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    Dr. Bernie Siegel has been hospitalized temporarily for a fall and is recovering well at Yale New Haven hospital. He should be back home soon, but will be unable to respond to anyone until he returns home.

  • New from Bernie Siegel

    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.
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    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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    God chose black as first choice to protect us from predators.

    Our black rabbit Smudge Bunny survived a night out while the white one Snowflake never made it.

    Inside we are all the same color.

    Bernie

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    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 – October 3, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Dear Bernie:

    My tumor markers are now 46 – 8 away from normal. I’m very grateful. This is the lowest they’ve been. My energy level is much better too, so I feel my body is getting healthier.

    For the next four months or so, I am facing a LOT of medical appointments – dental work, physical therapy, 2 MRIs for my compressed spinal fractures, starting with a new allergist, starting with a new dermatologist, my flu shot, my COVID booster – and it goes on and on and on.

    This week – I have four medical appointments that I KNOW about. I have a tooth bothering me, so I’m hoping to add the dentist in there too.

    Bonus Dad, I am so grateful the cancer is getting better. I also realize that the appointments and tests I have – are things I need to take care of. I’m NOT looking at serious issues. I need to stay grateful for that.

    That being said – I’m exhausted before I’ve begun all of this! I make plans to do the appointments and then things change. Two weeks ago, I had an allergy reaction to an antibiotic – totally unexpected – I’m still itchy. So I had to put off the 2 MRIs because I’m itchy. I have to see the dermatologist tomorrow. This stuff is basically running my life.

    I also don’t know what my body is telling me – I got a 2 week sinus infection, then a 2 week upper respiratory infection and then the allergy reaction to the antibiotic, so I’ve had additional illness on top of everything else which has created delays. I send my body love. My body has told me it wants to live, it knows I want to live. How can I get through this period of so many appointments etc.?

    Thank you very much.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are still in conflict and your body responds to that with more troubles.  Work on the love of yourself and body every day multiple times.

    You don’t face appointments—you either see them as steps to wellness or stop going, or doing what others tell you.

    Find inner calm and you will heal.

    Peace,
    Bernie, Bonus Dad

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    Precious Stones

    We grow neither better nor worse as we get old,
    but more like ourselves.
    ~ May L. Becker

    One morning I was walking along the riverbank.  Each pebble I saw had chiseled on its face the years, months, and days it had lived.  What had happened along this shore?  My perception of the crevices and scars on the pebbles was that they added to the beauty and uniqueness of each stone.

    I wondered if my face showed the weathering of time.  Maybe that’s the problem; perhaps we spend too much time focusing on our scars and blemishes and should instead view the true essence of ourselves—the precious stones.

    Life may have left its marks on you, but work toward polishing your inner beauty for an outer glow.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    True Therapy

    If you really want to understand me, please hear what I am not saying,
    what I may never be able to say.
    ~
    Anonymous

    If we all would really listen to each other, we could save on therapy by seeing one another as the beautiful creations we are.

    A while back, my wife and I were due to go to a wedding.  Bobbie refused to go, saying, “I have nothing to wear.  Nothing fits right anymore.”

    I replied, “Okay, dear, let’s go shopping and I’ll buy you a new dress.”  I must have said that a million times with no response.  One day, tired of trying to motivate her to shop, I responded differently.  She said, “I have nothing to wear.  I am not going to the wedding.”

    I responded, “You are so beautiful it makes no difference what you wear.  No one notices your clothing.  They only see your beauty.”  My wife went to the wedding wearing a dress she had in the closet.  I saved a lot of money, but more importantly, she felt good about herself.

    Listen to what someone isn’t saying today, and then respond to what they really mean.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    Finding Hope While Waiting to Die

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Good afternoon, lovely YOU!

    So many of the conversations I am having lately are with people who are feeling hopeless about things going on in the world. They are scared about their own finances, many having to choose between buying food and putting gas in the car. They are fearful of the promise of recession, if not a downright depression; fearful of food shortages, another pandemic or World War 3.

    I always tell them the same thing: stop watching the news! Yes. It is important to stay informed so you can prepare yourself for things that may be on the horizon. But some people are doom addicts. They glue themselves to the TV or social media almost 24/7, watching fearful content as the hours tick on.

    While we all must understand current events as best we can, being scared out of your mind and depressed isn’t really going to help matters. So limit your news and social media time.

    But what else can we all be doing to hold onto a bit of hope while the world around us seems to crumble?

    Finding Hope While Waiting to Die

    I learned all about darkness and hopelessness 30 years ago when I was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and given only 6 months to live. I was in my early 20s and had barely begun to live when I was told I was going to die. To say the very least, the situation looked very bleak and utterly hopeless.

    But there was a small voice inside of me that said this wasn’t my time. I was going to live. I could beat this cancer and then show others how to do the same. It was then I started on my journey to find natural cures and healing protocols I could do to help save my life. Participating in your own health is vitally important.

    During that time, my mood was so up and down. One day I was certain I was doing better and I was going to make it, and the next, I was planning my own funeral. I knew in order to truly heal, I had to get myself into a positive state and KEEP myself there. And this was going to require me to have massive amounts of HOPE!

    I learned a few ways to grab onto even the tiniest sliver of light and hope during those dark days, and I want to share those with you now, so you can do the same during these challenging times.

    Miserable People are Miserable

    All those years ago, I would have interactions with different members of my cancer care team. While some were kind and deeply committed to helping me heal, some were downright cold. When you’re in a dark place, fighting for your life, and a nurse or doctor is cold and indifferent toward your plight… it tends to send you to an even darker place.

    But I realized that the people who acted the most repulsively were most likely in their own kind of pain. In fact, I learned that those people on this planet that act in the most “sinister” of ways, need the most compassion. Only someone deeply wounded and dark themselves could possible act inhumanely.

    These days, the world seems to be run by downright evil tyrants. And while I do not condone the behavior of these people, I try to remind myself that much of the horrors we deal with on a daily basis come from the fact someone else is hurting even more than we are. We ALL need healing for the world to change, and it starts with just one of us.

    Respond with Love and Kindness

    Just as healing begins with the individual (be the change you want to see in the world) so does love. Let’s be honest, many people seem to be exhausted and stressed and angry these days. We all have the weight of the world on our shoulders, and some people may be more impatient and irritable than usual.

    Do your best to respond with love and kindness in these moments, as that is the greatest antidote. Just as you can’t fight fire with fire, you also can’t fight unkindness with more unkindness. You would be surprised how someone’s attitude can do a 180 when you meet their darkness with light. It is a wonderful experience.

    If we all share our light with others, the darkness MUST recede!

    Take Action

    We often feel hopeless because we don’t feel there is anything we can do to change a situation. Most of us recognize there is nothing we can do to change the economy or the growing threat of war or another looming pandemic and lockdowns. But there are absolutely things we can do in our local communities.

    We can make sure our neighbors have enough to eat. We can show up to local meetings and be part of change in that way. We can volunteer and bring hope to others. When we focus more on how we can create change at home, we feel safer and more hopeful with the craziness happening in the rest of the world.

    Accept God’s Gifts – Big and Small

    Sometimes the tiniest things can bring us joy and hope. A beautiful sunset. A great cup of coffee. Pretty tree shadows stretched across our neighbor’s lawn. The sound of windchimes wafting in through the kitchen window.

    Be sure to find beauty and joy in the small things each and every day.

    I know things are tough right now for many of us. I know that walking through the dark is frightening. But I also know firsthand that when we get to the other side, life can be even better!

    To find hope in the coming days, be sure to look out for yourself and your neighbor, recognize others are in pain and try and meet unkindness with kindness.

    Prue

    https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 12, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi, Bernie!  How do I let go of injustice from being injured by an abusive surgeon and the mega-hospital corporation that decided he was “within his scope of work” and just “needs to work on communication”?

    This surgeon performed a made up version of Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) in a series of unannounced grabs, no explanation or anesthesia.  He forced me into positions I couldn’t be in, didn’t stop when I cried out in pain for him to stop, didn’t document or explain what he had done.  This is not all, but I’ll spare you the long version.

    Bottom line, how do I let this go?  I have been receiving bi-monthly osteopathic manipulations for over a year now to put me back together.  I still have some physical issues.  My DO is now telling me my tissues are healed (great!), but my holding onto what happened is blocking me from healing any further.  He said my energy source is disconnected.  Indeed, I haven’t had a good night sleep since May 2021 when this happened – not even 2-3 hours a night.

    I am exhausted, emotional, and obsessed with calling them out in a hunger strike protest and through news sources.  I don’t think I can let go of the need for justice (this isn’t just about me – there’s more to it), but I want to be more of the omniscient viewer to what has occurred as opposed to the still injured victim. I know this must happen, but I can’t wrap my head around how to do it for myself.

    I am open and grateful to ANY suggestions!

    You are what I call an Angel Among Us…A person who is dedicated to lighting the way for others.   Thank you!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You can hire a lawyer and sue for malpractice, but this won’t quiet your mind and life.

    For your peace you need to forgive and move on. You can communicate with him about your feelings and see if he says, “I am sorry”.

    If he makes excuses, he is the problem and you need to forgive and move on. Try saying, “I love you” to him, and you are sorry for what his life has been like, and you love him despite the problems and see what it does.

    And love your body every day to help it to heal.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response to Bernie:

    Thank you for your swift reply, Bernie.  It made me cry because I don’t feel evolved enough for some of your suggestions that I know in my heart are true for healing.

    I immediately sat down and wrote a letter to the doctor and did my best to communicate what I’ve been through, how it’s made me feel, expressed that I’m sorry if something from his past caused him to act that way toward me and welcomed a response.

    Writing the letter to him as a human being and not an abusive doctor is already helpful.  I’m not really expecting a response, but wouldn’t it be amazing if he writes back?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Tell him it would help him to draw a picture of himself working as a doctor

    I could look at it and help him to know himself better. Most paintings and sketches show doctors without patients.

    If he responds ask him if he has my Love, Medicine & Miracles book. If not, get him a copy and along with my book The Art of Healing which includes drawings.

    Suggest he check out my website www.berniesiegelmd.com.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response to Bernie:

    I just ordered Love, Medicine & Miracles.  If he responds, I’ll send the other.  I want to read them too!  I have to be honest, Bernie.  I’ve known of you for a long time, but never read your books.

    Today I watched your talk through the IIN course that I’m taking.  I messaged you through your website.  I’ve been praying for guidance the past few days and I asked for signs.  I loved your talk and here we are.  I’m amazed you responded.

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 5, 2022

    Question for Bernie:

    Hi Dr. Siegel,
    I’ve been reading your book, Love, Medicine and Miracles and it’s giving me so much hope.  My mom is 68 years old and has been a heavy smoker most of her life.  A few weeks ago she went from working full time, healthy, fully mobile to in the hospital with stage 4 cancer that spread to her brain, barely able to do most everyday things.  The minute she heard stage 4 things got worse and she keeps repeating that, as you say words are important and she has been declining fast ever since.

    I am trying to motivate her to be positive and that there is hope from what I learn in your book, but it is so hard.  She started radiation yesterday and I am telling her to visualize the lesions on her brain shrinking. She is so weak, angry and depressed and nothing I say is getting through to her.  She worked as a home health aide her whole life taking care of people and always so positive, so it’s so sad to see her like this. Any advice or guidance. Thank you for all you do.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Tell her to love her body and have faith.  Ask her for a word that describes how she feels and let me know the word she chooses.

    Also, ask her if she would draw a picture with crayons that you can email to me. Let me know and I can tell her what to draw.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response back to Bernie:

    Hi Bernie,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my email.  I asked her for a word to describe how she feels and she said, “Like garbage” then had her draw the attached picture.  She lost some motor skills recently, so it was a little difficult.  She kept saying “am I drawing squares?” and she picked the color green.  I’m not sure what it means, but maybe you can offer insight.

    You are truly a wonderful person and I’m so grateful that I found your book.

    Bernie’s response with analysis of drawing:

    She needs to see the ‘garbage’ in her life as what dies—as what needs to be eliminated.

    The color green is healthy, but shown in her drawing all tangled up and coming apart.  Have her focus on what she enjoys in and about her life and that means what she wants to do—it’s not about the ‘garbage.’  Get her connected to what she enjoys in life.

    Tell her to love her body and it will do what she wants, and ask her to see the treatment as being about healing her and not about side effects.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response back to Bernie with follow-up:

    I came here and opened her windows, put on music she loves at a low volume and told her all about you, your book and your emails.  I took her to radiation and we were in and out in 40 minutes, and she even sat outside and ate an ice cream after.

    I know it’s only because of what I learned from your book and the fact that you took the time out to respond to my email—it means so much.  I’m hoping to have her on your call on 9/15 and we get a miracle!

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    Stir the Pot

    The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones
    is the way one uses them.
    ~ Anonymous

    When you experience uncomfortable feelings such as gnawing unrest, sadness, irritation, or depression, do not label them as bad feelings.  Your feelings are signs that something is stirring inside of you and seeking a response.

    Our feelings aid and protect us.  They help us to know what is going on inside of us and warn us to respond when there is danger.  They are our directors and teachers.

    Feelings that bubble to the surface have a purpose.  When you remove your judgment of them and follow their direction, they will reveal the underlying issue so that it can be resolved.

    When you stop resisting your feelings, you will see that they offer you a source of wisdom and an opportunity for nourishment and growth.

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    Summer

    “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
    ~ Maori Proverb

    Summertime, and the living is easy.  Why?  Because when you face the light, there are no shadows to be seen.  Summer also offers us the opportunity to spend time outdoors among nature’s living things.  When we communicate and become one with nature we find wisdom not available to us anywhere else.  Nature has the answers.

    So go forth in summer and feel the gift of the warm sun on your skin and observe the elements of nature interacting.  Take a summer vacation or summer Sabbath time during which you can learn to be, and not just do.  Find the corner of the Universe that brings you peace and then carry it with you in your mind’s eye when you leave.  That way you can always go within and find that peace again.

    When nature surrounds you, listen.  Listen to its rhythm, and listen to your rhythm.  They are both related to creation.  Whenever you experience difficult times you can return to this moment of summer and heal yourself.

    Let your light bring all the elements of summer to others, no matter what season it is.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    Breezes, Ripples and Seeds

    We did not weave the web of life—we are merely a strand in it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    ~ Chief Seattle

    It occurs to me that what we do has the same effect as a butterfly flapping its wings.  Now, the small movement of butterfly wings may not seem impressive to you, but it actually alters the world’s air currents and affects us all.

    In the same way that dandelion seeds can move in the wind, when you plant your seeds in the earth, you are having an effect on what will grow.  Even a small pebble thrown into a pond causes change.  The ripples created by your actions will spread out and change the nature of all life.

    Please remember, you are the one who casts seeds,creates breezes, and makes waves, by your life, words, and actions. So think about what you do; it affects us all and creates a future for the world’s children.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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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? I also got a breast reduction surgery to lessen the chances of my breast cancer resurfacing.

    ~  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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