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Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person [Hardcover]

Judith Blackstone PhD.

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Book Description

May 28 2012

Profound empathy. Clear insight. A gift for healing. These are just some of the talents of the "spiritually sensitive" person-yet these apparent blessings can often become a source of loneliness, self-doubt, and limitation. Belonging Here is a lifesaving book that shows how our spiritual gifts become entryways into both the depths of human connection and our innermost selves.

Written by one spiritual sensitive for another, Belonging Here draws from Dr. Blackstone's personal story as well as her 30-year psychotherapy practice, which has focused on teaching clients how to integrate personal healing and spiritual awakening through an embodied approach she calls the Realization Process. Join this pioneering teacher to explore five of the most common challenges of the spiritually sensitive, along with exercises and meditations for living mindfully and compassionately with each, including:

  • Thin Skin-how to create strong but permeable boundaries between ourselves and the external environment
  • Landing on Earth-staying grounded within the whole of one's body by mending inner fragmentation
  • Hearing the Cries of the World-how to open to our own joy even as we respond to the suffering in the world around us
  • Shape Shifters-removing the protective masks of the false personality
  • The Stranger-how to make the return from self-exile to self-acceptance

You can live authentically in a world that once seemed alien. You can find happiness and acceptance where isolation and confusion have reigned. You can come home at last, with Belonging Here.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (May 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604077964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604077964
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With grace and profound insight, Judith Blackstone presents wise guidance on how we can more genuinely connect with and recognize the luminous depth of each other-and the world."
-Marci Shimoff New York Times bestselling author of Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason

About the Author

Judith Blackstone, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychotherapist in New York and an innovative teacher in contemporary spirituality.  She has shared the Realization Process with students across the US and Europe since 1987.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable guidance for the spiritually sensitive person June 2 2012
By Thomas Neilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this book.

This original and groundbreaking book by Judith Blackstone addresses five specific challenges that spiritually sensitive people face. These challenges, while difficult, can also be understood as abilities or gifts that can be cultivated. In other words, they are both challenges and strengths that, when developed, can make life richer and more meaningful.

These challenges/gifts include:

* The challenge of being overwhelmed by sensory stimuli. This comes from a subtle attunement and sensitivity to the world, which makes colors, sounds, smells, and other sensory stimuli impact us with unusual intensity. What most people would experience as mildly abrasive is experienced as highly uncomfortable or even intolerable. Yet this challenge is also the gift of being deeply touched and moved by life, the gift of contact and intimacy, when resilience to it is developed.

* The challenge of becoming grounded. The spiritually sensitive person may be so pulled by spirit and transcendence that he or she loses touch with basic grounding in the imminent, physical world. Such people need help with being grounded in their bodies, and in their basic sense of power and gender, to balance their sensitivity to the call of spirit.

* The challenge of being authentic. Many spiritually sensitivity people are gifted with remarkable imagination, which, combined with their sensitivity to others, may lead them to construct a particularly convincing false self that can become the source of much pain to the person living an inauthentic life. They may need assistance coming into contact again with who they are and what they want in life. Once living more genuinely, their remarkable imagination becomes a gift for creating the life they really want.

* The challenge of dealing with the suffering and pain present in the world. The gift of emotional sensitivity and openness can be a powerful challenge as it often leads to feeling overwhelmed by the pain and suffering present in the world. As a greater capacity develops for holding and being present with this pain, it becomes more clearly the gift of compassion. Being more fully in touch with one's compassionate and loving nature makes life richer as life becomes saturated with love and we are led to help those who are suffering.

* The challenge of knowing things that others don't know. This comes from a talent for seeing situations as a whole, and seeing beyond the shared, conventional perception of society or one's family. This capacity can leave one feeling alienated from the majority who do not see in this way, and it can develop into the gift of visionary insight.

The book also offers specific meditative techniques drawn from the author's Realization Process teachings for working with each of these challenges and developing each of these gifts. These techniques emphasize becoming more fully embodied, and are nondual in nature. While she developed these techniques on her own, they are grounded in the nondual traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism.

As someone who would fall under the rubric of "spiritually sensitive person," this book clarified these challenges for me and how to work with them. Four of these five difficulties have been relevant to my life, and I would imagine that more people with a deep spiritual life would relate to many or most of these issues. The practices she offers have also been of use to me--I've done them for several years, having first learned them from her other books and then from her directly--and they strike me as highly useful and accessible "direct path" Vajrayana teachings. The practices, along with a few other practices that I have learned elsewhere, have helped me know these "difficulties" as real gifts. This book is a gem.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transformative Jan. 10 2013
By cassandrax - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is far more than i expected. excellent pragmatic exercises which are easy to understand and do, yet they embody concepts of meditation i had previously found difficult, or confusing. i will be returning to this book for some time. i heartily reccomend it...not the usually superficial self-help pablum. maybe i should have said simple, not easy. very worth the time and attention. thank you so much.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, full of insight!! July 10 2012
By M. Quick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I haven't found myself so fully engrossed by a book in a very long time. So much of what the author had to say resonated deeply with who I am and as I read the accounts of her clients I saw so much of myself in them and their experiences. Before I got my hands on this book I found myself perceiving the world from somewhere other than from within. For me it's like a foggy, distant quality that I've been living in for most of my life. I only became aware of this when I recently moved and started feeling more content with my circumstances but still unable to "connect" to the experiences fully. I purchased this book in order to fulfill a purchase commitment with a book club and I was delighted to find that the author was describing and addressing the problem I was dealing with. I've started implementing the exercises which are unlike most spiritual or meditative practices I've ever done in the 19 years that I've been on my spiritual path. Goes to show that when you are ready for a particular lesson you will connect with the material. I was really sorry that the book had to end and it left me wanting to hear more which is a rare thing for me to feel, since the majority of the time I'm so bored that my mind is usually somewhere else. I also found myself wishing that I was still in NY to attend sessions with the author but for now I've recorded the exercises and am practicing using the recordings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embodiment Guide Dec 14 2013
By Candace Cave - Published on Amazon.com
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Judith Blackstone's work is simple, effective, and deeply sustaining. She's uncovered an easy method to inhabit one's whole body and then attune to the fabric of all-that-is. If you feel overwhelmed by the world, if you withdraw or over reach for connection, learning to embody the quality of your self and then attuning to fundamental consciousness will soothe your fears and heal your deepest wounds. Most of her basic exercises are in this book. All it takes is practice and desire. (if you intend to practice Judith's work, I recommend the CD set published by SoundsTrue to guide the exercises). Belonging Here is the most comprehensive and appealing of all of her books. Readable and insightful; compelling if you are a seeker. I have sought enlightenment via embodiment for 40-years; Judith Blackstone has given me a readable map for that journey.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone who feels like they've tried and heard it all Sept. 2 2013
By Mari Wadsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reading this books feels like a conversation with the author, from which I came away deeply comforted and encouraged that there are exercises -- simple, profound, inexpensive, self-teachable -- that restore balance to exhausted empaths. I feel more understood and enlightened from this one book than I have after years of spiritual study and, more recently, counseling. My counselor recommended this book: she said I would love it. She was right. My analogy for this book is that each of us is like a strand of Christmas tree lights where if one bulb is out, the whole strand is "dead." This book explains how to find and "fix" that burned out bulb in our being, so that our whole body and being turn on and glow. It offers an elegant solution to a lifetime of struggle and effort.

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