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"The Way of Soul Lightening" is a book that enlightens, lightens, and, in itself, is a bolt of lightning awareness embracing Self, Community, and World.
"Soul" is a word not meant in a traditional religious sense, though it may be applied to those who do practice in this manner. "Soul" means inner being, inner awareness, and inner guidance. So, do not be put off by the word if it offends. It can be said though, that even some quantum physicists, realizing that there is a realm beyond our understanding in the universe, have referred to this as the Mind of God. Carl Jung wrote that neurosis is the soul that has not found meaning. Einstein, in his later work, once said "For the rest of my life I want to study "Light".
This groundbreaking book can be read by myriad professionals--and even those simply wishing to grow.Psychology meets Science, and mind, heart, and body. Teachers and others in helping professions may also refer to this work to find guidance ideas in their work. And, individuals themselves, will find the work riveting, fascinating, and even healing.
Dr. Aminah Raheem notes that historically, psychology began in the realm of the mind, and did integrate emotions and physical suffering. Later, with the integration of East and West, body and mind became integrated in therapy. She also relates the very difficult experience in her psychology PhD, when she added "Soul" to her thesis. This third element of "self" became embodied in her first book: "Soul Return": A Guide to Transpersonal Integration". She did of course, get her PhD, and is a Doctor of practicing, as well as writer, about this realm in which she broke a pioneer ground in the late 1970's.
Her work with individuals has been praised by those she has worked with. She was invited to the Jung Institute in Switzerland to share her ideas. Aminah is now a presenter and trainer across the US and world. She is the spiritual director of a training institute in Borrego Springs called Soul Lightening International, for those wishing to learn the practice she developed called "Process Acupressure". Psychologists and body practitioners may take individual classes, and be certified in this and other body work modalities.There is a Soul Lightening Community (an international link of individuals) who remain connected, not only in helping themselves and others, but in doing healing work in their surrounding communities and world. One such group, called Ground Zero, volunteered time to heal the trauma of those who suffered in 9/11, in a project called Gound Zero. There are conferences in places such as Esalen.
The concept that "the body tells the story" is practiced by many bodyworkers now. Trained psychologists may work with or refer others to a therapy where, while the body is being worked on in process acupressure, acupuncture, massage of various other bodyworkers, a client may speak or move, opening up and releasing pain, trauma, etc.--with the purpose of liberating them, so that may may live as authentic selves prior to early and later conditioning.
What I do find unique about Process Acupressure, as explained in the book, is that it empowers others who do not practice, to practice on their friends, partners, and even themselves. The chakras and modalities are explained so clearly, that one may be moved to try one. I, for instance, tapped an area on my forehead above my eyes. It served to clear my head and energize me! My eyes felt more wide open. I do this often now, when fatigued or just uninspired in a moment. There are trainings Aminah Raheem does for the very purpose of individual empowerment in the manner I have described.
Another revolutionary technique I find in Soul Lightening, is the manner in which, in some chapters, she will integrate East and West, placing the chakras and modalities in relation to Abraham Maslow's Human Needs Hierarchy, or Erickson's description of the stages of human development as we travel from birth to aging. Here, there is a marvelous integration of Eastern (or it can be said Eastern with a new twist) and Western Psychology.
I found each chapter, and Aminah confirms, is contained within itself in jewels of knowledge and feeling. So, she invites readers to peruse the book as they feel to--perhaps chapters they are drawn to, or even words, even just in a single reading at a time over days as felt. One could read Soul Lightening sequentially, but in many ways, a chapter at a time and at different times gives the reader a chance to truly learn, absorb, and feel. I have the book on my coffee table near me, because I enjoy going back to chapters in various life moments.
This is not a "How To" book, but one that can guide each unique soul (being) in how to clear the road, prepare for a new life, and move on their personal journey.