What accounts for miraculous healings unexplainable by doctors? Is there a reality to spiritual healings?
William Gladstone initially approached Dr. Zhi Gang Sha with some skepticism and disbelief. William believed that there was more to life than the material world, but he knew that the world has many dishonest and self-deceiving mystics. So he decided to explore.
William, having studied medical anthropology at Harvard University, had met and worked with some of the greatest spiritual leaders on the planet. He was excited to explore Dr. Sha and his healing practices.
William spent weeks with Dr. Sha watching him at work, talking to his students, and observing his healings. He interviewed him at length, asking for specifics and addressing difficult questions. He delved into the science behind Dr. Sha’s work and explored the underlying concepts beneath these “miracle” healings.
What William learned amazed him and opened his mind to possibilities he never expected.
Dr. Zhi Gang Sha is a medical doctor trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, as well as ancient Chinese sacred energy and spiritual healing. Over the last decade, he has healed hundreds of thousands of individuals with thousands documented and available for viewing on YouTube. How does he do it? Is it the placebo effect or something much more profound?
Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer documents the remarkable journey of a world renowned spiritual teacher and master healer who has not only demonstrated the ability to heal but also to teach people to heal themselves.
Written for skeptics as well as believers, Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer explores the results and methodology of Dr. Sha’s unique life journey and his stated life mission to serve humanity and the Divine and create a healthier and happier world.
This book explores the ultimate mystery of how faith, science, and healing can change your life.
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About the Author
William Gladstone is coauthor of the books Tapping the Source and The Golden Motorcycle Gang and author of the international bestselling novel The Twelve and The Power of Twelve. Gladstone is considered an international expert on indigenous cultures and the meaning of 2012. He is also coproducer of the highly acclaimed film Tapping the Source.
As a literary agent, Gladstone has worked with some of the most respected and influential authors of our time, including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Barbara Marx Hubbard. As a pioneer in the publishing industry, he contributed to the creation of the first print-on-demand book publishing company as well as the first ebook company. Throughout his career, Gladstone has worked with prominent visionaries, including Tom Anderson, founder of Myspace; Peter Norton, founder of Norton Computing; and Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system.
Gladstone is a trustee of the International Club of Budapest whose honorary members include the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Gladstone has served on the boards of public and private companies and was the founding president of the Alumni Association for School Year Abroad, based in Andover, Mass. He attended Yale College and earned a graduate degree in cultural anthropology from Harvard University.
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My First Encounter with Dr. and Master Sha
IN NOVEMBER 2012 I received a phone call from my good friend Rick Frishman, who was formerly the head of Planned Television Arts, a major New York City–based publicity firm. "Bill, I have a wonderful new client for you. His name is Dr. and Master Sha. Have you ever heard of him?"
"No, I am not aware of Dr. Sha or his books," I replied. "Have his previous books sold well?"
"Yes. I think they have all been New York Times best sellers. Simon & Schuster has published his last nine or ten books, but I just spoke with him and he is thinking of working with a literary agent if he can find the right one. I think you are probably the right one," Rick continued.
"Well, I will be happy to speak with him. We can use the Waterside conference line. Just let me know when it will be convenient," I offered.
A few days later I was on the phone with Dr. and Master Sha, his attorney, Rick, and the CEO of Dr. Sha's company. Dr. Sha asked a few questions, his attorney asked additional questions, and I explained how my literary agency operates. The call seemed to go well and the first action step was for me to send my standard author/agent agreement to Dr. Sha's attorney for review. The attorney reviewed the agreement and said he would present the agreement to Dr. Sha to sign.
I heard nothing for seven months, and then in late June 2013 Rick called again and said that Dr. Sha was ready to sign and engage my services as his literary agent. I had almost forgotten about Dr. Sha and had assumed that he had decided that he did not really need an agent. I told Rick that I needed to look at Dr. Sha's present book-publishing contract with Simon & Schuster since I wanted to know the terms of that agreement and to also check to see if there was the standard option clause that requires authors to submit their next book project to their present book publisher.
After going through the Simon & Schuster contract I was uncertain whether or not Dr. Sha actually needed my services. His contract was one of the best I had ever seen, with terms far superior to standard author/publisher contracts from major New York houses. By now Dr. Sha had signed my literary representation agreement and we had set up a time for a phone call. I was not sure why, but that call was scheduled for 9 P.M. Apparently Dr. Sha was in the middle of a major conference, and that was the only time he was free to speak.
Although I found the call somewhat tedious since I had to explain many basic book publishing definitions, I found myself laughing almost every five minutes at the enthusiasm and attitude Dr. Sha was expressing through both his questions and his asides. Dr. Sha had consulted with his divine sources before choosing me as his literary agent. I was pleased that I had received good marks even though I was still unsure whether I subscribed to the idea of consulting angels and heavenly guardians on business matters.
The longer the dialogue continued, the merrier it became. I was not sure exactly why, but the energy of the call was very light even when I explained that despite the wonderful terms Simon & Schuster was offering, I knew I could obtain much better terms if he was willing to explore non–New York City–based book publishers whose overheads were less than those of the large New York houses. I explained that we would honor the option clause and attempt to improve terms with Simon & Schuster, but that I could only be effective if he might be ready to switch publishers. We agreed that this was a viable option and then I asked, "So how much of the new book have you written?"
"Oh, I have not started on the new book yet. I have a big conference that will start in November and we need at least five hundred printed books to give to my students in early November," he replied.
"Except in rare instances, big publishers require a minimum of nine months' advance notice to publish a book. It is already early July, and without a manuscript it is going to be impossible to have your book published for November, at least if we publish in the usual way," I explained.
"There is nothing to worry about. I do this all the time with Simon & Schuster. They know how I work. They will make sure we have books in November if we ask," Dr. Sha assured me.
Since printing and shipping books takes a minimum of six weeks, I had to explain that that left Dr. Sha at most eight weeks to write and edit the book. The short timeline concerned me, but it didn't concern him.
"Oh, eight weeks is plenty of time. I work with the Divine and will have the book finished within three weeks from starting. We have lots of time," Dr. Sha assured me.
Still amazed, I inquired if the book was to be full-sized or if he was thinking of just a short book.
"It will be a full-sized book. My students can help us with the editing. They can also help with the layout and design," Dr. Sha responded.
"Well, then you are not just authoring the book, you're also packaging," I observed. "The timeframe is still going to be a challenge, but I will see what I can do. Get me the book proposal as soon as you finish your conference and we will see what can be achieved," I concluded.
"Very good, and thank you, Bill. I know we are going to be successful together. When I checked with the Divine I was told that you have wonderful connections. You represented the For Dummies books and other big successful book series. That is my goal. I intend to write lots of books and sell millions of copies. I am a servant for the Divine and I have promised the Divine that I will heal as many people as I can. That is why my books are so important. They are not just books but soul healing miracles themselves. You will see. We will put soul healing calligraphy in each book, and the calligraphy itself will help heal people. You will help me find a television producer and we will also create health shows and events to heal people. You are going to have an important role in all of this, Bill," Dr. Sha confirmed enthusiastically.
I thanked Dr. Sha for his time and put down the phone.
The call had gone on for more than three hours. It was after midnight in California. I only learned later that week that Dr. Sha had been in Toronto, Canada, during the call and had not gotten off the phone until 3 A.M. his time. This was while he was at a healing conference providing healings from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M. for days at a time. Two months later when I had my first physical meeting with Dr. Sha, I learned that this kind of drive and energy that enabled him to work at times for thirty-six hours or more without rest was not unusual for him.
I did not yet know that I would be observing soul healing miracles myself, but I was already aware that I was about to embark on a journey with a most unusual and highly gifted client.
In early September 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. and Master Sha in person. We had, after much discussion, decided to publish Soul Healing Miracles not with Simon & Schuster but with BenBella instead. The book had already been written, just as Dr. Sha had promised, and the final editing was taking place with almost a week to spare to ensure that the book would arrive on time.
That first week in September Dr. Sha had arranged for a healing retreat for his students and student teachers at Asilomar on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Asilomar is a rustic meeting place with individual units spread over many acres, a quaint non-luxury convention center. Its location, however, is one of beauty and high energy near the ocean, with large open tracts of land just off the famous Carmel 17-Mile Drive. I had decided to drive up and meet Dr. Sha after spending the weekend in Santa Barbara with other clients. The drive from Santa Barbara was relatively short, just a few hours, and we had agreed to meet for dinner. My fiancée, Gayle Newhouse, accompanied me both on the trip and for the dinner meeting that had previously been arranged.
Although I found the Asilomar site easily, it was not so easy finding the specific building and room. I quickly became lost, and while lost looked up and saw a man in a business suit sitting in front of a small cottage basking in the sun. I am not sure why, but I instantly knew, even though I was not close enough to make out any facial features, that this suited man was Dr. Sha. He had a simple air about him, and if not for the business suit I would have thought he was just an ordinary person on vacation taking a moment to relax in the sun.
I soon found my room and called Dr. Sha's assistant to reconfirm our dinner plans. Dr. Sha had made reservations at a simple Chinese restaurant in town, just a mile from the Asilomar center. During dinner I was impressed with how simple and gentle a man I was representing. On the phone Dr. Sha had done some of his "divine transmissions," which are loud and full of strong energy, so I was expecting someone a bit more excitable and extroverted. But in reality Dr. Sha was soft-spoken and more of a listener than speaker. He had many questions for me and asked if I would be willing to get up onstage to address his students for five or ten minutes after dinner. He asked Gayle to join me onstage since he rightfully felt that energetically we were partners, if not business partners. There was going to be an evening session that would start at 10 P.M. and go until 5 A.M. Gayle and I would not be expected to stay past 11 P.M. so we could get a good night's sleep, but he felt it important with so many of his students in attendance that I explain the genesis and purpose of his forthcoming book, Soul Healing Miracles.
Of course, I agreed.
Before going onstage, there was a session for a man in his eighties who had been diagnosed with cancer. He had a visible tumor the size of a baseball that was protruding from his chest. Dr. Sha performed a healing and had six of his top students participate as well. The healing took about twenty minutes, and after the healing it was visible that the tumor had shrunk by at least 20 percent. I was not sure what this meant medically, but I was impressed.
When the healing session was over, Gayle and I were invited onstage. I was given a wonderful greeting and then explained why I thought Soul Healing Miracles would be the most important book Dr. and Master Sha had ever written. When I completed my short remarks I was treated to the most incredible experience I have ever had with a group of five hundred people. All five hundred started chanting, "We love you, Bill. We thank you, Bill." The chanting must have lasted a full minute or more. That is a long time to have people you don't know telling you they love you. I felt an enormous glow and sense of ebullience; really, I guess, a sense of being truly loved. Then Gayle was asked to make a few remarks and they gave her the same ovation with chants of "We love you, Gayle. We thank you, Gayle."
We were able to exit the stage and return to our room for a good night's sleep, but it was clear to me that Dr. Sha had not only amazing abilities himself but had trained his students well.
I share these details of my first encounter with Dr. Sha because in exploring the life and work of Dr. and Master Sha, it is important that I reveal the circumstances surrounding my personal experiences. I believe that I remain objective in all that I will be reporting on in this book, but those who are skeptical should know that I am not pretending to be completely unbiased. In reality no ethnographer ever is completely unbiased; there is always some existing bias. But anthropologists rarely share the unique circumstances under which their data is gathered. I do not believe that this first or any subsequent encounter has distorted my view of Dr. Sha and his students; but if it has, at least the degree and nature of such bias has been revealed.
The only slightly jarring observation I made in this first meeting with Dr. Sha was that his students had a level of devotion resembling that which I have only witnessed at the ashram of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and other spiritual teachers. I am not saying this is a bad thing, but as we explore the medical efficacy of Dr. Sha, it is important to realize that for many of his students, Dr. Sha is held at a level of devotion and admiration that only saints and gurus are accorded. I did not observe any behavior by Dr. Sha that encouraged this level of adoration, but we should acknowledge that this level of adoration and esteem is present whenever Dr. Sha is with his students. Perhaps it is the inevitable response of people who in most cases have had their lives saved or altered because of specific miracle soul healings that Dr. Sha has performed for them and their loved ones.
The next morning Gayle and I ducked in just before breakfast ended. We had made our goodbyes to Dr. Sha the night before and we were on a tight schedule to get to our next meeting. We joined a table of students and were relieved to encounter normal people. They were devoted to Dr. Sha. But otherwise they were just everyday people who had personal experiences with Dr. Sha that had been transformational and who, because of these experiences, were motivated to learn the essence of soul healing miracles. We will get to these miracles shortly, but first let's explore the background and personality of this miracle soul healer, Dr. and Master Sha.CHAPTER 2
Who Is Dr. and Master Sha?
PSYCHOLOGISTS TELL US that the first seven years of life shape our personalities. In working with Dr. Sha I was fortunate to have many opportunities to learn about him not just as a healer but also as a person. And I came to recognize how his early years shaped not only his personality but his interest in healing.
Dr. Sha was born in China in 1956 in what he refers to as The New China. This of course was the China of Mao Zedong, communism, and a rural economy. It was not yet a major economic power.
Born in a small town in Northwest China, when he was six years old his parents and family moved to Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, a world-renowned ancient city of about two million people. His father was the top executive of a coal mine with ten thousand employees. His mother was a technician who worked at the mine. We can imagine that it was through their work at the mine that they met, fell in love, and married. Their relationship was traditional in every sense, and Dr. Sha was their firstborn at a time when there were no limits on the number of children a family could have. Later Dr. Sha would have three sisters and a brother.
Dr. Sha is very proud of his parents. His father was the type of hands-on executive who stood with his workers. Whenever there was a cave-in or other crisis at the mine, his father would be the first to risk his own life to organize a rescue crew to save the other miners. In every instance his employees would literally bar his way and try to prevent him from risking his own life. But he would say, "If I do not go down, who will go down to save the miners?" This sense of responsibility and care for others, so easily felt in the presence of Dr. Sha, comes from his earliest role model, his father.
When Dr. Sha was born, he was in very poor health. He suffered from allergies, fatigue, and insufficient appetite. When he was just five years old he caught a cold and had a severe fever. His parents took him to the town's best Western medical doctor, where he was given an injection. Soon after he returned home, he fell into a coma and his parents were not at home. His grandmother feared he would die. She ran to a neighbor who was an acupuncturist and the acupuncture brought the young boy out of his coma. His parents and grandparents were convinced that it was the acupuncture that had saved his life, and Dr. Sha developed an early appreciation for acupuncture that in his later life would direct him to learn the art himself.
Dr. Sha was still a sickly child, and shortly after moving to Xi'an his primary physical activity was taking walks in the park with his parents on Sundays. One Sunday in the park when he was just six years old he observed a Tai Chi grandmaster teaching three students. The Tai Chi master was instructing them on what is known as "the pushing hands practice." The master would do a movement and even without making physical contact, the student would be pushed several feet away. The six-year-old observed this exercise with each of the three students and could hardly believe his eyes. This was magic, and he wanted to learn how to use this Tai Chi power himself. He went running up to the grandmaster, and bowing as is customary with masters in China at that time, shouted, "Ye Ye, I want to do this. Will you be my teacher?"
The grandmaster looked at the young boy for a while, thinking, and with a pleasant, yet stern smile told him, "You are too young to learn Tai Chi."
"No, no, I am not too young. I will be a good student. I so much want to learn. Please accept me as your student," the boy pleaded.
Surprised with the intensity of the entreaty, the grandmaster reconsidered. "Let me speak with your parents and perhaps I will make an exception."(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Part One: Beginning My Journey with Dr. and Master Sha,
Chapter 1: My First Encounter with Dr. and Master Sha,
Chapter 2: Who Is Dr. and Master Sha?,
Chapter 3: 1984–1989,
Chapter 4: Canada,
Chapter 5: Sylvia Chen,
Chapter 6: Dr. and Master Zhi Chen Guo,
Chapter 7: Dr. Sha's Divine Encounter,
Chapter 8: What Is Energy Medicine?,
Chapter 9: Karma Cleansing,
Chapter 10: Dr. Rulin Xiu,
Chapter 11: Miracles,
Chapter 12: The Evidence,
Chapter 13: Even Skeptics and Non-Believers Can Be Healed,
Chapter 14: The Importance of Belief and Emotion,
Chapter 15: Purity and Divine Love,
Chapter 16: Can a Book Heal?,
Chapter 17: Sample Self-Healing Exercise,
Chapter 18: Can Calligraphy Heal?,
Chapter 19: Can Sound and Music Heal?,
Chapter 20: The Company We Keep,
Chapter 21: An Enlightening Conversation,
Chapter 22: Preliminary Conclusions,
Part Two: Exploring Master Sha's Service,
Chapter 23: My Current Journey with Dr. and Master Sha,
Chapter 24: Further Conversations with Dr. and Master Sha,
Chapter 25: Say Hello,
Chapter 26: Energy, Matter, and Soul,
Chapter 27: Scientific Evidence,
Part Three: Stories from Divine Channels and Divine Soul Healers,
Chapter 28: Master Richard Shunya Barton,
Chapter 29: Master Sabine Parlow,
Chapter 30: Master Lynne Nusyna,
Chapter 31: Master Mirva Inkeri,
Chapter 32: Master David Lusch,
Chapter 33: Master Maya Mackie,
Chapter 34: Master Allan Chuck,
Chapter 35: Master Francisco Quintero,
Chapter 36: Interview with Dr. Sha's Personal Assistant, Master Cynthia Deveraux,
Chapter 37: Master Peter Hudoba's Enlightenment Experience,
Chapter 38: Divine Healing Hands,
Chapter 39: Final Thoughts,
About the Author,
Other Books by William Gladstone,
Other Titles by Dr. and Master Sha from BenBella Books,
Ling Guang Calligraphy,