Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self

By Anodea Judith


It is rare to find a Book that tackles issues as diverse as Jungian psychology, spirituality, metaphysics, somatic therapy, and the New Age in a single volume while still doing justice to each individually.

It is rarer still to find a book whose diverse references together create a single, whole, and very powerful theory. Eastern Body, Western Mind is just such a book.

Anodea Judith’s newest book on the chakra system explains this Eastern theory by way of Western psychology. Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. This combination realises the spiritual nature of personality development within the structural logic of the body, Each chakra is discussed in its own chapter. Body types specific to each chakra are also discussed, as are particular pathologies. Eastern Body, Western Mind succeeds in establishing Anodea Judith as a new voice in human development. It is also a rebirth of the more humanistic side of psychology.

Anodea Judith, a leading authority on the integration of chakras and therapeutic issues, is the author of Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System, and co-author with Selene Vega of The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body, and Spirit Through the Chakras. She has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and training in bioenergetics, trauma recovery, yoga therapy, and other somatic disciplines.

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