Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict

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Tsultrim Allione brings an eleventh-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time with FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. Allione-one of only a few female Buddhist leaders in this country and comparable in American religious life to Pema Chodron-bridges this ancient Eastern practice with today's Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed ...

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Overview

Tsultrim Allione brings an eleventh-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time with FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. Allione-one of only a few female Buddhist leaders in this country and comparable in American religious life to Pema Chodron-bridges this ancient Eastern practice with today's Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle. Through the clearly articulated practice outlined in FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, we can learn to overcome any obstacle and achieve freedom and inner peace.

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"Tsultrim Allione has performed a remarkable feat of cultural translation and offered the western world a new treasure. With exquisite detail and accuracy she shows us how we can transform the energy of addiction, shame, illness, anxiety, fear, and anger into the energy of liberation." — from the forward by Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

"In Feeding Your Demons Tsultrim Allione offers us a powerful and transformative practice...one that can heal the deepest wounds and reveal profound spiritual truths. What is so striking is how, through her own tremendous clarity and heart, Allione brings this practice alive and renders it truly accessible. This book will serve all those who want to untangle the tangles with wisdom and love."-Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

"Tsultrim Allione shows us what life could look like if we were not struggling, not hating ourselves for our problems and frailties, but rather were relating to these challenges with awareness and compassion. She illuminates a clear and practical guide to transformation, based on her many years of exceptional meditation training."-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

"Feeding Your Demons is a bold, beautiful, and original work, a book that Carl Jung could only have dreamed of writing. Bringing the wisdom of Tibet straight into our daily lives, Tsultrim Allione shares the accumulated fruits of her own deep understanding. She does this in a completely accessible way, taking the most profound insights and rendering them simply and straightforwardly without compromising them. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, a gift to all who read it."-Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Psychotherapy without the Self

"Feeding Your Demons offers an original and powerful approach to challenging the forces at work in the shadows of our psyche. Tsultrim Allione has done a masterful job of translating ancient-and fascinating-methods to heal modern emotional troubles."-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

Library Journal

Allione, one of the first women in America to be ordained in the Tibetan tradition, as well as author of Women of Wisdom, has added considerably to the store of current wisdom herself in this appealing and important new book. The notion of feeding demons is in itself attractive to a certain temperament, but the demons Allione has in mind are not the horned and tailed terrors of many religions' hells but "our obsessions and fears, chronic illnesses, depression, anxiety, and addiction." Allione has a five-step method for encountering, understanding, and even befriending the inner demons that prevent us from being our best selves. Includes an appendix with an abbreviated five-step method; for most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316013130
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 160,948
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.67 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tsultrim Allione was one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She is considered an authority in the world of American religious life, recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön by the resident Lama at Zangri Khangmar, and chapters have been written about her in several books. Allione is the founder and director of Tara Mandala, a retreat center in Colorado and the author of the classic Women of Wisdom.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Jack Kornfield     ix
Introduction     3
The Ancient Practice
Meeting the Demon     13
Discovering the Practice     25
What Are Demons?     38
Feeding Your Demons
How to Feed Your Demons     51
The Five Steps in Action     74
Hydras: Demon Complexes     90
Working with Your Demons Through Art     96
Types of Demons
Machig's Four Demons, Gods, and God-Demons     107
Demons of Illness     118
Demons of Fear     135
Demons of Love     151
Demons of Addiction     162
Demons of Abuse     172
Family Demons     180
Demons of the Mind     193
Demons of Elation     217
The Demon of Egocentricity     225
Deepening Your Demon Work
Direct Liberation     237
Demons in the Wider World     143
Afterword: From Machig's Last Instructions     255
Author's Postscript     259
Abbreviated Version of the Five Steps of Feeding Your Demons     263
Further Reading     269
Resources     271
Acknowledgments     273
Index     277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    Powerful transformative read!

    This book is a wonderful read and was very helpful and practical. I found the method outlined in this book to be very transformative, lucid and accessible. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in shedding old patterns and becoming happier in general (and who isn't!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict

    In her book, Feeding Your Demons,with much authority and personal experience, Tsultrim Allione, shares ancient wisdom from the Buddhists. Allione defines demons not as a Gargoyle type spirit but as an obstacle or hindrance that holds us back from living a full life. Depression, anxiety, illnesses are a few of the obstacles she calls demons. She adapts Buddhist methods into a simple 5-step process. 1. Find the demon. 2. Personify the demon and ask what it needs. 3. Imagine yourself as the demon. 4. Feed the demon and meet the ally. 5. Rest in awareness. I understand the principles behind the 5-step concept even if I do not agree with it. My liberation comes from above. However, Allione takes a mysterious subject and simplifies it. All in all, Feeding Your Demons is an unique concept. Its basis is ancient, but practiced by many New Agers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict

    Feeding Your Demons offers a unique approach for coping with depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. Tsultrim Allione has translated and simplified ancient wisdom of the Buddhist. She breaks the process into 5 steps. A lot of people will grasp at anything. Personally, I think the concept is ludicrous. I found the book to have anti-America overtones. I will give the author credit for having simplified the concept and for having excellent writing skills.

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