The Intuitive Healer: Accessing Your Inner Physician

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The doctor is within.

Do you believe that you are doing everything you can to help yourself heal? Do you listen to your body, heeding its messages on health-- or disease? So you honor your hunches when something just doesn't feel right? Would you like to learn how?

In The Intuitive Healer, renowned intuition expert, Dr. Marcia Emery shows readers how to unlock their inner powers of health and healing by ...

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Overview

The doctor is within.

Do you believe that you are doing everything you can to help yourself heal? Do you listen to your body, heeding its messages on health-- or disease? So you honor your hunches when something just doesn't feel right? Would you like to learn how?

In The Intuitive Healer, renowned intuition expert, Dr. Marcia Emery shows readers how to unlock their inner powers of health and healing by harnessing the wisdom of their intuition. Learn how to:

* Discover the deeper meaning of any ailment
* Know what steps to take to address the causes of disease and begin the process of healing
* "Tune in" to any ailing body part to help healing take place
* Hear the intuitive healer speak through dreams

Through inspirational anecdotes and step-by-step exercises, Dr. Emery will show you how to call on your own "inner physician" for a dose of prevention or a cure for what ails you. The Intuitive Healer will empower you to take your health into your own hands, placing you on the road to lasting wellness.

"...provides the concrete tools readers need to forge a proven alternative path to health and healing...includes inspirational anecdotes and step-by-step exercises using the 'Mindshift Method'."

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"Both a pleasure to read and immensely useful...Marcia's wonderful book can become a powerful tool...helping us to know more about why it is we become ill."--Caroline Myss, bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don't Heal and How They Can

"A wonderful book about accessing the inner knowledge that we all possess but rarely take the time to consult...I highly recommend The Intuitive Healer to both patients and physicians alike."--Richard Gerber, M.D., author of Vibrational Medicine

"A comprehensive step-by-step program to access the wisdom of your intuitive mind for greater healing and well-being."--Colleen Mauro, editor of Intuition Magazine

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This author's previous work (Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook) has focused largely on introducing the use of intuition in career and business matters. Now psychologist Emery turns her attention to personal health, again employing her eight-step "Mindshift Method" of defining the problem or question, releasing mental blockages, releasing physical tension, eliciting symbolic imagery, interpreting these symbols for the particular individual, resting, revisiting the imagery and its possible meanings and, finally, applying the information received for healing. Emery claims that everyone has an "inner physician," communicating through dreams, "lightning flash[es] of knowing" and subtle perceptions of all five senses, offering messages to warn about, diagnose and suggest remedies for all kinds of ailments. Based on the premise that "every symptom is a cry for help, signaling something amiss on the mental, emotional, and/or spiritual level," Emery stresses the importance of finding the hidden lesson, seeing the big picture and accepting that "not everything and everyone can or should be healed" in the wished-for manner. Emery provides readers with numerous exercises to practice in this instructive guide to engaging the mind in order to heal the body.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312263430
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 712,353
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Marcia Emery is a psychologist, college professor, corporate consultant, and international lecturer. The Director of Education for the Intuition Network and author of Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook, she lives in Berkeley, California.

Caroline Myss is the bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don't Heal and How They Can.

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Chapter One


THE INTUITIVE VOICE SPEAKS


The following story demonstrates the wonderful workings of the intuitive mind. Judge Thomas Brennan, president of the Thomas Cooley Law School, wasn't feeling up to par. He had seen several doctors, but each one had told him, "There's nothing wrong with you." Finally he went to the Mayo Clinic. The doctor there gave him test after test; he just didn't like something about the judge's thyroid. Although there was no clear-cut problem, the doctor continued to search for the source of the something. After days of testing, the doctor tried a rarely administered blood test called a Talactin test and discovered that the judge had a Talactin count of 1,800 (the normal count is 25 or 30), caused, the doctor discovered, by a nonmalignant pituitary tumor that could be controlled with medication. The doctor's decision to follow his intuition, to keep probing until he found the real culprit behind the judge's malaise, helped him succeed where all the other experts had failed. This is the mark of a true healer--an outer physician connected with the judge's inner physician.

    This chapter will show you how you too can receive guidance from your inner physician. The first step is to identify how your intuitive voice communicates with you.


THE MANY VOICES OF INTUITION


Your intuitive mind has many kinds of voices. Some people hear an actual voice telling them how to proceed. Others may see, feel, taste, or smell the messages relayed by the intuitive mind. Your intuition may communicate through words, symbols, energy, simple awareness, or inner wisdom. Here are some samplings of intuitive messages:


I heard a little voice tell me to get a second opinion.
I see myself engaging in more exercise.
I know this is the right prescription--it just feels right.
I have a good taste in my mouth about the new chiropractor.
I don't want these new supplements. They don't smell right
to me.


Your inner physician, also known as your intuition, can speak in a whisper or a shout to get your attention. Your intuition communicates through all your senses. One of my graduate students, a nurse, was examining a patient who had come in for a routine appendectomy. To her surprise she heard an inner voice repeating the word colon. When they opened the patient up, it turned out that he did indeed have perforations of the colon that required surgery. This confirmed the diagnosis of the nurse's inner physician. In addition to hearing the correct diagnosis, she might have received intuitive messages through any of her other senses. Suppose she saw a calendar in her mind's eye with the next seven months bordered in red. This would suggest a recuperation time longer than that of a routine appendectomy. In her initial examination of the patient, she might have imagined a foul smell coming from his stomach or had the sensation of a sour taste in her mouth, also indicating a more serious health ailment. Or the touch of the patient's hospital record might have reminded her of sandpaper, suggesting a rough time ahead.

    Can you identify the voice of your intuition? Is it an inner voice telling you to "Get a second opinion"? Or is it more like a flash out of the blue urging you to change your diet by cutting out red meat? Maybe your intuition speaks in mental pictures floating in front of you, flashing images that contain important messages. Have you ever felt a persistent, even nagging sense about a person or situation? All these are the voices of your intuition.


PRACTICE: IDENTIFY YOUR INTUITIVE VOICE


I often say to my husband, "Can you hear what I'm saying?" He usually responds, "I see what you mean." My characteristic language is auditory and his is visual. Identify how you perceive the intuitive voice by noticing how you bring any of the five senses into your ordinary conversation. Here are some other examples. "I can smell trouble a mile away." "I can see the tension in your body." "I can hear my mother saying, `Don't forget to take your vitamins.'" As you become more aware of your language, write down the sentences you say in life that reveal which senses you use._______________________
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MEETING YOUR INNER PHYSICIAN


Discovering your intuition opens the door to your inner physician, who is at your service to help you create and maintain optimal health. Other possible terms for the inner physician or intuitive mind include "higher self," "higher consciousness," "creative mind," "essence," or "godlike energy." I will use the terms "intuitive mind" and "inner physician" interchangeably within this book.

    When I trust my inner physician, I am amazed at the wise insights and the stream of clever communication I receive. Remarkably, you can gain information from your inner physician that will complement the data provided by the latest advances in medicine and science. Remember the story about a former student of mine who was intuitively alerted to a friend's health crisis? The friend resisted, but eventually he went to the doctor, and my student had been right all along: trouble was brewing in his friend's body.


PRACTICE: MEET YOUR INNER PHYSICIAN


Find a place where you will not be disturbed for at least ten minutes. Sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a bed or on the floor. Make sure your back is straight and your hands and feet are uncrossed. Close your eyes. Take several slow, deep breaths. In your imagination, travel to a favorite locale, a place you know and have visited, or a retreat you have created in your mind. (I always go to a particular stretch of beach on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.) Once you are there, ask to meet your inner physician. Then notice what impression presents itself to you. Don't try to make anything happen. Just sense what bubbles up in response to your question. Is it an image of someone you know or someone you don't? Is it an image of a fictitious person or even an animal? Perhaps you sense an abstract form or color or energy, or see a symbol like the medical caduceus or a lotus flower. You may not see anyone or anything but simply have a sense that you are connecting with your inner physician. Once you have made the initial contact, you don't have to do anything more. Before opening your eyes, agree how and where you can meet again. Record the details of your experience.

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    Defining Intuition

What is intuition? I define it as a clear knowing without being able to explain how one knows, or as knowledge gained without logical or rational thought. Intuition is the receipt of information from a nonphysical database. On a grander scale, intuition makes available the unlimited knowledge and wisdom that resides within, the deepest wisdom of the human soul. The title of a book by Marlo Morgan perfectly describes intuition: The Mutant Message Down Under.

    Using an image as a metaphor, intuition is like a lightning flash of knowing that strikes from another dimension. It opens the door to further understanding and resolves indecision. Intuition can also be conceived as a satellite dish that picks up signals in the form of images, ideas, and feelings and beams them onto the screen of your conscious awareness.


PRACTICE: DEFINING INTUITION


How do you define intuition? Let your logical mind provide the words and your intuitive mind give you the pictures.

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    The picture is
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    Many people feel they are not intuitive because they don't use the word "intuition." Here are some of the words that I have heard others use to describe intuition: "hunch," "inspiration," "gut feeling," "vision," "Aha!" "educated guess," "judgment call," "sixth sense," "ESP," "insight," "business acumen," "premonition, "shooting from the hip," or even "flying by the seat of your pants." One reason people assign less value to intuition than they should is that they associate it with sloppy or irrational thinking. Or it becomes known as a woman's thing, not available to men. But if intuition were a skill possessed only by women, men would be cut off from one of the greatest sources of creativity and wisdom.

    More and more people are becoming aware that the rich inner resource of intuition is available to everyone. In business, for example, successful leaders have learned to rely on power hunches (i.e., intuition) to help them achieve personal and professional success. Artists, educators, politicians, and people in every walk of life are now actively cultivating this universal gift.

    You can build a relationship with your intuitive mind almost anywhere: in the office, on a commuter train, walking, relaxing, even sleeping. Intuition--your inner adviser, inner instructor, inner consultant, inner colleague, or inner counselor--can speak to you at any point, day or night. This internal dialogue was second nature for Dr. Jonas Salk, the discoverer of the polio vaccine; for Thomas Edison, prolific inventor; for Carl Jung, brilliant psychologist; for Jeane Dixon, gifted clairvoyant; and many more. "Others may not be conscious that they conduct this type of dialogue," said Jonas Salk, "but they do. Why should it only happen to me?"

    The more you work with your intuition, the more it can help you in every part of your life: making decisions in your professional life and in relationships; sparking your creative flow; helping you communicate clearly with others; understanding yourself and your body better; and making proactive decisions to maintain optimal health.

    My friend and colleague Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, president of the Intuition Network, provides a perspective on the workings of the intuitive mind. He feels that as we go beyond the realm of competitiveness with one another, we inevitably question some of our deepest values. When we look at the bigger picture of our life, we intuitively probe to find out "What is good?" "What is beautiful?" "What is sacred?.... What is balanced?" and "What is just?" Each of us has the potential to create a world where practicality and sacredness are one. Jeffrey elegantly states that "through intuition, we apprehend our fundamental interconnectedness with and love for all beings."


    Intuition Is Only Part of the Story

Let me assert at the outset that I am a whole brain advocate. I never promote strict adherence to intuition alone. That would be like a bird or plane flying on one wing. Intuition and logic together constitute a dynamic duo within you, waiting to guide you through your daily activities and spur you to make your dreams come true. We must integrate intuition with logic in order to function effectively, to become whole and complete.

    While I recognize that becoming a whole person requires both intuition and logic, this book emphasizes the faculty of intuition--which I lovingly call the sleeping giant within--because it is usually underutilized and rarely acknowledged in our everyday affairs. Once intuition is aroused, this remarkable resource can be tapped regularly and reliably. Exercising your intuitive muscle will become a routine part of your everyday activities. The more you use this muscle, the more available your inner physician becomes. Keeping a diary and working with dreams are two ways of building intuitive muscles.


    The Dream Alert

Sometimes the intuitive directive comes like that proverbial flash out of the blue or through a dreamlike reverie. My own intuitive doorway opened through a dramatic dream: I was driving a car, and when I put my foot on the brake it went right to the floor. The car turned over and I got out unharmed. Weeks later I was coming from a dance rehearsal, driving down a heavily trafficked street in Washington, D.C., when I put my foot on the brake and it went right to the floor, just as in the dream. The emergency brake didn't work, either. At just that moment I heard a voice say, "Make a quick right," and I crashed between two clothing stores, the only area of safety.

    Dreams can be a very important source of intuitive guidance. They often provide a preview of upcoming events and advise you as to what step to take next. Often I don't hear my intuitive voice during the day, but rather in the still of the night, when I am receptive. Then my intuitive voice may speak through a dream to provide direction, guidance, or a warning. A dream can put me in direct touch with my subconscious, the source of intuitive wisdom and home of my inner physician.

    The relationship of dreams and the intuitive mind has always fascinated me. I'll never forget a story I heard at a dream conference in Virginia Beach. A woman with stomach cancer had exhausted all the traditional remedies. One night during a dream, she was visited by a long-deceased uncle who came to give her a healing remedy for her cancer. He simply said, "Eat a can of hearts of palm for the next thirty days." The woman was amused and bewildered, as she had never even heard of hearts of palm. However, she followed her dead uncle's advice and astounded everyone thirty days later, when her cancerous condition slipped into remission.


    The Subconscious Realm

If you don't yet recognize your intuitive voice, let me assure you that by reading these pages and completing the exercises in this book, you will learn how to recognize, develop, and reach your intuition. As you go inside yourself to retrieve incredible advice from your inner physician, you will notice how those insights lead to a remarkable improvement in your physical health and overall well-being. By doing this, you are drawing on a huge reservoir of wisdom within you in an area that some psychologists call the subconscious. You may have heard the term "subconscious" used in another context. I like to compare this subconscious to a giant computer database that contains all the information you can possibly need, including memories, creative ideas, wisdom, and knowledge. Any time you need a new insight or perspective about your health, you can retrieve it from this fount of universal knowledge, in a flash of awareness or insight from your subconscious. Whereas the conscious mind is regimented--it tends to come in the front door--the subconscious mind is not inhibited; it will come via the back door, through the windows, or even down the chimney. Even though intuition resides in the subconscious, its reach extends far beyond the subconscious into mysterious realms.

    The internal environment of the subconscious is vibrant. To enter this exciting realm, you first need to silence the mental noise and relax your body in order to become more receptive to the input from all your senses. Dr. Jonas Salk said, "The intuitive mind will tell the thinking mind where to look next." You become aware of the constant interaction of conscious and subconscious minds as your hunches and insights direct your actions in the outer world.

    Your intuition operates to uncover the truth and wisdom from this world within you. When I teach, lecture, or talk to clients and allow myself to be spontaneous, I surprise myself with the pearls of wisdom that roll out of my mouth. For example, I told a friend to be careful not to overexercise. The next day, he called to tell me he had torn a cartilage when he extended the number of miles he was jogging!

    You will feel an incredible excitement when you connect with your intuitive mind. I first became aware of the power of my intuitive mind twenty-five years ago. I am still amazed at how I am led to contact people I have never met, come upon creative solutions my rational mind can't begin to imagine, and find ingenious ways to present my material to the world. When I first became aware of my intuitive mind, I noticed that when I was counseling my clients I would say something downright brilliant and would wonder how I retrieved that information. I later came to realize that the information came through me, not from me. In subsequent years, my intuition has served me superbly, guiding me through dangerous or unfamiliar situations and helping me translate or verbalize this process to people unfamiliar with the workings of the intuitive mind. The books I have written have all come through me as well. They have never been laborious, but rather have been acts of love.


PRACTICE: SPOT YOUR SERENDIPITOUS
OR SPONTANEOUS INSIGHTS


Whether or not you know it, you have always benefited from the workings of your intuitive mind. I can show this to you through this spontaneity check. I want you to clear your mind of all thoughts of work, responsibility, or things you feel you must do. Find a quiet spot and get comfortable in your chair--or if you prefer, lie down on the floor. Take three deep breaths. Imagine that you are looking at a circle that turns into a rose. Focus momentarily on this flower. If you have difficulty visualizing, simply relax your body, let it open like a flower, in a receptive mode, and feel the pulse of your being. Now ask your intuitive mind to help you recall those memories or times when you said or did something uncharacteristic that brought comfort or relief to another person or introduced an innovative concept at work. For example, have you made suggestions at work and later wondered where those ideas came from? Did you give sage advice to a friend that just hit the spot? Become aware of the workings of your intuitive mind by listing these recollections.
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    Read on to find out how the intuitive mind can unlock the secrets of radiant health.


KEYS TO RADIANT HEALTH


Ten intuitive keys will open the doorway to radiant health and connect you with your inner physician. The first version of these keys was presented in my book Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook.


Key 1. Your body is an intuitive antenna. You will encounter a wealth of relevant information as you become increasingly attuned to the messages your body provides. Those stomach pains may not be the sudden onset of the flu. Instead of reaching for the aspirin, examine what you can't stomach about a situation. For example, if the pains started after an unpleasant encounter with your secretary, who is reluctant to assume more responsibility for office detail, your gut may have been signaling you that you couldn't stomach her limp excuses.
Key 2. Honor your flashes and hunches. Don't regard any as silly, weird, or coincidental. That gut feeling or inner message coming from you to you is about that most precious commodity, your health. One way to honor these hunches and flashes is to record them in a journal or idea book. No longer will you say, "I should have listened to my gut." Now you are being goaded into action.
Key 3. Express your hunches concisely, using only a word or two. The intuitive mind is simple and responds pointedly without lengthy discourse. Suppose you asked me "How do you feel?" The reply flashing immediately from my intuitive mind is "Like sunshine." If I gave you a paragraph or two about all my joys or pains, I would be responding from my logical mind, which is verbal and provides details. When you become wordy, you have moved out of your intuitive mind. At the beginning of my seminars, I ask people to close their eyes, to become centered and quiet. I ask them to let two words come up to describe what they are feeling at that moment. They share words such as "excited," "anticipatory," "rushed," "eager," and "expectant." When someone starts to wax eloquent, I give a gentle reminder to come back to the intuitive mind.
Key 4. The intuitive mind speaks in pictures, symbols, and images. The image you get from my "like sunshine" example is very vivid. You can sense that I am feeling bright and optimistic today. In contrast, a man feeling depressed might talk about being under a dark cloud. Do you get the picture? That is what the intuitive mind is all about--sending you the picture. Suppose you asked the question "Should I have a heart transplant?" and spontaneously received a picture or symbol of garden tools. What would this say to you? You will find out how to interpret this puzzling symbolism in the next key.
Key 5. Freely associate to the imagery you receive. This will help you unravel the underlying meaning of any symbol. Keep making associations to the image until the "Aha!" comes forth. Let's go back to our example of the possible heart transplant in Key 4. At my suggestion that you begin associating to the garden tools, you come up with words like "spring flowers," "retool," "useful," "basic earth," "prepare the soil," "plant seeds," "weed," and "hoe." When you say "spade," your eyes light up, indicating that this is a key word. Further associations to the spade image lead you to think of "turn over" and then to "fresh start." This would tell you that a heart transplant will bring forth new life.
I also consulted with another person who wanted to know if he should adopt a new health supplement. After shifting to the intuitive mind, he saw a turtle. The associations were "slow," "green," "animal," and "hard shell." When the "Aha!" of "stick your neck out" came, he felt that this intuitive solution was correct. As you make your own associations, you will discover the punny nature of the intuitive mind. You might see a friend as a bear and then realize that he or she speaks the bare truth or is willing to bare himself or herself before others.
Key 6. Pay attention to first impressions. If you had a dime for every time in the past ten years you said, "I should have gone with my first impression," you would have enough money to treat yourself to a first-class Hawaiian vacation. Whenever I talk to a group about the keys, someone always comes up afterward to reinforce my message about first impressions. This has been especially poignant when people smelled a lemon when buying a product but went ahead with the purchase, only to discover later that their hunch or first impression of "don't buy" was correct.
Many people accurately press the first-impression button when receiving a diagnosis that just doesn't feel right. This usually means that your inner physician is at work, steering you to get a second opinion.
Key 7. Attend to the faint stirrings as well as the loud raps. The intuitive mind speaks subtly and nudges you gently. Only in extreme cases when you don't pay attention will you be hit over the head by a cosmic two-by-four as a wake-up call. This is what I meant earlier when I said, "Your inner physician, also known as your intuition, can speak in a whisper or a shout to get your attention." When your inner physician tugs at your sleeve, offering a second opinion, notice it. Is it a murmur in your ear or a jerk at your sleeve?
Key 8. Become alert to passive signals, like flashes, or actively probe for an intuitive reply. Sometimes our intuitions flash rapidly into our minds. We can be out jogging, walking the dog, or sitting at a desk when an insight or the answer to a dilemma bursts in the door unannounced. I prepare for these serendipitous insights by carrying a little notebook and pen. You too can be ready for these intuitions that come spontaneously. Another way to access intuitive information is to actively ask a question and probe for the reply. Have you ever agonized over a yes-or-no decision, even asking other people for their opinions? There are many ways you can create imagery to signal a yes-or-no reply. I like to visualize a traffic light in my mind. The green light is the go-ahead signal, the red tells me to put on the brakes, and the yellow encourages me to proceed cautiously.
Key 9. Relaxation enhances receptivity. When people tell me they have difficulty engaging in brainstorming activities, I know they are stuck in their logical mind. The pathway to more creative and innovative responses is blocked when the problem-solving mind travels well-worn routes. Switching the route over to the intuitive mind introduces the problem to a new realm filled with unconsidered options. Relaxation is needed so you become more receptive as you switch from the logical mind to the inspired intuitive mind. Working from a home office, I tend to labor long hours. I rarely escape to the beach or a more palatable setting. The ringing phone, overflowing mail bins, and stacks of to-do folders constantly remind me of work. When my husband and I need a getaway, we go to the nearest motel for rest and repair. I always promise myself and Jim that I will relax and not do any "work." The scene is always the same. Minutes after I am submerged in the motel's Jacuzzi, I jump up, get a pad, and start writing ferociously. Jim always questions whether I am living up to my vow not to work. For me, the answer is simple. When I relax, all these wonderful new ideas come floating into my head because I am completely receptive to my intuitive mind. The challenge is learning how to relax anywhere without waiting to be transported to such a setting.
Key 10. Have fun and be playful courting your intuitive self. The resilient and playful intuitive mind loves to have fun. It is like a young child gleefully jumping up and down at the playground. Let your intuitive punster or prankster bring mirth and hilarity into the situation. Levity opens the intuitive mind. I always have some of my favorite cartoons handy to give me a laugh and help me stoke the creative fire. Right now, I am glancing at one of my favorite cartoons, which shows a man holding large cymbals in his hand and looking at a musical score; the music is entitled "Man and His Cymbals, by Carl Jung." This always amuses me, since one of my favorite books is Carl Jung's Man and His Symbols. My favorite cartoon strips always give me a chuckle. I even dip into the memories of truly funny moments I've shared with my mom or husband. If you haven't started a cartoon collection, this is a wonderful time to do so. Read the funnies or buy a joke book. Not only will you agree that laughter is the best medicine, but you'll discover another side benefit as you fling open the spacious corridors of your intuitive mind.


PRACTICE: KEY INTO INTUITION


Try exercising your intuitive muscle with some of the keys. Here is how you can practice using Key 4. As you become more adept at contacting your intuitive mind, you can prepare for a meeting or a discussion with someone by asking to see a picture of how the encounter will proceed. Record here the way you envision a future meeting or discussion proceeding. Note as many details as possible. For example, what does the room look like? Where are people sitting in relation to one another? How do people seem to be relating to one another? Do people appear happy, relaxed, irritated, or nervous? Can you visualize a successful outcome of the meeting? What would that look like?
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    Here is how you can actively probe for an intuitive reply using Key 8. Take a moment now to pose any question to your intuitive mind that requires a yes-or-no answer. You might pose a weighty question such as, "Should I change my doctor?" or something more routine: "Should I take a double dose of vitamin C?" Take a few deep breaths to shift to the intuitive mind. To become more centered, imagine that you are looking at a triangle. Hold that image for three seconds and then elicit a traffic signal with three lights. Pose your question and notice which light comes on. Does the green give you the yes, or go-ahead, signal? Does the red light tell you to stop or say no? Or does the yellow light say "Proceed cautiously"?
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    Become aware of Key 7's faint stirrings by recalling the times you had a hunch to go to the doctor or a gut feeling to check out a new treatment or vitamin. Did you heed the gentle reminder? Did you need a strong prod to take action? Record your experience here. For example, can you remember the time you needed to take a break from working too hard and you didn't listen? Days after this internal warning nudged you to take a break, which you ignored, you came down with the flu.
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PARADIGM SHIFTS: BUILDING A
NEW MOUSETRAP


Another key ingredient for accessing your inner physician is shifting your paradigm. Here's how it works. Have you ever been presented with an idea or proposal to which you replied, "It can't be done"? I think we all forget from time to time that our mind is like a parachute: it functions only when it is open. Yet we can reinvent the wheel and discover a hula hoop or a better mousetrap. We just need to believe that it can be done. We need to replace our old ideas or models with new paradigms that open us to greater possibilities.

    Can you recall a time in your life when you stood up to all the naysayers in your environment who said something couldn't be done? Many years ago, my determination to write a book about intuition and show people in the business arena how to cultivate this skill was met with snickers. Yet through my earlier book, Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook: An Expert's Guide to Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind, many people found out that teaching people how to cultivate their intuition could be done. When I need a nudge to move out of the "I can't" corner into the arena of knowing that it can be done, I recall Albert Einstein's wonderful words: "No problem is solved by the same consciousness that created it." When the logical mind says it can't be done, a shift to the intuitive mind shows how in fact it can!


    Making the Shift]

Have you ever acted in a way that was so atypical that you had people wondering if you were in your right mind? This happened to me quite recently when I had an excruciating toothache. Most people simply call and make an appointment to see their dentist, but I had just moved across the country and had no dentist as yet. I wasn't quite ready to trust my precious mouth to a stranger.

    When I consulted my inner physician, the reply I got was "Wait, relief will come." Then I heard, "You will be shown the way in a most unorthodox manner." I simply opened up to the wisdom of my intuitive mind, knowing I would be led appropriately. It's hard to forget a toothache, but I temporarily put the question of what to do aside. Later, I was telling a new friend about the pain in my mouth and she immediately replied, "You need to see my Qi Gong doctor." I asked if he was a dentist. She said, "No, but he uses Qi Gong to restore balance in the energy field and bring relief." I had a strong hunch that I was being led to the right person. When I met Dr. Bingkun Hu, a Chinese acupressurist specializing in the ancient Chinese practice of Qi Gong, which guides the flow of Qi, or vital essence, for health and longevity, he taught me a series of movements. I enjoyed doing these because they triggered memories of my days as a dancer. However, I wasn't quite sure how these exercises would help alleviate the pain.

    Days later I found out that these movements were creating the energy to help my mouth heal. During the second part of the session, I lay down on the massage table as the doctor alternated between gently manipulating the energy around my body and lightly patting certain bodily parts. When the hour was over, I felt like I was walking on a cloud. Amazingly, my pain was gone without any traditional dental treatment at all. By opening my mind to a new paradigm--a new way of treating this situation--my inner physician led me to a method that provided dramatic relief. My logical mind alone would never have entertained such a solution. But in tandem with the intuitive mind, the rational mind was able to suspend judgment and listen to the injunction "Trust me--wait and see."


PRACTICE: DISCOVERING YOUR HEALING BALM


The mysterious properties of chicken soup as a universal healer are legendary. Whether it's comfort food, a favorite vitamin, or some home remedy, we all use something as our personal "chicken soup" when we are indisposed. Have you ever changed your paradigm from a traditional remedy to something new?

    If yes, what was your traditional remedy?
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    Was this something handed down through the family?
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    What was the change you made?________________________________________
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    When you decided to make a change, how did the naysayers respond? ________________________________________________________________________
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    Let your mind wander back to the first time you decided to try this method. How did the idea come to you?
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    Looking back, would you say you were intuitively inspired by the inner physician?
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    If you haven't had this experience, maybe you could try it now.

    What paradigm by way of any health practice would you like to change? ________________________________________________________________________
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    Ask your inner physician to send you a symbol or message of what first step you need to take. Then what steps do you need to do next?
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    Close your eyes and imagine you are incorporating this new paradigm. Describe how you feel and record what you are doing to bring this change about.
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    How comfortable are you with this new practice?
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    Now find a way you can anchor this paradigm shift in your daily life. How can you apply it and use it? For example, if you are trying to incorporate a new herbal remedy routine, you can put your herbs with your vitamins and write a daily schedule and put it on your mirror where you see it every day. Communicate your intentions to those close to you so they can help support you.


A SHIFT BY ANY OTHER NAME--
THE MINDSHIFT


Shift does happen! With practice you will learn how to glide from the logical mind to the intuitive sphere with ease. Learning to shift consciousness from the logical or rational mind to the intuitive realm is the means of contacting your inner physician. This particular application of whole-brain thinking alleviates much of the stress created at work and through personal dilemmas, helping you cut quickly to the bottom line of a difficult problem to retrieve an innovative, creative, and viable approach. Let me remind you again that contacting your inner physician will help you optimize personal performance and attain radiant health.

    The Mindshift Method you will be learning in this book guides beginners and experts alike through the crucial shift between the logical and intuitive minds. You'll learn how to (1) concentrate your mental energies, (2) increase your receptivity to mental imagery, (3) interpret those images, and most important, (4) implement the solutions provided by your intuitive mind. This formula, which I called Intuitive Problem Solving (IPS) in my first book, guides you every step of the way to breakthroughs in all aspects of your life, especially helping you see clearly the answers to life's thorniest health dilemmas. I first used the term Mindshift Method in the Nightingale Conant audiocassette album, Intuition: How to Use Your Gut Instinct for Greater Personal Power.


You have now had a taste of how the inner physician communicates with you, and you know you can receive a house call anytime of the day or night. In the next chapter, you will learn how to work with the dynamics of the Mindshift Method so you can readily traverse the terrain from your logical to your intuitive mind.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
FOREWORD BY CAROLINE MYSS, PH.D xi
INTRODUCTION xv
Chapter One
THE INTUITIVE VOICE SPEAKS 1
Chapter Two
INTUITION 911: HOW TO CALL THE INNER PHYSICIAN 19
Chapter Three
OPTIMAL HEALTH IS AN INSIDE JOB 39
Chapter Four
THE HEALING WISDOM OF THE DREAM 57
Chapter Five
THE INVIGORATING POWER OF THE MINDSHIFT 77
Chapter Six
THE PROACTIVE POSTURE FOR MAINTAINING PERFECT HEALTH 93
Chapter Seven
HEARING THE INTUITIVE BODY SPEAK 109
Chapter Eight
A VIEW FROM THE HEALERS 127
Chapter Nine
REVERSING A HEALTH CHALLENGE TO CREATE PERFECT HEALTH 149
Chapter Ten
CALLING THE HOTLINE FOR ANOTHER PERSON 167
Chapter Eleven
MINIMIZING DEBILITATING STRESS: A HEALTHY BODY,MIND, HEART,
AND SOUL 187
Chapter Twelve
TRAVELING THE WELLNESS TRAIL 205
ENDNOTES 217
RESOURCES 219
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 231
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