One of the things that continues to amaze me as my practice and investigation of Buddhism goes forward is that almost anything I have come across in mOne of the things that continues to amaze me as my practice and investigation of Buddhism goes forward is that almost anything I have come across in my exploration and experience of western psychology is to be found somewhere in the canon of Buddhist practice, always in a far more thorough and accessible form than what western mental health practitioners have ever put to me. This book is about a Tibetan Buddhist practice which is similar to so called "chair work" that often turns up in psychologists offices and in groups in mental health facilities. The Tibetan model may seem a little strange and foreign to a western mind steeped so destructively as we so often are in the realm of the intellect. It provides a means for a person to approach and interact with those parts of their own psyche which are troublesome in some way; and it works if it is approached with willingness and an open mind. It often seems to me that in the process of developing modern western psychiatry we are not only reinventing a wheel already so thoroughly canvassed by Buddhist practice but we are doing it in a fragmented and less than efficacious manner. Tried and true for 2 millennia, Buddhist psychology has a track record where the bulk of that accruing to western psychiatric practice as it stands now seems to be one of consistent failure more than anything else. Band aids and no resolution though lots of money changes hands in the process. Ultimately we are all alone in the journey, the map has already been drawn for us,we have but to follow the prescription, pretty much as the Buddha indicated. This is a very useful little book, I find myself being consistently drawn ever more towards the tradition that gave rise to it....more
This is an outstanding piece of work. Probably the best treatment of Complex PTSD I have read, written in language that anyone can understand and fullThis is an outstanding piece of work. Probably the best treatment of Complex PTSD I have read, written in language that anyone can understand and full of material that can be brought into use to effect. Much of what he outlines here comes from his own personal experience and accords with my own. Many of the approaches he outlines I have had to work out for myself through trial and error and they've worked for me. the great benefit was the additional clarity he could offer and some new insights that had not before occurred to me. Am essential companion for anyone dealing with this debilitating illness and for anyone helping them on the way....more
A really useful book for anyone dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, or even the consequences of later "shock" trauma. With a small groundingA really useful book for anyone dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, or even the consequences of later "shock" trauma. With a small grounding in these techniques some decades ago, I have by instinct worked out ways to process much of the traumatic experiences that have been so much part of my life, both childhood abuse and combat related ptsd. This book just formalized my own approach and provided reinforcement of my internal sense of conviction that this is the way forward and of my sense of trust in the process. It has been so validating to see my own experience recounted by someone with a professional background and understanding.
In my experience what is pointed to in this book as an approach to the resolution of trauma is the only comprehensive way forward. It's a must for clinicians and if they haven't read it and understood its message their effectiveness in helping those who have so suffered is highly suspect....more
For those of us who have to tend to the effects of complex ptsd the most difficult challenge is to connect with our own deeper felt sense of self becaFor those of us who have to tend to the effects of complex ptsd the most difficult challenge is to connect with our own deeper felt sense of self because it carries so much pain. Yet without that connection and the experience of what flows from that there we will remain trapped always in the circularities that our minds design to keep that felt sense so distant and intangible. The work of Gendlin represents a breakthrough in the process of therapy whereby we can work our way through these layers of entrapment, the felt sense is the only key. All the talk therapy in the world, in my experience shifts nothing, resolves nothing. Excruciating though it may be we must go through again all that set up in us so much pain for the light to become evident to us in our lives. The great benefit of this book is that a person can venture into this space of their own volition in their own way and it will unfold. There si hope here for those of us who have lived our lives in hopelessness...more
A Buddhist approach to recovery from addiction, a very useful text, especially for anyone who has a problem with the Higher Power concept that is so cA Buddhist approach to recovery from addiction, a very useful text, especially for anyone who has a problem with the Higher Power concept that is so central to 12 step programs. The basis of the approach is aligned with the 12 step approach filtered through the three treasures, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The role of a supportive group would be central to approaching this path to sobriety as it is in early 12 step work. Definitely worth a read and a valuable tool for anyone involved in Drug and Alcohol counseling....more