One of the things I love most about my practice of healing is that it never ends. To some people that might sound depressing –– it’s never done! –– but to me, it’s exciting. I get to go ever-deeper into the world of body and spirit, and what it can do, and what we can do together to foster your healing.
That’s one of the reasons I’ve been spending so much time over the past couple of years studying with Master Yuantong Liu. He’s an amazing healer and Zhineng qigong master, and I’ve learned so much from him already.
My recent trip to China to study with him in person solidified three core lessons that are becoming deeper and deeper integrated into my practice:
Lesson One: You are so much more powerful than you realize.
I’ve been circling around this idea for years, but my time in China brought it home to me in a whole new way. The things I’ve seen my teacher, Master Liu, do — not to mention the things I’ve done with my fellow students — has completely rewritten my take on what is possible. It’s been amazing to see the kinds of healing people have created in their own bodies, and in the bodies of those around them. I’ve seen everything from minor, nagging aches and pains that people thought they’d have to live with for years right through to major “incurable” illnesses greatly mitigated, or healed entirely. And what that’s really brought home to me is the sheer inherent healing power of the body. Your body is built to heal — and you have so much more control over your health than you might think!
Lesson Two: Intention matters.
For a long time, I was really curious about why some patients seemed to get really amazing results right away, and others took longer, and a few never really seemed to move past their healing plateaus. What I came to realize in China was the role that intention can play in healing. We often see intention presented as this wishy-washy, woo-woo thing, when really, the truth is that thoughts do become things. You think about something long enough, you start to take actions and have experiences that reinforce it.
This is absolutely true of your health as well. If you come into my office with a strong intention to heal, your body is going to follow suit. If you come in ambivalent, or just sort of interested in healing, you’re going to find yourself fighting an uphill battle.
Let’s be clear: there’s absolutely no truth to the idea that you’re at fault for your illnesses, or that if you want to get better really, really hard, you will. But you do have to come to healing with the intention to actually heal.
And finally, if you come in expecting me to just “fix you”, that’s another story entirely, which leads me to my final lesson…
Lesson Three: We are co-creators in your healing.
Western medicine works like this: you get sick, you go to the doctor, the doctor fixes you, the end. But that puts you in a position of total disempowerment when it comes to your health. How crazy is that? You’re the only one living in your body; you’re the only one who truly experiences your illnesses and your health, so why would you hand over the reins to someone else entirely? That’s why my work is totally different — it’s collaborative, gives you agency over your own health, and we work together through it all. I’m here with my particular skills, intention, and experiences, but ultimately, you play a big role in this process too!