Archetypal Imagery and the Spiritual Self

Author: Annabelle Nelson
Publisher: Singing Dragon
ISBN: 0857011693
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Combining psychology and spirituality, this practical book considers archetypes from Asian, Middle Eastern and European myths and explains how they can be used in therapeutic practice to help clients achieve personal or clinical goals. This innovative model of archetype imagination is a powerful tool for coaches and therapists. It involves visualizing an archetype, which teaches the mind to focus, relaxes the ego, and opens the unconscious. This makes space for spiritual insights and allows the mind to let go of distracting sensations and emotions. Combining foundational psychological theories, brain physiology, and Hindu philosophy with the author's visionary experiences, this book explains how to use this technique in clinical practice. It also includes case studies, engaging images, practical exercises, and quizzes for use with clients. Spiritual seekers will find the book's insights a great complement to their practice. This book will help counsellors, coaches, psychologists, psychotherapists, arts therapists, and other therapeutic practitioners to use archetype imagination techniques to guide their clients to emotional health and spiritual awareness.

The Compassionate Practitioner

Author: Jane Wood
Publisher: Singing Dragon
ISBN: 0857011707
Format: PDF
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Focusing on the importance of relationship-building, this handbook explains how to turn new clients into regulars and make your practice flourish. If you can create trust, loyalty and a sense of safety in new clients, they are more likely to commit to the further appointments needed to experience the healing you have to offer. This book considers how best to enhance the client's experience at every stage of the consultation through compassion and mindfulness. It is full of practical advice about everything from creating the right ambience in the therapy room to maintaining a positive attitude through self-reflection. This will be a valued support for students and professionals working in a wide range of complementary and alternative therapies, as well as art, music and drama therapists.

Threshold Experiences

Author: Michael Conforti
Publisher: Fisher King Press
ISBN: 0944187994
Format: PDF
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“In the beginning” so goes many a great story. These familiar words beckon us across a threshold, often transporting us into unknown worlds and novel experiences. So too our lives are filled with many such “beginnings” – new jobs, relationships, adventures, and even the inception of life itself. Each of these “threshold experiences” not only introduces us to new domains, but also draws us into the realities of archetypal fields. Learning to creatively interact with these prefigured, a priori fields can allow us rich access to sources of eternal wisdom. Jungian analyst Michael Conforti’s examination of the initial clinical interview as a “threshold experience” shows that the same archetypal processes responsible for the generation of life itself also shape patient- therapist relationships, creating fascinating, highly patterned dynamics. These powerful fields structure events so that core issues in clients’, and often even therapists’, lives are re-enacted in the therapeutic setting, with remarkable fidelity to the archetypal field within which each is embedded. Conforti’s deft weaving together of psychological and scientific theory, dream analysis, and clinical vignettes elucidates the ways that the psyche entrains both client and therapist into a synchronized pattern. An understanding of the role of the Self in this process reveals the profound meaning and purpose that can be gleaned from careful attention to the communications occurring during the early phase of the therapeutic dialogue. Drawing from the fields of Jungian psychology, biology, quantum physics, and the new sciences, the author provides a unique lens for viewing the central archetypal dynamics operating within an individual life. His findings demonstrate how past experiences not only shape the initial stages of therapy, but also allow us to understand the future trajectory of treatment. This important study confirms C.G. Jung’s assertion of the need for an interdisciplinary perspective if we are to truly comprehend the workings of the psyche.

Mind Shifting Imagery

Author: Elizabeth-Anne Stewart
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781721576302
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Mind-Shifting Imagery: Image Guidance for Life Coaches provides brief, safe, non-therapeutic applications of Image Guidance for coaches and other life guides such as spiritual directors, pastoral counselors, chaplains, social workers, and therapists. As presented in this book, Image Guidance has powerful implications for life coaching and is fully aligned with the International Coach Federation's core competencies and Code of Ethics. Used briefly, as a forward-focusing tool rather than as a strategy for re-visiting the past, Image Guidance offers a doorway into self-knowledge (I know who I am) and self-awareness (I understand my dreams, desires, fantasies, motivations and purpose, as well as the limiting beliefs that are stopping me from living the life I want to lead). It is not a "coaching method" as such, but a technique for taking clients to the next level, spiritually, emotionally and even physically. It was nearly 30 years ago that Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart's fascination with the symbolic led her to develop a process for accessing the unconscious that she named "Image Guidance." While this process bears similarities to counseling approaches involving guided imagery and the active imagination, it is unique in that clients converse directly with their own imagery in the presence of a supportive guide who offers direction as needed, as well as feedback. Through her explorations-mostly with faculty, staff and students at DePaul University- Dr. Stewart discovered that images function much like dreams in their ability to heal, guide and illumine. Over time, she amassed a series of case studies which Paulist Press published as Image Guidance: A Tool for Spiritual Direction (1992) and Image Guidance and Healing (1994). Mind-Shifting Imagery: Image Guidance for Life Coaches illustrates simple ways in which life coaches can use archetypes, symbols and metaphors in personal guidance, relationship coaching and even in corporate settings; there is also a chapter on the use of religious imagery and one on imagery and physical healing. Throughout the book, the author provides sample transcripts and step-by-step commentary which serve as a "how-to" manual. She also discusses ways of developing the symbolic imagination, so that coaches and other guides can more readily understand and respond to their clients' symbols and metaphors. Though there are many ways of using imagery to open up coaching possibilities and to bring about dramatic "mind-shifts," Image Guidance provides a process for doing so. Applications include, but are not limited to: - Helping clients identify and describe emotions such as fear, frustration, excitement, enthusiasm; - Assisting clients to identify "blocks" to their success, thereby reducing their negative energy, and allowing them to become unstuck; - Assisting clients to imagine new possibilities and outcomes and to work towards these goals; - Helping clients to prioritize, take action and evaluate; - Affirming clients' hopes and dreams while re-enforcing their belief in self; - Encouraging clients to accept new positions of leadership or areas of professional or personal responsibility etc. Mind-Shifting Imagery: Image Guidance for Life Coaches demonstrates that imagery has a place in coaching with clients who are ready to imagine new possibilities, explore options, diffuse negative situations and clarify complexities. In this journey, the guide serves as a companion and facilitator, helping make sense of all that the imagery reveals. By asking powerful questions and using Image Guidance as a brief intervention, the coach assists the client to go deeper, feel more intensely, understand more clearly and be more authentic. Again, Image Guidance is not a method of coaching but a tool to be used selectively and carefully so that clients can experience a "mind shift" and cross the great divide that separates them from where they are today and where they hope to be tomorrow.

Messages from the Archetypes

Author: Toni Gilbert
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781883991579
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Toni Gilbert’s revealing study of how to use Tarot as a therapeutic method and means for self-realization, utilizing well-known principles from transpersonal psychology. Using case studies and fully illustrated descriptions of the Tarot deck, Gilbert offers a profound guidebook for personal and professional use. Written in an easy to read story-telling style that appeals to lay-persons and professionals, Messages from the Archetypes tells entertaining stories to demonstrate how to use the cards to achieve insights necessary to move oneself and clients towards self-actualization.

Spirituality and Mental Health

Author: Gary W. Hartz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136758380
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Learn to conduct a client-centered assessment of spirituality—and use the findings to enhance your interventions as well as your clients' psychospiritual coping abilities Even to clinicians practiced in helping clients to manage their stress, the impact of clients’ spirituality upon their mental health can be difficult to discern and discuss. Moreover, ethical dilemmas can arise when clinicians feel compelled to intervene with a client’s negative religious coping. Spirituality and Mental Health: Clinical Applications can help. This thought-provoking guide for mental health professionals and pastoral counselors provides you with a framework to assess and incorporate client-based spirituality into your practice. The author provides case examples and clinical models related to spirituality and mental health, as well as useful questionnaires for assessing clients. He provides a client-centered ethical framework for integrating spirituality into treatment, and then discusses how to apply it to clients’ problems, especially those related to life crises, resentment over past offenses, guilt over past mistakes, and substance abuse. He also discusses how mindfulness meditation can enhance clients’ coping ability. Finally, he includes a useful Leader’s Guide for the psychoeducational spirituality group, which is designed to educate patients and church groups. Spirituality and Mental Health: Clinical Applications shows how professionals in the above disciplines can address the impact of spirituality on clients by: gaining an understanding of the construct of spirituality assessing spirituality and its interface with clients’ presenting problems, particularly when spirituality is central to their values. intervening sensitively in ways that use clients’ spiritual perspectives and practices to enhance their coping mechanisms. using the included Leader’s Guide to the 5-session psychoeducational spirituality group As the baby boom generation ages, faith becomes a more integral part of that generation’s consciousness. Whether you are a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, or a pastoral counselor, Spirituality and Mental Health: Clinical Applications is a resource that you’ll return to again and again as you work to improve the lives of your clients.

Personal Spirituality

Author: Daniel J. Benor
Publisher: Wholistic Healing Publications
ISBN: 9780975424841
Format: PDF
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Dr. Benor addresses his explorations from the standpoint of an advocate, but one who is an open-minded explorer, neither from a religious nor a conventional medical perspective. The breadth and depth of the research reports in this volume, on the psychic, intuitive and spiritual aspects of healing will engage even the knowledgeable reader. This book is destined to take its place among the most influential and controversial in the field of claims, reports, and experiences of unconventional healing and spiritual awareness.

Pathways to Wholeness

Author: Renn Butler
Publisher: Muswell Press
ISBN: 9781908995049
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Explains how to use archetypal psychology as a guide to the transpersonal journey.

Using Textile Arts and Handcrafts in Therapy with Women

Author: Ann Collier
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857003379
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Art-making with fabrics and fibers is a natural and creative method of self-expression and can enrich the healing process. This book is a complete guide to using textiles in therapy with female clients. Reviewing the role of textile-based handcrafts in the lives of women today, and integrating the life issues they face with the therapeutic making of fiber art, the book covers everything from the psychology of this therapeutic approach to how to carry it out effectively with a wide range of clients. Specific techniques and suggestions for practice are provided, alongside chapters on expressive writing, guided imagery, and cross-cultural applications of therapy. This innovative book will be a useful tool for therapists, students, artists looking to build on self-exploration, and anybody else interested in the therapeutic benefits that art-making with textiles can bring about.

Radical Forgiveness

Author: Colin Tipping
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 9781591798217
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Could there be a divine purpose behind everything that happens? If you’re willing to embrace this possibility, every aspect of your life can change. This is the theory behind Radical Forgiveness, Colin Tipping’s revolutionary method for liberating your energy for the soul’s highest expression. In Radical Forgiveness, readers join Colin for step-by-step instruction in what begins as a healing process, and culminates in a paradigm-shifting path to awakening. With this updated and revised edition, readers will discover: How to transform difficult emotions like anger, fear, and resentment into unconditional love, gratitude, and peace The five essential stages of Radical Forgiveness, and how they help us transcend the victim archetype and embrace the inherent perfection of life The tools of Radical Forgiveness—a series of quick, effective, and easy-to-use techniques and processes including “Fake It ‘Til You Make It,” “Collapsing the Story,” “Satori Breathwork,” and more “Radical Forgiveness is much more than the mere letting go of the past,” writes Colin. “It is the key to creating the life that we want and the world that we want.” With Radical Forgiveness, he puts that key in our hands.