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An extraordinary New Approach to Healing the Mind and Body!
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Epstein, a chiropractor for over 20 years who combines traditional chiropractic services with new mind/body principles, here describes how to progress successfully through 12 stages of consciousness. The healing practices he describes include suffering through ascent, concluding with spiritual knowing, and a sense of integration with oneself and the general community. Each chapter concludes with a special breathing exercise and affirmation for that stage of healing. Of course, Epstein allows for the "backsliders" and sadly reports that most people remain in stages 1 or 2 throughout their lives. (Part of the process, Epstein acknowledges, is seeking professional help along the healing path when necessary.) With the flourishing of authors like Bernie Siegel, Dean Ornish, and Deepak Chopra, this title will do well in public libraries with a demand for popular medical information.-Lisa Wise, Univ. of Southern Colorado, Pueblo
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  • ISBN-13: 9781878424082
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 370,580
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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The 12 Stages of Healing

A Network Approach to Wholeness
By Donald M. Epstein

New World Library

Copyright © 1994 Donald M. Epstein
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1878424084


Introduction

Healing and Curing: Two Different Worlds

Healing has little to do with the removal of symptoms. Rather, it is an intimate and integrative process that encompasses every aspect of our being-the entire spectrum of our existence. Healing transcends the simplistic notion of jumping out of a hospital bed or getting up from a wheelchair and walking; it involves the harmonious alignment of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being and how we relate to the world. The result is a greater experience of wholeness, wellness, and soundness. And wholeness is the birthright of every living being.

In his essay "The Spirit in Health and Disease," psychiatrist Laurence J. Bendit spoke of healing as a process of rebuilding one's life anew from chaos and disorder:

Healing is basically the result of putting right our wrong relation to our body, to other people and ... to our own complicated minds, with their emotions and instincts at war with one another and not properly understood and accepted by what we call "I" or "me." The process is one of reorganization, reintegration of things that have come apart.

In this book healing and curing are not used interchangeably. The word heal traces its roots tothe Anglo-Saxon word bal, which means "whole," "hale," or "hearty." Rather than implying freedom from disease, healing involves root concepts like wholeness and wellness. These concepts imply self-empowerment, alignment, and integration, which enable us to fully express our unique potential as human beings in all aspects of life. Healing is often an uncomfortable process, but always empowering.

As we heal, it may appear that we are coming apart at the seams when we begin to wake up to aspects of ourselves that we were unaware of or were unable to acknowledge. But as we begin the process of discovery, acknowledgment, and alignment, our entire being is given permission to change. Through the natural, automatic release of old thought patterns, blocked emotions, and rigid ways of being, a new sense of respect for all our aspects and rhythms comes about. This is similar to the subtle, quiet, yet purposeful opening of a flower. In healing, no new magic is put into us and nothing is taken out.

Curing, on the other hand, implies that someone is trying to eliminate our disease, symptom, or crisis, most commonly through medication, surgery, psychotherapy, or other modalities. In the words of Janet F. Quinn, Ph.D., R.N., professor of nursing at the University of South Carolina,

Curing may be conceptualized as the elimination of the signs and symptoms of disease. Typically people enter the health care system when indicators of illness can no longer be ignored. The signs and symptoms will be treated with medication, or if the signs and symptoms are severe enough, hospitalization will ensue. If, after a certain course of treatment by surgery and/or drug therapy, the signs and symptoms no longer exist, then we say that the person has been cured.

Curing has an important role. It offers us the gift of time so we might better understand the deeper significance of our symptoms, Curing can also offer us a greater degree of comfort to facilitate the process of realignment and redirection. When used as a stepping stone or rest stop to healing, curing can be beneficial. However, the way curing is regarded today can often deny the possibility of healing rather than facilitate it. Curing as an attempt to control our experience generally interferes with our ability to move into the unsolicited experiences we need to restructure our lives. When this occurs, instead of propelling us forward, curing holds us back.

Healing leaves in its wake a sense of accomplishment, fulfillment, and empowerment. Curing does not. Healing considers our uniqueness. Curing does not. Healing involves surrendering control of our inner and outer experiences. Curing involves an attempt to control our internal and external environments. Healing promotes wholeness, an uninhibited expression of natural rhythms, and unprovoked forgiveness. Curing seeks to label the effects (not the causes) of disease, place blame, and give explanations and excuses for undesirable experiences.

The Spiritual Aspect of Healing

The spiritual side of human nature is an essential, yet often overlooked, aspect of the healing process. The word spiritual comes from the Latin spiritus and spirare, meaning "to breathe" or "to blow." Spirit is something that cannot be seen, but can be experienced. In the poetic words of an anonymous teacher,

There is a force that is unfathomable, omnipresent, unnameable, and omniscient. This intelligent and loving force stands behind and guides the evolution of physical manifestation. Spirituality is the label used to describe what occurs when we connect with this source.

The source of spirituality has many names: Organizing Wisdom, Great Spirit, the Christ Within, the Atman, or God. Connecting with this source is an automatic process that often occurs when we least expect it. Rather than being the result of searching and seeking, spiritual truth occurs by removing the blocks that prevent our knowing it. It is like being in a dark room and opening the blinds to let the sunlight in. By opening to our spiritual nature, we open to the new and the unexpected. According to Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham in The Spirituality of Imperfection.

Spirituality points, always, beyond: beyond the ordinary, beyond possession, beyond the narrow confines of self, and-above all-beyond expectation. Because the "spiritual" is beyond control, it is never exactly what we expect.

The spiritual aspect of healing involves tapping into the deeper levels of being where our innate intelligence resides. As we connect to our inner rhythms and greater sense of wholeness, we begin to experience the rhythms, wholeness, and interconnectedness around us, which eventually expands to include the entire human and planetary community. Holistic physician and psychiatrist George L. Hogben described healing in Spiritual Aspects of the Healing Arts,

Healing may be defined as a miraculous unfolding of consciousness for one's being in the world. We learn who we are, what and who really matter to us, how to express ourselves fully and openly. Ultimately, the healing journey leads to an intimate union with God through the experience of the flow of God's spirit within. It is a slow, arduous passage, unique for each individual, filled with danger and risk, triumph and joy, and finally, peace, trust, awe, reverence, love, tenderness.

Healing: A Broad Scope

The approach to healing presented in this book goes beyond dealing with a health problem or a healing crisis. It can also be used to enhance your relationships, career, financial investments, dietary habits, spiritual life, approach to education, the goods and services you use, and the institutions and causes you support. It is not intended as therapeutic information for any physical or emotional condition,

If you feel you need assistance from a health professional at any point in the healing process, please seek help; in some cases, doing so may even prolong your life. But do not confuse curing with healing. After you have addressed your immediate health concern, and you are out of impending danger and feel more comfortable, I invite you to return to the Twelve Stage healing process and move along the spiral path toward wholeness.



Excerpted from The 12 Stages of Healing by Donald M. Epstein Copyright © 1994 by Donald M. Epstein
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Impressive

    This book has been very informative & I will definately read his newest book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    12 Stages of Healing: A Network Approach to Wholeness

    In theory a lot of this sounds as if it would be helpful. Reality can be something very different. The following is my personal experience and opinion of NSA. Please be aware this is not a wonderful healing tool for everyone. I started out thinking it is helpful and then ended up in a horrible state of depression and body agitation and intense pain along with now over 3 months of insomnia that none of the breathing exercises will help. I have tried 2 different practitioners and find myself getting more and more manipulated into trying to stick with it as this is all part of some great process that will help you in the end. Any pain or difficulty is blamed on my 'resistance'. My body is constantly being stretched in NSA and then I have swelling and intense pain that I never had before. If I say anything they tell me it is because I am not feeling my feelings and I need to feel more. I am not a person who is unaware of what I am feeling and where I feel it in my body so this reasoning gets ridiculous. Then in level 2 any pain depression insomnia etc that has occurred gets amplified. You can trust that happens and they try to have you breath through it. I did the breathing religiously it never helped me. They are messing with your Central Nervous System and they do not have as much research and validation as to what is actually happening to the brain and body as they try to make it sound. Trying to get information has been impossible and trying to contact NSA headquarters on their information line is useless. I have written and called numerous times trying to get information and get nothing back. The practitioners I have gone to are anything but what I would consider 'higher brain' compassionate people. One lets her child play with video games that kill people in gory ways After seeing this 6 or 7 times red flags started going off. (This practitioner herself is a recipient of NSA for 10 years or more.). I switched practitioners and am getting no where but lots of guilt about how the universe will find another way to get my attention like maybe a death of a loved one ect. if I don't follow through. I tried this practitioner for 3 months now and after hearing this I really started questioning NSA. She also has been receiving NSA for about 10 years. Personally It seems they have subtle and not so subtle ways of continually manipulating people into keep coming when they are obviously causing things within your Central Nervous System that are anything but healing. Another great scheme is to have you come in more rather then less when there is swelling or any other concerns such as depression insomnia etc. This has only intensified all of the above for me. Another manipulation to watch for is their system of trying to re-label everything into a healing opportunity. There is a great fondness for causing struggle and frustration and pain. Also the financial cost of going 2-3 times a week is enormous. And if you buy into all the manipulations of how to be a more compassionate 'Higher Brain' functioning human you never stop going. After you finish going 3 times a week at lower levels -You go at least 2-3 times a month depending on how committed you 'truly' are to being a more evolved spiritual enlightened human. There also seems to be a cult like atmosphere around Donny Epstein the founder. Whenever I questioned anything there was a stiff taken back approach given to me and I was told I was so wrong and 'lower brain' fight or flight thinking of me to not completely adore his work. Then there is the pushing about how much research has been done. However, that research has been questioned as to its validity. For one thing, they may have some studies and research but they definitely do not know enough about how NSA affects a large enough segment of the human population in our Central Nervous System and as I understand it there are other problems with the research and how valid it actually is. All I can say is be aware and watch out for all t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    12 Stages of Healing: A Network Approach to Wholeness

    In theory a lot of this sounds as if it would be helpful. Reality can be something very different. The following is my personal experience and opinion of NSA. Please be aware this is not a wonderful healing tool for everyone. I started out thinking it is helpful and then ended up in a horrible state of depression and body agitation along with now over 3 months of insomnia that none of the breathing exercises will help. I have tried 2 different practitioners and find myself getting more and more manipulated into trying to stick with it as this is all part of some great process that will help you in the end. Any pain or difficulty is blamed on my 'resistance¿. My body is constantly being stretched in NSA and then I have swelling and intense pain. If I say anything they tell me it is because I am not feeling my feelings and I need to feel more. I am not a person who is unaware of what I am feeling and where I feel it in my body so this reasoning gets ridiculous. Then in level 2 any pain depression insomnia etc that has occurred gets amplified. You can trust that happens and they try to have you breath through it. I did the breathing religiously it never helped me. They are messing with your Central Nervous System and they do not have as much research and validation as to what is actually happening to the brain and body as they try to make it sound. Trying to get information has been impossible and trying to contact NSA headquarters on their information line is useless. I have written and called numerous times trying to get information and get nothing back. The practitioners I have gone to are anything but what I would consider 'higher brain' compassionate people. One lets her child play with video games that kill people in gory ways After seeing this 6 or 7 times red flags started going off. (This practitioner herself is a recipient of NSA for 10 years or more.). I switched practitioners and am getting no where but lots of guilt about how the universe will find another way to get my attention like maybe a death of a loved one ect. if I don't follow through. I tried this practitioner for 3 months now and after hearing this I really started questioning NSA. She also has been receiving NSA for about 10 years. Personally It seems they have subtle and not so subtle ways of continually manipulating people into keep coming when they are obviously causing things within your Central Nervous System that are anything but healing. Another great scheme is to have you come in more rather then less when there is swelling or any other concerns such as depression insomnia etc. This has only intensified all of the above for me. Another manipulation to watch for is their system of trying to re-label everything into a healing opportunity. There is a great fondness for causing struggle and frustration and pain. Also the financial cost of going 2-3 times a week is enormous. And if you buy into all the manipulations of how to be a more compassionate ¿Higher Brain¿ functioning human you never stop going. After you finish going 3 times a week at lower levels -You go at least 2-3 times a month depending on how committed you ¿truly¿ are to being a more evolved spiritual enlightened human. There also seems to be a cult like atmosphere around Donny Epstein the founder. Whenever I questioned anything there was a stiff taken back approach given to me and I was told I was so wrong and 'lower brain' fight or flight thinking of me to not completely adore his work. Then there is the pushing about how much research has been done. However, that research has been questioned as to its validity. For one thing, They may have some studies and research but they definitely do not know enough about how NSA affects a large enough segment of the human population in our Central Nervous System and as I understand it there are other problems with the research and how valid it actually is. All I can say is be aware and watch out for all the mind and spiritual manipulation tha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    A 'MUST READ'

    I recommend this book to everyone. I will read it over and over, because each time I do, I get more out of it. I've been in Network care for approximately 6 months. Starting care was the best decision I've ever made. Donald Epstein is a genius!

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