The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician by Michael Mayer

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Are you a Reluctant Metaphysician? A career change, an upsetting external event, a serious illness, a painful breakup, or an unravelling culture can all be invitations to enter a deeper world behind the world. You may not have chosen to go there, but you evolve thereby. This book weaves together stories and reflections to introduce teachings and practices from ancient wisdom traditions that illuminate our unique life path.

The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician speaks to the importance of having a holistic spiritual philosophy in our current times of the "great unraveling" of our personal, political, economic, cultural, and ecological world. Here you will find an integral approach to finding your life stance in troubled times. The metaphysical path is an "all vector approach" that incorporates both "spiritual" and "soulful" pathways, traditions of postural initiation such as Tai Chi, mythology, depth psychology, bodymind healing methods, a non-deterministic approach to astrology, and a multi-dimensional approach to the political sphere.

Dr. Mayer transmits stories, teachings, and practices from his multifaceted career that are so captivating, they may lead you to reluctantly take time out of your busy everyday life. Be forewarned... if you read this book you too may become a Reluctant Metaphysician!

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Dr. Michael Mayer has helped numerous people through his knowledge of psychotherapeutic principles, internal martial arts practices, and life style enhancement. Readers of this book will find Dr. Mayer's personal story an engrossing one, and may be motivated to recast their own beliefs and behaviors, even reluctantly, into a metaphysical mode.

~ Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University Co-author, Personal Mythology

In the 1970s Dr. Michael Mayer began his study of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with me. With continuous diligence, devotion, and skill he grows and ages with me as faithful student and friend. It delights my eyes and warms my heart to witness the masterful way Dr. Mayer creates a joining of hands between Eastern and Western spiritual traditions in this book.

~ Fong Ha, internationally recognized grandmaster of Tai Chi Chuan and Yi Chuan Qigong Behind the veil of our everyday experiences there is another reality that beckons our attention. Michael Mayer's revelations in various metaphysical domains are a guide for anyone who desires a richer and more fulfilling experience of life. If you think life must contain more juice than you have known so far, this book is for you.
~ Larry Dossey, MD Author: Healing Words

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Michael Mayer, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Qigong/Tai Chi teacher who specializes in giving his patients self-healing methods for health problems. Dr. Mayer presents his approach to bodymind healing at professional conferences, national/international workshops, universities, and hospitals; and he is a keynote speaker. He co-founded the Transpersonal Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University where he trained therapists for 12 years; and he is a co-founder of, and a practitioner at, The Health Medicine Center, a multi-disciplinary medical clinic practicing integrative health-care. Dr. Mayer pioneered the integration of Qigong and psychotherapy, and was the first person in the United States to train doctoral psychology students in these methods. The World Institute for Self-Healing gave him an award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of mind-body medicine. He is board certified and a fellow of the American Association for Integrative Medicine. Dr Mayer is the author of twenty publications on bodymind healing including six books, media products, and peer reviewed articles. His peer reviewed article on Qigong and hypertension appeared in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; and in the book Healing, Intention and Energy Medicine, by Dr. Wayne Jonas, past director of the National Institute of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine; and it was featured on the website Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. His Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD is used in training of trauma therapists by Dr. van der Kolk, Medical Director, The Trauma Center, Boston University School of Medicine. His book, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy (2007), was released as a trade paperback called Energy Psychology by North Atlantic/Random House, 2009. They have both received endorsements from leaders in mind-body medicine, and from the journal PsycCritiques. His latest book is, The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician: Stories and Practices for Troubled Times (Bodymind Healing Publications, 2012). Michael's guiding image of "two streams becoming one" guides him as he joins East/West, mind/body and ancient/modern in his work.
Published September 16, 2012 by Bodymind Healing Center,The. 470 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Throughout his studies, he sought a balance between the urge to verbally spar with others and the need for emotional and spiritual sustenance, partaking in tai chi and qigong along the way.

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