A psychotherapist offers a program for healing the soul.
â€œThe basic assumption of Heartwork is that our fundamental state is wholeness,” writes the author–both within ourselves and within the universe. Therefore, he says, we must look inside to find what causes pain and obstructs the path to a more aware and complete life. An introduction to the eponymous therapeutic practice developed by the author, the book incorporates various meditation and talk-therapy techniques to help practitioners visualize, locate and approach their problems. Goldstein urges readers to face pain with love and compassion, explaining that emotional and psychological tension and discomfort are symptoms caused by resisting and avoiding underlying problems. Embracing and exploring these painful areas can help resolve the root cause and produce a greater level of self-awareness. The author offers several tools to undertake this introspection, both alone and with a partner, and shares testimonials by Heartwork workshop participants. In addition, the book features lengthy narratives from individuals about how brief therapy sessions with Goldstein, more intensive retreats and long-term practice have impacted their lives. Several participants had pursued traditional therapy for many years without much progress, and they cite the empathetic nature of this approach–both in working one-on-one with Goldstein and in group retreats–as a critical factor in their success. Goldstein also recounts his own journey and how he developed the program. The accompanying CD includes recordings meant to facilitate relaxation and the practice of techniques.
Not groundbreaking, but an empowering approach for readers seeking resolution to inner turmoil, especially those struggling to cope with abusive histories.