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Joseph Dillard was first exposed to holistic health, meditation, and dreamwork in 1963, when he was thirteen, and traveled to the Middle East for five weeks with the Association for Research and Enlightenment, an organization dedicated to the study of the trance readings of the highly influential medical clairvoyant, Edgar Cayce. Immersion in the inclusive, transpersonal, and compassionate worldview of the Edgar Cayce readings began a lifelong interest in learning about and teaching dreamwork and meditation. In college he studied comparative religion, psychology, and philosophy, with particular interest in Nagarjuna's Madhyamika (Mahayana) Buddhism. In 1975 he graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in philosophy. In 1976 he began work in the mental health field and received his Master's in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in 1978. Dillard learned and practiced Jungian, Gestalt, and other forms of therapy that use dream material extensively. In 1979, while working in northern Arkansas as the administrator of one of two multidisciplinary pain treatment centers that he developed and managed, he had the opportunity to continue his education by developing and presenting health risk reduction programs to groups of senior citizens. For this work he was awarded a PhD in Wholistic Health Sciences from Columbia Pacific University in 1980. In 1981, with inspiration from the sociometric methods developed by psychiatrist J.L. Moreno, he created Dream Sociometry, the dreamwork methodology that led to the development of a type of Dream Yoga called Integral Deep Listening, a transpersonal methodology that creates a sacred I-Thou relationship with one's inner compass using an interviewing protocol with dream characters and the personifications of life issues.
In 1985 he co-authored Dreamworking, How to Use Your Dreams for Creative Problem Solving, with Stanley Krippner, a pioneer in dream telepathy and the exploration of shamanic healing. From 1983 until 2008 Dillard was in private practice as a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in Phoenix, Arizona, treating individuals, couples, and families for relationship issues, depression, anxiety, addiction, ADD/ADHD, and spiritual development issues. In 2000 he began teaching therapeutic imagery, dreamwork, comparative religion, and psychology in Tempe, Arizona. In 2006 he began training Integral Deep Listening Practitioners in Germany.
Fire From Heaven
Deep Listening to Near Death Experiences
Have you ever had a near-death experience? If you have, would you like to increase its usefulness for you today and for the rest of your life? If you have not, have you ever had another type of mystical experience, such as a sense of oneness with nature, with others, or with life itself in such a way that you were filled with awe, compassion, and deep inner peace? The transpersonal method explored in this book is called Integral Deep Listening, and it can provide you with graduated, progressive openings into the mystical. It is designed to help you access and become six core aspects of waking up, enlightenment and the sacred dimension of life itself: fearless confidence, compassion, wisdom, acceptance, inner peace, and witnessing.
Integral Deep Listening (IDL) is much more than a self-help tool. Each time you do an interview, you let go of your present, limited perspective on your life. You access and become qualities that are attributes of freedom, enlightenment, and genuine mystical experience. These qualities are personified by the characters in your dreams and your daily life issues. When you learn to practice integral deep listening you learn to access your emerging potentials to find and follow your inner compass.
- Publication Date:
- 1482702304 / 9781482702309
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth