by Sylvia Skefich D.C.
About 10 years ago, when I was achieving my public clinic hours at Life West Chiropractic College, my friend, also a student clinician, was telling me about how much she loved her patients. I could hear it in her voice, and see it in her countenance, how much she loved her patients as the special individuals that they were.
I will admit something to you right now: at that time in my life…I could not relate. I certainly liked each and every one of my patients (even the difficult ones), I respected them (even the ones I disagreed with), I enjoyed them. But “love”? That’s a mighty big word.
I am thankful to my profession…to my calling…for giving me an avenue to practice love every day. Love means lack of judgment, it means being present even in the face of fear, it means lack of barriers to caring. Love is powerful, but powerful ONLY to do things within the direction of lovingness.
“Love power” cannot be misused. Pure love cannot be misused but it is possible for love energy to become “deranged.” Derangement lowers love’s frequency considerably and then it is no longer a healing energy. Imagine someone who is emotionally broken somehow; their love energy (ordinarily like an effortless river through our mind, body and spirit) can get distorted when used to fulfill selfish or basic personal needs like attaining self worth or sex. Using love to compensate for lack of personal psychic health keeps love from flowing. It is like trying to keep light in a box, and then love it looses its power for healing self and others.
When I think about Chiropractic and its basic tenants, it reminds me of love: the chiropractic purpose is to remove the interference in the nervous system so that the power that made the body can heal the body, automatically, without effort. It is about the removal of all things that are not like “ease.” Chiropractic removes the blockages so that there can be a lightness in the nervous system, (and then automatic normal functioning can occur naturally to the best of that body’s ability).
When I was a small child, I was given a little book by my grandmother. It was called “God is Everywhere.” To this day, I cannot say that I know what God is, however the closest I have come to a definition is “supreme love energy.” And from here I can say that “love is everywhere,” everywhere, unless there is an obstruction to its presence, like the boulder in the stream.
My job as a healer,…my mission…is to remove the obstacles, enhancing the flowing in each person by removing tension, stagnation, aberrant motion patterns, effects of trauma, body habits etc, to the best of our ability as a doctor/patient team.
Sylvia Skefich is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Orthopedic Massage Practitioner, and certified in Nutrition. She teaches Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Energy Techniques classes to the community. She can be reached at 831-475-1995 www.vital-you.com, 920 41st Ave. Ste. G, Santa Cruz, CA 95062