Friday, March 1, 2013

The Power of One Woman

Posted: Friday, 1 March 2013
Updated: 2 Mar 13

Dr. Zahra Akbarzadeh


Dr. Joseph Dillard, creator of the Integral Deep Listening protocol for interviewing dream characters writes:

It’s time to throw away your stereotypes about Iranian society. Not only does Islam have a rich Sufi mystical tradition, but creative, powerful, and very compassionate women are transforming society there. One such woman is Dr Zahra Akbarzadeh, M.D., a cardiologist in Tehran, and devout Moslem, as well as a dedicated student and certified teacher of Integral Deep Listening.

Dr. Akbarzadeh has translated one of my books, Ending Nightmares for Good, which deals not only with nightmares but also sleep terrors and post-traumatic disorders, into Farsi, the language spoken in Iran. She has done IDL demonstration interviews for psychologists, school counselors, institutions for disabled children to teach IDL to their families, as well as the personnel at orphanages in a number of cities in Iran, demonstrating how children become happier and healthier when they find and follow their inner compass. 

Dr. Akbarzadeh recently explained the connection between heart disease, anxiety, and nightmares on a popular TV program that is beamed to millions of Iranians across the country. She is currently collaborating with another transformative Iranian woman, Dr. Mozhgan Arefi, a Ph.D. in psychology who currently teaches at the Islamic Azad University in Isfahan, to test Integral Deep Listening in a study with ninety children who have post-traumatic stress disorder. Its effectiveness will be compared to the clinical modalities most commonly used by the US Veteran’s Administration for the treatment of PTSD: cognitive behavioral therapy and group psychotherapy. The results will be published in a peer-reviewed international journal.

Dr. Akbarzadeh is extraordinarily inspirational because she is a product of the method. She has used it to move out of drama in her own life, to reduce cognitive distortions, overcome detrimental cultural scripting, and to find and follow her own inner compass, all as a devout Moslem. 

Spirit uses anyone, anywhere, that opens their heart and mind and learns how to get out of their own way. By showing the children of Iran how they can get unstuck and stay unstuck, by finding and following their own unique inner compass, Dr. Akbarzadeh is demonstrating a path of inner wholeness for all of us. 

Our heartfelt thanks to you, Dr. Akbarzadeh!

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