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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612251
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 24 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rather than presenting an esoteric borrowing from Indian culture, Judith employs the metaphoric language of the chakra system within the context of modern psychology. Her clear organization and numerous charts make browsing for subjects of personal relevance a breeze, and her comparison of the various maps of psychological development (Freudian, Piagetian, Eriksonian, Reichian, and others) is intriguing. The book provides a useful tool for contemplating our strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate approaches to growth. -Yoga Journal". . . [S]parkles with insight. Spiritual seeker, client, and therapist alike will find treasures here."-PanGaia magazine

From the Publisher

* Revised edition of the groundbreaking New Age book that seamlessly integrates Western psychology and the Eastern chakra system, including a new introduction from the author.

* Applies the chakra system to important modern social realities and issues such as addiction, codependence, family dynamics, sexuality, and personal empowerment.

* Previous edition has sold more than 55,000 copies.


More About the Author

Anodea Judith holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services, with a speciality in Mind-Body healing, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology. Her best-selling books on the chakra system, marrying Eastern and Western disciplines, have been considered groundbreaking in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and used as definitive texts in the U.S. and abroad. With a million books in print in 14 languages, her books have won her the reputation of solid scholarship and international renown as a dynamic speaker and workshop leader. She is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, a teaching organization that offers workshops and teleclasses in chakras, evolutionary activism, yoga, manifestation techniques and much more. You can find her on the web at http://www.sacredcenters.com.

Customer Reviews

I love this book, it is written very well and easy to understand.
Lynn M. Andrews
It is indispensable if you have an interest in learning about the connection between emotional experiences, energy centers and physical dis-ease.
moon
I've kept this book on my reference shelf as I find myself returning to it again and again.
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Robert Samuel White on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have to say, this author knows her stuff.

As I've learned from reading many of her books, she has long had a history of studying the chakra system. Through personal experience, she has adapted some of the esoteric systems with her own style, which are discussed more fully within her books.

This book in particular is an important one. In our culture, we all suffer abuses of some kind or another, even abuses we probably wouldn't consider abuse. Take noise pollution for example - it's a real assault on your senses, although we drown it out and let our body deal with the consequences.

But this book deals with the heavier stuff too - relationship issues, physical or sexual abuse, eating disorders, mental imbalances, whatever it may be, it's probably covered in this book. And what I have noticed is this author really knows what she's talking about - she provides insights I have not heard come from anyone else in my entire life.

I strongly encourage this book to everyone, regardless of who you are. This is a book for humanity.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kate Chopin VINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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This book accomplished in one reading what I've tried to do with two different therapists and countless books/articles. Anodea Judith has a knack for writing about chakras & psychology in plain language that I feel anyone could understand, even if you've never heard of chakras before. As I went through this book, I found myself underlining to the point that I would just block off paragraphs, and sometimes entire pages, because I saw myself so clearly in her words. It's that kind of book. And it isn't just me, because I read this as part of a group, and along with 3 other books, and everyone always went back to this book. So often, I or someone else said: 'It's like she wrote this with me in mind.' She does offer exercises for healing at the end of every chapter - and they are doable - so you have a toolbox to begin restoring yourself. For me, just recognizing where issues developed had a healing effect.

Yes, this book deals with Eastern concepts of the body and would appeal to yogis and Eastern-minded people, but I think all others not in those categories would benefit as well. A large part of the book uses Western psychology to explain imbalance, so this isn't a difficult read at all. I couldn't put it down.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, because it has already been an invaluable resource to me, and I can imagine it will be for years to come as I re-read and reflect, change and grow, and read again. It is nice to have her book Wheels of Life as well, to better understand the chakras, have access to more exercises, and expand your knowledge of the body.

Thank you so much, Anodea Judith, for such a brilliant, healing work of art.
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Tustin VINE VOICE on May 9, 2011
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As the subtitle suggests, this book gives a psychological analysis of each of the 7 major chakras. There are 55 pages devoted to each chakra, covering the meaning of its color, its issues, the age of its manifestation, its traumas, character, excesses, deficiencies and how to balance it by resolving its psychological issues. In addition, there are 10 supplemental charts summarizing the various characteristics of the 7. The book is more analytical than spiritual, more doctrinal than experiential and more dry than emotional.

The 3 things I found mildly useful were the summary charts, its perspective of being able to blend East and West and its ease of reference by being well organized and summarized. At best, an occasionally useful secondary reference. Well suited for a psychologist looking for a new angle. Not well suited for someone looking for spiritual growth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Preece on May 10, 2012
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I purchased this book when I was in a sea of confusion and standing in crossroads about my life. It provided great insight to dark corners that I had even forgotten they existed, but that were playing a great role in my personal affairs and stood in the way to achieving my goals. I use it as a guide for my path in life and often refer back to it when things are not going the right way. Since I purchased it the first time, I have purchased it again and again as a present for people who are dear to me. Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David M. Bell on May 4, 2011
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I like her take on the Chakra system in this book. It fits with the insights I have learned from A.H. Almaas. Where a more modern and western approach to the subtle energy systems is a working through of psycho/emotional issues to unblock one's energies. I like how the chakaras here represent psycho/energetic differentiations of the self. I'm not too keen on it being a transcendent work from lower energies upwards. My interest is more 4th way, in that I'm interested in how to work on the head/hear/gut centers simultaneously. This book really shows how eastern systems can benefit from a more western approach.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful By picky reader on March 17, 2013
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I was looking for something that would relate elements of eastern philosophy to more familiar western concepts in order to make the former more accessible, particularly the connection between body/mind/spirit. This is not that book. Instead, it is composed of the author's own elaborate theories on how social influences encountered early in life result in lingering issues that impact specific chakras. She appears to have synthesized her theories by combining her own suppositions with a lot of pop developmental psychology, which is an extremely speculative body of theory unto itself, and many of her claims are in conflict with modern neuroscience concerning the impressionable stages of brain development. It's no secret that despite the profusion of psychological and spiritual theory that has been hatched over the last half-century, most reliable indicators show that Americans are, in fact, less "well" than they were before. This author's theories are spun from those same pop-psych notions, so it's doubtful that there's much real value to the material - other than the sense of relief some might gain from latching onto a convincing excuse for one's problems. In that respect, this book will probably find a willing audience among those suffering hangovers from having grown up in a dysfunctional family, but linking any resolution of those issues to the chakras seems like taking credit for something unearned. Most of us encounter the chakra concept through yoga, meditation, or similar disciplines. Those practices commonly result a sense of improved mental and spiritual well-being, but for reasons that are poorly understood.Read more ›
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