Manual of Psychomagic

Manual of Psychomagic : The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy

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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."show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 165.1 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 1620551071
  • 9781620551073
  • 73,124

About Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky is the legendary filmmaker of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He has been profiled in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and other major media. His most recent film, The Dance of Reality, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and opened in theaters across the United States in 2014. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Psychomagic, The Way of Tarot, and Metagenealogy. He lives in more

Table of contents

Introduction to Psychomagic Freeing the Shackles of Memory One Psychomagic Tips to Heal Your Life Authenticity, Health, and the Influence of the Family Terrain 1 Sexual Devaluation of the Female 2 Female Shyness 3 Sexual Devaluation of the Male 4 Premature Ejaculation 5 Rejection of Sperm 6 Incestuous Desires 7 Mother-Daughter Symbiosis 8 Mother-Son Symbiosis 9 Father-Son Symbiosis 10 Father-Daughter Symbiosis 11 Invasive Mother 12 Mothers Who Criticize by Telephone 13 Mourning an Abortion 14 Nostalgia for Homeland 15 Taking Possession of a Territory 16 Separated Parents 17 Eczema 18 Avoid Being Spellbound by a More Powerful Mind 19 Bad Luck 20 Agoraphobia 21 Claustrophobia 22 Bulimia 23 Anorexia 24 Failure 25 Nicotine Addiction 26 Heroin Addiction 27 Alcoholism 28 Living with an Addict 29 Death of a Baby 30 Born after the Death of a Sibling 31 Give the Feelings of Others Back to Them 32 Letting Go of Childhood Suffering 33 Letting Go of Harmful Ideas 34 Absent Father (for a woman) 35 Absent Father (for a man) 36 Express Repressed Rage 37 Distressing Secrets 38 Domineering Parents 39 The Inability to Caress 40 To Stop Using Aggressive Language 41 The Blocked Artist 42 Amenorrhea 43 Amorous Jealousy 44 Insane Jealousy 45 Failure Neurosis 46 Gather Strength before a Radical Change 47 Inability to Concentrate 48 Stolen Childhood 49 Family Illnesses 50 Ridding Ourselves of Labels 51 Difficulty Carrying Pregnancy to Term 52 No Partner 53 Warts 54 Kleptomania 55 Guilt Attacks 56 Male Cowardice 57 Impotency 58 Stuttering 59 Morning Sluggishness 60 Recovering Faith in Oneself 61 Intellectual Anxiety 62 Sexual Abuse 63 Lovesickness 64 Fear of Financial Failure 65 Fear of Aging 66 Fear of Fainting 67 Fear of the Dark 68 Fear of Insanity 69 Spells for Fear 70 Career Trouble 71 Frigidity 72 Negative Forecasting 73 Dissatisfaction with Physical Appearance 74 Marital Boredom 75 The Woman Bound to Her Ex-Lover 76 Preserving Love and Friendship 77 Relationship Conflicts 78 Incomprehensible Weeping 79 Unprovoked Depression, Continuous Anguish, and Birth Massage 80 Remedy for Pessimists Two Psychomagic Recommendations for Society Acts to Heal Communities, Countries, and the World Political Disappearances The Night of Tlatelolco A Harbor for Bolivia Female Popes in Rome Rally for Peace Protest against Hunger Hostile Walls Collective Healing Anti--Olympic Games World Union Three Psychomagic Acts for Maintaining Health Dancing the Cosmic Dance Useless Objects Troublesome Meetings Burn "Definitions" Vampire Relationships Vaginal Power Poetry To Comfort Imaginary Occupation Disidentification Becoming an Adult Four Psychomagic Consultations What Lies Hidden in the Darkness of the Unconscious? 107 Psychomagic Actions and Outcomes Appendix Advice for Future Psychomagicians Index About the Authorshow more

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"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 * "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 * "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 * "An autobiographical work by an octogenarian, The Dance of Reality begs to be read as a culminating work. . . ." * Los Angeles Times * "The best movie director ever!" * Marilyn Manson, musician, actor, and multimedia artist * "His films El Topo and The Holy Mountain were trippy, perverse,and blasphemous." * Wall Street Journal * "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 * "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 * "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 * "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 *show more

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