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Drawing from Hindu and Christian spiritual wisdom, the world of science and psychiatry and 25 years of clinical experience, the author aims to demonstrate the link between psychological disease and an intrinsic hunger for spiritual union. Each symptom is seen as a crucial whisper from the soul, that if understood, can lead towards increasing levels of psychological balance. The book examines the relationship between the Hindu concepts of maya, karma and dharma and many types of psychiatric disorder. It also explains how Dr Bedi's system of Kundalini diagnosis has a positive effect for patients.
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Bedi, a Wisconsin-based psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst, offers a Hindu spin on therapy, challenging readers to rethink childhood conflict and marital strife in terms of karma and dharma. Bedi's discussion of chakrasAthe seven energy centers said to exist in each personAillustrates the strengths and weaknesses of his approach. The first chakra, located in the perineum and ruled by the god Ganesha, governs people's sense of emotional security. For example, Paul, a client of Bedi's, has unstable romantic relationships. Bedi traces his problems to the first chakra, and suggests that Paul's recovery necessarily involves "correcting imbalances" among his chakras. That's an intriguing theory, but Bedi is so vague and his prose so confusing ("When he first came to me, Paul was stuck in the pignali nada of the root chakra, which manifested as untempered masculine enterprise") that readers may never quite understand just what the chakra has to do with their love lives, or what they should do about it. Meditate on the chakra? Draw a picture of the chakra? Pray about the chakra? When Bedi does give straightforward guidance, it is banal: when trying to overcome problems in relationships, for example, people should "identify" the qualities in others that they like and dislike. Bedi's claim that Hindu spiritual disciplines can augment traditional therapy is suggestive, but readers will have to go elsewhere to deduce the mechanics of integrating the two. (Sept.)
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Book Description Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2006. Softcover. Condition: New. First edition. "Dr. Bedi`s philosophy combines traditional and non traditional medicine in a work that`s earning notice throughout the medical community. .a unique blend of both Eastern and Western methods of medicine for total healing. .provides insight into the link between psychological and physical disease and a need for spiritual unity. .demonstrates how one can correct psychological and physical imbalances through a variety of concepts and technique involving Kundalini Yoga and identifying energy fields or chakras. Printed Pages: 256. Seller Inventory # 84380
Book Description New Age Books, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M8178222213