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The Transpersonal: Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling Paperback – October 13, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1583919873 ISBN-10: 1583919872 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583919872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583919873
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book does impressive service in making the transpersonal and its psychology more accessible to its community of practicioners and those in the wider world." - Mark Sutherland, Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 17, No. 4, August 2008 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The principle insight from this book is that there is a transpersonal element to all therapy and while this element touches on the numinous, it doesn't necessarily take on a religious form. If psychotherapy is about daring to open up to what is inside us, opening to the spiritual adds a critical element to this process - psychotherapy can act as a bridge between the two (3).

Following the introduction Rowan provides some insight into the founders of transpersonal psychology including James Jung, Maslow and Grof. The book is then structured into three themes: being, doing and knowing.

In Being he brings forth the insight that the experience of serious mysticism comes from intention and commitment. As Jack Cornfield is want to say - it comes from taking the chair. Chap 2 also addresses Ken Wilber's map which explores the distinctions between the pre-personal, the personal and the transpersonal. I found it useful to spend some time here and get my head around what they were saying, as Rowan frequently referred back to Figure 2.1 (60) throughout the remainder of the book. Transpersonal work involves working in areas of the Centaur (real self; defining myself), the Subtle (the soul, symbols, images archetypes; defined by Other/s) and the Casual (self transcendence; the deep water, undefined) (77/108).

A recurring theme across the book is the important insight that people seeking a spiritual journey also address their own nastiness/shadow as the latter is an essential part of the former (26). At times this can't be avoided as key life events can force us to confront the need change (66).

Ch 3 addresses Wilber's 9 fulcrums which are 'key turning points in a person's life where a developmental challenge arises and some solution has to be found' (90).
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By Leonor Cristal on December 19, 2012
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This book is part of the student's bibliography in Transpersonal Therapy Studies. I acquired it to investigate for my investigation paper at the end of the first year and I'm really enjoying it.
It has a very technical approach, but simple enough for a layperson to read. Also, it explains thoroughly what is the Transpersonal - philosophy and therapy - and how it can be used in therapy and counselling.
It also makes the point that the transpersonal approach is one that really bears in mind the whole human, expanding one's sense of self and opening all the creative and growth potential one has.
I'm loving the book and it really made a huge contribute to my studies as a transpersonal therapist and as a person.
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