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Emotional clearing : a groundbreaking East/West guide to releasing negative feelings and awakening unconditional happiness
Ruskan, John.
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lst Broadway Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Broadway Books, 2000.
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xix, 312 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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BF637.S4 R875 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Turning Western psychology inside out, this groundbreaking book shows you how to release negative feelings once and for all. After years of teaching his Integrative Processing Therapy technique, John Ruskan explains his revolutionary and highly successful self-therapy, designed to enable personal happiness and fulfillment, improved health and relationships, and growth on the path to enlightenment. With an emphasis on feelings as they are happening right now, Emotional Clearing presents a guide to inner work for experiencing and accepting feelings, and finally releasing them.  Contrary to the Western philosophy in which the expression of feelings is the route to their clearing, Ruskan shows how talking about and acting out negative feelings do not ultimately provide relief.  In fact, these activities can reinforce the very feelings you wish to resolve. Emotional Clearing teaches you how to get past incessant thinking and reframing of emotions, and get to the core feelings underneath.  It presents an enlightened program for taking responsibility for feelings, opening to them, and experiencing them fully in order to have them cleared from the subconscious, where they have been building and causing havoc.  Combining the Eastern spiritual healing principle of acceptance with the Western idea of the subconscious, Ruskan's theory is a radical departure from the Western paradigm that negative feelings must be disposed of actively. Covering topics such as feeling through the body, the centers of consciousness and addiction, direct experience, transformation, practical inner work, and breath work, Emotional Clearing will help you integrate your emotions and achieve the functional and spiritual goals you've only wished you could attain.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Ruskan's background as a yoga teacher informs the best (and shortest) part of his first book: clear, detailed instructions for breath, meditation and yoga exercises. Originally self-published in 1993, the rest of this too-long tome offers a mix of familiar New Age thinking posing as psychotherapy. Ruskan espouses "self-therapy" based solely on his personal experience, recommending "accepting dualism" (i.e., taking the bad with the good) and "experiencing feelings" rather than expressing or suppressing them. His counseling method, called "integrative processing," promises the "clearing" of repressed emotions, prompting positive change in one's self, life and relationships. Ruskan adamantly opposes medications for depression and other disorders (a label he rejects) and condemns seeking the roots of emotional pain or self-defeating behaviors in childhood experiences; instead, he relies on astrology and past-lives speculation. Despite the subtitle's claim, there is nothing "groundbreaking" in either the vintage humanist practice of "getting in touch with your feelings" or the integration of Eastern practices and philosophies into Western thinking. At best, Ruskan provides some food for thought and useful exercises, at worst, some potentially dangerous advice for people with serious emotional problems. Agent, Diana Finch of Ellen Levine Literary Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved