Book Review: The Face of Consciousness- A Guide to Self-Identity and Healing
Stacie Deyglio, ND
The Face of Consciousness is the creation of a new outlook on consciousness and the manifestation of life. Through the exploration of scientific evidence and theory relating to the origins of life from a physical, biological and mathematical perspective, the authors have explained their definition of the transformational healing process. This perspective draws links to cosmogony from mythical, theological and mystical schools of thought.
The authors have elucidated their theories in eleven chapters that are broken into three parts. Part one focuses on wholeness and the grand illusion. Included in this section is a discussion of the quest for the soul, the illusion of separateness and the evolution of “me.” Part two centers on a discussion of the fingerprints of identity. This includes components relating to reawakening the goddess, archetypes of nature, the mirror and the universe, and the signature of creation. Part three completes the text with a discussion of the affirmation of life. This section includes discourse pertaining to illness and the healing journey, the victory of death, the hero’s journey, living on the edge of chaos and instruments of transformation.
The basis of the book identifies, defines and constructs the naturopathic principle of Tolle causam. It represents a venue of thought that explores the deeper understanding of illness and its opposing force of health: “We have found most people dwell in an existence quandary of identity. This is particularly true for those manifesting signs and symptoms of illness. They are either consciously unaware of their identity crisis or unable to fully live the hero’s journey and manifest their true essential nature or essence of being” (p. 15).
As described in the book, health is “the functional result of a living system’s full engagement and participation in the process of continuous creation while simultaneously maintaining its individual and contextual consciousness as The One” (p. 181). Contrary to this, illness is defined as “the consequence of a living system’s resistance to the process of continuous creation while adhering to the illusion of separateness, unconscious of and/or resistant to its contextual consciousness as The One” (p. 181).
Stacie Deyglio, ND received her baccalaureate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in New York. Her personal health issues paved the way to discovering naturopathic medicine in 1999. Resonating with the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Deyglio graduated from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. As a medical student, she was involved in student government, fundraising and the generation of two successful student-run health fairs. Dr. Deyglio’s interests include relating integrative therapeutics to the health of pediatric and geriatric populations. Currently residing in Phoenix, Dr. Deyglio is an avid bookworm, and is actively creating her practice.