Dr. Gerald Jampolsky developed Attitudinal Healing in the 1970s as a means of helping children and their families suffering from catastrophic illness. The principles were inspired by A Course in Miracles. Dr. Lee Jampolsky, his son and a psychologist and author of Healing the Addictive Mind, has compiled this spiffy paperback, organizing the brief essays in it around the 12 principles of Attitudinal Healing. Here are a few of them:

• The essence of our being is love.
• Health is inner peace. Healing is letting go of fear.
• We can let go of the past and of the future.
• Now is the only time there is, and each instant is for giving.
• We are students and teachers of each other.
• We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.

Jampolsky has some very clever illustrative material that make his points about the power of love and the destructiveness of fear. For example, here is the curriculum you might take at Fear State University:

• Fear 101: The Use of Guilt and Judgment
• Fear 102: The Use of Blame
• Fear 103: The Use of Time
• Fear 104: Desire and Scarcity, the Greatest
• Fear 105: Control All and Be Safe

Some of the other essays we enjoyed are those on creating a bouncer for your mind; learning to say "bye-bye," "all gone," and "whoopsie"; throwing away your score cards; thinking of God as a good dry cleaner; compliment more than you complain or criticize; develop intention and let go of perfection; and learn that patience is the greatest gift one can give.