"Perfect Spirit"

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.”
—Eckhart Tolle 

This is an excerpt from an interview for the book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds. 


Sam Shelley’s story is of a man plagued by multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, and suicidal tendencies for most of his adult life before he underwent a transformation that made him symptom free in eighteen months. And not only did he heal his body but he discovered how to live joyfully. Author of I Don’t Dwell: How I Used Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga to Reverse My Incurable Diseases, he now is a mindset mentor and abundant life strategy consultant.

Avital:               Would you share your story, your experiences before and after your healing?           


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It's Not About the Pain

This is an excerpt from an interview for the book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds. 

Nicole DeAvilla is a trail blazer educating and coaching a new generation of parents, change makers and yoga professionals. As a best-selling author, speaker and coach with over 35 years of experience, she is your go-to person for you, your family or your group. Her latest book is called The Two Minute Yoga Solution: Fast and Easy Stress and Back Pain Relief. I brought her into the Healing Happens book because she is so well respected as a successful yoga therapist at The Expanding Light Retreat Center which was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of the yoga guru Paramhansa Yogananda.


Avital:  I’ve heard that one time when Swami Kriyananda was sick and could barely breathe somebody came to visit him. The people who were watching over Swami asserted, “No, you can’t come in. He’s sick.” But the person...

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Healing Happens: From the Supermarket! - Part 2

This is an excerpt from an interview for the book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds. 

First, please read Part 1 by clicking here.

Brooke: After each chemotherapy treatment, at least a week would pass before I could do anything except read ahead in my textbooks, which helped me stop focusing on what was happening to my body. I went from nerd to über-nerd, because I knew every answer in class. Ultimately I graduated in the top ten of my high school class and received a scholarship to my first-choice college: Carnegie Mellon University.

My last chemotherapy treatment was exactly one week before starting college, and by then the lupus had gone into remission, which was like a rebirth. Still, even in remission I had to be careful to avoid sunlight, get enough sleep, and avoid stress or I would get achy joints, migraines, or a rash. I was very careful; did really well in college; and stayed in remission those four years. My blood tests still showed that I...

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Healing Happens: When You Live - Part 2

This is an excerpt from an interview for the book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds. 

Click here to read Part 1 of this blog post.


Bernie:        Eight years later my wife had an abnormal mammogram and had cancer. I just
thought, “Okay. We’ll take it one day at a time. I’m not going to worry what’s going to happen next year, five years from now.”

And even some of the treatment she was put on, I stopped it because with her MS and fatigue was making her even more tired and feeling worse. Again, see, I wasn’t worried about—“Well is it more likely a cancer will come back then?”

“What are you doing? How can you…,” some of her doctors would say to me. “Hey, don’t you know what you’re giving her is no good? She’s on hormones and other things to keep her as young and healthy as possible.”

“Yeah, but I’m -- like...

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"If I die, I'll leave a beautiful world."

This is an interview for the book Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds. 

Avital:         We have on the line Dr. Bernie Siegel. He has transitioned from being a pediatric surgeon to running support groups, and considers himself in a way now a life coach. He has written about 14 books, and of them most noted for his very first book Love, Medicine and Miracles.

                   He developed a therapy program called exceptional cancer patients and that’s
where he utilizes their drawings, dreams, images, and feelings to create a system of care-frontation. He is also known as one of the top 20 spiritually influential people living on the planet by Watkins Review.

Avital:         Bernie, would you walk us through one of the stories of somebody whom you
helped heal beyond what we normally see in the...

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Healing Happens: When You Have a Reason to Live - Part 1

This is an interview for the Healing Happens Interview Series. David John St. Clair is an amazing Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, and NLP Trainer.

David:         It started in 1988 or ‘89 when I met a Japanese researcher, Dr. Hiroshi Oda.
He approached me at Marburg University and talked with me about spontaneous remission, and about the power of the mind and the soul combined when people have the diagnosis of terminal illness and cancer.

He shared that he started to interview 36 people in Japan and Asia who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. One guy had cancer in the lungs, in the bones, and in the liver. They told him, “You just have three months to live.” They did x-rays and Hiroshi told me, “There was no therapy at all for him. They just said, ‘If you have money, take all the money you have, and go on vacation. See different countries and spend it for yourself because the maximum we can give you...

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