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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Emma Bragdon (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466340835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466340831
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emma Bragdon, (PhD, Psychology) has written six books on the place of spirituality in maintaining health and wellbeing. Since 2001 she has been studying and writing about Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil, including the sanctuary where John of God does his extraordinary healing work. Dr. Bragdon spends half each year in the USA and half in Brazil. She is the Director of the Foundation for Energy Therapies, dedicated to education and research, and leads tours in Brazil. Some of these tours are for those seeking personal healing; some are for health professionals wanting to learn more about the model of psychiatric care used in Spiritist hospitals.

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This is a chance to help with a new approach!
JDK
Dr. Bragdon has done the mental health field a tremendous service in writing this beautiful and informative book.
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Mental illness is a social and spiritual malaise as much as a physical one.
Mark Foster, CO

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Delano on October 31, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Dr. Bragdon's book is truly a unique gift to anyone searching for meaning in emotional suffering. She gives important information from many different perspectives, weaving a rich tapestry of understanding through stories, personal reflection, and research; I particularly found the motivational approach to treating addiction very fascinating. Bragdon's true story-telling abilities make this book hard to put down, and I can truly say that there is nothing like it out there. It is filled with hope, the most important medicine any of us can hope to find who are on journeys through emotional struggles. I highly encourage any and all to give it a read with an open heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gina Starr -MA, Artist on August 22, 2012
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"Resources for Extraordinary Healing" by Dr. Emma Bragdon is an important book.

Emma Bragdon writes with compassion, inspiration, and an in depth knowledge of mental health communities, both traditional and innovative. She invites us to view a system of beliefs and ideas resulting in innovative practices within the mental health world. The system involves spirit; it acknowledges spirit as different and separate from matter. She proves to us, with testimony and documentation, that the system works. She invites us to move forward.

Dr Bragdon points out that the scientific community treats mental health as a physical problem, relying heavily on the use of drugs. Bragdon introduces us to mental health communities in Brazil based on Spiritism, communities that recognize, honor, and treat the spirit. Her description of Spiritism is easy to read and understand; it is based on her many years of education and experience as well as the experiences of others. Emma points out that the treatment is compassionate, respectful of each individual, with a focus on the spiritual rather than the physical. Drugs can be administered but only for short periods of time and in particular cases.

The last half of the book is devoted to the many resources found in the U.S.A. that support healing with a focus on body, mind, and spirit. This is a much needed guide for anyone who is searching and longing for mental wellness.

"Resources for Extraordinary Healing" offers to the reader an insight into the gift of healing, healing with heart. I would recommend Dr. Bragdon's book to all who are interested in moving forward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D. Manahan on November 18, 2011
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The majority of us healthcare practitioners tend to be cautious about claims of amazing or miraculous healings done by those outside the conventional medical system. So, when we hear of spiritual healers such as John of God in Brazil, we tend to shut down our mental receptor sites and quickly move on to something else.

Well, stop yourself from doing that this time. If you take care of people with serious mental illness, you will be richly rewarded by Emma Bragdon's compelling case histories of the effectiveness of "Spiritism." The stories demonstrate the possibility that many mental disturbances lie in our spirit and in our spirit's history over various lifetimes. Since I have personally had some unusual experiences regarding past lives, this idea caught my attention. I read the entire book and was enthralled with the beauty, compassion, power, and wisdom that shone through every page.

I especially appreciate Bragdon's holistic approach. She explains not only Spiritism but also how multiple other therapies can - and must at times - play an important role in helping people with mental illness. For example, her chapter on Orthomolecular Medicine and her acknowledgement of the appropriateness at times of pharmaceuticals help give the book an authenticity regarding the importance of an integrative and holistic approach to the care of patients.

Each person is a unique being when suffering with mental health problems. Therefore, each person with mental illness is better served by being treated with a wide array of distinctive and diverse modalities especially tailored for that person. It is time for the practitioners of allopathic medicine to recognize and honor that fact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Foster, CO on July 30, 2012
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The predominant paradigm of mental illness in America says something like this: discrete diseases of mental illness are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, and science has engineered specific medications to treat these diseases, like insulin for diabetes.

However, in the age of ever-escalating prescriptions of psychiatric drugs, America has seen an exponential worsening of mental health outcomes. Clearly, the biomedical model of mental illness and its reflexive drug therapies are not living up to their promise. When it comes to mental illness, there must be something else going on.

This is where the brillance and necessity of Dr. Emma Bragdon's book comes in. Mental illness is a social and spiritual malaise as much as a physical one. The mental, spiritual and physical can't really be separated anyway--it's all one thing we call life. So in order to heal the wounds of cognitive and emotional distress, we need more than just drugs that clumsily--and often harmfully--address only the person's physiology. We need compassionate communities, we need connection to higher powers, and we need to find purpose and meaning in our suffering.

The Brazilian Spiritist approach is one method that taps into all of these facets of mental healing, with great success. There are other models in other cultures that work well through similar modalities and interventions. There is not "one right way" to help someone heal. But the best ways all share certain things in common.

To me, the answer is clear: to heal the mind, we must connect in the heart and in the soul. Dr. Bradgon's book is a tremendous resource for any provider or patient looking to do just that.
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More About the Author

Now living in Vermont after 30 years in California.

Education: PhD in Transpersonal Psychology
License: Marriage, Family Child Therapist

Interests: We need to redefine madness and understand that some people who appear mad, or unconventional, may be visionaries and capable of taking us to a whole new level of functioning in society. For example: being a medium or psychic doesn't mean you are crazy. But, if you try to squash that natural ability, and never learn to harness it to help others, then, chances are, you may have some problems related to repression. If you integrate this God-given ability and are fortunate to have excellent supervision and fellowship, you can be of great service to others. Brazilian Spiritists have taught me alot about this!

Deeply involved with metaphysics, energy healing, spiritual healing and meditation since 1964.

When I was a psychotherapist. I used various therapeutic modalities including accupressure and breathwork.

Since 2001 I've been exploring spiritual healing in Brazil and experiencing how contemporary Spiritist Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals work. I am currently leading groups for health professionals to visit Brazil and learn more about Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals and Centers.

I think Spiritism offers a lot of components that would enhance the way medicine is practiced worldwide...that's why I've written books and produced films about it.

My calling is to contribute to reforming our health care systems in the USA--to inspire others to include more of the components we find in Spiritist Centers in Brazil by addressing the roots of illness, optimizing wellness through spiritual practices and loving community.


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