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Arguably the most revered psychotherapist of all time, Milton H. Erickson, M.D. inspired the origin of numerous schools of therapy, including brief and strategic therapy, much of family therapy, and the contemporary renaissance of clinical hypnosis. Erickson's life story, told from the perspective of three of his children, is a remarkable spiritual journey. As a part of his life-long struggle to overcome the physical effects of polio, Erickson acquired prodigious observational and interactional skills, as well as a powerfully calm healing presence. With photographs, stories, and a DVD of his clinical work, this book brings to light the quiet spirituality of an extraordinary healer.
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Enlightening ... salutes the creativity, openness, focused attention, joy, and positive spirit of this healer who reminded many of the shamans and medicine people of past eras... Erickson s legacy [a trail of happiness] is evident in the jubilant words and fond memories of the contributors to this work. --Spirituality & Health Magazine
A creative genius at his profession often has a tattered personal life. Likewise, a great man is supposedly never a hero to his family. Erickson, the "father"of medical hypnosis, seems to have been an exception to both rules. In this warmly affectionate tribute by family and friends, he stands out as a man who used his own experience as the conscious inspiration for many of his professional coups. For example, shortly after being stricken with polio as a teenager, he undertook a two-month-long recuperative canoe trip. His journal of the trip reveals a person who believed that healing comes from within. This person would later become founding president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and set trends in tapping the curative power of the mind. Chockablock with Erickson's humor, personal notes, and family photographs, as well as a transcript of a clinical consultation, this book is more memoir-cum-scrapbook than biography, which the unconventional psychotherapist well might have relished. --Booklist
"The Spirit of Milton Erickson lives in this book by his family and colleagues. Here is a man who cut through all the data and techniques to perceive the individual in front of him. With that simple human skill, he was, by all accounts, a genuine healer. I love the humanity of this book, its subject, and its authors. I learned a great deal and hope to put it into practice. This would be a perfect book for therapists, doctors, teachers, and parents, showing them how to see deeply into another s situation and find the words, sensible or serendipitous, to calm and heal." --Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life s Ordeals
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