October 13, 2013

The Art of Healing by Bernie S. Siegel, MD

The Art of Healing by Bernie S. Siegel, MD is a book that teaches us that healing can be done in many ways, including use of art therapy. Discover new ways to think about healing, and combining science with spirituality in this book.

Book Description
In these pages, renowned medical doctor and spiritual teacher Bernie Siegel demonstrates how science and spirituality interact — and how you can tap your body’s potential to heal. After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients facing life-threatening disease, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings, which were often called miraculous. Bernie realized our bodies actually want to heal, and we can aid this innate propensity through what are currently seen as unconventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter. You’ll learn how to use these practices to help with everything from diagnosing and understanding your illness to making the correct treatment decisions to sharing your experience with loved ones and caregivers. Filled with inspiring true stories and suggestions for traveling your own healing journey, this book offers hands-on, patient-proven techniques that can create miracles.” – The Art of Healing

My Thoughts
The Art of Healing is a holistic healing book that can be used by anyone to help heal themselves. This book taught me that art can be used to not only create beautiful pieces of work, but also to help heal. The drawings in the book showed how they can be used to help uncover more about you than you thought, and can help to heal in a holistic way.

I love how this physician understands and is able to show how we can combine healing with modern medicine to make a holistic treatment for people. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, and this is an excellent resource to see how very true that is.

I think this is an invaluable resource for people who want to be healed as a whole person, not just specific pieces of themself based on what science only says you should do. I strongly believe that modern medicine needs to be used, but I also believe that more than just doctor visits and prescription drugs should be used, too. I highly recommend this book to help make that change.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Art of Healing, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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