Jan 22, 2020
Breaking Down is Waking Up: Can Psychological Suffering be a Spiritual Gateway?
Posted by Russell Razzaque

Russell Razzaque explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on his work as a consultant psychiatrist together with the insights he has gained as a regular practitioner of meditation His extraordinary conclusion mental illness can also be a form of spiritual awakening.Dr Razzaque provides evidence for this from a range of sourcesRussell Razzaque explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on his work as a consultant psychiatrist together with the insights he has gained as a regular practitioner of meditation His extraordinary conclusion mental illness can also be a form of spiritual awakening.Dr Razzaque provides evidence for this from a range of sources including direct clinical case material from his work in acute mental health services to the latest findings from neuroscience and the insights of meditative traditions The book describes new forms of treatment for mental illness inspired by Eastern approaches and centering, in particular, around practices such as mindfulness These therapies offer both patients and their families the inspiring idea that the approach to their psychological difficulties should go beyond just treating episodes of mental illness but also, where possible, help the individual to complete the process of spiritual growth they have begun Dr Razzaque argues passionately that our society as a whole could benefit from developing an awareness of the spiritual power of this process of transformation.Written in the tradition of the bestselling insights of neuroscientist Eben Alexander and therapists Irvin D Yalom and Oliver Sacks, Breaking Down is Waking Up, will speak to both professionals in the field of mental health as well as those suffering from mental illness, their family and friends and, indeed, all those who have an interest in exploring the deepest layers of what it really means to be human.

  • Title: Breaking Down is Waking Up: Can Psychological Suffering be a Spiritual Gateway?
  • Author: Russell Razzaque
  • ISBN: 9781780286662
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Breaking Down is Waking Up Can Psychological Suffering be a Spiritual Gateway Russell Razzaque explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on his work as a consultant psychiatrist together with the insights he has gained as a regular pr

    Erik Steevens

    a fantastic book i helped me a lot with my own research of the meaning of life, especially with the moments where you don t find words to describe what you witness mentioned on the last page you collapsed so now you can awake, you are lost so now you can find yourself again and also finding a new word pronoia Pronoia is a neologism that is defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to help the person It is also used to describe a phi [...]


    Liznemeth

    Without any knowledge about mental health issues I read this book with curiosity and what I got is like a small enlightenment about ego, spiritualism and causes of mental illnesses It was easy to read and there were accurate definitions, historical connections with some psychological theories, and loads of individual experiences in a good mix The author gave me some sights of the big picture and I definitely start to learn meditation Thanks for the publishing house for this book, it was a very v [...]


    Andrew Boden

    An intriguing account of the relationship between mental distress and spiritual awakening I write spiritual awakening having had little experience of the subject, but Dr Razzaque s patient histories and personal history make for a compelling case I was especially impressed with Dr Razzaque s observations about the limits of medication in treatment of mental illness and the possibilities for compassion based therapies.


    Rehan Riyaz

    It was cool as hell


    Andyso

    Didn t finish this book but I do need to go back and try again sometime


    Be

    Understand Razzaque s findings having gone through this experience and come to this conclusion myself last year I had been an agnostic for many years but after experiencing a total shift a couple of years ago during a critical time in my life and after many bouts of depression I can totally identify with Razzaque s findings and Whilst fast tracking on holistic healing I now have an awareness of oneness and chakras, in particular my third eye chakra which was activated after receiving a reiki ma [...]


    Holly

    I received this book as part of a giveaway And boy did it take me a long time to finish it It s not the sort of book that you ll read in a week, you need time to savour each chapter and let it sink in I absolutely loved this book, I want to buy everyone I know a copy, and I know they might not like it as much as I did They might not read it right away, that s okay because this is the sort of book that you pick up when the time is right The mixture of science, psychology and spirituality and how [...]


    Geraldine O"Donnell

    I really do appreciate receiving a free copy of Dr Razzaque s new book Many of the concepts the author explores were unfamiliar to me and I am perhaps not clever enough to grasp them in entirety, so I will undoubtedly read the book at least once Having said that, I did learn many interesting insights particularly in relation to human development and the fascinating concept and character of ego all of this makes sense to me now The one feature that stands out for me in Dr Razzaque s writing is h [...]


    Naomi

    GIVEAWAY WIN.Flies all over the place quoting other people out of context in a superficial conversation about something I m just going to have to assume is a debate, because it is never framed Shockingly sloppy thinking all round, and coming from a mental health professional, alarmingly philosophically naive.


    Moonstone

    I received this book as a giveaway I found the information about the ego and its connection to mental health very interesting I think the chapter on psychiatric treatment would be suitable to those in that line of work, but I could resonate with the following chapter on mindfulness therapy which has worked very well for me in the past and would recommend it.


    Suzanne

    Excellent to see a psychiatrist thinking outside the box re mental illness Highly recommended read for anyone with an interest in understanding mental illness as something a little complicated than it s just in your head Not sure it has all the answers, but it s certainly an interesting spin on the cause of mental illness.



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