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Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body's Inner Intelligence

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A guiding principle of the spiritual journey is to "look within." Biochemist Dr. Sondra Barrett has done just that- and discovered that our cells offer us invaluable wisdom for inspiration, transformation, and healing.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Sounds True (first published April 28th 2013)
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Sep 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
OK - after reading normally through first couple of chapters, I ended up skim-reading the rest of it.

A friend lent this to me after a discussion we had about cellular function and health and I was expecting the book to be more focused on that - on the biological, chemical science of cells. Unfortunately there was very little specific information about cells but a whole lot of new age style, simplistic self-help guff that I've read too many times in years past.

A found a handful of mildly interes
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Sondra Barrett has a PhD in biochemistry and post-doctoral training in immunology and childhood cancers. I am not qualified to comment on her science. I can't say how much of what Barrett says on the subject of cell biology (and its relationship to spirituality) is true or not true. I can only observe what this book is trying to do, and observe, as well, that this is a book her publisher was hoping would find its audience at Book Expo, and what this publishing and distribution and promotion tell ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author integrates her scientific knowledge with human experience she encounters in her life. She had contemplatively reviewed findings under microscope with her own intuitive forays into healing in modest way. She is refreshingly open in admitting that her findings are somewhat anecdotal and gives the context in which she has based her understanding. The book isn't dogmatic but empirical. However what she says resonates with the reader. There is an indian Advaita principle that "what is in t ...more
Sabrina White
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Fascinating
The study of Epigenetics is amazing. I highly suggest this book to anyone who is interested in the body/mind connection. This book backs up these ancient ideas with modern science.
Mazen Alloujami
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is an interesting method to build bridges between cellular biology and shamanic wisdom.
It implements a practical method for well-being, but doesn’t go beyond that on the wisdom realm.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Secrets of Your Cells

There were so many connections and reconnections to books read recently and long ago, to teachings we hold innately and to scientific breakthroughs that I was in a state of awe and wow while gobbling every morsel of information that Sondra Barrett serves in her amazing book.
My copy is tabbed like a rainbow!

This wasn't information recycled and regurgitated in a different format.
This was science meets energy healing, meets spiritual thought.

We are amazing creatio
Pat Edwards
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Tough to review. It has enough science in a palatable format that the lay person can consume and learn about some cell structure and behavior. The book is more about the metaphysical, though. The author's limiting views (IMO) I had to skip over in some places. That said, she also presented some very insightful and thought provoking ideas that stirred me. Worth a read as long as you have the tools to query yourself, "Do I believe that? Yes or No?" and get what is valuable out of the book.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. A little new agey in places, but worth the read. Makes one think about how all the systems of our bodies affect everything about us.
Sondra Barrett
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The subtitle above is incorrect - Correct one is Discovering Your Body's Inner Intelligence.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great read. It helped the reader see the sacredness of life and of every intricate detail of the human body.
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