A thorough guide to personal growth - lessons for finding healing, balance, and integration
Jul 25, 2010
This book is a very comprehensive psychospiritual self-help guide. The author draws on her own life experiences and understanding of psychology and metaphysics to foster awareness in the reader. This book promotes an approach to healing and personal growth that integrates all aspects of oneself - archetypes, elements, polarities, etc., encouraging development and integration of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Bringing all the apsects of self into a level of maturity and mastery where they can be applied effortlessly in one's life is something we can all strive toward. This starts with recognizing and honoring the different aspects of ourselves - the 4 elements and 7 types of intelligences that the author discusses are some of the ways of identifying these aspects of our psyche.
This book is approximately 400 pages long, so it's not a quick read and doesn't pretend to provide a quick fix for your life challenges. Instead, it offers a map of the psyche that invites us to develop these different parts of ourselves and stop repressing things that have been sources of discomfort. Emotions are a vital part of who we are and are a key element of our psyche that needs to be understood in relation to the other aspects and elements. McLaren's book does a great job at explaining how this process can be carried out and why it is ultimately necessary for our development into whole, balanced beings.
Any people seeking to understand and better themselves would benefit from this book - and those studying psychology or counseling will probably get more useful ideas out of this one book than they would find in a whole year of graduate level studies - I know in my own graduate training for counseling there was no formal education in the 5 elements, chakras, or intuitive intelligence - the closest to it was some material on Jung and on the MBTI personality test based on his ideas. A truly holistic system that works with all parts of ourselves is vitally needed in the health care field; the very fact that health care is fragmented between mental and physical doctors and even further into dozens of specialties shows how dysfunctional and disconnected the mindset of modern medicine has become. We need to integrate the knowledge and wisdom that are present in different forms of healing just as the different aspects of ourselves call for integration and balancing. This book is a wonderful step in that direction.
The Language of Emotions WHAT YOUR FEELINGS ARE TRYING TO TELL YOU by Karla McLaren Published in Canada Reviewed by : Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Every so often, I come upon a rare book that enunciates feelings and emotions succinctly and without a lot of technical jargon. The Language of Emotions is such a book. The author advises us to set strong boundaries, read emotions and empathize … more
Most of us relate to our emotions by either running from the difficult ones or clinging to the pleasant ones. Karla McLaren suggests a radical new perspective: that all of our emotions are equally important messengers, ready to assist us in acting with full awareness and integrity. With The Language of Emotions, this empathic counselor and researcher gives us a breakthrough guide toward a new and empowering relationship with our feeling states. As a practical lexicon for working with a full spectrum of emotions, The Language of Emotions explores:
The latest insights about emotion from psychology and neurology and how to apply them in real life
Discovering your "internal compass" to utilize your emotions responsibly--instead of over-reacting to or repressing them
Emotions as the gateway to personal healing and fulfillment
When we learn to speak their language, every emotion becomes a powerhouse of energy and information that reveals the perfect solution to the situation in which it arose. For anyone seeking a wiser approach to their emotions, here is a much needed resource for self-understanding and inner freedom. Revised and updated edition previously released as Emotional Genius: Discovering the Deepest Language of the Soul (LaughingTree, 2001).