Books by Stephen Larsen

Below are thumbnails and sketches of Stephen Larsen’s books. If you click on the book itself, it will take you to Amazon.com. If you click on Read More it will take you to an excerpt or a review of the book.

The Neurofeedback Solution:
How to Treat Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Stroke, PTSD, and More

A guide to neurofeedback for better physical and mental health as well as greater emotional balance, cognitive agility, and creativity
• Explains the benefits of this therapy for anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, brain injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and many other ailments
• Explores how to combine neurofeedback with breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and attention-control exercises such as Open Focus

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The Fundamentalist Mind:
How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

We are all fundamentalists whether we acknowledge it or not–in that we seek for simple, emotionally-satisfying answers to life’s complex questions. When we are exposed to a codified and encapsulated mythology, we are often helpless in the face of that mythology’s larger implications. The whole planet is being endangered by literalistic interpretations of much greater and deeply symbolic lessons. This book draws on Larsen’s apprenticeship with the mythologist Joseph Campbell, as well as his neuroanatomical knowledge.

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The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function

This book was recently listed on Amazon as the #1 Neurofeedback Book. Published in 2007 by Stephen Larsen, with the Healing Arts Press, it reflects 5 years of work and collaboration with many neurofeedback professionals. The cutting-edge LENS method condenses the essential principle of EEG-based biofeedback into a relatively simple procedure that can benefit children, animals, and people who have given up on traditional medical and pharmaceutical approaches. The book is accessible to the general reader, but useful to the professional.

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The Fashioning of Angels: Partnership As Spiritual Practice

In this groundbreaking book published in 2000, Stephen and Robin Larsen draw on their mythological knowledge and lore to show how the soul is always in search of relationship–especially relationship to an other who is loved. The soul’s separation from God leads us to a life of longing for meaningful belonging. While the Judeo-Christian creation narrative, central to our civilization, stresses sin, alienation from the Creative Source, older, wiser narratives, found from Africa to the Orient, as well as a deeper symbolic reading of the Christian tradition, stress our belonging and relatedness to the energy of life itself.

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Joseph Campbell – A Fire in the Mind

Stephen and Robin Larsen were given privileged access to Joseph Campbell’s personal library, archives, correspondence, beginning about two years after he died in 1987 . From these materials they assembled a scholarly, compelling account of a man whom some have called the greatest mythological scholar of the 20th Century. In this thoroughly documented account we meet Joseph the boy “who loved Indians,” the Columbia athlete-scholar, the lover and adventurer, and the hero who has no idea who he is and has thoroughly lost his way–before finding it! Accounts of his encounters with Krishnamurti, Jung, John Steinbeck, Heinrich Zimmer, Richard Adams and George Lucas. A must read for Campbell and mythology fans.

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Forest of Visions : Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition -(February 1999)

In 1996, Stephen and Robin Larsen were invited to schedule a visionary pilgrimage into the Amazon Jungle, as part of the International Transpersonal Association, founded by Stan and Christina Grof. Forty-Six physicians, CEO’s of corporations, and cultural creatives accompanied the Larsens to Mapia, the fabled holy city of the Santo Daime tradition. There they met Alex Polari de Alverga, the great Padrinho (elder) teacher. This book is the story of how he changed from a political activist to a visionary, through his own encounter with Padrinho Sebastiao, the founder, whose tomb is found in a teakwood temple in Mapia. Alex’s book written in Portuguese, is translated by Rosanna Workman. See also The Wisdom of the Serpent, the film the Larsens made of the journey.

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The Mythic Imagination : The Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythology 

This book, dedicated to Joseph Campbell, is at once a scholarly investigation, and a compelling exploration of how mythology is alive and well–in the living human psyche. Larsen’s account is structured around an analysis of three thousand dreams from psychotherapy patients, both from the clinical and the mythological perspective. The book shows that the mythic imagination is alive and well in our own time. We all have within us the primordial symbolic stuff of myth and religion. In our dreams we visit sacred chapels, holy fountains, and erect “frames of reverence” around that which is most important and deeply meaningful to us. We have inner guides, and animal helpers, as well as an inexhaustible creativity within ourselves.

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The Shaman’s Doorway : Opening Imagination to Power and Myth

In Stephen Larsen’s first published book, endorsed by Joseph Campbell (while it was still emerging from a doctoral dissertation) he explores shamanism as the underlying mythic pattern from which all other myths–the hero journey, the wounded healer, the dying and reviving God. The shaman presents the primordial pattern of relationship to the perennial mythic imagination, which transcends time and culture. This is the first book (even before Michael Harner and Joan Halifax) to announce the rebirth of the shamanic archetype in our time. The urban shaman, the cosmic visionary, all are prefigured in this groundbreaking book.

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Song of the Stars : The Lore of a Zulu Shaman by Credo Vusa’Mazulu Mutwa, Edited by Stephen Larsen. (May 2000)

Since his first meeting with the famed Zulu shaman in Japan in 1984, Stephen Larsen has been a student of Baba Mutwa’s lore. This book is based on Mutwa’s incredible storytelling of African mythology, transcribedand then edited. It contains lore not found elsewhere, on the origins of humanity, deities and archetypes, contact with extraterrestrial races, and the future of humankind. Included is not only Mutwa’s biography, his initiation as a shaman, but his mature analysis and predictions on where we are all going. , then friend

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