An ebullient first-person account of an alternative healing experience that includes step-by-step do-it-yourself instructions.
In 1992, Bays, then a trainer and seminar leader for the exuberant self-improvement promoter Tony Robbins, was diagnosed with a large uterine tumor, which she believes she made vanish through a self-healing process. She subscribed to Deepak Chopra’s belief that emotional memories are stored in the body’s cells, and she set about finding out what unresolved emotional memories were causing her tumor. She quickly arranged for a “simple neuro-linguistic mind-body healing process,” followed by “some good massage bodywork,” “cranial-visceral” massage therapy, colon therapy, meditation, and more therapeutic massage—all while following a strict fresh-fruit-and-raw-vegetable diet. Guided by a massage therapist, she took an imaginary journey to her tumor and confronted the bad memories stored there. Within weeks the tumor was no longer detectable. Bays, who favors terms like “vibrancy” and “boundless joy,” concluded that she had discovered a way to “have a sustained direct experience of the infinite intelligence, Source,” and that she must now show others how to take a healing journey to their own Source, a.k.a. “soul” or “inner awareness,” to become free of emotional and physical blockages. She’s recently been offering two-day workshops in the process, which she calls Journeywork. Here, she not only describes her own experience and the remarkable outcomes of others she has guided on internal journeys but describes just how to do it with a good friend’s help in the privacy of one’s home. For Bays at least, the side effects have been beneficial: when, in rapid succession, her house burned down, her husband left her, the IRS pursued her, and her daughter announced she wanted no further contact with her, the positive-thinking Bays was able to see it all as “somehow a gift from God.”
Mind-body healing and New Age spiritualism, delivered with unremitting enthusiasm.