By Larry Dossey. I have used a variety of terms throughout this book to refer to a Supreme Being. In most cases I have chosen as neutral a term as possible, such as the Absolute. I tend to agree with those wise teachers who say that all the names of God are misleading. As all the major esoteric wisdom traditions tell us, the Absolute cannot be spoken or thought. We simply have no reliable pictures of the Almighty.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Healing Words by Larry Dossey. Healing Words by Larry Dossey. In this groundbreaking classic linking prayer and health, physician Larry Dossey shares the latest evidence connecting prayer, healing, and medicine. Using real-life examples and personal anecdotes, Dossey proves how prayer can be as valid a healing tool as drugs or surgery. Dossey explores which methods of prayer show the greatest potential for healing; presents compellin In this groundbreaking classic linking prayer and health, physician Larry Dossey shares the latest evidence connecting prayer, healing, and medicine.
Dossey explores which methods of prayer show the greatest potential for healing; presents compelling evidence that patients' and doctors' belief in a treatment increases its efficacy; explains that discoveries in modern physics allow us to integrate the spiritual and the scientific and make the power of prayer provable in the lab; and much more.
Provocative, engaging, and powerfully instructive, Healing Words restores the spiritual art of healing to the science of medicine. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 31st by HarperOne first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Healing Words , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Healing Words. Nov 18, Jose rated it it was amazing. If the author did not have an M. In some parts of the book he is highly rational, in other parts he gives me the impression of being too supersticious for a scientist. Maybe it's because I'm not familiar with his world, and the myriad of scientific studies he has encountered he does provided appendices to support this.
In fact, sometimes he manages to convince me that what our modern society has established as "scientific" is If the author did not have an M. In fact, sometimes he manages to convince me that what our modern society has established as "scientific" is nothing but another level in relative superstition. I cannot deny the fact that he is being fully scientific in his approach, but his conclusions seem a little too optimistic at times.
Almost like he is lacking skepticism for the sake of proving the point he wants to convey. All in all, I would say he is strictly rational and appropriately critical in his conclusions and the way he says them he doesn't deem anything as truth if it cannot be confirmed , he is very thorough and exhaustive in considering all the possible interpretations of an event.
He even provides a chapter in which he criticizes experiments that are both for and against prayer healing which displays objectivity and provides appendices to describe the studies so the reader can make his own judgment. He has all the rational qualities of a skeptic, and although he does not seem biased in his judgment his excitement toward his premise may give the non-skeptic the wrong idea. To that, he does not quite lend himself to superstitious interpretations as much as Deepak Chopra.
But my advice would be to be careful to read this book as a mind-openner to possibilities, and not as a strictly limiting description of reality. Apr 18, Iona Stewart rated it it was amazing. Larry Dossey is one of the better authors out there. He is an M. Not many medical doctors are aware of the power of prayer, far less use it to heal their patients. Experiments have shown that prayer in fact positively affects high blood pressure, wounds, heart attacks, headaches, and anxiety.
A simp Larry Dossey is one of the better authors out there. A simple attitude of prayerfulness seemed to set the stage for healing. The author shares his personal experiences of praying for his patients and of tackling his own health problems. We learn that many saints and spiritual teachers died of cancer, including the Buddha or one of them , Saint Bernadette, Krishnamurti, Suzuki Roshi and Sri Ramana Maharshi.
He discusses this paradox: surely they, of all people, should have been able to heal themselves? This book is not so much a book of answers, but one in which the author discusses the various aspects of illness, healing and prayer, so we can reach our own conclusions.
Many were perplexed by the terminal cancer of Ramana Maharshi. His pain was immense, and he would scream out at night. This is because our higher self is impervious to the ravages of any physical ailment whatsoever. He tells us of the cooperation between Norman Shealy, M. There is a chapter about prayer and the unconscious mind. No other psychological coping style is correlated with such a high survival rate in the acute phase of a myocardial infarction.
The author cites the case of de Vaca, the Spanish explorer, and that of Funatsu, a Japanese lost in the snow in Antarctica. This is an immaculately written book by a learned author. I strongly recommend that you read it. It is an encouraging and inspiring book and I will now be adding other books by this author to my long reading list. Jul 23, Vivian Herrero rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed reading this book, especially the author's holistic and universal attitude throughout the book of having an open heart and an open mind when evaluating this mysterious subject of prayer.
I found myself highlighting passage after passage and coming to the realization that as the author says "if prayer is not asking, what is it for? It isn't 'for' anything Aug 26, Joshua rated it it was amazing. Great book, filled with miraculous stories of healing in cultures that differ from ours, I believe it is definite proof, and if not, it's superb evidence, that belief has a lot to do with everything, especially healing your own body.
Wonderful documentation, references and presentation. Sep 29, Virginia Ann rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: evreyone. The power of prayer and a true Physician can do miracles.
Jun 26, Rona rated it it was amazing. This was a book I read and contemplated at a low point in my life. Although it didn't change my mostly nonexistent prayer life, it gave me understanding about the power of words and intentions. Jul 16, Denise rated it liked it.
I struggled mightily to finish this book. While I knew it would present the results of scientific tests, I grew weary by what felt like endless detail, dissecting the premise. I was intrigued by the concept of the book given my appreciation for both the scientific and spiritual worlds: the discipline of the first and the faith of the second. For some time I've thought that the realm of quantum physics intersects the best with the spiritual world and I smile when I see how those two worlds align, I struggled mightily to finish this book.
For some time I've thought that the realm of quantum physics intersects the best with the spiritual world and I smile when I see how those two worlds align, as it does some in this book now and then. However as a Christian whose faith often waivers, I read this book precisely because I have come to wonder if prayer works at all.
I found it incredibly helpful to hear the various tests conducted that draw conclusions on the efficacy of local and non-local interactions, and of praying for specific outcomes versus the best possible outcome. It gave me a certain level of comfort to know there is legitimate benefit to prayerful ways of being, for both the one praying and those being prayed for.
I was left feeling convinced that our thoughts including prayers carry more weight than we realize and that there is most certainly scientific support for the parts of us that are eternal.
Jun 16, Mark Mazelli rated it really liked it. I spotted this book on a friend's desk a year or so ago and finally decided to read it. I appreciated the author's affinity for analytical psychology and his non-sectarian and non-dogmatic view of God.
One could have interpreted some of the studies he provides as examples for the effectiveness of prayer either way and sometimes I wondered why his examples seemed to disprove his thesis. Overall and without necessarily tracing footnotes back to the sources , I ended the book more hopeful that pra I spotted this book on a friend's desk a year or so ago and finally decided to read it.
Overall and without necessarily tracing footnotes back to the sources , I ended the book more hopeful that prayer works. View 2 comments. Really interesting topic, but I felt the book was poorly written.
Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine
Dossey explores which methods of prayer show the greatest potential for healing; presents compelling evidence that patients' and doctors' belief in a treatment increases its efficacy; explains that discoveries in modern physics allow us to integrate the spiritual and the scientific and make the power of prayer provable in the lab; and much more. Provocative, engaging, and powerfully instructive, Healing Words restores the spiritual art of healing to the science of medicine. He is an M. Not many medical doctors are aware of the power of prayer, far less use it Physician Dossey Medicine and Meaning, , etc. Prayer heals? Hardly news in the
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