So often clients have come to me unsure about how therapy- or healing- really works. They want both an overview and specific ways to find what they seek. They are asking, in effect, for a roadmap to guide them.
Two-Legged Medicine: How to be Your Own Brilliant Therapist offers such a template, full of life-enhancing healing systems, many of which you can use on your own. These techniques provide ‘the path of direct experience’, designed to engage your body, mind, and spirit. Both contemporary and ancient self-directed teachings described here will help you recognize and heal wounds from the arc of childhood through adulthood. You’ll discover which of the five stages of your own hero’s/heroine’s journey you are currently traversing. You’ll absorb insightful and practical ways to understand the power of your childhood, recover from abuse, transform codependence to inter-dependence, create vital relationships, and develop a deep friendship with your own sense of Spirit. Whether you are new to your path or a seasoned traveler, welcome to an enhanced perspective, where your psyche will relax and your soul open to the magnitude of healing. You can truly be your own brilliant therapist. Here’s to discovering how rich your journey can be.
Two-Legged Medicine available from Amazon in softcover and Kindle or your favorite independent bookstore.
Praise for Two-Legged Medicine:
“Robyn Bridges, a gifted body-mind-spirit therapist, offers us a comprehensive, unique, and wise insight into the human condition. This compilation of visionary philosophy and practical tools is a must read for both professional health care providers and anyone looking to live in consciousness. To read this book is to enter into a healing journey and exit transformed.“ –Dr. Holcomb Johnston, Naturopath
“Two-Legged Medicine is accessible, comprehensive and divine. What person doesn’t want to identify his or her life story? With this book in your hands and Robyn Bridges as your guide, you are headed towards transformation and also towards that elusive thing we all want—real-deal healing.” –Molly Caro May, author of The Map of Enough
“For those seeking a deeper understanding of the psyche’s role in Life’s suffering and what you can do about it, “Two-Legged Medicine” delivers on its promise to lead you to your own brilliant discoveries so that you may construct your own conscious path to wholeness.” – Pam Pride, retired University instructor, Entrepreneur
We are meant to live well, rather than muck about in constant suffering. In my 25 years as a psycho-spiritual therapist, I have learned to trust our healing capacities to lead us into that wellbeing. Clients have asked me for some time to write down the philosophies and related tools I offered to them, and now, Two-Legged Medicine: How to be Your Own Brilliant Therapist is the result. If you want to become conscious and free yourself from the past, live a vibrant life, break out of codependent patterns, and develop a soulful, spiritually attuned, satisfying life, then this book is for you. Each section is designed to help you identify your own life story and then find ways to transform fear and constriction into action and freedom
Whether you are a long-time student of consciousness or new to your ‘path,’ you have the privilege to keep creating, changing, remembering, forgetting, and experiencing your life through this grand earth journey. Here’s to your human self-realizing and living its divine origins while you walk as a bright two-legged, finding your medicine around every turn.
TWO-LEGGED MEDICINE TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: EARLY DAMAGE— THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE
CHAPTER 1: INKLINGS AND SIGNPOSTS
The Vow to Remain Unconscious
Why Am I Dealing with This Now?
Understanding Your Wounding: Journey Initiation
The Importance of Your Story
CHAPTER 2: THE WAY OUT IS THROUGH
The Curse of Abandonment
Shame: The ‘Not Enough’ Syndrome
The Essential Inner Child
The Peter Pan and Cinderella Syndromes
CHAPTER 3: THE SACRED WOUND
Abuse: How to Believe It; How to Heal It
Addiction Is A Secondary Pain
The Truth About Parenting
Unlearning: From Negative Self-Talk to Positive Re-Framing
Discernment: When to Hold ’Em and When to Fold ’Em
What Your Therapist May Not Have Told You
CHAPTER 4: THE POWER TO HEAL
Why It’s OK Not to Forgive— At First
Body Wisdom: Learning to Live Inside Yourself
When to Retire Your Story
CHAPTER 5: THE ETIOLOGY AND HEALING OF TRAUMA
What Qualifies as Trauma?
The Difference Between Stress and Trauma
Adult vs. Childhood Trauma
Detecting Your Own Adult Trauma
The Development and Healing of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PART II: THE DEVELOPMENT AND HEALING OF CODEPENDENCE
CHAPTER 6: NICE AND NEEDY
Understanding the Brilliant Way You’ve Learned to Get What You Want
Narcissism— The Too Grand or Not Grand Enough Self
The Highly Sensitive Person
The Self-Serving Server
CHAPTER 7: HOW TO HEAL CODEPENDENCE IN YOUR INNER WORLD
Self-Image: How Do I Learn to Approve of Myself?
Accepting Responsibility; Releasing Guilt
From “What Do You Want?” to “What Do I Want?”
Neediness: Filling the Void Through Radical Acceptance
How Being With Codependents Can Activate Your Own
CHAPTER 8: PRACTICING INTER—DEPENDENCE
Help from the Ancestors
Let Your “No” Mean “No” and Your “Yes” Mean “Yes”
Release and Revise Sticky Interactions
Recognize Your Own Signposts of Personal Power
PART III: RELATIONSHIPS: BLESSING OR BOTHER?
CHAPTER 9: BUILDING THE FACE OF LOVE
With Whom Are We in Relationship?
The Necessary Risk of Loving
Lost in Love: Where is the Me in Us?
Projection: Can I Love You Apart from Who I Think You Are?
Important Differences; Crucial Similarities
CHAPTER 10: IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR
Loving and Hating: The Dual Face of Relationship
Conflict Resolution: Works in Progress
Unhappy Alone or Unhappy Together?
Our Parents, Our Selves
The Relativity in Relatives
CHAPTER 11 RELATIONSHIPS ARE AN INSIDE JOB
The Real Affair
The Power of Now
Developing Your Own Inner Masculine and Feminine
The Quantity and Quality of Physical Love
CHAPTER 12: RIPENED FRUIT
From New to Mature Love: Deepenings
Soul Mates: One or Many?
Finding the Beloved
Wrestling the Blessing from the Bother
PART IV: SPIRITUAL SOURCING
CHAPTER 13: TO WHOM DO YOU BELONG?
Are You a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience?
Abandonment and Belonging
The Man Behind the Curtain: Uncovering Your Oz
CHAPTER 14: IS YOUR PSYCHE ALIGNED WITH YOUR SPIRIT?
Ego is Not the Enemy
The Ruse of Religion: Breaking Free from the Grip of Guilt
Three Roads Converging: Tolerance, Discernment, and Trust
CHAPTER15: NATURAL DIVINITY
The Function of Magic: Paranormal Experience
Carving Out Your Spirituality: Animals, Angels, and Demons
Earth and Sky Cosmologies
Developing Your Own Vibrant Connection
The Urge to Merge
PART V: FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING
CHAPTER 16: THE HEALING ARC
Illness: Compassionate Befriending
From Grief to Acceptance: When to NOT Pathologize Yourself
Caring for Special Needs People— and Yourself
The Gifts and Limits of Guides and Mentors
CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT SPIRAL
Changing Identity: The Purpose of the Void
The Pursuit of Freedom
Creativity: The Mark of a Full Life
Soul Development, The Tender Scar, and the Aging Body
The Spiral of the Evolving Self
PART VI: APPLICATIONS: HEALING SYSTEMS FOR PERSONAL USE
BODY-MIND-SPIRIT: THE TRANSPERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
THE PATH OF DIRECT EXPERIENCE
MOVEMENT AND DANCE
THE MIND AT PLAY
TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS: YOUR PARENT, ADULT, AND CHILD SELVES
VOICE DIALOGUE: THE UNCONSCIOUS REVEALED
DIVINATION SYSTEMS: MESSAGES FROM YOUR WISE SELF
PEACEWAYS: THE ART OF FORGIVENESS
THE MEDICINE WHEEL: TRACKING THE TRUTH OF YOUR LIFE
IMAGRY: THE VAST IMAGINAL
HYPNOTHERAPY: THE MIND HEALS THE BODY
CHAKRAS: HOW TO HEAR MESSAGES THROUGH THE ENERGY CENTERS
ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: NOT FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY
BODY TALK: EMOTIONS IN MOTION
STAGES OF BIRTH: A LIVING METAPHOR
PERSONALITY TYPES: TESTING, LEARNING STYLES, AND HOW TO BENEFIT FROM THEM
ENERGY BALANCING: YOUR OWN HEALING HANDS
NATURE’S HEALING: CRYSTALS AND MINERALS
THE SOLACE OF NATURE
EPILOGUE: BEYOND TECHNIQUES— THE MYSTERY OF THE HEALING SELF
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