spiritism and mental health practices from spiritist centers and spiritist psychiatric hospitals in brazil

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Spiritism And Mental Health

Author : Emma Bragdon
ISBN : 9781848191358
Genre : Psychology
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An account of the philosophy, theory, practical applications and wider relevance of Spiritist therapies to be published in the English language. It explores how Spiritist centers and psychiatric hospitals are established and financed, with specific examples from Brazil and the USA.

Resources For Extraordinary Healing

Author : Emma Bragdon
ISBN : 9780962096006
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Sixteen million Americans (5% of our population) are crippled by serious mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A lead article in Reuters News in August 2011 reported that 40% of people (201 million) in the European Union are mentally ill or have brain disorders. The numbers of mentally-disabled-from tots to seniors- needing supplemental income supplied by their governments is swelling at an alarming rate. In the USA it's 6 times what it was in 1955. Can one recover from serious mental imbalance? How? These questions are increasingly important to emotionally disturbed people and the governments supporting them. It's crazy, but top research psychiatrists now admit "We still don't know the cause of most mental illness; indicators show it is not a 'broken brain' that can be fixed by medications." Resources for Extraordinary Healing exposes a new paradigm about the causes of mental disturbances and maps pathways to full recovery. An effective model of care from Brazil that has been developed since the 1930s is described. The treatment addresses biological, psychosocial, and spiritual issues- not separately, but together. The collaborating healthcare team is made up of medical doctors, psychiatrists, medical intuitives and spiritual healers. Trained volunteers bring compassionate understanding and companionship. It is more cost-effective than our system. Compelling stories point to accessible resources in the USA that are similar to what Brazil offers. Contact information is well organized, making this book an excellent guide and an inspiring reference for patients, their families, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and healthcare providers. It will be of value anywhere people seek information, compassionate care, and illuminating perspective on recovering mental health.

Kardec S Spiritism

Author : Emma Bragdon
ISBN : 9781456610043
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Especially of interest to those involved with healing and healthcare: The first book to describe contemporary spiritual healing centers in Brazil including a psychiatric hospital where spiritual healers collaborate with conventionally trained healthcare professionals. There are more than 12,000 of these centers in Brazil; 20-40 million Brazilians use this resource for spiritual growth, healing, and to maintain wellness. These Centers welcome people of all religions and cultures, offering effective forms of healing as a free service. The introduction to the philosophy of Spiritism is presented in a clear, easy to understand manner. The description of the methods for healing used over more than 150 years demonstrate that Brazil has developed an effective model of integrative health care. The author spent half of each year, 2001-2012, in Brazil studying these centers and hospitals. She is a psychologist, teacher, prolific author and pioneer in the area of healing and spiritual awakening. She suggests that importing components of Brazil's Spiritist Centers could help us improve our ailing healthcare system.

The Call Of Spiritual Emergency

Author : Emma Bragdon
ISBN : 9781456610067
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A feast of revealing narratives expose the amazing story of how people deal with critical points in personal transformation, also known as spiritual emergency. With the increase of interest in yoga, meditation, mental health recovery, and recovery from addiction there is renewed interest in care that is not based on medication as much as empathy and compassionate companionship. This book helps anyone who doesn't have a language to understand intense inner experiences and confuses them with mental illness. If you have felt disoriented by intense spiritual experiences this book will help you understand where you are and where you may be heading. It is a map of the journey of spiritual awakening written by a psychologist who knows the territory well. Reading it may make the difference between heading off to the hospital to get drugs to stop the symptoms or staying home and knowing you are OK. Just because you have had a conversation with your spirit guide, or talked to the spirit of someone who has passed away doesn't mean you are having a breakdown. It could mean you are having a breakthrough to a higher level of functioning. The author is a psychologist and knows the territory.

Spiritual Alliances

Author : Emma Bragdon
ISBN : 0962096032
Genre : Guides (Spiritualism)
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Spiritual Alliances offers a clear-eyed report of extraordinary events at the Casa de Dom Inacio in Brazil, where dramatic healings are taking place, apparently through the intervention of spiritual entities. These inspired being are either channeled by a man called John of God, or become present directly in special group rooms dedicated to healing and meditation.Bearing witness to the events taking place at "The Casa", Spiritual Alliances powerfully suggests that there is profound healing support available from the spiritual dimension, and that this phenomenon may not be limited to special places like The Casa.An impactful, yet non-polarizing look at the shortcomings of Western Medicine helps readers reflect on conventional medicine vis a vis spiritual treatment at the Casa. Five interviews with Western medical types document what it is like to observe, learn and be transformed by experiencing The Casa. Readers will be moved and inspired by the stories of people who came to the Casa and were healed, not only physically, but in their hearts, minds and spirits.

Occult Abc

Author : Kurt E. Koch
ISBN : 0825497000
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A comprehensive examination of seventy-one forms of occult activity, their effect, and deliverance from them through victory in Christ.

Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling And Psychotherapy

Author : Roy Moodley
ISBN : 9780761930471
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy critically examines ethnic minority cultural and traditional healing in relation to counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Roy Moodley and William West highlight the challenges and changes in the field of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy by integrating current issues of traditional healing with contemporary practice. The book uniquely presents a range of accounts of the dilemmas and issues facing students, professional counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, researchers, and others who use multicultural counseling or transcultural psychotherapy as part of their professional practice.

Crime And Punishment In Latin America

Author : Ricardo D. Salvatore
ISBN : 0822327449
Genre : History
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Representing a new wave of legal history that has emerged in recent years, Crime and Punishment in Latin America presents unique essays about the relationship between ordinary people and the law. While applying disparate methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary traditions, the contributors share the conviction that law and legal phenomena are crucial elements in the formation and functioning of modern Latin American societies. Influenced by various theoretical developments, including the rise of cultural, subaltern, and postcolonial studies, the new brand of legal history found in this volume rejects assumptions about the normativity of elite privilege and the law's straightforward application of "justice." While disassociating law from a strict and reductionist legalist approach, the volume showcases discussions of a range of cultures by scholars from both North and Latin America who consider, among other topics, the role of law in mediating social conflict and participating in state building. Treating law as an ambiguous and malleable realm of struggle, the contributors demonstrate that law not only produces and reformulates culture but shapes and is shaped by larger processes of political, social, economic, and cultural change. Other topics discussed include the need for more studies on women's shifting legal status and the ways in which legal systems in England, Western Europe, and the United States compares to those in Latin American countries. This volume will appeal to scholars in Latin American studies and to those interested in the social and cultural history of law. Contributors. Carlos Aguirre, Dain Borges, Lila Caimari, Arlene J. Diaz, Luis A. Gonzalez, Donna Guy, Douglas Hay, Gilbert M. Joseph, Juan Manuel Palacio, Diana Paton, Pablo Piccato, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Kristin Ruggiero, Ricardo D. Salvatore, Charles Walker

John Of God

Author : Heather Cumming
ISBN : 9781416565413
Genre : Self-Help
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"I am the happiest man in the world because God entrusted me with this mission." In John of God: The Brazilian Healer Who's Touched the Lives of Millions, a seemingly average rancher from Abadiânia, Brazil, offers a powerful message of love, compassion, and hope for humanity. João Teixeira de Faria, the healer and medium known as John of God, allows "spirit doctors" to take over his body three times a week to miraculously treat the thousands of people from all over the world who come in need of remedy. John of God has fulfilled his mission as a medium for more than forty-eight years, making numerous pilgrimages around the world. Drawn by the hope of instantaneous healing, over eight million believers have proceeded in front of him throughout his life, as tens of thousands journey to Brazil each year to see John of God and his home, the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, which is designed to accommodate hundreds of visitors each day. Despite all the media attention paid to this inter-nationally praised healer, little has been revealed about his personal life. Translator Heather Cumming and photographer Karen Leffler have traveled with John of God and chronicled his life and work. What began as an endeavor to document the testimonials of his remarkable healings has now become the first complete, authorized portrait of his world. Stirring words and vivid photographs -- many of which capture the haunting spiritual energy that surrounds John of God and the Casa -- take us on an affecting and deeply personal journey with the humble medium who offers hope for people with none. The result is an intimate portrait of an ordinary individual in extraordinary circumstances and a reading experience that will bring readers of every persuasion closer to their faith. To learn more about John of God and his mission, go to www.beyondword.com and www.friendsofthecasa.org.

Exploring Frontiers Of The Mind Brain Relationship

Author : Alexander Moreira-Almeida
ISBN : 1461406471
Genre : Psychology
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The conscious mind defines human existence. Many consider the brain as a computer, and they attempt to explain consciousness as emerging at a critical, but unspecified, threshold level of complex computation among neurons. The brain-as-computer model, however, fails to account for phenomenal experience and portrays consciousness as an impotent, after-the-fact epiphenomenon lacking causal power. And the brain-as-computer concept precludes even the remotest possibility of spirituality. As described throughout the history of humankind, seemingly spiritual mental phenomena including transcendent states, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and past-life memories have in recent years been well documented and treated scientifically. In addition, the brain-as-computer approach has been challenged by advocates of quantum brain biology, who are possibly able to explain, scientifically, nonlocal, seemingly spiritual mental states. Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship argues against the purely physical analysis of consciousness and for a balanced psychobiological approach. This thought-provoking volume bridges philosophy of mind with science of mind to look empirically at transcendent phenomena, such as mystic states, near-death experiences and past-life memories, that have confounded scientists for decades. Representing disciplines ranging from philosophy and history to neuroimaging and physics, and boasting a panel of expert scientists and physicians, including Andrew Newberg, Peter Fenwick, Stuart Hameroff, Mario Beauregard, Deepak Chopra, and Chris Clarke the book rigorously follows several lines of inquiry into mind-brain controversies, challenging readers to form their own conclusions—or reconsider previous ones. Key coverage includes: Objections to reductionistic materialism from the philosophical and the scientific tradition. Phenomena and the mind-brain problem. The neurobiological correlates of meditation and mindfulness. The quantum soul, a view from physics. Clinical implications of end-of-life experiences. Mediumistic experience and the mind-brain relationship. Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship is essential reading for researchers and clinicians across many disciplines, including cognitive psychology, personality and social psychology, the neurosciences, neuropsychiatry, palliative care, philosophy, and quantum physics. “This book ... brings together some precious observations about the fundamental mystery of the nature of consciousness ... It raises many questions that serve to invite each of us to be more aware of the uncertainty of our preconceptions about consciousness ... This book on the frontiers of mind-body relationships is a scholarly embodiment of creative and open-minded science.” C. Robert Cloninger, MD Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics, and Psychology, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis MO

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