4 years ago, my wife Jennifer, my son Ben and I left our home in San Diego and headed to Oregon then on to Washington looking for our new home. Here’s a story of what happened to uproot us from San Diego and head north and pull into Bellingham one rainy Halloween weekend 4 months later.
I was leaving behind a successful physical therapy practice, a beautiful home in Mission Hills, a german sports sedan and a great group of friends . . . I was letting go of it all and bought a 4 x 4 truck, a tent, and set off with my family looking for our home and meaning. . .
How did it come to this?
How I almost lost it . . .
I wanted to share this because I wanted runners and others to know what happened to me and how I got my running and health back after it looked pretty bleak.
If someone would have told me back in 2011 that I would run again, I would have grabbed them and not let go. I was desperate. I hadn’t been able to run more than a few feet due to severe pain in my knee for months.
Worse yet, I was feeling sick and very tired and going to lots of doctors and practitioners of all sorts to try and figure out what had happened to me. It was just the beginning of 2011 when I was running 2 + hour runs in the mountains east of San Diego and looking to be a trail runner. I had run many years, 70, 80, 90 even 100+ miles a week for years.
It’s how I thought of myself; I’m a runner.
I had a beautiful wife, expecting our first son and a successful physical therapy business and great home . . .
But here it was nearing the end of 2011 and I hadn’t run more than a few feet since May. And like I said, I was feeling like I was literally dying and no one could tell me why. We were just about to have our first little boy and my wife and I were literally talking about what to do if I really was gonna die soon. . .
Now it’s 2016 and I am here to tell you that I found the way out. I found out what the cause of it all was for me. And I learned how to fix it. I actually found the root cause and how to correct for it.
It’s a crazy story and led me on a wild path. I would have never picked this as my story but it’s what happened.
I feel very fortunate now. For one I am back to running 5 to 6 days a week. I run now up to 2 hour runs in my new home in the pacific northwest. The whole process was a process of discovery for me and it’s brought a whole new dimension to my work helping others find the root causes of their conditions. I love my work and my running and I am truly blessed to have this as my life’s work; finding the causes of clients’ conditions and helping them solve it.
I still remember how scared I was; not only of possibly never running again; but of even regaining my health. It was a very dark time for me. But I also know how this made me stronger and I learned more about myself than I ever would have had it not occurred.
And it also widened my abilities to see and shift causes of pain and disability in my clients. I help people get their lives back; the people who have been dealing with mysterious and chronic illnesses and conditions; I help them. And along the way I got to thrive on all levels and do my work, the work that gives me passion and live a bigger life. With a wider angle of perception.
Why do I care so much? And what do I see now that I’ve gone thru this?
I see that many people, maybe most people, really want a big life. And it sure includes the health but there is something else. I’ve seen that people are so thirsty and hungry for a big life. . . That means the health but also the money and the life and work and the passion.
It sounds so cliche, I know but I got to learn it first hand when it was taken away from me for a few years.
I know what it was like to lose my health; to lose my running. To almost lose my family and my life. I’ve been there and I found a way out for myself and have been able to see lives change with my clients. My experience is that If it can happen, it can un-happen. Literally I’ve seen the miracles.
Now, while I help the people who are dealing with the chronic and the mysterious illnesses and conditions and the chronic pains, I actually see that by doing my passion and work, people start connecting to their true passion and their work now connects them to something bigger. I want people to know there is a reason for what they are dealing with, the health issues and the money issues, and once found there is a way out.
It’s quite interesting and the complete how this works is for another article. But here’s the interesting and amazing thing about how this works.
I have actually encoded this article with a Matrix Energetics technology so that simply by reading this you can be different, better, changed. I know that can seem hard to believe.
But here’s the thing . . . If something were different for you now, would you notice it? What are you noticing simply since reading this message. Let me know what’s different!
Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC, certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner