Soul Mind Body Medicine by Dr. Zhi Gang Sha is one of the most unusual books on healing I’ve ever read. I had heard that Dr Sha was a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and so I expected a book on qi gong and perhaps acupressure or acupuncture. Indeed, the book is full of information on qi gong postures for an enormous range os physical and mental ailments, as well as information on meridians and energy flow. But there’s also a lot more.
Two things stand out in this self-healing system. One is that Dr. Sha places a great deal of emphasis on the spiritual aspects of healing. Love, forgiveness and self-acceptance are part of every one of the healing methods. The affirmations are almost child-like in their simplicity, such as “Dear soul, mind and body of my liver and stomach. I love you. You have the power to heal yourselves…” etc. It may sound a bit naive to skeptical ears, but there is a strong impression of basic spiritual goodness about the writing.
The second thing that stands out is that Dr. Sha quite definitely claims specific divine revelation, guidance and gifts. Many if not all of the mantras, positions and techniques are something he claims to have received directly from the Divine. He clearly sees himself as not simply a healer, but someone with a divine mission. This could raise some suspicions that he is a potential cult-like leader. But I don’t get this feeling from him at all.
I have a pretty good nose for cults, having belonged to at least one myself. This doesn’t have the earmarks nor the feel of a cult. I get the distinct impression of complete sincerity and selflessness from Dr. Sha. The fact that he is published by Marc Allen of New World Publishing also encourages me. Marc is the American publisher of Eckhart Tolle, and I have always found his choice in authors to be excellent.
Dr. Sha’s system combines many elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine with more general new age metaphysics, such as the chakra system and the idea of karma. Added to that are his one unique techniques and contributions. The reviews he receives are some of the highest I’ve seen for any author, and I’m definitely considering trying some of them out.
Another small detail that impressed me – Dr. Sha himself posed for the hundreds of photos of the various postures used in the book – rather than delegating that (no doubt tedious) task to an assistant of photo model. I like that. It gives me a feeling that the man really cares about the material being accurate.
Dr. Sha also offers his own services as a soul healer – a blessing he claims anyone can receive for free by simply asking for it according to a pattern listed at the back of the book.
This seems like a very gentle and compassionate system of spiritual healing, and I would recommend that anyone looking for a spiritual healing system give it a try.