A practical guide to recognizing and overcoming the patterns and influences of the four generations before you.
The family tree is not merely vital statistics about your ancestors. It is an embodied sense of self that we inherit from at least four prior generations, constituting both a life-giving treasure and a deadly trap. Each of us is both an heir of our lineage and a necessary variation that brings the family into new territory. Are you doomed to repeat the patterns of your parents and grandparents? Or can you harness your familial and individual talents to create your own destiny? In METAGENEALOGY, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa show how every individual is the product of two forces: the imitating force, directed by the family group acting from the past and the creative force, driven by the Universal Consciousness from the future. The authors provide exercises, visualisations and meditations to discover your family's psychological heritage and open yourself to the growth and creativity of Universal Consciousness. They reveal how identifying the patterns, emotional programming and successes and failures of the four generations that influence you - your siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents - allows you to see beyond the stable identity formed by family lineage. It frees you to overcome your inherited subconscious patterns of behaviour and illness, stop the transmission of these patterns to future generations and reconnect with your true self and unique creative purpose in life. By understanding your family tree and your place in it, you open your ability to heal the ancient struggle between the repetitive forces of the past and the creative forces of the future. Provides exercises to uncover your family's psychological heritage, heal negative patterns of behaviour and illness in your family tree and discover your true self Explains how we are the product of two forces: repetition of familial patterns from the past and creation of new ideas from the universal consciousness of the future * Interwoven with examples from Jodorowsky's own life and his work with the tarot, psychoanalysis and psychomagic
Alejandro Jodorowsky is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, mime, psychotherapist, and author of many books on spirituality and tarot, and over thirty comic books and graphic novels. He has directed several films, including The Rainbow Thief and the cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He lives in France.
Introduction by Marianne Costa Part One Metagenealogy Art, Therapy, and the Search for One's Self One From Art to Therapy by Alejandro Jodorowsky Two Orientation to the Work Jodorowskianism: The Basics Part Two Your Tree Individual Faces Lineage Three The Magic Carpet by Alejandro Jodorowsky Four Clarify the Genealogy Tree Collecting and Organizing Information Part Three The Role of the Future Personal Goal and the Goal of the Consciousness Five The Call of the Future by Alejandro Jodorowsky Six Work toward the Goal Repetition, Creation, and Levels of Consciousness Part Four The Couple Origin of Lineage Seven The Magic of the Encounter by Alejandro Jodorowsky Eight The Couple in My Tree Encounter and Fertilization, Conflicts and Cooperation Part Five To Be Born When the Child Appears Nine Birth: Toward Air and Light by Alejandro Jodorowsky Ten From Birth to Nativity Gestation, Delivery, Birth, Rebirth Part Six From Triad to Brotherhood Family Dynamics Eleven Conflicts between Siblings by Alejandro Jodorowsky Twelve From the Triad to the Siblings Being Unique and Living Together Part Seven From Bond to Knot Psychomagic Rescues Toxic Relationships Thirteen The Gordian Knot by Alejandro Jodorowsky Fourteen Links and Knots Unite in Consciousness Part Eight Abuse and Acquired Identity "I Am Like That": The Tree's Final Trap Fifteen The Ghosts of Abuse and the Phantom Body by Alejandro Jodorowsky Sixteen From Error to Abuse Emerging from the Genealogy Tree's Conditioning Part Nine Familial Body and Essential Body The Genealogy Tree and Body Memory Seventeen From Body to Soul by Alejandro Jodorowsky Eighteen From Familial Body to Essential Body Initiatic Massage, Psychoritual, and Psychoshamanism Part Ten Healing the Tree The Rebellious Heir Saves the Lineage Nineteen From Filiation Delirium to Fulfilled Consciousness by Alejandro Jodorowsky Twenty The Healed Tree The Role of the Creative Imagination EPILOGUE From the Soul to the World by Alejandro Jodorowsky Glossary Bibliography Index
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