An unusual cause (and cure) for physician burnout
It’s what the Buddah calls suffering, or what Jesus calls sin. You have in you the enormous ability . . . to erase suffering. And when you erase it in you, it erases everywhere. To me that’s the beauty, and the gift of Ho’oponopono. You take responsibility for whatever is going on in you, you let that go, it’s like letting the world go, letting the suffering go. It gets lifted from everybody."
Doctors, nurses, and therapists burn out, he says, when we don't realize this. When we see patients, we're taking on all the memories in their families, relatives, and ancestors too. Unless we clean in some way, we're headed for trouble -- and fighting the wrong "enemy". We're thrashing against problems through medications, commitment papers, restraints, and other methods, when the real problem is these memories in us that need to be released or "cleaned".
It blows the mind. I clean MY stuff, and YOU feel better? No Lexapro or Zyprexa required for either of us? hmmm . . . .
One caller shared a story that I'll remember always. She described a "nervous breakdown" and being hospitalized twice at Tripler Army Hospital in 2003. While there, she heard about Dr. Hew Len's work but didn't listen much to it.
She moved to Boston and was hospitalized again with severe depression. No medication seemed to work, and she was ready for "shock" therapy. But then she moved to San Diego in early 2008 . . . where she learned about Self-Identity through Ho'oponopono. She started cleaning.
Here my ears perked up further: her psychiatrist wanted to increase her medicines, which she called "high-powered addictive" ones. Despite her doctor's advice, this woman tapered them -- with no difficulty. And along with her Ho'oponopono practice, her depression faded away. No more medications needed.
How is this possible? I don't know, but I'm fascinated and very glad for her. She inspires me to learn as much as I can, and continue cleaning in my own life. This "zero", peaceful state is what we already are -- if we simply let go of the clouds that cover it. If we're patients, we may benefit, and insurance companies will rejoice. :-)
I also think my colleagues and I have much more to learn from Dr. Hew Len about burnout . . . and how we can avoid it. Care to join me for the November class in Woodland Hills CA? I'm looking forward to another in-person experience of my own then. Maybe see you there!