Author(s): Lissa Rankin
Few in the conventional medical world are talking about how fear can make you sick, and even fewer are suggesting that courage can be a potent medicine. But through her work with patients struggling to overcome illness, as well as personal experience, Dr. Lissa Rankin realised that fear is not just a nuisance emotion, it's a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. And it's futile to approach the prevention and treatment of disease without also tackling the fears that put our health at risk and rob our lives of joy. Here, Dr. Rankin presents a breakthrough understanding of fear, courage, health and the true self, exploring the psychospiritual roots of disease and charting a path back to wellness and wholeness. Using peer-reviewed studies and powerful true stories, she shows us how fear operates and what can be done to reduce its damaging effects. Readers will learn: How a fearful thought can translate into physiologic changes throughout the body that disable the body's natural self-healing mechanisms; How to distinguish between 'clean fear' (which arises from a genuine, present threat) and 'dirty fear' (which triggers stress responses that create unnecessary suffering and even disease); How to tune in to the voice of courage inside--the voice of our 'Inner Pilot Light,' which we can always trust to guide our actions; How to approach uncertainty not as something to be afraid of, but as a doorway to new possibilities. At the intersection of science and spirituality, The Fear Cure identifies the Four Fearful Assumptions that lie at the root of all fears, then shifts them into Four Fear-Busting Truths that can pave our way to not only physical well-being, but profound awakening. Using exercises that draw on a wide range of mind-body practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Rankin teaches us how to map out our own fear-busting path, create a personalised Prescription for Courage, and step into a more authentic, soul-centred life.