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
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Extraordinary! Review by Carroll
This is one of the best series I have listened to. Extremely thought provoking, especially the part on Relationships. Everything came together when Bruce talked about the four stages of persona. It cleared up concern I had about recent feelings of separation despite a close relationship with my spouse. These feelings are easily explained as being part of a natural evolution into the fourth stage of persona, something to celebrate, not fear. What an epiphany! Thank you, Bruce. I'm on a cloud. (Posted on December 23, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Kate C
I first encountered Bruce's work on the "Deepening Intimacy" series, and was very impressed by his unique approach to relationships. I'm totally in love with his mastery shared in "Already Free." I've listened to it several times and will continue to keep it on hand for more dives into his remarkably cogent presentation. Thank you, Sounds True, for sharing the work of such supportive expertise with us. And, thank you, Bruce. It has been of great benefit to my life. (Posted on September 3, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by William B
Excellent. (Posted on September 3, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Laura A P
This is by far the most helpful program I have listened to. I am a psychiatrist practicing in Arizona, in an area where there is virtually no therapist taking this approach. There is a great need for this. (Posted on July 28, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by John A
Bruce Tift is a gift to us all. Genius! (Posted on July 14, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Marjolein D
Heard Bruce on deepening intimacy series,this program was very deep and confronting ,
Thanks for publishing,it changed my perspective on the subject completely. (Posted on June 19, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Debra M
I've listened to the whole series and have found it extremely interesting and valuable. Comparing psychotherapy and Buddhist views, pointing out both are valid and can be helpful in a cooperative way, is a unique approach that I have not seen before. I intend to buy any books by Bruce Tift on this same subject, to be able to study it more in depth. (Posted on April 23, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Diane S
What prompted me to buy this CD/download was the short video on the website of the Awake Retreat with Tami Simon and friends coming up this August.I never heard of him before but totally appreciated his talk on relationships which is also on the CD. All 6-talks on the CD are excellent and I am truly grateful for this opportunity to buy downloads so easily. (Posted on April 22, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Chris T
Bruce is the best I've come across at bridging the gap between western therapy and non-dual practice. Particularly important to my own practice was understanding how shame and fear blockages get formed at childhood as an obvious self protective measures. Children must behave in ways to gain approval of adults because children can't feed and house themselves. Shame happens when we must deny parts of ourselves to simply survive as children but when we're adults we can reintegrate with the parts we left behind. Powerful, powerful teaching contained here. (Posted on April 1, 2014)
Review for Already Free Review by Connie F
Bruce Tift delivers concise distinctions between psychological and meditative orientations. Superb! (Posted on January 22, 2014)
|Contents||7 CDs (7 hours, 17 minutes)|
|Date Published||June 01, 2011|
|Dimensions||6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches|
|Contents||1 Audio download (7 hours, 17 minutes)|
|Filetypes||M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP|
|Date Published||August 01, 2011|