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A lovely and sensitive book... very comforting to those who have suffered... enlightening to those who haven't. --Jennifer Schneider, M.D., author of Living with Chronic Pain and Back from Betrayal

It invites the soul to soar. --Jeneane Prevatt and Russell Park, PhD, co-authors of The Power of Humility --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Harris Whitfield is the author of Spiritual Awakenings, Final Passage, Full Circle and is the co-author of The Power of Humility. She is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Charles Whitfield, M.D. helping adults that were repeatedly traumatized as children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Muse House Press/Pennington; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615330037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615330037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author Interview about Barbara's Near-death Experience 1988 Interview with Barbara in 2012

Barbara Harris is an author, near-death experiencer, therapist and
researcher in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia with best selling author and physician Charles Whitfield, M.D. helping adults that were repeatedly traumatized as children.

She is the author of Full Circle, Spiritual Awakenings, Final Passage, and
co-author of The Power of Humility and Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues Music and Message. She has a new book written with Sharon Cormier (see picture on the right) coming out in April 2013 called AFGEs: -- A Guide to Self awareness and Change. (GreenHouse Press).

About her most recent book she writes, "The Secrets of Medicinal Marijuana" is not about getting high. It's about helping people that need a natural plant drug instead of toxic addictive drugs that kill or turn into a hard habit to break. It's about helping our Vets that have returned from battle with PTSD. It's about helping children who have repetitive seizures. It's about not medicating or denying our symptoms so they can help us to understand what we need do to bring our selves back to balance. It's about time we incorporated a healthier paradigm into our medicine chest and became responsible for our health/illnesses instead of giving away our power to "big Pharma" and the old medical paradigm"

Barbara had a profound near death experience in 1975 that turned her life into a search for answers. She went back to school and became an ICU respiratory therapist that led her to write and lecture on "The Emotional Needs of Critical Care Patients." Next, she became a researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine looking at the psychological, emotional, energetic and spiritual aftereffects of people who have had a near-death experience. She taught classes on these aftereffects at Rutgers University's Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies for 12 years calling her classes "When the 12th Step Happens First." She has appeared on Oprah, Donahue, Larry King Live, CNN Medical News, Bio Channel, and more.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Louis M. Savary on January 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Barbara Harris Whitfield is widely known for her research and writings on Near Death Experiences (NDEs). This new work uses her NDE work as a springboard and takes the reader in a brand new direction.

The key clarification this book provides is an understanding of the difference between soul and ego. She points out that each has a different "voice" and different qualities.

According to Whitfield, the soul is who you really are, while your ego is simply a temporary outer expression of your soul. In her understanding, the soul constructs the ego as a kind of "executive assistant" to help us live out our daily human experience. She also describes the ego as the character or role we play during our time on Earth. The ego's job, given to it by the soul, is a very practical one: to carry out our everyday tasks such as shopping for groceries, balancing our checkbook, scheduling appointments, and all those other things that help manage our busy lives.

However, Whitfield notes, many of us, instead of keeping the ego in its proper place as an assistant to our soul, allow the ego to take over and control our life. When that happens, we begin to think that the ego is who we really are, and we forget that we are soul and we fail to nurture our self as soul.

Whitfield first made the discovery of this distinction between soul and ego through her own near death experience and from studying similar NDEs of others. She explains that since the ego is a construct created by the soul to negotiate our way through the physical world, the ego is no longer needed and simply dissolves when the body dies. If we make the mistake of thinking we are our ego, then we make the mistake of believing that we dissolve when we die.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on February 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
In The Natural Soul Barbara Whitfield explains how her near death experience totally changed her perspective on life, and she provides anecdotal accounts of what living from the soul looks like. She speaks of how the soul is present during both birth and death and how both transitional experiences can be met with peaceful understanding if we understand what the soul is all about. Although awareness of the soul is available to everyone, the ego often blocks the way. Barbara's unique and fascinating (but often painful) experiences give us knowledge of how the soul can heal us if we allow it to. We have to learn how the ego differs from the soul, and Barbara offers us this wisdom from the lessons she has learned. As an added bonus, Barbara provides evidence that our soul doesn't end when the body dies. The near death experiencers who have shared their stories with the world are brave and generous. I am grateful to Barbara and others who have shared their stories with the world. If we can use this knowledge to become more cognizant of our true selves and the true selves of other people, the world could likely become a happier and saner place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on January 4, 2011
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This is an incredible book. Rarely, when you see the word Soul in a title, do you find such honesty, such depth, such clearly started truths. Neither pop psychology, nor new-age BS, nor oft-repeated religious dogma, The Natural Soul gives us heart touching scenes of life nestled into a loving overall perspective. Many people have beautiful and challenging events happen in their lives. That isn't new in itself. It requires a clear-eyed self honesty and a loving world view to make them useful to others. Barbara Whitfield has done this and more. If you are not touched by this book please set it aside, then come back to read it again later. I did, and it has touched me deeply. Thank you.
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