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Who Do You Think You Are?

The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self

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Do you know who you are?

Dr. Carlos Warter, the esteemed physician, psychotherapist, and healer whose charismatic lectures and workshops around the world have led untold thousands to rediscover their essential selves, now shares his prescription for achieving physical health and emotional joy.

Do you know why you get sick?

In today's society, it is all too easy to believe that we are our outer identities--that we are spouse or lover, child or parent, worker or artist, victim or addict. But now Dr. Warter, drawing on the age-old wisdom of the world's major religions, his own illuminating life experiences, and his consultations with the Dalai Lama and other great spiritual leaders, shows that in order to heal, to become whole, to become ourselves, we must go beyond the small, self-constructed circles of identity that we assume each day. For it is our very attachment to these false, limiting personalities that leads to chronic stress and disease...while keeping us from recognizing our greatest treasure: our sacred selves.

In Who Do You Think You Are? Dr. Warter offers the tools--from Buddhist prayers to original meditations--that can help us reconnect with our authentic selves. And he presents the other profound precepts of his new model of healing. Discover:

why any transition--birth, illness, death, or, indeed, any kind of change--can be a springboard for personal and spiritual evolution
how combining the use of modern medicine and alternative therapies with the power of an open heart and divine love can bring us to a place of unconditional wellness
how living in the moment results in greater awareness, a reduction in stress, and the development of real self-esteem

Who Do You Think You Are? is an important new addition to the latest literature on the healing of the mind, body, and spirit--one that provides a major breakthrough in how we view the world, ourselves, and all humanity.


Life is a sacred adventure. When we are born, it lies open to us like a 360-degree vista, waiting to be explored. As we grow up, much of what we encounter conspires to shrink this sacred circle into a tight little system that we call ourselves. As we grow older, this circle tightens and tightens until it seems that we are at the center of a very small world, a kingdom that we control and rule.

We call ourselves plumber, parent, homeowner, student, teacher, churchgoer--more than likely a combination of things--and after a while we don't venture past the limits of whatever our identity may be. We defend our territory. We let precious few people inside our circle. Yet, fortunately, throughout our lives possibilities present themselves for re-opening our circle into the bright, grand vista that was available to us as children. These opportunities often come as cataclysmic events such as illness, change, and loss, but they're also available in other ways. It is my intention in this book to show you how this transformation is available in every single moment of our lives.

At conception, we enter a material plane from some unknown realm. At birth, we establish our bodily presence in this material world. When we die, we dissolve back into thatmysterious place from which we came. When we consider that unknown place--as we are forced to do when confronted with birth or death (even when it's not our own)--we may edge back in fear. Yet there is something appealing about its vastness, light, and unique openness. If we are willing to explore it, we can discover that the space exists as a liberating place in the core of our being.

That sacred space is available to us on an ongoing basis in this world, where we can feel it as vast and bright on an inner and outer level. My own experience has taught me that to reconnect with the infinite mystery and openness at the source is to meet ourselves. It is to heal by reconnecting with what is truly ours.

What does the word "sacred" conjure up for most of us? Images of cathedrals, churches, and shrines? Words spoken at baptisms, weddings, and funerals? We may recognize "the sacred" from the light cast by translucent yellow leaves framed against a gray sky in autumn. At special moments we may glimpse "the sacred" in the eyes of our beloved. Almost all of us recognize its presence at the birth of our children and at the death of our parents.

It is our birthright to open our eyes and the rest of our senses to genuinely connect with the sacred. We can do this at any time we choose, if we dare. What lies in every present moment awaiting our rediscovery is an unending universe of open, joyous, creative possibility. We are born with the means to experience it fully. This greatest and most remarkable of adventures is always available to us--if we choose to make ourselves available to it.

My own life has been an incredible journey of remembrance and recovery of the sacred. As a small boy I had unusual (or perhaps not so unusual, if you'll take a moment to mine your own memory) experiences that served to remind me of the open, energetic world from which we all arise. For example, after my beloved grandfather died when I was nine years old, he came to me in a dream to reassure me that he was all right in another place and that the rest of us in the family would be all right without him in this one. As I grew up, particular coincidences seemed to continually draw me beyond my everyday concerns into this world from which I came, from which we all come, and in which we even now reside. My work as a psychiatrist has allowed me to realize and engage this energy, and to understand how helpful it can be.

The world of which I speak is the world of eternal soul, a world of raw spiritual power and healing.

We think of "healing" as something to seek when we are physically or mentally ill. Some spiritual teachings would have it that we are perpetually ill--that we have committed some grave original sin from which we cannot recover. Yet I am here to tell you that on the contrary, we are perpetually, unconditionally well.

For many of us on earth, the primary task is to remember how well we really are. This bookwill offer you tools for healing yourself--and helping others heal themselves--to regain that place of unconditional wellness and light.

Like birth and death, essential, unconditional wellness in spite of everything is a rather frightening prospect. Imagine considering ourselves fundamentally well even while we are dying of some dread disease. Imagine assuming--no matter what is happening to us, no matter where we are--that we are all right.

We have been conditioned to believe that we are all wrong--and that we must do something to "fix" what is inherently "broken" in us. If only we had more money, if only we ate the right foods, if only we jogged every morning, if only we had the perfect relationship, if only we had the right job, if only we were not so selfish . . . everything would be all right. And we feel guilty that it isn't.

In a variety of ways our materialistic culture, popular psychology, and (to some extent) organized religion reinforce the notion that we are "broken" from the start. We're told that we need help. So we're always trying to find a way to "fix" ourselves. We've come to accept a tacit expectation that lasting happiness is possible through the realization of our dreams of becoming rich, powerful, thin, spiritual, or better in any way whatsoever.

Imagine that on the conditional level, everything is all right. Let's say we've won the lottery. We're on the perfect diet and it shows. We raise our endorphin level every morning by jogging. We are blissfully, madly in love with our spouse, children, dog, and house. Even though we don't have to earn money (we won the lottery, remember?), we have meaningful work that we do because we love it and it creates benefit for everyone. Beyond that, we embody every value ever valued.

So what? In the background of the perfect life, illness and death--or maybe just death--are lurking. That's the bottom line: our lives on this material plane are going to end. We can count on it. So far, nothing in the realm of surgery or medical miracle has evolved to prevent it. If we don't want to think that far ahead, we can at least assume that our lives are going to change, whether we want them to or not. For example, we might spend that lottery money more quickly than we expected to, so we have to manage it carefully. We might pull a hamstring, and that's the end of the morning jog.

What happens to our endorphin level then? Our spouse falls in love with someone else, we desire the seashore instead of the city, our children grow up, and the dog--well, his lifespan was shorter than ours anyway, wasn't it?  Moreover, we feel bored with our meaningful work and we want something else to do. On top of it all, we might discover that our values aren't our values at all, but ones we derived from Mom and Dad, church and state, or the so-called New Age. Then we're on our own.Regardless of how these changes manifest themselves, some of them we will welcome, some we will not.

The fact is, we create worlds--and these worlds fall apart. No matter how hard we try to hold together our perfect or imperfect world, it changes. If we are attached to our world, if we identify with it, it's going to cause us grief when it disintegrates, because even if it isn't perfect, it's familiar and comforting. We try to fix our bodies and minds in a place that seems wholesome, nourishing, and happy. But everything we're talking about in this dimension--our bodies, our minds, and the environment around them--is dependent on outer conditions, like flowers are dependent on water and soil and sunlight. It's all matter. It's all material.
Carlos Warter

About Carlos Warter

Carlos Warter - Who Do You Think You Are?
Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph. D., is a trained medical doctor with Harvard postgraduate education, transpersonal psychotherapist, and the acclaimed author of Recovery of the Sacred. Born in Chile, he has been awarded the United Nations Peace Messenger and the Pax Mundi awards for his humanitarian efforts.


Advance Praise for Who Do You Think You Are?:

"Dr. Warter's book offers a gentle path towards transformation and healing. Through beautiful and practical visualizations, you will discover simple ways to open up your heart and allow your inner light to shine."
--John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"Dr. Warter presents us with information that can help us live healthy, loving, and meaningful lives. This book contains a heartening message which can help you heal spiritually and physically."
--Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Dr. Warter has put the knowledge and wisdom of centuries in an entertaining and informative text. Read this book."
--Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

"This practical guide is destined to become a classic."
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"Dr. Carlos Warter has had the courage not only to make the outer journey traveling the globe to acquire wisdom, but also to make the inner journey, traveling within to acquire an even greater understanding about the real world. His book offers the results of these journeys to you, and I highly recommend it."
--Brian Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives, Many Masters

"As a psychiatrist, medical doctor, and international teacher, Carlos Warter has a special perspective on the necessity of living an authentic life. His stories point to the joy and creativity that can happen when we truly function from our soul's essence."
--Carol Adrienne, co-author of The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide

"This is a profound book that leads to self-discovery; I highly recommend it."
--Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., President, Omega Institute, and author of Timeshifting

"An inspirational book that points the way to a peaceful society of souls."
--Senator Alan Cranston

"Dr. Carlos Warter serves as a guide in the inner territory. He has been there himself and he has also the clinical know-how to differentiate between just wishing to be awake and having woken up."
--Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing

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