This is the thirty-sixth year of practice for me and I thought a few sharings would be in order. First of all, I have had the support of my wife, Cathlyne, for forty-four years. She worked to put me through school, lent a hand in the office, and ultimately provided serious backup as a physio-synthesis practitioner to help those in need of deep postural training. It is her great sense of humor and gently feminine spirit that has helped keep my heart and practice on an even keel.
Secondly, what comes to mind is that I know less now than when I started practice. This may come from a simple observation: Do just what is needed and more will be accomplished. I remember very clearly an experience from when I'd been in practice for about ten years. I had a number of helpful modalities used for pain control and, on this particular visit, was using them all on my patient. There were hot and cold packs, a muscle stim, the ultrasound, and the acupuncture point finder. When I asked him how he was feeling, he said, "It still hurts!" What to do? I gradually began to reduce his dependency on the equipment and returned to simple manipulation; in time, he improved. I sold all my equipment in the next year and began to rely on the patient's own healing wisdom to provide the resolution. I began to ask myself the simple question, "What is keeping this person from being well?"
Thirdly, I'm pretty sure that who we are contributes significantly to how well we are. I have met a number of extremely healthy people who are not well. Sounds strange, I know. Thing is, some of our models of wellness are not conducive to real health because they do not suit the individual. I would say that a good ninety percent of the time, I am talking people out of doing something they think is good for them, even if it only amounts to fine tuning their gym workout. By tweaking some things here and there, the blessed experience of self-awareness is allowed to surface.
Fourth. I'm a big fan of the perfection of things. Even the most "unhealthy" individual is doing the best he can with what he's got. As many of you may remember, I was a huge fan of heroic makeovers with two-week juice fasts and vegan regimes for life. Such things are fine, of course, yet for many people it is just one more thing to live up to. Additionally, a "one size fits all" program may be unhealthy for some. There is a tremendous power in self acceptance, in being whole and complete right now. Imagine all the energy wasted in "someday."
Fifth. I have it on good authority that you are going to die sooner or later. I may not, but one thing is for sure, I have seen other people do it! In that light, perhaps a good part of the day should be spent in living. There is a line on the office intake form that asks, "When was the last time you really felt good?" Almost everyone puts down some kind of wisecrack, and I'm thinking that it should be changed to, "When was the last time you felt?"
And, last. Self awareness promotes healing; okay, it is the essence of healing. Making the connection between sensations in the body and what we are thinking, doing, feeling, and being changes the picture and our lives.
That's where I am at "thirty-six."