Joining Adam Markel on today’s podcast to talk about the growing field of medical intuition is Wendie Colter, a Certified Medical Intuitive Practitioner and the Founder and CEO of The Practical Path. Wendie’s programs have been pivotal in helping holistic health professionals from every discipline develop these skills and further their patients’ treatments. A part of the emerging field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Biofield Sciences, medical intuition focuses on visualization skills and in-depth intuitive scanning to obtain information from the physical body and energy systems for health and well-being. Simply put, it’s like having a conversation with your body, energy field, and all of the attendant pieces to find out what’s really going on. Learn more about this amazing field of work and how it could help you heal and build resilience.
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Medical Intuition: An Insight Into Your Unique Energy System With Wendie Colter
I am grateful and feeling blessed. I’ll call this out because it’s true for me at this moment that I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in gratitude. It’s almost nearing the mid-part of the day for me. I woke up feeling grateful and that’s because I have a strong ritual around that. That habit has deeply embedded wherever things are embedded. In my subconscious, in my mind and all that, I don’t have to think about it any longer to be in that space. Then shortly, after that, I got into more in my head doing work and working with some people.
I was tracking that I lost a sense of gratitude for the day. I’m calling that out because I’ve committed to both greeting the day and maintaining the day with love in my heart. That’s been a practice that I started to initiate. That maintaining piece is a bit new for me. Starting the day and the TED Talk I gave on how it is, when I used to start my day feeling dread. I was a lawyer for eighteen years, I put my feet on the floor, and I was like, “My life sucks.” That was the energy of the beginning. I don’t begin that way anymore but sustainability is important. We’re going to talk about that.
I’ve got a great guest to speak about her take on resilience, sustainability and longevity, things of that sort. We’re going to talk about it through a bit of a different lens and talk about our own guidance system internally to know when we’re on track and sometimes when we’re off track. I figured it’s good for me to be present to that and model it as we begin this show to say I was a little off track I felt from where I want it to be and where I find myself at the moment. I’m getting back on track. Calling it out has helped. That’s one of those things. We have to be honest with ourselves, I suppose. I’m happy to have Wendie Colter as my guest. She is a Certified Medical Intuitive, Founder, and CEO of The Practical Path, presenting intuitive development programs for wellness professionals.
The company’s name reflects Wendie’s mission to fuse spiritual wisdom traditions with constructive real-world results. In fact, her programs have been pivotal in helping holistic health professionals from every discipline to develop and optimize their inherent intuition. Wendie’s trailblazing work has led to a collaborative study with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine out of the recognition of the increasing value of medical intuition in the medical setting and the need for scientific research.
I’m happy to have you on the show. Thanks for being with us, Wendie.
Thank you for having me, Adam. It’s a pleasure.
What’s not a part of your bio that I read that you would love for people to know about you at the outset?
What I’ve been doing is being a practicing medical intuitive practitioner, and I’ve been teaching intuitive development to wellness professionals for years. It’s been a wonderful experience in showing, teaching, and developing this skill that I believe everyone inherently has in the healthcare sector, which is where it’s needed most because people want to know more about what their bodies are trying to tell them when they’re not well. The skill in a nutshell of medical intuition is having a conversation with someone’s body, their energy field, and all of the attendant pieces of it to find out what’s going on. We’re finding a lot of accuracy and success in this process.
It’s fascinating to me the whole mind-body connection thing. I’m a lawyer for many years. I lived on the East Coast, raised our kids there, but then we moved our family out to California. It’s a very different mindset out here. I love the rules, personally. I’m a woo-woo guy. A part of the reason I do love it is that I can think practically as well. I can put a lens on. That’s a little bit different and look a little bit more cynically, I suppose.
I would call it skeptically. Frankly, I love skeptics. I am a skeptic, believe it or not. I deal heavily in the woo-woo. If it doesn’t make sense, if it’s not practical and you said the magic word, and why I called my company The Practical Path because it needs to be practical and we’re talking about healthcare, wellness, or wellbeing. Practical is the only thing you want to deal with. How do I feel? How is this sitting? What is working? How does my body respond? How does my energy respond? That mind, body, spirit connection is real and much more acknowledged now in healthcare than ever before.
Let’s see if we can reconcile this thing that you’re referring to as being intuitive or in intuition, and what that means. Let’s define it first and then let’s reconcile that with science and the way that medical professionals have been trained. I wasn’t trained in that field, but my guess is that they weren’t trained to trust their intuition or look for their intuition when making diagnoses or things like that. I’m guessing that’s not been the case.
You’d be surprised, Adam. One of the things I’m fortunate and blessed to be able to do is I’m on Fellowship Faculty for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. This is a wonderful organization that is bringing integrative thought into traditional healthcare. I also am on rotating faculty at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, one of the original centers for integrative medicine in the country.
When I speak to doctors, and I’ve worked with doctors for many years as a medical intuitive, what we’re finding here is that even though in what we call traditional Western medicine, most of the time, a traditional doctor or a Western medicine doctor will look through the lens of their education. In their training, believe it or not, there was discussion about what a gut feeling is, what a hunch is. The excellent doctors, the doctors that you recommend to your friends and family, are those doctors that you think have a little bit more than the other doctor.
What is that little bit more? Often, they’re trusting their instincts and their intuition. Nurses are also phenomenal for this. Nurses are told to trust their gut feelings. If they notice that something is a little off, even though they don’t know why, they’re told to talk to the attending physician. How often they’re listened to is another story but that little feeling of a gut feeling, hunch, or knowingness is in a nutshell of what I define as intuition.
Trusting your gut, in essence, is trusting intuition.
What’s interesting in society is that we have all of this understanding of intuition but we don’t use that word.
That’s what I’m trying to draw out here is that the word itself has been a barrier for many people because they associate that word with somebody who’s a medium, palm reader, or something.
I do a lot of speaking at conferences and when I say, “Think of the word ‘intuition.’ What do you usually think of?” In your mind, most of the time people think of that neon sign, the big palm flashing on and off like psychic reading. That is a valid thing to think, but it is not the skill of developing intuition as a tool to use or a skill to use to add as a foundation to your practice. We have found in my programs, I teach from across the board a wealth of different kinds of practitioners from MDs, DOs, and medically trained people all the way to nurses, psychologists, social workers, and energy healers. People who are skilled and certified in their modalities where there is evidence-based. All of them can learn how to develop this method that I’ve developed specifically for people who are used to thinking with their left brain rather than their right brain. Anyone can develop this.
Someone asked me a question about, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in your life and who gave it to you? It was my dad and I was in my early teens, he said, “Trust your instincts.” To this day, not only did we pass that onto our four kids but anybody else that would listen when asked or given the opportunity. I’ve shared that we have to learn how to trust our instincts, which in many ways it’s about trusting ourselves. It’s also about trusting something far greater than ourselves whatever you call that. I don’t mind saying that’s God for me, but the universe, source, spirit, whatever you like but something bigger than us. What’s the level of trust that you bring to the problem that you’re looking to solve or the situation that you’re wanting to be present for?
The words trust your instinct, that’s another way to say it. I love that it’s part of the entire human experience, regardless, whether people want to be skeptical about this whole concept or not is perfectly fine. Everybody knows the feeling of trusting your instincts, trusting your gut. You know what it’s like when you don’t. That tells you something about the nature of intuition. There are many kinds of intuition and they can be specifically defined. In my experience, each one of those types of intuition correlates with something that is already very well understood in society.
I’ll give you an example. One is called clairsentience and Clair is a French word meaning clear and sentience means emotional feeling. People who identify as intuitive when they come and ask me what I think, generally speaking, they’re talking about feeling other people’s feelings. Soaking it in, empathy. Another word for all of that is compassion. It means resonating with somebody’s emotions or experiences. That’s a human experience. We know what that means. We prize that in our society. My view of it is that the human connection that we all have, we all can recognize when we call it different words is the underlying source or explanation of the intuitive process.
I would love it if you’d give our people a bit of 101 types of intuition that we could identify or be aware of from this point. How it is that you’ve worked with medical professionals to help them to be more in tune with that so they are the best nurses, doctors, and others that they can be? I want to contextualize this. We’re in a global health crisis which in our lifetimes never seen this before. To be able to navigate things like that, there are protocols, science, innovation, and so many things that are coming to the table to assist and yet the individual’s responsibility both the healthcare provider practitioner, have they come to the table in the best way that they can? I want to tie what you have to offer to that endeavor. If this is even possible, how does that also inform the patients? The bulk of what we’re talking about is providing the care. It’s the rest of us who’s at least our greatest self-responsibility to ensure that we aren’t burdening the healthcare system because we can be right by ourselves.Intuition, in a nutshell, is a knowingness of what people don’t understand. Click To Tweet
We can have a conversation with our own bodies and find out what’s going on and be very self-aware. I love your question because it had about five questions. Thing number one which you did mention was a breakdown of what is intuition and what do we call it. Medical intuition is a method of viewing the physical body as if I’m looking at an MRI and the biofield. The biofield is defined by the National Institute of Health as the electromagnetic field that surrounds and permeates our physical body. We call it the shocker system or the auric field, it’s been measured. There’s the science around that part. That is what medical intuition is. The way I practice it is by the use of visual intuition.
We talked about clairsentience. Meaning, clear feeling and how people who work with healthcare can soak up other people’s energy. They can feel exhausted by the end of the day because they feel they’ve been taking on a lot of energy or emotion from other people. People talk about this all the time, particularly nurses, massage therapists, and people who work directly with the body. They can end their day exhausted, not only by the workload. That contributes to burnout but by the emotional toll it takes. That emotional toll is part of clairsentience. That’s one definition of intuition empath all that. The other one is claircognizance. This is a common human experience.
It means clear knowing and that gut feeling, hunch, women’s intuition, and all those things we talk about falls under the header of claircognizance. “I know what I know. I don’t know why I know it. I just know that I know it,” that kind of thing. That’s a fascinating one. We all have that experience of thinking about someone in our lives and the next thing we know, they’re texting, calling, or emailing us. That’s a very claircognizance experience. There are several others, clairsentience, claircognizance, clairaudience which is a little rarer, but people say they hear things. That can cross over into the idea of mental illness or critical inner voice. We’re nearly not talking about that.
Believe it or not, there have been studies done to make a differentiation between those two states, practice clairaudience and people who have been diagnosed with mental illness. One of the key differences is that people who identify as clairaudience hear very positive, useful information whereas people who might suffer from bipolar schizophrenia generally, they’ll hear more difficult, painful, or whatever information. There have been a lot of studies on every one of these kinds of states. We call that the still small voice.
We have a name for that. People recognize if you’re in prayer or meditation. Sometimes, you might hear something. It might sound like an ancestor, relative, or your own voice, but it’s a guidance of some variety. It’s an interesting intuitive state. The one that I use and the one I train people in is the visual one. That’s called clairvoyance, clear seeing. Voyance as a French word to see. That word clears a room faster than anything I’ve seen when it comes to doctors. Here’s the thing about that. We do have a knowledge of this. We use it all the time. It’s called visualization in your mind’s eye. That doesn’t scare anybody because we know what that is.
People are taught these days, guided imagery, guided visualization. If you close your eyes and think about the face of your loved ones, that’s using your mind’s eye to visualize. The process of medical intuition, the way I teach it and practice it, is to learn how to develop that skill as a tool in order to view or scan the physical body visually and also to look at the biofield and where this issue came from. That’s the life history part. We want to be able to ask the energy field, the physical body, where this issue began and what it needs to shift in balance for wellness. That’s a whole conversation. That’s talking to your liver, spleen, immune system, or whatever else is going on to find out why it began, how it can shift, and other information as well that would be useful for you.
I was working with a qigong master, somebody we know a bunch of years which is a wonderful man. He was talking about Qi, the movement of energy in the body. I had him as a guest on the show as well. We were having this conversation about Qi and at a certain point, I said to him, “It’s like you can instruct your Qi.” His head moved back a little. I saw that what I said made sense. Not only he got it but he got that I got it. That was the most important thing because I wasn’t teaching him anything. I was receiving from him what I think was good guidance. We can direct in that discipline and using that language our energy or our Qi in ways inside of our bodies to do the things for ourselves. Do you believe in that? What language would you use to describe that?
You’re talking about a healing process. Qigong is a healing process where we’re moving with physical movements and whatnot. The energy flow, prana, qi, whatever you want to call it. That I would put under the header of energy healing because it’s self-healing. I do it a little differently. I’m also a trained energy practitioner. I’ve been doing that for a lot longer. That’s where I started to develop Medical Intuition because I noticed when I was doing my healing work with people, I was seeing into not only their bodies, the rib cage, and the whole nine yards. I was seeing their life history and why something had developed and manifested the way it had.
The self-healing process, you can also do with your mind. You can do it with that visualization technique. I teach that in a workshop that’s open to everybody called Medical Intuition for Healing. This is not new information. This practice has been around for centuries modernize so that people can have fast, easy, accessible ways to open up the conversation between their mind and their body and try to discern. I use it all the time. “What’s going on, body? What is it you want?” I’m looking down at my body and having a conversation and then using visualization to help shift, balance, and heal. That is a self-healing practice that I love. I’ve been using that for years. I healed myself of a tumor that way.
Did you give instructions to your body in regard to that tumor? Did you call it that? How would you categorize the way you spoke to your body? How would you know?
I’ll tell you the story about that because it’s interesting. It was a pivotal moment for me in understanding how the mind and body connect, which wasn’t something I had paid much attention to before then other than reading books and finding it fascinating. I read Deepak Chopra’s book called Quantum Healing. It’s a great book. In it, he describes how he started teaching his patients how to shrink their own tumors and their physical issues using visualization. I thought that was cool. Sometime later when my body developed a little tumor, I went to the doctor as you do.
She said, “It’s benign. It’s dysplasia, which means a bunch of abnormal cells. It’s not cancer but we don’t want to take any chances.” She asked if I’d be okay if we had surgery. I said, “Of course, but I read this cool book by Deepak Chopra, where he’s teaching people how to shrink tumors with their mind.” She was a Western-trained doctor and she thought I was a cuckoo. She was very generous and she said, “It’s fine. I’m sure it won’t hurt you.” I went home and I use similar to Dr. Chopra’s technique.
I visualize that little tumor shrinking and it was about a two-week window. I was meditating at that time. I was doing transcendental meditation. It’s a wonderful skill. After my meditation, I used visualization that in your mind’s eye. I imagine that little tumor shrinking away, and what the image that I used was an image that made me laugh. That is the key. Keep it joyful. It was an image of a little scrub brush and happy little bubbles, big smiles on their faces, bubbling, feeling it away. That honestly made me giggle. I didn’t pay any attention to the tumor. Two weeks later, I went for the pre-op exam and I hear my doctor gasp.
I think, “That’s it. I’m done. It’s all over. Curtains for me.” She said, “What did you do?” She was curious because it had gone from about the size of a nickel to about the size of a pea. It shrunk by more than half. She was astounded. It wasn’t supposed to do that. I was astounded because I hadn’t realized that that’s what was happening. I knew it was fun. I figured, “What the heck?” That was one of those moments in life where your skepticism because I’m a healthy skeptic. It was like, “I get it. It happened to me.” If there’s something here that bears research and looking into, that set me off on a lifetime’s worth of study and developing my intuitive perceptions and seeing what can happen.
I love the way you unpack that. It gives us a new way to look at that word clairvoyance because you’re describing in that visualization clear seeing. Seeing something more clearly is seeing in many ways in a more spiritual context. Seeing the truth about something and even seeing where our own limiting beliefs or the way that our mind can. I’m trying to do it in the most secular way that I can because the truth of it is different. Capital-T truth is different than the little-T truth that we say, “I’m this,” that we give names to things. We name our illnesses, our ailments, our personality traits, all of it. Those are not necessarily big-T truth. They’re these limiting beliefs that we live with.
Therefore, they manifest. This is not new information. This comes very much now as being researched from the psychology world in something called Adverse Childhood Experiences, where early life trauma sets up a pattern.
It’s an ACE study and those ten traits. You look at how many people are living these unhealthy lives who are having health challenges.
Health challenges adults and much more broadly than you would expect. Why does one family member develop cancer, diabetes, or something like that when it’s in the genetics and another family member who also has it in their genetics but doesn’t have it. What is happening there? That’s a fascinating conversation. That’s a very interesting conversation as a medical intuitive to have with someone’s body and energy field. What triggered this? What made this occur? That’s the key to medical intuition. We want to know what happened, why did it happen, and how can it shift. All of those pieces create a picture. You asked about how the patient or client can use this information. That is such a good question because what we’re finding is that the medical intuitives that I’ve trained are seeing more compliancy from their patients and clients in terms of their health journey and seeing it as belonging to them.
When you go to the doctor, it seems like a little outside of you and do this treatment, take this intervention, and do whatever there is to do. There’s no information other than that about it. The medical intuitive’s job, at least the way I practice, is to give the missing pieces. What does your body want to tell you about this? What is it emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically? What’s going on here? I think it’s the difference between more permanent health and wellness than not because things can reoccur, that can all happen, and there’s a lot of information going on. There’s no one way to do it and there’s no one answer, ever.
People find that the testimonials are great but even more great than the testimonials is the research that we’ve done on medical intuition. The pilot study, if you don’t mind me going there, was completed in 2019. Frankly, I knew my students were great. We were getting a lot of high anecdotal accuracy but I wanted to test it because there have been very few studies done. Working with the healthcare profession, you want an evidence base for your work. I decided to go for it. I worked with some wonderful people down in San Diego on developing a survey that we could find accuracy levels to the point that it could be researched, studied, and could develop from there.
We worked with five of my graduate students and that was exactly 67 subjects from all over, not just San Diego. Some of them were from the hospital and patients at UCSD Medical. Some of them were self-selected. Some of them were from Scripps Health where I was doing some teaching at the cardiovascular center there. We had this nice diverse group. All of the sessions were blinded. In other words, medical intuitives had no intake. There was no prior health information, nothing was given to them. They had their eyes closed so they can use their mind’s eye even more accurately. There was no visual cue either. What we found was 94% accuracy in the medical intuitive accurately locating and evaluating the subject’s primary health issue.
We thought that was great. We also found 98% accuracy and the medical intuitives looking at life history from their point of view and seeing information that the subject could correlate to their current health issue so it made sense to them. That was a wonderful result as well. There were many more results from that study that are published on my website. They’re about to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. One of the questions we also asked off the cuff for those subjects who had a known medical diagnosis is, how consistent was the medical intuitive with that diagnosis? We had a 94% consistency rate which we thought was astounding and remarkable.Look at your body and have a conversation, and then use visualization to help shift and balance and heal. Click To Tweet
What I did was I sent all of that data to Dr. Paul Mills at the University of California School of Medicine. He runs a research center there. He’s an intuitive fellow himself. He was very open to this concept and it fits within the purview of integrative medicine because it is an integrative process where we work with the physicians and people in the healthcare field. He decided it was time to create a first of its kind gold standard study on medical intuition. We are in the process of fundraising for that effort but it will be through the UCSD School of Medicine using their patient base and we’re excited about that. Hopefully, that will happen very soon.
I want to go back to something you said when you were referring to ACEs. We’re talking about epigenetics at some level.
That goes back further. Epigenetics means your grandparents or your ancestral line, the way I understand it. It is something that comes down through the family line in the DNA that can get triggered by trauma.
That’s why it’s expressing. You have one brother that’s got the same genetic markers but doesn’t express diabetes or some other thing and then one that does. When they looked at the one that is expressing those things, the early life traumas that that person experienced were different than their twin brother or some other family member. Is our medical intuitives then able somehow to tune into that? Meaning, the two people physically look the same, they might even be identical twins. You can’t tear them apart but yet one person was molested when they were seven years old and the other one wasn’t. It doesn’t have to be something as extreme as that. Those ten markers had to do with things like fighting in the family, divorce, alcoholism, physical abuse, mental abuse, neglect, all kinds of things.
If you’re asking, “Can a medical intuitive look at that?” it depends on how they were trained. If they were trained with me, the answer is yes. That’s part of the job. It’s to look to see how the physicality is expressing based on life history. That again is where mind, body, spirit all comes in early life. Your typical Western medicine doctor may not know what to do with that information but with the patient, that’s deeply informational for them. It does in many ways. Many of my clients have said, “You put the pieces together. I didn’t have a knowledge of that.” Even if they’d been in therapy for a very long time and knew about early life trauma, they weren’t hooking it up or making a connection in a tangible way to why their body was expressing in a certain way.
That ACE study when it came out was revolutionary or even when it came out. It has been applied because you would never walk into a traditional doctor’s office and be asked personal, very intimate questions about your history other than your medical history. You’d always be asked, “Is there any history of cancer in your family or heart disease?” Those were typical questions but not whether or not you’d suffered an early life trauma.
The reason for that is the scope of practice. Everyone has to look through their lens and their lens is accurate to their particular practice. The only issue is that medical intuitives can’t have a lens.
That’s what I wanted you to talk about. This is perfect because intuition is not a siloed thing. It’s like, “I have an intuition when I’m looking at it through my lens of expertise even though it bears on that.” It’s something much wider and deeper than that.
I have a referral service for my graduates to work with medical doctors and medical professionals who want someone in their practice that they can either consult, work with their patients, or something along those lines because health is not about your condition and the treatment for the condition. If you want to talk about holistic health, you want that whole view. What’s going on with someone, not psychologically or emotionally, but in every way. This is why medical intuition could be a big paradigm shift in that regard because the medical community has embraced health coaching, which is new for them.
What is health coaching? It’s about lifestyle. Their understanding, the integrative and functional medicine world of which I am deeply grateful for and work within, those doctors, MDs, DOs, and professionals understand what lifestyle medicine is. Number one, how your emotions can affect your stress levels? You go to your doctor and the doctor says lower stress but doesn’t tell you how or why. This is where medical intuitives can shine. This is where we’re supposed to be. Assisting in that place.
You said something bold. I want to up the ante when it comes to where we are right now in the midst of a pandemic. COVID-19 being something that has changed the fabric of our society and the world, the ripple effect of that will be felt for a long time. There’s an emotional toll. I want to do a couple of things with the remaining time that we’ve got. One is I want to look at how it is that people can create a more resilient approach to dealing with the emotional toll. What would your advice be on the topic of resilience and how it is that we can do something about the emotional toll?
I’ll speak for myself, a little dazed and confused at times, a little off-balance, lethargic, sometimes angry. Things like that that are showing up that people might not be tracking at the moment why they’re feeling the way they’re feeling. The world is still on its literal axis but figuratively, the axis has been shifted and people are off bound. I want to have you address that and deal with that. The other thing has to do with self-responsibility, which we talked about. The fact that our greatest responsibility in many ways is to do the right thing for our own health so that we are not infecting other people or a burden. There’s an opportunity for people to take care for themselves that would mean that they can go out in the world and help other people. It’s that old example of the air mass coming down in the plane.
Take care of yourself first.
If you can’t do that, if you’re incapable or you, yourself are a liability in doing that, you’re not able to help people as much. Why don’t we talk about both of those things in any order that you’d like to address?
This is my favorite subject. I’ll speak in terms of what I can offer. I put together a short workshop for this reason. It’s called Medical Intuition for Healing. It’s about self-working on oneself, not working with other people. There’s an important reason for that. The reason I put that workshop together is number one, healthcare professionals that didn’t have a timer. It wasn’t the right timing for them to take the main program. They needed quick tools they could use right away in their lives, in their jobs that were going to help them stay grounded, stay centered and focused in the midst of chaos. That is an important skill. That’s emotional, mental, physical, it’s everything. It covers up the whole spectrum.
I put that workshop together specifically for that. Also, for my students and practitioners who want their patients and clients to learn how to balance, focus, and center their own energy. I’m big on work smarter, not harder. In other words, I want quick tips. Meditation and meditation practice is the number one top priority. However, not everyone has time for that. Not everyone has the inclination for that. How are we going to use an intuitive skill to balance and get resilience in our energy on the fly? I use certain things. One tool I use every day is called grounding. That is imagining using visualization to imagine myself connected to the earth. That’s a powerful skill and it’s taught in every yoga class. Learn how to do that.
Number two is to learn how to balance your own energy field so that you don’t feel like you’re taking on the troubles of the world. This is the time to learn this. I call that energetic neutrality or another word is energetic resilience, emotional resilience. You need to have something that you can use to create even an imaginary boundary for yourself. Some people are saying, “I’m getting off social media. I’m not watching television.” All of that is great because it helps you with that. I would rather work with my own energy to create an energetic boundary that works for me.
I teach that as well. All of this is visualization. Finally, I want a skill to be able to clear out anything in mind. I’m going to talk in terms of energy but what we’re talking about is emotional resilience and things that stop us from having that. I teach a skill to let all that stuff go. It’s like your qigong instructor. You’re moving energy deliberately out of your energy field that you don’t want there. You want to get rid of anything unwanted. I know that sounds a little esoteric.
There’s a fun moment here that we could do one of those letting go exercises on the fly. Why don’t you teach everybody? That emotional toll is strong and it’s getting stronger for a lot of people who are in difficulty with their businesses or financially. What’s one way to let go of some of the fear or other things that are going on with people?
The first thing you want to do is take an inventory of how you feel. Most of us don’t do that. We are in our heads, we’re processing information, we’re feeling the emotion of it, and we sit with it. One great way to release it is to take a deep breath and close your eyes for a moment and feel your body. We’ll go through this somewhat quickly but you can take your time with it. Notice where in your body you might feel an emotion like a strong emotion, maybe a negative emotion, something you’d rather not have. The emotion of fear, anxiety or stress. It manifests in the physical body in some way. It will be in your shoulders, in your gut, or your jaw you’ll feel tension there. Some people manifest it in funny places and that’s okay. Wherever you might feel that I want you to notice where it is.
When you notice where it is, I’d like you to imagine that right outside of your eye level, with your eyes closed, you can see it floating in front of you a big golden soap bubble. That big golden soap bubble is absorbent. You can put anything you want into that golden soap bubble. Imagine you can reach into your body and pull out that feeling from wherever it is if it’s in your shoulder, your jaw, between your eyes, reaching in and pulling it out and putting that emotion right into that soap bubble. I’d say it’s always fun to use your hand and pull it out and put it into that soap bubble. You can imagine it coming out. That soap bubble absorbs anything you can let go of.
The next thing you’re going to do is imagine a wish of air. Pull it out and put it right in the center. Imagine a wish of air coming along and wishing that soap bubble up and you can watch it in your mind’s eye with your eyes close if you want floating up to the clouds, getting smaller and smaller, and then floating up beyond the clouds up into the atmosphere where the sun is shining. All of a sudden, it’s going to pop and dissolve into golden sparkles. You can open your eyes whenever you want. That exercise as fanciful as it might seem. Did you feel anything releasing for yourself?Learn how to balance your own energy field so that you don't feel like you're taking on the troubles of the world. Click To Tweet
I did. Along the skeptic lines at times to myself but there’s no question that when I decide that I want to release something or let go of something, I have complete control of that. There’s nobody who can release anything for me. It’s common sense.
Those kinds of techniques of releasing energy, releasing emotion as you choose, it doesn’t mean that you’re not feeling your emotions. People mistake that. Of course, we have the ability and we should process our emotions, but when it affects our physical bodies, this is the turning point of manifestation of imbalance. I don’t want that. You might not want it either so why not take some action when you can and start releasing. When you get in the habit of it, it becomes second nature. I’ll tell your audience that I have three audios on the website. They’re guided meditations called Energy Essential. They’re free. That exercise is called Releasing For Emotional Balance.
Would you call them meditations?
They’re called guided meditations. It’s imagery using visualization skills to affect your own energy, your emotions, your physical state, etc. The one-day workshop is all about that. We get into that. You’ll learn how to use your mind’s eye for visualization and self-healing even more deeply. The main program is for practitioners and wellness, people of every kind who want to learn how to do this skill working with their patients and clients.
On the side of that statement, getting past this particular virus and pandemic has a lot to do with us individually taking better care of ourselves. It’s great to say, “We need testing. We need a vaccine, and we need all these things to meet us where we are.” Inherently, in North America in particular, an unhealthy community. A lot of obesity, people with a lot of stuff that they’re dealing with physically, in many ways relates back to early childhood trauma that hasn’t been integrated, has not been dealt with. It’s not without compassion. I’m not saying this to say anybody that is dealing with this has somehow invited it or deserves it.
It’s a question of what’s our responsibility to ourselves and to the larger community to take care of ourselves. I’m going to be bold to say this, drinking diet soda, eating Doritos, eating garbage, putting sugar, and other inflammatory things into our body are something we’ve ignored, at least in North America, for a very long time. There’s an element of this. This is hitting us particularly hard and other places in the world as well because we are more susceptible. These viruses look for a vulnerable host. It’s opportunistic in that regard, isn’t it?
Yes and no. As a medical intuitive, I have to leave my biases at the door and that goes for everything. That’s the way I teach. You’re correct about foods, diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress, and all the rest of it. It’s rare that I do my work with someone who hasn’t had some stress or that’s caused some issue. That’s what I’m looking at anyway. All of that and everyone is so individual that some people can handle a very high level of stress with no repercussions and some people cannot. I have to look at everything from that big wide field rather than through any lens or opinion, which is interesting because you can imagine it’s a bit of an unlearning process in the learning curve. The reason is that if someone comes to me and they say, “I want to get off medication,” ethically, my answer is, “Absolutely not. You need to talk with your primary healthcare provider.” Also, what’s going on that caused the imbalance with the need for medication in the first place. Let’s look at it from that position because that’s an interesting one that your body probably has a lot to tell you about.
This is a catalyst in many ways, something positive that’ll come out of this, hopefully. Will the people be looking at dealing with these things more from the standpoint of the cause rather than at the effect level? At the level where medication, surgery or some other thing is required, in the moment, because it’s got to a place where it’s presenting.
It was beautifully put, Adam, and I appreciate that. Medical intuition is the lens to look that gives you that 360 view, as the holistic view. It’s the what, why and how. It’s the, where did this come from and why is it here kind of perspective. That’s something that medicine is at the beginning of learning. I’m honored and privileged to be part of that wave because that’s where medicine is going years from now. Hopefully, we’ll see this permeate the healthcare community. This is what people will go to their doctors to work with a medical intuitive, nutritionist, yoga instructor, and all the rest of it to get that whole health perspective.
I appreciate the work that you’re doing in the world, Wendie. I’d love to finish by asking you a question about your own resilience rituals if you’ve got any. Something that you do on a ritual basis to build your own resilience. What’s one of those things?
I meditate every day. I recommend people take on and learn a meditation technique. There are so many. Some are more involved, some are less in mindfulness. Meditation is lovely. Take some time for yourself, five minutes, if that’s all you get to calm this whole thing down energetically, physically, emotionally. Connect in any way that makes sense to you. I do that at least five minutes every day and sometimes a lot more. I don’t teach anything that I don’t use.
It can be as little as five minutes. That’s the remarkable thing about that.
Go outside, take a walk, and appreciate gratitude. You started the show with that. Gratitude is a meditation in my world. If I think thoughts that are grateful and make me go down my own inventory of gratitude, I consider that a meditation.
What a perfect place for us to park for the moment. As I park, I will remind myself and everybody about something that you may have known me say before regarding the waking ritual, how it is that you wake up and greet the day. I’ve been going to sleep at night reading a part of an Og Mandino book, an old book called The Greatest Salesman in the World. This evening ritual for me has become thinking about greeting the day and maintaining the day with love in my heart. That’s how I go to sleep with a bit of forgiveness practice as well, which is quite an interesting thing to look back as an inventory of the day that’s finished and think, where was I not kind today? Where did I lose my compassion? Where did I anger easily? Do something even more rough than that or not but either way, to ask for forgiveness, to be thankful for forgiveness upon laying my head down for the night. In the morning, waking up to begin with. Wendie, are you up for waking up again tomorrow?
I have yet to have anybody answer the question differently. “Yes, I will wake up tomorrow.” That’s physically and it’s metaphoric. What’s our ability is these amazing sentient beings that we are to be able to have a little more awareness tomorrow than today. A little more consciousness tomorrow than we have today. That’s possible for all of us if that’s the only goal you set out for yourself. It’s a good goal to have. Step one, wake up. Step two, you already expressed it. Wendie has the power of gratitude, the meditation, or surrounding what we can be grateful for. Even for ten seconds, it can get into gratitude space and it’s a warm hot tub. It’s a beautiful bath to be in.
It also creates a physiological shift in your body. Your body, your selves love that.
Let’s do something great for ourselves as we’re wrapping up here. Part two is being in gratitude. You’re going to wake up, you’re going to be in gratitude. Take a moment for yourself as you’re reading these final words from me. What’s something you’re grateful for this moment? Feel that. You’re grateful for Wendie Colter and some of the beautiful things that she shared with us, for the breath that you’re taking, the life that you’ve been given, and all your challenges. Can you be grateful for those too? They make you who you are, they put you on your growth edge, and they give you this wonderful opportunity to live an interesting life.
It’s not an easy life at all times but interesting life, a worthwhile life, and all of that. Feel what that feels like for you. The third part of this waking ritual for me is to say something out loud, to express something. I’m not a big Bible studier but I’ve given it some look and also read a lot about it. The first words of the Old Testament are God said let there be light. It’s speaking into existence of something magnificent. What do you want to speak into existence when you wake up?
Think about that. For me, it’s those four simple words I shared in my TED Talk, “I love my life.” What are those words for you? Maybe it is that you love your life or you’re looking for the miracles. I guess that was expressing that very same thing a few months back. She’s in her 70s. She goes, “I wonder what miracles are coming today.” Those are her words when she wakes up. Wendie, do you have any of those words that come to mind right away?
One of my favorite affirmations come from Abraham Hicks. The one I’ve used every day is, “All is well.” All is well is such a wonderful thing to think especially when things don’t seem like all is well.
I love Abraham as well. Wendie, it’s been a blast to have you on the show. Thank you so much for being with us. Everybody, please feel free to leave a review. If you haven’t subscribed, do that. You can go to AdamMarkel.com/podcast. Leave a comment, we’ll respond. You can join our Facebook group. Any and all of those ways to connect and to join a community of Conscious Pivoters. I’ll say Ciao.
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About Wendie Colter
Rev. Wendie Colter, CMIP®, MCWC is a Certified Medical Intuitive Practitioner, Certified Wellness Coach, and founder/CEO of The Practical Path, Inc., presenting intuitive development programs for wellness professionals. Wendie is a Fellowship faculty member for the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), and rotating faculty at Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine’s IMER program. She also serves on the Bioenergy & Health Committee of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), Washington, DC. Wendie has successfully trained doctors, nurses and wellness professionals from every discipline, in Medical Intuition.
Her commitment to the deeper awareness and understanding of the balance between mind, body and spirit is evident in her caring and insightful consultations, and her transformative seminars and workshops. Wendie has been in private practice for twenty years, and has been teaching intuitive development and energy medicine professionally for over ten years. The company name reflects Wendie’s mission to fuse spiritual wisdom traditions with constructive, real-world results.
Wendie’s accredited certification program, Medical Intuitive Training™, has been pivotal in helping integrative, functional and holistic healthcare professionals develop and optimize their innate intuitive abilities. Her trailblazing work has been published in peer-reviewed journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, and has led to an upcoming collaborative study with University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine out of recognition of the increasing value of medical intuition in the clinical setting and the need for scientific research.
The Practical Path® programs are accredited for continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).
Actively involved in spiritual studies from a young age, an early job at the Bodhi Tree, Los Angeles’ seminal “new age” bookstore, gave her access to the many classics of metaphysical thought. She participated in Louise Hay’s renowned, intimate living-room healing sessions supporting the Los Angeles HIV/AIDS community. This experience led her to intensive study in a variety of biofield-based wellness modalities, including Usui Reiki, Transcendental Meditation, NLP, and others.
Wendie received certification in energy medicine and graduated the intuitive, ministerial and teacher’s training programs at a noted school of metaphysics in Los Angeles. She then became a staff program instructor for over five years. Wendie received her Master Certified Wellness Coach certification through Catalyst Coaching Institute. She founded The Practical Path in 2009 to present her unique programs in intuitive health and wellness.
A published author and engaging, informative speaker, Wendie’s premier book on Medical Intuition is scheduled for release by Watkins Publishing in December 2021. She is an invited speaker/instructor at prominent health and education organizations including:
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Fellowship (AIHM)
Prebys Cardiovascular Institute CTC at Scripps Health, San Diego
Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Integrative Medicine
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine
The Shift Network
Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
Science and NonDuality (SAND)
American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Canadian Association for Integrative & Energy Therapies (CAIET)
California Institute for Human Science (CIHS)
Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. at Pacific Pearl La Jolla
Healing Touch California (HTCA)
International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM)
Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC)
She has been a regular and featured radio guest on Indie FM 103.1, L.A. Talk Radio, OM Times Radio, Empower Radio, BlogTalk Radio, and BBS Network.
Also an accomplished composer, musician and songwriter, Wendie spent many years in the high pressure corporate world of the music industry as an executive music producer for television and film, and continues to compose music in her spare time.
Wendie is available for speaking engagements, workshops, conferences and retreats, and is currently writing her first book based on her experiences as a medical intuitive, energy healing practitioner and teacher. Please Contact us for media kit and further information.