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"A wonderful contribution to the field of human consciousness. Dr. Orloff's work is not only needed by the social mind in order to understand the future of health care, but it is also a masterpiece of educational data."
Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don't Heal and How They Can
"A powerful, step-by-step guide for helping you tune in to your own intuition and power to heal on every level."
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"Wise, accessible, compassionate, funny, and authentic, this book can help you listen to the voice of intuition, live a more satisfying and joyful life, and connect with the body's natural powers of healing."
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
"An excellent resource for those ready to explore their role in health, wellness, and living."
Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions for Living
"Judith Orloff brings intuition into the healing arts. Her book is a great contribution to our deeper understanding and transformation."
"Clear, accessible advice here on how to make this fundamental and life-opening shift from the anxiously controlled life to one that is open to opportunity and creativity."
Thomas Moore, author of The Soul of Sex and The Care of the Soul
Patient, Heal Thyself
Dr. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist and self-proclaimed practicing intuitive, has a vision for the future of health care: a holistic approach that melds technology and hard science with the sixth sense we call intuition. And now Orloff takes the first step toward making her vision a reality with Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness. By providing a step-by-step guide for tapping into the metaphysical powers she insists we all possess, Orloff hopes to guide us into harnessing that power so as to enhance our health, welfare, and sexuality.
Nontraditional forms of health care are not new. Therapies such as homeopathy, herbology, acupressure, and acupuncture have been practiced alongside scientific medicine for centuries. The belief that spirituality can affect health and healing has existed for eons, but a recent remarkable study showed that patients who were prayed for exhibited better recovery abilities than those who were not. Orloff's program is less about external forces, such as drugs, prayers, and treatments, than it is about internal forces -- building a stronger link between our minds and our bodies. Orloff believes we are the keepers of our own health and that each of us possesses an innate intuitive intelligence that has the power to heal. She describes this sixth sense as a code composed of emotions, sensations, and metaphorical images -- the same sense that we experience when we have a "gut" reaction or feel a strong pull to do something.
To help readers understand and harness this intuitive ability, Orloff provides a framework of five steps. She examines each of these steps in detail as she reviews three basic areas of health and wellness: the body, emotions, and sexuality. She touts developing and nurturing intuition so that we become better tuned to the messages our minds and bodies send out. Such intuition enables us to detect the earliest signs of physical and mental disease by noting changes -- even subtle ones -- in our energy, emotions, or bodily aches and pains. It also provides a mechanism for healing, soothing, and stabilizing.
Orloff's first step toward intuitive healing is an attitude adjustment: noticing your beliefs about health, disease, and stress, and changing those that may be harmful. For instance, illness can be used a means of getting what we want or need -- rest, love, or attention. Recognizing this behavior allows us to seek other, healthier ways of meeting these needs. Orloff's second step involves various exercises and activities designed to help you get to know your body better. Not only is Orloff a proponent of the benefits of such therapies as massage and meditation, but she also encourages the study of basic anatomy and physiology using a textbook like Gray's Anatomy or a 3-D software program for the human body. This enables us to visualize certain parts of our bodies and better understand their functions, an important aspect to the imagery exercises Orloff suggests.
The third step in Orloff's framework involves sensing your body's subtle energy. For this she focuses on the seven chakras, identifying these bodily "hotspots" and learning to "read" them. The fourth step involves asking for inner guidance, a process that Orloff likens to having a guardian angel, a higher power, or a spiritual figure that can be "consulted" whenever answers are needed or decisions need to be made. Answers and decisions can also be found by exercising the final step -- listening to your dreams. Orloff is a big advocate of dream therapy and cites several examples of patients who found solutions to their problems through dreaming.
Orloff's advice is very metaphysical in nature, but it has an underlying bedrock of psychiatry. The breathing and imagery exercises, meditations, and biofeedback techniques she presents are not new, but the intuitive insights she espouses will likely seem a bit foreign to many. Anticipating that, Orloff explains things in detail and provides exercises designed to hone the sensitivities she advocates. She goes through the five steps in each chapter and for each subject, detailing the ways each step can be implemented. Rather than scorning or discounting traditional medicine, Orloff embraces it and recognizes its importance. She sees intuitive healing as an enhancement of traditional medicine and suggests techniques that can be used to do everything from picking out a health-care provider to minimizing the amount of medication you take.
While much of Orloff's focus is on health and wellness, she also looks at ways to deal with illness, minimize pain, and face (and even visualize!) death. Not only are her exercises designed to help you better tune into your own body and psyche, but she also discusses ways of intuitively reading others. While Orloff claims paranormal abilities that allow her to obtain more extensive "readings" than those most people are capable of, the anecdotal evidence she provides of others' experiences demonstrates how often our inner voices speak to us. With Orloff's help, we may become smart enough to listen.
In Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide To Intuitive Healing: Five Steps To Physical, Emotional, And Sexual Wellness, Dr. Judith Orloff (Board-certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA) integrates intuition and classical forms of Western medicine. She explains that we are keepers of innate intuitive intelligence so powerful that it can prevent illness, relieve anxiety and depression, enhance sexuality, help us choose the appropriate doctor, and even accelerate the healing process. Dr. Orloff describes how to use these intuitive gifts everyday to clarify spiritual beliefs, choose relationships, find a
fulfilling career, learn how to use remote viewing to "read" people, and to understand and effective use dreams. Dr. Orloff also maintains that sex is not simply a physical act, but it is an intuitive path as well. Through focusing on both the physical and the energetic aspects of self we can sharpen intuitions through receptivity to the erotic forces of life and nature, awakening to full-bodies, heart-based human sexuality.Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide To Intuitive Healing is highly rewarding, insightful, inspirational, instructional, thought-provoking, quality of life-enhancing reading.
Read an Excerpt
What Is Intuitive Healing?
A First Look at the Five Steps
The intuitive messages you receive can be life-changing. Please listen. Only good can come. Even so, I know how easy it is to fixate on what you're already pursuing, what you've come to feel is right for you. I have this struggle all the time. I'm asking you simply to allow for other possibilities, as I've learned to do. Reserve judgment. See how your future unfolds. There's often a synchronicity; opportunities may present themselves. If so, go with them. Watch where they take you. Change of this kind always has a component of the unpredictable. It can be mysterious, beguiling. Be prepared to smile.
In this spirit I now want to present your road map for the journey. Here's a first look at the five intuitive steps that can transform your health and life. They provide the structure I'll refer to throughout the book. Each step represents an indicator that can help you avoid illness, replenish energy, and bring insight into any problem. In every chapter I'll take you through each step thoroughly. Utilizing this structure will enhance your intuition, or enable you to find it.
Step 1. Notice Your Beliefs
Your beliefs set the tone for healing. Positive attitudes accentuate growth, negative attitudes impair it. Honesty is required to flush out counter productive perceptions so ingrained you may not realize how pernicious they are. If we examine our beliefs, we won't be subject to subterranean undermining influences. Our beliefs trigger biochemical responses. No organ system stands apart from our thoughts. What you believe what you really believe programs your neurochemicals. I'm not suggesting that you be Pollyannaish or put on a happy face to please, but that you be absolutely true to yourself. This will liberate you from unconscious impulses that impede your healing.
Step 2. Be in Your Body
Your body is a richly nuanced intuitive receiver. You must be in it completely to heal. This may require some adjustment. We're trained to function from the neck up, denying the rest of our bodies. I want you to reorient yourself, to respect the intellect but delight in your physicality as well. Being aware of the sensuousness of the body can open intuition. This may mean noticing the early signs of pain so you can act on them, trusting your gut about relationships, or awakening your sexuality. We can't afford to ignore such life-informing signals. Being attuned to your body is a treasure.
Step 3. Sense Your Body's Subtle Energy
Tapping into your body's subtle energy can heal. From an intuitive standpoint we are all composed of vibrantly colored energy fields (whose centers are called chakras) that emanate from us. These can be sensed. They contain truths about our physical, emotional, and sexual needs. Energy has different manifestations, from erotic to psychic. Invisible to most people, it can be sensed with intuition. To heal you must first learn to identify energy. Then you can direct it to specific parts of the body. Feeling energy can be very sensual. I assure you, it won't be all work!
Step 4. Ask for Inner Guidance
A range of answers lies within you. To access them I'll focus on two intuitive techniques: meditation and remote viewing. Meditation is a state of quiet that amplifies the intuition. It is the foundation of my spiritual practice. In practical terms meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, can help reverse heart disease, even retard aging.
The method I'll show you is to focus consciously on your breath, to contact a soundless inner pulse. This is your intuitive core. Your breath will take you there. Once you're accustomed to the quiet, you can use remote viewing, an intuitive technique to move through both time and space. It enables you to tune in to the past, present, and future, or to visualize a person, place, or situation, even at a great distance. With this knowledge you can help diagnose illness by picturing the body's organs, predict proper treatment, appraise current therapies all mandatory when conventional medicine seems unable to find a cure. Remote viewing also reveals emotional and sexual blocks; it can even let you check someone out before you get involved. All this is possible: College students have been taught basic remote viewing in a few sessions.
Step 5. Listen to Your Dreams
Intuition is the language of dreams. We speak it every night, during the REM state, the phase of sleep when our brain waves impart secret healing formulas. This mystic symbology images, messages, scenarios has rules different from those in our waking life. A dream's tone can be as restorative as its content; the nonverbal often presides. Also, in dreams revelations about illness and relationships are conveyed. Dreams do heal, but first you must retrieve them. During sleep we experience a kind of amnesia. To the intellect dreams are alien, language that does not compute. Dreams cannot be captured by the rational mind alone; intuitive memory is needed. As you learn how to remember and interpret dreams, you'll be able to draw on this form of healing.
YOU CAN APPLY these five intuitive steps to every health challenge in your life, as well as every emotional or sexual issue. I live them everyday in my medical practice, my relationships, dating, choices about health or new directions. As you read on you'll see how the steps pertain. They are yielding, expansive, reflecting possibilities. Try not to cling to any one too tightly; simply allow them to illuminate. You maybe more compelled by one step than another. For example, since childhood I've been a prolific dreamer every night dreams articulate my inner truth like nothing else can. Find the most natural outlet for your intuition. Have fun. Give yourself permission to explore.