What is Attitudinal Healing

Attitudinal Healing is a self-healing method which allows us to remove the self imposed blocks like judgments of others and self condemnation that we put in the way of experiencing love, peace, and happiness in our lives. 

Attitudinal Healing is based on the belief that it is not people or external situations that cause us to be upset. Rather, what causes us conflict and distress are our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes about people and events.

Attitudinal Healing is letting go of fear and our negative, hurtful thoughts from the past.

Attitudinal Healing allows us to correct our misperceptions and to remove the inner obstacles to peace. This begins at life, and at death; to have peace of mind as our only goal; and to make forgiveness our primary function. It is discovering the effect that holding on to our grievances, blaming others, and condemning ourselves has, so that we can choose to no longer find value in them.

Attitudinal Healing asserts that when we let go of fear, only love remains and that love is the answer to all of the problems we face in life. It is the recognition that our true reality never changes and that Love is all there is.

Attitudinal Healing:

  • Defines health as inner peace.
  • Defines healing as letting go of fear.
  • Regards our primary identity as spiritual and affirms that each individual possesses a quality of being or an inner nature that is essentially loving and that this loving nature is shared by all human beings.
  • States that love is the most important healing force in the world.
  • Does not tell other people what to do but offers them choices.
  • Emphasizes equality in every aspect of our lives and affirms that we are all student and teacher to each other.
  • Recognizes that peace is our only goal.
  • Emphasizes listening with empathy and without judgment or advice.
  • Sets the goal of living a life focused on unconditional love.


Attitudinal Healing views the purpose of all communication as joining and regards happiness as a choice.  It recognizes that we are all worthy of love and that happiness is our own responsibility as well as our natural state of being.

Attitudinal Healing acknowledges that our only function is forgiveness.  Rather than making decisions based on the fearful past, it states that we can learn to make decisions by listening to the inner voice of love.

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The Benefits of Attitudinal Healing

The twelve principles of Attitudinal Healing are spiritual principles that lead us to love and away from fear.  I think of the application of these principles as “practical spirituality” that can be used in every aspect of our lives.  There is not one area where they do not apply.  As we learn to change our attitudes and change our minds, we change our lives.

Some of the possible benefits of Attitudinal Healing include:

  • Experiencing ourselves as love.
  • Finding inner peace.
  • Finding happiness.
  • Letting go of fear.
  • Letting go of judgments.
  • Letting go of guilt.
  • Letting go of being a victim.
  • Letting go of our fear of death.
  • Letting go of unforgiving thoughts.
  • Letting go of pain.
  • Letting go of being right and making others wrong.
  • Letting go of blame.
  • Letting go of our fear of the past and future.
  • Letting go of being a fault finder.
  • Letting go of withholding love from anyone, including ourselves.
  • Letting go of our need to assign guilt or innocence.
  • Letting go of complaining and listing our hurts.
  • Letting go of our fear of intimacy.
  • Becoming a love finder.
  • Counting our blessings.
  • Focusing on love rather than on appearances.
  • Walking through life more lightly.
  • Laughing more.
  • Living in a consciousness of giving rather than getting.
  • Recognizing that there is something greater than ourselves.

The essence of Attitudinal Healing is learning to release all thoughts from our minds except love thoughts. It is correcting the misperception that we are separate from each other and that others are attacking us. It is relinquishing the need to analyze, interpret, and evaluate our relationships. Attitudinal Healing is simply seeing others as extending love or as being fearful and asking for love. It is letting go of fear and guilt and choosing to see everyone, including ourselves, as innocent. Attitudinal Healing occurs when we make the decision to teach only love.

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Questions to ask ourselves

Is there another way of looking at the world that changes our experience of life?

Is it possible to choose to let go of fear and conflict completely?

Is it possible to heal our painful thoughts and attitudes about the past and to bring peace to ourselves and others?

Is it possible to forgive everyone who we think has hurt us, and to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and for the shame we feel about the past?

Can we truly know peace and happiness while living in a world that seems so chaotic and crazy?

Can we remove all our self-imposed blocks to love and come to know and trust in who we really are?

Can we simplify our lives by recognizing that there are only two emotions - love and fear?

Attitudinal Healing answers all these questions with an unqualified and enthusiastic Yes.

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History of Attitudinal Healing

Since its beginning in 1975, the members of the Attitudinal Healing International community have provided trainings and workshops in 55+ countries to thousands of adults, adolescents, and children facing life-threatening illness, conflict, challenges, and changes.

The original Center for Attitudinal Healing (CAH) was founded by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. and friends in 1975 in Tiburon, California, north of San Francisco Bay. Dr. Jampolsky, who prefers to be called ‘Jerry,’ is a child and adult psychiatrist and a graduate of Stanford Medical School. While making Grand Rounds at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, he over heard a young boy with leukemia ask the doctor, “What is it like to die?” The doctor changed the subject and asked the child about his bowel movements. Wondering where the child would get his answer, Jerry found that it was with the cleaning lady who was at ease in discussing such a topic. Jerry realized that there needed to be a safe place for kids to be able to honestly discuss their own questions, fears, and thoughts.

Before the idea of the modern day ‘support group’ was conceived, Jerry started a small group with children who were all facing life threatening illness. Some were recently diagnosed while others were in remission. He thought they might be of help to each other and in the process, help him heal his fear of dying. Thus began the first ‘peer support group.’ Seeing the transformative benefits of using the Principles of Attitudinal Healing within a group, brothers and sisters asked to have a group for siblings as did parents and caregivers. Many groups needing support continued to emerge out of the needs of the community.

In 1978 Jerry stepped aside to let others run the Center to insure that it would succeed without the focus point of one person. At that point and with the emergence of  his first book, “Love is Letting Go of Fear” becoming a mega international best seller, others from around the world asked if they too could start a Center for Attitudinal Healing in their area. Each wanted a place locally where people of all ages and circumstances in life could come together for their own internal healing and in the process, help others heal.

Centers and groups continued to emerge on five continents over the years. In 1982 just after AIDS was named, Attitudinal Healing became a part of the support for children, adolescents, and adults living with HIV/AIDS, their families, health care workers, and caregivers. In 1986 Jerry and his now wife, Diane Cirincione, Ph.D. created with artist Jack Keeler the award winning poster of a drawing of a child with outstretched arms saying, “I Have AIDS – Please Hug Me – I Can’t Make You Sick.” This image became the most effective face for AIDS work globally for the World Health Organization (WHO) who issued it to 142 countries and in 2008 designated it the ‘most effective AIDS education tool in addressing the psychological, social, and emotional needs surrounding the AIDS pandemic.

Between 1988 and 2005 the Network for Attitudinal Healing International (NAHI), created by international Centers to bring together the Attitudinal Healing community to connect in various ways, functioned as the predecessor to Attitudinal Healing International (AHI).  

Since its beginning in 1975, the members of the Attitudinal Healing International community have provided support, trainings, and workshops in 54 countries to tens of thousands of adults, adolescents, and children facing life-threatening illness, conflict, challenges, and changes. Direct service support groups are free and trainings are always at minimal cost with scholarships available if needed. AHI is supported through grants and donations.

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