About the Author:
EMMA BRAGDON, Ph.D.
It seems Emma Bragdon was destined to bridge conventional
medicine with metaphysics and healing.
Bragdon’s mother was a nurse
and her father was a prominent physician who taught at Harvard
Medical School and did research for the National
Institutes of Health. Conversations about health were firmly grounded
in the highly respected “medical model.” However, another
side of life presented itself. At age 7, Bragdon had a near-death
experience. This helped her identify with the spiritual self that
limitations of the physical body. Her lifelong interest in metaphysics
was also quietly encouraged by two of her aunts, both intellectuals
As a young woman, Bragdon lived in a Zen
Buddhist monastic community for four years, meditating for 12
or more hours each
the guidance of Suzuki Roshi. This meditation practice was
for more intense spiritual experiences. The perspectives Bragdon
gained about the inner world of mind and spirit during this
time greatly informed
her later work as a teacher, licensed psychotherapist, and researcher.
earning a doctorate in Psychology, Bragdon devoted her life to
the emerging field of “complementary” and “alternative” health.
Her background had prepared her well to merge conventional medical
practices with health protocols that attend to body, mind, and
spirit. Since 1990,
Bragdon has taught nine-day intensive experiential workshops
in spiritual evolution around the world. Dr. Bragdon was the
editor of the Spiritual
Emergence Network Journal and worked for the Spiritual Emergence
Network for seven years. She is a founding member of the “Catalyst
associated with the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine.
early 2001, while in Brazil, Bragdon visited John of God, an
extraordinary healer in the “Spiritist” tradition, a popular
form of alternative healing in that country. Bragdon’s latest
book, Spiritual Alliances: Discovering the Roots of Health at the Case
de Dom Inacio (Lightening
Up Press, 2003) explores John’s Spiritist healing and the
promise it offers to Western medicine. Noted physicians from
around the world
endorse John of God’s work as well as Bragdon’s book.
is the author of numerous articles and two other books including
Sourcebook for Helping People with Spiritual Problems (Lightening
Up Press, 1988), and The
Call of Spiritual Emergency: From Personal Crisis to Personal
Dr. Bragdon is the mother of one adult son. Although
her home office is in central Vermont, she travels frequently,
doing research for
forth-coming books and documentary films on resources for
healing in Brazil. For
more information, please visit www.spiritualalliances.com.
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