Some people seem to have lives full of tragedy. One thing after another occurs leaving them on edge waiting for the next shoe to drop. All the while, other people may go about their lives relatively unscathed. In Integral Healing, Lynne Feldman shares her health crisis as one of many trials she has faced in life. When she was diagnosed with breast and lung cancers in 2010, the baggage of her past returned to the forefront.
Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Lynne had already studied a form of treatment called Integral Healing. In essence, its general goal is to combine various theories of healing (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental) in a way that uniquely suits each person. As Lynne struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis and her own mortality, she began to rely more heavily on her previous training to give her perspective and help her make the necessary decisions on which to base her medical treatment. One of the things that I found most interesting about her book was her realizations that her past trauma may have played a part in her cancer. Lynne realized that for all of her life, she had viewed herself as a victim. As difficult things happened, she would incorporate those losses into her self perception, and, as such, she did not feel empowered to think for or advocate on her own behalf. She began to pursue traditional treatment for her cancers but also implemented the theories of Integral Healing in to her life by adding alternative treatments that she felt would enhance and benefit her life. Interestingly, a key component was dealing with her past traumas which allowed her to take control of her own life and choices.
While her gripping story will encourage anyone struggling with cancer, I did wish that the layout of the book was more user friendly. Lynne references other books on the topic of Integral Healing or the Integral Theory and perhaps those would offer more of a workbook or handbook for practical usage. This book is not that. Many of the concepts of Integral Healing are rather abstract. Unfortunately, the language and almost new-age terminology used to describe this healing modality make this a difficult idea for a lay person to implement if they are just using this book. Overall, though, it is worth the read and offers a welcome perspective to the topic of healing.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lynne Feldman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.