Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment by Nancy Colier (Author)

To “invite a monkey to tea” is to befriend our own mind-which is often compared to a drunken monkey for all its mad twists and turns. A wild monkey is full of irrepressible desires, and thus chases its own tail in its search for happiness!

This book is about learning to welcome the mind as ally without fear or resistance, thus relaxing that frantic search and resting in the joy of who we already are. As a psychotherapist, author Nancy Colier has accompanied hundreds of people in their “search for happiness” for nearly two decades. She has watched her clients try everything under the sun to be-and stay-happy. Witnessing and participating in this process, she has become an expert in happiness, or more specifically, in the monkey-mind’s search and demand for it, and the unhappiness that all the striving ultimately creates. Along the way, the author has come to understand the workings of the mind-both from her clients and by her own diligent practice of meditation and self-observation.

Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals by Emma Bragdon, PhD.

Practiced in community centers and psychiatric hospitals throughout Brazil, Spiritist therapies are gaining increasing recognition internationally for their ability to complement conventional medicine. This pioneering text is the first comprehensive account of the philosophy, theory, practical applications and wider relevance of Spiritist therapies to be published in the English language.

Leading practitioners and researchers in the field describe the history, principles and diagnostic processes of the Spiritist approach to mental health, and provide an extensive summary of the various methodologies used, including spiritual mediumship, energy work, prayer, homeopathy, past life regression and the practice of integrating spirituality into counselling and psychotherapy. Considering the ways in which Spiritism aligns with contemporary science, they show that the Spiritist model has the potential to bring about a positive transformation in the ways in which mental health care is conceptualized and delivered around the globe. The final part of the book explores how Spiritist centers and psychiatric hospitals are established and financed, with specific examples from Brazil and the USA.

Providing important new insights into the rich tradition of Brazilian Spiritism, this authoritative text will be of interest to mental health professionals, counselors, therapists and alternative and complementary health practitioners.

Now living in Vermont after 30 years in California.

Education: PhD in Transpersonal Psychology
License: Marriage, Family Child Therapist

Interests: We need to redefine madness and understand that some people who appear mad, or unconventional, may be visionaries and capable of taking us to a whole new level of functioning in society. For example: being a medium or psychic doesn’t mean you are crazy. But, if you try to squash that natural ability, and never learn to harness it to help others, then, chances are, you may have some problems related to repression. If you integrate this God-given ability and are fortunate to have excellent supervision and fellowship, you can be of great service to others. Brazilian Spiritists have taught me alot about this!

Deeply involved with metaphysics, energy healing, spiritual healing and meditation since 1964.

When I was a psychotherapist. I used various therapeutic modalities including accupressure and breathwork.

Since 2001 I’ve been exploring spiritual healing in Brazil and experiencing how contemporary Spiritist Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals work. I am currently leading groups for health professionals to visit Brazil and learn more about Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals and Centers.

I think Spiritism offers a lot of components that would enhance the way medicine is practiced worldwide…that’s why I’ve written books and produced films about it.

My calling is to contribute to reforming our health care systems in the USA–to inspire others to include more of the components we find in Spiritist Centers in Brazil by addressing the roots of illness, optimizing wellness through spiritual practices and loving community.


Interview with Emma Bragdon

Kirsten DeMelo interviews Emma Bragdon, PhD.
Dr Bragdon is the director of Spiritual Alliances, LLC and of The Foundation for Energy Therapies, Inc. Since 2001, through Spiritual Alliances’ tours, Dr. Bragdon has been an advocate and spiritual counselor for those traveling to Brazil to see John of God. In 2011, she published Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil.

The Power Of Infinite Joy: self-knowledge through Spirituality and Science by Singa Krishnamoorti M.D. (Author)

The purpose of this book is to emphasize that human beings are not of dust alone, but they are a mixture of matter and spirit. The matter is enlivened by the Spirit. The enlivened matter principle known as the mind or the ego is mistaken for the spirit. This misunderstanding leads to confusion as to who we really are. By this mistake, the problems of the ego are attributed to the spirit. The spirit is a non-matter, changeless principle, whereas the matter is subject to constant change. This is very evident in the expression, “I am a human being.” Here the “I am” is the changeless principle, and the human being who plays many roles is the changing principle. A clear understanding of the above two principles and how they can bring immense relief to the suffering mind are elaborately discussed in this book.

The author’s interest in understanding mind dates back to his childhood molding him to be what he is today. In his teens he was blessed to be in the presence of Sri Ramana Maharishi at Arunachala and spent three days with Sri. Sivananda at Rishikesh before leaving India for post graduate work in psychiatry at UK under Professor Hamilton who is famous for depression scale and did two years course for diploma in psychiatry at the University of Leeds. To further his training in psychiatry he did residency at Boston City Hospital with teaching fellowship at Harvard, Mass., USA. In Iowa he did his MS in psychiatry under Paul Huston and Charles Shagass. In Washington in addition to hospital practice in psychiatry he held faculty positions and also private practice as part time. In California he worked for the VA health care system at Palo Alto.

On Spirituality he listened to series of lectures on important topics by Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Dayananda Sarasvati and his disciples. This enabled him to introduce new concepts to the healing of the afflicted mind. The benefits of Spiritual knowledge in addition to the knowledge of phenomenal world can free the suffering mind from various maladies including fear of death etc.

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