Reinventing Medicine (Larry Dossey): Book Review


The process of healing from illnesses has shifted focus from just the body to mind-body medicine. But there are a lot of ‘non-local’ factors that sub-consciously aid healing. In his book ‘Reinventing Medicine’ Larry Dossey tells us how modern medicine is evolving in 3 overlapping phases.

I often find myself wondering about a few instances when I thought of something and it ACTUALLY happened! I also sometimes wonder about the powerful effect that a sincere prayer or strong faith has. Now I know there is well-established science behind all this.

The beginning of a new era of healing

In this intriguing book, the author Larry Dossey writes about how modern medicine is evolving, in three overlapping phases:

Era 1 medicine: Where the world as well as the human body is viewed and treated as a (mindless) machine. Consciousness is seen as limited to human brain activity.

Era 2 medicine: Where the paradigm has shifted to what we today call “mind-body medicine”. Based on the (re)discovery that our mind has a profound effect on one’s body/ health, medical practice now involves the ‘whole-person’, at all levels of their being, to participate in the healing process.

Era 3 medicine: The new era of healing, through what the author calls the“non-local mind”. This is based on the ancient (spiritual) wisdom that:

  • Consciousness exists independently of one’s body & mind (rather than within it)
  • It can act not just locally on one’s body-mind, but also non-locally on distant things, events, and people, even if they are unaware of being influenced (because they all exist in that very same consciousness.)

The author shares both anecdotal as well as scientific evidence for this “non-local mind”. He explores these experiences and evidence, arguing convincingly that Era 3 medicine is already being successfully practiced in many parts of the world … and that it is spreading fast!


Book:Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing‘ By Larry Dossey.

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