The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing

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In these pages, renowned medical doctor and spiritual teacher Bernie Siegel demonstrates how science and spirituality interact — and how you can tap your body’s potential to heal. After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients facing life-threatening disease, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings, which were often called miraculous. Bernie realized our bodies actually want to heal, and we can aid this innate propensity through what are currently seen as ...

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Overview

In these pages, renowned medical doctor and spiritual teacher Bernie Siegel demonstrates how science and spirituality interact — and how you can tap your body’s potential to heal. After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients facing life-threatening disease, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings, which were often called miraculous. Bernie realized our bodies actually want to heal, and we can aid this innate propensity through what are currently seen as unconventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter. You’ll learn how to use these practices to help with everything from diagnosing and understanding your illness to making the correct treatment decisions to sharing your experience with loved ones and caregivers. Filled with inspiring true stories and suggestions for traveling your own healing journey, this book offers hands-on, patient-proven techniques that can create miracles.

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“A beautiful guidebook of truth and wisdom written by a genuine healer-sage. Bernie Siegel has given us a masterpiece.”
Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts

“When we combine the art of healing with the science of curing, modern medicine becomes whole. Thanks, Bernie, for showing the way.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind

“We are grateful these days to find a physician who understands the difference between practicing medicine and healing, who values the role of the human psyche in both its pathologizing and healing forms. Dr. Siegel’s Art of Healing is aptly named, for healing is an art, and healing encompasses the whole person through respecting the dynamic power of the psyche to harm or heal any of us.”
James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst and author of What Matters Most

Library Journal
11/15/2013
Author and former surgeon Siegel (Love, Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients) shares his techniques of alternative approaches to healing that restore not just the body but the mind and soul as well. Calling himself a Jungian physician, he practices a synthesis of individual and group therapy that uses meditation, creative visualization, drawings, dreams, and the exploration of feelings. Siegel helps readers address physical ailments through what he calls "carefrontation," or safe and loving therapeutic confrontation that assists personal empowerment, healing, and lifestyle changes. Relying upon a discussion of symbols, drawings, and the role of intuition, Siegel gives readers the guidance they need to facilitate their own healing. VERDICT A strong title; recommended for those truly interested in studying alternative forms of healing and who are willing to put time and effort into understanding all the facets of Siegel's work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608681853
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 215,394
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernie Siegel

Bernie S. Siegel, MD, retired from general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989 and has since dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment’s approach to patients and empowering patients to induce their own healing. A sought-after speaker on patient and caregiver issues, he lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Cynthia Hurn is a writer, editor, and the coauthor of No Buddy Left Behind: Bringing U.S. Soldiers' Dogs and Cats Safely Home from the Combat Zone. She lives in Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

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    Soul Heals Body The more that I hear from Bernie Siegel, the mo

    Soul Heals Body

    The more that I hear from Bernie Siegel, the more I am totally impressed by the power of self-healing. Since retiring from his well-respected general and pediatric surgical practice in 1989, he has dedicated himself to humanizing the medical establishment and empowering patients to induce their own healing. This book is a comprehensive overview of self-healing techniques (like laughter therapy, dream analysis, and creative writing) paired with case studies complete with empirical research that prove that these are valuable tools in medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

    Because Bernie is a physician, he is able to show how to combine these methods with modern medicine. The Doctor's Rx at the end of each chapter has suggested exercises to encourage readers to apply the concepts he covers. A great example of this comes from page 39: "Take a mental wwalk through your body; visualize healing and health; think about areas of discomfort and the words you'd use to describe your experience of symptoms; what relationships/situations are also described by those same words?"

    As I learned in the most recent Art Heals podcast, the real turning point for him was when he studied the use of crayon drawings by patients facing life-threatening diseases. Who would think that such a simple activity could mean so much, and imagine how it could improve the health of people who are not terminally ill! He recommends that readers of his book have the crayons ready to draw a picture of yourself before reading Chapter 6 when you learn how to analyse drawings. Do it!!

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