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Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil
 
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Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil [Format Kindle]

Emma Bragdon , James Lake , Gerald Magnan , Marlene Nobre , Carlos Appel

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Practiced in community centers and psychiatric hospitals throughout Brazil, Spiritist therapies are gaining increasing recognition internationally for their ability to complement conventional medicine. This pioneering text is the first comprehensive account of the philosophy, theory, practical applications and wider relevance of Spiritist therapies to be published in the English language.

Leading practitioners and researchers in the field describe the history, principles and diagnostic processes of the Spiritist approach to mental health, and provide an extensive summary of the various methodologies used, including spiritual mediumship, energy work, prayer, homeopathy, past life regression and the practice of integrating spirituality into counselling and psychotherapy. Considering the ways in which Spiritism aligns with contemporary science, they show that the Spiritist model has the potential to bring about a positive transformation in the ways in which mental health care is conceptualized and delivered around the globe. The final part of the book explores how Spiritist centers and psychiatric hospitals are established and financed, with specific examples from Brazil and the USA.

Providing important new insights into the rich tradition of Brazilian Spiritism, this authoritative text will be of interest to mental health professionals, counselors, therapists and alternative and complementary health practitioners.

Biographie de l'auteur

Emma Bragdon, PhD is Director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies. Since 2001 she has been traveling through Brazil researching Spiritism and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals. She is the author of 'Kardec's Spiritism: A Home for Healing and Spiritual Evolution' and the co-producer of the documentary film 'Spiritism: Bridging Spirituality and Health'. She lives in Vermont, USA, and Brazil.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 354 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1848191359
  • Editeur : Singing Dragon (15 septembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Getting to the true cause of many mental disorders 16 novembre 2011
Par Michael E. Tymn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"From the Spiritist point of view, after ruling out physical brain damage or disabilities such as retardation, the cause of most mental illness is embedded in the perispirit, also known today as the `informational body' or `subtle body." So states Emma Bragdon, Ph.D., the editor of this very informative and intriguing book, in the Introduction, after pointing out that Spiritist psychiatrists do not believe that the brain is the home of the mind and spirit.

Subtitled "Practices from Spirits Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil," the book has 26 chapters divided into five parts with 30 psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, and therapists contributing to a wealth of information. Among the contributors well known to American readers are Linda Russek, Ph.D., Melvin Morse, M.D., Dean Radin, Ph.D., William Braud, Ph.D., and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Spiritism, the philosophy developed by French educator Allan Kardec more than 150 years ago, is designed to bring together science, parapsychology, and healing, and is especially popular in Brazil, where an estimated 20 percent of Brazil's 200-million population are served by more than 12,000 Spiritist community centers and 50 Spiritist psychiatric hospitals. The Spiritist psychiatric hospitals, Bragdon says, integrate the best of medical technology with the best of complementary care, with a strong spiritual base.

Spiritism does not deny the bio-psycho-social causes of mental disorders," Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D., Ph.D., states in one of the two chapters he contributed. "It fully acknowledges them. Kardec always emphasized that Spiritism does not come to deny well-established scientific knowledge; it comes to complement it, adding something new - the spiritual element - to our understanding of nature. Several times he compared Spiritism with microbiology; both reveal and investigate dimensions of reality that are invisible to the naked eye but are part of the natural world and can affect our lives."

Almeida explains that mental disturbance can result when "an obsessing spirit exacerbates negative feelings and thoughts in the patient through a kind of telepathy." This obsessing spirit, he further states, is motivated most of the time by a vengeful feeling against the victim, but the person can choose to accept or reject the obsessing influence.

A number of case studies are offered, including one about "Ernesto," a 32-year-old administrative clerk who attempted suicide after experiencing intense mood changes, aggressiveness, recurrent thoughts of murders and destruction, and self-destructive behavior. After being hospitalized, he became physically aggressive with other patients and was constantly threatening the medical team. He also threatened his mother. He resisted psychoactive drugs, psychosocial assistance and other therapy before electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) was prescribed and also failed. He was then observed by a spiritual guidance team, which consisted of five clairvoyants, two healing mediums, and five who are supportive of the mediums, along with three doctors. The clairvoyants found his energy centers (charkas) to be congested with dark, unruly energies and his brain dominated by a group of "spiritual villains." Over the next five weeks, Ernesto received magnetic therapy (charka cleansing and energy transmission) and the negative entities were gradually detached from him. He was eventually discharged from the Spiritist hospital and ready to go back to work with continued psycho-social therapeutic support prescribed.

It is stressed by a number of the contributors that Brazilian Spirit hospitals attempt to see the patient from a more holistic view, not only focusing on the physical imbalance but giving full consideration to spiritual considerations. "Just as abusive verbal exchanges from parent to child can result in a lack of self-confidence in the child, lower disincarnate spirits may deeply affect anyone with their vibrations, helping form negative attitudes contributing to self-destructive tendencies," Carlos Appel, M.D. and Tania Appel, M.A, offer in their chapter. "These influences may become manifest as obsession, fascination or subjugation."

In a chapter on integrating spirituality into psychotherapy, Mario Sergio Silveira, Ph.D. tells of the inner turmoil he experienced in attempting to reconcile the Spiritist philosophy he had been indoctrinated with during his youth and what he had learned in university. He attempted to set aside his knowledge of Spiritism so that he could better grasp the major masters of psychology, but, after graduation, found vast holes in his knowledge - holes he was able to fill only by reincorporating his prior knowledge of spiritual influences into his practice.

It is very difficult to read the experiences and observations of so many professionals and not believe there is really something to this whole area of discarnate influence on human behavior and, concomitantly, on mental disorders. It was, of course, observed much earlier by Kardec, Carl Wickland, M.D., Edith Fiore, Ph.D., Louise Ireland-Frey, M.D., and others who had the courage to make their views known. It is disturbing to consider the probable reality of it and realize that mainstream psychology continues to scoff and sneer at it.

For the open-minded person, this book offers a wealth of information by professionals who have devoted much time and effort to studying and observing mental disorders of all kinds.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Landmark Book 29 novembre 2011
Par Anton Baraschi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"I hail this book as a landmark of knowledge. Emma Bragdon PhD is one of those superb souls who can describe intelligently a subject where there is not a lot of reference material, especially in English. The book systematically describes the integrative field where inituitives and mediums join talents with the medical professionals to obtain cures in difficult cases. The description of the institutions, Spiritist Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil, their functioning, the principles used and the results in various cases is carried with objective and professional integrity. I believe that since this book's publishing no one approaching the subject of Spiritism, Mental Health and Integrative Medicine can proceed without acknowledging this thorough contribution.

Highly recommended.

Anton Baraschi
President, New Dawn Foundation,
New Rochelle NY"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Groundbreaking Textbook! 25 novembre 2011
Par Dr, Anseloni - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Spiritism and Mental Health is a most needed textbook for all who really care for the advancements in mental health!!

Dr. Bragdon very insightfully invited some of the experts in the field of mental health and spirituality to share their successful approach in combining traditional medicine and the Spiritist techniques.

As we live in the Era of New Medicine, this book is the groundbreaking milestone in the field of Psychiatry!

From true cases to the theory behind the treatment of mental illnesses, this textbook unfolds the new understanding of the Human Mind and shares the visionary and effective approach of Spiritism.

A book to be discussed at Scientific Conferences. A book to be studied in Universities around the globe.

- Dr. Vanessa Anseloni, PsyD, PhD.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Definitive Text on Spiritism 15 août 2012
Par Sean Blackwell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With its belief in reincarnation and ample use of mediums, to say that Spiritism works "outside the boundaries" of traditional Christianity is an understatement! Yet, against the odds, it has grown into one of the most influential faiths in Brazil. This book, edited by Emma Bragdon PhD, brings together academic researchers from both inside and outside of Brazil to create a text which deeply explores this highly unique movement from a wide variety of perspectives. As a Canadian living in São Paulo, Brazil, I'd previously looked at Spiritism with a sort of distant fascination. However, after reading this book, I feel that I have acquired a rich intellectual understanding of what Spiritism offers, along with a solid grasp of its approach to dealing with mental health issues. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in spirituality, religious studies and/or alternative approaches to dealing with mental disorders. It will certainly be the definitive academic text on this subject for years to come.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals i 2 avril 2012
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"The definitive guide to Spiritism and its applications in mental health. Dr Emma Bragdon's comprehensive and well researched book demonstrates the power and increasing application of Spiritism in this crucial field. This book has closed a huge gap in the understanding of the relationship between the spiritual world, our world and mental health. A must read for all spiritists and health professionals." Etel Harris, Psychologist and Spiritist - London, England
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