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Bio-Spirituality
by Peter Campbell, Edwin McMahon
Paperback
ISBN: 0829409378, Loyola Pr, 192 pages.

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An extraordinary, simple, non-manipulative process that leads to natural healing. It is in no way a quick "fix". It means spending time with "how" the body has "held" that hurt since it occurred.

What makes Focusing unusual is that it creates a new inner environment around our painful and frightening issues.


A Course in Miracles
by Helen Schucman
Paperback
ISBN: 0960638881, Foundation for Inner Peace, 1249 pages.

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When Helen Schucman, a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University, began hearing an inner voice of rapid dictation (which she eventually identified as the voice of Jesus), she decided to start taking shorthand notes. Then, with the support and encouragement of a colleague, Schucman continued to assemble the teachings that came to her. The result is A Course in Miracles, a book that has spawned hundreds of study groups and an international following. Although some may find the teachings simplistic ("To heal is to make happy"), many are struck by the predominately compassionate and eloquent passages of this Christian-based interpretation of the Bible ("Whenever you deny a blessing to a brother you will feel deprived, because denial is as total as love"). Indeed, many of the teachings carry weight and certainly merit the acclaim and attention that this book has generated.

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The Different Drum
by M. Scott Peck
Paperback
ISBN: 0684848589, Touchstone Books, 336 pages.

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An interesting book on the subject of community(tribes), and psycho-spiritual development.

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This book has a Christian emphasis, which I ignored, but tons of valuable information.




Drama Of The Gifted Child
by Alice Miller
Paperback
ISBN: 0465016901, Basic Books, 136 pages.

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Explains why many of the most successful children and adults are plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation--and tells how to break the cycle.



Embracing the Beloved: Relationship as a Path of Awakening

by Stephen and Ondrea Levine
Paperback
ISBN: 0385425279, Anchor Books, 320 pages.

In almost two decades of work on the mind/body relationship and our knowledge both of healing and dying, the Levines have become world-renowned, earning the praise of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and many other experts in the field. Here they explore the challenges and comforts of relationships to show how commitment and communication serve as nourishing wellsprings of spiritual renewal.

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Its focus is on that of relationship and how it can be a powerful life lesson, with an emphasis on the present and *being*.

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I have found this book to be very healing for me. It's helped me with my relationship conflicts and fears, and (unexpectedly) with the way I relate to my daughter.


For Your Own Good
by Alice Miller
Paperback
ISBN: 0374522693, Noonday Press.

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Miller explores the backgrounds of extreme cases of self-destructive and violent individuals to further her theories on longterm consequences of abusive childrearing. Her conclusions about what creates a drug addict, a murderer, even a Hitler, stray far from psychoanalytic dogma about human nature. Miller paints a jolting picture of the violent world each generation helps shape when traditional upbringing, with its hidden cruelty, is perpetuated. She also offers a way out by striving to resensitize the child in the adult, to unlock an emotional life frozen in repression.

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Getting The Love You Want
by Harville Hendrix
Paperback
ISBN: 0805068953, Owl Books, 320 pages.

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When Harville Hendrix writes about relationships, he discusses them not just as an educator and a therapist, but as a man who has himself been through a failed marriage. Hendrix felt the sting of his divorce intensely because he believed it signaled not only his failure as a husband but also his failure as a couples counselor. Investigating why his marriage dissolved led him to start looking into the psychology of love. Marriage, he ultimately discovered, is the "practice of becoming passionate friends."

As a result of his research, Hendrix created a therapy he calls Imago Relationship Therapy. In it, he combines what he's learned in a number of disciplines, including the behavioral sciences, depth psychology, cognitive therapy, and Gestalt therapy, to name just a few. He expounds upon this approach in Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. His purpose in writing the book, he says, is "to share with you what I have learned about the psychology of love relationships, and to help you transform your relationship into a lasting source of love and companionship."

Divided into three sections, the book covers "The Unconscious Marriage," which details a marriage in which the remaining desires and behavior of childhood interfere with the current relationship; "The Conscious Marriage," which shows a marriage that fulfils those childhood needs in a positive manner; and a 10-week "course in relationship therapy, " which gives detailed exercises for you and your partner to follow in order to learn how to "replace confrontation and criticism ... with a healing process of mutual growth and support." The text is occasionally dry and technical; however, the information provided is valuable, the case studies are interesting, and the exercises are revealing and helpful. By utilizing his program, Hendrix hopes you too will be able to solve your marital difficulties without the expense of a therapist. --Jenny Brown

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Living a Beautiful Life
Alexandra Stoddard
Paperback
ISBN: 0380705117, Avon, 192 pages.

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With the publication of Living A Beautiful Life, Alexandra Stoddard originated the idea of creating an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility with simple touches that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. As a world-famous interior decorator, she has worked her magic on interiors large and small, from mansions and embassies to cottages and studio apartments. Through her writing and lectures, she has encouraged millions to brighten their lives and their homes by turning mundane tasks into small pleasurable rituals that add beauty and joy to everything they do. Alexandra Stoddard's secrets of Living A Beautiful Life are yours.

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It is about making the normal rituals of life into beautiful celebrations.



Neurosis and Human Growth
by Karen Horney
Paperback
ISBN: 0393307751, W.W. Norton & Company, 391 pages.

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I loved it. It was so useful for me in coming to understand what is and is not authentic behavior.



Reclaiming your Life

by Jean C. Jenson, Alice Miller
Paperback
ISBN: 0452011698, Plume.

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A step-by-step guide to helping overcome the effects of child abuse. Offers help in breaking through repression and denial to relive the pain and to find healing.

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It was like being let out of prison, and I began to live more in adult consciousness. You reclaim a part of yourself that was locked away. Includes 'mental exercises' to uncover denial.


Toxic Parents
by Susan Forward
Paperback
ISBN: 0553381407, Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub, 320 pages.

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All parents fall short from time to time. But Susan Forward pulls no punches when it comes to those whose deficiencies cripple their children emotionally. Her brisk, unreserved guide to overcoming the stultifying agony of parental manipulation--from power trips to guilt trips and all other killers of self worth--will help deal with the pain of childhood and move beyond the frustrating relationship patterns learned at home.

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Trances People Live

by Stephen Wolinsky
Paperback
ISBN: 096261842X, Bramble Co.

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How is individual reality created? How are our symptoms and problems created and sustained over decades of time? Through a ground-breaking integration of Eastern philosophy Western psychotherapy and quantum physics the author provides a highly original and yet immensely accessible answer. He demonstrates that trance-like states are the glue that binds our symptoms together- the vehicle that selects how we perceive, interpret, and internalize our subjective world.


The Woman's Comfort Book
by Jennifer Louden
Paperback
ISBN: 0062505319, Harper SanFrancisco, 224 pages.

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If the pace of your life or depths of your depression leave you lacking in body and soul, this book can help you feel whole again. Jennifer Louden encourages you to assemble and draw on personal rituals, journals and sanctuaries that can add comfort and breathing space to your life. Some are obvious (herbal baths, flowers) or seem too silly, New Age, or time-consuming to tickle every fancy (blow bubbles in traffic jams, chant affirmations). Many more seem sublime and creative. But that's her point: pick and choose what works best for you, but do take some actions to make your life happier.

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The Woman's Retreat Book
by Jennifer Louden
Paperback
ISBN: 0062514660, Harper SanFrancisco, 336 pages.

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Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book, gives women a do-it-yourself guide for creating solitude. Because women tend to nurture relationships more than they nurture themselves, it is often a challenge for women to carve out the space and time they need for private renewal and reflection. Louden offers women inspiration and specific advice on how to retreat within their own homes, as well as how to create rejuvenating weekends and vacations. She even devotes a full chapter to the most pivotal stage of any retreat--the successful re-entry into home, family, and community.

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki
ISBN: 0834800799, Weatherhill, 132 pages.

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A respected Zen master in Japan and founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, Shunryu Suzuki has blazed a path in American Buddhism like few others. He is the master who climbs down from the pages of the koan books and answers your questions face to face. If not face to face, you can at least find the answers as recorded in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, a transcription of juicy excerpts from his lectures. From diverse topics such as transience of the world, sudden enlightenment, and the nuts and bolts of meditation, Suzuki always returns to the idea of beginner's mind, a recognition that our original nature is our true nature. With beginner's mind, we dedicate ourselves to sincere practice, without the thought of gaining anything special. Day to day life becomes our Zen training, and we discover that "to study Buddhism is to study ourselves." And to know our true selves is to be enlightened. --Brian Bruya

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