Shamans are ancestral teachers, guides to nonordinary realms of consciousness who heal by connecting to elemental energies, major archetypal forces of nature, and a divine cosmic whole within silent sacred spaces. As unlikely as it might seem, psychotherapists share many of these qualities. They also respect the healing power of silent spaces in the session, moments in which sacred energy emerges. The Sacred Path of the Therapist offers a blend of two worlds: the clinical world and the world of the shaman.
Drawing from her unique experiences working with master shamans as well as practicing as a psychotherapist, Irene Siegel discusses the evolving role of the therapist as both therapist and healer.
Integrating Western psychological understanding with ancient Eastern and wisdom traditions, Siegel addresses how spiritual resonance is achieved within the psychotherapeutic process. Readers will learn how mindfulness practices and attunement can help them move clients toward recovery and beyond, allowing full potential to emerge within a shared coherent field of awakening consciousness. Topics include translating transpersonal theory into practice, understanding the human energy field, and the integration of psychotherapy and spiritual initiation.
Using lessons from the evolving field of transpersonal psychology, as well as guided meditation exercises, the reader will learn to access the innate inner wisdom and healing potential of their clients, expanding the content and context of therapy.
Dr. Irene R. Siegel offers the beginning therapist a foundational primer into the field of transpersonal psychotherapy. Using shamanic and modern healing methods, she encourages the awareness of divine spiritual interconnectedness that moves into a shared resonance with the client. Insightful exercises and client-based contributions give evidence to the benefits of transpersonal and EMDR psychotherapeutic methods. This is a must read for any student of transpersonal psychology and for therapists entering the field of service for the well-being of others. — Ana Perez-Chisti, PhD, President, Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute
This is an outstanding book on the transpersonal approach to psychotherapy and takes the method much further than I have seen elsewhere. The author started her work in Peru in 1985, working with Alberto Villoldo. She had shamanic experiences and other nonordinary experiences. Later she studied EMDR, bringing it into alignment with those experiences, to the benefit of both. . . . Strongly recommended. — John Rowan, PhD, FBPS, FBACP, cofounder of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners, author of The Transpersonal
At last, a well-researched, well-written, and fun to read book on the intersection of Transpersonal Psychology, Sacred Wisdom, and EMDR! The reader will be drawn in by this scholarly yet accessible description of the history, tenets, and some practices of shamanism, and how this increasingly popular field can crossfertilize the field of psychology. Although the notion of psychotherapist as healer/spiritual teacher/shaman is not new, cutting edge psychology and psychotherapy today must include this spiritual dimension. — Sheila Krystal, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Irene Siegel offers an overview of the methods, theories and main proponents of transpersonal psychotherapy, a field that is gaining prominence for its vital assistance to those who seek to safely and full embody spiritual reality. She shows how spiritual awakening can be an outcome of optimal psychological health. Her book is intelligent, well-researched, and beautifully written. — Judith Blackstone, PhD, founder of the realization Process and author of Belonging Here, and The Empathic Ground
Science and spirituality converge in The Sacred Path of the Therapist as Irene Siegel explores the energetic aspects of therapist-client interaction as a key for clearing past traumas and emotional histories within a shared coherent field environment. Understanding energetic aspects of ourselves and others will unfold the next significant advancement in health and healing. The step-by-step tools provided will facilitate awakening of spiritual consciousness leading to true transformation. A must read for therapists and clients alike. — Rollin McCraty, PhD, Director of Research, HeartMath Research Center
About the Author:
Irene Siegel, PhD, LCSW, received her doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), and her master's degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. An Approved EMDR Consultant, speaker, and teacher, she also conducts an integrative psychotherapy practice. She studied authentic ancient healing traditions in North and South America, and teaches the integration of Western psychotherapy and science with ancient healing arts. She lives in Huntington, New York.