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Kindling Spirit: Healing From Within

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Kindling Spirit: Healing From Within is an experiential journey that will expand your mind, touch your soul, and maybe change your life. Dr. Carl Hammerschlag is a distinguished psychiatrist, author, and healer whose work with the Native Americans has been shared in three critically claimed books that chronic all his transformational journey from doctor to healer. In Kindling Spirit, he shares the cumulative wisdom of almost 50 years working with Native people. In his inimitable storytelling style, he reveals the critical elements that allow us to stay healthy and thrive in the face of life's challenges.



  • Chapter 1 Look Again at What You Know
    How not to become crippled by your preconceptions.

  • Chapter 2 Alter Your Consciousness
    The best way to look at the familiar from another perspective is to separate yourself from your ordinary consciousness to open channels into your unexplored, unconscious mind. The brain is hardwired for mystical experience under many ways to get into that space.

  • Chapter 3 Everything is Filled With Spirit
    Everything that exists in the universe contains its own energy. Physicists, surgeons, researchers may describe that energy one way, shaman another, but all know how to tap into those energies to do healing work.

  • Chapter 4 Healing in Community
    An essential part of our humanity is to be connected to someone other than ourselves. At this level we are all tribal people, and we heal better when we do not face our struggles alone.

  • Chapter 5 Radical Self-Acceptance
    The hand that you've been dealt does not determine the quality of your life. It's the choices you make about how you play that hand and not lightening about the deal, that will save you/determines its quality.

  • Chapter 6 Rituals, Ceremonies and Symbols
    Rituals, ceremonies and symbols provide the structure by which people get in touch with feelings. Those thing that hold special/sacred significance for us, whether their photographs, icons or animals all have the capacity to influence healing.

  • Chapter 7 The Point of the Arrow
    The power of shamanic healing as well as its dangers become apparent in this incredible story.

In this book Dr.H. reaches deep down inside to share his own stories of discovery that will invite you to reach inside yourself and move beyond your limitations.


  • "Carl is a wisdom-keeper, storyteller, and explorer into the mysterious. He has ventured into obscure places, worked with indigenous people, and delved into the unconscious. His is an authentic voice that will open your mind and change your world."
    -- Andrew Weil MD, author of Spontaneous Healing, Healthy Aging

  • "Carl is a master storyteller who can take a mundane and insignificant incident from his own life and turn it into a fascinating, spell-binding tale that encompasses your life. His ability to involve you in this grand ride of words and insights will make you look deeper into your own story. I am famous for being a straight talker and that's why I like Carl -- he talks straight to my soul."
    -- Larry Winget, New York Times Bestselling
    Author of Your Kids Are Your Own Fault

  • "Carl Hammerschlag is a national treasure, a wisdom elder whose medicine pours through his wonderful stories. He has walked and danced the path of a healer and spiritual guide. I invite you to open your heart to feel his word souls."
    -- Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., Professor and Hanna Spyker Eminent Scholars
    Chair in Education, University of Louisiana, and author of the
    forthcoming The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • "Carl Hammerschlag -- a most fascination man and writer! Trained as a healer in western medicine, he is -- at the same time -- deeply steeped in Judaic and Native American traditions as well. His extraornidary background and penetrating insights always make his work a joy and an education to read."
    -- Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., author of The Shaman's Apprentice
    and President of the Amazon Conservation Tea

  • "Dr. Carl, medical doctor and medicine man, storyteller and heart opener invites you to enter the world of healing enchantment within. Beyond allopathic medicine he makes a way from his heart to your heart from where healing begins. Besides, the book is a good read."
    -- Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-author of
    Jewish with Feeling and A Heart Afire

  • " I need to meet and wrestle with thinkers to feed my concerns and look for solutions for a healthier world. Sometimes what I hear and see also demands that I become friends, so I can stand in any storm and still be dancing. With Carl, I instantly recognized I had to have him for life and get him (his ideas) in front of as many people as I can. Read this and wrestle too."
    --Patch Adams MD, Gesundheit! Institute
Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., CPAE is a psychiatrist, author, and professional keynote speaker. He is an authority in the science of psychoneuroimmunology mind, body, spirit medicine and speaks about health and wellness, healing, leadership and authenticity . He has delivered motivational keynote speeches to corporate and business clients around the world.