Manual of Psychomagic: The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy
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A workbook for using symbolic acts to heal the unconscious mind
• Provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of specific psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems, from stuttering, eczema, and fears to repressed rage and hereditary illnesses
• Details how practitioners can develop unique psychomagic solutions for their patients
• Explains how psychomagic bypasses the rational mind to work directly with the unconscious for quicker and more enduring change
Traditional psychotherapy seeks to unburden the unconscious mind purely through talk and discussion. Psychomagic recognizes that it is difficult to reach the unconscious with rational thought. We should instead speak directly to the unconscious in its own language, that of dreams, poetry, and symbolic acts. By interacting on this deeper level, we can initiate quicker and more enduring change to resolve repressed childhood trauma, express buried emotions, and overcome deep-seated intimacy issues. Through the lens of psychomagic, illness can be seen as the physical dream of the unconscious, revealing unresolved issues, some passed from generation to generation.
In this workbook of psychomagical spells, legendary filmmaker and creator of psychomagic Alejandro Jodorowsky provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems from stuttering, eczema, and fear of failure to repressed rage, hereditary illnesses, and domineering parents. Each solution takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them into a series of theatrical symbolic actions that enable one to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives. Explaining the shamanic techniques at the foundation of psychomagic, the author offers methods for aspiring practitioners to develop solutions for their own unique patients.
Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self. As he says in the book, “Health only finds itself in the authentic. There is no beauty without authenticity.”
(e-book) 1. Magic—Psychological aspects. 2. Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric. 3. Shamanism. I. Title. BF1623.J6313 2015 131—dc23 2014028429 Text design by Priscilla Baker and layout by Debbie Glogover This book was typeset in Garamond Premier Pro with Helvetica Neue and Gill Sans MT Pro as display fonts ManPsy.indd 4 1/15/15 4:36 PM Contents Introduction to Psychomagic 1 Freeing the Shackles of Memory One Psychomagic Tips to Heal Your Life 5 Authenticity, Health, and the
generation to generation, and they originate from delusional wishes for perfection, contempt for sexual pleasure, exaltation of spiritual purity, and hatred toward the body. Anorexia does not appear in families with few economic resources. Not eating when there is nothing to eat is not the same as not eating when there is food. The sick person is surrounded by care in an environment void of grave financial issues. Psychologists recommend putting the sufferer in a climate of understanding,
consultant into his or her own healer and to assure that the consultant is placed within his or her adult ego: the ego that cannot occupy any other place but the present. I began to propose acts of psychomagic to my Tarot consultants. They were custom tailored, corresponding to each person’s character or story. I wrote about some of these experiences in my books Psychomagic and The Dance of Reality, which had a large impact. The requests for help increased, so much so that I was not able to
to develop a benevolent comprehension that we have come to understand in silence. Under the pretext of the word love, we will never demand of the other the total gift of his or her self, trying to turn the other into food that fills our existential void. Eliminating childish desires for fusion, we will not force obstacles into the heart of the other so he or she will be able to develop all kinds of possibilities for love: love for him- or herself, for his or her relatives, for friends, and for
intellectual (with its words and ideas), the emotional (with its feelings), the sexual (with its desires), and the physical (with its actions). He or she knows not to mix love for relatives with sexual desire and not to divert attention away from social obligations. Children are different. A child acts as a whole—gestures, thoughts, feelings, and desires are of the same brick—and pays no attention to moral boundaries. A child’s impulses are emotional and sexual at the same time. If parents do not