Most importantly before the patient’s first treatment, it is imperative that we ensure that the patient has been able to create an “alignment between mind and heart”, which we believe is critical before one involves the body.
This alignment is the purpose of the consultations we conduct, not just getting a signed “informed consent”.
Allow me to explain…
The Purpose of Our Consultations
Conventional consultations often deteriorate into a rehearsed recitation of the symptoms that the patient is suffering from, along with the assertion that these symptoms comprise definitive evidence of the established diagnosis of the disease. This is followed by a description of the treatment protocols that will be employed to address the patient’s symptoms. To the extent that underlying causative conditions are discussed at all, there typically is not sufficient time to explain in detail what is going on in the patient’s physiology.
A Deep Dive Into the Physiology
To solve this, we have created comprehensive videos, engineered for the layman, that take a deep dive into the physiology of the system that is manifesting symptoms and explains how our protocols address these physiological conditions.
Patients are required to watch these videos before they arrive for their consultation, and fortified with this knowledge, allows the creation of two critical outcomes during the consultation:
A) An elevated conversation about the patient’s physiology
B) An alignment between the patient’s mind and heart
Alignment of Mind and Heart
About the “alignment of the patient’s mind and heart”: When a human is sick, we believe that the agent that inspires and motivates addressing the illness, is the patient’s heart, not their mind.
The mind after all, is a powerful engine of reasoning, logic, and rationalization, that is also capable of enormous cognitive dissonance.
The heart, on the other hand, does not function by reasoning and logic, intellectual processes and linear constructs of equational calculations do not pertain to the heart. Beyond logic and knowledge, the heart functions in the realms of intuition, wisdom, and connection to primal metaphysical/spiritual forces that animate purpose within all of creation.
While the mind seeks, contracts, and crystalizes around finite solutions that it defines as being “right”, the heart seeks, expands, and integrates into connections that defy definition and are infinite. The heart recognizes the resonance of truth and the ring of integrity, as well as the dissonance of falsehood and the cacophony of deception.
A Full Engagement in Life
As we relate to our physiology, especially when we are sick, these properties of mind and heart are at play within us at a most fundamental level whether we are aware of it or not.
The primary purpose and design of our physiology is:
A full engagement in life.…. and when we are sick, engagement has – to some extent – “come off the rails”. The integrity of connection between us and the life force we are engineered to engage has slipped… and while our mind may concoct all sorts of stories to protect our fragile egos from embracing our vulnerability, our heart knows the truth.
The reason that a new patient is sitting in front of me, is not their mind, but their heart… it knows that the body that is bonded to the spirit of this patient, is “off track”…. and it seeks to reestablish the integrity of connection with life. The mind, which might have been in denial for a long time and been an obstacle in the path of the patient’s pursuit of help, is just trying to catch up. Indeed, the mind wants to find an avenue of healing that makes sense, and that appeals to its relentless need to be in control, and that satiates the irrepressible desire for a logical plan it can support. That is why our consultations start with a study of the relevant physiology… it gives the mind something to chew on, and thus, quells its agitation.
Feeding the Mind
The videos that we create and that we require our patients to view before their consultation, are targeted at correctly feeding the mind with accurate information and quieting the mind within a context that human physiology is divinely designed with all the needed machinery to fully engage life. Thereafter, during the face-to-face interaction with a physician, the heart can be addressed. It is surprisingly simple.
Engaging the Experience Behind the Symptoms
It’s not about the symptoms, or the science, but about the experience behind the symptoms that must be engaged. The question that we often ask, in-order-to open a portal to that depth of experience, is:
“What is that like for you?”
“So, you wake up tired every morning…. What is that like for you? “
“So, your brain is foggy all the time… what is that like for you?”
Beyond the description of the symptom, what is the experience behind the symptom? What would your life be like if you didn’t have this condition? Etc.
It is in the depth, and intimate nature of this conversation that “stewardship” of the patient over his/her physiology can be awakened and reinforced, in devotion to restoring the integrity of connection to life. It is at this point that alignment of mind and heart is established… and it is at this point that the body becomes a willing participant in the contemplated treatments.
This is a sacred mission.
We know it… and are humbled by it… and as physicians, scientists, and healers, we are privileged to be a part of this process.