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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; New edition edition (17 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612251
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2006
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I have to be honest, when I first got this book, I expected it to be either an onslaught of tasteless commercial new age jargon, or a polarised attempt to assert the superiority of eastern over western philosophy. Once I started reading, however, I was immediately drawn in, if not captivated, by the author's balanced, intelligent and insightful style, and her ability to relate the eastern chakra paradigm to western systems of developmental theory and personal growth, from Piaget to Maszlow to Jung. I am presently about 300 pages into it (in chakra 5 of the 7) and reading it has been a genuine journey of self-discovery for me. I can enthusiastically say that this is one of the most fascinating and soul-stirring books I have ever read and I can already feel the reflections emerging from it have had a life-changing impact upon me. Not a "how to" book, but a true "make you think" book. This one stays on my shelf, and I will buy many copies as gifts for others.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C JOHNSON on 1 Nov 2010
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It has been a long time since I read this book, because I was forced to give it away when I was backpacking - it's heavy. I would highly recommend it to people interested in healing, particularly the blend of Eastern teachings on the chakras and Western ideas on psychology. It is good for both understanding your own journey, and being a participant on the journey's of others.

This is not your typical New Age handbook. It's a textbook, and has a lot of detail to get through.

I have read very few books in this field that were more lucid or instructive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Treekanga on 8 Jan 2011
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The first thing I thought when I opened the box was "wow this book is big." Unfortunately it's not long because its full of information but long because its hopelessly long winded. Its clear the writer is an expert in her field and the content was interesting, but not unlike a text book. It was very descriptive with no practical advice on how to work with all the information you were just given. There are a lot of books on chakras out there and with hindsight I probably would have got a different one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Trompetto on 10 Jan 2010
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Out of many books I have read, this is one which has given me a more balanced insight into the workings of the chakra system and has really helped confirm how addictions can affect you on the body, mind AND spiritual level. Well-written, concise, which I can't help but feel raise questions for the reader, without being too fluffy or 'out there'. Particularly for those that are beginning to look at their spiritual side, new to the meaning of chakras and how they relate to the experiences felt on a spiritual journey. Did I find this book or did this book find me?! Both! Namaste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Mar 2014
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There are a number of things that Western Science (and certainly many scientists) dismiss -often on theoretical grounds- yet when asked for details about they seem to know little. The Chaka System is one such thing. A system which might be described as a psychosomatic system of medicine, though this in itself does not do it justice. To be fair sometimes Western proponents are not always the best advocate for this either, talking vaguely about "energy" and "balances." There is also another problem in assessing this, because it comes out of a culture with different assumptions to my own.

So why bother? Firstly, the fact that the Chakra System has been used for possibly thousands of years by a large number of people does, at the very least, suggest there is something of value in it. True this is not infallible, but then nor is anything else. In training to become a psychotherapist, I have found also that sometimes, for example, people complaining of aches in the heart area may be having emotional problems, and people with throat problems may have problems communicating their thoughts and feelings. This is consistent with what the Chakra system might indicate.

Of course what is on offer is much more sophisticated than what has just been said here. It is some if this sophistication that Annodea Judith provides in this book, as this is, by far, the most scholarly account of the Chakra system I have encountered. Using various tools from Western Psychology, especially Jungian, she gives an account of the system explaining how the various Chakras on the body can reveal emotional and psychological problems that unfold in physical symptoms. Jung's psychology is, of course, controversial with some people, including those from the East who feel he misunderstood much from that direction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard John Bingham on 5 Dec 2010
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This is a book for life, it is straight forward understandable and informative,down to earth common sense, although i have read it very carefully and been back to it many times and believe i will for the rest of my life, i will say though it takes time to read it. i found i would have to stop and think about it, and then continue, or go back and read again to achieve that understanding, one of the few books i have read that makes sense,
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lettielupin on 17 Mar 2009
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One of my best loved most used books . Anodea along with Gill Edwards are two of the Authors I return to the most.
I trained as a professional Energy Healer, if I was running the school this would be one of my top recommendations to students, alongside Barbara Brennan, Alexander Lowen etc.
Having experienced this type of healing for myself I find this book accessible and easy to understand.
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