Empathic Ground, The: Intersubjectivity and Nonduality in the Psychotherapeutic Process

SUNY Press
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The Empathic Ground explores the experience of nondual consciousness as the basis of human connection, and describes its importance for psychological healing. It looks at the therapeutic relationship from the perspectives of psychoanalytic intersubjectivity theory and Asian nondual philosophy, finding practical meeting points between them that illuminate crucial issues in psychotherapy, such as transference and counter-transference, the nature of subjectivity, and the role of the body. The book also includes a series of exercises developed by the author for realizing nondual consciousness in the clinical setting. Access to this subtle, unified dimension of consciousness develops both our individual human capacities—perception, understanding, love, and physical pleasure—and our relationships with other people. It thus has profound significance for both psychological healing and development, and for the relationship of psychotherapist and client.
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About the author

Judith Blackstone is Director of the Center for Transpersonal Embodied Psychotherapy in New York City and Realization Center in Woodstock, New York. She is also on the faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Empire State College, State University of New York. Her books include Living Intimately: A Guide to Realizing Spiritual Unity in Relationships.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 29, 2012
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Pages
142
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ISBN
9780791479582
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / General
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Counseling
Psychology / Psychotherapy / General
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This is a book about making contact—with yourself, your partner, and everything around you—at the deepest level possible. The basis for this connection is what Dr. Judith Blackstone calls fundamental consciousness—what we all are in our essence. In The Intimate Life, this innovative teacher and psychotherapist shares 17 relational practices from her unique approach to embodied spiritual awakening known as the Realization Process. Offered to help us relate “core to core” with compassion, understanding, and joy, The Intimate Life explores:

“Our spirituality flowers as we bring love alive in our lives. In The Intimate Life, Judith Blackstone guides us in how to release resistance to authentic contact and how to realize our inherent oneness with all beings. Her teachings are lucid, powerful, and wise—this book is a gem!”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

“With grace and profound insight, Judith Blackstone presents wise guidance on how we can more genuinely connect with and recognize the luminous depth of each other—and the world.”
—Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason

Attuning to Unified Consciousness—how to let go of our conditioned perceptions and behaviors to foster spiritual maturation Overcoming boundary problems—how to embrace the paradox of oneness and separateness Awareness, emotion, and physical contact—the three main pathways of interpersonal connection The spiritual essence of sexuality—spiritual exercises that apply unified consciousness to sexuality to enhance pleasure, liberate the body’s subtle energy, and more

To genuinely love other people is one of the central ideals in every spiritual tradition. It’s also one of our greatest challenges. Here is a transformational guide to becoming “lovers of life” and experiencing the full potential of our intimate relationships.

Profound empathy. Clear insight. A gift for healing. These are just some of the talents of the “spiritually sensitive” person—yet these apparent blessings can often become a source of loneliness, self-doubt, and limitation. Belonging Here is a lifesaving book that shows how our spiritual gifts become entryways into both the depths of human connection and our innermost selves.

Written by one spiritual sensitive for another, Belonging Here draws from Dr. Blackstone's personal story as well as her 30-year psychotherapy practice, which has focused on teaching clients how to integrate personal healing and spiritual awakening through an embodied approach she calls the Realization Process. Join this pioneering teacher to explore five of the most common challenges of the spiritually sensitive, along with exercises and meditations for living mindfully and compassionately with each, including:

Thin Skin—how to create strong but permeable boundaries between ourselves and the external environmentLanding on Earth—staying grounded within the whole of one's body by mending inner fragmentationHearing the Cries of the World—how to open to our own joy even as we respond to the suffering in the world around usShape Shifters—removing the protective masks of the false personalityThe Stranger—how to make the return from self-exile to self-acceptance

You can live authentically in a world that once seemed alien. You can find happiness and acceptance where isolation and confusion have reigned. You can come home at last, with Belonging Here.

Profound empathy. Clear insight. A gift for healing. These are just some of the talents of the “spiritually sensitive” person—yet these apparent blessings can often become a source of loneliness, self-doubt, and limitation. Belonging Here is a lifesaving book that shows how our spiritual gifts become entryways into both the depths of human connection and our innermost selves.

Written by one spiritual sensitive for another, Belonging Here draws from Dr. Blackstone's personal story as well as her 30-year psychotherapy practice, which has focused on teaching clients how to integrate personal healing and spiritual awakening through an embodied approach she calls the Realization Process. Join this pioneering teacher to explore five of the most common challenges of the spiritually sensitive, along with exercises and meditations for living mindfully and compassionately with each, including:

Thin Skin—how to create strong but permeable boundaries between ourselves and the external environmentLanding on Earth—staying grounded within the whole of one's body by mending inner fragmentationHearing the Cries of the World—how to open to our own joy even as we respond to the suffering in the world around usShape Shifters—removing the protective masks of the false personalityThe Stranger—how to make the return from self-exile to self-acceptance

You can live authentically in a world that once seemed alien. You can find happiness and acceptance where isolation and confusion have reigned. You can come home at last, with Belonging Here.

This is a book about making contact—with yourself, your partner, and everything around you—at the deepest level possible. The basis for this connection is what Dr. Judith Blackstone calls fundamental consciousness—what we all are in our essence. In The Intimate Life, this innovative teacher and psychotherapist shares 17 relational practices from her unique approach to embodied spiritual awakening known as the Realization Process. Offered to help us relate “core to core” with compassion, understanding, and joy, The Intimate Life explores:

“Our spirituality flowers as we bring love alive in our lives. In The Intimate Life, Judith Blackstone guides us in how to release resistance to authentic contact and how to realize our inherent oneness with all beings. Her teachings are lucid, powerful, and wise—this book is a gem!”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

“With grace and profound insight, Judith Blackstone presents wise guidance on how we can more genuinely connect with and recognize the luminous depth of each other—and the world.”
—Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason

Attuning to Unified Consciousness—how to let go of our conditioned perceptions and behaviors to foster spiritual maturation Overcoming boundary problems—how to embrace the paradox of oneness and separateness Awareness, emotion, and physical contact—the three main pathways of interpersonal connection The spiritual essence of sexuality—spiritual exercises that apply unified consciousness to sexuality to enhance pleasure, liberate the body’s subtle energy, and more

To genuinely love other people is one of the central ideals in every spiritual tradition. It’s also one of our greatest challenges. Here is a transformational guide to becoming “lovers of life” and experiencing the full potential of our intimate relationships.

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