The Healing Power of Illness
A valued friend and client lent me this book recently as the result of a fruitful discussion on the nature of illness. I am about half way through but, wow what a surprise this book has been. Originally published back in the 80s it is still an eyeopener even for the experienced practitioner who has worked with mind-body relationship issues for sometime. Most of us will be familiar with the idea that physical symptoms of disease can be indicators of disharmony in the mind and spirit. Famous proponents of this idea take things so far as to list complaints in table format with spiritual meanings assigned to them. Thorwald however, takes things to a much more subtle and I believe, much more existentially true level. This book is an absolute must for anybody serious about understanding the true significance of illness in the human experience.
Where others view illness as disharmony, disease, something to be resisted in one way or another, whether it be through changing diet, doing more yoga etc, Thorwald encourages us to see illness as a natural part of life and one that leads us ultimately into greater wholeness. There is no set formula. Each illness and person has a new and unique meaning and must be approached with an open mind and alert spirit willing to accept and to learn.
I was amazed to see some of the prices, particularly in America for this book, over $300 in one listing. However, it seems like it can be had much cheaper in the UK. I will sadly have to hand my copy back to its owner soon, but what a differance to my whole outlook this little book has made!