Count Your Blessings by Dr. John F. Demartini (Element Books, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Rockport, MA. 01966. USA: $14.95, Canada: $19.99.)
In his new book, “Count Your Blessings”, Dr. John Demartini writes a prescription for healing chronic illness that has little to do with drugs, vitamins, or doctors. “Healing comes from within and everyone can heal themselves with unconditional love,” writes Demartini. His text explores the rather radical, but inspiring argument that “…incurable means curable from within.”
“Count Your Blessings” is a comprehensive guide to self-empowerment. It serves as a veritable seminar of life lessons and inspiration with twenty-five chapters filled with anecdotes, writing exercises and mental work-outs. Affirmations in every chapter are supplied as tools for readers to tap their internal abundance of energy, love, and gratitude for life.
Stressing the underlying principle that, “The power that made the body can heal the body,” Demartini demonstrates that a person can heal themselves by re-programming thoughts and attitudes. “You alter your life by altering your thinking,” he writes, “because our consciousness attracts and perpetuates what we think about.” Therefore, he maintains, if you focus on illness, you perpetuate illness, and if you focus on health, you create health.
A former chiropractor who is presently a motivational speaker and author, Demartini has spent 25 years studying the origins and essence of healing. His experience as a helath care professional and speaker have led him to believe that “love, gratitude, focus and priority transform the immune system and take it to another level.”
In an interview with Healthwatch, Demartini boldly asserted that the root of illness, including CFIDS, may stem partly from personal consciousness. Although he admits he has no scientific evidence to prove this controversial point, he claims that, “CFIDS partly stems from a person’s underlying fears and guilt that are sabotaging energy.” Another contributing factor to chronic illness, he believes, is thinking in “a low priority fashion.” Demartini has worked with CFIDS patients and by “low priority” thinking, he means that their thoughts are scattered, which dissipates their energy. This, in turn, weakens the immune system, leaving the doors wider open for illness. In an interview, he recommended that all chronically ill patients, including those with CFIDS and Fibromyalgia, do the following exercise:
Write down all of the things that are on your mind
Prioritize these items in order of importance
Delegate things that can be done by other people
Date each item by when they need to done, or you when you would like them to be accomplished.
Demartini states that simply organizing and prioritizing your thoughts is an immune booster because it frees up energy and allows your mind and body to function at a high level. According to Demartini,”…gratitude and love are the most powerful immune boosters.” “Count Your Blessings” outlines various techniques of utilizing this gratitude and love.
One technique Demartini uses in his seminars to utilize gratitude as a healing power is to make participants write a thank you note to everyone they’ve never thanked. “This energizes their minds and bodies and puts them in a good mood. This boosts the immune system,” he explained. He also said that this exercise is valuable because “the effects can be seen in as little as ten minutes, and it’s simple and free!”
Demartini states that “health problems are challenges to love,” and “one way that your body speaks to you to give you another opportunity to love yourself and others.” In Chapter 10 of the book, entitled “You Are Never Given A Problem You Can’t Solve,” Demartini outlines strategies for reaching this understanding about illness.
One of the exercises in “Count Your Blessings” suggests listing ways that your condition may be serving you. In an interview, he suggested that CFIDS “speaks” to a person by literally forcing them to slow down, which provides an opportunity to develop priorities, dreams, and inspiration. By forcing a person to prioritize, CFIDS allows one to “capture what is inspirational.” Demartini advises that the chronically ill define what they would truly love to be doing and then write it down. Next, outline a plan on paper that details how to work towards these dreams. Finally, incorporate this plan into your daily life. Demartini calls this process “linking your daily actions to your highest values.” Again, this increases energy and helps to rebuild the immune system. “Vitality is proportional to the vividness of our vision,” Demartini says.
Some readers are bound to disagree with some of the ideas about possible causes of illness in “Count Your Blessings”. Nevertheless, Demartini presents valuable techniques for turning stressful situations, and especially chronic illness, into life-affirming growth experiences that can help people become stronger, healthier, and more in control of their actions and destiny.
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