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Imagery in Healing: Shamanism and Modern Medicine [Anglais] [Broché]

Jeanne Achterberg

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15 janvier 2002
This influential book shows how the systematic use of mental imagery can have a positive influence on the course of disease and can help patients to cope with pain. In Imagery in Healing, Jeanne Achterberg brings together modern scientific research and the practices of the earliest healers to support her claim that imagery is the world's oldest and most powerful healing resource. The book has become a classic in the field of alternative medicine and continues to be read by new generations of health care professionals and lay people.

In Imagery in Healing, Achterberg explores in detail the role of the imagination in the healing process. She begins with an exploration of the tradition of shamanism, "the medicine of the imagination," surveying this time-honored way of touching the nexus of the mind, body, and soul. She then traces the history of the use of imagery within Western medicine, including a look at contemporary examples of how health care professionals have drawn on the power of the imagination through such methods as hypnosis, biofeedback, and the placebo effect.

Ultimately, Achterberg looks to the science of immunology to uncover the most effective ground for visualization, and she presents data demonstrating how imagery can have a direct and profound impact on the workings of the immune system. Drawing on art, science, history, anthropology, and medicine, Imagery in Healing offers a highly readable overview of the profound and complex relationship between the imagination and the body.

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"A real landmark in holistic medical studies. For those of us—and there are more of us all the time—who think it is time to take responsibility for ourselves and our well-being, this is exciting stuff."—Frena Bloomfield, San Francisco Chronicle Review

"I would encourage both laypersons and professionals to read Imagery in Healing to understand how one's belief can physiologically affect the human body."—Charles P. Ledergerber, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association

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Jeanne Achterberg, PhD, (1942–2012) was a professor of psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and served as associate professor and director of research in rehabilitation science at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

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The shamans' work is conducted in the realm of the imagination, and their expertise in using that terrain for the benefit of the community has been recognized throughout recorded history. Lire la première page
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good 3 décembre 2005
Par Massimo Maddaloni - Publié sur
This book is actually a composite of two different concepts, which the author doesn't link to each other in a clear manner.
The section "shamanism in modern medicine" is poorly written. Most psychologists (like the author) hold that everything encountered in altered states of mind actually happens in the mind. Some Jungian psychologists softened this approach by postulating the existence of archetypal symbols. Conversely, shamans across the world and across millennia hold that there are parallel universes that are inhabited by independent spirits who may, and do, interact with this world. Who should we believe to, the scholars or the ... people in the business? Regardless, Achterberg completely disregards the "other" point of view and, in so doing, she fails to deliver objective information.
On the other hand, the section about mental imagery and healing is truly excellent. Self healing is a phenomenon that cannot be possibly denied, the placebo effect being the prove of that. The author explores the possible connections between imagery, the nervous system and the immune system. Most of what she says makes perfect sense, although current scientific evidence is not sufficient to support her thesis. The author points out that there is a strong economic pressure against research in this field, and she is perfectly right. Anyone working for a pharmaceutical company (a tremendously powerful lobby) would never, ever look favorably to research aimed to prove that the mind CAN heal the body.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mind Body Medicine 30 avril 2013
Par Susan E Blau - Publié sur
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This book is a classic - I owned it many years ago but someone "borrowed it" so I finally bought it new again! Working in the mind /body health field this book is invaluable for helping clients to visualize their own healing process - to contact their own healer within - to literally change their life. There are many examples of the power of the mind to hurt or to heal and how this has been used cross culturally since the beginning of time. Excellent for allopathic health professionals as well!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Scholarly and readable 15 octobre 2013
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I have a Kindle edition of this publication. The application allows underlining by the reader. If you are not familiar with it, it's a useful tool for keeping track of noteworthy ideas encountered while reading. The reason I mention it is that in making a quick review of ideas and observations in Imagery in Healing, I recover the many points this book makes about the roots and importance of the healing arts throughout human history. Statements such as "...undeniable human need to harmonize inner conflict and be integrated with a group and a spirit world," or "Health is being in harmony with the world view," remind me that her thesis has been clearly put forth. Jeanne Achterberg develops a thesis with numerous citations that support a view that modern medicine has evolved in ways that define the body as a machine. Many of us, know or feel that, as 'occupants' of said-machine, that our body is anything but that. This is far too reductive to be totally accurate. For instance, our emotions, our sense of place in the world, most definitely our consciousness, none of these act in a machine-like manner. And so, receiving treatment designed to cure the 'malfunctioning' of the machine, not surprisingly, misses something.
Achterberg offers many examples from past and present that demonstrate the importance of investing in the power of what she calls imagination. Her book brings a broad meaning to this missing element in treatment and in maintaining health. She does not however pretend to offer something to replace modern medicine, rather a methodology (or philosophical underpinning) to compliment it. She talks about eliciting the power of internal healing, which by any measure the body performs miraculously without intervention in many cases (common cold, cuts, bruises, and so on). Based on studies, a variety of behavioral and biofeedback techniques are reviewed and explained on how patients can be aided in speeding recovery, reducing pain or simply humanizing medical treatment.
The ancient art of the shamans holds an effectiveness and relevance that Achterberg offers persuasive evidence for. As a layperson, I derive from this book the power of health and healing that is innate in me, as in all humans. It increases my understanding of an ancient art that I am happy to better understand. As modern doctors are in many respects today's shamans, the book outlines our individual role as patient when illness occurs. She emphasizes a commitment as much to the knowledge and treatment methods of the medical field as to our own consciousness to heal or reduce our discomfort. In a nutshell, shamanism attempts simply "augmenting the power of the sick person."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Imagery in Healing 21 décembre 2013
Par S. L. Pieper - Publié sur
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I am building a library for myself and am collecting books for the library that I will have some day. This is one such book. I haven’t read it yet but I think it will be fascinating and am looking forward to reading it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Unfortunately not Scientific Enough 9 mars 2002
Par Arlie Stephens - Publié sur
I had high hopes for this book. A lot of modern books on shamanism are written by modern practitioners from non-shamanic cultures, for the consumption of other would be practitioners. A few more interesting ones are written by social scientists of various types, such as anthropologists; these tend to be a lot more accurate and interesting to me. And some are written by people who are experimenting with applying shamanic techniques in modern western settings, and reporting on what they've tried, and what results it's had.
I'd hoped this was one of the latter category. It may still be, but I'm having trouble reading it. The author states a large number of things as unquestioned fact which are neither unquestioned nor fact. For example, she clearly believes in European witches as being both shamans (medieval Europe was not a shamanic culture) and cultural survivals of Celtic priestesses. She also seems to be citing Michael Harner as her primary anthropological source, along with Mircea Eliade (good, as far as he went), and Carlos Castenada (usually believed to have invented his "data"). She also presumes some interesting common knowledge; I was amused to see her alluding to the "Medicine Wheel of Western civilization" as having "looked to the North for too long now, having much knowledge but little feeling." (What kind of audience is she writing for, if she presumes they are familiar with the 4 European elements, and their reinterpretation in a quasi Native-American context?)
I've seen worse. She's not quoting information channeled from Atlantean Grand Masters, or insisting that "science" will "prove" her favourite religious dogmas. But I'm still having a lot of trouble getting past the first couple of chapters, to see whether she has any useful information, such as reports on what she's been doing, and how or whether people are actually being healed by it.
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