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The HEART of the Matter

“No matter what is going on, never give up.  Develop the heart.  Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.  Develop the heart.  Be Compassionate."

HH The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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One of the most profound experiences of my professional and personal life happened in an operating room during my fellowship training.  Not impactful research or a medical discovery, but a personal energetic encounter that changed my life.  The Dalai Lama was in town for a series of lectures on the main campus of Washington University in St. Louis.  Busy as I was with the rigors of research and my fellowship, I was peripherally aware that His Holiness would be in town, but foggy on the details. I knew that he spoke often about love and compassion, but again, I was short on details. That awareness got pushed front and center when I was told that he would be visiting the OR where we would be doing complex neurosurgery for seizures.  That was my room, so he would be observing the surgery. Mic. Drop.

I worried about what would be asked of us the night before the surgery. The reality was that on the day of surgery, I was so focused on taking care of my patient that I forgot what time His Holiness and his entourage were scheduled to arrive.  That is until I felt the overwhelming sense of calm that I felt precede the appearance of The Dalai Lama in the surgical suite. This gets right back to all that I have learned and experienced about energy.  Just as negative energy has a feeling when it comes rolling at you, the energy of love and peace is even more powerful and distinctive.  Without seeing his entry into the outer suite, I knew that something was shifting and changing because of the overwhelming sense of calm that swept through me, and the operating room.  I worked on.  It wasn’t until I noticed the ENORMOUS Guards in black suits at the upper-level observation window that I realized that His Holiness had arrived.

The heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in the human body, producing the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body’s organs. The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. 1

A slight man in his saffron and maroon robes, black framed glasses, and a slight smile of bemusement on his face, his presence of PEACE was palpable from another room, through glass and distance.  Neither he nor his translator spoke to us, talking mainly to the surgeon who was accompanying him on his visit to the operating room.  After a few minutes of observation, he and his party left…but the influence of that positive energy and PRESENCE remained throughout the rest of the case, which went smoothly

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The impact of that chance meeting did not change anything immediately, but slowly I began to shift my decision-making process and focus. My focus shifted from reliance on primarily my brain to my heart, and how situations and things made me feel. Over subsequent months and years, it ultimately made my decision-making process much easier. Don’t do what doesn’t feel intuitively like the right step to take became my guiding credo.

The first choice? The full version of the above excerpted quote from the Dalai Lama took up permanent residence on my desk, There are innumerable wise and memorable quotes from His Holiness, but the version I have actually led me to begin to follow my heart. I’ve never regretted that decision. It is, however, an astonishingly bold decision in a field like medicine when orthodoxy and adherence to staid and rigid rules of engagement is frequently the order of the day. The list of things that are “not done” can be long and quite involved. Tearing up that list and listening to my heart and intuition for the decisions that mattered to me were the key steps in my journey to rediscover the real core of me, after putting listening to my intuition low on the list of “must do’s” in the pursuit of my medical career.

My quest for What Mattered led me to conclude that what I sought could only be achieved by tapping into my heart and intuition, because at its core, health care attends to our humanity, not statistics.  Deep down, we instinctively know what is best for us, once we take the time and energy to listen deeply to ourselves, our heart, and our intuition.  I found that during my quest to reconnect with myself, my intuition and make heart centered decisions, I became a better person and better doctor, because I tapped into compassion and courage.  I consider those to be the best aspects of intuitive heart centered living.  Yes, I’ve encountered innumerable people who roll their eyes and shrug when I speak of the concepts that motivate me. These aren’t my people.  But there are fellow seekers out there who in their search for healing who realize that love of and for themselves, healing their wounds and transforming them into strengths and honoring themselves and their intuition is the best way to achieve the most complete concept of health. 

I feel that sharing what I know about using intuition, intention, goal setting, and whole body, mind, and spirit healing to navigate the surgery period is my contribution to helping my patients and clients thrive in their lives and in the world. 

I would love the opportunity to share how using Intention, honoring Intuition and a Heart Centered approach to healing can help you navigate your surgical period.  Please schedule a discovery call to see how I can help guide you in your whole body recovery process.

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  1. “Science of the Heart: Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance”

Heartmath Institute, 

Follow this link for a picture of the electromagnetic field surrounding the heart:

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