Manual of Psychomagic

Manual of Psychomagic

The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy

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"A workbook for using symbolic acts to heal the unconscious mind Provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of specific psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems, from stuttering, eczema, and fears to repressed rage and hereditary illnesses Details how practitioners can develop unique psychomagic solutions for their patients Explains how psychomagic bypasses the rational mind to work directly with the unconscious for quicker and more enduring change 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. Explaining the shamanic techniques at the foundation of psychomagic, the author offers methods for aspiring practitioners to develop solutions for their own unique patients. 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.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Rochester, Vermont :, Inner Traditions,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620551073
Call Number: 131 J589m
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 23 cm


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Jun 19, 2015

Amusingly-written bullshit. Drawing from tarot readings & his surrealist background, Jodorowsky creates a "recipe book" (of sorts) for rituals designed to convince the unconscious mind for relief from dogging problems. This is Magical Thinking. If you're willing to cover yourself in your own shit & walk around town for 3-days or, say, paint your whole body ½-&-½ in gold & silver paint to represent the sun-&-moon or, say, tie your ankles to your mother's… If you're willing to do those kinds of things, this book might actually be practical. Otherwise, I'd just recommend a good therapist. The book reads like a suggestion manual for primitivist performance art.


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