Abdi Assadi, M.S., Lic. Ac., is an acupuncturist and spiritual counselor. Raised in Africa, Asia and New York City, he has studied a range of healing practices including shamanism, psychotherapy and acupuncture. His work centers on helping his cli...
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Abdi Assadi: The universe is us, so in my perspective of the right experience, in my Shamanic experience, is not the universe out there is normal --the normal is me, I am normal. We are one except we are looking at it from this side and what’s happening right now is this hand is dropping and then people are realizing that it’s all one hand. I've never seen so much spontaneous psychic awakening and people will have no interest in spirituality, the tarot cards and all of the crystals, they don't need to tell -- meeting in people, we’re waking up. There’s something going on. The interesting thing about now is that I see in a lot of spiritual people is not totally spiritual people are waking up. I treat mothers who have done no spiritual work or having this. Now what do I say about awakening? Awakening is when you realize, it’s not an intellectual concept, you realize it’s all one. Here’s something that’s really important. Everybody has a piece of the puzzle. No one person has the answer, so this is to me why the guru thing doesn’t work anymore. Everybody has a piece of the puzzle. We have to figure out what are pieces and then share that with everyone, and every person. I truly, in my bones, know that to be truth. If I can just add more thing to this, there’s a big confusion in our culture. It’s actually, we've been told that the “bilagu” is not true and it comes from the Eastern cultures that when there's awakening, all of a sudden, the ego is healed. Ego work, therapy, psychotherapy, emotional work is very different. You can be enlightened and be a jackass. Norma Kamali: This is a time when people are learning about some of the really dangerous things that are around us whether it’s the food we eat, the cosmetics we put on our bodies and it’s frightening. Some of us go unconscious and block it out and others want a solution. What are the options? Abdi Assadi: I actually don't think that it’s just people who are afraid that check out. We all check out. So the first thing I would say is just drop into your body. One of the ways when you know if a situation is toxic, if a person is toxic, if a job is toxic is by physically feeling your body. The interesting thing about this is that -this “mitsu” the million, million and a half years old, this brain that we’re all trying to use to solve these problems is not even 200 years old. So the thing that we have to drop into is more into a bodily felt sense. So the first thing I would say is we have to be in our bodies. Now, why aren’t we in our bodies? Because we’re all anxious. So when people talk about wellness in our culture, people are just trying to figure out diet or trying to figure out -- it’s always outside in. It’s not really inside out. You can eat the perfect diet and do the perfect spiritual practice and really be checked out. As a clinician, doing my work for 25 years, that’s my experience. People don't really change, they just change the scenery, all right, so now they're Buddhists. They're to practicing because they hate Christianity or Judaism -- and crazy, so now they're Buddhists, but really nothing has really changed. So now, they eat a really good diet, but they’ll still have a disorder of eating not well. And so their bulimic or anorexic and now it’s hiding being a vegan, so it’s not about changing the externals. It’s about really internally shifting. Take a little bit of time to push through this anxiety. The peace will come where the next step is. But in my experience, you're not going to find ten steps right now. It’s only the first step and that’s very hard because we are all control freaks. Norma Kamali: Yeah, well one of the things that I've come to learn and respect more and partially talking with you and -- but I've learned to respect the universe and what the universe decides is going to happen for me and when I just let that happen, it’s always like wow! Abdi Assadi: It’s beautiful what you're saying. So let’s break

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