Why Do We Get Sick? Why Do We Get Better? A Wellness Detective Manual by John Dalton.
Well I’m obviously going to recommend this one.
This book is a distillation of the hundreds of conversations I have had with patients over the years as we looked at why they were sick and what was getting in the way of them getting better.
It goes through the reasons why we get sick, layer by layer, starting with the physical reasons then on to the emotional reasons and then the deeper issues that can cause life threatening illness.
”This book is remarkable. Not only is it a succinct summary on how to become your own wellness detective, it is also easy to read and humorous.
With deep insight, it equips the user with a wellness model that they can use to monitor their health, and improve it.
This book gave me sudden insight into the sources of my personal health issues, and has put me on the track to recovery.”
Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children by Etienne and Neeto Peirsman
The authors approach babies as conscious beings who endure enormous stress during the birth process. They show how cranio sacral therapy can help restore the correct alignments in babies’ bodies, freeing them to grow and attain their maximum potential without hindrance.
The book focuses on what a trained cranio sacral therapist can do to remove the blockages that often arise during birth.
Based on the authors’ extensive experience, this guide can also be used by parents or caregivers interested in knowing what babies need in order to be whole and healthy, and how to prevent problems — including hyperactivity and ADD — that could become serious and require medication later in life.
Touchstone for Healing by John Upledger.
John Upledger is one of the pioneers of cranio sacral therapy. He was the one who came up with the name as he helped the therapy make the transition from treating bones to deeper trauma in membranes. The Upledger Institute have this to say about it.
‘This book expands on concepts originally presented in “Your Inner Physician and You” to offer new insights into the promise of CranioSacral Therapy. The new book is packed with fresh information, repeating ideas from the first text only when it helps clarify the historical context within which the concepts were developed.’
I have read “Your Inner Physician and You”. It is a good, if overly dramatic description of cranio sacral therapy. I don’t like the way he gives very little credit to the pioneers in this field who preceded him. Having said that it is the best book about cranio sacral therapy written for the lay person.
Love Medicine and Miracles by Bernie S Siegel M.D.
This is a great book written with love and humour. It charts the story of Dr Bernie Siegel an oncologist in America as he starts to look at ways to improve the lives of his Patients. He learns about self healing, written by a doctor who has watched ‘terminal’ patients take control of their illness and live.
In Peace, Love and Healing, Bernie Siegel takes us to the next step in his exploration of the unity between mind and body and the way to self-healing. An exceptional challenge to use the bodymind to our advantage from the author of Love, Medicine & Miracles.
Spontaneous Healing by Dr Andrew Weil.
This book charts Dr Andrew Weil’s journey to discover why people spontaneously heal. It is a good all round book with lots of useful tips. It mentions cranio sacral therapy quite favourably too.
A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson.
This book is full of fascinating images of conception, gestation. It is a nice book for parents expecting a child as it goes through the nuts and bolts of what is happening in the mothers body at each stage of pregnancy.
Passionate Marriage by David Morris Schnarch.
Excellent book from a working relationship therapist. Lots of very useful perspectives in this book. Ultimately the focus is to empower people to become stronger as individuals first.
If you have never heard of Taoism then these two books kind of go together.
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff is and excellent introduction to the ideas of Taoism as exemplified by an unknowing Taoist hero, Winnie the Pooh. Using stories from the Winnie the pooh books, the author demonstrates the practical application of taoist philosophy at its most powerful. Explaining difficult concepts like, ‘doing without doing’, ‘having no brain’ and the ‘uncarved block’.
It makes you want to read the Tao Te Ching, which is one of the main, if not THE main book of Taoist philosophy.
I was lucky enough to find Ray Grigg’s translation, ‘The Tao of Change’ at around the same time as I was reading the Tao of Pooh. The Tao Te Ching seems to be a difficult book to translate. I have picked up lots of different translations in book shops over the years but none have spoken to me as much as the Tao of Change. If I could only have one book on a desert island it would be it. Timeless wisdom that just goes deeper with each reading.
Illusions by Richard Bach
Richard Bach’s first book following ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ is a mystical adventure story about two barnstorming pilots who meet in a field in midwest America.
Illusions is a companion story. ‘What if somebody came along who could teach me how my world works and how to control it?…
What if a Siddhartha or Jesus came to our time, with power over the illusions of the world because he knew the reality behind them? And what if I could meet him in person, if he were flying a biplane, for instance, and landed in the same meadow with me?’
Donald Shimoda is one of the fictional characters in Illusions. He is a messiah who leaves his job of being a messiah (and also of being a mechanic at a garage) after deciding that people value the showbiz-like performance of miracles and want to be entertained by those miracles more than understanding the message behind them.
He meets “Richard”, a fellow barn-storming pilot and begins to pass on his knowledge to him. The novel features quotes from “Handbook Of A Messiah”, owned by Shimoda, which Richard later takes as his own.
The most unusual aspect of this handbook is that it has no page numbers. The reason for this, as Shimoda explains to Richard, is that the book will open to the page on which the reader may find guidance or the answers to doubts and questions in his mind.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
The Alchemist is a bestseller that was first published in Brazil in 1988 and is the most famous work of author Paulo Coelho. It is a symbolic story that urges its readers to follow their dreams.
Originally written in Portuguese, it has, as of 2004, been translated into fifty-six languages, and has sold more than 20 million copies in more than 150 countries, making it one of the best selling books of all time.
In China & Australia it has gained particular success. The Herald Sun listed it as one of the five most commonly stolen books from Melbourne’s book shops. In the foreword, Coelho explains that this is a symbolic version of his experience
described in The Pilgrimage.
The Boy Who Saw True by Cyril Scott.
This is a very ordinary account of a young boy growing up in Georgian England with heightened physic abilities. It is written in diary form and in a very simple way demystifies the psychic world.
The Power of Silence by Carlos Castaneda.
This book is quite original. It is the story Carlos Castaneda’s apprenticeship with a Mexican shaman called don Juan .
Castaneda’s books contain practical transformational exercises. For example, to achieve mastery of awareness and intent, don Juan recommended that Castaneda try the simple exercise of looking at his hands while he was dreaming.
These practices are devised to maximize the warrior/traveler’s personal power, or experience. The condition for maintaining personal power is known as “impeccability”. Sufficient personal power leads to the mastery of intent, chiefly the controlled movement of what is known as the assemblage point, which is the center of a bundle of energy emanations emerging from the body.
Ultimately, most adults can only move or shift their assemblage point in dreams, after a trauma, by way of drug use, love, through inner silence, or as is preferred, through Intent. The most straightforward or common form of movement of the assemblage point is achieved through dreaming.
The Krishnamurti Reader
This is a collection of conversations and talks given by J. Krishnamurti who died in 1986 aged 90.
In 1909, at the age of fourteen, he was proclaimed as a saviour and subsequently taken from India to England. There, he was educated privately and groomed for the role of World Teacher and head of the theosophical society.
In 1929, however, he rejected the mantle and disbanded the organization of which he was the head, declaring that he did not want disciples.
He puts forward a very elegant argument for taking full responsibility for your life.