Local authors taking their word to the world
By Randy Southerland
Thursday, August 9, 2001
a meeting hall at the Cobb Galleria Centre, author,
healer and budding guru Jill Kahn has taken the stage
in front of a group of several hundred people.
come seeking enlightenment on any number of life's issues
— finances, career, health, interpersonal relationships.
gives the appearance of a woman on a mission, speaking
in short, fast clips as she presents her philosophy
of taking care of "yourself first."
compact bundle of dark-haired energy has found a receptive
audience at the Life Forum. She's on a ticket with a
dozen or so other New Age success and wellness "coaches"
who have come from places as close as Marietta, Roswell
and Stone Mountain, and as far as California.
recent speaking engagement is the first stop on a cross-country
tour that will take this east Cobb resident from Chattanooga
to San Diego and two dozen stops in between.
is a far cry from the traditional gurus who gathered
their followers at the local ashram. Today, it's about
empowering people to heal themselves.
way of her self-published book — which has sold
almost 1,000 copies since being released less than a
month ago — Kahn has joined an army of prophets
who travel the New Age circuits, speaking to audiences.
they may not be household names like Deepak Chopra,
Wayne Dyer or Louise Hay, they are nevertheless tapping
into a large market hungry for something they can't
get in mainstream churches or from conventional medicine.
healers range from the very esoteric — crystal healing
— right through to close to medical stuff," explained
Cobb resident Colin Tipping, author of "Radical
Forgiveness" and founder of the Radical Forgiveness
book, "The Gift of Taking," tells people how
they can "mirror Mother Nature" by taking
care of one's needs first and then giving out of abundance.
Jill" — she's a chiropractor by education —
says that, combined with visualizations and other holistic
approaches, it can help cure all sorts of aliments.
She's seen it work in her own family — her father
survived cancer using it — and among her patients,
one of whom was in the Cobb Galleria audience and has
overcome breast cancer.
would go to her and I'd come home and I'd have all this
energy," said Carmen Hering, a local store owner.
"I'd go to work for a few hours. My family was
not quite sure what I was doing. Little by little I
learned how to take care of myself and how to take care
of the cancer."
first became interested in this approach to dealing
with cancer when she discovered a lump in her breast
while she was a student in chiropractic school. It turned
out to be nothing, but the experience spurred her to
begin learning everything she could about natural approaches
to dealing with the disease, from nutrition to visualization.
became so absorbed in it that I couldn't get enough
of that kind of information," she recalled. "I
started living that lifestyle as if I was treating myself
for something that didn't even exist. It was just so
in alignment to everything I believe in."
later she got to put everything she had learned into
practice when her father got lung cancer.
gave him perhaps a year to live. Reaching back to her
own experiences, Kahn told him there might be another
called me up and said, 'I'm going to postpone my surgery
for two weeks if you'll fly in and help with this,'
" she said. "I worked with him for two weeks
straight. We did diet and nutrition, we did mind and
body. Whatever flowed out naturally."
the elder Kahn finally entered the hospital, surgeons
found that the tumor was no longer even visible. Eleven
years later he is still cancer free.
stories like that have drawn patients with cancer and
other maladies to her care.
former faculty member at London University in his native
England, Tipping has built a worldwide following through
his seminars on forgiveness as a means of healing.
what radical forgiveness means is the willingness to
be able to accept the possibility that everything happens
for a reason," he explained.
began his work with cancer patients who, he maintains,
share the common characteristic of being unable to forgive.
well documented in a great deal of research, and very
respectable research, that this is a factor," he
said. "In fact it's a predictor of cancer in one
study. People who tend to hold onto resentments in the
end often create cancer because it's an energy block
in the body. So that's got to go somewhere and often
it ends up in the physical body as a tumor or some sort
year he gives 20 to 30 workshops, ranging from a single
afternoon to five days, and has weekly speaking engagements
throughout the country and around the world. In September
he'll be traveling to Australia to kick off a three-month
biggest thing is seeing people's lives transformed,"
Tipping said. "They tell you a year later that
their lives were changed and they haven't gone back
to the way they were before."
says that Kahn is like a coach. "She didn't do
the work for me, but she gave me the tools to work to
think there's a hunger for knowledge and new ways to
think," said Mardeene Mitchell, a local writer
who co-authored Kahn's book. "People are learning
from other people's stories and they don't want to hear
from experts any more."
echoed those sentiments with the assertion that he's
no more a healer than anyone else.
all just sharing information."