THE DRAGON’S BLESSING
“… a story of courage, faith and determination to go beyond the limits of what seems possible” — Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
“A tranquil tale of mortal combat.” — Herald Sun, Melbourne.
Ian Gawler: The Dragon’s Blessing is the official biography of mind/body pioneer Ian Gawler (You Can Conquer Cancer) and his inspirational fight for survival.
At the end of 1974 Dr. Ian Gawler, an ambitious young veterinarian and athlete, developed bone cancer in his right leg. The leg was amputated at the hip. The following year, the cancer spread to his pelvis and chest. Gawler was told that nothing could be done for him and, at his lowest ebb, that he had only weeks to live. Gawler refused to give up, and began studying meditation and following a strict diet, pursuing an intense regime of research, introspection, and personal development. Against all odds and prognoses, his cancer began to retreat and he was eventually declared clear of cancer in 1978.
Ian Gawler has been approached by a number of people over the years offering to write his biography, but he’s never agreed—until now. Over hours of interviews and in extracts from his diaries, Gawler reveals for the first time many aspects of his amazing story.
Ian Gawler: The Dragon’s Blessing is an honest, unflinching and illuminating portrait of an unorthodox, compassionate and courageous Australian, whose own journey has been an inspiration to the lives of so many others. This book will inspire many more.
Praise for The Dragon’s Blessing:
“… Since I worked as a health professional Ian Gawler’s medical history has long intrigued me but as a ‘mindbody hippy-healing’ skeptic I wasn’t expecting to have my mindset transformed. Guy Allenby does an amazing job – it’s factual but moving, without crystal gazing woowoo or the whacky science jargon that permeates alternative healing literature.
After reading this I finally connected with, I ‘get’ meditation, and actually took up yoga! I read this comfortably bunkered inside a spa retreat while the rain poured down on my summer vacation and found it oddly blissful – though the child who gives the title to this book did not survive his cancer. The book was a bit like that – watching over the storm and tempest from a calm and warm place.” — reader review on Amazon
“Like many, I suppose, I had relegated Ian Gawler to the lunatic fringes of alternative medicine without knowing much about him, except that he was a skeletal, kaftan-wearing, one-legged man who favoured organic produce … I took the opportunity to to challenge my prejudice and I’m glad I did. The Gawler portrayed by Allenby is no effete, mung-bean-eating hippie. Rather he’s a competitive, fast-driving, meat-eating decathlete, a pragmatic, married, hard-working veterinarian who gets bone cancer in 1974 when he is just 24” – The Canberra Times
“Ian Gawler is a man who has lived the message. He is an inspiration to all those who are confronting their mortality due to serious illness. His story shows us how we can make a difference and participate in our lives, our health and our ability to survive. Exceeding expectations and being a survivor are related to personal factors and Ian’s story and life are an example of self-induced healing.” – Bernie Siegel, MD author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Help Me To Heal
“In my encounters with Ian and his work, I have found them both inspirational and deeply pragmatic. This book is both those things. Its value extends, I believe, well beyond people dealing with the profound challenges of cancer, to many of us who may face personal medical challenges or professional or policy responsibilities around medicine, health care, prevention, healing, recovery, and caring – or simply have an interest in being well and healthy and getting the most out of life.” – Sue Pieters-Hawke, author of Hazel’s Journey
“Guy Allenby has written a beautiful biography of one of the greatest pioneers of integrative cancer therapies. Ian Gawler has made an historic contribution to the great quest to understand deep healing. This book should be required reading for all who care about healing and cancer.” – Michael Lerner, President, Commonweal, co-founder, Commonweal Cancer Help Program, Bolinas, California.
“The Dragon’s Blessing is a story of courage, faith and determination to go beyond the limits of what seems possible. This frank and inspiring account of Ian Gawler’s struggle for physical and spiritual healing is a powerful example of how suffering can be transformed to bring hope, recovery and the ability to benefit others.” – Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
“The broad outlines of his story are well known. Young man’s leg is amputated as a result of cancer, severe secondaries occur but gradually disappear. After his “miraculous” recovery, he writes about how meditation can cure cancer and sets up a foundation to teach these principles. It’s an inspirational story. What makes this biography interesting, though, are not simply the inspirational facts of Ian Gawler’s life, but his struggles, set-backs and flaws. He is not a guru. He has got things wrong along the way, often driven by his impulse to live on “the edge”. After a long and successful business partnership and marriage, the relationship broke down. Gawler and his ex-wife Grace speak openly and without rancour about the reasons behind this. It is Gawler’s hope that his story will function as a “teaching story” and that it will serve as “another nail in the coffin of my ego”. Well told and thought provoking, The Dragon’s Blessing has achieved its aim.” – The Age
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Hardback: Pesaro Publishing