Based on the traditional Tibetan practice of chod (literally "to cut"), this method was developed by the legendary Tibetan yogini Machig Lapdron almost 1,000 years ago. It is practiced to this day in Tibet to treat mental and physical illness and as a path to awareness.
Drawing from root visualization practices, Tsultrim Allione shares a four-step process that can help you meet and release what the ancient Tibetans called "demons": fears and other unhelpful emotions and obsessions. Today we all encounter the "demons" of addiction, compulsion, anger, and other difficult emotions, too often as a daily event. Now we have a rare and useful tool to stop struggling against them, and instead liberate them, with Cutting through Fear.
©2007 Tsultrim Allione; (P)2007 Sounds True
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I found this book personally transforming. As a type "A" workaholic with two small, very active boys and a job requiring ceaseless time and attention, I needed to address the constant sense of guilt and exhaustion that came with the daily choices and tradeoffs. I was also recently promoted and needed to gain some footing and build relationships among my new peers - who were primarily men. This created a considerable amount of anxiety for me as well.
The exercises and meditations in this book were exactly what I needed at this point.
I am predisposed to an appreciation for Buddhist text and was especially pleased with one that wasn’t entirely focused on women, but certainly provided considerable spotlight on their particular needs.
After finishing my first listen, I felt a sense of peace and relaxation that I have spent of considerable time and energy seeking. I have a feeling I will burn a hole in my MP3 player listening to it over and over again.
I also just purchased another audio book by the same author.
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