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    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new title, Love, Animals & Miracles: Inspiring True Stories Celebrating the Healing Bond . The stories in this new book offer funny and heart-touching, true-life experiences that convey loving connections, amazing rescues, and healing with (and by) animals — both wild and domestic. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Wisdom of the Ages, Barnes & NobleAmazon or New World Library.
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  • Today’s Prescription for the Soul – Prescription #122 – Getting to Know You

    I hope that my “365 Prescriptions for the Soul,” will be a welcome and healing addition to your day. The prescriptions I ask you to fill are designed for your total well-being. They come from hard-earned wisdom and experience with the difficulties of life. They are dispensed “as written” with love. At the end of each prescription is my “Soulution” to help you develop healthy self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth. Please take the prescription I have written for you here and fill it right away.


    The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.

    ~ Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish Historian and Essayist

    Getting to know yourself better takes courage. It is far easier to hide behind a mask than to see yourself as you really are. There are many who think they are perfect and need not change, who think they’re the center of the universe, and they have a problem.

    If you wish to know yourself and change for the better, you need to accept your inadequacies, fears, weaknesses, mistakes, and more. If you need others present constantly to entertain and distract you, then you are afraid to be still and know yourself.

    So spend some time being totally alone and see how you feel. If you are comfortable, then I would say you are in the process of knowing yourself. Knowing yourself means being willing to be with yourself. Once you can do that, the frantic search for distraction and escape will stop ruling your life and you can choose to fill your life with the things that bring you joy.

    Soulution of the Day

    Even if it feels uncomfortable, go away with yourself
    and spend some time together getting to know yourself.
    You may find that you are great company.

    - Bernie

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  • Cooperation

    Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    ~ Psalm 133:1

    On my first visit to Heaven as an outside consultant to the Board of Directors, I was surprised to see so many angels with only one wing.  I asked one of the angels why he wasn’t healed of his affliction. He didn’t answer but simply turned and embraced another one-winged angel, and off they flew.  It was so beautiful to see how what we as humans view as an affliction could be turned into a blessing, with a little cooperation.

    I was struck by the thought of what humankind could achieve if we all embraced each other and worked together.  Imagine a world where we all cooperate with each other; then all our actions would reflect the work of angels.

    When we all learn to work together in harmony, we will be uplifted by our acts and notice our feet are no longer touching the ground.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Award Ceremony

    Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
    ~
    Cicero

    There are so many ceremonies at which people are presented honors for things I question.  So many awards seem to have no meaning or are very shallow.  What we need is an award that is given out to outstanding human beings.

    My friend Ashley Montagu certainly agreed.  He said, “At graduations, many honorary degrees are given to horses’ asses.” He hoped some day that “they will give a degree to an entire horse.”

    Why do we admire what is superficial and related to material things?  We should respect and honor people for things like wisdom, compassion, charity, love, and faith.  And do it often.  We do have some awards for noble deeds, but far more frequently, and almost always on prime-time TV, we see the meaningless awards that are forgotten in two weeks.

    Let us hope that someday we will have a “full horse” award.  It would be like the Oscars, but far more meaningful.

    Live each day in order to win that “full horse” award.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – December 31, 2018

    A Letter to Bernie:

    Bernie – hope this email finds you well and enjoying the holidays. I’m currently in Florida; living full-time in my RV with my 16 year old Basenji mix dog Cookie.

    Not one to follow rules or guidelines very well, after my wife of almost 38 years died from Leukemia (last December), I quit my job, sold my Arizona home and hit the road in search of my future. Long way around to the point of my email, I read and kept a copy of an article you wrote in 2014, The Beginning of the End.

    I’ve read, reread, and applied it at different times over the years. After re-reading it yet again this morning, I wanted to tell you how it always brings tears to my eyes and a peaceful comforting to my soul. Thank you.

    Bernie’s Response:

    Bless you and yours. I have many more stories and books about life, animals, and more which you might find both helpful and enjoyable.  My wife died a year ago, but they are still with us in spirit. I have had amazing experiences.  Look for pennies from Heaven.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – December 24, 2018

    Question for Bernie:

    Hello Dr. Siegel,

    It has been a long time coming, this email…my mother has encouraged me to reach out to you for years. I know that you and she have had some correspondence over the years, and that she told you a bit about what happened in my family to me as a child.

    I also know that my Aunt had stage 4 Lymphoma, and went into full remission, using your practices; AND my cousin Renee had all these uterine fibroids, and was told she’d never have kids. She did The Art of Healing and all the tumors went away, and she now has one of the healthiest, most awesome babies ever!

    I have Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). I just spent a week in the ICU, due to going into recurring anaphylaxis, probably caused by hormones, stress, and some chronic infections I’ve had. I also have PTSD and a history of anorexia; I have 3 years in recovery from my Eating Disorder, and have made incredible progress on my relationship with the very traumatic trials of my childhood and adolescence, I feel.

    I am a musician, vocalist, songwriter, visual artist, and poet; I have a beautifully rich life, and incredible, grounding partner, and a career that is blossoming before my eyes. I feel less fractured as a person than ever before in my life, and I know there are only more discoveries to come. I am doing what I love, and I am doing what I can to step out of my own way to the purposes I know are mine in this life.

    However, my MCAD seems to be getting increasingly worse, and I DO NOT WANT IT TO. I feel angry and frustrated with my body, and these cells that just decide when to reject elements of life.

    I have a very deep belief, in my bones, that I can maintain health and do the things I love, and not have to be afraid of going into anaphylaxis all the time. I believe that I can be sustainably healthy – I believe I AM healthy – and I want to do everything in my power to change the health spiral I’ve been in.

    I know that my body is speaking to me. And I want so badly to listen, and to work with myself, instead of against myself, to really have sustained healing.

    I just don’t really know how to do any more than what I do now…

    Dr. Siegel, I have witnessed the miraculous power of healing that your practices have unlocked in my loved ones. I know that I can heal; I know that this traditionally progressive illness does NOT have to get worse. I believe that I can get to the point where my physical body can remain healthy and thrive while I am doing the things I love.

    I don’t know exactly what I’m asking in this email…perhaps for guidance, or even a simple validation…I don’t want to be afraid of my body anymore. I want to work with it….

    I am going to start The Art of Healing practices this week, when I get out of the hospital.

    I want to thank you for the amazing gifts of healing you helped my Aunt and Cousin give themselves. I know I can do it, too.

    Thank you, Dr. Siegel! Thank you for all you do, to recognize the validity and healing power of both modern/western medicine and the inherent properties of our bodies.

    However, my MCAD seems to be getting increasingly worse, and I DO NOT WANT IT TO. I feel angry and frustrated with my body, and these cells that just decide when to reject elements of life—love and light to you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    The above is what I want you to change. Stop feeling angry and frustrated with your body. Instead, love your body and it will change.

    One young woman didn’t want to die hating her body due to childhood polio and neurological disease, so she sat naked in front of mirror loving her body inch by inch, and she recovered.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Target Practice

    You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going,
    because you might not get there.

    ~ Yogi Berra

    Your target in life helps you to direct your course.  So before you aim, be sure you choose the right target.

    What are aiming for?  What is your goal?  What goals are you trying to achieve?  What are you trying to hit?  These are the questions you need to ask yourself, because they tell you your direction and where you will end up.

    The more target practice you engage in, the more likely you are to hit the bull’s-eye.

    Remember to take the time to refocus on your target. Ask the questions often to be sure to hone in on your center.

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    Parade of Life

    Forget past mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you are going to do now—and do it.
    ~ William Duran

    Life is a parade.  Sometimes we march along and realize we have passed by what we were looking for.  What do we do? Stand there and drop out of the parade?  March on with regrets?  Feel bad about how we looked or that everything we wanted was on the wrong side of the street?  It’s now behind us!  Forget it and march on!

    Sometimes our parade isn’t so pretty, and the crowd isn’t interested in us.  If we drag everything we have passed by with us, we will destroy the present.  We have no future when we live in the past.

    We even talk about past lives.  Whether you believe in them or not, the same principle applies.  If you are living a past life, you are destroying your present one.  In therapy, people come to understand why they are acting the way they are, and how the past is affecting them.  They learn to let go, move on, and not sit in the same classroom year after year. They graduate and commence a new life.

    The past is over unless you rebirth it every day.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Your Holiday Immune Competency Personality Test

    With the Holiday Season in full swing, we can get overwhelmed with the changes in our diets, daily schedules, and emotions.  It should be a time to enjoy, but it can also be a time of stress, and often we don’t pay attention to the internal system that keeps us healthy—our Immune System.  Here is something I have shared with people on my website called The Immune Competent Personality Test, based on Dr. George Solomon’s research, and I encourage you to use it this Holiday Season.  It will help you all year ‘round, too, so put it in your New Year’s resolutions if you plan to make them.

    Peace,
    Bernie


    Immune Competency Personality Test

    1. Do I have a sense of meaning in my work, daily, activities, family and relationships?
    2. Am I able to express anger appropriately in defense of myself?
    3. Am I able to ask friends and family for support when I am feeling lonely or troubled?
    4. Am I able to ask friends or family for favors when I need them?
    5. Am I able to say no to someone who asks for a favor if I can’t or don’t feel like doing it?
    6. Do I engage in health related behaviors based on my own self defined needs instead of someone else’s prescriptions or ideas?
    7. Do I have enough play in my life?
    8. Do I find myself depressed for long periods during which time I feel hopeless about ever changing the conditions that cause me to be depressed?
    9. Am I dutifully filling a prescribed role in my life to the detriment of my own needs?

    Answers: If you answer no to the first seven questions and yes to the last two you need attention.


    *Siegel’s three additions:

    1. I am taking you to dinner what do you want?
    2. What would you hold up before an audience to demonstrate the beauty and meaning of life?
    3. How would you introduce yourself to God?

    Answers:

    1. Your response should relate to your feelings not your thinking about what to eat
    2. Mirror
    3. You are a child of God
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    Changes

    It’s never too late to become the person you have always been.
    ~ John Kimbrough (1918-2006)

    When you want to change, you may start by buying new clothes, moving, redecorating, getting a new job, cleaning out your closets, and so on.  But that is not what will change you. Those activities only change aspects of your life.  To change yourself, you must start on the inside.

    I am talk about changing from the inside out. When the essential you is altered, the rest will follow.  An Alcoholics Anonymous slogan is “fake it till you make it.”  They are not talking about dressing differently or trying to fool people but about making the effort to be the person you want to be.

    By faking it and acting like the person you truly want to be, you begin the change, and will start to do the inner work.  When you become different inside, it will reflect on the outside, and all will know and recognize the new you.

    What changes would you like to make? Decide how you want to be, work on those changes,and act as if you are already there.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Upright

    Spiritual strength depends on spiritual posture.
    ~ Rabbi Laibl Wolf

    Why is man’s posture upright while most of the animal world’s posture is horizontal?  Why is our spine built to have us walk on two legs instead of four?  Maybe it is a sign of what our lives should be like.  Perhaps we should be reaching for a higher level living and not just living by instinct, as other animals do.

    Our spine also reminds us of the balance between those at the top and those at the bottom.  This is not about evaluating the importance of an individual life but understanding that we are all important, and that we all rely on each other.  The head cannot go anywhere unless the feet carry it.

    The key is to be aligned in an upright position and work to accomplish higher things with our lives. Become upright in your life, relationships, and work. If you need help, find a spiritual chiropractor.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – November 12, 2018

    Question for Bernie:

    I am 12-weeks pregnant and found out this week my baby has a rare birth defect where its liver and maybe other organs are growing in a sac on top of its belly. I have made appointments with specialists, and now want to focus my energy on visualizations to help the organs move back into the body. I had some questions about this, and found your name in a CNN article from 2011 discussing visualizations and healing. Is there any way I could consult with you?

    I have been visualizing the image I saw at the sonogram and the organs then moving into the body and the sac (called an omphalocele) shrinking. I have been trying to visualize it in my actual body (uterus), where the baby is, but it’s actually easier to just picture it in front of my eyes, and I would like to know if it is any less effective if I picture it generally instead of localized.

    And also any other guidance would be greatly appreciated. I have another sonogram on Thursday and I am hoping to dedicate time to this before then, in the hopes of even helping things before then. I know nothing is guaranteed, but I’d like to try. Also, I am wondering if I should be using some kind of relaxation/hypnosis-like technique before the visualizations, and what those would be / if there are any scripts or videos that would help.

    Thank you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    My website has a selection of CDs which can help. Browse through them and pick what feels right for you. The direct link is http://berniesiegelmd.com/products-page/audiobooks-cds/

    Visualize what you desire happening as happening in your body, and make the repairs and changes you desire—and then visualize a normal child being born.

    Do this visualization as often as you want, but at least every couple of hours each day.

    Keep in touch (and his name is Bernie…)

    Peace,
    Bernie

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