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How We Sabotage Ourselves

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How We Sabotage Ourselves

I’m SO freakin’ excited. As many of you know Iíve been invited to rock the stage with Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, Doreen Virtue and other teacher/authors who have inspired me at two Hay House conferences (one in San Jose this coming weekend and one in NYC in Fall 2012).

The minute I found out, I lapsed into a sort of happy shock, in which I couldnít feel my feet, so I decided it was time to meditate to get back in my body and integrate the news. The lashing that ensued between my Inner Pilot Light and my Gremlin was a throw down so epic I had to share it with you because I suspect it might sound familiar to you. The conversation went something like this.

The Throw Down

Inner Pilot Light: Congratulations Lissa! Youíve worked so hard for this and itís about time everybody is figuring it out.

Gremlin: Oh, you fraud. Wow, youíve really pulled the wool over their eyes on this one, havenít you? But theyíre gonna find out the minute you open your mouth that you canít hold a candle to those people. You might as well just back out with your tail between your legs before you make a big fool of yourself.

Inner Pilot Light: Whoíre you calling a candle there, bucko? Iím a bonfire, baby, and Iím raging, so back off buster and go hide in your hole.

Gremlin: Youíre probably gonna freeze the minute they give you the mike. There youíll be in front of 3,000 people who paid good money and youíll forget everything you wanted to say. Not that you have anything original to say anyway. I mean, itís all been said before anyway and youíre just mouthing off about shit nobody cares about anyway, so why donít you just shut your pie hole and get over yourself?

Inner Pilot Light: Wow, someone must not have gotten enough love when you were a little baby Gremlin. Come here, hon. Let me snuggle you. There, there, nice Gremlin.

Gremlin: Back off, bitch and quit spouting off worthless platitudes that are only glib attempts to make Lissa feel better about her crappy self.

Inner Pilot Light: Thatís it. Youíre impossible. Iím not speaking to you anymore. Lissa is the shit, and the message sheís teaching will change the world and heal so many people. This is what she was born to do. Like The Universe has been lining all this up so she could just skip along the path and serve as an agent of love, healing, and positive change. Like people need what sheís doing like they need blood, like they need oxygen.

Gremlin: Oh zip it, wonít you already? Get off your freakiní high horse and quit being such a narcissist! Hereís how it goes.†Nobody really cares about you, Lissa.†Youíre not worthy.† This was all some big mistake and theyíll realize they screwed up soon enough. Youíre just one big failure and youíll never amount to anything, no matter what conference you get invited to speak at.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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2:09PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Congratulations! I used to have some pretty vicious Gremlin vs. PL arguments myself, but my Gremlin is keeping pretty quiet these days. Thanks for the post. I'm sure your talk is going to be great! :)

5:50AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Almost everyone gets stage fright and has self-doubt. Just remember we're all the same and no one is an all-knowing genius. They have the same gifts AND flaws that you do!

10:22AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Well, that's HER blog.

7:08AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012


6:19AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Here's why the angry people stroke out:
"Managing your fears is key to living a wholly healthy life. Not only does fear sabotage you personally and professionally; it also raises dangerous stress hormone levels that weaken your immune system, raise your blood pressure and heart rate, increase your risk of cancer and heart disease, and negatively affect your brain biochemistry."

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2:37AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Thanks for the post.

1:08AM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

A funny take!

10:44AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012


7:39AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Absolutely loved it ..smiled and laughed all way through the inspiring message ~♥

2:24AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Thank you

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