Psychotherapist Ira Israel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has graduate degrees in philosophy, religious studies, and psychology. He leads workshops at the Esalen Institute and throughout the United States and has a private practice in Santa Monica, California.
"Ira Israel speaks with wisdom and power about the central
psychological issues of our day. His voice is a gift to all who are
seeking to find their way."
-- Marianne Williamson
"Successfully challenges the authenticity of all our assumed realities, our twenty-first-century addictions, distractions, and compulsions, in language that is elegant, simple, and refreshingly modern. A great read."
"Speaks to us all at a level of wisdom and compassion that leads to authenticity, joy, and freedom. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
-- Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center
"A helpful blend of psychology East and West, a subject that is dear to my own heart."
-- Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path with Heart and founder of Spirit Rock Center
"Weaves together the wisdom of reflection, the beauty of art, and the rigor of clinical practice. The wealth of ideas and practices in this illuminating work will benefit all of us welcoming a new way of perceiving that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives."
-- Shauna Shapiro, PhD, coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness
"Culling from his extensive background in philosophy, psychology, and Buddhism, Ira Israel offers a unique perspective into what we consider to be normal and provokes us to inquire into how we can be more authentic and create a more compassionate, more just, and healthier society."
-- Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head
"Ira Israel rips open his brilliant heart/mind and gives us a glimpse of the human condition and how to respond wisely to the often difficult and confusing realities we face."
-- Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx
"Witty, engaging, and wise."
-- Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary
"Ira Israel is one of the most creative thinkers I know. With his insight, combined with his deeply compassionate heart, Ira hits it out of the park!"
-- Jai Uttal
"With mastery and wit, Ira Israel challenges us to make a journey from the identity we constructed to protect us as children to authentic adults living a creative, meaningful, and joyful life."
-- Allan Badiner, editor of Zig Zag Zen and Mindfulness in the Marketplace
"As a yoga teacher of thirty-seven years, whose chronological age (almost seventy) belies his emotional age (on the best of days about thirteen), I found Ira Israel's book enormously helpful in suggesting a number of simple ways that I might finally learn to act my actual age. I especially enjoyed his take on dharma and our proper place in the grand scheme of things, which is perhaps the most lucid I've ever encountered on that difficult subject."
-- Richard Rosen, author of Yoga FAQ and The Yoga of Breath
"Ira Israel shares his wealth of knowledge to help us better understand ourselves, our behaviors, and most importantly the tools to live fully, happily, and authentically. This book is a gift."
-- Zippora Karz, author of The Sugarless Plum and former New York City Ballet soloist
"Ira Israel is a modern-day prophet -- an amazing teacher, thinker, and leader whose work seamlessly combines philosophy, spirituality, and psychology. Read this book and be transformed."
-- Rabbi Joshua Buchin
"Chock-full of valuable wisdom that will benefit just about any reader who has ever struggled with issues of approval, which probably includes about 98 percent of the population. I recommend it highly!"
-- Linda Bloom, LCSW, coauthor of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
"Ira Israel has discovered the way to be fully mature and keep a childlike sense of wonder."
-- Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly
"We all want to be strong adults, yet at the same time, deep down, we want to be taken care of. Reconciling this is the task, and this book is up to the task. I highly recommend it."
-- Dr. Adam Sheck, director of Los Angeles Counseling Center
"A helpful guide for the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression stemming from painful childhood events. Ira Israel's unique and progressive vision will help people overcome afflictions and addictions so that they may live healthier, more authentic, and successful lives."
-- Shannon Byrnes, licensed marriage and family therapist
"With this comprehensive and engaging book, Ira Israel stations himself on the cutting edge where modern psychology meets authentic spirituality. . . . Illuminating and transformational."
-- Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda and Roadsigns
"Ira Israel has given us a tremendous gift in his new book! His wisdom, clarity, and insight permeate seamlessly through the pages in service to us all living in a greater landscape of joy and truth. A must-read for all truth seekers on the path."
-- Govind Das
"A practical guide to identifying the impact you're allowing your childhood wounds to have on yourself and your relationships in business and in life."
-- Kenneth Borg, CEO of The Social Life
"Prepare to shake up your psyche with How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You're an Adult. What author Ira Israel offers is an energizing breath of fresh air for those whose childhoods have left them dulled and sleepwalking through life. This book will help you overcome fears and jump with both feet into the authentic self that is waiting for you!"
-- Donald Altman, America's Mindfulness Coach and bestselling author of Clearing Emotional Clutter and One-Minute Mindfulness
"Ira Israel is a brilliant author. His book has us examine ourselves and our cultural paradigm through the lens of psychology and spirituality. He gives us tools to find our authentic selves. I highly recommend this book."
-- Denise Wiesner, LAc, author of The Conception of Love
"Ira Israel is a deep thinker, always researching and pondering the human condition, and such a good writer that the heady musings in How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You're an Adult are presented in a thoroughly entertaining fashion (that may also help the inquiring reader put some of the world's craziness into better focus). A joy to read."
-- Gill Holland, producer
"Ira Israel is a brilliant, progressive teacher who draws upon philosophical and psychological teachings from Buddhism and Hinduism as well as Western psychology and thought in order to find the lessons we need to learn today to embody authenticity and experience true happiness. This book is the guide we have all been looking for to navigate the complexities of the mind in the modern world."
-- Felicia Tomasko, editor in chief of LA Yoga and Boston Yoga magazines
"If you are looking for new ways to see old problems, I recommend this book."
-- Geeta Novotny, award-winning vocalist and creator of Revolution Voice(TM)
"If there is one thing you will learn from Ira Israel's inspiring and transformative book it is that you are your own agent of change and you can achieve an authentic life. It may be hard work to find your path and stay on it, but finding out who you must be and being that person ('mitigating hypocrisy, ' as he says) is your best shot at lasting happiness."
-- Emmanuel Itier, director
"An engaging and thoughtful book. Integrating psychology, philosophy, meditation, and common sense with discernment, Ira Israel guides the reader skillfully to authenticity and happiness."
-- Frederic Luskin, PhD, author of Forgive for Good
"A masterful and most relevant book for our times. Highly recommended!"
-- Larry Payne, PhD, founding director of Yoga Therapy Rx(TM) and coauthor of Yoga for Dummies
"Ira Israel's psychological insights into the causes of depression and anxiety are staggering, and his writing is poignant and provocative. I'm going to recommend this book to many patients."
-- Jenny Pascal, licensed marriage and family therapist
"A great read to provide you with a new view for forging a more expansive future and allowing you to let go of the past."
-- Ronald Alexander, PhD, author Wise Mind, Open Mind and executive director of Open Mind Training Institute
"Ira Israel shows us the steps in experiencing the truth of who and what we are. I highly recommend this book as a guide to authenticity and well-being."
-- Elliott S. Dacher, MD, author of Aware, Awake, Alive
"This fiercely compassionate book offers us a deep excavation to exhume the authentic self, experience the authentic relationship, and break the chain of suffering in our toxic society."
-- Julie J. Morley, environmental educator and author of Spirit Walk and Sacred Future
"Ira Israel's courageous, iconic, and riveting new book takes on the status quo: it illuminates our society's extremely narrow bandwidth for emotions. He helps the reader realize the power of the loving and genuine relationships that enable access to the true self. This is a very brave book by someone with an eagle eye and an open and tremendous heart."
-- Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, author of Bearing the Unbearable and founder of MISS Foundation
"Ira Israel is a powerhouse of insight and guidance!"
-- Dr. Janeane Bernstein, EdD, host of Get the Funk Out!
"One of the lies being perpetuated in the name of meditation is that you need to be submissive and spiritual in order to practice. In other words, develop a false self and meditate as that. The truth is the opposite: be your naturally defiant and wild self, and discover the serenity in being real. Ira Israel is challenging a whole army of these crippling, imprisoning assumptions that people are being told to impose upon themselves."
-- Lorin Roche, PhD, author of Radiance Sutras
"Ira Israel draws upon a broad and deep array of knowledge to brilliantly expand the paradigm of mindfulness by making us conscious of everything we absorb unconsciously in culture. Few thinkers give us more tools to guide us through the minefield preceding personal empowerment than Ira."
-- Warren Farrell, PhD, author of The Myth of Male Power