How does a woman really need to be loved? How can her partner help to bring out her deepest passion, her sensuality, her creativity, her dreams, her joy, and at the same time allow her to feel safe, accepted and appreciated? And how does a man really need to be loved? How can his partner help to bring out his sensitivity, his emotions, his strength, his fire, and at the same time allow him to feel respected, secure, and acknowledged?
To really love another is to more deeply love yourself. And the greatest opportunity of relationship is your own spiritual growth.
Joyce and Barry Vissell, world-renowned relationship guides, have been married since 1964. They are authors of The Shared Heart and Risk to Be Healed, and have led workshops on relationships and personal growth since 1973. Ram Dass describes them as true bhaktis—a couple who live the yoga of love and devotion. To watch them interact with one other is to experience a beautiful model of sacred relationship.
Joyce and Barry Vissell are real people who have overcome real obstacles, and who are continually learning important lessons in their own partnership. They believe in sharing their most intimate mistakes and love to laugh at themselves and their own foibles. Their model of relationship and deeply heart-oriented approach have made a unique impact on many thousands of people. Joyce has been a nurse/therapist and Barry a psychiatrist for 53 years. They are the founders and directors of the Shared Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the world one heart at a time since 1984. Their syndicated monthly column, New Dimensions of Relationship, appears in 80 periodicals worldwide.