I met Christie (Czajkowski) Aphrodite when my first book,Windows of Opportunity, came out back in 2009. She interviewed me for her radio show, we immediately became friends, and since then, I’ve been a guest on her show several times. I also wrote about Christie and her work in my second book, Raising our Vibrations for the New Age.
With her show, Soul’s Journey Radio, Christie helps countless numbers of us forge ahead as we continue on our own journey for the truth of our existence here on planet Earth; and she also puts her herbalism and holistic health coaching skills (she has a PhD in metaphysics) to work on her Facebook page, My True Essence, helping us learn how to take care of our bodies and our minds with natural remedies.
Being a guest on Christie’s show has always been great fun, and I’ve found that she and her listeners are not afraid to ask the hard questions; in fact, more than once I had to say, ‘Great question, let me research that and get back to you.’ Today, though, it’s my turn to ask Christie some questions; and it is my great pleasure to introduce her to you, my fabulous Readers, right now:
Sherri: Christie, I have to say that you are a much better interviewer than me, and I appreciate you’re allowing me to ask the questions today! I’m very excited for my readers to get to know you and your work. Can you tell us a little bit about My True Essence and what led you to start it?
Christie: Well Sherri, it was a long time coming…my background in main stream medicine and being sick all the time led me ultimately to a natural path after finding out the hard way that ‘drugging’ doesn’t work. Like you, Sherri, I believe that people should find the cause of their dis-ease, and not just simply treat or mask the symptoms; and so my approach to healing is all about teaching people how to heal themselves—how to take your whole lifestyle into consideration on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level and make the changes that will allow you to heal yourself. My True Essence started off as my hobby helping others heal through nature, alchemy and intuition using predominately herbs and essential oils, and it really just took off from there.
Sherri: I know that you’ve been through a lot health-wise, more than most human beings ever have to deal with in one lifetime; and i also know that before you started helping others, you helped yourself recover from several serious dis-eases, and really, the doctors didn’t expect you to be alive right now. I know this is personal stuff, but would you please share with my readers what you went through? I want them to know that it’s possible for us to take control of our health and our lives the way that you did.
Christie: Absolutely! I would be honored to share my story. Sherri, I was sick pretty much my whole life (35 years), and then I learned that Mother Nature is smarter than man. I was diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, lupus, MS, was paralyzed from the waist down in a wheelchair; I had several strokes and seizures, and 17 years ago, doctors told me I had 6 months to live. I had lost my kidney function and had to wear diapers. Not only did I make a complete recovery, I have been blessed to help teach others to heal themselves since 2008 from so called incurable conditions such as diabetes, cancer, MS, gangrene, heart disease, COPD and more. I am living proof that we can take our own health into our hands and give our bodies what they need to heal themselves.
Sherri: Taking our health into our own hands is not a matter of simply snapping our fingers; I have heard you say many times, ‘there are no magic pills,’ and ‘we have to make a commitment to heal ourselves and follow-through with the work involved.’ I totally get that—I began studying herbalism and naturopathy to find the underlying cause of my own physical problems when my doctor tried to give me four different medications to only treat the symptoms. I had to make several lifestyle changes, but they were so worth it. As a holistic health coach, where do you start when you begin helping someone take control of their health?
Christie: Healing, of course, is much more than physical health, it is recognizing and clearing out negative energetic patterns that block our natural flow manifesting in the physical body. And you’re right, Sherri, it is not always easy! When I work with someone, I want to find out where they are at right now, on all levels, so that I can make recommendations that will fit in to their lifestyles. Obviously, switching someone who is on a diet of cheeseburgers and diet coke all day to eating only celery and carrots is not going to last very long; and so I ask them to share with me how they feel about their dis-ease and give them tools to help them heal–not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well.
I let them know that they can heal if they want to, in fact; I won’t take on clients who are not ready to do the work necessary to heal themselves. The truth is, not everyone wants to heal. And I understand that. So I’m not going to take anyone’s time or money if they’re not ready to take the next step.
Sherri: Christie, you are such a motivational force for me personally, and I thank you so much for sharing with my readers this important information. Space is always at a premium in this column, and I intend to ask you to write some guest columns with me in the near future; but for today, do you have any closing thoughts or advice for everyone?
Christie: Thank you Sherri! Yes, I want people to know that the power of our hearts is the ultimate driving force in whether we heal or not. I know we all hear about the power of the mind, and of course there is a lot of truth to that, but it’s also the mind that tells us that we can’t heal. It’s our mind that stores all the info we read telling us we can’t heal, or the doctor telling us we need to be drugged for life and there is no cure. So, I would like to invite people to explore their hearts… don’t be scared to reach IN to your core, your essence and imagine the possibilities! You CAN heal if you WANT to! I AM living proof and I promise you if I can do it, ANYONE CAN! Don’t let ‘the rules’ hold you back.
For more information about Christie, and/or to contact her, please visit her website and Facebook page, My True Essence. You can also listen to Christie’s Soul’s Journey Radio Show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 PM Central time. Christie also invites you to check out Project Love Your Neighbor on Facebook.
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