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Into the Magic Shop

A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

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The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the extraordinary things that can happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart
Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.
Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.


Customer Reviews


What a great book...very inspiring.
I had learned techniques like this when I was in my twenties, and they are incredibly powerful.

The heart and the mind in a beautiful dance.

From one physician to another, thank you Dr. D for you're beautiful insight and perspective on how we can all heal ourselves from within. Your words have forever left an ever lasting impression on me and how I see the world.

Ali Afshar, MD


This is a story of great courage and determination. A story of a man and a belief in himself. This is a powerful story that we should all embrace as it relates to all of us, men and women. It took me back to a very sad time in my life, watching a spouse die from a sick heart, on life support.....having to make the ultimate decision to "let him go". I suffer today 15 years later reliving the decision....right or wrong, no going back!
I too met my "Ruth". Like young Jim, my life was saved.
I commend Dr. Doty for having the courage to share his story with the must have taken great Courage! Many thanks for your inspiration!

Into the Magic Shop
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: Feb 02, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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