Me In 30 Seconds:
My prayer is that every person on Earth awakens to his or her Inner Pilot Light and has the courage to find and fulfill his or her calling so that together, we can ignite our hearts and come together in unity consciousness. I hope that all spiritual seekers become spiritual finders, since there is no “there” there. There is only here. I’m passionate about helping people view adversity as an opportunity for awakening. I’m fired up about healing our broken health care system, one empowered patient and one conscious health care provider at a time. I doctor not just bodies, but souls. I’m on a grass roots mission to put the “care” back in health care, to reunite healing and spirituality, and to inspire sacred activists to participate in the transformation of consciousness that is revolutionizing the world with acts of love, compassion, and kindness. I am a love revolutionary, praying that we can end the story of separation, stop polarizing into “us” versus “them,” and bring our hearts together in service to Mother Earth and our beloved planet.
I believe that the key to living a long, vital life is an optimistic attitude, the willingness to love expansively and receive love in return from a wide circle of people close to you, engaging in work that lights you up, tapping into Source, allowing your creativity to flow boundlessly, being unapologetically Who You Really Are, avoiding toxic people, environments, jobs, and substances, moving your body in ways that make you smile, and drinking as much green juice as you can.
I relish helping spiritually-attuned visionaries find their callings and realize their visions. I’m inspired by people brave enough to transmute adversity into spiritual growth, vulnerable enough to let their imperfections be witnessed, and courageous enough to keep their hearts open, even when those hearts are at risk of getting hurt. I’m moved by hiking in redwood forests, skiing in fresh powder, live music of all types, painting with beeswax, singing with my Soul Tribe, and dancing barefoot.
Stuff That Would Make It On My Resume, If I Had One
As far as the stuff you might find on a resume, I was trained as a physician at Duke University, the University of South Florida, and Northwestern University and I practiced as a conventional OB/GYN for eight years before my Inner Pilot Light insisted that I leave the medical system and live more in alignment with the integrity of my soul. After leaving my conventional medical practice in 2007, I experimented outside the system by seeing patients in my own mind-body medicine practice. I officially stopped seeing patients in 2010 so I could pursue writing, teaching, and speaking full time. (You can read the whole mysterious story of how this all went down in The Anatomy of a Calling.)
I’ve written seven books-Encaustic Art, What’s Up Down There, Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, The Anatomy of a Calling, Love School, and now The Daily Flame. The New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine and The Fear Cure inspired two National Public Television specials that featured my work. I’ve delivered four TEDx talks. In 2012, I founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute, a training program for health care providers which explores consciousness and spirituality in medicine. Since 2012, I’ve been researching a future book Sacred Medicine, for which I’ve been learning from shamans in Peru, Qigong masters from China, kahunas from Hawaii, electric healers in Bali, energy healers and faith healers in the United States, and a variety of other mystical healers. I was raised Christian, but I’ve also studied with spiritual teachers from a variety of traditions—Kabbalah, Kashmir Shaivism, Buddhism, Sufism, and indigenous spirituality. I am polyamorous when it comes to God. It seems to me that all paths lead back to the purest place in our own hearts.
I blog regularly at LissaRankin.com, lead the Whole Health Medicine Institute every year, mentor visionaries for a 9-month gestation each year, teach live workshops at retreat centers like Esalen, Kripalu, and Omega, and facilitate virtual workshops online. I am blessed to live where the redwoods and mountains meet the ocean in Marin County, California with my Waldorf-educated daughter Siena and the rest of my Soul Tribe. Most of all, I am grateful to all of you, who care about what I write and make it possible for me to fulfill my life’s purpose.
For the Press
Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Daily Flame, Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling is a physician, speaker, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, creator of The Daily Flame, and mystic. Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she discovered that connecting with your “Inner Pilot Light” is not only essential to optimal health, making your body ripe for miracles; it’s also the golden ticket to finding and fulfilling your calling, nurturing healthy relationships, being a loving, responsible, ethical Soul Tribe member, downloading creative new ideas from the muse, and restoring peace on earth. Bridging between seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting edge visionaries she discerns and trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into “Sacred Medicine.” In 2012, Lissa founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute, where she and a team of luminary faculty like Deepak Chopra, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, and Joan Borysenko train physicians and other health care providers about “Whole Health” and the “6 Steps to Healing Yourself.” Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 4 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen, 1440, Omega, and Kripalu.