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In thirty-seven original essays written for this book, some of the world's leaders in healing explore their personal and professional experiences in order to uncover the underlying principles on which all healing rests. Rather than focusing on diverse techniques, the writers seek the "golden thread" that ties together the wide range of approaches to healing.

In simple, direct language, the contributors explore the complex nature of healing from many viewpoints. We hear from physicians, psychologists, nurses, metaphysical healers, and shamans.

Their topics include:

  • what healing really is and how it takes place
  • the power of the healer within
  • what to look for in a healer
  • the function of spirituality in healing
  • the dramatic effects of the healing relationship
  • the role of attitudes and emotions
  • love as a healing force
  • healing and death

The result is a grand synthesis of heartfelt thinking that offers a treasury of profound insights for people in the healing professions, people who seek to develop their own healing capacities, people who wish to benefit from healers, and anyone interested in the magical properties of human relationships.

Revealing the common thread that unites healers from a wide range of approaches and techniques.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874774948
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Series: New Consciousness Reader Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 811,631
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., holds a doctoral degree in psychology from Sierra University, San Francisco, California. He is an author and advocate in the areas of self-improvement and spiritual growth. He maintains a private practice in Oakland, California, where he lives with his wife, Kristine. His primary goal is to teach the role that attitude can play in a person's healing process.


Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff, which was named the No. 1 bestselling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Dr. Carlson has become a worldwide phenomenon as well. His books appear in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don't Sweat series. In 1997, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and has been a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah, Today, and CNN.

Author biography courtesy of Hyperion Books.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Education:
      San Jose State University, Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Sierra University

Read an Excerpt


This book asks many of the best and most well-known nontraditional healers to distill their thoughts to the primary factor each has found to be the basis of healing. In the heartwarming sections ahead, you will have the opportunity to savor the answers to the single question they were asked: What, in your experience, is the key element or golden thread that unites healing processes? The contributors set aside secondary thoughts to present their primary realizations in an original, never-before-published manuscript.

To see this material arranged in the form of an anthology is inspiring because it offers us the perspective of many people, which no single healer, however successful, can provide. We are no longer limited to the experience of the blind men examining different parts of the elephant, unable to sense what the whole animal is like. Instead, we get a rich, multidimensional picture of healing.

As a traditionally trained physician and a creative explorer of nontraditional healing modalities, I am in a unique position to critically appreciate what is presented here. Let me put it succinctly and poetically:

Anthology literally means a gathering of flowers. I am moved and inspired by the unique beauty of each flower that makes up this arrangement, and by the profound mystery to which the arrangement as a whole brings me. I am sure you will feel the same.

W. Brugh Joy, M.D., F.A.C

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Love is the Healer 1
Love, the Healer 5
What is Healing? 12
Healing, Love, and Empowerment 18
Healer, Heal Thyself 22
Removing Distress to Reveal Health 26
Part 2 Returning to Wholeness 31
The Mystery of Wholeness 35
Mirroring the Life Force 42
The Harmony of Health 48
Innate Intelligence is the Healer 53
The Circle of Healing 58
Part 3 The Healer Within 63
Self-Discovery and Self-Healing 67
Listening to Inner Wisdom 73
Illness As An Opportunity for Healing 78
Part 4 The Healing Relationship 83
The Healing Equation 87
The Search for Healing 91
Teaching What I Live 97
The Healing Relationship 100
Healing As a Journey Together 104
The Compassion Factor 106
The Empathic Relationship: A Foundation of Healing 108
Touchstones of The Healing Process 111
Part 5 The Role of the Healer 115
Trust and Honesty: Foundations of Healing 119
The Timeless Concept of Healing 124
The Four Pillars of Healing 127
Presence 131
The Hidden Universe of the Healer 135
Healing: The Emergence of Right Relationship 139
Part 6 The Healing Attitude 145
Healing Attitudes 149
Living and Loving one second at a time 154
Healing: What We Can Learn from Children 158
Part 7 Consciousness and the Healing Response 163
The Mind of Healing 167
The Intuitive Heart 171
Mind Beyond Body 173
The Healing Silence 177
The Spell of Mortality 179
Part 8 Healing as our Birthright 185
Removing Barriers to the Peaceful Core 189
The Healing for Which We Took Birth 196
Afterword 205
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