The Way of the Fertile Soul: Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap into a Woman's Creative Potential

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 240 pages
Being fertile and fruitful can mean giving birth to a child -- but to have a fertile soul means to give birth to the true self a woman wants to be: to live a life filled with passion, strength, joy, and adventure. In The Way of the Fertile Soul, Dr. Randine Lewis outlines ten ancient Chinese medical and Taoist "secrets" that hold the little-known key to successfully conceiving babies, new dreams, and a fulfilling life for women at any phase in their lives.

The Way of the Fertile Soul encourages women to strive toward health, abundance, and a fruitful, joyous approach to life. By using diagnostic questionnaires, qi gong exercises, and guided meditations to help the reader understand how the elements of nature express themselves in her body, mind, and spirit, The Way of the Fertile Soul provides the tools to greatly increase a woman's chance of conceiving, identify imbalances, reduce stress, increase energy, and uncover her intrinsic creativity and express it fully.

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Lewis began her training in the Western medicine tradition, but her Ph.D. is in alternative medicine, and she has interned at the hospital in Dalian, China. Her aim is to uncover ten "secrets" in ... Read full review

Contents

Part I
1
Part II
35
Let Yourself Be Who You
53
Secret 4
81
Allow Life to Live Through
87
Secret 5
101
Secret 6
115
Secret 7
133
Secret 8
145
Secret 9
163
Secret 10
177
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About the author (2007)

Dr. Randine Lewis began her studies in conventional Western medicine before moving on to traditional Chinese medicine. She received an M.S. in Oriental medicine from the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and interned at the Dalian Hospital of traditional Chinese medicine in Dalian, China, before earning a Ph.D. in alternative medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines in India. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and their dogs, cats, rats, iguana, and fish.

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