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Ruskan's background as a yoga teacher informs the best (and shortest) part of his first book: clear, detailed instructions for breath, meditation and yoga exercises. Originally self-published in 1993, the rest of this too-long tome offers a mix of familiar New Age thinking posing as psychotherapy. Ruskan espouses "self-therapy" based solely on his personal experience, recommending "accepting dualism" (i.e., taking the bad with the good) and "experiencing feelings" rather than expressing or suppressing them. His counseling method, called "integrative processing," promises the "clearing" of repressed emotions, prompting positive change in one's self, life and relationships. Ruskan adamantly opposes medications for depression and other disorders (a label he rejects) and condemns seeking the roots of emotional pain or self-defeating behaviors in childhood experiences; instead, he relies on astrology and past-lives speculation. Despite the subtitle's claim, there is nothing "groundbreaking" in either the vintage humanist practice of "getting in touch with your feelings" or the integration of Eastern practices and philosophies into Western thinking. At best, Ruskan provides some food for thought and useful exercises, at worst, some potentially dangerous advice for people with serious emotional problems. Agent, Diana Finch of Ellen Levine Literary Agency. (Jan.)
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Praise for Emotional Clearing by John Ruskan:

"Ruskan has achieved a difficult task, clarifying the interface between Western psychology and Eastern Spiritual tradition."
--Dr. Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want

"John Ruskan has accomplished a great work. Step by step, he has clarified a method of self-work that can truly open the way to well-being, wisdom, and the recovery of love for oneself and the world."
--Robert K. Hall, M.D., cofounder of the Lomi School of Psychotherapy

"John Ruskan's Emotional Clearing is a fresh, original work that offers valuable insights to persons seeking tools for self-therapy as well as to professional therapists.  I hope this cutting-edge work will find a wide audience."
--Martha Crampton, Ph.D., director of New York Open Center's Program in Integrative Therapy

"This work is both thoroughly conceived and personal.  A very helpful approach to self-therapy emerges from processing the emotional dialogue between mind and body.  Rarely is Eastern wisdom presented in terms that can be so easily understood by the Western mind."
--Terry Hunt, Ed.D., coauthor of Emotional Healing

"I appreciate what John Ruskan has undertaken in Emotional Clearing and wholeheartedly support him and it.  There is no doubt that the tools and insights presented in this book are vital to anyone who is on a journey of self-actualization."
--Richard Moss, M.D., author of The Black Butterfly and The I That Is We

"Ruskan's book is full of useful insights into emotional healing, and he deserves a wide audience among both psychotherapists and yogis alike."
-- Yoga Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: R. Wyler & Co; Rev Exp edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962929530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962929533
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By olivias4@aol.com on September 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Having read many self-help books, one tends to become jaded after a while--after all, it seems to work for the writer, but doesn't really work for the reader, right? Not this book. "Emotional Clearing" is the most life-changing book I have ever read to date. The author, John Ruskan, writes in simple terms which, at the same time, seem so important, how can they be this simple? Yet, this book works, his writing works, his method works. Surprise! And, even better, the methods he teaches the reader are easy to do, understand, and continue long after you finish it. That is what sets this book apart from others: the extended use of its methods to accomplish real life change.

Warning: After reading this book, never again can the reader in all honesty blame others or even him/herself again! And please don't read it unless you want real change in your life, and don't recommend it to anyone else you don't want to see change. Just keep going along the way you are now and forget this book!

I'm glad I didn't
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Osinski on October 11, 1999
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I have used the focusing technique that John Ruskan so eloquently describes in his book. Be aware that it does take some effort, commitment and time. But I agree with the other people who have reviewed John Ruskan's book and say that his technique will change your life. I know that sounds like a paid advertisement, but try the technique over a period of time and see if you don't agree. Not only will you no longer feel like a victim but you will realize that you have everything you need to change and heal inside of yourself.
I have recently started using a similar technique, General Sensate Focusing, which I now prefer. The complete book is located on several websites maintained by Dr. Ilan Shalif. Everything I have said about John Ruskan's book applies equally to the technique taught by Dr. Shalif. It is just a matter of preference and convenience as you can print Dr. Shalif's book off one of his websites.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric Gross VINE VOICE on May 29, 2000
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This is truly an extraordinary book for any spiritual seeker. I have read literally hundreds of books on transformational psychology and Eastern spirituality, but this work is both superior and more applicable to daily life. Ruskan describes in detail a transformational path that you can commence immediately and if you follow his instructions, meaning not to analyze, blame or intellectually mediate, you will experience the liberating effects of this meditative approach. It is groundbreaking!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Great Scott on September 28, 2000
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I bought this book six years ago and unfortunately at the time only scanned through it, not absorbing some of the main points presented in the early chapters. I recently picked it up again, this time with much more dilegence, and now have made rapid progress. Heres a book of the spiritual nature that does much more than the usual lip service of "dont suppress" your emotions found in many other self-help books. Spiritual traditions that I have studied do little release the brakes; they focus instead on going forward, which is all imaginary if you cant first get your foot untied.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Al Ameen on November 28, 2000
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Do you recall which books had a profound effect on you and still look for the other one yet to come which might still open another crack in the cocoon engulfing you? This can be the one but you will have to be already on the Path on Meditations and Inner work to be able to go through and through clearing the emotions has they come up. definately it's not for the ordinary reader who wants Instant Enlightment ; this book is very detailed as how to Integrate level of feelings one by one until the climax of Integration comes..which needs a super level of awareness for that.I would definately love to do this step one by one integration with John Ruskan in his classes ,but not reading about it. Iam an ordinary reader who has been transformed by books like by Sanaya Roman ,Krishnarmurti,and lately Margaret Paul.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Harris on January 29, 2007
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John Ruskan has put together a very well thought out system of understanding feelings, karma and life. He has been working at this for quite some time, but the material has a timeless quality. I've read the book twice and took a great deal more from it the second time. There is something the rings true about karma and how our suppressed feelings and conditioned patterns attract that which is needed for them to come to the surface and give us the opportunity to grow through them. Of course, sometimes we do not chose or are not able to grow through difficult feelings. Emotional Clearing offers a deep, thorough treatment of the concepts that underly the challenage of this universal truth. Thus, this book helped me grasp the very spiritual nature of self work. I'm indebted to Ruskan for this, simply put. This book is not, gratefully, scientific or academic. Yet it is precisely assembled and thorough, affected by Ruskan's well-organized logic, but also by his practiced access to feelings, instinct and intuition. The modality he has developed takes the theory further by offering therapeutic techniques that are based on long standing practices. Like yoga, like breathwork. So it is more than theory. If you want a book or process or modality that also guides you directly to effective action, this book does that. But don't get me wrong, the theory can occupy a thoughtful person for quite some time too. I would know, having found the book two years ago and finding myself still involved with it and even now using my experience with it as a jumping off point for writing and working. There has been a decided improvement in the flow of my life since first discovering Ruskan's website and then buying the book. For spirtual seekers and people wanting to improve thier life in a deep, authentic, sustainable manner, this book is effective.
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