deep rest for the self-healing psyche
a book by andrew durham (2nd edition)
a complete manual
Hygienic darkroom retreating consists of resting in an absolutely dark room for days, alone, with food. Why do this? To recover psychic balance, taking refuge from the sensory over-stimulation of civilized existence.
This seemingly trivial contrast can lead to a remarkable and lasting restoration of your well-being, making the darkroom a powerful tool.
The book explains why a retreat works, how to do it, and how to make a darkroom, including detailed instructions to attain these effects in your own home.
toward a hygienic psychology
Neither spiritual nor disciplined, therapeutic nor psychedelic, this is the first approach to darkness—and psychology—based on hygiene. More than mere cleanliness, hygiene remains history’s most influential approach to health. Hygiene taught the modern world appreciation for the self-preserving nature of life and all its normal conditions: fresh air, ample sleep, pure food, frequent bathing and exercise, etc.
Hygiene has long excelled in caring for the self-healing body. With darkness, hygiene now has an equally effective way of caring for the self-healing soul.
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