492. The Year from Hell and Back
Chronic and acute pain can take over a sufferer’s life and leave him demoralized. Steve hit rock bottom with back pain and multiple symptoms that kept returning. Bedridden, he read a book that helped him banish his pain and profoundly changed the direction of his entire career.
Steve Ozanich, a mind-body health consultant, life coach and author, penned his first two books—”The Great Pain Deception,” and “Dr. John Sarno’s Top 10 Healing Discoveries”—based on his own experiences, the work of John E. Sarno, MD, and 10 years of research. Over the past 16 years, Steve has helped teach thousands of people how to heal themselves through his lectures, books, articles and interviews.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Steve discovered and started using his talents after years of physical and emotional suffering from back pain. The year 1985 was what he calls his “year from hell,” as he experienced the loss of several loved ones and his daughter’s paralysis through a medical complication. He learned to listen to his body and understand what symptoms were telling him. As he experienced dramatic relief, he says, “My mission from that point on was to give the gift away. I didn’t think it was right for me to hold on to this beautiful gift.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I was lying on my back, reading Dr. John Sarno’s book, “Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection.” I began to learn that back pain is an emotional and thought process, not about the structure of the spine. I threw the book across the room and continued to suffer awhile longer. Then the pain made me willing to reconsider Dr. Sarno’s ideas.” As Steve began to accept Sarno’s ideas, his symptoms went away. “That was it, my life was saved from reading that book! I rejected the ideas out right and thought the doctor was insane. Now, I teach his work around the world!”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“There is a big difference between wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is something that can be transferred to people. It can be sold, and can be passed on to people. But you can’t do that with wisdom, it’s not possible. Wisdom is that little light of consciousness within the person, that they understand and see very clearly. But it can’t be transferred to them. Each person needs to find that light and wisdom within them. I offer up the knowledge repeatedly from my own wisdom, hoping it will spark something in them. It’s working!”
Steps to Success from Steve Ozanich
1. Do what you love, first, and the money will come.
2. Love what you are doing and you will get really good at it.
3. Do what you love to do and your health is going to be fantastic.
4. If you are seeking recovery, see and feel your recovery as being already here, not far off into the future.
On His Bookshelf
The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, by John E. Sarno
Dr. John Sarno’s Top 10 Healing Discoveries, by Steven Ozanich
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Unlock the Secrets Within, by Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., D.D.
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse, by Steven Ozanich
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