Stephen Levine On Dealing With Fear

  Humans are unique among animals because we can feel fear just by thinking about frightening possibilities. We live in a time filled with more than the usual personal, political, and global alarms and I found this statement by Stephen Levine helpful for dealing with today’s reality: “Clearly all fear has an element of resistance…

How Should We Face Cancer?

Josh Friedman, screenwriter and producer of TERMINATOR and soon, AVATAR 4, wrote recently in TIME that after John McCain’s brain cancer was made public, we “…watched a lot of well-meaning people tell a brave man to be brave.” * When Friedman was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few years ago brave is not how he…

Healing With John of God

Healing With John of God By Irwin Rosenberg Dear Brothers and Sisters, My name is Irwin Rosenberg and I’m a Doctor of Pharmacy (PD). People call me Irv or Doc. I’ve been a pharmacist for more than 60 years and a nutritional pharmacologist for the past 15 years. My daughter, Julie, is a board certified…

Three Healings and One Cello

One definition of “to heal” is “to make whole.” The full account of the first healing – Shin-Ichiro Terayama’s recovery from advanced kidney cancer – is told in RADICAL REMISSION by Kelly A. Turner. Read Shin’s story in Chapter 2 and then go back to the first page – this really is a book to…

All Our Selves

By Mary Rentschler The theme of the Bernried Constellations Intensive that I attended this Spring was “Heimat und Fremde” – “Homeland and the Stranger.” It led us to look at all our different selves and to ask, “Who is our inner foreigner? Who is our inner terrorist? Our inner child? Inner saint? Real self?” It…

Mind, Body, and Real Healthcare

By Anoop Kumar, MD. Anoop Kumar is an emergency physician who is in love with life, people, and healing. He has written a book called MICHELANGELO’S MEDICINE because he would like us all to be involved with what he saw in the famous statue of David in Florence. There was a sense of presence and…

What Is It Only You Can Do?

I enjoy reading about the wisdom of nature in NEW SCIENTIST. At the end of February the magazine published a very short article about the productive ingenuity of some ants. * Ants live in just-my-own-kind, exclusive communities and don’t share their homes or neighborhoods with other ants, but in the forests of the Ivory Coast…

Are You Creative?

By Gilah Yelin Hirsch Everybody is creative. Each of us affirms our innate creativity many times a minute by choosing to take the next breath. While this may be an unconscious act, any move toward life is creative. Then, creativity lies in moving away from what we already know. The first step in the creative…

How To Recover From Too Much Screen Time

Let’s begin with a story from Fred Hageneder: “As a teenager, a stupid but provocative remark upset me so much that, thinking I could bear life no longer, I set off on my bicycle in search of solitude. I sat down among the scattered birch trees of the wetlands, overwhelmed by despondency. After a while,…

How Can You Learn to Visualize?

Humans have known how to visualize for thousands of years. It’s natural to us. Paleolithic cave paintings in Lascaux provide evidence of all three of the basic elements for using our minds in this way:      Having a desired outcome (a successful hunt) Finding a way to focus attention (inside quiet and dark, hard-to-reach…

How To Look Ahead – 2017

Our calendars say we are about to leave 2016 behind and begin a new year. What will 2017 be like? There’s more than one way to anticipate the future, but the most common way is to worry. When we worry we construct events and outcomes and turn various possibilities over and over and around in…

An Ode to Joy for Today

It was a surprise to find an antidote to our current dark divisiveness in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I’d heard the music many times before but, last weekend, reading the program notes and then listening to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance (conducted by Marin Alsop) was truly enlightening. Beethoven had gone through a time of emotional…