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).