SELF EMPOWERMENT turns back the clock on self-help, pointing readers in the direction of history in order to help them heal from physical, psychological and spiritual ailments. In this thoroughly researched book, Anne Gehman and Ellen Ratner give credence to the pioneers who risked their lives, homes and reputations to bring us some of the most effective alternative treatments in self-help.
Self Empowerment: Nine Things the 19th Century Can Teach us About Living in the 21st Hot
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Self Empowerment: Nine Things the 19th Century Can Teach us About Living in the 21st 2011-11-20 18:21:12 Julie Clayton
It is so refreshing to read a book on self empowerment that brings a unique look at the origins of self-development practice. By looking back to the mind/body/spirit pioneers of the 1800's, many of whom risked being ostracized or worse by presenting their unorthodox treatments and practices, we begin to understand that there are fundamental philosophies that serve human development, regardless of the context or era. The authors have elegantly given us a glimpse into these healer's ideologies and intellect as described in their own words, and interweaving the modern self empowerment culture and interest. I particularly appreciate having access to some of these original "exercises" for physical, mental, or spiritual treatment, not only because I feel as though I've been given a great (and useful) secret, but because there is an additional hidden gift of understanding from noticing the language used and the worldview. For example, it isn't popular these days to talk about strengthening our willpower, and yet there is great value in remembering that any self-directed change requires making a choice, a commitment, and persevering. So, while the stories themselves are of interest to me, it is also the story behind story that tickles my interest, that informs and enlightens even further the modern teachings for healing and improving our lives. Not surprisingly, this well researched and entertaining book confirms that so-called modern teachings for self development and healing have actually been around for quite a while.
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