How to choose an alternative health practitioner

I personally know quite a few mainstream and alternative health practitioners now and I find them to be amazing human beings who are generally caring and of high integrity. As complementary and alternative therapies are often new areas for many people, here are some general tips on how to select a practitioner of any kind, whether it be an acupuncturist, ayurvedic practitioner or massage therapist that is a good fit for you. Some of these tips apply to any conventional medicine or allied health professional as well:

  1. Word of Mouth – A referral is often the best way of understanding the practitioner’s methods, particularly when they have you have witnessed results in your friend, family member or someone you trust.  When you seek a practitioner, they should ask you for your reasons for seeking such treatment and in some cases, or check that you have consulted your GP. We are all different and so not everyone gets the same results in the exactly the same way so while referral is good, don’t expect exactly the same approach for your individual situation.
  2. Energy technique (e.g. Emotional Freedom technique, Reiki, Healing Touch) – If you have preference for a certain technique, then naturally you would seek a practitioner skilled in that particular method.  However, a study by Assay & Lambert on counselling has shown that a person’s improvement after a session is 40% due to the motivation and commitment of client and 35% due to their relationship with the practitioners. The actual counselling technique used affected only 15% of the outcome. Hence, while it is not directly related to energy practices, it does provide clues as to how much you bring to the table in any form of therapy. Nonetheless, feel free to experiment and ask your practitioner to explain their technique to you. Don’t worry if it can’t be explained very clearly the first time as some techniques can be a very experiential process. Results speak for themselves.
  3. Physical Contact: Ask if they work with your hands on the body, or in your energy field, or both? (If they do hands-on work, they may require a qualification or license, depending on your country, in which case you should ask them about this.
  4. Delivery: It is good to know the duration of sessions, how many sessions you expect to have and if you will be seated or lying down. This helps with your own comfort and preparation, but note that the length of any therapy varies greatly depending on the issue you are experiencing and the possible outcome you desire.
  5. Training, qualifications & experience:Whilst many alternative health practitioners are formally trained in recognised schools, there are a rare few that are learned their skills from more informal means such as apprenticeships. It’s fine to ask how they have learned their skill and how long they have been practising for. It’s also worthwhile asking if they have qualifications in other areas such as counselling, psychology conventional medicine and if they incorporate it.
  6. Attitude & Compatibility: It is important for the practitioner to understand your needs. A shared goal with your practitioner when starting treatment is important if you are to receive the benefits you want. A grounded practitioner will encourage you to seek and follow the advice of your regular (conventional) medical/psychological practitioner and should not make recommendations outside of her/his area of expertise. They should be able to competently answer your questions without getting defensive.You may choose to inform your regular doctor that you are receiving a complementary therapy such as energy coaching. In addition, ensure that your practitioner is willing to collaborate with your medical professional on your overall health. Your practitioner should not make unrealistic claims or promises to heal you of life-threatening illnesses or conditions, especially in a short period of time. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence and they would not pressure you to make return visits. However, it is good practice torecommend a treatment plan for the sessions and advise on follow up. You should still be allowed to make the final decision.
  7. Informed Consent: The practitioner should provide you with all the necessary information and seek your consent before treating you. Some have booking forms as part of their practice, which includes disclaimers and/ or Terms and Conditions, which are reasonable requests and worth understanding.
  8. Location: If your session is in-person (as opposed to over the phone or internet), ensure they have a clean and comfortable space, whether it is their home or office.
  9. Fees: The right price is whatever you are willing to pay in return for the value you receive. It is OK to compare prices, and like any service, you may occasionally pay more for more experienced or qualified professionals. In some cases there may be a first free introduction so you have a chance to meet the practitioner and ask questions before proceeding with paid sessions.

Which of these tips was most relevant for you?

The Secret of Career Happiness

I worked in the corporate world for several years at the largest drug company in the world, Pfizer, and really enjoyed my time at the top level. But it was not until I left that I discovered the secret to happiness at work.

It is because after I left that I discovered secrets of personal growth that had not been ‘tainted’ by corporatized language and complicated jargon. In some cases, simple truths that were easily communicated to the average man on the street were far more resonant and convincing than principles that were convoluted to fit corporate mission statements.

After completing Dr John Demartini’s values-based exercises from his Values E-book, I learnt that my job role must align to my personal values for me to be most satisfied with my work. And so after completing the Demartini survey and identifying my top twelve personal values, I understood that my career had to be aligned with these values as closely as possible.

That’s the first truth of career happiness.

The second truth involves Marcus Buckingham, one of the co-creators of the Gallup Survey. The Gallup Survey is a leading employee engagement audit used by major corporations around the world to build strong company cultures. Buckingham’s book “First, break all the rules” illustrates that we all have particular skills that are unique to us, which he labels ‘Strengths’ or ‘True Strengths’.

In simplistic terms, ‘strengths’ are skills that we are good at, such as negotiating deals, repairing broken things, multitasking family chores or analysing financial information. However, when we perform tasks using these skills, we become tired; they drain our energy and we do not feel very satisfied afterward.

‘True Strengths’ are skills that we are naturally very good at and when we utilise them we feel energised. We experience a sense of being “in the zone” and we lose sense of time. We can perform these tasks for hours and we generally don’t feel tired afterward, in fact we feel a sense of accomplishment.

In his book, ‘First Break All the Rules’, Buckingham suggests that if you can get 80% of your job to involve your True Strengths, you will be fantastic at your job. After learning these principles, I discovered my True Strengths to be creative writing and presenting, so when I am writing articles, documents or creating presentations, I completely lose track of time and have the greatest degree of energy.

This is also probably why I did not get the greatest degree of satisfaction when I was in clinical medicine, as my work at the time did not tap into my True Strengths of generating new ideas and creative communication.

So, ask yourself – what are YOUR TRUE STRENGTHS? Can you BRING THEM TO WORK MORE? Are you able to delegate what you don’t really enjoy to others that have those skills?

It was from answering these questions that I discovered the secret formula for true enjoyment and higher energy at work. I call it ‘The Secret of Career Happiness’, and it is when your job role is aligned to your True Strengths and your Personal Values.

It’s a simple prescription for work-life balance and getting the best energy, fulfilment and job satisfaction out of your career pursuits. It is also a great philosophy for organisations to collaboratively get the most out value from their workforce.

The Secret of Career Happiness

Personal Values + True Strengths = Role Alignment

What’s your Secret to Career Happiness?

7 Positive tips on How to deal with Negative people

Every person radiates energy and your own personal energy is influenced by those around you. Certain people give off positive energy while others give off negative energy – when you spend time with negative people, your own thoughts and emotions slowly become negative and toxic.  On the flipside, spending time with cheerful, optimistic people can help you laugh, feel upbeat and exuberant.

Have you ever noticed that you attract people with similar energy to your own? They say ‘misery loves company’ and so at any particular point in time, if you are feeling negative you are more likely to attract the same, even though this is not necessarily the best solution for you.

According to personal development guru the late Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This is why we need to actively manage our social circle, as not everyone you meet will be an appropriate match for where you want to get to in your life.

Remember life will always throw us people that challenge us and people that support us, almost always in a 50-50 ratio. Both sides however are always there to test and evolve us.

However, we can raise our vibrations ourselves as we evolve over the long term. Here are a few practical ways in which you can deal with daily situations or people that may be negatively affect your energy field:

1.   Change the topic

Negative people tend to dwell on everything that is wrong with the world and completely ignore the positive aspects of a situation. They can also exaggerate issues and make their predicament seem a lot worse than it actually is.

In such as situation, avoid engaging in the negativity. Make them realise that everyone on the planet is given a half a glass, and it is up to us if we wan’t to look at it as a glass half empty, or a glass half full. Switching the conversation to a more positive tone, highlighting positive aspects or changing the topic altogether can help in the short term.

When the conversation changes, be sure to affirm and respond with enthusiasm whenever the person is being positive. Ultimately, an individual who has a repeatedly negative view on things has an underlying energetic disruption requiring attention.

2.   Meditate

As mentioned earlier, meditation will help you centre your mind so you do not dwell on the negative thoughts or ideas that may have been introduced while spending time with a negative person. It will help restore balance in your energy field; the more often you meditate, the more balanced you will be

3.   Relinquish your ego

Always remember that negative people also serve a purpose in your life – they are meant to evolve you so you can be a better person.

Negative people are often very critical of those around them, and you may find yourself on the receiving end of their criticism. Unwarranted criticism is an indication of the person’s personal issues, they are often more angry of their inner selves, which has nothing to do with you.

Don’t let hurtful comments get under your skin – that is your ego being hurt and not you true inner self. Your inner, authentic self is a soul of beauty and it is untouchable, no matter what happens in the world. Relinquish your true enemy, which is you ego in such circumstances as I did in openly declaring my own personal ‘flaws’.

You’ll be surprised that people don’t really care what your ‘flaws’ are because deep down, theirs are just as real. You will live so much lighter afterward and be able to accomplish anything you want with greater ease and flow.

4.   Practice Gratitude

When the negative person is a loved one, it is important to remind yourself that he or she loves you despite the criticism. Be grateful for things and people you do enjoy having in your life, no matter how insignificant that may seem.

Some people write a Gratitude List, that is a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life, no matter how small it may be, like a supportive friend or even a favourite inspiring quote you just read. Once you add up your list, you will find everything balances off and your energy shifts.

In the follow up book to The Secret, Rhonda Byrnes suggests using a Gratitude Rock. I occasionally use this tip before going to bed, where I hold on to a random rock I picked up near Bondi Beach and think of the one thing I am most grateful for in the day. This exercise reinforces our thoughts to shift to every positive experience in the day and shifts our programming to further manifest our desires.

5.   Suggest action

Since the focus of any argumentative scenario is often on negative aspects of a situation, your role is to play the objective party. Provide workable solutions to the person and later ask whether he or she followed through on the solutions you came up with as this may help the person come to terms with his or her own negativity.

Sometimes you will find that despite solving the problem, the person continues to be despondent. Keep reminding them of their victories, successes and achievements, no matter how small or large they may appear.

6.   Move away

To the extent possible, avoid people that drain your energy. This does not mean that they do not deserve your love, but sometimes you need to have time out to find your own positivity and build immunity toward their negative energy.

As your body’s energy system reaches higher levels of vibration in your personal growth, you can become a source of strength to others. On occasion, it is perfectly acceptable to put that particular relationship on the back burner or let it fade altogether, to enhance your own life.

Do this only after consulting dependable people or seek professional advice.

7.   Rebalance your own energy

If all else fails, rebalancing your own energy with energy techniques can help you eliminate the negative energy you absorb from those around you.

When your spouse, parent or child is a negative person, it can be very difficult to be completely immune of his or her negative energy. As such regular balancing of your chakras and field helps you release the negative emotions you may feel, allowing more positive energy to flow into your life.

How do you deal with negative people in your life?

Are most doctors sick of their jobs?

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I mentioned in my last blog how I had recently attended the Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)  conference at the Gold Coast. It was an extremely insightful conference and one presenter in particular stood out to me for a very special reason. This person was full of love.

Dr Robin Youngson is a consultant anaesthetist who has seen the worst of the worst. If you don’t already know, anaesthetists are the doctors that put you to sleep in an operation. This may seem like an easy job, but the reality is that whenever a patient has a cardiac arrest and could potentially die at any moment, the anaesthetists are the first people to step in and are the ones in charge.

As such, they need to have an amazing ability to stay calm under pressure, it comes with the territory. However, I was impressed with Dr Youngson for a very different reason.

You see, Dr Youngson (like me, several years ago), had enough of the medical system. He was quite disillusioned at seeing doctors and nurses go about their jobs in very robotic fashion and not really connecting with patients. Connection took too much time.

Patients were often dehumanized, as numbers or diseases, where you would occasionally hear comments like “Its your turn to feed the pneumonia in Bed 7” or “the prostate cancer patient in Room 5 needs a new catheter”.

Whilst most doctors I know are very nice and do the best thing for patients, I could really relate to what Dr Youngson was saying. It’s a tough working environment at the best of times.

I too used to be so busy that I had no time to truly connect with patients. I also feared that if I did get into an emotional conversation, I too would become emotional, or open a can of worms that I did not have time for.

On the flip side, patients wanted doctors that genuinely cared for them or at least appeared to care. The hospital environment can be quite sterile and mechanical already, combine that with sterile and mechanical staff and it becomes an environment that is not conducive for healing.

This is obviously a widespread issue and one that deserves attention but how can it be fixed and is there a solution that could even possibly be implemented?

Well, here’s where Dr Youngson’s work comes in. He recommends that doctors and nurses need to bring LOVE back into their jobs. Feeling love and compassion actually makes patients feel more cared for and improves their ability to recover better. Suprisingly, it also helps doctors and nurses love their jobs, reduce stress levels and maintain their wellbeing.

In his book, ‘Time to Care’, which I recommend you read if you are a health professional, Dr Youngson suggests many simple tips to help bring positive psychology into the profession. By doing so, patients feel happier, and so do doctors and nurses.

He also suggests that by expressing compassion and positive energy, patients actually take up less time from busy health professionals and there is a less of risk of complaints or legal action should anything go wrong.

I am only halfway through Dr Youngson’s book but already there are some profound insights. The beauty of his teachings also is that they are incredibly simple tips that can make huge differences in the hearts and minds of patients and doctors; from an employer perspective, they also help with retaining talented staff.

Dr Youngson’s emphasizes very simple and practical tips in ‘Time to Care’. He calls them Tiny Acts of Loving Kindness (TALK). He also quotes an article in a prestigious medical journal about ‘Etiquette-Based Medicine’ in which the author MW Kahn recommends health care professionals observe the following when interacting with hospital patients:

  1. Ask permission to enter the patient’s room and wait for an answer
  2. Introduce yourself, show ID badge
  3. Shake hands
  4. Sit down. Smile if appropriate
  5. Briefly explain your role in the team
  6. Ask the patient how he or she is feeling about the hospital

Have you ever had a good or bad hospital experience? Were any of these 6 recommendations observed?

Did you know the latest treatment for heart disease is NOT a drug?

I recently attended the Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) conference at the Marriot Hotel in the Gold Coast this past weekend It was an extraordinary conference.

It has been a while since I attended any medical conference as my last escapades in this area was when I was working for the ‘big dog’ Pfizer Australia, the largest company in the industry. As one of their Medical Directors, I was always in a position of high regards amongst the attendees, including the top professors and clinicians.

I found the AIMA conference to be quite different as there was a lot less ego than any previous conference I had attended. I am not saying that all doctors in the mainstream are egotistical as that would be incorrect; I am merely stating that at the AIMA conference, there was a great sense of openness, congeniality and camaraderie.

The doctors were also the first to admit how much they didn’t know; rather than hold a position that they were the foremost expert in specific area and it was either ‘their way or the high way’.

This conference was also unique in that it combined conventional Western medical practitioners with integrative, holistic and alternative health practitioners such as acupuncturists, energy healers, Ayurveda experts, naturopaths, herbal medicines and many other diverse areas of expertise.

It was clear that there was an emphasis on doing what’s best for the patient, irrespective of what therapeutic modality or drug is being used. There was also an emphasis on non-drug approaches, in the interest of reducing potential side effects to patients.

Among the highlights was listening and connecting with Dr Robert Schneider (on the far right in photo), a world leading cardiologist from the Maharishi University in Iowa, USA who demonstrated that one of the approved treatments for heart disease is meditation.

This is a phenomenal step as scientific research now demonstrates that meditation can make a significant difference in preventing heart attacks. It has even led to the American Heart Association adding meditation to the official clinical guidelines for the treatment of heart disease.

Dr Schneider also explained how specifically ‘Transcendental Meditation’ has gained a significant following worldwide with various other studies that prove its benefits in increasing creativity, focus and concentration as well as reducing stress.

This issue is particularly close to my heart (pardon the pun) as only 2 weeks ago, my father had his first heart attack. Naturally, my family and I were quite devastated and I flew back from Sydney to be with him in Kuala Lumpur. I had to take a flight back as soon as I heard, I am sure any family member would do the same if they could.

Whilst he was being plugged away with complicated medication regimes and even more complicated set of diagnosis, I felt grateful that I could be there to help my family understand the consequences of the predicament and the varying opinions from all the experts.

I have to say that I was very grateful to the doctors and nurses who were calm and I was also impressed at how they all emphasized the need for positive mindset and energy, rather than stressing on the drug treatments. As a result, I thought my father some meditations techniques and we did them together.

As a former clinician, I felt this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The Buddhists and Hindus have known for thousands of years that meditation has tremendous benefits for all aspect of our physical health, not just cardiac disease.  I am sure that over time, western medicine will catch up , as it is doing now.

Dr Schneider has authored the book ‘Total Heart Health’, which combines modern cardiology with the Maharishi Vedic approach to Health. Based on his outstanding lecture at the conference, I would recommend this book to anyone with heart disease or even anyone concerned about their health and energy.

The basis of ‘Dosha type’ is very powerful, and understanding your dosha i.e. factors that influence your mind-body connection can make a dramatic difference to the foods you eat, how to treat stress and how to regain balance in your life.

If you have a bit time, I strongly recommend you go online and find out what your Dosha type is….whether it is Vata, Pitta or Kapha mind-body type and you may find answers to health problems you may have been experiencing for years.

Have you had any experience with alternative treatments like Ayurveda?

What is the ‘Placebo Effect’ and has it been misinterpreted?

A ‘mind-body’ phenomenon that I studied in my medical training is the “placebo effect”. In short, it is the effect that occurs when a person receives a fake treatment but experiences a real positive result. In a clinical study, researchers often randomise study (clinical trial) participants in 2 or more groups (also known as ‘arms’). One group is given the drug, while the other is given a placebo (fake drug, usually a sugar pill or fake injection). Researchers then compare the rate of clinical improvement in the group that took the real drug vs. the group that took the sugar pill.

The difference in positive results between the real drug group and the fake drug (placebo) group is determined to be the actual beneficial effect of the drug. In almost every study, some people in the placebo group still get a real beneficial effect, despite only receiving a sugar pill or an injection of water! It is thought that this effect came from the person’s mind, and it is called the placebo effect. During my time as one of the Medical Directors at Pfizer in Australia, I was the appointed medical expert for Viagra. When I was involved in Viagra clinical trials, some studies had approximately 30% who reported improvements in the fake drug arm. This placebo response in 30% of people who took pretty much nothing means that their minds created a real benefit for the study participant. This mentally stimulated response can vary greatly in various studies across different medical conditions but is almost always present in EVERY clinical trial.

Now whilst the medical community has always paid attention to the ‘real effect’ in the real drug arm and dismissed the Placebo Effect as an aberration of some sort, what we should have been doing is ask the question – “Hang on a minute, how did 30% of participants IMPROVE their sexual performance with absolutely NO DRUGS whatsoever?” How did these people heal their erectile dysfunction, just by their mind ‘thinking and feeling’ that they were going to get better?

This is the radical yet proven perspective on how our MINDS (conscious and subconscious thoughts and emotions) feed our energetic system. Our minds can make you ill or help you heal yourself. Similar theories in human biology have connected thoughts, emotions and health. For example,  when you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol which can affect all your systems and organs. These stress responses from conflict, anger and anxiety can cause disruptive changes in the functioning of your heart and immune system leading to illness.

Even specific emotions have been indirectly associated with a number of diseases. Studies from the University of Maryland Medical Center have found that unconsciously being defensive, restricting our emotions or feelings of hopelessness can result in medical consequences such as high blood pressure. How a person manages their emotions can also affect how long they survive with a chronic illness. In addition, hostile attitudes may increase your risk for coronary heart disease, obesity (especially around the waist), insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), and abnormal cholesterol (specifically, high triglycerides and low levels of high density lipoprotein or HDL – the good kind of cholesterol).

Have you ever met a hostile person that seemed happy, healthy and performing well at their job? I gather you haven’t and neither have I. We may have a pre-conceived notion that terrorists, wrestlers and even military personnel require aggression to perform well at their function, yet the opposite is true. Being calm and centred is far more effective even in activities requiring physical aggression, ask any genuine master of Kung Fu, which is more focussed on self defence.

If we continue to purely use the western framework of illness which merely considers the physical body (based on biology and chemistry) and ignores the energetic body (based on quantum physics), then we limit ourselves from our overall healing potential and our ability to achieve peak performance. There is an obvious signal on how modern science is beginning to clarify the connection between emotions and illness – the picture becomes clearer and more complete when it is viewed from an energy perspective as well.  Overall, I was now able to connect parallel information from what I learnt in medical school, my experience in medical research as well as my initial literature review on the body’s energy system.

Despite all these learnings, the thing that convinced me the most was my own personal experience with an energy shift and how I felt afterward. Once I had that experience, I needed to know how it works. I also wanted to know what else was out there in terms of methods of shifting energy from all the different cultures around the world. My journey into connecting the bigger picture continued with my understanding how energy methods can actually heal and transform a person’s life. Energy was the connection that helped me understand this mysterious ‘placebo effect’.

Have you ever experienced the ‘placebo effect’ with yourself or someone you know?

What is the Mind-Body connection and are there pieces missing?

While western scientists forty years ago used to take the view that the mind and body were distinctly separate entities, it is pretty safe to assume now that most people appreciate that the mind and body are intimately connected. The term “mind over matter” has become well accepted in today’s society and this is particularly the case with our health and wellbeing. When we feel depressed, we are more likely to feel pain, experience tiredness and sleep poorly compared to when we are feeling good about ourselves.

Even as a doctor, I had my own ‘mind over matter’ experiences. Ironically, for many years I administered numerous injections and inserted intravenous needles into people despite having a minor fear of needles. When I myself am about to receive an injection, I find that when I look at the needles, I feel the pain so much more. However if I look away and never see the needle at all, the pain is much more tolerable. Emotions such as fear, can increase our sensation of pain. Even as early as 1975, psychologist Robert Adder showed that mental and emotional cues could affect our immune system and our ability to defend against illness. Mainstream science has certainly made connection between our mind (mental and emotional state) and our body (physical state). However the new paradigm of energy (or the ‘ancient’ paradigm of energy, depending on how you look at it), is now more recognised as the connector between the mind and body.

In truth, mind and body alone do not impact on our health. Our spirit or soul is the third aspect of our wellbeing. This is certainly a challenge for many people to comprehend, yet one read of the works of Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Neil Diamond Walshe, Eckhart Tolle and many other religious and spiritual theories will convince you that our soul or spirit does exist. However, what people tend to forget is to connect the dots between mind, body and spirit and how all three elements are integrated via the energy paradigm and determine our overall wellbeing.

Mind-Body medicine is now thought in many US medical schools and around the world while renewing interest in techniques such as yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes. There are several mind-body healing techniques being used today which include biofeedback, hypnosis, autogenic training and so on. The objective of these techniques is to get the body and mind to relax and to reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, so that your immune system is better able to fight off illness. Whilst their approach to treating the stress hormones is valid, it seems just as valid, if not more so, to treat the root cause of the illness, which is detected in the disruption of the energy system.

Do you consider your Mind, Body and Spirit every time you get an illness?

How to use the Tapping technique for Stress Relief

Throughout my tough times in 2012, when I experienced a significant degree of stress, I would confer from time to time with my friend Allison. During the months that my career and health were in decline, Allison clarified that on occasions when adversity seemed prolonged, it was due to the blockages in the body’s ‘energy’.

Having spent over 15 years training, practising and researching at the highest levels of Western medicine, I had never heard ANYTHING about a body’s energy system.

As you can imagine, I was quite sceptical about the existence of a body’s energy system. In fact, I have been a total sceptic of any form of alternative medicine—whether it is naturopathy, homeopathy, natural herbs, holistic medicine, “spiritual healing”, or anything else I had not encountered in medical training.

However, Allison did not represent my typical idea of alternative medicine. I trusted her completely and was curious to learn more about her theory.

Allison explained how disruptions in the energy system can lead to emotional imbalances, stress, and disease. She also said she could fix it, if I wanted her to, as she had done for many people in the past. She instructed me on a technique called “tapping”, which required me to tap on various points on my face and body whilst repeating positive affirmations.

Again, this seemed quite weird and something else that I had never heard about, so my scepticism remained. But the pain of my current situation was much stronger than my scepticism, and so once again, I placed my trust in Allison.

After about four sessions of tapping with Allison, I was a completely changed man. My outlook was brighter and I felt much more confident and happier. Even my body started to recover from my condition and I began live and feel healthier.

What was all this tapping stuff? And how can it transform an anxious, physically-ill person into a revitalized and energetic individual in just a few sessions?

I had to learn more and spent the next three months on a hunt for knowledge and more proof. I bought books and surfed the internet on human energy, energy medicine, Chinese medicine, healing, yoga, meditation, “new age” genres, religious healings, genetics, emotional basis of disease and much more. I dug up clinical research on Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), Reiki, Acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, Healing Touch and other similar modalities.

I reached out and interviewed to as many experts, gurus, doctors, quantum physicists, healers, psychologists and thought leaders in the space and what their findings were. At the same time, I kept referring Allison to everyone I knew, and she was solving their individuals issues one by one, using the same tapping methods she used on me.

Eventually I had seen, heard, read and experienced enough to convince myself that tapping worked. And so, what I’ve done here is include a quick three-minute tapping sequence that you can try to help you reduce your stress at home or at work.

Find a quiet space, perhaps a private office or even the bathroom. Start with a few deep breaths.

  1. Using the fingertips of your index finger and middle finger start by tapping on your forehead, an inch above and between eyebrows. For each point, tap at least seven times. While you are tapping, repeat to yourself out loud or in your mind, “Even though I am stressed, I deeply love and accept myself.”
  2. Next, tap on the outside corners of each eye with both hands. Keep repeating the words, “Even though I am feeling this stress and anxiety, I deeply love and accept myself.”
  3. Then tap just under the nose, repeating the above.
  4. Tap just under your lower lip, repeat, “Even though I am too frustrated, I choose to love and accept myself.”
  5. Tap one inch below your collarbone corners, just below your neck.
  6. Next, tap under your arms, about four inches below your armpits and repeat, “I am free of stress.”
  7. Finally, tap the fleshy part of either hand, beneath your pinkie finger (karate chop point).

You may repeat the seven-step cycle a few times with affirmations such as “I choose to feel more calm; it’s safe to feel calm; even though I have learnt some unwanted behaviours by feeling stressed, I deeply love and accept myself.”

When you have finished, take 3 deep breaths again.  Now you are more relaxed!

(Note this sequence can help many people with a relieving stress, however, if there are more serious underlying issues such as long term depression, a chronic medical condition or deep seated emotional trauma it is less likely to produce effects – those issues should be handled in coordination with a healthcare professional).

Did this tapping routine help you in any way?

How to Lower Stress without Drugs – 5 Tips for Home and Work

A week ago, I hosted a webinar with one of our top Energesse practitioners, Elaine Bartlett on the topic of How to Lower Stress without Drugs . This is a topic that’s close to my heart for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it was through a stressful period of my life in 2012, when I was a CEO of two companies, that I encountered a few months of high stress levels. Having been a doctor and senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, I was naturally used to using medications to treat any symptoms I may be experiencing.

However, stress is one of those things where we don’t really have any good medications for. In fact, in my opinion, the best solutions for most people actually do not involve drugs at all, as I have found. There are great solutions which are actually quite natural and better address the underlying cause of the stress.

Stress is often by us behaving in conflict with our values and beliefs. You don’t often hear this as a medical diagnosis for your stress. You are more likely to have your ‘situation’ described e.g. ‘patient hates job and has argument with boss’, or ‘patient is married with three kids has had recent fight with husband’ or ‘ patient was in accident and now feeling stressed as unable to cope at home’.

The situational aspect of stress is actually the superficial part. The deeper cause is what really needs to be tackled.

So for example, in the situation where the patient i.e. you, hates your job, the underlying conflict in values may be where you feel you are being overworked but yet severely underpaid. In a prolonged period of that internal conflict, you are likely to become very stressed.

As you keep the pressure of the situation to yourself, and do not have a good coping mechanism to deal with stress, eventually the inevitable explosive situation erupts, the conflict within you materials into a conflict in your external world. And you MAY end up seeing your doctor for it.

And so, in order to prevent such situations, all you need is a bit of information around to how to manage stress naturally and this is why we held the Masterclass with Elaine. Elaine has proposed 5 ways in which you can lower your stress levels, which will cost you nothing! Also you don’t need to get on any medications either.

In this interactive webinar, Elaine generally proposes the following strategies which can you can apply immediately:

  1. Understanding the Lion and the Gazelle reactions
  2. The 10 Breaths technique
  3. Conscious Relaxation Technique
  4. Balance your Energy Body
  5. Mind your Mind

You can watch this highly valuable webinar with Elaine here:

So have you experienced a stressful episode at home or work recently?