- Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. [Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.]
Returning home, taking comfort, making peace with and embracing the past all make healing possible.
- William S. Sax, God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas (Oxford University Press, 2009).
- Catherine McCall, When the Piano Stops: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse (Seal Press, 2009).
- Jane Elliott, The Little Prisoner: How a Childhood Was Stolen and a Trust Betrayed (Element Books, 2005).
- Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones and Juliana Buhring, Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed (Harper Collins UK, 2007).
- Judy Westwater, Street Kid: One Child's Desperate Fight for Survival (Harper Collins UK, 2006).
- Jennings Michael Burch, They Cage the Animals at Night (Perfection Learning, 1985).
- Peter Roche, Unloved: The True Story of a Stolen Childhood (Penguin, 2008).
- Héctor Abad, Oblivion: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012): the author’s “searing memoir” about growing up with his father.
- Hisham Matar, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Random House, 2016): “For all its terrible human drama and grotesque political background, the most impressive thing about ‘The Return’ is that it also tells a common story, the story of sons everywhere who have lost their fathers, as all sons eventually must.”
Technical and Analytical Readings
- Esther M. Sternberg, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being (Belknap Press, 2010).
- Fraser Watts, Spiritual Healing: Scientific and Religious Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
- Lewis B. Smedes, Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don't Deserve (Harper San Francisco, 1993).
- Lewis B. Smedes, Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve (Harper Collins, 1984).
- Sidney B. Simon and Suzanne Simon, Forgiveness: How to Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life (Grand Central Publishing, 1991).
- Ronald Potter Efron and Patricia Potter-Efron, Letting Go of Shame: Understand How Shame Affects Your Life (Hazeldon, 1989).
- Rex Briggs, Transforming Anxiety, Transcending Shame (Health Communications, 1999).
- John Bradshaw, Healing the Shame that Binds You (HCI, 2005).
- Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Fear: Rising Above Anxiety, Fear and Shame to Be Your Best and Bravest Self (Harper, 2005).
- Gerald Jampolsky, Good-Bye to Guilt: Releasing Fear Through Forgiveness (Bantam, 1985).
- Gregory L. Jantz, Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse (Revell, 2009).
- Wendy Maltz, The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Harper, 2001).
- Nicole Braddock Bromley, Moving from Silence to Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse (Moody Publishers, 2007).
- John Bradshaw, Homecoming:Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child (Bantam, 1990).
- Lucia Cappacchione, Recovery of Your Inner Child: The highly acclaimed method for liberating your inner self (Simon & Schuster, 1991).
Documentary and Educational Films
- Jackson Pollock, Number 1: Lavender Mist (1950)
- Nicholas Evans, The Horse Whisperer (Delacorte, 1995), about a man's gift for healing others.
- Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011): a children’s book about “an eighth grader’s healing and discovery through art.”
- Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Possibilities: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 2014): “ . . . a novel about learning to move forward, even while haunted by such dark thoughts.”
- Erika T. Wurth, White Horse: A Novel (Flatiron Books, 2022): “Kari’s mother abandoned her as a newborn, a foundational wound that Kari does not want to reopen.”
- Laura Zigman, Small World: A Novel (Ecco, 2023), “is a graceful swan dive into the question of how a family rearranges itself after the death of a child.”
- Chetna Maroo, Western Lane: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2023): after her mother’s death, a girl finds refuge playing squash.
From the dark side:
Music: songs and other short pieces
- Sara Evans, A Little Bit Stronger
- Nawang Khechog, Healing Through Kindness
- Nawang Khechog, Music as Medicine
Film and Stage
- The Horse Whisperer
- I’ve Loved You So Long, on the healing power of Love and understanding
- Silver Linings Playbook: sometimes healing is about making the day about someone besides myself.
- The Science of Healing
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips, about a teacher looking back on his life and service
- Limbo: spiritually, this film is about healing, though the story takes another turn throughout the final extended segment, just as the characters are healing themselves and each other through love.
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 (1846) (approx. 35-40 minutes), “began to take shape at the end of 1845, shortly after his recovery from a nervous breakdown. His comment then to Felix Mendelssohn, ‘drums and trumpets have been sound- ing in my mind for some time now,’ might strike us as a wry reflection on his dis- turbed mental condition, replete with aural fantasies, of the year preceding.” “The narrative of the C major Symphony is that of the journey from despair to healing and redemption”. In this work, “Schumann reinvented his own compositional language and created an alternative way of thinking about the symphony – despite the onset of the syphilis that was eventually to kill him”. Top performances are conducted by Toscanini in 1941, Bernstein in 1960, Szell in 1969, Karajan in 1971, Sawallisch in 1972, Kubelik in 1978, Gardiner in 1998, Gielen in 2010, Holliger in 2012, Abbado in 2013, and Thielemann in 2018.
Perhaps Tibetan chant offers the music most overtly focused on healing:
Many pastoral-toned short works by British music suggest a return home to England’s soothing and verdant landscape. These include the works offered on a compilation album under Neville Marriner’s baton:
- Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Greensleeves
- Vaughan Williams, English Folk Song Suite
- Elgar, Serenade in E minor for Strings, Op. 20
- Butterworth, The Banks of Green Willow
- Warlock, Capriol Suite
- Delius, The Walk to the Paradise Garden (from “A Village Romeo and Juliet”)
- Ernest John Moeran, Piano Trio in D Major (1920)
Charles Koechlin, works for oboe:
- Sonatine für Oboe d’amore mit Begleitung von Flöte, Klarinette, Harfe und Streichsextett, Op. 194, Nos. 1 and 2
- Sonate für Oboe und Klavier, Op. 58
- Steven Halpern, “Music for Sound Healing” (1999) (69’) and “Music for Sound Healing 2.0” (2017) (79’)
- Steven Halpern, “Crystal Bowl Healing” (2003) (75’) and “Crystal Bowl Healing 2.0” (2018) (80’)
- Steven Halpern, “Self-Healing” and “Self-Healing, Vol. 2” (1982) (75’)
- Bonnie Rideout, “Celtic Circles”
- Nawang Kechog, “Music as Medicine”
- “Namaste” tracks for yoga (various artists)
- Klaus Wiese, “The Healing Touch of Tambura I” (1991)
Books of poems: