Psychology in the Light of the East
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Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals., CHOICE
Psychology in the Light of the East is recommended reading for college-level psychology students who want to integrate Eastern thinking into Western psychology traditions, and blends philosophy, psychology and spirituality in a survey of these two diverse worlds and the areas where they compliment one another. . . .[P]sychology students and practitioners receive a clear exploration of how to tailor their approach for more effective client care and responses, and will find Psychology in the Light of the East a clear road map of approaches backed by real-world sessions and history alike. This book will also be helpful for individuals seeking psycho-spiritual healing and development as it provides a deep understanding of the many paths inwards and therefore, how to endeavour toward our greater potential. Very highly recommended., Midwest Book Review
“An extremely helpful and well-written guidebook of self-discovery and growth, both personal and spiritual. Dig in. There are gems on every page!” -- Stuart Sovatsky, PhD, author of Advanced Spiritual Intimacy and Words from the Soul
“A deeply insightful and powerful integration of eastern and western approaches to psychology. This is a fertile field that will yield profound possibilities for human growth and healing over the coming decades, and this book will be a leading light.” -- Brant Cortright, California Institute of Integral Studies, author of Integral Psychology and The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle
“With brilliance of intellect, and with a palpable, compassionate heart, Margot Borden takes us, her readers, on a riveting journey toward the discovery of our true, essential self.” -- Rabbi Pinchas Allouche
“It requires courage to study the intuitive psychology of the East with the contemporary rational mindset of the West. In this text, Margot Borden brings in conventional and postmodern approaches but integrates the transformative vision of Sri Aurobindo to present a glimpse of a greater psychology waiting to unfold.” -- Soumitra Basu, author of Integral Health: A Conscious Approach to Health and Healing
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What I enjoyed most about this book is the author’s authentic voice in her wise council, which was nearly always humble as they come from hard won experience and perceptibly open heart. As there is both the research and the author’s personal and professional experience to support the analyses of the various psychospiritual practices presented, the reader benefits by being exposed to the myriad of possibilities of self work and psychospiritual work with whomever they choose to be their guide in one’s life’s journey of “growing up”.
Self-actualization and self-realization are lifelong journeys that each and every one of us undertakes, whether we are aware of it or not. For seekers and the initiated alike, Borden’s book is one of those capable of bringing us along through its multi-leveled view of how this journey has been approached throughout time, and how it might be negotiated today with all of the choices, and perils, we have in front of us.
As a medical doctor, I especially appreciate how this text broadened my awareness of the therapeutic possibilities that are out there and possible referrals for patients. Medical training taught me that there exists a thing called therapy, a black box into which I send patients when I refer them to therapists, but didn't teach much beyond that. This book goes a long way to fill that gap.
Clinical vignettes are fascinating and spot-on. And I love how Borden injects humanizing anecdotes about herself from her own adventurous path of growth.
The triunity of heal, whole, and holy comes through in every chapter, signaling Borden's membership in the healing professionals' worldwide fraternity: those who help bring grace to the material plane for the sick and the disconnected. Great book!