers solutions and illuminates our hidden lives.”
Jay Cleve, Ph.D
Out of the Blues: Strategies That Work to Get You through the Down Times & Path of the Sacred Pipe: Journey of Love, Power, and Healing
“Henosis is a challenge to go deeper into the historical, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of our individual and professional journeys. Eric Ehrke’s writings are a personal impetus to take time from my daily multitasking for deeper thought and reflection. I welcome his insights and inspiration.”
Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Collaborative family lawyer and mediator at Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C. and co-founder of the Family Mediation Center
I’m pleased to announce that my book was recently acquired by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Hard cover and kindle editions of my book will be released in the spring of 2019. The title of the book will be changing to The Promise of Wholeness: Cultivating Inner Peace, Mindfulness and Love in a Divided World. The content will remain the same.
For a limited time, paperback copies of my original author’s edition of Henosis will remain available with free shipping.
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Coming January 2019: The Promise of Wholeness 2 Day Workshop
The Promise of Wholeness
A Two-Day Workshop about Cultivating Inner Peace, Mindfulness and Love
This two-day course offers practical strategies and self-realization tools to deepen the original concepts within my book Henosis: The Psychological Wisdom and Eternal Principles That Lead to Lasting Peace and Well-being. The name of this course is The Promise of Wholeness to reflect the new title of my book, courtesy of Roman & Littlefield Publishers who will publish my work in spring of 2019.
Cultivating inner peace, mindfulness and love can feel like three bridges too far. To most of us, the odds of becoming whole and realizing these three milestones seem as likely as winning the lottery. The following course will provide information and experiential exercises designed to address inner saboteurs and provide effective solutions.
The Promise of Wholeness Course: Two Fridays: January 25th, 2019 and February 8th
Please Feel free to attend for just one day – the first Friday we’ll be working in the first half of the book, and the second Friday we’ll explore the second half of the book.
Create inner peace, mindfulness and love in your life…
as we explore these topics from The Promise of Wholeness in this interactive and experiential workshop:
- Healing the victim-perpetrator paradigm to create peace within
- Re-writing primary love templates to create more love
- Inviting grace and forgiveness into your life
- Learning how to cherish yourself and your illusions
- Expanding your compassion, mindfulness and soulfulness
- Soothing our infantile, childish, adolescent stress responses
- Creating boundary awareness to address emotional contagions from others
- Developing incorruptibility in the midst of chronic challenges
- Becoming whole: how the forms of Illusion, Love, Grace, Cherish, Equanimity, Empathy, Incorruptibility and Wholeness work with the Camel Wave Meditation
Philosophers, mystics and compassionate healers have attempted to point humanity towards wholeness since time immemorial. After practicing psychotherapy for forty years and researching traditional Eastern and Western wisdom on these topics, I wrote my book to pass on what really works. I will provide the ancient philosophical foundation and effective strategies to develop inner peace, mindfulness and loving relationships.
Embodying immortal principles and developing effective practices to experience our divine origins in the midst the divisiveness of everyday life are worthy goals. Reconciling our daily challenges and merging into mystical union through meditation makes humans feel whole. The Promise of Wholeness is a course about love, mindfulness and reunification, and how to get there from wherever you are.
Where: Ommani Center 1166 Quail Court Suite 210, Pewaukee, WI 53702
Register or RSVP for the Course (one or both dates)
by calling the Ommani Center at: 262-695-5311
NOTE: Please remember to leave your email address with Ommani, so we may send an email confirmation of your registration for the workshop – thank you!
Access Anytime Webinar - Interview with Eric
On September 27, 2018, we had a lively Interview Webinar with the author, Eric Ehrke. Eric shared some of his discoveries from Eastern philosophies and the realm of mind/body/spirit, as well as newly emerging treasures from modern Western Psychology. The Promise of Wholeness, merges these into what his new publisher, Rowman and Littlefield, is calling “a handbook of consciousness.”
In many ways, this book is a road map, complete with tools and strategies, to create a happier, more meaningful life filled with passion and purpose. The webinar starts with an interview to learn more about what’s really inside this book, followed by some really good questions from those who attended live.
To access the replay of the Webinar (there is no charge), please click on the button below, where you get the details for connecting via either computer or by phone.
We hope you enjoy it! Let us know what you think, or to add your own questions via email using the Contact Us form HERE.
March 3, 2018 - Engaging Men in Marriage and Family Therapy
Contemporary Issues Lecture Series
When: March 3, 2018 (Time TBD)
Topic Summary: Men are taught to be independent and often see therapy as a form of failure. This workshop will focus on how to get men to feel comfortable with the process and eventually experience the benefit of consultation.
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