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Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy
     

Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy

by John J. Prendergast
 

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How is modern psychotherapy impacted when it is approached from the presence and understanding of the unconditioned mind? What happens when therapists are able to function as a sacred mirror for their clients’ essential nature, reflecting back not only the contents of awareness—thoughts, feelings and sensations—but awareness itself? Informed by

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How is modern psychotherapy impacted when it is approached from the presence and understanding of the unconditioned mind? What happens when therapists are able to function as a sacred mirror for their clients’ essential nature, reflecting back not only the contents of awareness—thoughts, feelings and sensations—but awareness itself? Informed by their direct experience as well as by nondual teachings from both eastern and western wisdom traditions, the authors take a fresh look at what psychotherapy can be. These seminal essays will challenge and inspire readers to approach psychotherapy in a new way—as a potential portal for experiencing their deepest nature as free and joyful beings.

Seasoned clinicians, Dan Berkow, Stephan Bodian, Dorothy Hunt, Sheila Krystal, Lynn Marie Lumiere, Richard Miller, John Prendergast, John Welwood, Jennifer Welwood and Bryan Wittine, and innovative western spiritual teachers, Adyashanti and Peter Fenner, explore critical issues at the interface of psychology and spirituality from a nondual perspective

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Transpersonal Psychology - Ray Greenleaf
"Whether they call it an approach, a wisdom, a therapy or an understanding, each of the authors in this book have found a unique way to describe their understanding and experience of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. Like a many faceted diamond, each expression shines forth to illuminate an important aspect of this approach. It is the whole jewel however that can inspire the reader into their own inquiry and understanding, born of their own spiritual and psychological development and philosophy
Author of Transpersonal Psychotherapy - Seymour Boorstein
This collection of essays is the best presentation that I have ever read of both the theoretical reasons for introducing nondual spiritual understanding into psychotherapy as well as descriptions and instructions on how to do it.
Author of Oneness Perceived - Jeffrey Eisen
There is a new paradigm of enlightened thought emerging everywhere today. The Sacred Mirror brings that paradigm to the practice of psychotherapy. Practiced by a master of non duality, psychotherapy takes on many of the qualities of a guru relationship, artfully interwoven with the psychodynamic understanding and the skillful means of the trained therapist. Mastery of non duality is abundantly apparent in the writing of the ten revolutionary psychotherapists who have contributed to this book. Th
Author of An Awakened Life - Christopher Titmuss
There is the vital necessity to acknowledge the depths of the Eastern traditions and appreciate the pragmatic concern about the condition of the samsaric self that psychotherapy primarily addresses.... I believe every psychotherapist should explore experentially such a teaching. The Sacred Mirror would be an excellent start for a conceptual understanding. There is a wealth of insights in The Sacred Mirror that point the way forward for psychotherapists and spiritual seekers..
Author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self - Stephen Cope
...introduces us to the most expansive of all human possibilities—the wisdom of the unconditioned mind. This is groundbreaking work, and of compelling interest to all psychotherapists exploring the potentials of Self.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014144537
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
921 KB

Meet the Author

John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he has created and taught a class on Transpersonal Counseling Skills for over a decade. He is the author of “The Chakras in Transpersonal Psychotherapy” in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy (2000), and co-author (with Krystal, S., Krystal, P., Fenner, P., and Shapiro, I. and K.) of “Transpersonal Psychology, Eastern Philosophy and EMDR”, in Shapiro, F. (ed) EMDR As An Integrative Psychotherapy Approach: Experts of Diverse Orientations Explore the Paradigm Prism, American Psychological Association Books (2002). He has taught a number of workshops for therapists on “The Energybody in Psychotherapy” and “Transpersonal Dimensions in Psychotherapy: Presence, Resonance and Inquiry”, and co-organized and presented at the Conferences on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy. He has been in private practice since 1985. He began Transcendental Meditation in 1970 and later taught it; traveled to India on three occasions to be with various teachers including Ammachi, and spent fifteen years with his primary teacher Jean Klein—a European sage who synthesized elements of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Shaivism. He currently studies with Adyashanti.

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