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Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing Paperback – March 14, 2017
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Greer (ChangeYour Story, Change Your Life) shares his knowledge of shamanic and Jungian healing techniques in straight forward terms that relate to being connected with spiritual and natural energy fields. Throughout the book, Greer encourages readers to write their own health stories in order to address elements of their lives that hinder a healthy lifestyle and impede transformation. He provides many exercises for connecting with energy fields and raising spiritual awareness, as well as stories of people he's worked with who have undergone common and uncommon transformations. In addition to meticulously delineating the contexts and origins of various patient ailments, Greer discusses the benefits he says are provided by Jungian and shamanic healing. This book is not a quick read, nor is it intended to be; in order for one's health story to be improved, the shamanic and Jungian techniques learned by reading this book are intended to be used together, which can take some time. Greer is an encouraging guide, instructing readers to refrain from rushing and only continue through the exercises when ready. For those willing to listen, an abundance of help can be found here. --Publishers Weekly
Whatever health situation you might be facing, Change theStory of YourHealth can help identify your health story and uses journaling and expanded awareness practices to begin changing it, leading to better health and wellness. As a companion to his book Change Your Story, Change Your Life, Greer offers Shamanic and Jungian techniques to gain insights and energies for changing an unsatisfying health story. Besides journaling, he offers ways to dialog and interact with the earth, a river, wind, or fire. He also engages the chakras, dreams, symptoms, and the inner healer. Change the Story of Your Health is very much a work book, not one to be read and set aside. It could be overwhelming due to the depth to which one could be led. However, it is the kind of book that could be life-changing and truly healing. This makes the risk of dipping in more than worth it. --New Spirit Journal
In this guide to improving wellness, the author suggests new frameworks for mentally and emotionally relating to health. Greer (Change Your Story, Change Your Life,2014) focuses this book onthe thoughts and feelings associated with health conditions and goals not the physical realities. An experienced clinical psychologist, he suggests Jungian and shamanic practices as mainly enhancements to health treatments, not replacements. But in this guide, he artfully illustrates the power of imagination, attitude, and narrative in the way a human approaches, overcomes, or lives with medical conditions. Exploring the chakras and their links to certain physical sensations or discomforts, the author suggests emotional connections that may influence physical conditions in certain areas of the body. For example, the fifth chakra, which is associated with the thyroid and throat, is also linked to speaking truths and communicating. Difficulty swallowing, sore throats, thyroid problems, and vocal cord conditions can be associated with suppressing emotions or having trouble interacting. Greer suggests that practices aligning and balancing the chakras can ease these discomforts. In addition, the author uses anecdotes about patients who alleviated certain physical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis by releasing repressed emotional energy, such as anger at a spouse, rather than bottling up the feelings. Unlike other books of this genre, Greer's well-researched work suggests "revising" the story of one's health. Stories, he explains in this quiet and medically sound guide, define individuals' lives and their beliefs about themselves. People hold stories subconsciously that they must break out of and rewrite in order to make changes. He suggests working with dreams, archetypes, symbols, and conversations with different embodiments of source energy to ground individuals and revise the stale stories about who they are. Readers seeking to explore new ways to develop their inner calm, balance, self-love, and optimal physical health should find this approach refreshing and full of possibilities. An appealing, helpful, and intriguing new approach to dealing with physical limitations and conditions. --Kirkus Reviews
For anyone looking for how to cope with health issues, including an accident or recent illness, Change the Story of Your Health is a valuable resource. As a Jungian analyst, Carl Greer guides us how to unfold the power of our health story through journaling and expanded awareness practices to contact our "inner healer." He also recommends shamanic journeying, working with nature, dreams, and the chakras. In the chapter "Consciousness, Energy and the Body," he writes about the emotional stressors such as thoughts that trigger fear, anger, tension, and emotional problems that disturb the physical body that can be helped through shamanic practices.He encourages readers to "write out the story of your health" which includes good habits, challenges, connections, partnering, family history, stress, goals, themes and concerns about mortality, and how to "revise the story" as time passes, the body ages, or new health issues arise. He recommends using the expanded-awareness practice of dialoging in relationships and groups to help create a healing environment or community. --Light of Consciousness magazine
Carl Greer offers and interesting and original perspective on what it takes to be healthy and even to turn around states of ill health. The authoris a fascinating combination of clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner, and it's the mind-magic synthesis of these skills that makes this book so unique and useful. The first step is for the reader to understand what beliefs they have their story that might be determining their physical and emotional challenges and how they play out in their body and their health. To arrive at an understanding of what is going on under the surface of our conscious mind, Greer suggests a number of techniques, including meditation and journaling, as well as detailed questionnaires to lead the reader through an exploration of his or her own issues. The underlying message is that one first needs to understand how you got to where you are and then take responsibilityfor reframing your mind/story in order to open the way towards regaining your health. There are obviously many factors that play into one's state of health, however Greer makes a very powerful case for the most important of these being one's beliefs. Shamanic techniques like journeying and connecting with the healing power of nature are also described in detail, as is the very sensible observation that as time passes your health story does change. How rapidly and in what direction is, he suggests, up to the individual. It's all a matter of choice, focus and practice. --New Consciousness magazine
In Change the Story of Your Health, clinical psychologist Carl Greer explains how to create a transformative health story using shamanic and Jungian techniques. The unconscious power of stories unlocks opportunities for healing as well as improved vitality, confidence, and stamina. "Always remember that you are the storyteller," writes Greer, "and you do not have to live according to the dictates of a story written for you by your DNA, your past experiences and actions, or your cultural conditioning." Greer recommends writing the story of your health by focusing on four health chapters or themes: eating, drinking, and weight; movement and exercise; sexuality, body image, and body acceptance; and symptom management for chronic health conditions. For each chapter, he poses a page-plus of questions to expand thinking about the theme. Next, the deep work begins. Exercises based on shamanic and Jungian archetypes are described to encourage greater health insights. These include working with elements in nature; dialoging with figures, symbols, and spirit animals; and dream work. Preparation is discussed, and journaling afterward to bring the story to life is recommended. Despite its use of alternative techniques, the book is practical, and is presented in a straightforward manner. Mini case studies show others' experiences with the energy exercises, and the changes they made as a result. Greer makes clear that the intention of this work is to complement and enhance, not replace, western medicine. He recommends that clients check with a medical doctor as symptoms are uncovered, and he relates some of his own health challenges. Learning about the latest research, assistive devices, and medical interventions is encouraged. The work described here will take time, but anyone interested in improving health challenges or who is curious about alternative healing techniques will find this to be an insightful guide. --Karen Ackland, Foreword Reviews
Change the Story of YourHealth: UsingShamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing discusses alternative medical traditions that inject spiritualityinto the overall fields of physical and mental health, and comes from aclinical psychologist and Jungian analyst who has used these techniques, in conjunctionwith Western medicine, to help his own physical ailments and those of hisclients. While a growing number of alternative medical books add a spiritualdimension, what is unusual in Change the Story of Your Health isits blend of specific Jungian techniques with shamanic approaches usuallyrelegated to new age audiences; all this bundled with an attention tophysical and personal health challenges that range from the effects of aging tosexuality and serious health ailments. Chapters advocate a series of practices designed to manage and mitigate thesevarious obstacles to mental and physical health, and so readers receive thetools and specific exercises to incorporate new lifestyles, exercise,meditation and reflective strategies into their overall health routines. The focus is on identifying blocks to health, more fully understanding one'scurrent state of health and the keys to maintaining or improving it, and onapplying journaling and dialoging techniques to expand self awareness and tapinner resources for healing. An affinity for self-examination, self-directed exercises, and Jungian andshamanic approaches alike will be a prerequisite for successfully utilizingthis book. Readers determined to take charge of their path towards optimalhealth will find Change the Story of Your Health contains atreasure trove of step-by-step processes designed to lend insightsinto and modifications to overall health and approaches to life. --Midwest Book Reviews
California Bookwatch Greer demonstrated in his first book that our personal stories not only affectour lives but are very often written by family, environmental influences, andcultural context. Now he is applying that concept to physical health. As BabyBoomers age, health issues loom large on the world stage. Recognizing that thisis the group that learned (in large part) to meditate because of the Beatles,he has merged his business acumen, clinical Jungian training, and shamanicexperience into a healing protocol that will appeal to that market and theprogeny that they have raised. He is telling them that if they change the storythat they tell about health and wellness, they can change the way that theyexperience those things in the physical world. Let customers know that this isan intriguing step into the future that can help to change the world we livein. --Anna Jedrziewski
Retailing Insight Change the Story of YourHealth offers a unique approach toself-exploration and healing. Drawing from traditionalShamanism and Jungian principles, Greer captures the essence of connecting withnature and tapping into a greater spiritual awareness. Written in aninformative yet accessible way, he reveals what he has learned on his healthjourney in the hopes that is will inspire and motivate others. Whether you're looking to maintain wellness as you age, manage a chronicillness or simply improve your overall well being, this book will guide youevery step of the way. As a clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst andshamanic practitioner, Greer provides a fresh perspective on Shamanism andJung's ancient wisdom, and gives the reader practical tools they can apply totheir everyday lives. --Rose Caiola, Rewire Me magazine
"As a physician I know all too well that many patients have health concerns due to inner factors that have not been addressed by conventional Western medicine. In Change the Story of Your Health, Dr. Greer presents insightful self-healing measures from alternative medical traditions that will truly transform your personal health and well-being." --Susan F. Reynolds, MD, PhD, President and CEO, The Institute for MedicalLeadership
"As an academic physician who has been on a journey of self-discoveryfor most of my life, I am delighted to find a work as clear and understandable as Carl Greer's Change the Story of Your Health. Dr.Greer has created a remarkably accessible work offering fresh tools for self-exploration. The writing is frank and clear, and it feels as if he is speaking directly to the reader. Carl's voice resonates in each sentence, conveying his deep integrity and desire to be of service to others. The book covers a wide range of topics from shamanic journeying to the chakra system to the concept of the Quiet, a place where all possibilities and knowledge that have not yet taken form can be assessed. The reader is offered approaches to self-discovery intended to provide insights into the profound life lessons offered to each of us through our health stories. This book is written for seekers who are searching for a fresh approach to self-understanding and looking for new ways to connect with Source for the purpose of healing. While several of the exercises are drawn from age-old or traditional methods of communicating with one's inner teachers and guides, Dr.Greer has his own take on them, so they will feel new and personal to many. But, the reader must remember that the printed word is just the starting place--intentional application and some practice are needed to gain insights into the self and what lies behind one's personal health story. The exercises can become part of one's spiritual practices with out extensive instruction, and can be wisely used to delve deeper into the hidden currents flowing behind the scenes in each of our lives, currents that can have a profound effect on our behaviors and health. Change the Story of Your Health is suitable for novice and experienced seekers alike. Reading it and using its techniques can serve as a first step in changing our relationship to our lives and our health." --David M. Steinhorn, MD, Professorof Pediatrics, Children's National HealthSystem, Washington, DC, Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care andAttending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care
"It is a singular pleasure to call attention to Carl Greer's remarkable melding of Jung's analytical psychology and the ancient, and global, traditions of shamanic healing. His commitment to bringing the resources of both these traditions to a larger audience is reflected in his accessible and compelling reflections on the ways in which the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves shape the lives we live. In today's world, Carl Greer's work provides much-needed guidance for a moreful filling and healthy way of life." --George Hogenson, PhD, Jungian analyst and author of Jung's Strugglewith Freud
About the Author
Carl C. Greer, PhD, PsyD, is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Learn more at CarlGreer.com.
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Really? My body has handled major diseases, four operations, and three martial arts disciplines. “Sensitive and fragile.” Where did I get that idea? Turns out from my dad, who was a major athlete while I was not. After using this book, my new story: "I have a strong and resilient body that will remain healthy until I leave this Earth."
WHAT HEALTH STORY ARE YOU TELLING YOURSELF? Dive into this book and find out. Then start using the Jungian and Shamanic techniques to change your story—permanently. And very likely change your health. Carl Greer has been a Jungian analyst and Shaman for many years, and knows how to help you discover the story you’ve been telling yourself and how to change it.
The visualizations and guided meditations he provides can tap into your own healing power in ways that an ordinary state of consciousness can’t do. Take time to do the work—the results will more than repay you. I know personally the astonishing, creative ways in which the mind can provide answers and healing energy.
Buy this book and use it like a manual to craft a new, better story for yourself and your health. It’s worth every moment you give to it.
As author Winston Groom through his character Forrest Gump would suggest, one lives life as one does. Mr. Greer illustrates how we are in control of many parts of our life destiny; in particular, the book illustrates how we have substantial control with regard to our health. Mr. Greer begins by noting the importance of western medicine. But then the book emphasizes the importance of one’s ability to complement that treatment: communing with nature and listening to what it has to say; finding strength in oneself; understanding the important of objects and self-determination and the power of belief, are but a few of the themes I took away from my first of many reads of this important work.
American novelist James Baldwin said, and it seems to be a theme throughout the book, “if you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life; you won’t live any life at all.” Mr. Greer’s book and advice provides great optimism towards the ability to focus on the positives of life. He emphasizes: “You might simply allow images or words to flow naturally as you generate feelings of gratitude and hope” with regard to opening and closing sacred space (relating to shamanic traditions).
A focus is on the ability to inner heal, to achieve a consciousness contrary beyond looking at the IPhone. Mr. Greer emphasizes: “Let your unconscious mind awaken and let the answer to the question your ego consciousness just asked come to you. Discover what your fear can tell you, your inner healer can reveal, what you insomnia or fatigue have to say.”
A common theme is to reflect on life choices we are making and be optimistic about those choices and about addressing illnesses and general malaise. The book discusses healing techniques we can use to learn more about how your body is functioning and to encourage your immune system and your ethos to accept or address those issues and work on the healing process.
The importance of understanding and using nature’s healing effect is given a good discussion. I particularly liked the reference to Pachamama, otherwise known as Mother Earth, as a source of all healing. This chapter, discussing the inter play between nature and health -- should be read, and reread, and consider the techniques on how to use nature to improve one’s health.
Accepting your health situation and appreciating and understanding your situation is another important theme. We can cry about getting old, or we can accept the wisdom of being old and the natural effect of it. As we get older, Mr. Greer indicates that we have a “greater sense of appreciation for the simple pleasures of life.” Age may bring with it some deterioration of physical effect, but it is also allows for a greater awareness of the value of life. This is made abundantly clear.
The book is so complete with suggestions, it is best to implement a few at a time. I particularly like his computer example, relevant to most of us who are situated in front of a computer all day. Accepting this to be a fact, we can also add a few healthy choices to our computer-controlled day, including a short meditation at the desk, exercise, and dictation away from the computer, all of which will improve your health.
My advice: keep this book on your nightstand by your bed, on top of and hiding your IPhone.