Manual of Psychomagic: The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy
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A workbook for using symbolic acts to heal the unconscious mind
• Provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of specific psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems, from stuttering, eczema, and fears to repressed rage and hereditary illnesses
• Details how practitioners can develop unique psychomagic solutions for their patients
• Explains how psychomagic bypasses the rational mind to work directly with the unconscious for quicker and more enduring change
Traditional psychotherapy seeks to unburden the unconscious mind purely through talk and discussion. Psychomagic recognizes that it is difficult to reach the unconscious with rational thought. We should instead speak directly to the unconscious in its own language, that of dreams, poetry, and symbolic acts. By interacting on this deeper level, we can initiate quicker and more enduring change to resolve repressed childhood trauma, express buried emotions, and overcome deep-seated intimacy issues. Through the lens of psychomagic, illness can be seen as the physical dream of the unconscious, revealing unresolved issues, some passed from generation to generation.
In this workbook of psychomagical spells, legendary filmmaker and creator of psychomagic Alejandro Jodorowsky provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems from stuttering, eczema, and fear of failure to repressed rage, hereditary illnesses, and domineering parents. Each solution takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them into a series of theatrical symbolic actions that enable one to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives. Explaining the shamanic techniques at the foundation of psychomagic, the author offers methods for aspiring practitioners to develop solutions for their own unique patients.
Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self. As he says in the book, “Health only finds itself in the authentic. There is no beauty without authenticity.”
the third day, the consultant should return with a mask made with a photograph of her face exactly as it is and a sign that reads, “Quit judging me. I am neither beautiful or ugly. I am what I am. Who wants to meet me?” The consultant should converse with the people who draw near, removing the mask. ManPsy.indd 69 1/15/15 4:36 PM 70 Psychomagic Tips to Heal Your Life To eliminate the feeling of not being what one should be, if the consultant does not have the presence or collaboration of
know because her mother was manly. He simulates a virility he doesn’t know because he had an absent or weak father: he was raised by his mother ManPsy.indd 120 1/15/15 4:36 PM Psychomagic Tips to Heal Your Life 121 or grandmother or another female relative. As time passes, they remove their masks: the woman begins to act like the man and the man the woman. When she does whatever she pleases, he locks himself in passivity. She progressively becomes frigid. It becomes increasingly difficult
consumer society. Together with the deep motto inscribed on the Temple of Apollo, “Know thyself,” is another, no less important, “Nothing too much.” To discard useless objects, parasitic relationships, and predatory activities is essential to the survival of humanity. Undoing ourselves from mental moorings, eliminating crazy ideas (transmitted by out-of-date religions), having feelings that are foreign to us (copied since childhood from the conflicted emotions of our parents), having desires
birth to a child-God,” and so forth. Once the consultant has exhausted the number of ideas and beliefs, she will burn these handwritten pages, then dissolve the ashes in condensed milk (an element of infancy and sticky). She must smear this paste on her head and face. The consultant remains seated this way with a fan blowing on her for a half hour. Then the consultant takes a shower, soaping and rinsing the head seven times in a row. The consultant will then go out for an hour wearing a new cap
similar, phonetically, to Ethan. On the fourth day, she found it: Luke! Finally, we were able to fulfill the act: Ethan seemed happy to play the role of his little brother. Mother and son were nude. I put ManPsy.indd 177 1/15/15 4:36 PM 178 Psychomagic Consultations my son on his mother’s stomach and began to give him chocolates while he delicately, slowly, with precaution, started turning himself around. He laughed and ate chocolates. After fifteen minutes, he was in the correct position