Transforming the Nature of Health: A Holistic Vision of Healing That Honors Our Connection to the Earth, Others, and Ourselves 1st Edition
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—Dean Radin, PhD, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, coeditor-in-chief of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, and author of The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds
“Throughout the pages of this brilliant and heartfelt book, Marcey Shapiro takes us on a transformative journey, giving us useful practices so we can grow and expand our perspective. She leads us on a treasure hunt as we view nature, events, and people in our physical and nonphysical realities from all directions, whether above, below, or beside us.”
—Marcia Emery, PhD, author of PowerHunch! Living an Intuitive Life and The Intuitive Healer
“This book is truly a holistic vision of healing. Marcey Shapiro has brought together all of the pieces of the puzzle into a provocative and interesting tour of the present healthcare landscape and drawn a map for navigating toward a new future. This approach to systems thinking is not common and therefore represents a bold and significant step forward in the process of building a new world.”
John L. Petersen, editor and publisher of FUTUREdition and author of A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change
“A fascinating journey to move from dis-ease to well-being, from aloneness and separation to community and oneness. Marcey Shapiro looks with new eyes at the organisms that share ‘our’ bodies, proposing a model of peace in the realm of medicine and within each of us. She advocates a different understanding of illness. It is illustrated with intriguing stories from her clinical practice, where she uses tools of conventional medicine, science, and natural approaches. It is a refreshing read that contains profound insights and a deep spiritual message. Transforming the Nature of Health is sprinkled with very practical meditations and easy-to-follow advice that will change the way you think. A must-read for anyone dealing with a body that is out of balance either physically or emotionally.”
—Carol Sabick de la Herran, vice president of The Monroe Institute
“Marcey Shapiro articulates the perfect prescription for better health: focus on positive energy, forgiveness, and love and where appropriate utilize new technologies and therapies that harmonize with nature to restore balance in our bodies and our lives. She challenges the conventional thinking of modern medicine and invites a new perspective that will help transform health and health care.”
—Helen Gracie, cofounder of Scenar Health
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Our society really likes credentials with new information (and even with it sometimes it takes a few decades for humanity to accept truths that only the thought leaders appreciate).
My recommendation is to read this book with an open mind. Ask not, "Is this true?" but "Could this be true?" and try some of the suggestions in the book.
I'm a bit of a scholar and one of my pet peeves is that humans tend to reject new information if it contradicts our current worldview. Most do not understand that the criteria we are using to judge the new information was often formed in our belief system by age 6 and that the beliefs passed to us from our parents were developed by them by around age 6 (take this on back through time).
This leads to things like when Semmelweis suggested physicians wash their hands between patients (something he showed reduced the death by child bed fever from 32% to 1") he was ridiculed and ignored until we discovered germs and viruses with the newly invented microscope 50 years later. We have the hubris to assume our time already has all the answers and discoveries.
When information gets results, even if we don't understand fully why it works, we should pay attention. Do you know why the lights turn on when you flip a switch? Do you know exactly why hot water flows when you turn one nozzle and cold when you turn another? Do you know exactly how your automobile does every function? I'll bet 99% of the readers will say "No" yet they are willing to accept and rely upon them working. But when it comes to new information, even information that has been demonstrated to work we want to wait until others agree.
Wellness is an area I have been researching for quite a few years and I can tell you that Marcey's book is pointing the way to the future. If you want to know where health care is going, where you will do the most good for your health, read this book.
If you're wondering why you're not hearing about some of these things elsewhere I suggest you <i>follow the money<i/>. Within the research from many scientific fields there is copious information that will help humanity tremendously but if there is no one who will gain significantly from the research (read this as meaning it does not require traditional medical interventions/pharm.) then no one is pushing it to the public. Few people are like me, willing to search out research using expensive research tools or requiring enrollment in a University with a great library.
The helpful research that is not applied is mind-boggling.
Marcey is a thought leader in the area of maintaining health. I thank her for this book.
The author, Marcey Shapiro, is a doctor of the future. The kind our children will come to expect. She is an MD, a family physician, with training in Western and Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, mind-body techniques, flower essences, homeopathy, breathing techniques, nutritional therapies and more.
Marcey lays the stage by affirming that we are not confined by our bodies alone, "we are spiritual beings engaged in a physical existence" (xiii). Although most of us believe in the idea of a spirit reality that is greater than our physical existence, we have historically agreed with a "science" that fails to acknowledge this reality.
But that's all changing, Marcey says. We're waking up. We're beginning to understand the underlying unity of all being. We're starting to notice the common thread connecting us, the creative force that's beating our hearts and growing the trees.
"The current shift is at least as profound as the one that must have been felt in the fourth century BC when observers realized that the Earth is round rather than flat. It is as immense as that which occurred when Galileo provided astronomical evidence to support Copernicus's observations that our planet is one of several that revolve around the sun, thus proving that Earth is not the center of the universe. Heretical as each of these notions was in its day, they were, of course, a more correct understanding of the physical Earth and celestial mechanics" (xiii).
She provides several examples of science beginning to uncover the truth of our oneness. Ecology has found that the successful systems are ones with balance, cooperation and diversity rather than competition or "survival of the fittest." Reductionist science has been proven obsolete because we've established that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In medicine, rather than seeing disease as an outside force that happens to us, we are beginning to accept that it all started within us, and that "thoughts, mind, focus and consciousness are the most important determinants of health" (xvii).
Marcey extrapolates that all living beings are connected through electromagnetic impulses of the heart, conjuring up an image in my head of those heart-centered cords connecting the characters in "Donnie Darko." She reveals what's right under our feet but invisible to a human being's limited senses, like the crickets. (Crickets, who only live for about two weeks, sound like singing angels when their voices are slowed down to match the average human lifespan of 75 years.)
Why do I strongly recommend reading this book? Because I am more in control of my health than ever. I have less fear surrounding dis-ease. I have more respect for insects. (Rather than flicking away the annoying fly, I let them stay, and then I politely ask them to fly away, which works quite well.) I have found an expanded awareness of our inherent oneness. I am more conscious of my language and attitudes surrounding dis-ease/bacteria/viruses because I am weary to turn any organism, big or small, into the enemy or the "other." At last I understand why we have nothing to worry about: everything out of balance will naturally right itself (including global warming and toxic corporations). And although we only truly have power over ourselves, this is all we need to effect change. By taking care of ourselves, purifying and nurturing the landscape of our body and mind, we can heal the world, too.
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I will study this life changing book for years to come.