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This is for everyone : universal principles of healing prayer and the Jewish mystics
Goldhamer, Douglas.
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New York : Larson Publications, [1999]

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162 pages ; 22 cm
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This wonderful book by a Rabbi and a Catholic shows how to evoke and experience directly the healing force in the universe known variously as: God, the ineffable, that-which-is, life force, ch'i, etc. It draws on universal principles of physical healing that are part of, yet transcend all religions. Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer and Catholic psychotherapist Melinda Stengel are well-known in the Chicago area for their healing work. In "This is for Everyone", they bring to a larger audience many simple but powerful healing prayer and meditation techniques -- from the core of Jewish mysticism -- that have healed them and many other people from conditions conventional medicine alone did not cure.

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Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer and Catholic psychotherapist Melinda Stengel are well known for their healing work. In This Is for Everyone, they share simple but powerful healing techniques--from the core of Jewish mysticism--that have healed them and many other people from conditions conventional medicine alone did not cure.

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An unusual pair of collaborators have produced this manual for curing illness through prayer and meditation. Goldhamer is a Reform rabbi in Skokie, Ill., where his congregation consists largely of deaf people. Stengel, a Catholic, is a social worker in private practice who teaches at Northwestern University. In 1982, Goldhamer was told that he had a rare disease that required amputation of his leg. Refusing to accept this prescription, he sought out an Orthodox rabbi who taught the value of healing prayer. After seven months of regular sessions during which he learned to pray with intensity and total focus, he was cured. Several years later, Stengel, suffering from depression and anxiety, was successfully treated by Goldhamer, who asserted that the therapeutic power of prayer and meditation cuts across all religious boundaries. They decided to make this universal approach available to everyone. The material is presented in nine chapters, each following the same three-part format. Goldhamer leads with a "Universal Principle." Stengel then explains this as a "Liberating Concept." Finally, the rabbi offers a "How To" section in which he sets forth the actual techniques of prayer and meditation. These involve candles, special breathing, visualizations and repetitions, sometimes based on mystical Kabbalah concepts. The text includes stories from the Bible and Talmud, as well as examples of cases in which spiritual healing achieved cures. Skeptics may raise eyebrows at some of the book's more fantastic claims about miraculous healings, but the authors' ecumenical approach and practical how-to instructions should appeal to a broad readership. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 God is a Force in the Universe and in Us
Universal Principle: God is within usp. 1
Liberating Concept: Asking God: God does not want us to suffer; we can ask God for anythingp. 9
How to Do It: How to bring God inside; How to activate the God within: Candle Meditationp. 14
2 Learning Faith
Universal Principle: Do it and faith will followp. 15
Liberating Concept: I can learn to have faithp. 19
How to Do It: Dream Angel Meditationp. 22
3 The Greater Mind
Universal Principle: The Greater Mindp. 24
Liberating Concept: The Greater Mind for me!p. 38
How to Do It: Spiritual exercise to reach the Greater Mindp. 42
4 Practicing the Presence of God
Universal Principle: Prayer is an art that must be practicedp. 43
Liberating Concept: Healing, spirituality, and faith are available to everyone with practicep. 46
How to Do It: Meditation on proverbs 3:5p. 50
5 Healing Prayer
Universal Principle: Healing Prayer is for everyonep. 52
Liberating Concept: I can do this!p. 57
How to Do It: Healing Prayerp. 59
6 The Commandment to Rejoice
Universal Principle: Joy brings healingp. 61
Liberating Concept: Joy takes work, too!p. 71
How to Do It: Meditations to bring joyp. 76
7 Let Us Make Man in Our Image
Universal Principle: Every person is created in the image of Godp. 79
Liberating Concept: I can be more like God even in the mother role!p. 86
How to Do It: Two healing meditationsp. 94
8 Alternative Meditations
Universal Principle: The Power of the Name of Godp. 98
Liberating Concept: [characters not reproducible] (YHVH) works for everyone!p. 114
How to Do It: Two meditations for heart failurep. 119
9 Our Prayer Group
Universal Principle: The power of group prayerp. 122
Liberating Concept: Group prayer: The whole is worth more than the sum of its parts!p. 131
How to Do It: Preparing for group prayerp. 136
Epiloguep. 139
Appendix Emotional Healing and Joyp. 141
Notesp. 145
Sourcesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 161