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PSYCHOMAGIC presents the shamanic and genealogical principles Jodorowsky discovered to create a healing therapy that could use the powers of dreams, art and theatre to empower individuals to heal wounds that in some cases had travelled through generations. The concrete and often surreal poetic actions Jodorowsky employs are part of an elaborate strategy intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper self. That is when true transformation can manifest. For a young man who complained that he lived only in his head and was unable to grab hold of reality and advance toward the financial autonomy he desired, Jodorowsky gave the prescription to paste two gold coins to the soles of his shoes so that all day he would be walking on gold. A judge whose vanity was ruling his every move was given the task of dressing like a tramp and begging outside one of the fashionable restaurants he loved to frequent while pulling glass doll eyes out of his pockets. The lesson for him was that if a tramp can fill his pockets with eyeballs, then they must be of no value, and thus the eyes of others should have no bearing on who you are and what you do. Taking his patients directly at their words, Jodorowsky takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them in an action that will make them positive and enable them to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives. . shows how psychological realisations can cause true transformation when manifested by concrete poetic acts . includes many examples of the surreal but successful actions Jodorowsky has prescribed to those seeking his help
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Table of Contents

Prologue Part One Psychomagic: Sketches of a Panic Therapy A Portrait of the Artist in Panic Character by Interviewer Gilles Farcet ONE The Poetic Act TWO The Theatrical Act THREE The Oneiric Act FOUR The Magic Act FIVE The Psychomagic Act SIX Examples of Psychomagic Acts SEVEN Psychomagic Letters EIGHT From Imagination to Power Part Two Lessons for Mutants A Synthesis of Experiences by Interviewer Javier Esteban NINE Keys to the Soul TEN The Trail of Life ELEVEN The Invisible Bridge TWELVE Visions THIRTEEN The Art of Healing FOURTEEN Understanding Life Part Three An Accelerated Course in Creativity Introduction FIFTEEN Exercises for the Imagination SIXTEEN Techniques for the Imagination SEVENTEEN Therapeutic Applications Index

About the Author

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a filmmaker who made the legendary El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He is also a visionary writer and innovative psychotherapist living in Paris.


"Jodorowsky is a psychotherapist for love rather than money, and he accepts no fees for his services. His unconventional and visionary way of being is in itself the truest recommendation of the path to freedom and creative evolution he foresees for us all." * Robert Simmons, MetaGuide Magazines, October 2010 * "Writers Gilles Farcet and Javie Esteban draw the secrets of [Jodorowsky's] genius out in Parts I and II of the book. In Part III Jodorowsky offers us 'An Accelerated Course in Creativity.' Simultaneously cutting-edge and down-to-earth, this one's in a category all its own." * Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer, June 2010 * "The best movie director ever!" * Marilyn Manson * "Alejandro Jodorowsky seamlessly and effortlessly weaves together the worlds of art, the confined social structure, and things we can only touch with an open heart and mind." * Erykah Badu, artist/alchemist * "Currently there are books that have become essential to winnow out established ideas and open new horizons. The texts brought together here have that special ability to contemplate old problems from perspectives that were not thought to exist." * El Mundo * "Jodorowsky is a brilliant, wise, gentle, and cunning wizard with tremendous depth of imagination and crystalline insight into the human condition. His work is a source of inspiration for me and for many of the most important and innovative artists of our time. Psychomagic is necessary reading for all who long to shock the world into awakening and remembrance of what has always been and what is still to come." * Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl *

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