Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing by Carl Greer
The story of our health is more in our control than we might think, according to clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD. We can not only reframe our experiences but actually experience less stress, greater well-being, and even better physical health than it might appear if we are willing to identify our health story and begin rewriting it.
Through journaling exercises and expanded-awareness practices, many of which involve working with and in nature, and which are influenced by Jungian and shamanic traditions, anyone can tap into hidden resources for healing and work with them effectively. Whether gaining insights and balancing energies outdoors, dialoguing and interacting with the earth or a river or lake, or working with dreams, an inner healer, or a symbol encountered on a shamanic journey, readers will find they are able to learn why they have struggled to change their habits and will be empowered to experience greater wellness within a satisfying health story. "Change the Story of Your Health" focuses on four key chapters of a person’s health story:
• Eating and drinking, and weight • Movement/exercise, flexibility, balance, stamina, and strength • Sexuality, body image and acceptance, and changes due to midlife hormonal shifts (commonly known as menopause and andropause) • Management of an acute ailment or symptoms of a chronic condition
It also helps readers revise their health stories as their health changes as a result of aging or unexpected challenges. Gaining insights into their health, letting go of what is standing in the way of optimal health and well-being, and bringing in what is needed to make a preferred new health story a realityall are possible when readers take on the challenge of "Change the Story of Your Health" and begin using the practices regularly.
Carl Greer PhD, PsyD is a practicing clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst using shamanic healing methods as his primary healing modality. After focusing on business for many years, he earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and then became a Jungian analyst. For more info see: http://carlgreer.com
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“Change the Story of Your Health deals with the important topic of the stories we carry about our own health. We may develop these stories out of a sense that we are born with a genetic destiny and our health history is preordained. Other stories are written through experiences with our health that bring us face-to-face with our mortality at vulnerable times in our life. And other stories that we have held precious must change when we receive a new diagnosis and we are challenged to envision a future that is different than expected, yet still beautiful. Throughout this book, Carl Greer weaves in true stories from his patients, journal prompts, and instructions for shamanic journeys, providing a practical guide to understanding your relationship to your health story. Many people suffer when they define themselves by their illnesses and by traumatic experiences related to their concepts of health and mortality.
Healing isn’t just something that comes from medicine or surgeries; it comes from a shift in the way we perceive ourselves and our connection to our health and our bodies. The mind is powerful; our thoughts and beliefs make a difference in how we feel and how we respond to threats to our well-being. It is possible to create new stories or views of ourselves that not only change our emotional well-being but also our physical health. I am honored to be a small part of bringing Carl’s influence to others.
[An] enlightening book . . . ”
Melinda Ring, MD, FACP, Executive Director, Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Coauthor of The Natural Menopause Solution and Coeditor of Integrative Medicine, An Issue of Primary Care
1 Your Health Has a Story, and You Are the Storyteller 29
2 Consciousness, Energy, and the Body 49
3 What Is the Current Story of Your Health? 59
4 Expanded-Awareness Practices for Gaining Insights and Energy 79
5 Write a New Story of Your Health 113
6 Nature's Healing Effects 127
7 Working with the Healing Elements of Nature 147
8 Revising the Story of Your Health 167
9 Healing Partnerships and Communities 195
End Notes 211
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“Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, brings us another brilliant book, helping us become aware of the story that impacts our health and rewrite it so that we achieve healing and well-being.
In Change the Story of Your Health, Carl Greer shares a wealth of tools that he has gathered in his years of being both a respected shamanic practitioner and a Jungian analyst. You will be inspired and feel motivated by the techniques he shares including journeying, dialoguing, chakra clearing, and engaging and partnering with earth, air, water, and fire to release old worn out stories.
This book will open myriad possibilities for you to discover and work with your inner healer. I highly recommend Change the Story of Your Health for anyone who seeks to regain health and balance in our changing world.”
Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval and Walking in Light
“Change the Story of Your Health is beautifully written and a gem for any reader who is looking to empower themselves, their health and their lives. We all have two general stories that we choose to live by: the story of our suffering and the story of our growth. You have the power to access your own story of growth and healing, should you choose. Dr. Carl Greer weaves for you the wisdom of the healing traditions to provide you with the tools to create a new story of health, one that is full of love, healing and insight. Read this book and change your story.”
Eva Selhub, MD, author of Your Health Destiny and Your Brain on Nature and Adjunct Scientist in the Neuroscience Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA)
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