Spirit Body Healing: Using Your Mind's Eye to Unlock the Medicine Within

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"Spirit Body Healing is filled with the truth about how spirit—and the creativity through which it is expressed—can heal us. I was very moved by this powerful book."—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom "Dr. Michael Samuels provides us with new tools and ways of thinking about our capacity to heal. He has been a wonderful teacher for me and can be for you. . . . His work is inspiring."—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles "In this tender and caring book, we are reminded that healing is a creative ...

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Overview

"Spirit Body Healing is filled with the truth about how spirit—and the creativity through which it is expressed—can heal us. I was very moved by this powerful book."—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom "Dr. Michael Samuels provides us with new tools and ways of thinking about our capacity to heal. He has been a wonderful teacher for me and can be for you. . . . His work is inspiring."—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles "In this tender and caring book, we are reminded that healing is a creative process. These heartfelt stories and beautiful visualizations inspire the reader to see all life as a healing journey."—David Simon, MD, Medical Director of the Chopra Center for Well Being; author of Vital Energy and Return to Wholeness "Dr. Michael Samuels is one of the leading pioneers in exploring creativity as an important part of every person's healing journey."—Dean Ornish, MD, author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610971652
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Samuels, MD, has used art and guided imagery with cancer patients for over twenty-five years. He is the founder and director of Art as a Healing Force, a project devoted to incorporating art with healing. He teaches art and healing at San Francisco State University and John F. Kennedy University. The author of fourteen books, he gained national acclaim with his best-selling Well Body Book, Well Baby Book, Well Pregnancy Book, and Seeing with the Mind's Eye.

Mary Rockwood Lane, RN, PhD, is the co-founder and director emeritus of the Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is now Associate Professor of Nursing at the College of Nursing, University of Florida, where she teaches Creativity and Spirituality in Healthcare. Her books (with Samuels) include Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing and Creative Healing.

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Table of Contents

Preface Mary Rockwood Lane xi

The Research Study xii

Moving from Darkness to Transcendence xiv

Teachings from the Edge xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: The First Path for People to Heal with Spirit Michael Samuels 1

Use Spirit Body Healing to Heal Your Whole Life 2

Help Your Inner Healer 2

Part 1 Understanding Spirit Body Healing 5

Chapter 1 The Experience of Spirit Body Healing 7

Spirit Body Healing to Help You Change Your Life 10

Use This Book to Heal 11

You Know the Ending Before You Start, So Start the Process with Faith 13

Use Guided Imagery 14

Begin to Heal Now 19

Chapter 2 The Process of Spirit Body Healing 21

The Eight Spirals of Spirit Body Healing 22

Restory Your Life 24

Invite a Beak Spiritual Experience to Come to You 25

Chapter 3 How Spirit Body Healing Works: Unlocking the Medicine Within 27

The Spiritual Experience Is Perceived as Imagery 28

Longevity and the Spirit 32

Part 2 The Eight Steps of Spirit Body Healing 35

Chapter 4 Step One: Go into Your Own Pain and Darkness 37

Pain is the Doorway to Spirit Body Healing 39

Move from Pain to Beauty 41

Use Books As Tools to Start Your Journey 43

Turn Fear into Compassion 46

Pain Deepens to Darkness 46

Remember Things Past 49

Extract Your Pain 49

Reflections on Pain and Darkness 50

Use Guided Imagery 52

Chapter 5 Step Two: Go Elsewhere 59

Restory Your Own Life 61

The Pause Invites You 62

Reclaim Your Dreamer Within 63

Go Inward into Your Heart 64

The Trigger Event Invites You 66

Reflections on Going Elsewhere 70

Use Guided Imagery 72

Chapter 6 Step Three: Find Your Own Turning Point 77

Be Creative 80

Open Your Mind to Something New 82

Reflections from the Turning Point: Follow Your Passion to Your Turning Point 95

Use Guided Imagery 96

Chapter 7 Step Four: Slip through the Veil 99

Slip into Enchantment 100

Feel the Spaciousness Inside 101

Go into Mystical Enchantment 102

Breathe in Oneness 106

Reflections on Going through the Veil: Merge with a Greater Bower 106

Use Guided Imagery 107

Chapter 8 Step Five: Know the Truth and Trust the Process 111

Know It's the Truth 112

Reflections on Knowing the Truth and Trusting the Process 116

Use Guided Imagery 119

Chapter 9 Step Six: Embody Your Spirit 123

You Can Embody Spirit 127

Allow Spirit to Come into You from the Earth 130

Reflections on the Embodiment of Spirit 132

Use Guided Imagery 134

Chapter 10 Step Seven: Feel the Healing Energy of Love and Compassion 137

Feel Compassion and Healing Energy 140

Use Humor to Release Healing Energy 143

Feel Compassion for Yourself 146

Reflections on Healing Energy and Compassion: Release Judgment and See with Compassion 146

Use Guided Imagery 147

Chapter 11 Step Eight: Experience Transcendence 151

See Yourself As Surrounded by God and the Angels 153

Share Your Love 154

Illuminosity: Be within the Light 154

Move from Healing Illness to Healing the Earth 167

Reflections on Transcendence 169

Use Guided Imagery 170

Part 3 The Spirit Body Healing Method 179

Chapter 12 The Prescription for Spirit Body Healing 181

Starbursts within the Stories Reveal Wisdom 181

Step 1 Go into Your Own Pain and Darkness 182

Step 2 Go Elsewhere 185

Step 3 Find Your Own Turning Point 189

Step 4 Slip through the Veil 196

Step 5 Know the Truth and Trust the Process 198

Step 6 Embody Your Own Spirit 201

Step 7 Feel the Healing Energy of Love and Compassion 204

Step 8 Experience Transcendence 207

Chapter 13 The Teachings from the Edge 215

Raise the Storyteller to the Level of the Wisdom Keeper 215

Learn the Teachings from the Edge 215

Epilogue: I Close My Eyes in the Darkness 219

Recommended Reading 223

References 235

Resources 245

Index 247

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