Meeting Asclepius was an excellent visualization exercise. I chose my grandmother who has been gone for for 15 years. She was such a kind person and believed in love, family and God above all. It did not matter how bad someone treated her, she responded with love. This would often make me angry! I remember as a child, not understanding at all. I wanted to hit them. She would say "Ginger, do you think that is what Jesus would do?" Grandma lived her life as tribute to her beliefs. She firmly believed in the power of love and positive beliefs.
When I started visualizing her, I immediately became sad. I thought this isn't what this exercise is about. That's when it hit me, I was going about it the wrong way. I was remembering how her loss affected me not how her life did. She was a beautiful human being with the ability to be kind beyond belief. She never had material possessions but she had a heart of gold. I can only hope that when I continue these exercises I will gain some insight into her life and bring them to my own.
The saying one can not lead where one has not gone is quite accurate. I think that is why so many of the new health care professionals are detached. I believe that it is my responsibility to give as much of myself as possible in a whole and healthy manner which includes my spiritual well being. I believe that you can relate to people much better if you have been there or at least experienced it. Many patients feel more at ease with someone who can relate and are more likely to accept advice.
Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: the path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications.