Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World's Religious Traditions

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Harness the psychospiritual healing potential of prayer, meditation, breathing, and more!

This thoughtful anthology illuminates ancient ways of psychospiritual healing. Research has shown the healing potential of prayer, meditation, controlled breathing, and other timeless spiritual disciplines. This extraordinary book brings together experts who explore these concepts from the perspectives of Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, the Goddess tradition, Judaism, Native American spirituality, Taoism, and Hinduism/Yoga.

In Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World’s Religious Traditions, you’ll discover ancient techniques used by teachers, guides, and practitioners through the ages to facilitate psychological healing.

Each chapter of this unique book presents a unique and distinctive view of psychospiritual practice and demonstrates its healing applications. With it, you will explore:

  • the Buddhist concept of Brilliant Sanity and how to help clients reconnect to it through several specific practices
  • ways of accessing the healing power of Christ as employed by various denominations
  • a remarkable collection of metaphors in the Goddess tradition to help in the healing process for battered and abused women
  • Kabbalistic (Jewish mystical) paths to healing
  • Native American healing rituals and tales
  • Sufi stories, poetry, and practices—dance, sound, breathing, turning, walking meditation, and remembrance—that encourage the healing process
  • health and healing resources from the Taoist tradition, including wu-wei (effortless effort), acupuncture, diet and nutrition, and meditation
  • Hindu yoga techniques that employ physical postures, mantric sound, and breath control
  • and much more!
Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom is a book that offers important help to the layperson, psychologist, pastoral caregiver, and professor. It will help religious leaders understand more about the practices of other faiths. It is in harmony with the movement of our post-modern world toward multicultural perspectives, offering a large, varied, and meaningful view of the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789017512
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: David Fulton / Nasen Series
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor
Introduction 1
Buddhism 15
Ch. 1 Nurturing the Seeds of Sanity: A Buddhist Approach to Psychotherapy 17
Christianity 43
Ch. 2 Rediscovering Christ, the Healer 45
Goddess Spirituality 71
Ch. 3 Tales of the Goddess: Healing Metaphors for Women 73
Judaism 97
Ch. 4 Jewish Spiritual Pathways for Growth and Healing 99
Native American Psychospirituality 123
Ch. 5 Dancing the Circle: Native American Concepts of Healing 125
Sufism 147
Ch. 6 The Key in the Dark: Self and Soul Transformation in the Sufi Tradition 149
Taoism 173
Ch. 7 Taoist Mind-Body Resources for Psychological Health and Healing 175
Yoga and Hinduism 199
Ch. 8 The Yoga Path: Awakening from the Dream 201
Conclusion 227
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    If ever such a book were sorely needed, the time is now!

    If ever a book of wisdom was so sorely needed, the time is now! In our world of severe ethnic conflict, ¿Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World¿s Religious Traditions¿ delivers a balm of interfaith love and insight for all of us who desire to bring in-depth and lasting healing to ourselves, to our friends and families, to our patients and clients, and to our troubled world. It is a profound resource for all of our altars ¿ a multifaceted and powerful way to focus our prayers for wholeness and for healing ¿ for each other and for our world. Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN, Washington, D.C.

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