Today is the birth day of my third book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. Normally, I’d follow that sentence with a “Cue trumpets, let’s do cartwheels, “can you say PAR-TEE?” sort of comment. But on this very exciting day, I find myself oddly calm, peaceful, and contemplative instead of bouncy cheerleadery.
Launching a book is a funny thing, and I’ve found myself reflecting lately about why we authors do what we do. Most people dream about one day writing a book. But why is it such a universal desire?
What Drives Us?
Do we desire fame, and if so - why? What do we think fame will bring us? Power? The attention of boatloads of worshipping fans? The love of our parents? The esteem of our colleagues?
Do we desire influence, to be seen and heard and valued and respected, to have the capacity to change public opinion, to be like Oprah, who says “Read this book” or “adopt this new spiritual practice” and everyone listens?
Do we desire wealth, and if so, why? So we can have the freedom to do what we love without worrying about paying the rent or getting food on the table? So we can impress people? So we can be conspicuous consumers of material goods? So we can give money to people in need and good causes?
Do we desire to make the world a better place because of what we write? Do we hope to leave a legacy, to have somehow really mattered as tiny, temporary specks in this giant Universe? Do we write books as an existential exercise, to leave our mark behind in the form of 80,000 printed words that will outlive us?
I am asking myself these very questions and getting clear on my intentions for why I wrote this book and what I hope it helps me achieve. So let me share those with you now.
Why I Wrote Mind Over Medicine
1. I DREAM THAT YOU WILL STOP RELYING SOLELY ON DRUGS, SURGERY, OR EVEN DIET & EXERCISE, AS YOUR STRATEGY FOR OPTIMIZING YOUR HEALTH.
Those things are awesome. If doctors didn’t know how to sew fingers back on, my husband would have only 8 fingers. But when it comes to the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses, drugs and surgery, or even diet and exercise, are only a small piece of the health puzzle. This book will prove to you in no uncertain terms that the health of your mind is even more important than whether you’re eating your veggies or compliant with your medication regimen. And it will leave you with a self-guided treatment plan guaranteed to make your body ripe for miracles. (Buy Mind Over Medicine here to learn how to write The Prescription for yourself).
In part 1 of this 5 part blog series about a feminine way to manifest your dreams, I wrote about a more feminine, “eggy” way to operate when you’re trying to bring into form something you desire, such as a business, a book, an art project, or a vision. While the masculine “spermy” approach requires pushing and striving, usually to the point of exhaustion, the feminine “eggy” approach requires setting clear intentions, making your desires known, and then trusting that, when your desires are in alignment with the highest good, the Universe will rush to your aid and send an army of dutiful little sperm your way in order to help you bring your desires into being.
All Desires Aren’t Created Equal
Now mind you, this approach is not to be confused with popular “law of attraction” notions put forth in The Secret and such. I’m not suggesting that all you need to do in order to make a Ferrari appear before you like magic is to imagine the Ferrari and then wait for the Universe to plop one in front of you.
Sure, the masculine approach still works if what you desire is a Ferrari. You can work your ass off, earn hundreds of thousands of dollars (or however much you’ll need - I don’t keep tabs on how much your average Ferrari costs these days), and go buy yourself a well-earned Ferrari. But the Universe is less likely to join in on the fun, unless you intend to use that Ferrari as part of a campaign to end world hunger or cure AIDS or convert neo-Nazis into open-hearted lovebugs, in which case, hell - you’ll probably get a dozen Ferrraris plopped in front of you.
As my friend and business partner in the Find Your Calling program Martha Beck teaches in her book Finding Your Way In A Wild New World, a more effective way to bring a dream into form is to feel for what wants to happen in the collective consciousness, in service to the highest good, then surrender any attachment to it while moving faithfully in the direction of your joy.
In other words, the feminine way of operating is unlikely to succeed if what you desire is purely materialistic, focused solely on your personal gain, or attached to desires like fame, power, or adulation. Not to say there’s anything wrong with desiring those things - there’s not. But when you move in the direction of the highest good for all, while following your joy and trusting completely in the Universe’s desire to help you achieve those desires, you’d be surprised how many material rewards and personal gains come flooding your way.