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Dr. Elliott S. Dacher, M.D. practiced full time internal medicine from 1975 to 1996. In 1996 he left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the principles and practices of consciousness and health – an ongoing study of the subtlest mind/body medicine which he pursued for many years amongst the wisdom traditions of Asia. He is the author of Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing (Basic Books, 2006,) Whole Healing (Dutton/Plume, 1996,) and Intentional Healing (Marlowe, 1996.)
Dr. Dacher attended medical school at S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, and completed his post-graduate training at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and on the Harvard Medical Service at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.
In 1975 Dacher moved to Washington, D.C. He served as a practicing internist, physician/administrator, and director of wellness and health promotion services for the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Program. Seeking to investigate and model an innovative approach to healing, in 1984 Dr. Dacher established a private medical practice in Virginia. He began exploring approaches such as meditation, imagery, yoga, biofeedback, alternative therapies and counseling to assist individuals in expanding consciousness, and developing self-regulation and self-healing capacities.
In 1995 Dr. Dacher left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the healing process. This work has taken him to the east where he has studied the theory and practices of eastern healing. This study and research has led to his most recent book, Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing (Basic Health, 2006) where Dr. Dacher introduces us to the principles and practices of a far-reaching vision of health and healing that synthesizes the wisdom of the East and West.
Dr. Dacher is the author of Whole Healing published by Dutton in 1996, and Intentional Healing published by Marlowe in June 1996 and subsequently translated into two languages. His forth-coming book is titled Human Flourishing. It explores the full range of human potential for enduring happiness, profound serenity, and optimal well being. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, is a past fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and a former medical advisor to Healthy Living, a Hearst periodical. He has regularly contributed to books and periodicals, and is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and workshops.
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Dr. Dacher has given us an elegantly written treasure map to the most valuable riches in life -- happiness, love, wholeness, health and joy, among them. It is complete with tips and tools and time-tested ways in which to use them. It also offers a unique perspective on health and wellness, looking not at the typical medical office remedies for symptoms, but delving into a more profound source for healing that is contained within each one of us.
This book invites the reader in a beautiful way to begin and continue meditation practice. For busy people, there are suggestions for incorporating short meditations or simple breath work throughout the day. And the included CD can help pace you in a 20-minute session, or in a longer "loving-kindness" form of meditation, until both are familiar enough to do without the CD.
The work is based on a successful 10-week program led by the author. Readers here are invited to chose their own speed and discover which techniques are most useful for them. Everything is written clearly in terms a Western audience can easily understand.
Aware-Awake-Alive is divided into four sections: the Vision, the Path, the Fruition and the Integration. The Vision presents the prospect of "human flourishing," an optimal state of health and well-being that is known to many healing traditions around the world, but remains largely undeveloped in the our modern Western culture. The Path explores time-tested, step-by-step practices drawn both from ancient wisdom and contemporary knowledge. These are offered in progression, for both sitting sessions and practices to carry into daily life that together place you on "the path" to a larger life and health.Read more ›
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AWARE, AWAKE, ALIVE by Elliott Dacher is an excellent guide to an emerging vision of human flourishing and integral health. Dacher's perspective and his recommendations for specific practices are grounded in his 21 year career in internal medicine, as well as his 12-year-long intensive study of contemplative theories and methodologies in Asia. In Dacher's previous book, INTEGRAL HEALTH, he made a compelling case for new framework within which individuals and humanity might better understand how to realize our fullest potential for health and happiness. In AWARE, AWAKE, ALIVE, Dacher not only expands upon his integral model, he also articulates a specific path by which we can reach our goals, offering his services as both mentor and guide.
One of the things I especially appreciate about the book is Dacher's gentle, reassuring voice. His desire to share both his personal wisdom and the wisdom of the ages with us seems to come from a place of genuine care and concern for others, rather than from a sense that his opinions are particularly special or important. In fact, he doesn't take credit at all for either the integral theoretical framework put forth or for the set of contemplative practices he introduces and describes. Although Dacher is indeed sharing with us a vision of optimal health and human flourishing based in ancient wisdom teachings, he does so in an especially accessible and compelling manner, framing his perspective in terms that make perfect sense in the context of modern healthcare. It's clear that Dacher strongly believes that a stable sense of profound well-being -- regardless of the presence or absence of physical disability or disease -- is available to everyone, given the requisite level of commitment.Read more ›
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