Healing without Fear: How to Overcome Your Fear of Doctors, Hospitals, and the Health Care System and Find Your Way to True Healing

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By Laurel Ann Reinhardt

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Laurel Ann Reinhardt

Laurel Ann Reinhardt
Laurel Ann Reinhardt has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and practiced as a licensed psychologist for over 20 years. She now leads workshops throughout the United States for both the general public and health care professionals on how to release fear and transform the health care system. Sh More...



A workbook for recognizing, releasing, and transforming fear in one's self and in our health care system.

• Over 60 exercises for recognizing, releasing, and transforming fear to promote healing.

• Includes case studies, transcribed dreamwork, and the author's personal story of healing.

When Laurel Ann Reinhardt discovered a lump in her breast she witnessed firsthand how fear holds silent reign over the patient in the Western health care system and hinders the process of healing. This fear is systematically perpetuated by doctors and insurance agents, and it has become the cultural norm--undermining the foundation of all healing and the important work these providers are meant to perform. 

Drawing on the work of Rupert Sheldrake, Ken Wilbur, and Carl Jung, as well as her 20-plus years of experience as a clinical psychologist, Laurel Ann Reinhardt provides a thoughtful discussion about the existence, creation, and impact of this morphogenetic "field of fear" in the health care system. She provides us with the tools we need to recognize and release this fear and its harmful role in the healing process. From exercises for "expelling the breath of fear" and "talking back to fear" to "being heard and seen by physicians" and "dealing with the fears of our health care providers," Healing without Fear utilizes visualizations, journaling, chakra meditations, and dreamwork to teach both health care professionals and laypersons how to transform fear and allow true healing to begin.

"Fear can suck the vital juices from our life, leaving us less than human. In this inspiring and intelligent book, Laurel Reinhardt shows how anyone can learn to confront, understand, and deal with the everyday fears that prevent healing and happiness."
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

"Laurel Reinhardt's personal journey and guidebook to recovering inner peace in the healing process unfolds practical methods for both those seeking to regain their health and for health care professionals. Even if you are not confronting a serious illness, the tools presented here can be used by anyone to live with greater fulfillment and deeper awareness."
Roger Jahnke, O.M.D., author of The Healing Promise of Qi

"She brings this important, but hardly acknowledged (fear) factor powering our health care system, to light."
Irene Alleger, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, July 2003,