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Steven E. Hodes, M.D., initially trained in traditional, high-caliber medical programs that led him through graduation at the Albert Einstein Medical School and to a fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. But many years later, he saw something vital missing in his approach to healthcare. I was trained as a physician, not a healer…taught to view the patient as a machine suffering from some mechanical failure. My purpose was to be the best diagnostician possible, he explains. Then events occurred that opened the eyes of this now veteran physician to deep insights about the mind-body-spirit connection. That awakening moved him to a metaphysical view of health—a view more spiritual than religious, but still firmly grounded in science. Embracing his role as a metaphysician, he also began to see himself as a meta-physician, or doctor transformed (meta) by this new awareness. In this book, Hodes describes his journey to becoming a metaphysician on call. He points out profound, yet simple, observations and beliefs that affect our perception of the nature of reality—metaphysics—which, in turn, can largely affect our well-being in all senses—body, mind, and spirit. We all can and should take responsibility for our own well-being on all levels, he explains. This book is designed to inspire us to ask our own questions, and gather our own evidence to enhance all areas of our lives and well-being, and so find healing and peace.
About the Author
STEVEN E. HODES, M.D., is a board certified gastroenterologist with more than 25 years in private practice. His medical degree is from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and he completed a Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He also holds a degree in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Hodes teaches courses at Brookdale Community College and has lectured at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in New York City. In addition to his medical practice, he has devoted himself to speaking and writing about metaphysics and healing, with an eye toward helping people regain their health, strength, and ability to explore life's challenges from a more spiritual perspective. More information is available at his Web site at meta-md.com
Table of Contents
Series Foreword Judy Kuriansky ix
My Personal Journey
From Physician to Meta-Physician: My Personal Journey from Physician to Healer 3
The Metaphysical Journey
Metaphysics-What Does It Mean? 25
Truth about the Metaphysical Journey-Embracing the Power to Choose 31
Solving Life's Mysteries-Why We Search for Knowledge 34
Creating Our Own Reality 36
Anatomy of a Belief 38
Science and Mind
Healing the Heart-Mind Divide 47
Science and Spirituality: Metaphysics of the Unexplained 50
Are We Ever Out of Our Minds? 53
Are We Hard-Wired for Bliss? 55
Darkness and Light 58
Testing Credibility-How Do You Know What's Real?
The Credibility Quotient 63
Spiritual View on the Nature of Life: Inspirations from Kabbalah and Buddha
Born Again: Reincarnation and Karma 87
Death as a Transition, Not a Tragedy 91
Suffering Is Not Punishment 94
Managing Our Imperfections 96
Spiritually Correct Forgiveness 98
Kavanah: The Intention to Do Good 102
Choosing Healing as a Way ofLife
Healing-What Does It Really Mean? 107
Healing through Gratitude 110
Healing through Happiness 113
Healing through Sadness 116
Age of Addiction 118
The Placebo Effect: Proof of the Body-Mind Connection ? 121
Obesity and How to Avoid It: A Weighty Metaphysical Topic 124
Dr. Steve's Prescriptions for Calling Forth Your Inner Meta-Physician
Twenty-seven Ways to Embrace Your Inner Meta-Physician 129
Labyrinth or Maze: Which Path Will You Choose? 147
What People are Saying About This
Daniel J. Benor
"It is not often that you will find a physician who has the openness and humility to share his own journeys of discovery, through personal awakenings and decades of experience in helping others to deepen their understandings of why they are here on this earth and what their lives are all about. You will find yourself vastly enriched through this excellent book."
Daniel J. Benor, M.D., ABHM, Editor, International Journal of Healing and Caring
"In earlier times, doctors were often as concerned with the spirit and the mind as with the body. Steven Hodes is a very modern doctor who has returned to that tradition. He explores so much that modern science and medicine dismisses or ignores: spirituality, religion, every aspect of dying, death, and possible afterlives, the explainable, and the mysterious. Read this fascinating book and follow Hodes on his journey; read it with an open mind and begin your own journey."
Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek International senior editor, author of The Greatest Battle.