A sampling of the reviews and accolades for the books of Jason Elias.

The Midwest Book Review

Review for: The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging: How To Die Young – as Late in Life as Possible

The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging: How To Die Young as Late in Life as Possible is for those who would rewrite the basic script of what it means to grow old and invites readers from all walks of life to reconsider this process…

Health collections, new age readers, and general-interest readers who look for research-based advice will all find plenty of food for thought in this outstanding alternate vision of aging, which advocates making the most of one’s years in many different ways.

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Review for: The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging

In his sixth book, Elias sets out seven key tenets for reframing aging, gleaned from his 50 years as a psychologist and Chinese medicine practitioner. Twelve “pathfinders” speak to readers in excerpts from his interviews with them. These “modern-day sages” range in age from late 70s to 100-plus. Elias embraces “elderhood” as an opportunity for examining where one has been and where one refuses to go. As such, the book isn’t a bucket-list pep talk; instead, it encourages readers to remember their past selves, as when it asks them to revisit long-shelved dreams and pursue them once again.

Readers approaching their senior years will find a wealth of insights and motivation in these pages.

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Review for: Kissing Joy As It Flies

Review for: Kissing Joy As It Flies

A healer recounts his adventures wandering the world in pursuit of alternative therapies in this rapturous memoir.

Elias, an acupuncturist, starts by recapping his Brooklyn childhood in a Jewish family scarred by the Holocaust; he tells of bonding with female elders and learning about his great-grandmother Esther, a folk healer in Greece. In 1970, the 23-year-old psychology student gravitated to California’s Esalen Institute, where he took mescaline, addressed his self-consciousness about his body through nude group swimming, and studied gestalt therapy, meditation, tai chi, mythic archetypes, the Alexander Technique of relieving stress through posture adjustments, and a painful massage psychotherapy called Rolfing (“Anger coursed through my screams…toward my father, teachers or other authority figures”). Sojourns abroad extended Elias’ knowledge of alternative healing and spirituality. In the Philippines, he says that he witnessed miraculous cures by “psychic surgery” practitioners, who allegedly penetrated patients’ bodies with their hands to remove diseased tissue without incisions, and that he healed patients with the laying on of hands. (He later acknowledges that psychic surgery has been discredited and suggests that “perhaps I was hypnotized into believing what I so wanted to.”) The author then spent five years at the Indian ashram of the controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh; he celebrates Rajneesh’s teachings but distances himself from the alleged criminal acts of his followers in the 1980s, after he left the movement. Later chapters describe his traditional Chinese medicine practice. Elias offers an exuberant account of what’s known as the Human Potential Movement, with vivid descriptions of some central figures and haunting supernatural motifs; for example, important events are heralded by a “Black Bird,” an avatar of Esther that manifested as a black bird swooping toward Elias’ car as he drove. The passages that deal with mystical healing doctrine aren’t very compelling. However, Elias’ effusive prose ably conveys the bliss of heightened awareness; after taking LSD at a Grateful Dead concert in Berkeley, California, he writes, he and his companions “began to make the OM sound, and, as we merged our sounds, I felt my body dissolve into All That Is…no fear emerged, only a pervasive sense of gratitude and well-being.”

A colorful, evocative portrait of a spiritual seeker.