9780789017512

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

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    0789017512

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-01-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

About the Editor xi
Contributors xiii
Foreword xix
Stephen Gilligan
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction 1(4)
Examining the Problem
5(5)
The Shadow Side of Neglect
10(1)
Integrating Science and Religion
11(4)
BUDDHISM 15(28)
Nurturing the Seeds of Sanity: A Buddhist Approach to Psychotherapy
17(26)
Karen Kissel Wegela
Introduction
17(2)
Brilliant Sanity and Buddha Nature
19(2)
The Four Noble Truths
21(8)
The Path of Contemplative Psychotherapy
29(5)
Cultivating Mindfulness
34(1)
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
35(2)
Using Mindlessness Practices Mindfully
37(2)
The Outcome
39(4)
CHRISTIANITY 43(28)
Rediscovering Christ, the Healer
45(26)
Dwight H. Judy
Rediscovering Mystical Christianity
47(3)
Contemporary Prayer Experiences
50(5)
Prayer Healing with Scripture Stories
55(2)
Free-Form Prayer Healing
57(2)
An Experience of Prayer Healing
59(2)
A Transpersonal Model of Christian Prayer Healing
61(1)
Mary, the Saints, and Other Wisdom Figures
62(2)
Healing of the Generations---A New Perspective on Purgatory
64(2)
Intercessory Prayer and the Liturgy of Healing
66(1)
Prayer in a Mystical Cosmos
67(4)
GODDESS SPIRITUALITY 71(26)
Tales of the Goddess: Healing Metaphors for Women
73(24)
Sharon G. Mijares
The Splitting of Earth and Sky
77(6)
Embodied Narratives
83(5)
The Cycles of a Woman's Life
88(3)
Reclaiming the Garden of Paradise
91(6)
JUDAISM 97(26)
Jewish Spiritual Pathways for Growth and Healing
99(24)
Sheldon Z. Kramer
Introduction
99(1)
Kabbalistic Paths of Healing
100(1)
Balancing Yourself on the Tree of Your Life
101(6)
The Three Strands of the Soul
107(2)
Meditation and the Tree of Life
109(3)
Returning to Your Soul: The Relationship Between Rabbi and Student
112(1)
Community As Healer
113(1)
Jewish Holidays: Holistic Days
114(5)
Future Directions in Jewish Spirituality and Psychological Growth
119(2)
Summary
121(2)
NATIVE AMERICAN PSYCHOSPIRITUALITY 123(24)
Dancing the Circle: Native American Concepts of Healing
125(22)
Terry Tafoya
Nick Kouris
Introduction
125(1)
East: New Beginnings
126(4)
South: Initiation and Learning
130(4)
West: Revelation and Insight
134(3)
North: Transformation and Systemic Change
137(3)
Self-Care and Integrity: Guides for the Healer
140(3)
Conclusion
143(4)
SUFISM 147(26)
The Key in the Dark: Self and Soul Transformation in the Sufi Tradition
149(24)
Neil Douglas-Klotz
History and Background
150(1)
The Ecology of Mind in Sufi Stories and Poetry
151(4)
Views of the Self and Soul
155(5)
Practices: Breath, Sound, Walking Meditation, Dance, Turning, and Remembrance
160(9)
Twenty-First-Century Applications
169(4)
TAOISM 173(26)
Taoist Mind-Body Resources for Psychological Health and Healing
175(24)
Benjamin R. Tong
Taoism: The Tao, Ch'i, and Ch'i Gung
176(3)
``Good-Enough'' Health and Wellness
179(3)
The Path of No-Path: Suchness and Simplicity
182(3)
``No-Identity Is True Identity''
185(6)
Illness As ``Stuck'' or ``Attached'' Life Energy
191(1)
Wu Wei: The Ultimate Achievement in Taoist ``Wellness''
191(3)
On Taoist Masters and Students
194(1)
Conclusion
195(4)
YOGA AND HINDUISM 199(28)
The Yoga Path: Awakening from the Dream
201(26)
Eleanor Criswell
Kartikeya C. Patel
Introduction
202(6)
Indian Science
208(2)
Yoga As Somatic Science
210(1)
Yoga Education
211(4)
The Goals or Outcomes of Yoga
215(2)
Yoga and Psychotherapy
217(3)
Cautions for Yoga Practice
220(1)
Yoga and the Psychospiritual Client
221(2)
Yoga As a Way of Life
223(4)
Conclusion 227(10)
Ways of Presenting Spiritual Teachings
229(3)
Ethical Concerns
232(1)
Distinctions and Similarities
233(1)
Healing Self, Healing Culture
234(3)
Index 237

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