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The Dreambody Near DeathArnold Mindells ground-breaking work with comatose patients offers a new direction in the study of near-death experiences and psychotherapy. Dr. Mindell suggests that people in a metabolic coma are human beings in an alteredMoreThe Dreambody Near DeathArnold Mindells ground-breaking work with comatose patients offers a new direction in the study of near-death experiences and psychotherapy. Dr. Mindell suggests that people in a metabolic coma are human beings in an altered state of consciousness which may be an important and meaningful experience for them. Like a mythical hero who ventures into the unknown and returns with a divine message, he shows by means of case histories that many comatose patients who have revived (and many cases of metabolic coma do revive) report experiences of prophetic insight, ecstasy, and self-knowledge. The author demonstrates his techniques for communicating with the comatose patient though verbatim bedside reports, theoretical discussion, and practical exercises based on Process-Oriented Psychology, a Jungian-based therapy that he developed using Dreamwork and bodywork in the 1970s. Based on evidence that the comatose patient is able to communicate with others, the author argues that such patients can often make conscious, rational decisions, thus adding an important new dimension to ethical and legal debates about near-death conditions.Dr. Arnold Mindell is now in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and teaches as well as consults worldwide. Graduate of M.I.T. and the Jung Institute, Zurich, he is known for his development of the Dreambody and Process Work (Process-Oriented Psychology). He is the author of 20 books in 23 languages, including Dreambody, The Shamans Body, Quantum Mind, and Quantum Mind and Healing. In the area of conflict management, he is especiallly recognized for his Sitting in the Fire. His integration of psychology and physics, work on dreams, bodywork, relationships, and for interventions in near-death situations is widely regarded worldwide.