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Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self

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In EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND, chakra authority Anodea Judith brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. This groundbreaking work in transpersonal psychology has been revised and redesigned for a more accessible presentation. Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of ...
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In EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND, chakra authority Anodea Judith brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. This groundbreaking work in transpersonal psychology has been revised and redesigned for a more accessible presentation. Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. Each chapter focuses on a single chakra, starting with a description of its characteristics, then exploring its particular childhood developmental patterns, traumas and abuses, and how to heal and maintain balance. Illuminated with personal anecdotes and case studies, EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND seamlessly merges the East and West, science and philosophy, and psychology and spirituality into a compelling interpretation of the chakra system and its relevance for Westerners today.
  • Revised edition of the groundbreaking New Age book that seamlessly integrates Western psychology and the Eastern chakra system, including a new introduction from the author.
  • Applies the chakra system to important modern social realities and issues such as addiction, codependence, family dynamics, sexuality, and personal empowerment.
  • Previous edition has sold more than 55,000 copies.
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Rather than presenting an esoteric borrowing from Indian culture, Judith employs the metaphoric language of the chakra system within the context of modern psychology. Her clear organization and numerous charts make browsing for subjects of personal relevance a breeze, and her comparison of the various maps of psychological development (Freudian, Piagetian, Eriksonian, Reichian, and others) is intriguing. The book provides a useful tool for contemplating our strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate approaches to growth. -Yoga Journal". . . [S]parkles with insight. Spiritual seeker, client, and therapist alike will find treasures here."-PanGaia magazine
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Judith (Sevenfold Journey, LJ 4/1/93), a healer, elucidates the chakra system and how it shapes and is shaped by human behavior. The seven chakras, or human biocomputer, are located at various levels of our bodies. The chakras start with survival (at the base of the spine), followed by sexuality (lower back), power (solar plexus), love (heart area), communication (throat), intuition (brow), and cognition (crown). Giving an understanding of the chakras and their corresponding psychological character, Judith then invites the reader to explore multidimensional healing processes to bring the chakras into balance. To provide illustrations of practical applications, she offers personal stories. Although her book contains a lot of information, it is user-friendly, allowing the reader to view pertinent chapters through the use of subtitles and reference charts. Like Rickie Moore's Goddess in My Shoes (Humanics, 1988), this work would be popular in New Age collections.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., Iowa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587612251
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 44,602
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

ANODEA JUDITH, Ph.D., is a leading authority on the integration of chakras and therapeutic issues. She is the author of the chakra classic Wheels of Life, along with several other books, audio courses, and the video The Illuminated Chakras. She has a Ph.D. in health and human services, an M.A. in clinical psychology, and additional training in bioenergetics, trauma recovery, yoga therapy, and shamanism. She lives in Sebastopol, California, and travels extensively with trainings and workshops.
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  • Posted May 20, 2011

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    Fascinating analyisis of psychology and the chakra system.

    Very in depth. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Chakras explained

    I was advised to read this book as a Reiki practitioner.
    I waited a while before deciding on buying it but now that I have, I would recommend it without hesitation!
    It is clear, easy enough,very profound, very well explained ...
    A great tool towards healing, helping others as well as oneself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    A keeper.

    An intriguing approach to the chakra system. Logical and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2010

    An informative and useful reference

    So far I've bought two books as gifts, and perhaps a dozen when I owned a metaphysical bookstore. Judith brings her knowledge & experience to novices and more experienced "students" alike. I know a metaphysical teacher who calls this his "bible" when it comes to Chakra meanings and studies.
    It is definitely a "keeper" for my permanent collection.
    Buy it!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Great resource for someone new to understanding the chakra systems.

    This book has been a great help for understanding the chakra's epsecially in view of psychological understanding. As a psych grad student I find that Anodeas understanding of most psychologcial theories is pretty accurate. Also she does a great job of explaining how energy flows. However, it is not a "light" read; this book will be in my permanent library for reference.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    very informative and interesting

    if you want to know more about the chakras, this is a really in-depth book that goes into detail the different aspects of each chakra and the psychology behind them. Really great read!

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