Dr. Phil Shapiro's New Book Describes a Self-Help Method of Ten Steps that Propel Spiritual Evolution

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In his new book, Healing Power: Ten Steps To Pain Management and Spiritual Evolution, Dr. Philip Shapiro describes a self-help method of ten steps that propel spiritual evolution. The ten steps teach us how to expand our healing power, improve our pain management skills, and cultivate spiritual qualities. The central premise is that life, through a series of painful lessons, teaches us that the peace, love, and joy we seek in the outer world can and must ultimately be found within.

Healing Power: Ten Steps To Pain Management and Spiritual Evolution

We seek unlimited peace, love and joy in an uncertain world where suffering is inevitable. Because we manage our pain poorly, we get into trouble. The wisdom of the ages, taught by the world's diverse religious traditions, offers a solution to this dilemma by pointing out the connection between pain management and the cultivation of spiritual qualities. When we develop a spiritual practice, we learn how to transform our suffering into spiritual

power.

In his new book, Healing Power: Ten Steps To Pain Management and Spiritual Evolution, Dr. Philip Shapiro describes a self-help method of ten steps that propel spiritual evolution. The ten steps teach us how to expand our healing power, improve our pain management skills, and cultivate spiritual qualities. The central premise is that life, through a series of painful lessons, teaches us that the peace, love, and joy we seek in the outer world can and must ultimately be found within.

Dr. Shapiro elaborates twelve spiritual methods derived from the world's great religions. These methods help us unlock healing and spiritual powers inherent in the body. Detailed instructions explain how these methods help us cultivate peace, love, joy, strength, and courage in response to any pain of the body, mind, or soul. These qualities are the jewels of this life. They are healers. They help us eliminate or endure any painful condition of body, mind, or soul. They are more powerful than any barrier or challenge we

may face.

We encounter trouble no matter which route we take, but the way offered here is the path of least resistance, the way through our pain to peace, power, and strength. As we move forward through the steps, we find ourselves living the richest possible life, a journey where our spirit is in charge and we are ready for anything!

Dr. Phil Shapiro has had a 30 year career as a clinician, teacher, and administrator in public psychiatry. His work has taken him from the inner city to the Alaska bush, from holistic to addiction medicine, and from the head office of a state mental health division to 100 year old state hospital wards.

Dr. Shapiro has worked with a variety of people including African-American and Hispanic people in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Native Alaskans, retired military and postal workers in Portland, Maine, among others. In 1974, he worked in one of the first interdisciplinary holistic clinics in New York City. In l983, he became the Director of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for the State of Alaska. Following that, he was the Chief Medical Officer at Oregon State Hospital and then Clinical Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Western State Hospital. He has been a surveyor,

reviewing quality of care in hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

Dr. Shapiro received his medical degree in l969 from the University of Illinois Medical School, where he was a member of the medical honorary Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained in psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Downstate and Kings County Hospital in New York City and received a Masters Degree in Public Health from Columbia University. Dr. Shapiro has been on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health Sciences University.

While he has studied the nature of disease and suffering with many of the masters of psychiatry and psychology, the greatest teachers have been his patients who are the carriers of the devastating aspects of life: racism, poverty, mental and physical illness, child sex abuse, rape, domestic violence, and addiction. These courageous people and the mean streets they walk, continue to be his teachers of the brutal realities of life.

He has established the Northwest Institute for Healing Power in Portland, Oregon to offer classes and workshops on healing, pain management, and spiritual evolution using principles and lessons from the book. For additional details, contact Dr. Phil Shapiro at nihp@comcast.net, or visit http://www.authorsden.com/philipshapiro.

Dr. Shapiro lives in Portland, Oregon happily married to Sharon Whitney,author and playwright. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He works for a community mental health center where his understanding of suffering and the magnificence of the healing power continues to evolve.

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