- 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.”
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
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
Two of Steven Halpern’s discs fit under this topic.