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    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.
    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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  • Immortality

    Nothing disappears without a trace.
    ~ Wernher von Braun

    I am convinced that two things are immortal: love and consciousness.  My love lives on in all the people I have loved and who have loved me. Think about a moment in your life when you felt loved or loving, and you will feel the change in your body.  The love is still with you from that original experience.

    Our consciousness, I believe, continues to exist without our body; it simply is.  It is as difficult to describe why I know this to be true as it is to describe God.  There are many unexplainable things such as the blind seeing when they leave their bodies.  I accept that fact too, and live in peace with it.

    I know my consciousness will go on and re-enter another body at the moment of birth.  Can I prove it? That depends on whether you have an open mind and are willing to accept the evidence.  Whether you believe in it or not, enjoy your immortality.

    Live eternally through your love and know your consciousness will last forever.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Can being stubborn help you survive cancer?

    Hello Mr. and Ms. Stubborn -

    I often find myself on my own or way too busy with other people. Can we find the perfect balance of needing to be around people and not needing anyone at all?

    I am an only child, so I spent many hours on my own as a child. Hence the spiritual friend I discovered and mentioned in previous posts. My childhood friend, Louise, who was my imagery friend.

    Who do you need? What do you need? When do you need it?

    Sometimes we are lonely and sad and sometimes we feel we have no one around us and we get needy and feel unloved. Did we drive our friends or loved ones away? Why do we do that?

    Then there are the stubborn obstinate ones like you and me who dig in so hard we can’t see the wood for the trees. We are the ones that don’t think we need anyone! Can being stubborn help you survive cancer?

    I don’t know about you but I think being stubborn is an asset, a good quality to have when we are navigating our cancer journey. I don’t know where I would be without my stubborn ways. I never took NO for an answer. If this is you stick with it for now. A doctor friend of mine told me my determination and come hell or high water attitude is what saved my life!!

    When we have healed and can look back on our journey knowing we are surviving this disease we can learn how to let go.

    When we have recovered from the pain of the past, and we know how to go within to that knowing trusting part of us and let others in to help us, we can let go.

    When you accept that part of you that needs support and help, you can open up to vulnerability. This is when we can start to accept what we have been through and start our new wonderful lives, gently, one day at a time.

    When I was struggling with cancer, I found it very difficult to be around people. I felt I needed to shut myself off to find myself. In many ways that were true. I dug in and got to know myself better on my own. I could heal and listen to my spiritual angels and guides without distractions or uncertainty about what I was doing. My friends thought I had lost my mind meditating to Dr. Bernie Siegel’s work and forgiving the past to save my life and I couldn’t convince them otherwise, so it was more comfortable and less stressful to let the naysayers go. However, once I got well I found it difficult to trust and take people back in. It took quite some time for me to trust and know that the new people coming into my life wouldn’t judge me and would be kind and understanding.

    It takes time, so please be patient with yourself and keep loving and believing in you. The right people will find you when you are ready!

    You are loved. You are courageous, and keep being stubborn. When you need support, it will be there. Just be you.

    With love,
    Prue

    https://www.pruesplace.com

    Prue’s quote of the day: “Today I will learn how to balance my life by letting myself be vulnerable, stubborn, loving and whatever I want to be when I want to be it! I will just be me.”

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    The New Age

    Which would you rather have? New Age…or No Age?
    ~ Mick Winter

    What does the New Age mean to me?  It represents a “Let’s open our eyes” attitude.  Once the New Age held that the world was round, and no one was receptive to that.  But just a short time later, it became common knowledge.  There is always a New Age that represents what we are yet to discover.

    If people can believe in and stay open to a new reality, then the world will slowly change.  I think that is what the New Age is always about, because what is reality today can change tomorrow.

    For instance, twenty years ago, I was considered crazy for talking to people under anesthesia.  Now, in the medical literature, articles show that if you talk to people under anesthesia they experience less pain and go home sooner.  So suddenly my teachings are old hat.  It’s wonderful to be able to be a little crazy and stay open to the next New Age.

    Always be willing to move forward into the New Age.

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    Cancer Self-Help: How To Love The People You Hate

    Good morning lovely you!

    I am sipping my steaming cup of tea, and little Zuzu is sound asleep next to me. It’s a grey morning here in New England but hearing the birds chirping and little Zuzu purring makes the day that much brighter. All would seem well in my world.

    But right outside my door is a world that I don’t control. It is a world that can be painful and scary at times. If I were to let myself take a peek at today’s news headlines, I’m sure the peaceful feeling in my home would slip away from me.

    Yes indeed, life in the “real” world can be fraught with all kinds of unpleasantness. And when something unpleasant is done to us, it’s easy for us to hold hate in our heart for the people who “done us wrong.”

    Sure, we may eventually be able to forgive people for hurting us. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Good people forgive others, and since we are a good person, we do our best to let the pain and anger go.

    This sounds great on paper, but letting go of anger and pain is not that easy. We think we have forgiven our coworker for stabbing us in the back to get the promotion or our sister for constantly criticizing us and making us feel bad about ourselves. But then we see them or have an interaction with them, and that anger, resentment and hatred begin to permeate our heart. It was there all along, we just fooled ourselves into thinking it was gone.

    People hurt us, it’s just a fact of life. Some may mean to do it and others may not, but the result is the same – the pain usually turns into hate.

    Why You Must Stop Hating Those Who Have Hurt You

    When we allow ourselves to feel hatred toward another, we can eventually become very dark. We all have darkness and the capacity to be negative, but we also have a choice to be of the dark or of the light. Choosing to roll around in your anger and resentment toward someone else, feeling totally justified in doing so, is a recipe for turning into something that you hate – a monster. Have you ever gotten so angry and full of rage or hatred that you felt like a different person? Like your mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll turned into a shockingly evil Mr. Hyde?

    Hate begets more hate, and soon you become a thing created out of hate, and you begin to hate yourself. So you don’t just hate other people, the hatred is turned around on yourself for hating them.

    Holding onto hatred also causes us to negatively impact the people we love. We end up taking our anger and resentment out on the wrong people, and they can, in turn, begin to feel anger and resentment toward us. And the vicious cycle continues until the entire world is made up of outraged and resentful people, creating news headlines that are not very uplifting.

    When you let go of hate, you heal your life and the health of the planet. You become the Love Warrior and that is the best Cancer Self-Help and Self-Care.

    How to Love the People You Hate

    Admittedly, understanding the WHY you must stop hating and loving those who have hurt you is ultimately easier than the HOW of it.

    Here are some ways you can begin to love the people you hate:

    Recognize Their Humanity

    Generally speaking, the people on this planet who do the most atrocious acts are the ones who are in the most pain themselves and need compassion. The truth is, we are all beautiful, damaged goods in our own way and we generally do the best we can do. Instead of hating people who have hurt you, try to simply recognize that they are in their own pain.

    Find the Lesson

    Imagine someone gives you a wrapped present. When you unwrap it, you see it is an old, crushed milk carton. “What the hell kind of a gift is this,” you’d think, pretty p*ssed. You might even feel resentful.

    But then suppose you decided to keep looking and saw they put a $100 bill in the old crushed milk carton as your real present. Well, you’d be pretty pleased.

    Life often gives us the most meaningful gifts inside the crappiest packaging. You simply have to look.

    Focus on Loving Yourself More Than Hating Others

    You only have so much energy and hours in the day. You can either spend that time and energy on hating other people or showing yourself kindness and love. When you focus on loving yourself, you begin to innately understand that hatred in all forms is damaging to your body, soul and mind.

    Kill them with Kindness

    My dear friend, Dr. Bernie Siegel told me he went up to a violent young man in public and said this statement to him. “I want you to know I love you and I’m sorry your parents don’t.” The young man stopped screaming turned and walked away.

    What happens when you are kind and loving toward someone you have perceived as “doing you wrong?” You tell your subconscious mind through action that they haven’t done anything hateful toward you. Most of us tend to show generosity and kindness and love toward those we love and have positive feelings about. By showing loving actions toward those we “hate” – we rewire our hearts and brains into actually loving them.

    Life isn’t always easy, and there will always be times when other people hurt us. The key is to not take it so personally all of the time. Most people go through life completely unaware of how their actions affect other people.

    By following these tips and becoming a Love Warrior, you can begin to love those you hate and start healing your life. This is all part of good cancer self-help and self-care.

    Sending love and light.
    Prue.

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    Be in the Now

    Remember:  be here now.
    ~ Ram Dass

    When God created the Universe it was now.  This moment we are experiencing is also now.  You can’t say to creation, “I’ll do it later,” because the Universe only knows now.  So whenever you get around to it, it will be now.

    Time is our creation.  It does not exist for the divine Creator, spirit, or energy.  Time does not exist for matter, but it is only measured by us.  The only time we can actually experience is the now.  Everything you need is found in the present, all power, love, and healing is in the now.

    Remember to stay focused in the now and live in the moment; it is really all we have.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    “There are no coincidences,” says Bernie!

    Hi, my name is Prue, and my personal cancer journey began when Australian and New Zealand doctors gave me six months to live. That was 3 decades ago when I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer – malignant melanoma – the most aggressive form, Nodular Melanoma. A disease typically found in men over 65 years of age, not someone in her early 20’s.

    After several surgeries and the option of chemotherapy, I decided to research the world for so-called “alternative medicine.” I was scared out of my mind, as you can imagine. But suddenly here I was, flying around the world on a new mission to find focused, comprehensive health solutions that would help me to better understand the immense challenges ahead of me. Oh, and help me to not die.

    It was a visit to the local library in Australia (no Internet back then so I had to research old school) that changed my life. I found Bernie’s meditation cassette on the shelf and started meditating every day, visualizing myself well. 30 years later, I have immigrated to America and serendipitously met Bernie at a Health and Healing conference. I say serendipitously, but as Bernie says, there are no coincidences. He was such a profound part of my healing journey that there was no way my higher self was not going to get us together at some point!

    When I told Bernie my story and thanked him for saving my life, he replied, “I only helped guide you, you did all the work.” Since that day, Bernie has continued guiding me on my path. We have become great friends, and I am so honored to be invited to share my story and inspiration with you as a weekly guest blogger.

    I look forward to seeing you here every Thursday with love and inspiration to help you on your path to true healing.

    With love always,
    Prudence (Prue) Sinclair

    Prue’s Place

    https://www.pruesplace.com

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    Tears

    God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more.
    ~ Henry Ward Beecher

    Why were we made with the ability to cry?  A laugh feels good, and we never question its value, but why tears?  We are born with the ability to cry tears because of the cleansing nature of water.  What softens a dry, hard sponge?  What cleanses a wound and washes away the dirt?  I could go on forever asking questions about what water can do.  It is necessary for life, and so are tears.

    Emotions held within destroy us, but those that are washed away with tears restore us.  Think of a sponge lying dried up and hard on the kitchen counter.  If you didn’t shed tears, that would be you.  But if you plunge the sponge into warm water, it softens, just as we do when we are willing to cry tears of pain, joy, love, and acceptance.

    Cleanse yourself with a good cry and let others know it is all right for them to do the same thing.

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    Gatherings

    Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don’t be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.
    ~ Merry Browne

    Often we are required to participate in gatherings.  From holiday and office parties to family reunions, these can be difficult. The expectations we have before we go will color our experience when we get there.

    When you expect to be loved, you behave differently.  Think about going to a family affair where you expect everyone to praise and love you.  Now think about going to an event where everyone will be critical of you and your behavior.  Feel the difference in your body and attitude.

    Go expecting to be loved, and you will be.  Because of the love of my parents, wife, and family, I anticipate that people will love me.  I have found myself laughing when I am invited to a meeting where I expect to be loved and am instead criticized.  When my critics ask why I am laughing, I explain the problem is that I feel loved and expected them to love me too.  The meeting always goes well after that.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Wear Life Loosely

    The Law of Detachment says that in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.
    ~ Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    If we simply saw life as a loose garment, something we drape around ourselves but are not firmly attached to, we would find it easier to live.  I feel more comfortable living this way, as if life were something I could easily slip out of at any moment.  It seems to help me focus on the important things instead of the details that mean little.

    How do you want to spend your life, getting all dressed up or just wrapping yourself loosely in a comfortable garment?  I don’t want to waste time getting ready.  I want to be free to move and live and enjoy life.  I find that everything I need comes to me when I live with this sense of detachment.

    Make sure you have a comfortable fit when you dress for life.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Movies of Your Mnd

    Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.
    ~ Albert Einstein

    Your life is created by the movies of your mind.  What you picture, your body experiences and your life becomes.  You are a character playing a role, but who wrote the script and who is directing the show?

    What you imagine and picture should not be dictated and scripted by others.  This is your movie, hour show, and don’t let them tell you how it should be performed or how long it has to play.  Most of all, don’t let anyone drop the curtain on you until you say the show is over.

    Sit down, picture what you want, and write out the script.  Then give a copy to everyone who is playing a part in the movie of your life.  If they can’t play their part, replace them with understudies who do care and believe in you and your show.

    Remember, you are the director of the movies of your mind.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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