Introduction by Eric Francis

Jealousy and the Abyss by William Pennell Rock is something of a vintage resource from my collection, and it's spent a lot of time next to the glass of copy machines. I have arranged with the author to repost it here because it's proven to be so useful in my own life, and the lives of my friends and professional clients.

Readers familiar with my essays may notice a distinct thematic undercurrent between this article and some of my own writing over the past five years; it's not a coincidence.


Pennell has some scholarly leanings. He was educated in the Behavioral Sciences, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions at Yale, Harvard, the Sorbonne, and King's College, Cambridge. He has had academic appointments at Banaras Hindu University, the Jung Institute in Zurich, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institution in Santa Barbara, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jealousy originally appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 1983. The article was first given to me by a trusted mentor, I'll call him Don Giuseppe, and I offer my thanks here for his guidance, his repeated loan of the original journal, and for his consciously passing the flame of ethos to the many people whose lives he's touched over the years. And thanks to Keiko for patiently resetting the article, and of course to Pennell for allowing us to publish it here, and to the teacher Osho, whose inspiration lives at the core of the work.

This is a long article -- about 6,400 words, presented in one scroll -- so I suggest you print it for easier reading. I would love to hear your feedback, and will also pass your comments back to the author. William Pennell Rock currently does exciting process work involving theatre and ritual, and may be contacted via his internet page from this link.

Click here for the full text of Jealousy and the Abyss. Your life may never be quite the same again....

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