- 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: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Bragdon brings her own rich experience and insights into a profound vision for the transformation into a more compassionate and real healing paradigm.
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.
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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