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The Healing Power of Illness: Understanding What Your Symptoms Are Telling You [Paperback]

Thorwald Dethlefsen , Dr. Rudiger Dahlke
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Oct. 1 2002
Contrary to conventional opinion, illness is not some quirk of nature you have to fight. A truer understanding of illness actually helps you stay healthier. When you "understand what your symptoms are telling you," you view them as bodily expressions of inner conflicts. Their symbolism will reveal the real problems you're facing. Pick a current health issue and see the difference when you treat it as a sign of healing instead of as a negative, following the approach of two psychologists, one trained in spiritual traditions and the other in natural healing and psychotherapy. Troubles with infection, allergies, respiration, digestion, skin and nervous system, heart and circulation, sexuality and pregnancy, even accidents, come with practical actions to take to remedy them.

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German-born Thorwald Dethlefsen is probably best known as a spiritual psychologist. He combines the qualifications of a trained psychologist with the insight gained through a deep study of the spiritual traditions. He runs a private institute in Munich as well as holding regular courses and speaking at lectures and conferences worldwide. Along with his co-author Rudiger Dahlke MD, his work opens up completely new areas of thought regarding the understanding of illness.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Application of "The Challenge of Fate" April 13 2004
Wow, such an amazing book. If anyone has read "The Challenge of Fate" before this, then I am sure you noticed how perfectly this book compliments the first. While "Fate" challenged you with groundbreaking theory, this new book actually takes some theory from "Challenge" and spends an entire book, in great detail, explaining how, we must awaken from the world of duality to accomplish something concrete as "health".
This book is almost a scientific approach to Zen Buddhism. I am also reading "Dropping Ashes on the Buddha" and these two books seem to match exactly. While zen attempts to deal with the problem of duality in ritualistic fashion, Dethlefsen and Dahlke go into scientific analogies to show the existence of dualism and it's impact upon our lives. Plus, how to move beyond it. Beyond a world of light/dark, male/female, fast/slow, cold/hot, etc. etc. Basically, this book is a practical application of the fundamental concepts of zen buddhism. The more of our nature we deny, the more builds up on other levels that ultimately spill over onto the physical plane and thus "cause" disease.
This book is a MUST read for anyone who questions exactly "why" things are, the way they are. It will soon become apparent that the answers are correct, we are simply asking the wrong questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A book that speaks the truth! Nov. 6 2003
As a doctor of chiropractic I get a chance to listen to every excuse, as to why we hurt, or why our bodies have boken down. This book goes beyond the excuses, and give us a chance to face the truth as to why we are broken. However, most people do not want to hear the truth, and will blame everything from the foods that they eat to their computer, and everything in between. In reality, we really need to look inside, and give our symptoms a chance to tell the real story without sugar coating the truth. I know on many levels that this book will challange the reader in many ways, and I commend the author for his bravery to go were most will shy away. In closing I just want to thank the authors for truly a great piece of challenging work. Dr. Robert
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Now I don't need to write my book anymore. It is already written, and probably much better...
Rather than blocking or destroying illness, we can learn from it. Paradoxical, yes. Give a minute of your thoughts to this affirmation. Our body is just showing us the way we were unable to follow in our free consciousness. Learn from your illness, then your illness becomes useless and fades away. Illness represents the last opportunity for evolution. Whatever you do for healing, pay simultaneous attention to the only true healing. Take the challenge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A book that speaks the truth! Nov. 6 2003
By Robert Selig, D.C. - Published on Amazon.com
As a doctor of chiropractic I get a chance to listen to every excuse, as to why we hurt, or why our bodies have boken down. This book goes beyond the excuses, and give us a chance to face the truth as to why we are broken. However, most people do not want to hear the truth, and will blame everything from the foods that they eat to their computer, and everything in between. In reality, we really need to look inside, and give our symptoms a chance to tell the real story without sugar coating the truth. I know on many levels that this book will challange the reader in many ways, and I commend the author for his bravery to go were most will shy away. In closing I just want to thank the authors for truly a great piece of challenging work. Dr. Robert
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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to real health through basic human experience Sept. 30 2003
By DR M FRAGUAS POOLE - Published on Amazon.com
Now I don't need to write my book anymore. It is already written, and probably much better...
Rather than blocking or destroying illness, we can learn from it. Paradoxical, yes. Give a minute of your thoughts to this affirmation. Our body is just showing us the way we were unable to follow in our free consciousness. Learn from your illness, then your illness becomes useless and fades away. Illness represents the last opportunity for evolution. Whatever you do for healing, pay simultaneous attention to the only true healing. Take the challenge!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Application of "The Challenge of Fate" April 13 2004
By John E. Chadwick - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, such an amazing book. If anyone has read "The Challenge of Fate" before this, then I am sure you noticed how perfectly this book compliments the first. While "Fate" challenged you with groundbreaking theory, this new book actually takes some theory from "Challenge" and spends an entire book, in great detail, explaining how, we must awaken from the world of duality to accomplish something concrete as "health".
This book is almost a scientific approach to Zen Buddhism. I am also reading "Dropping Ashes on the Buddha" and these two books seem to match exactly. While zen attempts to deal with the problem of duality in ritualistic fashion, Dethlefsen and Dahlke go into scientific analogies to show the existence of dualism and it's impact upon our lives. Plus, how to move beyond it. Beyond a world of light/dark, male/female, fast/slow, cold/hot, etc. etc. Basically, this book is a practical application of the fundamental concepts of zen buddhism. The more of our nature we deny, the more builds up on other levels that ultimately spill over onto the physical plane and thus "cause" disease.
This book is a MUST read for anyone who questions exactly "why" things are, the way they are. It will soon become apparent that the answers are correct, we are simply asking the wrong questions.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HEADY, INSIGHTFUL BOOK! June 26 2007
By T. Bellows - Published on Amazon.com
This book will fascinate you. (If by chance you know how to do a contemplation/meditation, you can go within yourself and discover what attitudes of yours are causing health situations.) Maybe find this book in a library? It's worth the time to seek this book out - for a sane price. Anyway, I fell in love with the wisdom in this book! Great ideas on the value of being neutral in life. Being aware that I am the cause of all my outer symptoms, that I shape my health because of what I reject, resist, and deny! And much more. You'll see. (Also I suggest reading Paul Twitchell's The Flute of God - to add spiritual depth to Dethlefsen. Twitchell was a true and "revellationary" writer, as I see it.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those with eyes to see and ears to hear! June 23 2013
By The Observer - Published on Amazon.com
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He is a very fortunate man who finds and encounters the writings of Thorwald Dethlefsen. I enjoyed this book very much, but currently understand it as a stepping stone to something much greater - namely that what the author sets forth in "Oedipus der Raetselloeser" as a pretext for the Church Kawwana. Nevertheless, one step leads to another...enjoy!
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