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The Healing Power of Illness: Understanding What Your Symptoms are Telling You [Paperback]

Thorwald Dethlefsen , Rudiger Dahlke
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6 Feb 2002
This radical book deprives us of illness as an alibi for our unresolved problems. It attempts to show that the patient is not the innocent victim of some quirk of nature, but actually the author of his or her own sickness. In this way Dethlefsen and Dahlke bring the metaphysical aspect of illness to the fore. From this viewpoint symptoms are seen to be bodily expressions of psychological conflicts, able through their symbolism to reveal the patient's current problems.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vega Books; New edition edition (6 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843330482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843330486
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

German-born Thorwald Dethlefsen is probably best known as a spiritual psychologist. He combines the qualifications of a trained psychologist with the insight gained through a deep study of the spiritual traditions. He runs a private institute in Munich as well as holding regular courses and speaking at lectures and conferences worldwide. Along with his co-author Rudiger Dahlke MD, his work opens up completely new areas of thought regarding the understanding of illness.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books.. ever. 18 Aug 2008
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I absolutely love this book, its very insightful and very practical. I love the way I always find something amazing, that I had never considered within its pages (and I have read many similar style books as a Complementary Practitioner). The bases of the book is how our physical symptoms are a manifestation of what is going on in other levels, but its written not in a Louise Hay approach at all (which at times I found a little too 'new-age' for me), but in a practical and grounded way which is accessible to anyone, often referring to the clues in the phrases we use within the English language. I agree with the last reviewer, its a book that everyone should read, especially those involved in the health care profession.

I would give it a 5 though it doesn't cover everything that I would have liked to have seen. But it does a great job of what is there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A book that speaks the truth! 6 Nov 2003
By Robert Selig, D.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a doctor of chiropractic I get a chance to listen to every excuse, as to why we hurt, or why our bodies have boken down. This book goes beyond the excuses, and give us a chance to face the truth as to why we are broken. However, most people do not want to hear the truth, and will blame everything from the foods that they eat to their computer, and everything in between. In reality, we really need to look inside, and give our symptoms a chance to tell the real story without sugar coating the truth. I know on many levels that this book will challange the reader in many ways, and I commend the author for his bravery to go were most will shy away. In closing I just want to thank the authors for truly a great piece of challenging work. Dr. Robert
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to real health through basic human experience 1 Oct 2003
By DR M FRAGUAS POOLE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Now I don't need to write my book anymore. It is already written, and probably much better...
Rather than blocking or destroying illness, we can learn from it. Paradoxical, yes. Give a minute of your thoughts to this affirmation. Our body is just showing us the way we were unable to follow in our free consciousness. Learn from your illness, then your illness becomes useless and fades away. Illness represents the last opportunity for evolution. Whatever you do for healing, pay simultaneous attention to the only true healing. Take the challenge!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Application of "The Challenge of Fate" 14 April 2004
By John E. Chadwick - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, such an amazing book. If anyone has read "The Challenge of Fate" before this, then I am sure you noticed how perfectly this book compliments the first. While "Fate" challenged you with groundbreaking theory, this new book actually takes some theory from "Challenge" and spends an entire book, in great detail, explaining how, we must awaken from the world of duality to accomplish something concrete as "health".
This book is almost a scientific approach to Zen Buddhism. I am also reading "Dropping Ashes on the Buddha" and these two books seem to match exactly. While zen attempts to deal with the problem of duality in ritualistic fashion, Dethlefsen and Dahlke go into scientific analogies to show the existence of dualism and it's impact upon our lives. Plus, how to move beyond it. Beyond a world of light/dark, male/female, fast/slow, cold/hot, etc. etc. Basically, this book is a practical application of the fundamental concepts of zen buddhism. The more of our nature we deny, the more builds up on other levels that ultimately spill over onto the physical plane and thus "cause" disease.
This book is a MUST read for anyone who questions exactly "why" things are, the way they are. It will soon become apparent that the answers are correct, we are simply asking the wrong questions.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HEADY, INSIGHTFUL BOOK! 26 Jun 2007
By T. Bellows - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book will fascinate you. (If by chance you know how to do a contemplation/meditation, you can go within yourself and discover what attitudes of yours are causing health situations.) Maybe find this book in a library? It's worth the time to seek this book out - for a sane price. Anyway, I fell in love with the wisdom in this book! Great ideas on the value of being neutral in life. Being aware that I am the cause of all my outer symptoms, that I shape my health because of what I reject, resist, and deny! And much more. You'll see. (Also I suggest reading Paul Twitchell's The Flute of God - to add spiritual depth to Dethlefsen. Twitchell was a true and "revellationary" writer, as I see it.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those with eyes to see and ears to hear! 23 Jun 2013
By The Observer - Published on Amazon.com
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He is a very fortunate man who finds and encounters the writings of Thorwald Dethlefsen. I enjoyed this book very much, but currently understand it as a stepping stone to something much greater - namely that what the author sets forth in "Oedipus der Raetselloeser" as a pretext for the Church Kawwana. Nevertheless, one step leads to another...enjoy!
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