Practice of Dream Healing

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Asklepios was the gentle Greek god of healing. Like Christ, he was said to have walked the earth performing miracle cures. His medicine was practiced by priests known as "therapeutes" (the first "therapists") who interpreted patients' dreams in which the god gave advice The results, as documented in literature and in thousands of ancient testimonies, reveal the root of modern medical science and psychotherapy. In this classic work, psychotherapist and Greek scholar Dr. Edward Tick explores the god as an archetype...
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Overview

Asklepios was the gentle Greek god of healing. Like Christ, he was said to have walked the earth performing miracle cures. His medicine was practiced by priests known as "therapeutes" (the first "therapists") who interpreted patients' dreams in which the god gave advice The results, as documented in literature and in thousands of ancient testimonies, reveal the root of modern medical science and psychotherapy. In this classic work, psychotherapist and Greek scholar Dr. Edward Tick explores the god as an archetype of the divine physcian symbolizing the Self. What he discovers restores the foundation for a truly holistic medicine.

First he transports us through myth and history on an imaginal pilgrimage based on his journeys with patients to ancient Greek healing sites, where they recreate the dream incubation ceremonies once held in Asklepian temples.

Then from case studies he crafts practical methods that today's healing professionals and lay readers can use anywhere, with or without the help of specialists. His radical model shows how consulting rooms, hospitals, and any place of rest can become sanctuaries for the recovery of the whole person.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835607995
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST QUEST
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Edward Tick, Ph.D., is an expert on post-traumatic stress disorder. A practicing psychotherapist for more than 30 years, he is a nationally recognized authority on the psychological, spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of war in the healing of PTSD. Dr. Tick specializes in transformational work with war veterans, survivors of severe trauma, and all those in need of deep psycho-spiritual healing. Dr. Tick has extensively studied both classical Greek and Native American healing traditions and successfully integrates those methods into his modern clinical practice. A writer, educator, and overseas journey guide, Dr. Tick holds an M.A. in psychology from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a clinical member and has held various officer positions with the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the American Holistic Medical Association, as well as many other professional organizations. He is also an ordained interfaith minister. Dr. Tick began treating Vietnam veterans in psychotherapy in 1979 before PTSD was a diagnostic category. Since that time, he has treated veterans and survivors of WWII, the Holocaust, Korea, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Central American conflicts, Lebanon, the Balkan wars, the Irish civil and religious wars, the Greek Civil War, the Middle East conflicts, and the Iraq War, among others. He has also served as a consultant to numerous community, church, and organizations on the treatment of veterans and the training of staff for such work. Dr. Tick's extraordinary work takes him on healing journeys, spiritual tours, lectures, educational classes, and workshops around the globe. He is cofounder of the Sanctuary International Friendship Foundation, a nonprofit agency that directs and raises funds for projects to help heal war-torn Viet Nam. He resides in Albany, New York, where he and his wife Kate Dahlstedt are directors of Sanctuary: A Center for Mentoring the Soul and Soldier?s Heart®, a non-profit program designed to create veterans' safe-return programs in communities across the country. Dr. Tick's last two books are entitled The Golden Tortoise: Viet Nam Journeys and The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine (Quest 2001). His first book, Sacred Mountain: Encounters with the Vietnam Beast, was published in 1989.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xix
Part I Invocation and Call
1 The Women of Troy: Epidauros, 1987 3
Part II Myth, Method, and Meaning
2 The Myth of Asklepios 17
3 Dream, Myth, and Ritual 35
Part III An Asklepian Pilgrimage
4 Conscious Mythmaking 43
5 Birthplace and Homeland: Trikka, 1300 BCE 47
6 Healing Sanctuary: Epidauros, 600 BCE 55
7 Earth-Walking Savior: Korinth, 480 BCE 61
8 Raising the Dead: Troizen, 480-428 BCE 69
9 Beautiful and Besieged: Athens, 429-420 BCE 77
10 The Father of Medicine: Kos, 400 BCE 87
11 To the Imperial City: Rome, 291 BCE 99
12 Harmonizing Science and Spirit: Ephesus, 100 CE 107
13 The Ancient Psychiatrist: Pergamum, 150-170 CE 115
14 Asklepios and Christ: The Roman Empire, 300-500 CE 133
Part IV Asklepian Healing Today
15 A Saint in the Mountains: Krete, 2000 149
16 Modern Dream Healing 155
17 The Ship of Death and Life: Greece, 1995 173
18 "What Dream the God Has Sent": Pergamum, 1998 189
19 Sokrates on Krete: Lebena, 2000 205
20 The Snake Returns 217
21 Asklepios Makes House Calls 231
22 The Future of Asklepian Medicine 241
Part V Benediction
23 The Blessing of Asklepios: Pergamum, 1998 263
Notes 267
Index 285
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