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Book Review: A Spiritual Psychology Approach

In times when complexity has become the norm of life, there is always something that we are all struggling with. Problems such as anxiety, stress, anger, depression, grief and addiction aren’t unfamiliar anymore. Unfortunately, many of us feel that our minds and our souls are subject to indomitable suffering. AuthorPulkit Sharma’s book ‘When The Soul Heals— Explorations In Spiritual Psychology’ is a soothing relief for such troubled minds. A clinical psychologist and spiritual counselor, Sharma has written this book using a unique technique that combines psychology and spirituality to help people reclaim their lives. The book describes how we can overcome common life problems and revamp our life by connecting to our souls.

As you read When The Soul Heals, you discover an eclectic, integrative and secular spiritual psychology — one that integrates insights from 10 major religions of the world. There is Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahai Faith, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism along with the timeless teachings of several spiritual masters. The chapters wonderfully coalesce teachings from The Upanishads and The Bhagawad Gita, Tao Te Ching, The Talmund, The Bible, The Quran, Kitab-I-Iqan, Guru Granth Sahib, Dhammapada, Uttaradhyayana Sutra and The Zend Avesta, and enlighten us that spiritual psychology is beyond barriers of religion and cultism.  This message comes as a ray of hope and a breath of fresh air because fundamentalism and cultism are growing globally, and religious intolerance is at an all-time high.

The book is also distinctive in presenting ancient spiritual wisdom to the readers in a simple and jargon-free manner along with several practical techniques and real-life inspirational case studies. This format enables the reader to understand the ancient gleanings easily and apply them to his or her day-to-day life without any difficulty. Instead of focussing on theoretical concepts, the emphasis has been placed on developing easy-to-use practical techniques, contemplations and guided meditations. All chapters begin with a beautiful quote from a major religious faith which lays the promised foundation for amalgamating spiritual practices with proven psychological treatment. Sharma writes cautiously but clearly about his patients in the form of case studies in the book. His interaction with these people at the start of their treatment and their journey into finding their peace back makes for a very interesting read.

When The Soul Heals makes a detailed case for each of the problems we face in our daily lives and then dives deep into the psychological and spiritual understanding of it. A crisp account of what the problem entails and the kind of treatment one can expect in a shrink’s office provide better learning for the reader. What sets Sharma’s book distinctively apart is his conviction in spiritual pathways in healing these problems. He provides a befitting explanation of the spiritual practices and urges the reader to patiently follow the practice techniques given throughout the book. A balanced approach as depicted in the book makes is clearly a must-read all souls – troubled or not. Just as the gloomy butterfly turns in to a bright enlightened one on the cover, the reader is sure to feel uplifted with this reading.

A Spiritual Psychology Approach
Review by: Nipun Augustine Jacob
Book: When The Soul Heals
Author: Pulkit Sharma
Publisher: Auro Publications
Pages:205
₹ 275/-

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