The Fear Cure

The Fear Cure

Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul

Book - 2015
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Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick--but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy--and shows us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives.
Drawing on peer-reviewed studies and powerful true stories, The Fear Cure presents a breakthrough understanding of fear's effects and charts a path back to wellness and wholeness on every level. We learn:
How a fearful thought translates into physiological changes that predispose us to illness How to tell true fear (the kind that arises from a genuine threat) from false fear (which triggers stress responses that undermine health) How to tune in to the voice of courage inside--our "Inner Pilot Light" How to reshape our relationship to uncertainty so that it's no longer something to dread, but a doorway to new possibilities What our fears can teach us about who we really are At the intersection of science and spirituality, The Fear Cure identifies the Four Fearful Assumptions that lie at the root of all fears--from the sense that we're alone in the universe to the belief that we can't handle losing what we love--and shifts them into Four Courage-Cultivating Truths that pave our way to not only physical well-being, but profound awakening. Using exercises from a wide range of mind-body practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Rankin teaches us how to map our own courage-cultivating journey, write a personalized Prescription for Courage, and step into a more authentic life.
Publisher: Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781401944261
Branch Call Number: 152.46 Ran
Characteristics: xxxvi, 297 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 06, 2017

There is research showing that those with traumatic childhoods go on to have more serious diseases and illnesses in adulthood. I was expecting this book to be more about how to minimize stressors that you are experiencing so that you can enjoy life more.

Despite her claims that she is not "woo-woo" (her words), I can't agree. This excerpt is from page 108:
"What if, instead of being victims of adversity, our souls - on some level - choose these challenges as a way to help us grow? I once gently asked someone with Stage 4 cancer whether she thought it was possible that her soul and God sat down for tea before she was ever born and decided that, in order for her to grow into the enlightened being she was becoming, she would need to get cancer at a young age."

How do you "gently ask" someone if they opted to get horribly, irreversibly sick??
It's not your fault if you are dealing with a severe and scary diagnosis!
This is what made me put the book down.

Before I stopped reading there were other, lesser offenses, but they pale to what's quoted above.

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