There are many reasons to love “The 12 Stages of Healing” by Donald M. Epstein. But one of the main reasons I love this book is the reminder that we need to reunite with aspects of ourselves that have been alienated, forgotten, traumatized, ignored, or not forgiven. If we hope to be successful in the healing process, we have to acknowledge the parts that we have tried to push down or pretend don’t exist.
“The 12 Stages of Healing” is about experiencing wholeness and wellness on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. Donald M. Epstein explains that healing is very different from curing symptoms.
Modern Western medicine may attempt to cure or eliminate disease and symptoms through medication, surgery, or other modalities. Healing, on the other hand, encourages self-empowerment, alignment, and integration.
During the first stage of healing, aspects of ourselves that have been alienated, disconnected or dishonored come to the surface seeking attention. We experience suffering in this stage because of a distorted sense of self.
The first stage may lead us to stage two, where we recognize cycles and may even seek help or for someone to rescue us. Once we realize the rhythms and differences within, we will be able to move on to stage three.
The recognition in stage three is that we are stuck in a perspective.
Stage four has the potential to bring about the most change. It is in this stage that we take responsibility for our healing and reclaim our personal power and wholeness.
As we continue to move through each stage, the realization of our inner power becomes more vital. But it is important not to rush through or force the 12 stages.
At the end of each chapter, there are exercises to help us move through each stage. I found the declarations and exercises very therapeutic. There was a part of me that was almost brought to tears because of different realizations about myself, going through each stage. If you have read the book, you know exactly what I mean.
This book has changed my perspective on what a healing journey really consists of. Donald M. Epstein has introduced me to some very powerful concepts and steps to take to continue on my journey to wholeness and I am forever grateful.
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