The Healing Path: A Soul Approach to Illness (Arkana)

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When the author discovered he had thyroid cancer, he pursued the lessons that his life-threatening illness offered. In this book he sets out the stages of illness and recovery, revealing in his view much about the human spirit, and the relationship of illness and healing to the inner life of each individual. This will be of interest to anyone who has coped with or now faces serious illness, or is interested in health.

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An award-winning journalist and former cancer patient draws on interviews with dozens of people for whom serious illness became a catalyst for spiritual change.

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At last, a book about healing written "from the inside out," a map drawn by someone who has traveled the territory. Marc Barasch was the editor of a successful national magazine when he was diagnosed with cancer. For seven years---from the white corridors of hospitals to the quiet retreats of Tibetan teachers, from sweat lodges of Lakota medicine men to the doorsteps of survivors---he searched for life-giving lessons in the shadow of life-threatening illness. It is a book that is at once self-help and self-revelation; a tale so stunning told, an idea so originally developed, that it has the power to transform lives.

Barasch's own dramatic story unfolds like compelling literature---rich in metaphor, woven with dream images, and alive with the immediacy of his own triumphant struggle. But it goes much further: Using his own experiences as a starting point, he intereviewed dozens of others for whom serious illness became a catalyst for personal change. He listened closely to their tales of loss and triumph and discovered a universal pattern, which he calls the healing path, with signposts others can use to guide their way.

This is not simplistic guidebook, however. Like Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey," it presents an archetypal map of a perilous transition. It honors the individual's need for physical healing, yet also champions the quest for authentic life.

Artfully combining the patient's urgency with medical knowledge and heartfelt spiritual wisdom, The Healing Path is a revolutionary reframing of the process of getting well again. It transcends its genre to become a companion for anyone who must travel over difficult terrain, searching for a hidden place of wholeness.

Honored with many awards and published around the world, THE HEALING PATH can be honestly be called a must-read for anyone interested in true wellness.

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