Stalking a Vision with Western Medicine
by Andy Chinnock, Nurse Practitioner in California who completed healing 4 in 2015
Two weeks ago, my work day looked like just about any other. I sat in my tiny windowless office and reviewed charts, I chatted with my medical assistants, I walked into the also-windowless exam rooms in my clinic, seeing a long list of pain management patients. However, with three of the patients, my work was different than any other day’s had been in my career as a nurse practitioner. Instead of rolling up on a stool and talking to them about narcotics, epidurals and surgery, we turned the exam table into a healing table, and with the full blessing of my supervising physician, I gave them hands-on NIASZIIHhealing sessions.
It’s been a long journey to get to the point where I could offer this healing work in a western allopathic medical office.
I’ve been a nurse for over fifteen years, and even before I met Tom Brown or Karl Direske, I could see that my patients were leaving the hospital with the same diseases they walked in with. The question I asked myself as a floor nurse was: “Are we really helping these people, or am I just giving them more time to live in their current state of health?”
When I graduated from nurse practitioner school and started h1, the thought occurred to me, “What if people can actually heal?” In that moment, I knew I wanted my patients to walk out of my office better. I wanted them to heal.
So how did I get here? How did I get to the place where my patient walks from the exam room back into the waiting room and tells everyone there, “I just saw Andy, and he did this healing thing, and now my neck doesn’t hurt”?
I developed. I changed. I took my image that all new ventures will end in failure and set it on my office desk like a trophy, and then I walked out the door. I got vulnerable with my colleagues and connected with them. I told them that I studied a complementary healing philosophy for four years and that it had a significant influence on how I practiced medicine and what I wanted for my patients.
After I had worked with these people for about a year and got to know them, I described to them how I use NIASZIIHhealing in a clinic health care provider meeting. I told them that I connect with patients physically and energetically with my hands, and that I talk to patients about their images and addictions, and that people get better when they have access to this healing modality. In that moment, I was as honest and vulnerable and authentic as I could be. My colleagues (doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, and nurses) responded by saying, “How can we send you our patients?” As of two weeks ago, the pain specialist I work with is now sending me patients for healing work two days a week, and she also requested that I conduct a study on how effective this healing work is compared to conventional pain treatment.
I could tell you about the many hours I spent in committee meetings trying to convince a hospital administrator that healing work is a billable service, but that’s really not important here. What’s important is to see what happens when you surrender to the need, when you stalk your vision.
As I’ve moved toward my vision, I’ve begun to see that each roadblock has much to teach me, if I can simply leave my “image that all ventures will end in failure” trophy in my office. Does the road block say, “stop,” or does it say, “not this way,” or does it say, “turn left, lower your hips, crawl on all fours, then look up to see the door on your right”?
It’s been two years since my h4 commitment ceremony, and I’m still choosing to connect to my vision to be a healer. I’m still finding the magic in the roadblocks, and I hope you are, too.