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

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Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom, 2nd edition, brings together experts who explore the use of ancient healing techniques from Buddhism, Christianity, Goddess, Shamanism, Taosim, and yogic traditions as well as the mystical practices of Judaism and Islam and their application to modern counseling and therapy professions. Each chapter lays out time-tested techniques used by teachers, guides, and practitioners to facilitate psychological healing, embraces a wide variety of cultural perspectives, and offers a large, varied, and meaningful view of the world. This new edition includes added material on Islam, indigenous, and shamanic healing perspectives and practices, as well as new findings in the fields of neuropsychology and epigenetics. With its vast offerings of new treatment methods from a variety of perspectives—from therapeutic metaphors and breathing exercises to meditation and yoga techniques—this book will be of use to mental health professionals, social workers, and pastoral caregivers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom, 2nd ed, recasts the world's wisdom traditions in frames that restore social, ecological and gender balance. This work is as salient as it is timely; a clarion call to bind oneself with the crimson thread of empathy that unites all seekers of transcendence. I urge believers and nonbelievers alike to drink from this deep well of spiritual wisdom. I know I will be returning to it for years to come."

—Andrew Gurevich, professor of world literature and world religions in Portland, Oregon

"Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom, 2nd ed, offers a unique exploration of ancient healing techniques and their application to modern counseling and therapy professions. This compilation informs the contemporary dialogue about psychotherapy while also rehabilitating the image of incorporating the wisdom traditions into practice. It reflects the significant work in the integration of spirituality and psychology of which all practitioners of healing and consciousness should be aware."

—Hope Umansky, PhD, dean at the California Institute for Human Science

"This important book pairs holistic practices of psychospiritual healing with the living truths and practices that inform the world’s great religious traditions. Both religion and psychology are strengthened by this synthesis."

—Craig Chalquist, PhD, chair of the department of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies

"There is a growing awareness in the world of psychotherapy that spirituality is an integral part of the healing process. This wonderful sourcebook reminds us that the world's religious and spiritual traditions offer practices and perspectives that can support the development of the whole person on the therapeutic journey. Practitioners as well as individuals on their own journeys will benefit from the resources for psychospiritual exploration offered in this book, and readers will discover a deeper understanding of the synergy between the process of psychological growth and the realm of spiritual insight and awakening, as reflected in the diverse approaches presented."

—Selene Kumin Vega, PhD, director of the Mind-Body Healthcare Practice Program at Saybrook University

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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)

Meet the Author

Sharon G. Mijares, PhD, is an international speaker, author and teacher focused on psychospiritual healing and gender balance. She is a visiting professor at the UN University for Peace, part-time associate faculty at National University, core faculty at the California Institute for Human Science, and adjunct faculty at Brandman University.

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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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