Lightning at the Gate: A Visionary Journey of Healing

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Jeanne Achterberg is an internationally known authority on the use of imagery to heal the body. She is best known for developing the technique known as guided visualization, and she was recently featured in Time magazine as one of the top innovators in the field of alternative medicine. In 1999 she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare and often deadly form of cancer of the eye. Lightning at the Gate is the remarkable story of her illness and healing—a deeply personal memoir that is at turns haunting, ...

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Jeanne Achterberg is an internationally known authority on the use of imagery to heal the body. She is best known for developing the technique known as guided visualization, and she was recently featured in Time magazine as one of the top innovators in the field of alternative medicine. In 1999 she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare and often deadly form of cancer of the eye. Lightning at the Gate is the remarkable story of her illness and healing—a deeply personal memoir that is at turns haunting, humorous, biting, and exhilarating. This engaging and entertaining book demonstrates how a combination of critical thought, creativity, inner vision, and friendship can lead to profound healing. In Lightning at the Gate, Achterberg writes, "The only way one stays alive after a serious diagnosis of cancer is to find one's vision." This captivating memoir documents her process of doing just that. Choosing to view her cancer as a metaphor, she draws on dreamwork, shamanism, healing imagery, prayer, rituals, songs, immune-stimulation therapy, and the loving care of friends to cure her illness. Lightning at the Gate ends in affirming Achterberg's core belief that we are healed not by medicine but by the bonds we create with each other: care, love, trust, hope, belief, and all the other invisible facets that have lost favor in modern health care. Readers will benefit from seeing how a leader in alternative medicine approaches her own illness: how she weighs the information and choices presented to her by the Western medical establishment; how she advocates for herself; and how she finds her own, individual path back to health.Lightning at the Gate also offers fascinating first-hand accounts of cutting-edge alternative therapies. Also included is a valuable resource section listing books, websites, and organizations offering information on holistic methods of healing. This book is sure to become a must-read for anyone interested in alternative medicine and the healing arts.

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Jeanne Achterberg (Imagery in Healing) has been researching mind-body medicine in the treatment of cancer since the 1970s, and developed the now well-known technique of guided imagery, a widely-practiced alternative therapy. When she was diagnosed with cancer of the eye two years ago, she refused all conventional treatments. Lightning at the Gate: A Visionary Journal of Healing, is a frank and intimate account of her own experience with cancer, which she has so far kept in check by having those around her practice guided imagery on her behalf, as well as a variety of other alternative treatments she discovered along the way. ( Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628580
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2002
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and has served as associate professor and director of research in rehabilitation science at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue 3
Epiphany: Kosovo 12
Homecoming 18
Vision Quest 20
Business as Usual, More or Less 25
Initiation 27
Medical Mystery and Maybe the Black Widow 31
Dark Flight 35
Grim Reaper Diagnosis 44
Demon Diagnoses 51
Eagles Everywhere 59
Snowballing Support 62
The Big Hand 67
The Medicine Dance Begins 76
What I Need Now 82
Turnaround Time 84
Kill-or-Cure Routine 89
Mistletoe and Dreams 94
Shamanic Healing 102
Girl Talk 110
Detective Work 112
England: A Healing Pilgrimage 117
Ceilidh 124
Days of Reckoning 133
Dark Weeks 135
Germany: Same Time, Next Year 150
The Event 156
Thanksgiving and Transcendence 165
Saint Lucy's Days 173
Young Things 177
Life Returns 179
Meditation Medicine 185
Matters of a Religious Nature 189
Answered Prayers 192
Valentine 198
Dreamer 202
Unfinished Business 204
And More Dream Helpers 208
Relationship Ruminations 212
What Is Real? 219
Old Bones 222
Birthday 228
Twilight Zone 233
Healing Island 235
Fire in the Mountain 238
Surgery 242
Psyche's Challenges 246
Epilogue 250
Resources 255
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