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Old 06-30-10   #1
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Starting this one today so thought I'd open up a place for discussion to any who have read it already or are going to.

Can't wait to get started!
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There really is a whole lot of info packed in this one tiny little book!
I enjoyed it... was a quick read most of the time. I did find myself going over some things a little slower to try and grasp it better.

Who else has read it?
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I haven't read it in full yet, but, you've made me want to get get it, which I will do, maybe next week.
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How is it going with this one? As you know, it's the basis for my entire practise. Not that I always meet the standards, lol. Did you finish it? I know David's away for a bit. maybe nyghtfall and ffetcher will weigh in too? Sorry i had such a busy week, I really got behind.
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I did finish it... that one was a quick read but I need to read through it again I think.
As I read more and more DF books I recall things she said in previous books and then I get these "Aha moments" where things all kind of fit together. So I'm thinking that I'll probably need to read most of them again to really appreciate them.
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I did finish it... that one was a quick read but I need to read through it again I think.
It's a great little book (although I must admit that I'm hazy as to what's in this one and what in "Esoteric Orders...", so I should re-read it). Once I'd finished it the first time, I re-read one chapter each morning (I was commuting by train at the time) giving me all day to absorb it before moving on to the next.

I re-read both books in April 2002, as preparatory work before working through the Crotona Fellowship material at the university library (I looked up the date in my files). The contrast is startling - although much of the material covers the same areas, Dion is a far better writer and communicator than Sullivan, which is what makes "Training and Work..." such a fine book even after all these years.

It may also be a bit of a working out kind of thing on her part, between the 'closed group' bit and the 'let's make this public' stuff. But whatever, it's good.

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