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...indispensable reading for everyone who is interested in transpersonal and integral psychology. -- Jeffrey Eisen, author of Oneness Perceived

The best presentation that I have ever read of both the theoretical reasons...and instructions on how to do it. -- Seymour Boorstein, author, Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Clinicical Studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy

There is a wealth of insights that point the way forward for psychotherapists and spiritual seekers..." -- Christopher Titmuss, author of An Awakened Life

This is groundbreaking work, and of compelling interest to all psychotherapists exploring the potentials of Self. -- Stephen Cope, LICSW, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

About the Author

John J. Prendergast is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of “The Chakras in Transpersonal Psychotherapy” in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.Peter Fenner completed a PhD in Madhyamika philosophical psychology in 1983. He founded the Center for Timeless Wisdom (wisdom.org). His books include The Ontology of the Middle Way, Reasoning into Reality, Essential Wisdom Teachings, and The Edge of Certainty: Dilemmas on the Buddhist Path.Sheila Krystal received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1970. She has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist integrating the spiritual dimension and psychotherapy via meditation, hatha yoga, Jungian dream work, Reichian body work, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing .
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  • Series: Omega Books
  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557788243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557788245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will be appreciated by one who senses or knows presence, whether one is held, or holds, in presence.
Jerry Katz
I have had inklings of dissatisfaction with the Advaita non-dual teachings because they seem to prefer emptiness to form, and it seems to me that form exists as well.
Be Well
As both a therapist and a student of non-dual wisdom teachings, I found The Sacred Mirror to be a blessed offering to my own personal and professional explorations.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Conway on November 15, 2004
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The Sacred Mirror is truly a landmark book in the history of psychotherapy, and can be considered "must reading" for all therapists, therapists-in-training, their instructors, and, I daresay, many spiritual teachers. Editors John Prendergast, Peter Fenner, and Sheila Krystal have done an outstanding job, not only in the quality of their own articles (for instance, senior editor John Prendergast's "Introduction" and his article for chapter 4, "The Sacred Mirror: Being Together," are alone well worth the modest price of the book), but also in the high quality of all the other multi-faceted papers they have inspired their fellow authors to draft. Note that all these papers are original, not having been previously published elsewhere.

Each essay is a gem. Having spent over three decades in "the nondual way" exploring its relevance for authentic living, loving, working and serving, I had wondered, before reading this book, just how much new insight could be generated by having so many contributors to this topic, "Nondual Wisdom in Psychotherapy" (the book's subtitle). After all, Alan Watts had brilliantly touched on many issues in his classic "Psychotherapy East and West," and Ken Wilber had written a fair amount on the nondual culmination of the psycho-spiritual development process.

I was pleasantly surprised.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on January 24, 2005
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Reality, Self, unconditioned mind, awakening, presence, silence, emptiness, being, nondual. If these are words you'd like to hear associated with psychotherapy, this book will be very welcome.

The Sacred Mirror is a collection of original writings by leading practitioners of nondual psychotherapy. Each author -- in his or her own fashion, and with varying degrees of emphasis -- addresses the nature of nondual disposition, what nondual therapy is, how it is practiced, and its role in psychotherapy. It is angled toward psychotherapists and the healing of psychological problems, but will appeal to anyone interested in nonduality, whether a professional healer or not. This book will be appreciated by one who senses or knows presence, whether one is held, or holds, in presence.

Since the function and work of the guru or spiritual teacher is essentially the same as that of the nondual therapist, both voices are heard from each author. Since these authors and therapists are intimate with nondual awareness, there is no underlying difference. What nondual therapists possess that most gurus do not, is formal training in psychology and a set of skills allowing them to practice conventional psychotherapy.

The first two chapters give overviews of nonduality and nondual therapy. John J. Prendergast, in the first chapter, asks whether the nondual approach makes for a new school of psychotherapy. He talks about how nonduality fits into practice. He addresses whether psychotherapy is evolving into a vehicle for transmission of truth, and whether awakening therapists are in the same lineage as Buddha or other great sages of all time. Prendergast speaks of the primary and secondary impacts of awakening.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By james daren dickson on June 4, 2004
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As a therapist in training, I have been confounded again and again by my mind's attempts to find a "theory" of human change that fits my actual experience of being human. The simple recognitions of the "direct approach" of the non-dual wisdom traditions - that silence is our essential nature and that this silence unfolds in form - provide the "un-theory" that my mind has always sought but has never been able to find. Reading the words of these seasoned practitioners is to be invited into this silence again and again. Their case presentations, observations, and recognitions speak intimately to the practice of being with another human being in an authentic way. I am grateful for every word.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G. Kenneth Bradford on November 17, 2003
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In the growing body of Transpersonal literature exploring the interface between Eastern spirituality and Western psychology, this anthology is the first to address the infiltration of specifically nondual awareness into psychotherapy practice. This ground-breaking work comes out of the maturing spiritual realization of its authors, who have generally committed decades of their lives to the practice of nondual Asian teachings, such as, Zen, Advaita Vedanta, TM, Prajnaparamita, Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. The aim of the text is less to contrast East with West than to present the authors' cutting-edge integrations of nondual wisdom within their therapy practices. A couple authors are not therapists, but spiritual teachers who, conversely, are lacing psychotherapeutic sensibilities into their nondual teachings. This combination of attitudes makes for a provocative, paradoxical presentation; at times - in the service of openness - blurring the boundaries between the "spiritual" and "psychological". At other times - in the service of self-honesty - clarifying these boundaries and differences.
The chapters generally present a theoretical overview combined with case studies. The cases run the gamut from cursory summaries to an indepth case history. The psychotherapeutic orientations of the authors vary as widely as their spiritual practices. Included are Existential, Cognitive, Humanistic-Transpersonal and Psychoanalytic practitioners, each addressing unconditioned being, albeit dressed in differing perspectives. What the text lacks in depth, were it limited to specific orientation, it makes up for in breadth and variety, as befits an introduction to a new field of inquiry.
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