Change the Story of Your Health

“Whether you are dealing with aging, unexpected health challenges, or ongoing concerns about wellness, you can change your health story using practices that empower you to gain insights, balance energies, dialogue and interact with nature, and more.”
~Carl Greer

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

“It’s not enough to intend to change your story. Using Jungian and shamanic techniques, you can encounter information and energies that let you write and bring to life a new, more satisfying story.”
~Carl Greer

Change Your Story

“My books can help you better integrate your conscious and unconscious beliefs and emotions.
You can live according to a story that is more pleasing to you and Source.”

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Change the Story of Your Health

“Whether you are dealing with aging, unexpected health challenges, or ongoing concerns about wellness, you can change your health story using practices that empower you to gain insights, balance energies, dialogue and interact with nature, and more.”
~Carl Greer

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

“It’s not enough to intend to change your story. Using Jungian and shamanic techniques, you can encounter information and energies that let you write and bring to life a new, more satisfying story.”
~Carl Greer

“My books can help you better integrate your conscious and unconscious beliefs and emotions.
You can live according to a story that is more pleasing to you and Source.”


Change the Story of Your Health

“Whether you are dealing with aging, unexpected health challenges, or ongoing concerns about wellness, you can change your health story using practices that empower you to gain insights, balance energies, dialogue and interact with nature, and more.”
~Carl Greer

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

“It’s not enough to intend to change your story. Using Jungian and shamanic techniques, you can encounter information and energies that let you write and bring to life a new, more satisfying story.”
~Carl Greer

“My books can help you better integrate your conscious and unconscious beliefs and emotions.
You can live according to a story that is more pleasing to you and Source.”




About Carl Greer

Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, is a retired clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst, a businessman, and shamanic practitioner, author, and a philanthropist, funding over 60 charities and more than 850 past and current Greer Scholars. He has taught at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and been on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. He received his PhD from Columbia University and was on their faculty teaching finance and management in their graduate school of business.

Giving Back

Shamans recognize the interconnectedness of all people, all creatures, and the earth itself. As you get deeper into shamanic practice and personal transformation, you may find yourself more compelled to look outward at the challenges facing society and more determined to serve others in tangible ways.

“Carl Greer is a fascinating combination of clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner, and it’s the mind-magic synthesis of these skills that makes this book, Change the Story of Your Health, so unique and useful.”

—New Consciousness Magazine


“(Change the Story of Your Health) offers a unique approach to self-exploration and healing. Drawing from traditional Shamanism and Jungian principles, Greer captures the essence of connecting with nature and tapping into a greater spiritual awareness. Written in an informative yet accessible way, he reveals what he has learned on his health journey in the hopes that it will inspire and motivate others.

Whether you’re looking to maintain wellness as you age, manage a chronic illness or simply improve your overall well being, this book will guide you every step of the way. As a clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner, Greer provides a fresh perspective on Shamanism and Jung’s ancient wisdom, and gives the reader practical tools they can apply to their everyday lives.”

Rewire Me Magazine, review by Rose Caiola


“Readers seeking to explore new ways to develop inner calm, balance, self-love, and optimal physical health should find this approach refreshing and full of possibilities.”

Kirkus Reviews review of Change the Story of Your Health by Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD


“Greer is an encouraging guide . . . an abundance of help can be found here.”

—Publishers Weekly review of Change the Story of Your Health by Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD


“the kind of book that could be life-changing and truly healing”

—New Spirit Journal review of Change the Story of Your Health by Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD


“Throughout Change the Story of Your Health, Carl weaves in true stories from his patients, journal prompts, and instructions for shamanic journeys, providing a practical guide to understanding your relationship to your health story. … Readers who are willing to open their hearts and minds to the potential for new learning can transform stories about themselves that no longer serve them into new stories of wholeness and possibility.”

—Melinda Ring

MD, FACP, Executive Director, Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Coauthor of The Natural Menopause Solution and Coeditor of Integrative Medicine, An Issue of Primary Care


Change Your Story, Change Your Life is an engrossing study of shamanism and how it relates to psychology and everyday life. A unique blending of two very powerful tools.”

—Lynn Andrews

New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Medicine Women Series


“Carl Greer has written a wonderful and compassionate guide for seekers of psychological and spiritual growth. He introduces the reader to basic shamanic and Jungian concepts to link timeless ritual methods with modern active imaginal techniques. His clear explanations provide perspective, and his suggested exercises support personal exploration. Change Your Story, Change Your Life is a lovely book.”

—Sylvia Brinton Perera

LP, Jungian Psychoanalyst, Author of Descent of the Goddess


Change Your Story, Change Your Life can help anyone to break free of old agreements that no longer serve them and dream a new story.”

—Don Miguel Ruiz

Author of the New York Times Bestseller The Four Agreements


“It is a singular pleasure to call attention to Carl Greer’s remarkable melding of Jung’s analytical psychology and the ancient, and global, traditions of shamanic healing. His commitment to bringing the resources of both these traditions to a larger audience is reflected in his accessible and compelling reflections on the ways in which the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves shape the lives we live. In today’s world, Carl Greer’s work provides much-needed guidance for a more fulfilling and healthy way of life.”

—George Hogenson

PhD, Jungian Analyst and Author of Jung’s Struggle with Freud


“As an academic physician who has been on a journey of self-discovery for most of my life, I am delighted to find a work as clear and understandable as Carl Greer’s Change the Story of Your Health. Dr. Greer has created a remarkably accessible work offering fresh tools for self-exploration. The writing is frank and clear, and it feels as if he is speaking directly to the reader. Carl’s voice resonates in each sentence, conveying his deep integrity and desire to be of service to others.”

—David M. Steinhorn

MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC, Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care and Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care.


Change Your Story, Change Your Life is a rich guide to shedding old limiting stories and dreaming a new world into being.”

—Alberto Villoldo

Author of the New York Times Bestseller Shaman, Healer, Sage


“Change the Story of Your Health is beautifully written and a gem for any reader who is looking to empower themselves, their health and their lives. We all have two general stories that we choose to live by: the story of our suffering and the story of our growth. You have the power to access your own story of growth and healing, should you choose. Dr. Carl Greer weaves for you the wisdom of the healing traditions to provide you with the tools to create a new story of health, one that is full of love, healing and insight. Read this book and change your story.”

—Eva Selhub

MD, author of Your Health Destiny and Your Brain on Nature and Adjunct Scientist in the Neuroscience Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA)


“Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, brings us another brilliant book, helping us become aware of the story that impacts our health and rewrite it so that we achieve healing and well-being.

In Change the Story of Your Health, Carl Greer shares a wealth of tools that he has gathered in his years of being both a respected shamanic practitioner and a Jungian analyst. You will be inspired and feel motivated by the techniques he shares including journeying, dialoguing, chakra clearing, and engaging and partnering with earth, air, water, and fire to release old worn out stories.

This book will open myriad possibilities for you to discover and work with your inner healer. I highly recommend Change the Story of Your Health for anyone who seeks to regain health and balance in our changing world.”

—Sandra Ingerman

MA, Author of Soul Retrieval and Walking in Light


“As a physician I know all too well that many patients have health concerns due to inner factors that have not been addressed by conventional Western medicine. In Change the Story of Your Health, Dr. Greer presents insightful self-healing measures from alternative medical traditions that will truly transform your personal health and well-being.”

—Susan F. Reynolds

MD, PhD, President and CEO, The Institute for Medical Leadership


“In this compelling book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life, shaman and Jungian Analyst Carl Greer invites us to be a storyteller of own narrative: one who has the imagination to create a new story to live our true destiny—our teleos. He offers a brilliant synthesis of the tools of Jung’s analytical psychology with the ancient shamanic practices and rituals, such as journeying and dialoguing with our multiple worlds to go beyond personal life experiences to the source, the Unus Mundus, to rework our story. The purpose of this rewrite is to live a life that honors our true skills, potentials and spiritual purpose and deploy these in service of our family, our community and make our world a better place for generations to come. Practical exercises and case vignettes’ make this goldmine eminently accessible to the reader. A timely book for individuals who wish to live an informed life based on timeless wisdom of the past to deal with contemporary challenges and claim a purposeful future.”

—Ashok Bedi, MD

Psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst, Author of Path to the Soul and Crossing the Healing Zone


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