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Awareness Is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality Paperback – March 27, 2015
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Itai Ivtzan elucidates not only the meeting point between psychology and spirituality but the synergy and power of the two. Allow this accomplished scholar and meditator to offer you this clear road-map as you take this journey to your indwelling. This important book, peppered with research studies, validated psychological tests, and practical exercises, offers clear and insightful methods for you to re-discover your mindfulness and hence...your freedom. (Ryan M. Niemiec, author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing 2014)
Dr. Ivtzan has done a great service to humanity with this beautiful book. Here we have two of our most precious currents of thought, psychology and spirituality, each of which has transformed people's lives for the better, but which until now have remained wary of each other. However, with great skill and artistry, Dr. Ivtzan has brought these together in a 'marriage,' a union which serves to greatly enrich both partners. Moreover, Dr. Ivtzan is just the kind of wise and compassionate pastor that we need to skillfully conduct such a union, with his great depths of insight and beauty of expression. However, the most important beneficiary of this 'marriage' is the reader, who is invited to embark upon their own personal journal of transformation. Through a series of 'lessons,' including structured reflections and exercises, the fortunate reader is led gently down a path of mystery, towards realms of the self and of the universe that they may not have suspected existed. Truly, this book has the power to change your life. (Tim Lomas, author of Masculinity, Meditation and Mental Health 2014)
Awareness is Freedom provides a clear and practical course in spiritual training. It's an ideal introduction that quickly takes the reader from the shallows to the depths. Save yourself the trouble of learning Sanskrit, Pali or Tibetan in order to read the ancient sutras. Instead, I would advise you start your journey with this illuminating and accessible book. I wish I had had the opportunity to read it years ago before I wandered off to the East. (Tim Ward, author of What the Buddha Never Taught: A 'Behind the Robes' Account of life in a Thai Forest Monastery 9/14/2014)
About the Author
Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. He is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). If you wish to get additional information about his work or contact him, please visit www.AwarenessIsFreedom.com
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Not only is this book a solid attempt to marry the best of spirituality and science, it is also a practical guide. On one hand it addresses the most fundamental questions that occupy every human, and at the same time it provides simple ways to answer and address them, weaved into daily life.
Ivtzan has done a tremendous job putting this book together, and as its title implies it will open your eyes to new things, and help you become liberated from the confines of the narrow worldview of one discipline or another. A wonderful read, and an important step towards big, positive changes in life!
The organisation of the book seems to mirror to the author’s own sharp, organising intelligence, which is evident in the clarity of his concepts. One very useful concept he presents is the distinction between ‘the ego formed self’ and the ‘authentic self.’ His idea of spirituality as a process of transforming the former into the latter is a stroke of genius. The book attempts a much needed integration of psychology and spirituality. It brings transcendence and transformation into the sometimes arid field of psychology, and brings intellectual clarity into the often fuzzy confused domain of spirituality. It moves spirituality away from the religious and spiritual traditions with which it’s often associated, and treats ‘awakening’ as a natural psychological state which is potentially available to us all. It’s filled with great insights into the psychological mechanisms which keep us in imprisoned in our egos, explaining how thought creates separation and how our concepts determine our perceptions. The whole book is inspiring and enlightening, and a powerful clarion call for us to begin the glorious adventure of spiritual development.