Manual of Psychomagic: The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy (Paperback)
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Manual of Psychomagic: The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy (Paperback)

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Published: 12/03/2015
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Traditional psychotherapy seeks to unburden the unconscious mind purely through talk and discussion. Psychomagic recognizes that it is difficult to reach the unconscious with rational thought. We should instead speak directly to the unconscious in its own language, that of dreams, poetry, and symbolic acts. By interacting on this deeper level, we can initiate quicker and more enduring change to resolve repressed childhood trauma, express buried emotions, and overcome deep-seated intimacy issues. Through the lens of psychomagic, illness can be seen as the physical dream of the unconscious, revealing unresolved issues, some passed from generation to generation.

In this workbook of psychomagical spells, legendary filmmaker and creator of psychomagic Alejandro Jodorowsky provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems from stuttering, eczema, and fear of failure to repressed rage, hereditary illnesses, and domineering parents. Each solution takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them into a series of theatrical symbolic actions that enable one to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives.

Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self. As he says in the book, "Health only finds itself in the authentic. There is no beauty without authenticity."

Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
ISBN: 9781620551073
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“Psychomagic is the purest art form and a plea against suffering. Alejandro Jodorowsky is a demiurge and an interpreter of our stories, always exploring further the understanding of both the beauty and complexity revealed by humankind.” - Diana Widmaier-Picass o, art historian

“This is great . . . like a cookbook of very useful recipes that can help us to understand our life and the universe we live in.” - Marina Abramovi´c, performance artist

“Jodorowsky is a brilliant, wise, gentle, and cunning wizard with tremendous depth of imagination and crystalline insight into the human condition.” - Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head

“Alejandro Jodorowsky seamlessly and effortlessly weaves together the worlds of art, the confined social structure, and things we can only touch with an open heart and mind.” - Erykah Badu, artist and alchemist

“His films El Topo and The Holy Mountain were trippy, perverse,and blasphemous.” - Wall Street Journal

“The best movie director ever!” - Marilyn Manson, musician, actor, and multimedia artist

“An autobiographical work by an octogenarian, The Dance of Reality begs to be read as a culminating work. . . .” - Los Angeles Times

“The Dance of Reality [film is] a trippy but big-hearted reimagining of the young Alejandro’s unhappy childhood in a Chilean town. . . .” - New York Times Magazine

“Rather than clarifying the meaning of his imagery, [The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky] only inspires readers to enjoy its ‘mystery’ . . . a worthy read, filled with growing pains and crises that end in artistic triumph and achievement of wisdom and compassion.” - Scene4 Magazine

“Wildly creative and boldly cinematic. The unifying factor is a bizarre sense of whimsy. . . For the armchair student of human psychology, imagining Jodorowsky’s vibrant, visceral, and entirely unapologetic paths to the unconscious should be an absolutely delightful exercise.” - Publishers Weekly, February 2015

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