THE HUMAN MIRACLE: Transcendent Psychology by Loriene & Clifton W. King Chase

THE HUMAN MIRACLE: Transcendent Psychology

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An offensive, turgid advocacy of the authors' meditation-based therapy. They call it ""the key that unlocks the emotional door,"" ""a revolutionary breakthrough,"" a ""miracle,"" insisting that none can fail to benefit from it -- even cancer may fall. The basic elements are mantra, concentration on breathing, dreaming, fantasy, positive thinking, and ""spirituality"" (a neglected third of being, to be integrated with mind and body). Some parts of the system are moralistic and arbitrary (the ""five enemies of man"" are hostility, greed, lust, vanity and attachment); others are pomp without circumstance (expressions like ""supersane,"" ""Vast Intelligence of the Universe""). The effects of therapy derive from interpretations of fantasy and dream and the calm of meditation. That it can be restful and nourishing is dear; but its portrayal as a panacea neglects the role of politics (Laing's word) -- social power struggles which may need to be confronted for growth. Moreover, while it would be foolish to deny that fantasy and imagination can be restorative, they presuppose some emotional freedom; and to use them creatively one must be able to choose one's goals -- realistically. No miracle, but heavy on false optimism.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1974
Publisher: Hawthorn