Manual of psychomagic The practice of shamanic psychotherapy

Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Published
Rochester, Vermont : Inner Traditions [2015]
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Spanish
Item Description
Translation of: Manual de psicomagia.
Includes index.
Physical Description
245 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781620551073
1620551071
Main Author
Alejandro Jodorowsky (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Paris-based filmmaker (El Topo), comic book author, and psychotherapist Jodorowsky returns to "psychomagic," a neo-Freudian technique of his own invention first explored in Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy. It aims to heal the mind from childhood trauma via symbolic acts that satisfy amoral, unconscious urges for incest, cannibalism, matricide, coprophagia, and the like. The resulting compilation of over 200 examples of sympathetic magic that Jodorowsky has used with individual practitioners proves wildly creative and boldly cinematic. The unifying factor is a bizarre sense of whimsy—one particular ritual has a person pursue a promotion by writing "I am worthy! I can do it!" on a piece of paper and then carrying it around inside her vagina. The cure for claustrophobia involves being placed nude in a coffin and buried by "six charitable people," who later cover the patient with honey and lick it off; achieving "happiness of living" requires covering yourself in excrement and begging for three hours, then showering in your mother's home. Even the most adventurous veteran of self-help literature will likely demur. But 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. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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.""--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Shares over two hundred psychomagic spells that address a range of physical, emotional, and psychological problems, while explaining the techniques that underlie psychomagic.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 changeTraditional 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.”