1. If you are not convinced of the value of studying concepts that have
been believed by many different people for a long time, "evolutionary
hermeneutics" provides a good explanation. See Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
and Kevin Rathunde, "The Psychology of Wisdom: An Evolutionary Interpretation,"
in Robert J. Sternberg (Ed.), Wisdom, NewYork: Cambridge, 1990.
2. In order to keep the syntax simple, I have presented the "For the
Teacher" sections in "how to" format, addressing the teacher
as "you." This is what I teach students to do in magazine writing
3. Tulku, Tarthang, Kum Nye Relaxation: Part 2, Movement Exercises, Berkeley,
CA: Dharma Publishing, 1978.
4. Watch for forthcoming work by Linda Hecker and Karen Klein on a kinesthetic
approach to teaching writing. Several of the teaching applications suggested
in this article resemble those being explored by members of the Assembly
on Expanded Perspectives on Learning, of the National Council of Teachers
5. Exercises like this are found in many sources. A good version appears
in Weed, Joseph J., Wisdom of the Mystic Masters, West Nyack, NY: Parker,
6. For more details, see my article on "Teaching Writing through Negative
Examples," Journal of Teaching Writing, Winter 1987.
7. Cousins, Norman, Anatomy of an Illness, New York: Bantam. Klein, Allen,
The Healing Power of Humor, Los Angeles: Tarcher.
8. Butler, Pamela E., Talking to Yourself: Learning the Language of Self-Support,
New York, Harper & Row, 1981. Helstetter, Shad, The Self-Talk Solution,
New York: Morrow, 1987.
9. Affirmations may be subliminal. A thriving industry sells audio tapes
in which affirmations on a variety of subjects are inaudibly embedded inside
sounds such as ocean waves or soothing music.
10. Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization book and tape is an excellent
introduction to visualization with a spiritual dimension (Berkeley: Whatever
Pub., 1978). Psychiatrist Gerald Epstein, in Healing Visualizations: Creating
Health Through Imagery (New York: Bantam, 1989), applies the technique within
the medical model. For another doctor's applications of the method, see
Martin L. Rossman, Healing Yourself: A Step-by-Step Program for Better Health
Through Imagery. (New York: Simon Schuster, 1987.)
11. O. Carl Simonton, Getting Well Again: A Step-by-Step, Self-Help Guide
to Overcoming Cancer for Patients and their Families, New York: Bantam,
1980, describes the Simonton Center's approach to cancer treatment in which
visualization, meditation, and emotional support play a central role.
12. Luthe, Wolfgang (Ed.), Autogenic Training, New York: Grune & Stratton,
13. Argüelles, José and Miram, Mandala, Boston: Shambhala, 1985.
(Many illustrations of images that facilitate wholeness.)
14. Gablik, Suzi, The Re-Enchantment of Art, New York: Thames and Hudson,
15. Bonny, Helen L., & Savary, Louis M., Music and Your Mind: Listening
with a New Consciousness, Station Hill Press.
16. In mental healing, the "I" is in charge; in spiritual healing,
a higher power is at work. Spiritual healing begins at the point where the
objects of the "imagination" take on a life of their own, provide
access to new knowledge, and work harmoniously within an enlarged vision
17. Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, Boston:
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1971 (many editions). Ernest Holmes,
Science of Mind, New York: Dodd, Mead, 1938. Yogi Ramacharaka, The Science
of Psychic Healing, London: Fowler, 1971; first published 1909. Goldsmith,
Joel, The Art of Spiritual Healing, New York: Harper, 1959.
18. See, for example, accounts of his experience as a healer by: Edwards,
Harry, Psychic Healing, London: Spiritualist Press, 1946. An easy recent
introduction is: Samuels, Mike, Spirit Guides: Access to Inner Worlds, New
York, Random House: 1974. The complex theosophic view is densely expounded
in the following two sources: Bailey, Alice, Esoteric Healing, New York:
Lucis, 1953. Steiner, Rudolf, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
trans. H. B. and L. D. Monges, New York: 1947.
19. A Zen adept came to his master radiating new-found powers: "I have
broken through!" he exulted. "I can read people's minds, heal
the sick, move objects at a distance, be in two places at once, and travel
out of my body!" "Do not worry, my son," the master reassured.
"Just keep meditating, and this will go away."
20. Harner, Michael, The Way of the Shaman, New York: Bantam, 1982.
21. Tracy, Brian, The Psychology of Achievement (audiotapes), Chicago: Nightingale-Conant
Corporation, 1984. Gawain, Shakti, Creative Visualization op. cit.
22. Pearce, Joseph Chilton, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Challenging Constructs
of Mind and Reality, New York: Julian, 1988. (The power of your worldview
and changing it.) Stevenson, Leslie, Seven Theories of Human Nature: Christianity,
Freud, Lorenz, Marx, Sartre, Skinner, Plato, New York: Oxford, 1974. (Comparative
worldviews.) Redfield, Robert, "The Primitive Worldview," Proceedings
of the American Philosophical Society, 96 (1), Feb. 1952, 30-37 (A seminal
article from the academic literature).
Argüelles, José and Miram. Mandala. Boston: Shambhala, 1985.
(Many illustrations of images that facilitate wholeness.)
Beck, Deva and James. The Pleasure Connection: How Endorphins Affect Our
Health and Happiness. Synthesis.
Benson, Herbert. The Relaxation Response. New York: Avon. (The book that
legitimized meditation for medical doctors.)
Bonny, Helen L., & Savary, Louis M. Music and Your Mind: Listening with
a New Consciousness. Station Hill Press. (Music and guided imagery for insight
Brennan, Barbara Ann. Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human
Energy Field. Bantam, 1987. (Guidebook to using the healing hands technique)
Campbell, Don (Ed.). Music and Miracles. San Francisco: Quest. (Accounts
of healing and insight through music.)
Carlson, Richard, & Shield, Benjamin (Eds.). Healers on Healing. Los
Angeles: Tarcher, 1989. (Many good chapters; see the one on "presence.")
Chin, Richard M. Energy Within: The Science Behind Every Oriental Therapy
from Acupuncture to Yoga. Paragon House.
Chopra, Deepak. Perfect Health: The Complete Mind-Body Guide. Harmony Books.
(And other books, influenced by the Ayurvedic medicine of India.)
Eisenberg, David, with Wright, Thomas Lee. Encounters with Qi: Exploring
Chinese Medicine. New York: Penguin.
Feuerstein, Georg. Yoga: The Technology of Ecstasy. Los Angeles: Tarcher.
(Thorough treatment of bhakti, jnana, karma, raja, kundalini, and hatha
yoga--where many "new age" practices were developed up to 2500
Flinders, Rick; Flinders, Tim; and Gershwin, Madeline, The RISE Manual and
Self-Study Guide. RISE Institute. (Overcoming self-defeating behavior.)
Frohock, Fred M. Healing Powers: Alternative Medicine, Spiritual Communities
and the State. University of Chicago. (Compares worldviews held by various
Hay, Louise L. You Can Heal Your Life. Carson, CA: Hay House, 1984. (Mental
Ingerman, Sandra. Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. HarperSanFrancisco.
(Based on shamanistic journeying.)
Jaffe, Dennis. Healing from Within. New York: Simon and Schuster. (Overview
of psychological factors in illness and recovery.)
Johari, Harish. Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation. Rochester, VT:
Kabat-Zinn. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind
to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Delacorte. (Based on vipassana insight
Kaptchuk, Ted. J. The Web that has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine.
Chicago: Congdon and Weed, 1983.
Klein, Allen. The Healing Power of Humor: Techniques for Getting Through
Loss, Setbacks, Upsets, Disappointments, Difficulties, Trials, Tribulations,
and All That Not-So-Funny Stuff. Los Angeles: Tarcher.
Kreiger, Dolores. The Theraputic Touch: How to Use Your Hands to Help or
Heal. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1979. (The foundational book in this field.)
Levine, Barbara H. Your Body Believes Every Word You Say: The Language of
the Mind-Body Connection. Lower Lake, CA: Aslan, 1991. (How the hidden images
in language send messages to the body that affect health.)
Mann, John & Short, Lar. The Body of Light.New York: Globe, 1990. (Subtle
bodies of the aura, history and healing techniques)
Monroe, Robert. Journeys Out of the Body. New York: Doubleday, 1977. (Classic
work on astral travel.)
Nickell, Molli (Ed.) Helaing: The Whole Person, the Whole Planet. Hillsboro,
OR: Beyond Words, 1988 (Advice chanelled through various spirit guides.)
Pearce, Joseph Chilton. The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Challenging Constructs
of Mind and Reality. New York: Julian, 1988. (Classic work on the power
of your worldview and changing it.)
Rossman, Martin L. Healing Yourself:L A Step-by-Step Program for Better
Health Through Imagery. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Sherwood, Keith. Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth and Healing. St Paul,
MN: Llewellyn, 1993.
Siegel, Alan. Polarity Therapy. New York: Avery, 1987. (Rebalancing body
energy through touch.)
Stuart, Judy-Carol, The Reiki Touch. Houston: Author, 1988. (Brief introduction
to a Japanese method of clearing disturbed energy from the body.)
Stevenson, Leslie. Seven Theories of Human Nature: Christianity, Freud,
Lorenz, Marx, Sartre, Skinner, Plato. New York: Oxford, 1974.
Sui, Choa Kok. Pranic Healing. New York: Weiser, 1990. (A thorough account
of energy healing methods from a yogic perspective)
Swan, James A. Nature as Teacher and Healer. Villard Books. (Overcoming
modern alienation from the powers of the natural world.)
Twitchell, Paul. Eckankar: The Key to Secret Worlds. Golden Valley, MN:
Illuminated Way Pub., 1969. (With emphasis on travel out of the body.)
Gerald Grow, Ph.D., is head of the magazine
program at Florida A&M University and a long-time student of alternative
healing. Address correspondence to him at the Division of Journalism, Tucker
Hall 428, FAMU, Tallahassee, FL 32307.