Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing

Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing

by Elliot S. Dacher


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Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing by Elliot S. Dacher

Integral health involves a new way of thinking about oneself. It's not just another self-help remedy, therapy, or technique. It's taking responsibility for one's health and life in a completely new, holistic way. It requires a dynamic, intentional transformation of mind and heart that leads to a profound shift in health and healing. Integral health is the next evolutionary step in human development. Too good to be true? Not so, says Elliott S. Dacher, M.D., who practiced internal medicine for more than twenty years. Frustrated when he could not treat his patients' underlying suffering, Dacher searched for a deeper source of healing, finding inspiration in Eastern philosophies that stressed the connection between mind and body. That prompted him to create this comprehensive program of integral health, based on author Ken Wilber's integral theory of consciousness. Dacher's program centers on four aspects of human existence—the inner aspects of the psychospiritual and the interpersonal and the outer aspects of the biological and the interpersonal. The reader learns how to deal with and make transformative shifts through each of the aspects using various contemplative practices that increase mind/body awareness and connection. In addition, the reader learns how to do an integral assessment involving all four aspects, design a personalized program of integral practice, and progress toward integral health. Not for someone seeking a quick fix, integral health demands a commitment to seeking the highest level of authentic health, happiness, and wholeness. For anyone who is seeking more and wishes to make the effort, Dacher shows the way to fulfill one's highest potential and lea a healthy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591201908
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Author of Whole Healing, and Intentional Healing. Dr. Dacher studies, practices, and teaches the principles and practices of integral health and healing.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dacher has given us a book with wide applicability, and will be especially relevant for readers who are interested in personal and spiritual growth. The author uses Ken Wilbur's model of Integral Theory and relates it to human health, happiness and wholeness. It is a big goal, but Dr. Dacher offers not only a theoretical model, but down-to-earth practices and exercises to enable the reader to gain experiential glimpses of this very big picture. The book also contains a chapter for practioners, which I found particularly helpful. The author asks doctors and other practioners to take two hours at the end of one day a week to authentically and empathically listen to one client's story. I would add from my own experience, that if doctors were to take 10 minutes to truly listen to a patient with fine attunement and an open heart, this would be an evolutionary step in the practice of medicine as we know it. Throughout the book, the author speaks to us of loving kindness, open-heartedness and the value of authentic listening. We are cautioned that the kind of healing of which the autor speaks can only happen when we turn inward, quiet our minds, and learn to listen to what the mind/body/spirit has to tell us. Dr. Dacher also tell us that a personal guide for this journey is most important. I highly reccommend this book for anyone who is interested in turning within to connect with his or her full being and potential.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book goes straight to the heart! The heart of the causes of the unhappiness, suffering and pain that plague our Western culture. But more than that, this book offers a solution and a path for those willing to take the journey into consciousness and health. Dr. Dacher eloquently tells the story of the roots of healing in the Western culture, the Aesclepian healing temples that were prevalent in the Greek world for over 1800 years. He challenges us to bring forward the wisdom and the energies of that time into what he describes as Centers for Human Flourishing. Dr. Dacher has an incredible capacity to meld the understandings of the healing traditions of the east and the west and to make the roots of these traditions clear and accessible. He brilliantly draws from the Integral Model from Ken Wilber, applying it as a map for the journey of transformation to a whole health. But most of all it is through his personal experiences that he appeals to health care professionals, clients and patients alike to take up the understandings and the practices outlined in the book and to do the necessary transformational work that will create for ourselves an integral health, authentic happiness and genuine wholeness ¿ a life of flourishing.