Me In 30 Seconds:

I am a doctor, writer, artist, mother, speaker, teacher, lover, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, which is like Medical School 2.0 for doctors, health care providers, therapists, coaches, and healers who are passionate about Whole Health and inspired to learn how consciousness affects physical health. As research for my seventh book Sacred Medicine: A Doctor’s Quest To Unravel The Mysteries of Miraculous Healing, I’ve spent ten years traveling the globe and going down the rabbit hole, studying mind-body medicine, spontaneous healings, shamanism, indigenous medicine, energy healing, spiritual healing, and cutting edge trauma therapies known to resolve illness, a journey that has blown my mind and heart wide open.

My prayer is that every person on Earth awakens to his or her Inner Pilot Light, tune into and listen to its guidance, and fulfills his or her unique calling so that together, we can ignite our hearts and come together in unity consciousness, while remaining grounded in our embodied incarnate experience in a way that allows up to be sacred activists. I’m passionate about helping people view adversity as an opportunity for awakening—not just illness, injury, and trauma, but also loss, disappointment, disillusionment, and heartbreak which can be potent catalysts for psycho-spiritual development if approached with tenderness and curiosity. 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 grassroots mission to put the “care” back in health care, to reunite science, medicine, 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, limiting your exposure to toxic people, environments, jobs, and substances, moving your body in ways that make you light up with pleasure, and drinking as much green juice as you can.

Because I am one, I love engaging with doctors, healers, therapists, shamans, and other helping professionals who feel called to serve. 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 and engaging in sacred rituals and ceremonies that honor nature. I get lit up by skiing in fresh powder, live music of all types, painting with beeswax, singing with my Soul Tribe, and dancing barefoot. I live in a remote part of Northern California with my daughter and roommate April.

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Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Daily Flame,  Mind Over MedicineThe 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 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. Her latest project is non-profit work committed to eliminating the public health epidemic of loneliness while bringing Sacred Medicine out of its current status as a luxury good for privileged elites and bringing it to anyone who needs it and is open to it, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender identity.

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