When I was learning Reiki years ago I was told that the first level of mastery was for self healing because the practitioner needs to learn to be healthy first before he or she can heal other people. In this book review, Ruth Styles, writing in the Ecologist examines the book, The Power of Self-Healing: Unlock Your Natural Healing Potential in 21 Days by Dr Fabrizio Mancini. Ms. Styles is a bit of a self-doubter when it comes to new-age remedies, but in this review and interview with Dr. Fabrizio, she was won over and found it might be possible to have spiritual self healing in 21 days.
Despite being of a green persuasion on numerous topics, from conservation to consumption, I’ve always had trouble believing in holistic remedies. Getting in touch with your spiritual side? Sounds like New Age cobblers to me. How about a tofu detox? Erm, I’ll pass thanks. So when Dr Fabrizio Mancini’s latest tome, The Power of Self-Healing: Unlock Your Natural Healing Potential in 21 Days landed on my desk, to say I was skeptical is a bit of an understatement. After all isn’t ‘self-healing’ just a euphemism for ‘grin and bear it’ or as we Brits prefer to call it, a stiff upper lip? But no; according to Mancini, what self-healing is really all about is leading a healthier life that takes into account your emotional and spiritual needs. So far, so sensible, but isn’t it a bit obvious that a better life will result in better health? Once again, Dr Mancini begged to differ and after a quick Google, it turned out that actually, he has a point.
Take obesity for example. Obesity not only leads to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, it also is a direct contributor to heart disease and costs the NHS somewhere in the region of £4 billion per year; a figure expected to rise to £6.3 billion by 2015. What’s more, shocking Department of Health statistics reveal that a staggering 61 per cent of UK adults are overweight along with 28 per cent of children. This is clearly not healthy and sensible eating advice of the sort served up by Dr Mancini would go a long way to ameliorating these figures. That a healthier lifestyle, if adopted by the majority, would cost the taxpayer less, hasn’t gone unnoticed by Dr Mancini either. ‘In the United States, almost one third of our budget is dedicated to healthcare expenses,’ he said in an interview with the Ecologist. ‘When we look at the statistics, over 80 per cent of the expense is coming from individuals and the choices that they’re making for their lifestyle.’ In other words, smoking, obesity, stress and so on are all direct contributors to over-stretched health budgets.
She goes on to tackle the pharmaceuticals we all take so regularly as well as the additives in our food. It would seem that a healthier life style is a sensible suggestion, hardly new knowledge, but Dr. Mancini has done a convincing job of suggesting the alternatives, a good read during these winter months when many of us are trying to make up for the holiday over-eating of December. Perhaps it is possible to experience spiritual self healing in 21 days.
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