When his son Joshua acquired an uncontrolled seizure disorder at five months of age due to the toxic effects of a childhood vaccine, Ted Kuntz entered one of the darkest periods of his life. After years of anger, fear and resentment Kuntz had a life-transforming experience.
The result was that Ted Kuntz began an intensive journey to discover the source of his anger, sadness and despair, as well as the source of his peace, joy and happiness. This experience changed the way he saw himself and his son.
Peace Begins With Me is an intriguing and inspiring summary of the wisdom Kuntz acquired on this journey. Kuntz reminds us we too can create peace, joy and happiness through the practice of simple yet powerful strategies. Ted Kuntz takes the wisdom of ancient masters and incorporates them into day-to-day language and action.
You will discover:
Six ways of thinking that feed your negativity
Ten strategies to increase your peace, joy and happiness
I recently received Peace Begins With Me: An inspirational Journey to End Suffering and Restore Joy. First, I must admit that the title reminded me of all those bestsellers which offer naive recipes for happiness. And my first reaction was to recoil, to pull away.
Nevertheless, the warm feeling and confidence you inspire in those who have met you, as well as simple curiosity impelled me to read your book. And it captivated me. I must add that I also found the clarity and elegance of its formatting and presentation very attractive.
Your book is entirely inspired by your unique journey toward joy and peace, carved out along the route of suffering. As a therapist, you have yourself practiced the methods you prescribe. As a human being, you share with us the thoughts that sustained you along this difficult path. With you, we encounter the long line of human beings who have experienced suffering in its various guises, and who inspired you. From them come the apt quotations that underpin your thinking.
The paths of your therapeutic work are indistinguishable from these thoughts, and the suggestions you offer to help us attain this goal might seem like simplistic recipes were they not in some way the fruit of your philosophy.
You write, with stark simplicity, about the tragedy you suffered: At the age of five months, after receiving a vaccination, your son Joshua was struck by a very grave form of epilepsy that manifests itself in several seizures a day. Doctors were unable to find medication that could help, and you were abandoned, left to yourselves, that is to say, to all the anguish and worry imaginable in the face of your son's fate.
Your philosophy of life draws on the Native American tale that opens your book. In summary, it is this: Our spirit is the field of battle between two antagonistic wolves. One is hot-tempered and vindictive, and seeks to hurt others. The other is peaceful, joyful, and full of love.
But how do we decide between these two internal wolves? And how do they show themselves? How, you ask yourself, do you nourish and fuel our negative wolf?
But I will stop here and let the reader himself or herself discover the therapeutic methods you have yourself explored and experimented with, and about which you write with clarity and simplicity.
To Create World Peace
You've asked me to speak to the question, "What is it about this book that merits further investigation?"
My answer is this: I think this book has the potential to change the world. The goal of the author is grandiose - the create peace on earth. I know there are many books written about peace. I have read a number of them. In my experience, this book is different.
It is different in that the book is written around a story. A very personal story of a father's struggle to make peace with his son's disabilities. It is also different in that the focus of the author's peace making efforts is directed within himself, rather than outside of himself. He invites the reader along on a journey of simply noticing what increases one's anger, fear, and resentment, and conversely, what increases one's experience of peace, joy, and happiness.
This is not simply one man's story. I think it is every man's and woman's story. It is a story that resonates with most everyone today. As a result, it has the potential to offer hope of peaceful living for every man, woman, and child who reads it.
The book is highly readable. The author has successfully taken complex ideas and explained them in simple and practical ways.
I also know this man. I know that while his journey has not been an easy one, he has reached his goal.
Those of us who seek peace in our lives and yearn for more peace in our world need look no further than this candid exploration of one man's personal journey to discover the source of his own peace.