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The Fearless Way: Mudras, Mantras & Chemo - How Learning to Let Go Saved My Life Paperback – September 27, 2012
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Susan Sattler is a Marriage, Family Therapist who has spent 25 years helping people move toward greater wholeness and unity in their lives. She now also teaches Eastern healing practices throughout California and internationally for The New Century Foundation International. She recently spoke before 100 students in Beijing. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, she earned her MA in education at Stanford University and taught high school for 14 years. She obtained a second MA in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University, with a focus on holistic studies. She subsequently taught psychology at the university level, designed a psychology module for an integrated wellness program offered in health clubs, and began a private practice in Marriage Family Therapy. Susan is a member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Association for Meridian and Energy Therapies. She is also licensed by the state of California to practice hypnotherapy. Susan lives with her husband, artist and designer Gary Newman on two beautiful acres in rural Sonoma County, California. Nature lovers, they enjoy photography, and like to ski, backpack, hike, and swim. They have a son who is an architectural design major at Stanford University, and a daughter who works for an advertising agency in Kansas City.
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The expression in vogue today is "life is what happens while you're busy making other plans". Certainly true in Susan's case, this inspiring book recounts one person's voyage of self discovery punctuated by loss, life-threatening illness, and a melding of Eastern and Western healing traditions.
It is certainly not just a book about cancer survival, nor is it simply a memoir of meetings with remarkable women and men. It is a practical handbook which includes step by step guidance on how to develop a practice and tap into our own innate healing powers. Not at all doctrinaire or religious in any sense, this tale of embracing impermanence encourages the reader to trust their self to find their own truth in their own way. A great read!
I would recommend Susan's memoir to all...no matter what your religious affiliations may be. The teachings of her Chinese-Tibetan spiritual mentor (Yuan Miao) are essentially non-denominational, and rang true to me as an intelligent way to navigate my life and deal with life's challenges. A very worthwhile purchase!
Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, she preserves in her core many valued past experiences--growing up in South Dakota steeped in Christian tradition, engaging in Lakota Indian spiritual wisdom, and attending college in the iconoclastic sixties. She holistically integrates them with new spiritual and philosophic experiences and insights won in her quest for "reformation," when cancer turns her world upside down.
In a kaleidoscopically changing world, her audacity and bravery in examining her previous habits of mind and exploring unfamiliar philosophical waters are an inspirational beacon of light for all of us. When one is learning to sail, and the boat keels over, threatening to capsize in high winds, the natural instinct is to pull in tighter on the lines controlling the sail, further tipping the boat and terrorizing the sailor. To "let go" of the line and perceived control is actually the counter-intuitive path to restoring balance and safety. That is a metaphor for the experience Susan shares with those of us clinging to control when our lives are upended: those who have lost jobs or fear losing them; those who saw their savings vaporize in the 2008 stock market crash; those struggling to understand why bad things happen to good people; those with serious illness or family deaths, confronting the reality of mortality; and even those parents facing changing relationships with their teenagers as they go off to independent lives of their own.
As a physician treating adolescents who must adjust to bodies, emotions and behaviors that often seem alien to themselves and to their parents during one of life's most rapid periods of change, I recommend this meditation on embracing transformation--new doors opening when others close--to teens and their parents. As a daughter who in the last few years watched both her inspirational, independent parents age and die, I found the inclusion of the emails to her community of friends made me feel like a friend in a conversation.
This memoir is a rare treasure, an intimate conversation with a wise friend or mother who, sharing her experiences grappling with loss and mortality, shows us the path to joy and peace. You will want to talk about it and to share it with those you love.
Rachel Kaplan, MFT
Author, Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living