“We were accepted and blessed, despite our mistakes and inexperience. Whatever is done with love and a prayerful heart is acceptable, imperfect or not, for love is perfect.” –Coyote Medicine
As a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University, I was asked in a counseling class to write a reflection on myself. Here is an excerpt of that exercise:
The style of communication I attempt to embody is illustrated by the phrase, ‘listening in love.’ I think that this is only accomplished through the realization that any of the incidental qualities we seem to possess now are non-truths; in fact, identifying with these elements, or entering into the belief that these are essential elements informing one’s identity, is a sure path to illness. Moreover, I have spent a considerable amount of mental effort instilling into every cell of my being the knowledge that the most profound, and the only thing I can say in truth about my identity, is, ‘I am.’
However, there may be some comfort in knowing how we relate in this illusion. And so I will say that I was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I graduated from Stanford University with a degree in neurological psychology and human biology. I graduated from Bastyr University as a doctor of naturopathic medicine – a medical system that unifies the spirit, the mind, and the body in a journey to wholeness and health. I am in my third year of study of midwifery. I am also a massage, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation practitioner; I tend toward the modality of physical medicine, and am in the process of learning the power of touch and ceremony as a medium for healing.
The foundation of my life, belief, and medical practice is this:
All illness would be eradicated if we could remember the one essential truth:
Everything is love.
I am a feather on a bird’s wing.
I am a petal on a flowering lily.
I am a salty, misty drop
on the crest of the ocean’s wave.
You are God
Watching me in delight.