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Different Paths, Different Strengths

Freedom from unnecessary suffering is the goal of both Buddhism and modern psychotherapy, yet each approaches this intention from a very different perspective. "Buddhist practice helps us awaken to a well-being that is independent of our circumstances," explains Bruce Tift, "while Western psychotherapy helps us bring our disowned experience into awareness in order to live in a more skillful and satisfying way."

On Already Free, this therapist and Buddhist practitioner opens a fresh dialogue between these two perspectives, and explores how each provides us with essential keys to experiencing full presence and aliveness.

Practical Tools and Wisdom from the Eastern and Western Traditions

Buddhism gives us powerful tools for breaking free of our own identity drama and our fascination with day-to-day problems, yet it does not address how early childhood experience shapes our adult lives. Western psychotherapy provides a wide range of proven techniques for understanding and untangling the development of our neurotic patterns, but it is only beginning to recognize the powerful impact of exploring awareness itself."These two approaches sometimes contradict and sometimes support each other," Tift explains. "When used together, they can help us open to all of life in all its richness, its disturbances, and its inherent completeness. "With a keen understanding of the wisdom of East and West, and a special focus on working with intimate relationships as a pathway to spiritual awakening, Bruce Tift presents seven immersive sessions of insights, wisdom, and practical instruction for realizing the fundamental freedom that is your birthright.

  • The Developmental Approach - why we still use our childhood survival skills after we outgrow them
  • The Fruitional Approach - Buddhist wisdom on finding liberation without resolving our historic issues
  • Relationships and Awakening - practices for couples to develop "healthy intimacy" and welcome connection and separateness
  • Why we use "neurotic organization" to limit our life experience, and how to challenge this self-perpetuating process
©2011 Bruce Tift (P)2011 Bruce Tift

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I had many insights as I listened. The author put together a kind of map which helped me understand my life's journey. The information is down to earth and practical. I got so much out of it that I will listen to it again. His narration style is conversational and easy to listen to.

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practical, kind and down to earth

I found this course really useful. The information is uncomplicated, easy to relate to personal experience and in the end encouraging.

I look forward to listening to it again and working to look at my life and relationships with Tift's insight.

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This is a really incredible work. In fact, it would be my desert island human life operating manual if I had to choose one. I have read and listened to many, many works on spirituality, dharma, personal growth, trauma, etc, etc, and I would say currently that this is the best thing I have come across. I love listening to Bruce's voice and this is a work I will return to again and again. The book version, which is slightly different from the audio but contains most of the same info, is a nice compliment to the audio program. Jayson Gaddis' podcast with Bruce is also terrific if you want more of him or a preliminary taste.

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Genius!

I found this to be the most brilliant writing covering the topics of Buddhism and psychotherapy. This book has literally changed my life!

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INVALUABLE !

Enjoyed the delivery and content immensely. Have listened twice and will certainly listen a third time !!
This book delivers great insight from beginning to end.

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