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dreaming on both sides of the brain

Dreaming on Both Sides of the Brain

Discover the Secret Language of the Night
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hampton Roads
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781571747976
In stock now: 2

A dream is not just white noise or something that happens to you while you sleep. Dreams are the secret language of your unconscious. This book will teach you how to:

  • Unlock the secrets of your personal dream language
  • Explore and interpret the meaning of your dreams
  • Harness the power of the brain to uncover a life of greater richness/meaning

Cohen has developed a seven-step process:

  • Recall and record
  • Title your dream
  • Read or repeat aloud
  • Consider what is uppermost in your life right now
  • Describe your dream's objects and qualities as if you were talking to a Martian
  • Summarize the message from the unconscious
  • Consider the dream's guidance for waking life

Drawing on 30 years of clinical experience and her familiarity with Freud, Jung, myth, and sacred writings, Cohen presents a program that results in a life of abundance, texture, and self-awareness.

There is no reference manual in the collective unconscious to help you accurately interpret your dreams and the symbols in them. Your personal and unique language of symbols cannot be defined by arbitrary definitions that someone else compiled. So-called “dream dictionaries” are thus worthless… I will not tell you what your dreams mean. You do not need anyone else to tell you what they mean. Rather, I want to help you discover their meaning for yourself—much as I have learned to do.

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Labyrinths

Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl, and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis
$21.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780062245144
In stock now: 3

This sensational, eye-opening account of Emma Jung’s complex marriage to Carl Gustav Jung traces the hitherto unknown role she played in the early years of the psychoanalytic movement.

Clever and ambitious, Emma Jung yearned to study the natural sciences at the University of Zurich. But the strict rules of proper Swiss society at the beginning of the twentieth century dictated that a woman of Emmas stature—one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland—travel to Paris to “finish” her education, to prepare for marriage to a suitable man.

Engaged to the son of one of her father’s wealthy business colleagues, Emma’s conventional and predictable life was upended when she met Carl Jung. The son of a penniless pastor working as an assistant physician in an insane asylum, Jung dazzled Emma with his intelligence, confidence, and good looks. More important, he offered her freedom from the confines of a traditional haute-bourgeois life. But Emma did not know that Jung’s charisma masked a dark interior—fostered by a strange, isolated childhood and the sexual abuse he’d suffered as a boy—as well as a compulsive philandering that would threaten their marriage.

Using letters, family interviews, and rich, never-before-published archival material, Catrine Clay illuminates the Jungs’ unorthodox marriage and explores how it shaped—and was shaped by—the scandalous new movement of psychoanalysis. Most important, Clay reveals how Carl Jung could never have achieved what he did without Emma supporting him through his private torments. The Emma that emerges in the pages of Labyrinths is a strong, brilliant woman, who, with her husband’s encouragement, becomes a successful analyst in her own right.

ageless soul

Ageless Soul

The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy
$33.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781250135810
In stock now: 5

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, is ripening along with the rest of us. His new book Ageless Soul offers positive and inspiring guidance for becoming a full person as time goes by. Since we are all aging, it is for anyone who has ever thought about getting older. It’s especially valuable for people 50 and over. It seems more difficult than ever these days to deal creatively with aging. This book provides a deep and comprehensive plan that sees aging not as losing capacity but as becoming who you are destined to be, a real human being. It covers key matters, such as:

  • the shock of discovering that you’re getting older
  • how to keep your youth in a deep way
  • how spirituality can mature and become more important over time
  • how to value your life by leaving a conscious legacy for your family and your society
  • nurturing friendships and community as you get older

 In Moore's view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person. Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on the soul of medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations, rather than a diminishing experience, one that each of us has the tools—experience, maturity, fulfillment—to live out.

Subjects include:

  • Why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression
  • The vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people
  • The many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life
  • Sex and sensuality.

Ageless Soul will teach readers how to embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, accept invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they get older.

Among Thomas Moore’s other books are The Soul of Sex and A Religion of One’s Own.

braving the wilderness

Braving the Wilderness

The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
$37.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9780812995848
In stock now: 8

This timely book, from the author of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, challenges what we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture. “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.”

Social scientist Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.

True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.

Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.

As she writes in this powerful book,

The special courage it takes to experience true belonging is not just about braving the wilderness, it’s about becoming the wilderness. It’s about breaking down the walls, abandoning our ideological bunkers, and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt…

 

We’re going to need to intentionally be with people who are different from us. We’re going to have to sign up, join, and take a seat at the table. We’re going to have to learn how to listen, have hard conversations, look for joy, share pain, and be more curious than defensive, all while seeking moments of togetherness

 

It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are.

four tendencies

Four Tendencies

The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)
$32.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781524760915
In stock now: 3

In this groundbreaking analysis of personality type, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin reveals the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life.

During her multibook investigation into understand human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress or burnout, and engage more effectively.

Almost a million people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help others make lasting change.

The Four Tendencies holds practical answers if you've ever wondered...

  • People can rely on me, so why can't I rely on myself?
  • How can I help someone to follow good advice?
  • Why do people tell me that I ask too many questions?
  • How do I work with someone who refuses to do what I ask or who keeps telling me what to do? Etc. !

With surprising insights, compelling research, and hilarious examples, The Four Tendencies just might help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. It's far easier to succeed when you know what works for you.

One of the big daily challenges of life is: “How do I get people—including myself—to do what I want?” The Four Tendencies makes this task much, much easier.

“Gretchen Rubin has discovered a new framework for understanding ourselves and other people. When we know our Tendency, we can manage ourselves more effectively and reach our goals faster—and we can help others to do that, as well. As a researcher who has studied habits, addition, and change for twenty years, I’m excited by the simplicity and power of The Four Tendencies as a tool for anyone seeking to make his or her life better.” —Judson Brewer, author, The Craving Mind

pocket guide to the polyvagal theory

Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory

The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe
$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9780393707878
In stock now: 2

Bridging the gap between research, science, and the therapy room.

When The Polyvagal Theory was published in 2011, it took the therapeutic world by storm, bringing Stephen Porges’s insights about the autonomic nervous system to a clinical audience interested in understanding trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The book made accessible to clinicians and other professionals a polyvagal perspective that provided new concepts and insights for understanding human behavior. The perspective placed an emphasis on the important link between psychological experiences and physical manifestations in the body. That book was brilliant but also quite challenging to read for some.

Since publication of that book, Stephen Porges has been urged to make these ideas more accessible and The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory is the result. Constructs and concepts embedded in polyvagal theory are explained conversationally.

“The Polyvagal Theory is among the most important and comprehensive maps informing clinical trauma therapy. Students of traumatology will be greatly enriched by this recent work. What makes this deep exploration even more engaging are the lively dialogues in which Porges's great body of wisdom becomes even more accessible to all those interested in the search for safety, in the face of threat and trauma.” — Peter Levine, author of Trauma and Memory

“You will find that many of the perplexing issues that bring clients to therapy suddenly make biological sense, as well as discover the seeds of bottom-up roadmaps for healing them. Read this book, and be inspired by a revolutionary perspective on the human condition that will have a far-reaching positive impact on your life, your relationships, and your clinical practice.” — Pat Ogden, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

“This book shows how most psychiatric problems are expressed in failures of attunement and reciprocity, and, by explaining the biological foundations of reciprocity, provides a guide to innovative methods to gain a sense of safety, mutuality and belonging.” — Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score

rising strong as a spiritual practice

Rising Strong As a Spiritual Practice

$33.50 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9781622037810
In stock now: 4

With her previous bestsellers, Dr. Brené Brown helped us realize that vulnerability is the birthplace for trust, belonging, joy, creativity, and love. Yet a willingness to be vulnerable means accepting that life will sometimes knock us down. Where do we find the strength to get back up? In her research for her breakthrough book Rising Strong, Bren discovered a key factor. Without exception, she says, the concept of spirituality emerged from the data as a critical component of overcoming struggle.

On Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Brené offers an in-depth exploration of this critical and oft-misunderstood aspect of wholehearted living. Here she defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma—rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves. Whether you access the sacred through traditional worship, solitary meditation, communion with nature, or creative pursuits, one thing is clear: rising strong after falling is a spiritual practice that brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.

This audio program presents Brené Brown at her best—communicating with a live audience as seen by millions on her phenomenally popular TED talks.

soul's code

Soul's Code

In Search of Character and Calling
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Ballantine
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9780399180149
In stock now: 3

Plato and the Greeks called it “daimon,” the Romans “genius,” the Christians “guardian angel”; today we use terms such as “heart,” “spirit,” and “soul.” For James Hillman (1926-2011), elder neo-Jungian archetypologist and depth explorer, it is the central and guiding force of his unique “acorn theory,” which proposes that each life is formed by a particular image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny, just as the mighty oak’s destiny is written in the tiny acorn. His theory offers a liberating vision of childhood troubles and an intriguing approach to themes such as fate and fatalism, character and desire, family influences and freedom, and, most of all, callingthat invisible mystery at the centre of every life that speaks to the fundamental question, “What is it, in my heart, that I must do, be, and have? And why?”

The Soul’s Code dedicates itself to what is truly innate, not to how it got this way or where it’s going. Hillman does not see human beings as results or, worse, victims of their lives, nor does he promise or even seek a “cure”; instead he welcomes the necessity of every aspect of what makes up a life and advocates using “symptoms” as clues to what the daimon demands.

I believe we have been robbed of our true biography—that destiny written into the acorn—and we go to therapy to recover it. That innate image can’t be found, however, until we have a psychological theory that grants primary psychological reality to the call of fate....

 

So this book wants to join psychology with beauty. Though this redemptive move is a consummation devoutly to be wished, it becomes possible in general only when we make particular moves with our individual biographical images—taking our life as an image into a connection with beauty.

Looking for the acorn affects how we see each other and ourselves, letting us find some beauty in what we see and so love what we see. Thereby we may come to terms with the oddities of human character and the claims of its calling. To love this calling and to live with its demanding love on us, our very marriage to it till death, if that does, us part—that vision informs this book.

 Using an extensive array of examples such as Hitler, Augustine, Klaus Barbie, Beethoven, Ingmar Bergman, Pablo Casals, Buddha, Churchill, Dante, Henry Ford, Freud, Houdini, Menuhin, Mozart, Picasso, Rilke, Roosevelt, Shakespeare, John Wayne and many more, Hillman’s method (his mission is to bring Soul back into the world) is to use the extraordinary as a way to inspire the ordinary, as well as urging his readers to reexamine their childhood impulses, fantasies, thoughts, and even accidents, all of which reflect the “blueprints” that give direction to the course of a life. Referring to the daimon/acorn, Hillman says:

Maybe the human task is to bring our behavior into line with its intentions, to do right by it, for its sake. What you do in your life affects your hearts, alters your soul, and concerns the daimon. We make soul with our behavior, for soul doesn’t come already made in heaven. It is only imaged there, an unfulfilled project trying to grow down.... Not only does it [the daimon] bless us with its calling, we bless it with our style of following.

As he says, “We need a fresh way of looking at the importance of our lives.” The Soul’s Code delivers, with the uniquely pithy insight and humour of James Hillman.

“There is so much to argue against, agree with, ponder, and savor in this brilliant, quirky and iconoclastic book that I found myself rethinking nearly everything about a life that I thought I knew and believed to be true.” —Deirdre Blair, author of Anais Nin: A Biography

In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.  —C.G. Jung

lifelong yoga

Lifelong Yoga

Maximizing Your Balance, Flexibility, and Core Strength in Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171438
In stock now: 3

Yoga offers vital tools for healthy aging: strength, flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. In this one-of-a-kind book, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato describe the poses and routines that can help keep people of any age fit and injury free. In addition to demonstrating simple ways to maintain and even increase our ability to be active into our 50s, 60s, and beyond, the authors—both yoga teachers and athletes with decades of experience—offer poses and routines aimed toward specific goals, such as improving balance, maintaining strength and flexibility, and recovering properly between workouts.

Each fully illustrated sequence is introduced with a brief overview of its benefits, along with modifications and options suited to individual requirements. Rountree and DeSiato also offer sequences that help support specific activities such as running, swimming, or golf, as well as yard work, travel, and caring for grandchildren. An easy-to-follow guide, Lifelong Yoga offers key practices for maintaining and improving physical and mental well-being throughout a lifetime.

Despite what you may have heard, you can build muscle tissue at any age. While your muscular growth will slow down as you age, strength training and weight bearing, as in yoga, produce results. And having good quantity and quality of muscle tissue as you get older will have a bearing on energy levels, overall health, and vitality.

 

A dedicated yoga practice builds those muscles, and it also builds discipline and perseverance—components important for both body and mind. Every time you practice, you reinforce a healthy habit of movement, breathing, and time to yourself free of electronic gadgets and other distractions. This discipline of practice creates a very specific type of mental strength.

 

transformational power of dreaming

Transformational Power of Dreaming

Discovering the Wishes of the Soul
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781620555149
In stock now: 3

We humans have been dreaming for all of our 3 million or more years of existence. Dreams provide an extraordinary way to process the day’s events and uncover new perspectives. Many cultural creatives credit their world-changing creations to their dreams, and science now believes that dreams helped evolve the very process of thought itself.

In this book, Stephen Larsen and Tom Verner examine dream traditions from around the world, beginning with the oldest records from ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Australia and expanding to shamanic and indigenous societies. The authors investigate the psychology of dreaming, the neuroscience behind the dreaming brain, the Jungian perspective, and the intersections of yoga and modern dream research. They show how dreams and myth are related in the timeless world of the Archetypal Imagination and how dreams often reveal the wishes of the soul.

They explore the practice of dream incubation, an age-old tradition for seeding the unconscious mind to help solve problems and gain deep insights. They examine the profound role that dreams have played in the survival of exploited and persecuted cultures, such as the Native Americans, African slaves, and the Jews during the Holocaust, and share inspirational dream stories from exceptional woman dreamers such as Hildegard von Bingen, Joan of Arc, and Harriet Tubman.

Drawing on their more than 50 years experience keeping dream journals, the authors offer techniques to help you remember your dreams and begin to work with them. They also explore the clairvoyant and telepathic dimensions of dreaming and the practices of lucid dreaming and shamanic dreaming. Revealing how the alchemical cauldron of dreaming can bring inspiration, healing, and discovery, the authors show how dreams unite us with each other and the past and future dreamers of our world.

“We cannot predict the next mythology,” said Joseph Campbell, “any more than you can predict tonight’s dream.” Dreams always catch us by surprise, and if we are awake to their meanings, they carry us to brand-new questions to live out—and dream about again!...

 

The fine art of dreaming may be compared to a magic crystal ball that lets us peer in to the mystery of our own becoming and of who we really are.

Other books by Stephen Larsen are The Healing Power of Neurofeedback and Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind.