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When I took a leap of faith and left my stable, lucrative, and miserable job as a full-time physician in a busy managed care OB/GYN practice, I knew I was called to be a healer, but practicing medicine that way was sucking my soul dry. Seeing 40 patients a day just wasn’t what I was called to do. But if being a doctor wasn’t the yearning I felt in my soul, what was?
I had no idea.
I spent two years of what I came to call my “waiting and becoming” years, during which I crystallized my vision—to help people heal, connect, wake up and thrive, not just in their physical health, but in all aspects of their lives. As a physician, I knew that it wasn’t enough to treat only the biochemical elements of a healthy lifestyle. Sure, diet, exercise, a good night’s sleep, and taking your vitamins are keys to a healthy life. But if you’re in an abusive marriage, you hate your job, you feel spiritually disconnected, you feel creatively thwarted, you can’t stand where you live, and you haven’t found your people, no drug, surgery, supplement, or diet plan is going to save you. The body is a mirror of how we live our lives. In fact, we can heal ourselves by changing how we think about our health and doing what it takes to bring our bodies into harmony with the rest of our lives, and I want the world to know it.
What ensued was a burning desire to create a revolution in health care, to change how we think about health and healing, and to start a grass roots campaign to shift the paradigm of modern medicine.
From there, I started blogging, which led to writing books, including the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. I also founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute, which trainings physicians and other health care providers in the spiritually-based practices I used in my integrative medicine practice, as well as the 6 Steps to Healing Yourself that I shared in Mind Over Medicine. I’ve also been blessed to be the host of two public television specials about my work, as well as doing a lot of public speaking at events like TEDx, the Uplift Festival, and Hay House I Can Do It conferences. I teach workshops in fun places like Esalen Institute and Kripalu, lead a variety of successful teleclass collaborations, and have co-taught with authors like Deepak Chopra, Brene Brown, Martha Beck, Rachel Naomi Remen, Debbie Rosas, Bernie Siegel, Larry Dossey, Christiane Northrup, and Tosha Silver.
I feel very grateful and humbled by all the blessings in my professional life, and I can honestly say I just ADORE my job. But trust me, things were not always so rosy. After leaving medicine in 2007, I dreamed of becoming a professional writer, but four years later, I had gone from owning a house and having a cushy retirement account to having sold my house and spent every penny of my home equity and savings account in order to fund my dream, and I still had no plan for how to get back on my feet again. I had a newborn baby and a stay-home Daddy husband to support, but by January 2011, I was $200,000 in debt with no real hope of fulfilling my purpose or generating revenue in sight. I dreamed of being a career writer, but I had lost my agent, broken up with my publisher, and hung out a shingle as a “life coach,” although nobody was really calling me. Things were grim, and I got very scared and depressed. When you’re that frightened, it’s easy to get seduced off purpose, which is what began to happen. I started compromising my soul’s integrity in order to pay the bills because I didn’t trust myself to be able to get us out of debt. I was making fear-based decisions and feeling pretty desperate, but who wants to hire someone who gives off a desperate vibe?
I managed to climb out of the fear, desperation, helplessness, hopelessness, and debt in order to build a successful seven-figure business that offers me financial stability while I fulfill my true purpose, and because I remember how scary and challenging it was to get from there to here, I’m committed to serving those who, like me, know they are here to serve humanity and need a little help from someone who has learned everything the hard way.
As I wrote about in The Anatomy of a Calling, which is the story of my own visionary quest to fulfill my purpose and align with my soul, I now know that aligning with your purpose is a spiritual journey, and it requires illuminating your blind spots, coming face to face with your darkest fears, being willing to look at all that isn’t true about Who You Really Are, learning to hear and trust your Inner Pilot Light, and moving your ego into the back seat so your soul can take the wheel, not just in your business, but in your life. There’s nothing I love more than helping other visionaries do JUST THAT so they can get to work doing what they’re here to do while running a successful business as a side effect of aligning with your true purpose. So that’s why I decided to put this program together—because I genuinely care about visionary entrepreneurs like you, and because the very survival of the planet depends on you fulfilling your purpose. Ultimately, this program is about service—my service to you but also your service to that which which wants to be born through you as part of the transformation of consciousness on a planet in need of healing.