The Dove in Downward Flight

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...as I sat in my office, an idea began to take shape. I did not recognize the power of the thought when it first arose and, if I had, I'm not certain I would have pursued it. In fact, if I had recognized what this thought actually was, I'm quite sure I'd have scared myself right out of it. Staring at the phone on my desk, I prayed out loud so I'd be sure to hear myself, 'I will give my services at no charge to the next person who calls—whoever it is, for however long I'm ...
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...as I sat in my office, an idea began to take shape. I did not recognize the power of the thought when it first arose and, if I had, I'm not certain I would have pursued it. In fact, if I had recognized what this thought actually was, I'm quite sure I'd have scared myself right out of it. Staring at the phone on my desk, I prayed out loud so I'd be sure to hear myself, 'I will give my services at no charge to the next person who calls—whoever it is, for however long I'm needed, whatever the reason. So be it.'

For five years in a row, the mothers of sick and dying children chose that exact moment to call, propelling the author into a crisis of protocol and faith. In this, her first book, Roseanne Farano delivers a riveting account of courage and innocence, of fear, doubt, and the miracle of the human heart. With the pace and style of a novel, The Dove in Downward Flight brings the lives of Farano's patients and their families into ours, and, in the process, challenges the very concept of healing.

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With exceptional grace and rare self-knowledge this healer/intuitive poignantly chronicles her journey beyond conventional medical boundaries into alternative modalities of healing and spiritual ministry. Through study with well-known energy healer Barbara Brennan, Farano's intuitive healing skills deepened and intensified. Then, in a head-on meeting with faith, Farano made a New Year's prayer in which she ritually offered her services pro bono to the next person who called. The mother of a severely ill child chose that moment to pick up the phone. Each New Year's day for the next four years, Farano made the same prayer and each time another mother with another ill child called for help. The stories of these parents, their children, and the healing that unfold are heart wrenchingly beautiful. Through the metaphor of the dove in downward flight, Farano profoundly captures the communion between the physical and spiritual, finding the presence of God in everything, including death. She bravely faces her own fears throughout the process, and brings comfort and inspiration to patients, parents, and grateful readers. — MTB
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571742582
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roseanne Farano, M.S., Ed.S., received degrees in counseling and personnel services from the State University of New York at Albany and holds certifications in hypnotherapy, energy healing and organizational development. Formerly a college professor and corporate executive for a major financial institution, Farano has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for more than twenty years. A past dean of the acclaimed Barbara Brennan School of Healing, she is a widely renowned inspirational speaker and teacher on the subjects of psychodynamics, interpersonal relationships, power of personal development, and the human energy field. She has a unique way of leading people into self-revelation by exposing our predilection to seek answers from external sources rather than recognize that the ascent to heaven is inward. Farano lives on the banks of the Hudson River near New York City.
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Why won't God meet me where I stand? Could it be because I refuse to believe God is already here?

Guided, if not pursued, by these questions, the first thing I attempt with patients is to meet them exactly where they are, in whatever pain or illusion. I want them to know that somebody understands how they feel. In being met in this way, in companionship and intimacy, illusion effortlessly falls away. That is communion, that is God coming through. It is physical, it is holy, and it is the result of simply being with someone exactly the way they are without expecting them to change. To be certain, I do not bring God into other people's lives; it is the act of being met where we are that enables us to let God in. Nothing more or less....

The ascent to heaven is inward. The Dove in Downward Flight is the symbol of that communion, a reminder that the prayer itself is the answer.

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