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Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing

Russell Targ and Jane Katra, Ph.D.

Foreword by Larry Dossey, M.D.

1. Extrasensory perception. 2. Parapsychology. 3. Mind and body. 4. Mental healing. 5. Spiritual healing.

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The Illusion of Separation
There are only two ways to live your life:
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is.
I believe in the latter.
Albert Einstein

This book is about connecting to the universe and to each other through the use of our psychic abilities. These abilities, known collectively as psi, from the Greek word for soul, reveal numerous kinds of connections mind to mind, mind to body, mind to the world, and what some would call one-mindedness with God. The idea that our "separation is an illusion" is not new it has been a core premise of wisdom teachings for centuries, even before the time of Buddha, 2,500 years ago. Our ancient ancestors knew that the essence of our nature is consciousness. Extrasensory perception, or ESP, is one way of experiencing the mystery inherent in this consciousness that connects us across space and time.
Spiritual healing reveals the powerful effects that our consciousness can have in the presence of peaceful receptivity, trust, and loving intentions.

It is not necessary to hold any particular beliefs about spirituality or anything else in order to be psychic. No special rituals are necessary. And, contrary to what some writers or misguided friends might tell you, using psychic abilities is not something reserved for a select few talented individuals; it does not make a person go crazy, nor does it require having a near-death experience. Our experience and laboratory data clearly demonstrate that psychic abilities are part of our inherent nature. Psychic research from the past fifty years shows conclusively that our universe is both far more grand and more subtle than our science can presently explain.

The authors of this book have devoted most of their professional lives synthesizing the ideas presented here. Russell Targ was a pioneer in the development of the laser, and he is presently a senior staff scientist at the Lockheed Martin Research & Development Laboratory, pursuing the peaceful applications of lasers for remote sensing of the wind. He was also a co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) remote-viewing ESP program.
Dr. Jane Katra has been a practicing spiritual healer for more than twenty years, using her gift of mind-to-mind connection to heal and alleviate pain in others, both nearby and at a distance. She is also a university instructor with a doctorate degree in health education, who has taught nutrition and mind-body health both in private practice as an "immune-system coach," and at the University of Oregon.
"Remote viewing" refers to our psychic ability to experience and describe activities at distant places that are blocked from ordinary perception, and it reveals quite clearly the connection that exists between our minds and the universe. It is this same connection, which we call the "nonlocal mind," that we believe to be the means through which spiritual healing takes place. Because the SRI remote-viewing experiments provided such dramatic proof of the existence of nonlocal mind, we describe them in the first part of this book. Some of these experiments, which have only recently been declassified, took place as part of a series conducted by Targ and others as "ESPionage" for the CIA during the
Cold War. There are many states of nonlocal consciousness available to humankind, just as there are a variety of states of awareness within ordinary space-time. For example, right and left hemispheric tasks such as the activity of a dancer compared to an accountant, involve quite different mental states, though both are available in "local" sensory consciousness. Dr. Katra experiences kinesthetic, or physical, sensations and direct knowing in connection with her practice of spiritual healing. Her work is also characterized by an experience of serenity that can be described as universal love. Entering into a receptive, nonthinking, nonsensual state of awareness, which could be called a state of meditation or prayer, enables a spiritual healer to become a vehicle carrying healing information to her patients.

Jane Katra's work as a healer was largely responsible for the collaboration that resulted in this book. That partnership actually began in the winter of 1992, when co-author Russell Targ was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Russell was sickly pale, and he had been losing weight. After two weeks of CAT scans and x-rays that revealed numerous ominous spots on Russell's internal organs, the doctors at his friendly HMO wheeled him out on a gurney cart. They gave him instructions to put his affairs in order, and to begin chemotherapy as soon as possible. Instead, he contacted Jane, whom he had met at Parapsychology Association conferences, and asked her if she would work with him in the dual
roles of spiritual healer and immune system coach.

Acting on her intuition, Jane felt compelled to tell Russell that he was not sick, and that he should not empower that concept by saying he was sick, or that he had cancer. "All we actually know is that there were spots on some film," she said. Russell had received the frightening diagnosis just a few days before Christmas, but the chemotherapy team was fortunately unavailable until after the first of the year. In addition to her spiritual healing, Jane worked with Russell exploring the theory of changing the host so the disease could no longer recognize him. During the ensuing weeks, she wrote out a five-page prescription for Russell's healing treatment, based on research literature and her experiences concerning immune system enhancement. She recommended changes affecting the physical body, as well as changes in attitudes, emotional expression, and social and spiritual connections.

In addition, Jane did many healing meditations with Russell, and taught him to focus his thoughts with self-healing imagery and affirmations. She got him to try many new and unfamiliar behaviors: early morning jogging; expressions of gratitude, such as saying grace at mealtime; and even prayer. Healing experiences that involve union with a universal consciousness do not arise out of any particular beliefs, rituals, or actions, except one: quieting one's mind. These practices were foreign to Russell. Jane also recommended that he get reacquainted with his "community of spirit," which is one of the important aspects of what the health trade calls "social support." Local as well as nonlocal caring connections are important for healing, as well as health.

Russell followed these new behaviors, and he has been well ever since. He never returned to the hospital for medical treatment of cancer and never took any chemotherapy. Ensuing blood tests and x-rays showed no indications of illness.
We will never know if he actually had metastatic cancer, or if it was a misdiagnosis, as some people believe. What we do know is that Jane's interaction with Russell saved him from chemotherapy, which could have killed him, even in the absence of cancer. Jane's part in this spiritual healing can be more fully understood by reading Chapters 7 and 8 about
"The Making of a Healer" and "The Healing Experience."
Physician Larry Dossey has delineated three distinctively different "eras" of medicine, which distinguish the ways we have viewed the relationship of mind and body: physical, psychosomatic, and transpersonal. With our recognition of the nonlocal mind our consciousness that is unconfined by either space or time we have now entered Dossey's third era, which recognizes the importance of mind-to-mind connections for healing. We are just beginning to realize the potential effects of mind both within each person and between people, for information gathering (as in remote viewing), and for information sharing in psychic and spiritual healing. Regarding the effects of our thoughts, physicist
David Bohm says, "A change in meaning is a change in being." 1 In other words, thoughts have effects in the physical world.

Because we still do not fully understand the mechanisms underlying spiritual and psychic healing, many people dismiss the possibility of their effectiveness. However, we believe that different states of nonlocal awareness allow us to access levels of information unavailable through our ordinary senses. We will see this demonstrated by the remote viewing and other psychic data reported later in this book. A mystic might call the healing information "universal love."

The practice of quieting one's mental noise and creating coherence with a patient allows a healer's caring intentions and state of consciousness to become an avenue of this spiritual healing. The healing is available from a distance, whenever a patient is receptive to it. A healer's prayerful state makes available a type of "healing template," which appears to activate a patient's own self-healing capabilities. Thus, we believe a spiritual healer interacts with a distant patient by sending or revealing a healing message, rather than healing "rays." It is actually an information transaction, involving a relationship in which need, helping intentions, and quiet minds are the important elements. Spiritual
healing, when done in the presence of a patient, may also involve the transfer of a little-understood "vital life energy"
from a healer. Such "energy healing'' is postulated to occur during other forms of psychic healing, when the healing practitioner is not distant from the patient.

Psychic and spiritual healing are gaining new credibility in contemporary medical circles as well as governmental agencies. The National Institutes of Health have established an office to investigate alternative medicine, and physicians and hospitals are participating in double-blind clinical trials of spiritual healing. In this book we present the encouraging data from recently published experimental trials with both cardiac and AIDS patients. Such healing research has prompted Larry Dossey, physician, author, and executive editor of the new journal Alternative Therapies
in Health and Medicine, to comment that:
After scrutinizing this body of data for almost two decades, I have come to regard it as one of the best kept secrets in medical science. I'm convinced that the distant, nonlocal effects are real and that healing happens. We begin this book with Russell's autobiographical descriptions of a variety of extrasensory phenomena that point to the existence of mind-to-mind and mind-to-matter connections. We then broaden the evidence by examining the scientific basis provided by some astonishing remote-viewing experiments conducted by Russell at Stanford Research Institute. In these carefully controlled experimental tests spanning two decades, many different subjects sat in a windowless office,
closed their eyes, and explored the world outside. These individuals were consistently able to experience and accurately describe distant scenes and events from coast-to-coast and even continent-to-continent, in both present and future time. The SRI experiments demonstrated unequivocal evidence for extrasensory perception and the existence of the nonlocal mind, outside the brain and body. The ability of human awareness to make remarkable connections
apparently transcends the conventional limitations of time and space.

One of the most astonishing examples of remote viewing that we include in this book is a particular experiment in a series that was covertly funded by the CIA over a period of many years. In this case, a talented subject named Pat Price was given only the latitude and longitude coordinates of what turned out to be a secret Soviet atom bomb laboratory in Semipalatinsk, Siberia. With no other information of any kind to guide him, Price immediately described and sketched the plant with incredible precision. Not only did his drawings show previously unknown external structures that later were confirmed by satellite photography, but he also described, in remarkable detail, a complicated assembly process
being conducted indoors, inside a secure building. The existence of this completely secret process was verified by satellite photography several years later, after Price died, when the structure was moved outside.
This particular example of remote viewing occupies only a few pages in the book, but its importance far transcends the amount of space devoted to it. Price's drawings, which were recently declassified and obtained by Russell under the Freedom of Information Act, have never before appeared in book form. (Although initial support for Russell's work came in 1972 from the CIA; by 1995, a multitude of governmental agencies had joined in, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Army, Navy, and NASA, all of whom were stunned and impressed by the results.) Price's amazingly accurate drawings and descriptions, as well as the CIA acceptance of remote viewing as a way of penetrating the Iron Curtain, are a powerful testament to the existence of nonlocal mind.
As further evidence of these capabilities, we describe our personal experiences with high-quality psychic functioning, and Jane's involvement in spiritual healing interactions. We deal with psi inside and outside of the laboratory, as well as healing inside and outside of hospitals, during the past two decades. Physical models for psychic functioning are explored, as are the potential impacts of psychic abilities the mind-to-mind and mind-to-world connections on our society.

Psychic abilities and remote viewing are probes into what Carl Jung called our collective unconscious, and what the authors call our community of spirit. The reason we have a passion for our work with psi is that it allows us, as scientists, to keep one foot firmly in the materialistic twenty-fist century, and at least one toe in the "Divine." The data for our ability to share the feelings and experiences of others who are apparently separated from us show clearly that the Biblical idea of spiritual community can have a contemporary scientific meaning. We believe scientists will not come to a full understanding of the nature of consciousness until they recognize that there is no real separation between the observer and the so-called outside world they think they're observing. It's not an exaggeration, in our
opinion, to say that the reliable laboratory demonstration by worldwide parapsychological researchers of our human connectedness is an accomplishment on a par with the most notable scientific achievements of the twentieth century.

The field of psi research has its critics, of course. Despite irrefutable evidence for the existence of psi, it has been repressed and ridiculed in Western society because its mechanism is not yet understood. Magicians have gained fame and fortune assailing the ostensible spoon bending of Uri Geller. Many scientists who claim to understand nearly all of the phenomena of the physical universe apparently perceive psi to be a threat to their omniscience. Historically, much opposition to psi has been based on fear rather than intellect. Many leaders of organized religions have viewed psi
abilities as a kind of freelance spirituality they could not control.

In this book, we choose not to deal with spoon bending, astrology, or unidentified flying objects. The research we present here has appeared in the world's most prestigious scientific journals: Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Psychological Bulletin of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The work we describe has been scrutinized and accepted in the halls of Congress, and by the House Committee on Intelligence Oversight, as described in Chapter 2. Our own view of psi functioning has been strongly influenced by the work of the distinguished physicist David Bohm, whose holographic model of the universe could be summarized by saying that any event that occurs is immediately available anywhere as information. That is, each portion of space contains information about all others. 

We hope this book will help to overcome fear of our mind-to-mind connections, and inspire people to appreciate, use, and enjoy their natural abilities. Although we know that psi, like any other human ability, is not perfectly reliable, the experimental data discussed here show convincingly that it is widely distributed in the general population. ESP should
no longer be considered elusive. It is available and can be used.

Our psychic and spiritual capacities enable us to explore an important part of our true nature. Accepting and learning to use our nonlocal minds is important because it gives us direct access to the wider world in which we reside. It shows us that our consciousness knows no boundaries. We can each personally contact this expansive dimension of life, which evokes in us a greater sense of what our purpose here might be, and inspires us to reach for our highest potential as conscious beings.

We each create the reality that shapes our perceptions and experiences of everyday life. Daily, we are given the opportunity to decide if there will be psi in our lives. Our mental software, however, may need an upgrade in order to create this remarkable future. Otherwise, we will not be able to run the new programs and be part of what we envision as a Psychic Internet: the mind-to-mind connections available to all who wish to log on. If the truth be known, we are
all already hooked up. We just have to decide to pay attention.

One of our objectives is to help you to do this, by giving you the essential tools to expand your own potential. We do not promise that you will become more "psychic," but we can teach you to become more aware of the psychic aspects of your own mental processes. We can show you how to achieve a nonlocal connection with others, unlimited by space and time, acquired through trust, acceptance, and regular practice. Spiritual healing is one of the most important of these connections.

In this book, we include strong evidence for distant healing of both humans and animals, as well as theories and studies of noncontact, ostensible "energy healing" techniques such as Therapeutic Touch. We report studies of people affecting living systems from a distance, of remote mental-influence research in the former Soviet Union, and provocative accounts of remote diagnosis. All are further demonstrations of the range of our versatile human capabilities. Discussions of the roles of love, prayer, and surrender in spiritual healing; mental techniques used in studies of distant influence; and the differences between psychic and spiritual healing are also included.

In addition, we address the idea of precognition and the nature of time, and ask, "What does it mean to look into the future?" We explore the question of whether psychic abilities are sacred, or a secular expansion of our sensory awareness. Finally, we describe how a single-pointed focus of attention can be applied to helping others through healing. The basis of this spiritual healing resides in an attitude of openness and attunement to a greater universal mind, working through a person with helping intentions, in an environment of trust and surrender of personal ego.

We describe the many ways the magic of mind transcends our ordinary understanding of the space and time we live in. We hope to share our wonder, gratitude, and our experiences with you, and we invite you to join with us in the adventure of examining the relationship between what a physicist might describe as our "holographic quantum interconnectedness," and what a healer calls "God and our mutual community of spirit." Our goal is to open a door to all the riches of experience available in the world of mind-to-mind connections, and provide the tools to enable you to walk through that door.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual and political leader in exile, has written that our strongest tool for achieving peace among nations is education of our shared awareness. He has called upon scientists to assist in educating people of the world concerning our interconnected nature, and the interdependence of life. 4 We hope that this book will further that endeavor. It is partly through learning to quiet our minds that we become peaceful world citizens, and it is also through silencing our thoughts, memories, imagination, and sensations that we become aware of our mind-to-mind connections.

Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 1944) has been described as the most distinguished astrophysicist of his time. His view of the significance of these connections is one with which both the physicist and the healer can agree:
If I were to try to put into words the essential truth revealed by the mystic experience, it would be that our minds are not apart from the world: and the feelings that we have of gladness and melancholy and our other deeper feelings are not of ourselves alone, but are glimpses of reality transcending the narrow limits of our particular consciousness. . .

Table of Contents
by Larry Dossey, M.D. xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1

Chapter One · The Illusion of Separation: 
A Physicist's Description of His Psi Experiences 11
Chapter Two · Our Astonishing Nonlocal Mind: 
CIA Spying at SRI Yields Unequivocal Proof of ESP 27
Chapter Three · What We Have Learned about Remote Viewing: 
How You Can Learn to Do It Yourself 63
Chapter Four · The Masters of the Universe and the Mystery of Psi: 
The Golden Experiments in Psi from This Century 83
Chapter Five · Precognition: Time and Time Again: 
What Does It Mean to Look into the Future 113
Chapter Six · Are Psychic Abilities Sacred?: 
Using Psychic Abilities in the World, Including Spiritual Healing 133
Chapter Seven · The Making of a Healer: Becoming a Healer, 
Cosmic Consciousness, Mystical Experiences 145
Chapter Eight · The Healing Experience:
Mind-to-Mind Connections: Jane's Healing Experiences 171
Chapter Nine · Minding the Body: 
Significant Mind-Body Experiments and Distant Influence 197
Chapter Ten · Ways of Healing: 
Spiritual and Energy Healing, Therapeutic Touch, Diseases 223
Chapter Eleven · Prayer and the Healing Connection: 
Healing Prayer, Love and Surrender, How to Do Spiritual Healing 255
Chapter Twelve · The Physics of Miracles and the Magic of Mind: A Theory of Unity Consciousness and Hope for the Future 273
Chapter Notes 289
Bibliography 307
Index 321

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And therefore, if the head and body are to be well, you must begin by curing the
soul; that is the first thing.

Yesterday I went to get my driver’s license renewed. I anticipated lines and the
usual long wait with everybody wishing they could get out of there, so I
wasn’t looking forward to it. But soon after I arrived, a woman at the counter
called my number. I looked around, surprised. Many of these people had waited
much longer than I had; it had to be somebody else’s turn. But she called out my
number a second time, so I went up.
As soon as I got to the counter, a smile of recognition spread across her face.
It turned out that I had operated on her mother many years ago. We had such a
wonderful time talking and she shared how well her mother was doing. When I
left she was still thanking me for helping her mother to heal. She wasn’t
referring to the surgery or the chemotherapy. She was talking about her mother’s
life. Imagine that. It wasn’t about her physical body or the disease; it was about
the things that made her mother’s life meaningful. When I left there, I felt so
good. Our meeting had not been an accident or by chance. It was a gift. There
are no coincidences.
What I am about to share — what led me to a new understanding of the
nature of life — stems not from my beliefs but from my personal experience and
my work with patients and their families. My attitude of keeping an open mind
allowed me to gain much more from my experiences and become a better healer
than those in the profession who say they can’t accept what they can’t
understand or explain. If we don’t seek knowledge, we don’t learn; we lose the
opportunity to live our lives in a creative way. So I never stopped asking the
important questions. What do I mean by the important questions?
The questions we must ask are: How does the invisible become visible?
What part of our being still sees when we leave our physical body in a neardeath
experience? How do we intuitively know what plans our unconscious
mind is creating? How do clairvoyants and psychics communicate with people
and animals, whether distant or dead? How does the community of cells in the
body speak to the conscious mind about its needs and health? And what is the
language of creation and the soul?
The invisible I talk about is what lies within our physical, mental, emotional,
and psychic body. Most of us become aware of our inner harmony or
disharmony through moods, feelings, and symptoms, and we rely on medical
examinations and lab tests to know what is happening inside the body. But
imagine if we were able to know before a physical affliction or emotional
breakdown awakened us. How much healthier we would be and how much fuller
our lives would become. Because of physicians’ limited medical training, rarely
do we have the option to learn about the true cause of disease. And yet it is
possible to prevent disease and emotional breakdown.
If we take the lid off our unconscious, we can be guided by a deeper
knowing. The practices and techniques of going within allow us to communicate
with and learn from the greater intelligence, whether we choose to do so through
spontaneous drawings, dreams, meditation, breath work, or any number of
practices that place us within the healing realm of our inner wisdom.
Communication with the greater intelligence is not only possible, but it also
happens all the time whether we are aware of it, and tuned into it, or not. The
same intelligence that allows cells to communicate inside the human body is
inherent in all life-forms. It is characterized by its fluidity and moves with both
intention and abandon, crossing all barriers of matter, time, and space. It serves
us in ways that often seem like coincidence. Unexplained happenings, healings,
and lifesaving or comforting messages appear just at the moment you need them,
as happened to me yesterday, when my wait to renew my driver’s license was cut
short and ended with the gift of gratitude.
To be receptive to this communication, whether it comes to you through
symbols or words, you must quiet your mind, like a still pond, with no
turbulence to obscure its reflections. Today was a good example. I’m the
caregiver for my wife, Bobbie, who has been living with multiple sclerosis for
several decades. There are days when I have my hands so full of caregiving and
other responsibilities that everything seems overwhelming. It’s a challenge
sometimes to love my fate and learn the lesson of compassion. While devoting
most of my life to healing people, I have encouraged them to care for themselves
as well as they do for others. But living the sermon can be hard to do when
you’re providing long-term care for someone you love. It’s easy to forget that
you too have needs.
This morning, I took the dogs for a walk in one of my favorite places. The
cemetery near our house is several centuries old. It’s out in the suburbs, and
rarely do I meet anybody there, unless it’s the anniversary of somebody’s death
or a funeral is taking place. Because the cemetery is so peaceful, I can let the
dogs run around. For me, it’s like a walking meditation, and for them it’s an
adventure. Dogs are masters of living in the moment. Today the dogs discovered
something on the ground, not close to a grave but lying beside the road. I went
over and picked it up. It was a tiny white teddy bear with the message Love Me
on its chest. The bear was as clean and unmarked as if it had just come off the
store shelf. I looked around the cemetery; there wasn’t a person in sight. I read
the words again out loud: Love Me. I felt as if somebody had put it there
knowing that this was the message I needed. It was such a gift. I put the bear in
my pocket and took it home.
Apparent coincidences like this one happen exactly when they are most
needed. When you allow yourself quiet moments, you increase the opportunity
to receive messages of love and support. The little bear now sits on the kitchen
counter with other teddy bears I have found. I create shrines with them in our
home to give me therapy all day long.
The language of creation and the soul is expressed in many ways, sometimes
in a subtle whisper, other times spoken so clearly, it is difficult to doubt, let alone
ignore. I used to be a skeptic because I didn’t know any better. I wasn’t trained to
look through any other lens. But over time, I learned to open my mind to other
kinds of communication and possibilities. I have had an animal intuitive locate
our lost cat in Connecticut while she sat in California. I have had a near-death
experience and, through this, learned that we are more than our bodies. I have
had past-life experiences and had messages from dead patients delivered to me
through mediums. I have even heard the voices of the dead speak to me. I did not
seek any of these experiences, but I have lived them. Rather than deny the reality
of these occurrences on the basis that I could not understand them, I sought, like
astronomers and physicists, to accept what I experienced, explore the invisible,
and communicate with it.
The psychotherapist Ernest Rossi has observed that “our daily and hourly
life experiences, sensations, thoughts, images, emotions and behavior can
modulate gene expression and neurogenesis in ways that actually can change the
physical structure and functioning of our brain.”1 What he meant is that your
mind is like a remote control with an infinite number of channels to choose from
(the greater consciousness), and your body is like the TV screen that plays
whichever channels you tune in to. If you limit yourself to the channels accepted
by your peers, your life will be all about staying within the boundaries of their
discipline, and your measure of success will be based on the amount of
recognition you have achieved. In other words, if you pay attention to the money
channel rather than the spiritual channel, your life becomes all about material
things, and your measure of success is based on what you have accumulated. If
you pay attention to the spiritual channel, your life then focuses on improving
the world, and your measure of success is based on what you have done to
enhance life. You are no longer governed by social, political, and religious rules
and regulations. Your life, which was God’s gift to you, becomes your gift to
God through your actions.
Consciousness can be experienced as a universal field that affects us all, and
studies by quantum physicists have verified this. Books such as The
Psychobiology of Gene Expression, by Rossi, give insight to the process by
which the universal mind works. Rossi refers to a form of intelligence that
communicates through changes in our genes. He writes, “This special class of
genes [immediate early genes] can respond to psychosocial cues and significant
life events in an adaptive manner within minutes. Immediate early genes have
been described as the newly discovered mediators between nature and nurture:
they receive signals from the environment to activate genes that code for the
formation of proteins, which then carry out the adaptive functions of the cell in
health and illness. Immediate early genes integrate mind and body; they are key
players in psychosomatic medicine, mind-body healing, and the therapeutic
If you have trouble believing that genes can act to communicate important
messages that initiate immediate survival responses, think about how bacteria
learn to resist antibiotics, viruses resist antivirals, the wounds of living things
heal, living things resist parasites, and more. All of these processes require a
form of intelligence that grasps the situation and then communicates a desired
response to the rest of the body’s cells. And this needs to be done at the level of
genes if the knowledge is to be passed to future generations.
Knowledge and memories are stored not only in our brains but also in the
cells of our bodies. This becomes most apparent when a recipient of an organ
transplant awakens from surgery with new, unique memories and some
preferences of the person whose organ is now within her body. Soon after Claire
Sylvia had her heart-lung transplant operation at Yale–New Haven Hospital, she
was asked what she wanted more than anything else, and she said, “Actually, I’m
dying for a beer right now.”3 She asked herself, why did I say that? She never
drank beer; she didn’t even like beer. It so happened that the donated heart had
come from a beer-loving teenager who rode motorcycles. Later he came to her in
a dream and told her his name. Eventually she found the family through their
son’s obituary, got to know them, and learned more about their son. Claire,
whom I discuss further in chapter 4, asked me to come and see her because,
although everybody thought she was crazy, she knew I would listen to her. She
wrote a book about her experience, A Change of Heart.
Another form of invisible intelligence and communication outside the body
is discussed in Lynne McTaggart’s book The Field. She writes, “Quantum
physicists had discovered a strange property in the subatomic world called
‘nonlocality.’ This [property is] the ability of a quantum entity such as an
individual electron to influence another quantum particle instantaneously over
any distance despite there being no exchange of force or energy.” Once any form
of contact happens between quantum particles, they “retain a connection even
when separated, so that the actions of one will always influence the other, no
matter how far they get separated.”4
Evidence of invisible communication between particles smaller than atoms
has been around for a long time. For example, biological mutations that happen
within one variety of plant in one part of the world have also been recorded
happening in the same variety of plant in other parts of the world. Knowledge is
communicated, too, such as when a species of animal learns to use a stick as a
tool for a specific task and the skill is learned at the same time in other parts of
the world, within the species, even though no visible means of communication or
physical connection has taken place.
In England, after many years of milk delivery, birds suddenly learned to
peck open milk containers that had been delivered to people’s homes. During
World War II, milk deliveries were cancelled. When the war ended and milk was
again left on people’s doorsteps, the birds immediately began to peck open the
containers. Due to the length of time involved, few of the latter group of birds
had been alive when the milk deliveries ceased. How could the untrained
youngsters so quickly understand what to do?
Once physicists identified nonlocality (the subatomic property of quantum
particles influencing other particles without using physical exchange of force or
energy), observers recognized that it explained certain phenomena, such as
animals knowing skills they were never taught. What traveled across the world
and across generations was not matter but intelligence.
In Western medicine, when doctors hear about something that wasn’t a part
of their education or training, they often say, “I can’t accept that.” What they
mean is: “I can’t explain it.” So they reject it. But if we want to utilize our
potential, we need to keep an open mind. William Bengston, PhD, in his book,
The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing, wrote about his
experimental research on mice that had been injected with an aggressive cancer
with a 100 percent track record of becoming terminal in a matter of weeks.
Bengston trained student researchers to perform a hands-on healing technique
called image cycling. The researchers had never practiced healing, nor did they
have any interest or faith in it. In the majority of cases, the mice were completely
healed of the disease. This result happened not once but many times over during
the controlled experiments in the science laboratories of several highly respected
institutions. Even Bengston’s peers who had observed the experiments, seen the
controls, and witnessed the amazing results refused to believe that traditional
medicine would ever take his work seriously.5
Near-death experiences tell us we are more than just physical bodies. Jung
often said that psyche and matter are complementary aspects of the same thing. I
believe these two aspects communicate with each other through images, the
language of creation and intention. We can, through the images in our dreams
and spontaneous drawings, tap our inner wisdom and reveal the authentic person
we are truly meant to be. We can remove negative messages that have been
implanted in our minds and retrain our thoughts using creative visualization and
positive affirmations to adopt life-promoting attitudes. We can learn how to live
in the moment and utilize the healing power of daily practices such as laughter,
meditation, and journaling. Loving and healing our lives is not only about
dismantling disease: it is also about being healthy, at peace, and fulfilled.
In The Art of Healing, I discuss all of these topics as well as the benefits that
can be gained from working with, and learning from, animals, psychics, and
intuitives. While sharing actual patients’ stories, I hope to illustrate on a practical
level how others have incorporated creative practices with positive results.
Throughout the book, I also offer a variety of prescriptive exercises (each
labeled “Doctor’s Rx”) to help you explore your own inner world of wisdom.
Since giving up surgery to help my patients heal in a different way, I have
referred to myself as a “Jungian surgeon.” I now use tools other than surgical
instruments to help patients. A box of crayons, a water gun, a noisemaker, and a
Magic Marker became four of those tools. You will read about the formation of
the Exceptional Cancer Patients therapy group that my wife, Bobbie, and I
started. The group still meets regularly and has helped hundreds of patients heal
their lives as well as their bodies. People have the potential built into them to
induce self-healing. Time and again I have seen my patients experience many
positive results when they adopted some of the techniques and attitudes covered
in this book.
On my website,, I offer books and meditation CDs, as
well as individual guidance in the section “Ask Bernie a Question.” In the many
articles and interviews posted on the site, I recommend creative tools that guide
people in the decision-making process they use in their day-to-day lives and
when confronting a variety of challenges. This book, The Art of Healing, is
meant to augment these tools, helping people learn how to live (or die) in
harmony, wholeness, and peace.
I want to share my method of Jungian surgery with the world, particularly
with health care professionals and with patients and their families so they will
come to understand how somatic aspects of health and disease are inseparable
from the natural integration of mind, body, and spirit. We spend a lot of time and
money exploring outer space, but inner space offers the same wonder and
mystery, and it should be included in our medical professionals’ education.
When we open our minds, when we listen to and draw from our inner
wisdom and the greater consciousness, we begin the fulfilling and sometimes
miraculous journey toward health and self-induced healing. When we agree to
take this journey, we become the artists, and our lives, the canvas. I invite you
now to adopt the curiosity and openness of a child. Take my hand and walk with
me through these pages. You will soon discover as we work together that you
have been creating, practicing, and experiencing the art of healing. When the
artist is alive within us, we become stimulating, creative beings from whom
everyone around us can benefit. So read on, pick up your brush and palette, and
start living your authentic life.

Table of Contents
Drawings proceed chapter 5
Introduction: The Big Questions
Chapter 1. The Doctor’s Awakening
Chapter 2. Source, Significance, and Validity of Symbols
Chapter 3. The Power of Visualization
Chapter 4. Dreams: The Brain’s Creative Workshop
Chapter 5. Drawings: When Conscious and Unconscious Disagree
Chapter 6. Interpreting the Drawings
Chapter 7. Animals, Psychics, and Intuitives
Chapter 8. Laugh Out Loud
Chapter 9. Fake It Till You Make It
Chapter 10. Words Can Kill or Cure
Chapter 11. Choose Life
Chapter 12. End-of-Life Transitions
Chapter 13. Spirituality: Feed Your Invisible Self
Epilogue: Graduations Are Commencements
About Bernie S. Siegel, MD
About Cynthia J. Hurn

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by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM

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About the Author
Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, DHS, ROHP, is the author of
eighteen health books, including the international bestsellers 60 Seconds
to Slim, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.
Her books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Greek,
Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and Russian. She holds advanced degrees in natural
health, holistic and orthomolecular nutrition, and traditional natural medicine,
and has twenty-five years of experience in the field. Dr. Cook is a boardcertified
doctor of natural medicine who has received the Doctor of 
Humanitarian Services designation from the World Organization of Natural
Medicine and a World-Leading Intellectual Award for her contribution to natural
medicine. She is a regular blogger for and Visit

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As clinical herbalists and founders of the Harmonic Arts Botanical
Dispensary, we find Michelle Schoffro Cook’s book to be in alignment
with what we are facilitating in our company and practice: teaching people to be
their own herbalists. This concept appeals to us in many ways: It takes the power
of healing away from external entities and puts it back into the hands of each
unique being to create their own story of health. It fosters the confidence to trust
the body’s innate wisdom in working with the therapeutic properties that plants
have to offer. Most important, it allows the body to work within the natural
scope of what Mother Nature intended, thus limiting the need for man-made,
isolated chemical compounds in the form of pharmaceuticals and highly
concentrated extracts. Foreign to the body’s natural systems, these can create
harmful side effects and addictive patterns.

We view the path of wellness as a way for each person to create their own
adventure and design their unique lifestyle. Once a person is empowered with
natural health knowledge and information, they can decipher what the best
possible health choice is in any given moment. In a world full of health trends, it
can be difficult to sort out what is what. Going back to basics and looking at
what has healed people time and again throughout history and across a multitude
of indigenous cultures brings tried-and-tested validity. By comparison, our
modern allopathic medicine system is very young and limited in scope.
There is an important place for both herbal and modern medicine in the
world. In this book, Dr. Cook clearly demonstrates the complementary nature of
plants as health allies. Through our lifelong journeys of understanding health and
wellness, we have come to recognize that what comes from the earth
harmoniously aligns with our bodies, also of the earth.

In Be Your Own Herbalist, Dr. Cook not only explores traditional uses of
herbs but also gives credence to current applications, skillfully weaving
traditional herbalism with proven modern scientific methods. She offers up-todate,
scientifically validated findings of successful uses of plant medicine.
This book focuses on thirty-one medicinal plants that can be found across
multiple bioregions and are readily available fresh or dried in health-food stores
and other markets. Knowing these plants intimately is more useful than being
superficially acquainted with the larger spectrum of plant medicine. This book
guides you in exploring these thirty-one great plants in a multifaceted way,
giving you the opportunity to build with each one the kind of relationship you’d
have with a dear friend. It also allows you to work with the plants from the
outside in, preparing the herbs in a myriad of ways, from creating body-care
products that introduce the plant’s properties to the frontlines of your system to
cooking them and letting food be your medicine. Fun and varied herbal
concoctions let you play in the kitchen and discover your favorite ways of
creating wellness for yourself and loved ones.

The clear, simple, and direct communication style in which this book is
written allows for a gentle, welcoming entry point into the realm of herbalism. It
confers the sense that a nurturing, supportive figure is holding your hand as you
learn to work with herbs. Dr. Cook does a great job of breaking herbalism down
into tangible steps that allow you to start playing with plants confidently, right
away. You don’t have to be an expert to be an at-home, practical herbalist, and
this book will show you how. We are delighted to introduce such a fine work
that puts the power back into the people’s hands, allowing them to maintain
good health and vitality and cultivate longevity. We welcome you through the
doors of herbalism, as you embark on an exciting, purposeful journey into the
world of plant medicine. As Dr. Cook inspires you to live a healthy, balanced,
whole life, may you also do the same for those in your life. Viva the herbal revolution!
—Angela and Yarrow Willard, clinical herbalists and cofounders of the
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Table of Contents
PART 1: Everything You Need to Get Started
Chapter 1: Your Guide to Being Your Own Herbalist
Chapter 2: Using Herbs: Know Your Infusions from Your Decoctions
PART 2: Discovering Nature’s Herbal Wonders
Chapter 3: Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Chapter 4: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Chapter 5: Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria chamomilla,
Matricaria recutita)
Chapter 6: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Chapter 7: Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Chapter 8: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Chapter 9: Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia)
Chapter 10: Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Chapter 11: Feverfew (Tanacetum spp.)
Chapter 12: Garlic (Allium sativum)
Chapter 13: Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Chapter 14: Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Chapter 15: Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Chapter 16: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Chapter 17: Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Chapter 18: Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Chapter 19: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Chapter 20: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Chapter 21: Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Chapter 22: Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Chapter 23: Parsley (Petroselinum sativum)
Chapter 24: Peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
Chapter 25: Plantain (Plantago major)
Chapter 26: Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Chapter 27: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Chapter 28: Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Chapter 29: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Chapter 30: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus, Artemisia dracunculoides)
Chapter 31: Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Chapter 32: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Chapter 33: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Appendix: A Word to the Wise about Mainstream Herbal Reporting
About the Author

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