Healing the Western Soul
A Spiritual Homecoming for Today's Seeker
Judith S. Miller
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"...her encouragement to allow for the authenticity of mystical experience in the therapeutic process opens up a powerful route toward healing to those whose souls yearn beyond the material world."—Publisher's Weekly
THE SEARCH FOR MEANING, which is so crucial for psychological health, has lost its traditional anchors. As a result, millions of individuals are creating their own belief systems. This shift began back in the Sixties, as people left traditional religion and began exploring other forms of spirituality.
Social contradictions demonstrate the complex factors around the topic of the spiritual life in the West. We have reached a pivotal moment where many negative forces seem to be pulling us apart, even while powerful forces for the good, especially seen through rapidly growing global communication, are bringing people around the world ever closer together. Today’s meaning will be found through reclaiming and transforming our traditional spiritual anchors.
“Judith Miller is uniquely placed to advance our grasp of the issues raised in this book…. She has a wealth of personal experience through which she has developed a refined sense of what spirituality means for the ‘Western soul;’ and she is able to draw on the experiences of those whom she has sensitively guided through psychological and spiritual growth….” —Brian L. Lancaster Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK; Academic Dean for Transpersonal Psychology at the Professional Foundation, UK.
“She has simply looked into the faces of many people who have had Western grounded spiritual experiences and who have had them rejected by both peers and helpers. When those same people had the same experiences subsequently affirmed and explored, they were healed and liberated. Her conclusions are grounded in massive amount of clinical experience. This is the daring counter-cultural revelation that many of our ‘helpers’ neglect and even disdain the Judeo-Christian mystical experiences of those who come to them, in spite of the fact that many of our authentic mystical experiences in the West are expressed in those very images and language. I found myself wanting to send a copy of this book to every postmodern person I know with a note saying ‘Hey, how about this!’” —Paul R. Smith, author of Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve
“Sage wisdom to share about the spiritual journey and how we can often find in our own backyards what we have set out to discover by pursuing dusty trails leading to exotic places that don’t speak to us nearly as clearly.” —David Lukoff Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA, Co-president of Association of Transpersonal Psychology
“Dr. Miller takes us to a fascinating spiritual and intellectual journey as a compassionate guide, a brilliant cartographer, and a kind bridge builder between many valleys and hills of psychology and spirituality…. The ‘must read’ for all people, from the East and West, who want to heal wounds from traditional religions and to find their spiritual home in relation to deep insights from psychology. A great achievement!” —Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung Ph.D., Professor of Interfaith Engagement, Union Theological Seminary, New York City