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(1998). New York: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-5531-0714-3.
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Hands of Life: An Energy Healer Reveals the secrets of Using Your Body's Own Energy Medicine for Healing, Recovery, and Transformation
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Publication Date: 
March, 2000
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Hands of Life is an inspiring contribution of far-reaching significance for the healing of early trauma, including pre- and perinatal trauma. Julie Motz is a notable "energy healer" who shares her wisdom, world view and experience gained in the operating rooms of some of the most prestigious hospitals in the United States. A skillful storyteller, Julie takes us behind closed doors to reveal cooperative healings based on intuitive information and the ability of patients to communicate the meaning of their disease. Children and adults facing serious illness and surgery were often found to be suffering from unresolved traumas of gestation or birth, traumas still held in tissue structure. With the resolution of emotional blockages, surgical patients need less anesthesia, have less complications, feel liberated, and enjoy a positive postoperative course.

This book is clear, concise and compelling. As the daughter of a scientist, and as a holder of a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, Julie integrates physical science with psychology and the intuitive in a way that makes easy reading even for skeptics. She pays tribute to William Emerson as one of her important teachers and tells the reader how she was helped personally in Emerson Seminars and how she has been able to help others using these insights and techniques. Our readers will be interested hi how she works with children battling disease (pp. 192-208). In Chapter 12 "Prenatal and Birth Traumas" she explains how persons having general anesthetic often spontaneously regress to womb or birth experiences-and she shows us how she assists them in this process.

Julie Motz has come to understand breast cancer as an expression of the crisis today around nurturing, a tortured longing to be loved. In the civilized world we think: "birth is not safe; birth hurts; there is no one there for me; and, no one is listening"-ideas which create prenatal distress and lead to emergency, drama and trauma surrounding birth. We have terrified ourselves and made ourselves vulnerable to the reactivation of fears associated with birth.

The author is straight forward (though not hostile) in describing her experiences with doctors and hospitals. She rejoices that there are physicians and surgeons who have made room for her on the operating room team and who seek to bring the benefits of energetic healing to many more patients. One of her contributions has been to make doctors aware of the quality of energy in the room, in the patient and among themselves. This member of APPPAH works on a promising frontier of healing, utilizing psychological and spiritual energies (she calls it Life Energy) which have been little understood in academic psychology or medicine. I celebrate her courage, sensitivity and wisdom, and I urge you to read this book!