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Barefoot Doctor's Handbook for the Urban Warrior: Spiritual Survival Guide [Paperback]

The Barefoot Doctor
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2 April 1998
Barefoot Doctor presents your essential 21st century guide to surviving and thriving amidst the growing pressures of modern urban life. Barefoot Doctor is a contemporary hero of Taoist folklore. His tradition of healing his people and keeping them in high spirits with his medicine, music and magic dates back more than 5,000 years to the old Orient. Here he teaches for the first time, in a hip and accessible way, how to focus your mind, channel your energy and strengthen your spirit. Learn the ancient Taoist warrior skills of psychic shielding, meditation, medicine and magic to help enhance your experience of reality. Pick up instant advice on hundreds of challenges facing today's busy urban warrior including work, sex, money, success, politics, travel, relationships, fashion, drugs, club culture, spirituality, healing, technology and freedom. Experience for yourself the magical world of the modern Taoist Sage. Become part of the global resurgence of spirit happening in an urban sprawl near you. For more information on the Barefoot Doctor www.barefootdoctor.co.uk

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074991811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749918118
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barefoot Doctor (aka Stephen Russell) has been in healing practice since 1983. Described as a modern-day hero of Taoist folklore, he has studied with R D Laing, F B Kramer and was apprenticed to a doctor of Chinese medicine for three years.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make your life shine! 25 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Unlike many other books available on self-improvement this one is funny, instantly accessible and it works! The short insights and exercises help you focus your energies and let your spirit flow. Should you not believe in such nonsense, buy it and try it, this book really does help me to survive and thrive in life; Since reading and following some of the advice in this book, I can honestly say my life has become more enjoyable, and it's not often you get that from a book. Buy this book!
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get hold of this book, and learn how to let go 24 July 2001
By A Customer
Considering the sheer amount of patronising self-help books out there, it's good to know that there are books - and authors - like this who can make fun of themselves while at heart taking the subject of TRUE self-improvement extremely seriously.
Like everyone else says, you don't have to believe the far-out philosophies, but a lot of the mental exercises will have almost immediate benefits. And speaking as someone who has been referring to this book - and the author's newspaper column - for almost a year, the life improvements that can result from a new approach are ongoing.
Get hold of the book, and learn to let go of what's holding you back.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential spiritual protection 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Life seems to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions,one day your experiencing unlimited joy,ecstacy and fulfilment.The next day we can be experiencing anger,depression,regret and suddenly we dont see the point.What the barefoot doctor does in his book is give us a crash course in maintaining a spiritual and mental balance during the inneviatable peaks and downturns in our daily life.The essential thing is to be in touch with whats important in the present moment not what has happened or will happen ie are we alive are we breathing properly.From mastering the basic techniques set out in this book we find we just get on better with the world and you wont be taken for a ride because your always going to be in control.Essential reading whatever your current position in life.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scoop some loop! 10 Sep 2002
This is an excellent book that everyone should read. Some (non-urban warrior types) may be put off by the talk of chi and centering and suchlike, but I can't think of anyone who wouldn't get something out of this handbook. I've lost count of the number of copies I've bought as presents (no doubt helping Mr. Russell (aka the Barefoot Doctor) get together enough cash to buy some shoes!)
The day I finished this book I felt about 10 foot tall and ready to take on the world (or at least help the world on it's merry way).
For some this will be a life changer, for others it could contain some useful (and amusing) advice on how to make life a little easier. Either way, an essential purchase. Enjoy...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little gem 3 Jan 2004
By A Customer
when i first read this book it seemed a little wacky but after a while i became completely absorbed in it..i love the light hearted, enjoyable outlook the book brings and it really does have the power to change your perception of the world significantly, and in my opinion for the better.
its definitely interesting and well worth the £8..one of the best books ive read..if only everyone read it im sure the world would be a very different place!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walk the Talk 10 May 2004
Bringing Taoism within easy reach of the practitioner, BD demonstrates some powerful exercises for transformation. Practices usually shrouded in mystery and esotericism - we are taught the basics of the Microcosmic Orbit and other effective grounding / circulating techniques. The style is practical and humorous, the effect to make the reader laugh and be more intuitive of their own innate abilities. This is not an intellectual thesis on Taoism nor does it ramble into philosophy. Rather, BD recognises a key problem with the world is a current lack of grounding (being-ness) as a product of over-intellection. In a world of confusion regarding the inner science, BD gives you the essential tools and mindset to get started on your own and be your own guide. If the practices here are followed wholeheartedly (and within the sequel (RUW)), you have the essence of Taoist esoteric knowledge in a package built for the 21st century condition. The 4* is only because he made reference to 'not getting involved with orthodox medicine' when discussing healing (always wise to see a GP first).
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practicality and spirituality combined 6 Sep 2001
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A fantastic book which is a pleasure to read. Barefoot Doctor's approach is an excellent combination of practical attitudes to life, plus the spiritual aspects of daily living. Buy it and buy extra copies for all your friends !
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It will change your life for the better 8 Nov 2002
A book about Taoism is always going to be a challenge to review but suffice to say it WILL change your life for the better. Just open your mind and cruise through the easy to read and understand chapters and practice the very simple exercises. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to open their hearts and minds to a new way of moving through their daily lives. At the end of the book you will think clearer, love stronger and see the world around them in a new and more positive way.
I gave my copy to a friend so I've just ordered another one.
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I looked for this book for ages and finally got hold of it and yes it's everything I expected from the barefoot doctor's wisdom and experience. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best spiritual book
Easy to read. Makes spirituality assessable . I now use this book when I find life gets cloudy. It helps me focus on how easy it is to find the beauty of life and live in harmony.
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Ths is a great read. It's full of fab info and laugh-out-loud quips but it still brings the message home that taking care of your spirit will yield great rewards. Read more
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Wouldn't be without a copy of this inspirational book, have bought four copies so far and given to friends.
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