"Although urology is Dave's surgical specialty, his healing work,
teaching and writing extend into psycho-spiritual realms which
embrace indigenous wisdoms including nature as healer, the power
of dreams, ancestral guidance in our lives and a perspective of
death as a joyous reality of life's continuance.
"The multi-faceted body/mind/spirit scope of his interest and
expertise have greatly enriched and expanded the Omega
Program's mission. He has led many in-service retreats for our
instructors who are crazy about him. He's so damn erudite yet very
modest, having an authentic gentility with a dollop of the playful
rascal. We surely see him as being in tune with the universe and
possessed with some of its happiest and richest secrets which he
Maryellen Flynn Kelley, Retired Director - Omega Program,
Continuing Education Division, Santa Barbara City College
"When I first met Dave I knew immediately that he had a special
quality that defined his whole way of being in the world. He is
someone who really walks the path, a true healer, and dedicated
doctor of both African and Western medicine. I have referred many
of my patients to him and seen stubborn or difficult conditions
disappear. In addition, I have had the great joy of inviting him to
teach our students at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dave has
something of great value to offer us and we are blessed to have him
in these troubling times. We can all benefit by listening to his deep
wisdom and taking his medicine."
Caylin Huttar, Ph.D., L.Ac., Somatic Studies Specialization Chair -
Depth Psychology Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute
"As an avowed skeptic I can't believe what I can't observe. I've
directly observed Dr. Cumes as he teaches, counsels others and
gives great advice. He is one of the best listeners I've ever met.
While I don't presently believe in the supernatural - I believe entirely
in the skills and caring powers of this remarkable man. (Maybe this
could help you reach the 20% of us who are, right or wrong, in the
Don Lubach, University Administrator and Faculty Member
"It was a privilege to host Dr. Cumes at Wellness Weekend in the
Wild 2001. Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and personal
experience to the topic of healing and nature, drawing from his
medical training and background as well as extended time and
study with indigenous cultures and healers throughout the world.
He is a knowledgeable, well-educated man as well as a gifted healer
who has touched the inner magic of his soul, and readily shares his
gifts with others. His programs are a blend of the richness of his
experiences with indigenous cultures, the wisdom he has gained
from these people, and the knowledge of a well-trained western
physician. He is an excellent speaker who brought a wealth of
information and insight to this weekend."
Pam Greenslate, Director - CASA Center For Therapeutic Services,
"I have been involved in coordinating the Mind-Supermind lecture
series in our community for over 25 years. Our speakers have
included renowned physicians such as Deepak Chopra, Rachel
Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, Larry Dossey - and most recently David
Cumes. When I first heard Dave speak I was very excited to learn
that he is one of our own local practicing surgeons! His message
and mission encompass such a holistic world view of healing. I have
the highest regard for Dr. Cumes both personally and professionally,
and I know the Santa Barbara community is extremely gratified that
he now has a growing international audience."
Ellen Downing MS, Founder - Mind and Super-Mind: Expanding the
Limits of Consciousness,
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education Division
"Rather than creating a new, confusing, complex approach as many
other authors do, Dr Cumes fashions a synergy - a union - of several
classic healing traditions. He describes this union in plain English,
using abundant common sense, in an easy-to-read, captivating
manner, incorporating stories from his own life, creating a book
suitable for layman or professional alike."
Alan Singh Weiss, M.D., M.M.E., F.A.C.S., Director Medical
Education California Hospital Los Angeles, Clinical Asst. Professor
'The Spirit of Healing is a compelling book that demonstrates how
nature is a profound teacher of our own nature.
Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., author of The Four-fold Way and Signs of Life
"Dr David Cumes has studied healing around the world. He writes
wisely about the most basic elements of health and illness. This
book is a return to ancient wisdom seen through the eyes of a
skilled surgeon, and a penetrating glimpse of the medicine of the
Larry Dossey M.D., author of Prayer is Good Medicine and
"'The Source: Tshisimane is the thrilling account of surgeon David
Cumes’ encounter with the indigenous medicine of South Africa, his
birthplace. Initiated as a sangoma or native healer, Cumes learned
to integrate ancestral insights with modern medicine. I know of no
more fascinating personal journey among modern medical
practitioners than this—a blend of courage and wisdom that are
rare in any age. Cumes is
equally at home with leopards stalking his wilderness retreat, and
the halls of a modern hospital. David Cumes is a modern
hero—someone who has ventured into unknown territory, faced
great challenges, and who returns to share his hard-earned wisdom.
For anyone interested in psychological and spiritual growth, this is a
must-read. But it should come with a warning: This book may
change forever your idea of how the world works."
Larry Dossey, M.D.
"Inner Passages, Outer Journeys adds another level of healing
wisdom to the merging paradigm of health. [The author] reminds us
that the environment is our extended body and that when given the
opportunity, Nature is the ultimate healer, returning us to
David Simon, M.D., Medical Director of the Chopra Center for Well
"David Cumes, M.D. led a group of travelers for my company on a
ten-day journey to the Kalahari San Bushmen in Botswana. It was
an exceptional experience for all participants. Much of the travelers'
personal teaming was due to Dave's gentle, firm teaching manner.
He prepared the way and allowed the experience to unfold in its
own way for each individual. Dave walks his talk, is knowledgeable,
present, approachable and fun to be around. I have asked him to
lead another journey next year"
Carole Angermeir, President. Cross Cultural Journeys
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