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Dr. Judith Orloff's guide to intuitive healing : five steps to physical, emotional, and sexual wellness
Orloff, Judith.
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Guide to intuitive healing
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New York : Times Books, 2000.
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xviii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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RZ999 .O75 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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"We are the keepers of an intuitive intelligence so powerful it can tell us how to heal."  In her groundbreaking new book, Dr. Judith Orloff leads readers to the heart of a radical revolution in health care: the union of medicine and intuition, of body, mind, and soul. We're all born with the gift of intuition; many of us have long ago blocked that "indisputable sense of rightness" which is our truest inner compass. Dr. Orloff's guide will show you how to recapture, nurture, and affirm your intuitive ability, so that you can utilize it to help heal yourself. Intuition plays an indispensable role in self-diagnosis, pain control, immune response, and recovery from acute and chronic illness; it can lead you to breakthroughs in anxiety, panic, depression, and other emotional blockages, even when traditional psychotherapy has failed.  Intuition also offers insights into the use of medications and the selection of the right healer for your needs. Further, it is integral for sexual healing, since sexuality is a potent connector and energy source for clarifying spirituality and improving vitality. Dr. Orloff introduces five practical steps she uses in her own life and teaches to patients which illustrate how to harness the power of intuition to heal. You'll learn to clarify your beliefs, listen to your body's messages, access inner guidance, sense subtle energy, and interpret your dreams. Practicing these steps you'll recognize early warning signals and act on them to help prevent illness. You'll have skills to uncover important information from meditation and remote viewing (a way of intuitively tuning in) to make sense of confusing signals. The insights you'll gain from these tools will lend reason, compassion, and meaning to events such as illness, loss, or despair. Following Dr. Orloff's simple, clear instructions, illustrated with examples from her own experience and psychiatric practice, you'll recapture a sense of vision that will bring vibrance to all that you do. "Our intuition can open us up to our spirituality and show us how to be more healthy and whole," writes Dr. Orloff. "If you're in good health, you'll want to know about intuition because it can help you stay well and recognize messages that prevent illness. If you or your loved ones need healing, you'll also want intuition to show the way."  Written with abundant warmth, humor, and compassion, this guide is your companion to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Author Notes

Judith Orloff is an American psychiatrist and author, specializing in treating empaths and sensitive people. She is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. She has written and spoken widely about her work, reaching out to doctors, patients, and everyday people. She is the author of Emotional Freedom, Positive Energy, Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing, Second Sight, and The Empath's Survival Guide. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and newspaper including O Magazine, Forbes, Newsweek, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Her television appearances include The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, PBS, and other networks. She is a blogger on Elephant Journal, Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Intuitive medicine is flying high, and Orloff is a leader of the flock. She shows intuitive medicine's rapidly expanding band of devotees how to apply five basic procedures to the major facets of life: the body, emotions and relationships, and sexual wellness. The five are "notice your beliefs," "be in your body," "sense your body's subtle energy," "ask for inner guidance," and "listen to your dreams." Running down the five on each topic she touches, Orloff also offers sample intuitions, questions for reflection, and a variety of meditations; she allows that gut feelings and a timely bolt from the blue can be helpful, too. Drawing on positive experiences with her own patients and showing how her methods beat competitors hollow, she represents her patients as filled with relief, goodwill, and the desire to carry the flag of intuitive healing to the unconverted. Counseling on how to find the right practitioner, Orloff stresses the necessities of a comfortable patient-practitioner relationship and, above all, of being "gentle with yourself." --William Beatty

Publisher's Weekly Review

While holistic medicine has recently gained wider acceptance and inspired a slew of books, rarely has it been examined so thoughtfully and engagingly. Orloff, a psychiatrist, "practicing intuitive" and author of the memoir Second Sight, approaches her medical practice with unusual insight into human nature. Defining healing much more broadly than the eradication of illness or temporary avoidance of death, Orloff optimistically sees the future of medicine as "a holistic art and science" in which "intuition, spirit and technology will be seamlessly integrated." Revealing more of her personal experiences than many professional authors, she offers a clear, detailed manual for tapping one's intuition, which she variously characterizes as "a potent form of inner wisdom," "a still, small voice inside" and "a truth-teller committed to our well-being." To assist readers in developing and maintaining their physical, emotional and sexual health, Orloff presents five steps: "Notice your beliefs, be in your body, sense your body's subtle energy, ask for guidance and listen to your dreams." Although she repeats this five-step process in every chapter, she manages to maintain a fresh, vital discussion throughout. With her frank treatment of such topics as death and sexuality, Orloff will no doubt win over many new fans. Agent, Richard Pine. 15-city author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



What Is Intuitive Healing? A First Look at the Five Steps The intuitive messages you receive can be life-changing. Please listen. Only good can come. Even so, I know how easy it is to fixate on what you're already pursuing, what you've come to feel is right for you. I have this struggle all the time. I'm asking you simply to allow for other possibilities, as I've learned to do. Reserve judgment. See how your future unfolds. There's often a synchronicity; opportunities may present themselves. If so, go with them. Watch where they take you. Change of this kind always has a component of the unpredictable. It can be mysterious, beguiling. Be prepared to smile. In this spirit I now want to present your road map for the journey. Here's a first look at the five intuitive steps that can transform your health and life. They provide the structure I'll refer to throughout the book. Each step represents an indicator that can help you avoid illness, replenish energy, and bring insight into any problem. In every chapter I'll take you through each step thoroughly. Utilizing this structure will enhance your intuition, or enable you to find it. Step 1. Notice Your Beliefs Your beliefs set the tone for healing. Positive attitudes accentuate growth, negative attitudes impair it. Honesty is required to flush out counter productive perceptions so ingrained you may not realize how pernicious they are. If we examine our beliefs, we won't be subject to subterranean undermining influences. Our beliefs trigger biochemical responses. No organ system stands apart from our thoughts. What you believe -- what you really believe -- programs your neurochemicals. I'm not suggesting that you be Pollyannaish or put on a happy face to please, but that you be absolutely true to yourself. This will liberate you from unconscious impulses that impede your healing. Step 2. Be in Your Body Your body is a richly nuanced intuitive receiver. You must be in it completely to heal. This may require some adjustment. We're trained to function from the neck up, denying the rest of our bodies. I want you to reorient yourself, to respect the intellect but delight in your physicality as well. Being aware of the sensuousness of the body can open in-tuition. This may mean noticing the early signs of pain so you can act on them, trusting your gut about relationships, or awakening your sexuality. We can't afford to ignore such life-informing signals. Being attuned to your body is a treasure. Step 3. Sense Your Body's Subtle Energy Tapping into your body's subtle energy can heal. From an intuitive standpoint we are all composed of vibrantly colored energy fields (whose centers are called chakras) that emanate from us. These can be sensed. They contain truths about our physical, emotional, and sexual needs. Energy has different manifestations, from erotic to psychic. Invisible to most people, it can be sensed with intuition. To heal you must first learn to identify energy. Then you can direct it to specific parts of the body. Feeling energy can be very sensual. I assure you, it won't be all work! Step 4. Ask for Inner Guidance A range of answers lies within you. To access them I'll focus on two intuitive techniques: meditation and remote viewing. Meditation is a state of quiet that amplifies the intuition. It is the foundation of my spiritual practice. In practical terms meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, can help reverse heart disease, even retard aging. The method I'll show you is to focus consciously on your breath, to contact a soundless inner pulse. This is your intuitive core. Your breath will take you there. Once you're accustomed to the quiet, you can use remote viewing, an intuitive technique to move through both time and space. It enables you to tune in to the past, present, and future, or to visualize a person, place, or situation, even at a great distance. With this knowledge you can help diagnose illness by picturing the body's organs, predict proper treatment, appraise current therapies -- all mandatory when conventional medicine seems unable to find a cure. Remote viewing also reveals emotional and sexual blocks; it can even let you check someone out before you get involved. All this is possible: College students have been taught basic remote viewing in a few sessions. Step 5. Listen to Your Dreams Intuition is the language of dreams. We speak it every night, during the REM state, the phase of sleep when our brain waves impart secret healing formulas. This mystic symbology -- images, messages, scenarios -- has rules different from those in our waking life. A dream's tone can be as restorative as its content; the nonverbal often presides. Also, in dreams revelations about illness and relationships are conveyed. Dreams do heal, but first you must retrieve them. During sleep we experience a kind of amnesia. To the intellect dreams are alien, language that does not compute. Dreams cannot be captured by the rational mind alone; intuitive memory is needed. As you learn how to remember and interpret dreams, you'll be able to draw on this form of healing. YOU CAN APPLY these five intuitive steps to every health challenge in your life, as well as every emotional or sexual issue. I live them everyday -- in my medical practice, my relationships, dating, choices about health or new directions. As you read on you'll see how the steps pertain. They are yielding, expansive, reflecting possibilities. Try not to cling to any one too tightly; simply allow them to illuminate. You maybe more compelled by one step than another. For example, since childhood I've been a prolific dreamer -- every night dreams articulate my inner truth like nothing else can. Find the most natural outlet for your intuition. Have fun. Give yourself permission to explore. Excerpted from Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing: Five Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness by Judith Orloff All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Dean Ornish, M.D.
Author's Notep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 The Body
1. What Is Intuitive Healing? A First Look at the Five Stepsp. 3
2. Visions of Health and Preventionp. 18
3. Sacred Healing Partnershipsp. 44
4. If Illness Comes: How You Can Use Intuition to Heal Yourselfp. 69
5. Death As Healer and Teacherp. 101
Part 2 Emotions and Relationships
6. The Emotional Path of the Warriorp. 129
7. Centering and Protectionp. 155
8. Finding Light in Darknessp. 176
9. Honoring Relationshipsp. 203
10. A Final Good-byep. 232
Part 3 Sexual Wellness
11. Passionate Sex, Deep Spiritp. 243
12. Awakening Sexual Powerp. 262
13. A Return to Beginningsp. 282
14. Sexual Energy's Healing Giftp. 304
Afterwordp. 324
Selected Readingp. 327
Resourcesp. 331
Indexp. 335