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    Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine and Miracles. Today Bernie continues to impart wisdom about the true nature of life and love in his entertaining and enlightening debut fiction novel Three Men, Six Lives. A grand adventure born of Bernie's experience of his current and past lives awaits you. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Go on a journey of wonder and grace with NY Times bestselling author Bernie Siegel, MD and his grandson, Charlie Siegel. Open your heart as grandfather and grandson weave a conversation of love across the generations, sharing what it means to see beyond the challenges of life to the beauty in life’s lessons. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Introducing Dr. Bernie Siegel's new book, No Endings, Only Beginnings. Bernie Siegel is the author of many books on the healing power of the body and the spirit, but this time he wants encourage readers not only to learn from his life and advice, but to create their own manuals for living as well. With the quotes that have filled the pages of his journals and the lessons he has gleaned from them over the years, this book serves as inspiration for readers to assemble their own book of collected wisdom--and their own understanding of the answers to life's big questions. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Barnes & NobleAmazon or Hay House.
    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new audio download, Daily Meditations for Optimal Health. Selected for Dr. Bernie Siegel’s Prescriptions for Living best-selling series, these recordings are a combination of guided imagery, auto-hypnosis and meditations that relieve stress, open the heart, and deeply heal your mind, body and spirit. Learn more.     Available now. Order your copy online today at:  Hay House.
  • The Art of Healing Support Group

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    The group meets on the first Friday of every month from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time. You may access the teleconference by dialing into the conferencing service at: 1-857-232-0158. Then enter Conference code 379552 and you will be connected to the group.

    This free phone support group will bring people together who are experiencing health challenges and create a community devoted to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. With the help of Dr. Bernie Siegel’s sage wisdom, patients can find hope and healing as they embark on their path forward. By participating in this group, you may learn to embrace each and every challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.

    HOST: Dr. Bernie Siegel is a writer and retired pediatric and general surgeon who writes and teaches about mind-body medicine and the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is internationally known for his best-selling book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. In 1978 he founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patient’s drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP helped to facilitate personal lifestyle changes and personal empowerment of the individual’s life. He has been a global pioneer in improving and humanizing medical education and medical care.

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  • A Message From Bernie

    autumn when we stop being like every other green leaf and display our inner uniqueness in color and design

    we are all the same color inside but still unique in our own way on the outside

    just the opposite of a green leaf

    Peace, Bernie

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  • The DOC Journey App

    Here is a new way to help heal chronic pain. It is an app called The Doc Journey created by Dr. David Hanscom. His approach, used in this app, has helped thousands of patients experience life without pain.

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  • Q & A with Bernie – August 8, 2022

    A Special Message of Inspiration to Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    God is Good, Number One—I am a Christian and wholly receive God’s love and grace daily. Love, forgiveness, and thankfulness are the most important things to go forward.

    ~  1984 rocked my world, divorced, breast  cancer, and reconstruction… I was 35 years old.

    ~  1987 I remarried and soon after found out that my breast cancer was now metastatic,  a huge mediastinal mass in the middle of my chest.  I was told I had an even chance of getting into remission, but less than 10% chance of surviving 5 years!  Ha!

    ~  For sure the physicians don’t know everything!  I know your 1st book was encouraging to me, and I met you at a workshop here in Indy.

    ~  I spent my time in chemo going from bed to bed encouraging patients to have hope and love in their lives.  I met with a team of oncology nurses to tell them not to feel sad for their patients, but to show love and hope, cancer is not death.

    ~  My oncologist then said I was a walking talking miracle, and I said I knew it!  That oncologist retired and I am still going strong.

    ~  2011 I had a “bad chest X-ray”—ha-ha, the cancer came back in my pleural lining and ribs.  The new woman oncologist was acting like I had a death sentence…I fired her.

    ~  Now I am Stage IV, so what!  I changed oncologists, and changed hormones, etc., and I am going strong.

    ~ 2017, a CBC was out of whack…..I now have CML!  (God, You have to be kidding me!)  So much chemo and radiation,  it looks like physicians had never seen anyone live this long…they say I am getting secondary malignancies,  how about that?

    ~  But I am living in a world of modern medicine, living a thankful life.

    ~  My Stage IV breast cancer is NED…no evidence of disease!  My CML is under control, fits and starts but the appropriate dose is working.

    My purpose of this correspondence is to encourage you and other patients.  Live, love, and  experience your best life.

    Thank you for all you do—I love your books.

    As I write this, I am turning 73 this month, my only complaint is my arthritic knees.  God is good.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I want to hug you!  Here is your remarkable, uplifting story on my website to inspire all of my readers around the world.  They and I thank you for sharing your moving experience and wisdom.

    Love and peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 1, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    How do I become more involved with your teaching/what you do?

    Nearly 30 years ago I was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma, and a good friend of mine at the time gave me a copy of Love, Medicine and Miracles. Needless to say, I read it faster than any other book I ever had (I’m not much of a reader), employed much of what I read (including a lot of visualization) throughout my treatment and beyond, and became – I think – a better person in the process. In my case it was the death of my sister 10 months prior that was my ‘Event’.

    I still remember the moment I read that in your book along with your anecdotes from survivors. I may have dropped your book while letting out a big ‘duh!’ before realizing that I was going to be OK and survive this. Then I went to work on surviving so much so that my neurosurgeon, who, even as wonderful and skilled as he is, once said to me that they ‘all come back’ when talking about my tumor, but has since apologized and declared me cured a couple years back.

    I feel I need to pay it forward, to share what you’ve shared. It’s never felt right to keep this to myself, and I always mention your name and books whenever I (infrequently) hear about someone facing that ‘uphill’ battle. I want to do more; I don’t know what it is though. Can you help me?

    Cancer Patient, err SURVIVOR since December 1994

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Be who you are and share your story.

    Visit patients, start a support group, hand out my books, and disclose a website address.  Also, talk to the hospital staff for their insights and assistance.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – July 25, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Dr Siegel,
    I was wondering where I can find the source for the study you referenced on page 133 of ‘Love, Miracles & Medicine’? It’s the study out of England where 30% of the control group lost their hair, even without chemotherapy. I would love to look into this further as I find it really fascinating. Do you have a link to the study?
    Kind regards.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    No, I don’t have a link if it isn’t in the book. I can’t recall over four decades ago.  But I can say that I don’t fabricate comments, and do see the power of the mind in the drawings I encourage patients to create and send to me about their fear of side effects from treatment among many other issues around treatment.

    I will check the page, too, however, and see if I can help you find the study.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response to Bernie:

    That’s okay. I absolutely believe it. My mum is currently diagnosed with breast cancer and we’ve found that mindset is such a crucial part of healing. I will have her read your book once I’ve finished it.

    I was just hoping to read the study myself and share with some friends who are more skeptical. I don’t need to see it to believe it! :)

    Kindest regards.

    Response back from Bernie:

    Let me say that the docs at Yale began to enjoy interacting with my “crazy patients” because they didn’t have side effects from either chemo or radiation.  When one of my patients was asked why she didn’t have the expected side effects from chemo, her answer was, “I get out of the way and let it go to my tumor.” She didn’t focus on the chemo causing her to lose her hair, but instead on it doing its job on the tumor—she redirected her focus away from the dreaded side effect of hair loss into a powerful vision of the chemo destroying the tumor cells.

    If your mom is going to receive chemo or radiation in her treatment, have her draw herself receiving them and then email her drawings to me.  I will interpret them to show her how she can have control over her body and treatment without the distraction of focusing on side effects.

    Encourage her to use crayons in all colors.  In my book, The Art of Healing, there are many drawings to inspire her.  Even the simplest drawings can reveal insights that help break through fear changing focus so the body heals without suffering side effects of treatment.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – July 18, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    I wish to thank you for the “training” and insights you’ve provided to me (and I’m sure others) over the years. I am now using these ideas and practices along with cognitive-behavioral and EQ skills to help caregivers deal with the mental and emotional challenges of caregiving.  It worked for me, now I’m passing the ideas along. Thank you!

    Most gratefully,
    Writer, Speaker, Advocate

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Ask caregivers to draw themselves working as a caregiver, and then look at their drawings to see how often a patient or client isn’t in the picture.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Self-Discovery

    “Who in the world am I?  Ah, that is the question!”
    ~ Lewis Carroll

    Discovering who we are is a major undertaking.  Too often we destroy who we are in order to create what others want from us.

    I use drawings a great deal to help people learn who they are.  It may be a simple drawing of yourself or one that shows you in various careers or educational pursuits.  The symbolic language that comes from the unconscious tells the truth.  There is a deeper wisdom that comes from, I have to say it, God knows where.  It is the instinctive, intuitive wisdom that we so often bury or block out of our consciousness.

    Life is meant to be about self-discovery and not self-destruction.  The joy is in trying, experiencing, tasting, feeling, and finding ourselves.

    Do not destroy the person within you that you need to meet, acknowledge, and become.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – July 4, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Hello Dr Siegel,

    I found one of your videos on YouTube. I am hoping you could help me and provide some advice. In 2019 I was put on dialysis. A few months later they told me I had an autoimmune GPA. Prior to this I did not have any symptoms or pain of any kind. I thought I was normal. I eat well, I had salads, protein shakes, also did juicing. I thought I was healthy.

    It was difficult accepting my diagnosis. I have been working on it. In the past two years my kidney stopped producing urine. I am working on getting on the transplant list. I just got your Love, Medicine and Miracles book. I would greatly appreciate any information you could provide.

    Thank you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Love your body and your kidneys now—it can improve function, and see the future as you desire it to be, not as you fear it might be.

    If issues that you need to choose from come up, I can help if you draw pictures of what you are thinking or experiencing. When I interpret your pictures, they can point to what we need to learn about to help you accept and heal.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Question for Bernie:

    I did the assignment you asked and I was wondering if you could comment on it, in regard to my recent Multiple Myeloma diagnosis.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    What is the little black house? Does the number of the stripes mean anything to you?

    I said word not words–eliminate from your life what fits any negative words.

    Smoke from house is a good sign of warmth inside.  Bird full of color and heart is a nice sign.  Having some blackness, but not much, and sun shining now, too, through the clouds is also positive.

    I think you are doing well and have the resources to continue.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – June 20, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,

    I got a little busy and distracted for a while. How are you doing? I hope all is well with you.

    I have a question—after you retired, were you exclusively speaking and conducting workshops or did you still see patients in private consultation? I know you still kept the eCap group going.

    PS: I finally drew a picture of myself. I’ve attached it below. I was surprised at how strange I look and  didn’t seem happy–would love to know your thoughts.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You look a bit startled eyes wide open, but you are a complete person and the healthy tree is you also with six branches, I believe. The sun is shining with 9 ½  rays.

    You have all the parts you need. One arm is weaker than the other, but fingers for gripping things are there.  Your neck a bit thin and long.  You have a nose to breathe.

    Your dress is purple which is a spiritual color.

    What you need is support–there is nothing under your feet to hold you up, and don’t stick your neck out.

    Peace,
    Bernie


    To readers, a message from Bernie:
    In these days of challenges, I want to share the uplifting message below from a fellow reader.

    Peace and Love to All,
    Bernie

    Message to Bernie:
    Firstly, I had an appointment with my dental surgeon today who after examining me said to come back for a checkup in 3 months. So relieved.

    Then on my way down to the hospital café, I thought to pop into the prayer room just give thanks for how grateful I felt with the results. I noticed a one other in the prayer room bent over in a chair looking very upset. I just had to go over and gently rub her back and sent her comfort in my thoughts….she relaxed and started to cry. I just stood a moment, then left quietly….

    Then in the café, I noticed information on the table. (You are having an influence).

    Then a lady asked to sit with me. She told me she was almost blind and deaf and her hearing aid battery fell out on the way to the hospital. She’s 99, a retired nurse who trained at the very hospital we are sitting in. I asked her permission to take her photo.

    What a day… positive energy as all around. Your book that I have started to read must have an effect on me?!

    Be well Bernie and keep up your good work!

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    Q & A with Bernie – June 13, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Dear Dr. Siegel,

    I found you on the web and wanted to please ask you a question.

    Do you believe that our consciousness is eternal?

    Thank you very much.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Yes, consciousness requires no physical entity to exist.

    I have had near-death experience (NDE) and past life experience that I know were true.

    Neither experience was sought after, but for me each was spontaneous and true.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Help in Painful Times

    Dear All,

    If you want to help yourself to get through these painful times, please read three little books for and about children. They were written years ago to help people raise children who feel loved and to help adults handle loss and violence.  I just reread them for my own sake.

    LOVE, MAGIC & MUDPIES ~ for raising kids to feel loved

    BUDDY’S CANDLE ~ how to handle loss and death and not blow out your beloved lost one’s celestial candle with excessive grief and tears

    SMUDGE BUNNY ~ about how losing your way and thinking you took the wrong turn can teach you how redirections can take you to the place God intended for you to reach.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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