I remember Dr. Riekeman referencing being dipped or we'll get fleas...well, I was dipped tonight. Thanks to Sharon Gorman and the team she brings together at her FOCUS groups, I had another opportunity to be exposed to this amazing profession at Life U tonight.
After the needed Thanksgiving break to slow our pace, knit in with our families, feast and rest in gratitude, this was a lovely way to bring in December!
A gift, you know...this profession you work in. It's an honor, isn't it? The truth of who we are, of the potential in each of us, to WORK WITH THAT, to bear witness to it and EVEN call it out, support and facilitate it's EXPRESSION...what an amazing honor. As staff today, a patient looked at me, teary eyed, and said "Lisa, you give me hope." Did I adjust her? NOPE...I'm staff, not a DC. Did I love her? Meet her in the present space of where she is? I looked at her, the her that I KNOW is IN her, put my hand on her leg, connected with that Woman and said "I believe in your potential". The procedures, the scripts, all the how to manuals in the world cannot replace the present connect to integrity and the expression of Love. THAT is where your experience is, where theirs is. YOU, doctor, LOVE. Some of you love the philosophy, some love adjusting, others love the telling the story, helping people, and I doubt anyone loves the insurance realm of the practice...what do you love? I'll spend some time creating some fun worksheets to determine what in the office you love, what you do with enthusiasm, and what you do because it "needs to be done".
For the "needs to be done" portion, there isn't joy, but there can absolutely be acceptance and behind that acceptance, sitting quietly, waits joy...as you make Peace with "what needs to be done". In the worksheets, some for staff, some for doctors, I ask you not only the specifics of what it is you don't like about it, but WHY it needs to be done. Is it for a HIPPA rule? A wise move to CYA for your malpractice protection? Bill paying? Staff issues? What if "what needs to be done" is firing someone...or maybe hiring someone? We're back to WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
After being with some passionate folks tonight, I can tell you with absolute certainty, again, that the why behind my work is support, express, experience, and empower the chiropractic profession. Doctors, staff, and patients...all are critical members of the larger whole. I believe the integrity within that whole will begin to bring the restoration to humanity. Your work MATTERS. WHAT you do, what you say, what you believe about what you do and what you say MATTERS.
For years I hear docs tell each other and tell students "tell the story". Do you think they mean DD and Harvey's story? (btw, does your staff know the history?) Do you think they mean how you got into chiropractic? Maybe they mean a snippet of a lay lecture, bone on nerves, reduced communication to the life force and intelligence of the body? I contend that you tell your story largely by LIVING IT. BE the chiropractic story. In your day to day moments, BE in integrity, BE connected to YOUR Innate, follow your Leader, trust the wisdom that comes through that divine design on your life. When you become the story, you are telling it 24/7, you are bringing truth and restoration to your part of the world.
For those of you who are following along with the book as it's periodically shared "here", please understand that days pass with many thoughts scribbled on grocery receipts, experiences that I jotted down, amplifying the Truths and I hope to convey...then its' creating opportunity to actually sit and type. In this particular season, when the rare, quiet moments present, I often prioritize baking, decorating for the fall seasons, creating gifts or meals for new mommies...and the expression of "this" sits, waiting for the next wave, the next contraction, the next nudge...and we sit in one now w/ tiny scaps of paper spread in front of me, hopeful to connect some dots and create expression of intention.
Before moving forward to designing the expression of intention, i believe it will serve us well to make Peace with our present practices. Before outlining procedures and the scripts that go with them, designing the flow charts, etc, can you allow a submission and freedom to be with Peace in your present practice? Our connecting to our present is the opportunity to connect with Innate guidance. If we're avoiding the present representation and experience a willingness to clean it up, looking too far ahead with our plans; the potential of the manifestation will lessen...we'll continue to come back to "what is", likely frustrated that there isn't change.
Too, the Present connect to our designs will more effectively support our serving the Highest expression of the Innate potential in the authentic practice. IF the connect is rooted in a design of "our own making", to say one that we create without present moment Innate guidance (or someone creates FOR us), then we'll likely build it heavier on serving "want" (or ego) rather than restoration, integrity and see it rooted in the philosophy of chiropractic.
More often than I care to admit, I've found myself with the desire to scrap the current model, just start over...and there are times when that's exactly what should happen, BUT truth be told, my experience has found great value in continuing to refine and edit the present space. You remember that saying "where you go, you'll be there?" Truth. If I've a mess, if I've a design that no longer fits then it is time to evaluate and refine what I'm doing. If I'm not with Peace, if I'm resisting the rather than embracing the present state, then I can't adequately evaluate it, adapt it, and redesign it. Making Peace with our present practices will connect us to the potentials. Connecting to the potentials, will bring about their expressions.
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The intention of this blog is to share and disseminate the content of my book, Creating Your Authentic Chiropractic Experience. The book, in it's final publication, will serve as a tool and template to design and write a unique and authentic office manual. Please feel welcome to follow along as the book content pours out, contribute as you feel led, and be comfortable to make requests for particular content.