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Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation [Format Kindle]

John Welwood

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"A very important book. It represents a perceptive, scholarly and at the same time highly practical attempt to see not only how Western psychology and Buddhism relate to each other but also how they complement each other. I cannot commend this book too highly."— The Middle Way

"Brilliant and thought provoking. This ambitious work succeeds so well because it sheds light on the interplay between meditation, inner work, and conscious relationship as a spiritual practice."— Spirituality & Health

"Marvelously fluent, personable, and eminently compassionate."— NAPRA Review

"Rich, potentially transforming insights abound here. Psychotherapists and spiritual seekers alike will be enriched by this book."— Publishers Weekly

Présentation de l'éditeur

can we connect the spiritual realizations of Buddhism with the psychological
insights of the West? In
a Psychology of Awakening

John Welwood addresses this question with comprehensiveness and depth. Along
the way he shows how meditative awareness can help us develop more dynamic and
vital relationships and how psychotherapy can help us embody spiritual
realization more fully in everyday life. Welwood's psychology of awakening
brings together the three major dimensions of human experience: personal,
interpersonal, and suprapersonal, in one overall framework of understanding and

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  • Editeur : Shambhala Publications; Édition : Reprint (6 mai 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best book on integrating psychology and spirituality 17 novembre 2000
Par a reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the best book on integrating psychology and spirituality that I've read, written in both a clear and heartfelt way.I'm truly moved by the great depths that the author has touched. His ways of discussing how healing happens and the warmth and brilliance and range of his insight are quite inspiring. His way of discussing the ground of being is the clearest I've read, and he writes of it in many different ways that will reach a wider range of people, both in the healing professions and in ordinary life. I felt that everything he discussed came from his own realization. He shows how spiritual work helps us discover how "the ground of our being actually holds us up" and how the essence of healing lies in learning how to let be. Can someone heal who doesn't learn that whatever emotional states they have can be held openly and unconditionally in awareness? This book shows how in both psychotherapy and spiritual work, it is being awake with thoughts, feelings, and sensations, without separation and distance, that heals. Then the mind can "self-liberate" when we stay open right in the middle of what's coming up.In Welwood's words,"unconditional presence is the most powerful transmuting force there is, because it is a willingness to be there with our experience." Each one of the therapy examples in the book moved me and focused on the larger field of how we are with our experience.This book will undoubtedly by a guide for brand new ways of practicing therapy. Let me share one of my favorite quotes (among so many). Welwood describes a client whose fear of nothingness was a symptom of being cut off from herself. As she began to open unconditionally to "being nothing," her inner division fell away "as she stepped out of the fixed stances/attitudes/associations she held toward 'being nothing' with their long history dating back to childhood. In becoming present in a place where she had been absent, she experienced her being, rather than her nothingness. 'Being nothing' transmuted into the empty fullness of being--where the fear of being nothing no longer had a hold on her." For me, this is the crux of healing and the author describes it so wisely and compassionately that it has opened up many new vistas for me.
30 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 More intellectual than John Welwood's more popular books on relationship 9 octobre 2006
Par Patrick D. Goonan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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TOWARD A PSYCHOLOGY OF AWAKENING is a dense book that describes the path of spiritual transformation from both an Eastern and Western perspective. Its primary value lies in trying to synthesize these two ways of looking at reality and describes in detail how each path informs the other.

Many paradigms both East and West aren't necessarily integrative for many modern people. This book is an attempt to provide a more holistic worldview that reconciles psychology with Buddhist insights into human nature, love and transformation.

There is also a good section on relationship as a path. I think this is an important area to address because something arises in intersubjective experience that has emergent qualities that transcend each individual. In other words, things like love, compassion and community. We can only be fully human when we are fully engaged with others in a conscious manner. This book discusses these issues and does a great job of it.

Many people won't find this book an easy read. It contains a lot of material and it explores many ideas in-depth. It also attempts to synthesize a lot of material in a brief space. However, if you have a deep interest in psychology or Buddhism, you will discover a treasure trove of good information and innovative ways of bringing it together.

If you are not very familiar with Western Psychology or Buddhism, but have a deep interest in personal and spiritual growth, you will still get a lot out of this book. However, you may find it a slower read and will undoubtedly have to take time to assimilate all of the concepts. It will be well worth the effort, but this isn't a superficial bedtime story.

Overall, I give this book my highest recommendation. It is original, well-organized, and well thought out. It is an important contribution in the area of psychological and spiritual growth and the relationship between them.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Some Chapters Excellent, Some So-So 11 avril 2008
Par David M. Bell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The main problem with this book is that it is another collection of articles edited to become a book. Thus, each chapter doesn't tend to flow with each other chapter. Although divided up into three broad categories. I would like it if the author putt all his ideas fully together in a book about the first two sections. The third section did not seem to fully fit, because it seems to be more about his personal thesis on how love relationships could somehow serve to awaken people. I personally found it unconvincing and too narrow. It would have helped if he would have talked more broadly, on how love between parent/child, friends, and intimate lovers, with full presence could serve as awakening.

Some good notes about this book is that it began my interest on psycho/spiritual thinkers, and introduced me to focusing. But there are a few problems with his emphasis. For one, he is yet another psycho/spiritual thinker-practitioner who draws a sharp delineation between the traditional inner practices and the western psychologies and emphasis on the personal self. Few thinkers along these lines dare question the sufficiency and effectiveness of the traditional spiritual practices. They can see how practitioners are better served by working directly on their egos with certain psychotherapeutic methods, but do not think about the west and east, non-dualistically.
I would refer the interested person to the works of A.H. Almaas, and some by Jack Kornfield.

I do respect that this book drew me back into the psychological world and planted the seeds on my interest in looking into the field of client-centered pscyhotherapy. But I do believe that a few points need to be emphasised for the east and west to inform each other and the psycho/spiritual dialogue to evolve:
1. Thinking does not have to be the enemy. And if wielded correctly, can serve the practice of awakening (See Almaas)
2. The personal is not a barrier to awakening. There is a reason that the west keeps emphasizing the personal in-relation to the absolute in it's spiritualities.
3. Psychotherapeutic technique can be a spritual practice in and of itself if used correctly. And meditative techniques and philosophies of the past are not always perfectly sufficient.

What needs to happen is a reexamining of the traditional practices and philosophies of the past on awakening, and the potential depth of change possible in modern psychotherapy.
A quote by Jung emphasizes my point well:

"No insight is gained... by imitating methods which have grown up under totally different psychological conditions. In the course of the centuries the West will produce its own yoga."
Or you can replace the west with modern civilization.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Toward a Psycholody of awakening 27 septembre 2004
Par Natasha Turaki - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have been practicing Zen Buddhism for the past 15 years as a lay person. I can not thank John Welwood enough for his book not only for its insightful and wise content but for his gentle and skilful way of starting a dialog between western psychoanalysis and spiritual practice. This is a must book for anyone who has been practicing seriously any form of Buddhism or any psychotherapist who is open to explore beyond the traditional forms of psychotherapy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written & argued 5 août 2005
Par Neal J. Pollock - Publié sur Amazon.com
The author integrates Western Psychology & Eastern Spirituality (Tantric Buddhism) in a highly readable book--p. xix: "I have chosen to discuss East & West, psychotherapy, meditation, Buddhist psychology in broad terms, without focusing on the different schools & perspectives w/i these traditions." He has a lyrical style; provides good analogies (Buber's egg to chicken story p. 248), balances opposites, & relates the 2 paths/domains into "psycho-spiritual development." This book is personal, inspired by p. xv "Witnessing the contradiction where spiritual teachers & students who clearly had developed a certain level of genuine spiritual insight & awareness nevertheless remained stuck in unwholesome personality patterns-was both troubling & revealing," demonstrating pp. 11-2: "spiritual bypassing" = "to use spiritual practices to bypass or avoid dealing with certain personal or emotional `unfinished business'...trying to use spirituality to shore up developmental deficiencies." He states that p. 24: "personality is a frozen form of our true nature" & p. 231: "Intimate relationship as a path of awakening." Per Tantric Buddhism's "love affair between absolute & relative truth," he asserts the need to integrate realizations to actualize them--we need to grow up (psychologically) as well as wake up (spiritually), avoiding codependence while pursuing selflessness. Thus, he differentiates between soul work & spiritual work, stating that the West is pioneering new possibilities through the personal (individuation) & the interpersonal (e.g. intimate relationships). He has fine observations On Thoughts: p. 31: "Our thoughts act as a kind of glue that holds our identity structure together" & p. 190: we get "hijacked by our thoughts" On Love: p. 251: "Unconditional love does not imply that a relationship must take a particular form. We may love someone deeply, yet still be unable to live with that person" & p. 253 (quoting) "Unconditional love & support can be damaging to the development of a child's self-esteem" & On Healing: p. 145: "The full presence of our being is healing in & of itself."

But some neologisms are redundant: unfolding, Horizontal/Vertical shifts, & chaos resemble Kuhn's paradigms & the unfreezing/freezing process; "Moment of World Collapse" resembles St. John of the Cross' Dark Night of the Soul. Despite a Sources section, some quotes only give the author. IMHO he has a pro-feeling/anti-thinking bias--his assertions on thoughts also apply to emotions, seems sight-oriented (persons perceive more with one sense than others), & often refers to people's p. 183 "basic goodness" (cf. M. Scott Peck's "People of the Lie"). His differencing of "submit" & "surrender" isn't in Websters, he fails to note that complementary psychological & spiritual work resembles a yin-yang balancing, & his "meditation" means Shamatha, not Vipashyana. He says p. 293, Part I, Intro., note 1: "strictly speaking there is no Eastern "Psychology" in the Western sense of the term: the objective study of psyche, self, & behavior as they develop through time," agreeing with Jung & profusely uses Jung's term "individuation," but seems p. 63 to confuse unknowable with unknown, ignores Jung's synchronicity & Self, & decries Western psychology's p. 95 determinism. His knowledge of Jung seems limited. He's correct regarding Jung's defining consciousness only by the ego, but Jung's ego-inclusive Self could IMHO become conscious like Castaneda's 2nd Attention. While I didn't find much new in this work, its presentation & insight greatly overshadow its relatively minor deficiencies.
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