Waking Up on the Couch is the journal of one woman’s quest for spiritual Awakening, from a childhood connection with the “invisible world” in the midst of traumatic sexual abuse, to a profound remembering of her true nature decades later. With candor and courage, author Beth Miller walks us through her experiences of tears, terror, rage, dissociation, confusion, the ending of a marriage, cancer surgery, and years of intense analysis. In doing so, she shares dreams, poems, insights, and an emerging willingness to drop pretense and be totally authentic.
In meeting spiritual teacher, Jan Frazier, Beth’s search for awakening seemed to quicken, revealing that the love and freedom she had longed for had actually been present inside her Self. Perhaps the most engaging part of her story comes as she discovers that awakening to her true nature does not look the way she imagined—with the permanent erasing of all discomfort, pain, anxiety and disappointment—but rather is an open embrace of all that arises in being human, and a tender reconnection with the body. As life and circumstance invite her time and again to let go and “die” into the truth of the moment, she feels the great liberation of “dying into being,” and living beyond egoic self-centeredness.
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