Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The story of our health is more in our control than we might think, according to clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD. We can, not only reframe our experiences, but actually experience less stress, greater well-being, and even better physical health than it might appear if we are willing to identify our health story and begin rewriting it.
Through journaling exercises and expanded-awareness practices, many of which involve working with, and in, nature, and which are influenced by Jungian and shamanic traditions, anyone can tap into hidden resources for healing and work with them effectively. Whether gaining insights and balancing energies outdoors, dialoguing and interacting with the Earth or a river or lake, or working with dreams, an inner healer, or a symbol encountered on a shamanic journey, listeners will find they are able to learn why they have struggled to change their habits and will be empowered to experience greater wellness within a satisfying health story.
Change the Story of Your Health focuses on four key chapters of a person's health story:
- Eating and drinking, and weight
- Movement/exercise, flexibility, balance, stamina, and strength
- Sexuality, body image and acceptance, and changes due to midlife hormonal shifts (commonly known as menopause and andropause)
- Management of an acute ailment or symptoms of a chronic condition
It also helps listeners revise their health stories, as their health changes as a result of aging or unexpected challenges. Gaining insights into their health, letting go of what is standing in the way of optimal health and well-being, and bringing in what is needed to make a preferred new health story a reality - all are possible when listeners take on the challenge of Change the Story of Your Health and begin using the practices regularly.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 15 minutes|
|Author||Carl Greer PhD PsyD, Melinda Ring MD FACP|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 12, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #185,217 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#510 in Jungian Psychology (Books)
#901 in Aging & Longevity
#997 in Shamanism (Books)
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Really? My body has handled major diseases, four operations, and three martial arts disciplines. “Sensitive and fragile.” Where did I get that idea? Turns out from my dad, who was a major athlete while I was not. After using this book, my new story: "I have a strong and resilient body that will remain healthy until I leave this Earth."
WHAT HEALTH STORY ARE YOU TELLING YOURSELF? Dive into this book and find out. Then start using the Jungian and Shamanic techniques to change your story—permanently. And very likely change your health. Carl Greer has been a Jungian analyst and Shaman for many years, and knows how to help you discover the story you’ve been telling yourself and how to change it.
The visualizations and guided meditations he provides can tap into your own healing power in ways that an ordinary state of consciousness can’t do. Take time to do the work—the results will more than repay you. I know personally the astonishing, creative ways in which the mind can provide answers and healing energy.
Buy this book and use it like a manual to craft a new, better story for yourself and your health. It’s worth every moment you give to it.
As author Winston Groom through his character Forrest Gump would suggest, one lives life as one does. Mr. Greer illustrates how we are in control of many parts of our life destiny; in particular, the book illustrates how we have substantial control with regard to our health. Mr. Greer begins by noting the importance of western medicine. But then the book emphasizes the importance of one’s ability to complement that treatment: communing with nature and listening to what it has to say; finding strength in oneself; understanding the important of objects and self-determination and the power of belief, are but a few of the themes I took away from my first of many reads of this important work.
American novelist James Baldwin said, and it seems to be a theme throughout the book, “if you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life; you won’t live any life at all.” Mr. Greer’s book and advice provides great optimism towards the ability to focus on the positives of life. He emphasizes: “You might simply allow images or words to flow naturally as you generate feelings of gratitude and hope” with regard to opening and closing sacred space (relating to shamanic traditions).
A focus is on the ability to inner heal, to achieve a consciousness contrary beyond looking at the IPhone. Mr. Greer emphasizes: “Let your unconscious mind awaken and let the answer to the question your ego consciousness just asked come to you. Discover what your fear can tell you, your inner healer can reveal, what you insomnia or fatigue have to say.”
A common theme is to reflect on life choices we are making and be optimistic about those choices and about addressing illnesses and general malaise. The book discusses healing techniques we can use to learn more about how your body is functioning and to encourage your immune system and your ethos to accept or address those issues and work on the healing process.
The importance of understanding and using nature’s healing effect is given a good discussion. I particularly liked the reference to Pachamama, otherwise known as Mother Earth, as a source of all healing. This chapter, discussing the inter play between nature and health -- should be read, and reread, and consider the techniques on how to use nature to improve one’s health.
Accepting your health situation and appreciating and understanding your situation is another important theme. We can cry about getting old, or we can accept the wisdom of being old and the natural effect of it. As we get older, Mr. Greer indicates that we have a “greater sense of appreciation for the simple pleasures of life.” Age may bring with it some deterioration of physical effect, but it is also allows for a greater awareness of the value of life. This is made abundantly clear.
The book is so complete with suggestions, it is best to implement a few at a time. I particularly like his computer example, relevant to most of us who are situated in front of a computer all day. Accepting this to be a fact, we can also add a few healthy choices to our computer-controlled day, including a short meditation at the desk, exercise, and dictation away from the computer, all of which will improve your health.
My advice: keep this book on your nightstand by your bed, on top of and hiding your IPhone.