"I hope to have inspired
you to make your relationship an exploration of love's
possibilities. Consciously creating a partnership together
in such an endeavor is, I believe, one of the most noble
activities of a lifetime. I believe that you will be
rewarded commensurately, from the extraordinary capacities
latent within your own hearts. Having made the effort to be
inspirational throughout this text, I want to end on a
practical note. If you cannot integrate your inspiration in
the daily act of living, it too easily can become like a
forgotten dream. I want more than that for you.
"First, please do not
overwhelm yourself with the attempt to master all of this
material at once. Most of it is much easier said than done.
Trust that what you really need is already present within
you, and that anything that connects you more deeply to this
may suffice to stand for the whole.
"In many places there
have been implications, encouragements, or outright
recommendations for exercises or activities you can do with
your partner. Here I would like to recount these more
formally, for easier reference. Below is an exercise you can
do with most of the areas that have been addressed.
Following the outline for the exercise are listed all the
topics that can be connected with doing the exercise. The
other exercises given in the text are also listed. Included
are the chapter numbers where the topics and/or exercises
© 2000 Mark Shafer