The following is an interview with Elaine Woodall who will be teaching a six-week series in Medical Intuition for Spiritual Growth & Well-being in February 2015.
By Damaris Lasa
1. You represent what some call a new medical model that’s not really new. The West seems to be waking up to mind-body medicine, the idea that physical illness cannot be treated in isolation from the mind. What is happening? Is traditional medicine really shifting?
Candace Pert was the researcher who discovered the neuropeptides that link the body and the mind. She described this in her book Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind Body Medicine. There is an elaborate neuropeptide system that creates the body-mind but people don’t understand it. It is a biochemical reality but people don’t understand it yet. It takes several generations for something as revolutionary as this to take hold. We are taught that an accident is just an accident and a cold is just a cold. That’s not so. Michael J. Lincoln is a researcher and healer who wrote another groundbreaking book called Messages from the Body: Their Psychological Meaning. It describes the emotional underpinnings for hundreds of diseases. The information is there for those who want to find it.
2. I sat in on one of your workshops and you said something that stayed with me. It started like this “I gave myself cancer…” Why do we make ourselves sick?
Illness is a powerful learning tool and every soul has an agenda. There are lessons we are here to learn or things we need to unlearn. There is hard science that has definitely proven at the biochemical level that our emotions create our illnesses and we can change those emotions. We can change our attitudes and beliefs. In my case, I had to change my attitude. I had to stop being a martyr. I had to put myself first in a healthy and a non-narcissistic way. Back in the day, if you called me at 7:15 am, I would have picked up the phone. Today, I will let the call go to voicemail and call back at 9:00 am when I’m ready to go to work. It’s simple but I could not imagine my life without being in absolute service to others. Spirit warned me but I couldn’t imagine my life otherwise. In due course, I ended up with cancer. My soul imperative was to unlearn being a martyr. I have said many times if you get into an argument with your soul, guess who’s going to lose? Your ego structure is going to lose.
3. You’ve said that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energetic blockages can make us sick. How can misalignment with our soul’s mission make us sick?
I had a client in Hong Kong in 2004. She was a woman in her thirties and she was having aches and pains all over her body. I did a reading on her and I told her the problem was her job. She needed to find work that made her happy. I went back 2 years later and she had quit her job and she was happy as she could be. You can’t separate your work and how you feel about your work from your emotional and psychological health for the reasons I’ve mentioned before. If your work is not aligned with your spirit your health deteriorates, it’s that simple. The problem is we tell ourselves stories or we become married to our illnesses and problems. We live in denial and we get many secondary gains from illness. Even in cases like these there are powerful neuro-repatterning techniques that are effective for people who want to experience healing and transformation.
4. What is your biggest challenge as a teacher?
Back when I started doing spiritual therapy 30 years ago I was going to save everybody. Now, I am a realist and I accept that the sky is blue. 90% of people are not going to change so I focus on the 10%. The people who come to me, if you dig in and do the work together you can get there. Being a medical intuitive is so interesting. I love the breakthroughs you can get for people and it is just extremely rewarding.
5. What do you really want people to know about mind-body medicine and medical intuition?
I said it before. There is hard science that has definitely proven at the biochemical level that our emotions create our illnesses and we can change those emotions.
Bonus: What can student expect from your class?
I am a dynamic speaker. I offer a very solid program that is easy to master. It takes me 10 minutes to explain how to be intuitive and 20 minutes for the person to have the experience. I’ve been teaching intuition all around the globe since the late ‘80’s. I was born with a good karmic gift of being able to take complicated ideas and make them simple.
Medical Intuitive, healer and mystic Elaine Woodall will be teaching a 6-week course on Medical Intuition for Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing at the New York Open Center starting on 2/24/15 at 5:45 pm.