Episode 13 The Spirit of Illness with Lisa Weleschuk

While going through a chronic illness we often focus on the physical symptoms and the physical causes. Whether the emotional and spiritual aspects are part of the illness, or a bi-product of it, the spirit is often over looked in Western Medicine. Chinese medicine views the spirit or “shen” as our consciousness, mental functions, mental health, vitality, and our “presence”. One of the most important things in recovery from a long illness is to find ourselves again, but there is little guidance on how to do so. Dr. Lisa Weleschuk will discuss the spirit and its importance in our health journey.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • how did you get involved in TCM?
  • What drew you to study counselling?
  • How much of your practice is based on people coming in for emotional/spiritual healing as their primary issue?
  • Can you explain a bit about what you do, it’s varied and seems complicated
  • One thing that drew me to doing this show was my own experiences when being ill.  I was so uncomfortable in my own body, so I spent a lot of time trying to avoid how I was feeling.  That involved disconnecting from the pain by watching TV, or often mindless games on the computer.  This was all I was able to physically and mentally do, but what I didn’t want to do was to feel what I was going through.  Afterward I achieved wellness, I had to spend a lot of time regrouping my emotions, relationships, friendships and thoughts and find myself again.  I definitely was a different person, but I wanted to be a better person for what I went through.  I want to discuss some of this with you today.
  • What is your opinion on this disconnection?
  • Can you tell us a bit about how Chinese Medicine sees the spirit?
  • How do you see pain and illness affect people?
  • Can you explain what this physical disconnection is?
  • Do you often see a connection with physical pain and certain emotions?
  • And are there emotions that can affect people in physical ways?
  • Are there times where you have to focus on pain over emotion with a patient?
  • When I was in school there were some thoughts that the emotion was the main focus and causing the symptoms, what do you see happen in clinic?
  • There is such a disconnect in our society with emotions as well, and a lot of people don’t feel they have permission to express themselves.  How to you see this manifest?  And how do you approach this?
  • How do you approach the subject of emotional/mental issues with your patients as many people deny it as they see it as a weakness or taboo?
  • Do you always treat emotional components whether your patients mention them or not?
  • What can people do to “discover” themselves again after an illness?
  • How do you see meditation help people in their health journeys’?
  • How does acupuncture help with this?
  • I know one thing that is important when we’re trying to find our way is guidance.  How does someone go about finding a teacher or guide in their journey.