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Timeless Healing

The Power and Biology of Belief
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Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
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March, 1997
ISBN:
9780684831466
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Benson, the physician who identified the “relaxation response” and was the first major researcher of Transcendental Meditation, culminates his long career with this inviting book. Having battled for years to establish the validity of mind-body interaction, the Harvard cardiologist now raises the stakes again. To fully serve its customers, he concludes, medicine must now make additional room for the elusive dimension of spiritual faith: Simple, unadorned belief may be the critical overlooked component of healing.

Although other physicians such as Larry Dossey have reached similar conclusions, Benson occupies a unique position as both a practicing physician and researcher within the mind-body field, and his conviction is based heavily on firsthand evidence.

With Stark, a freelance journalist, he discusses his own and others’ findings demonstrating belief’s power over health, from the amazing responses produced by placebos to the wide-ranging benefits conferred by religious conviction. Indeed, the urge to connect with a higher power may be as much a built-in trait as the colour of our eyes; to Benson, we are unmistakably “wired for God.”

Spiritual faith and the practice of various forms of prayer lie at the heart of a concept he calls “remembered wellness” —a natural bodily inclination toward repair, restoration and healing that we often fail to exploit.

It’s uncanny that medical science, in its passion to preserve life, has neglected the motivations that drive humankind forward. It is the sense of meaning in life, not just our fear of death or the crude pleasures of daily existence, that gives us our longing for health and longevity.

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[My research] has persuaded me that, coincidentally or by divine decree, humans do have a universal, physical propensity for faith. At our core, we are all organisms sustained and nourished by life-affirming beliefs and philosophies. We are designed to flex our spiritual muscles, even if our prayers are very different, even if we don’t call it prayer.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

In this life-changing book, Dr. Herbert Benson draws on his twenty-five years as a physician and researcher to reveal how affirming beliefs, particularly belief in a higher power, make an important contribution to our physical health. We are not simply nourished by meditation and prayer, but are, in essence, "wired for God."

Combining the wisdom of modem medicine and of age-old faith. Dr. Benson shows how anyone can, with the aid of a caring physician or healer, use their beliefs and other self-care methods to heal over 60 percent of medical problems.

As practical as it is spiritual, Timeless Healing is a blueprint for healing and transforming your life.

In this life-changing book, Dr. Herbert Benson draws on his twenty-five years as a physician and researcher to reveal how affirming beliefs, particularly belief in a higher power, make an important contribution to our physical health. We are not simply nourished by meditation and prayer, but are, in essence, "wired for God."

Combining the wisdom of modem medicine and of age-old faith. Dr. Benson shows how anyone can, with the aid of a caring physician or healer, use their beliefs and other self-care methods to heal over 60 percent of medical problems.

As practical as it is spiritual, Timeless Healing is a blueprint for healing and transforming your life.

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