There are certain career choices that are known to be highly stressful for the professional. Two such careers are that of dentists and psychiatrists. We can each envision why. However, I was mistaken about why one particular dentist chose to leave the profession and now wants to speak to her former colleagues about they deep why.
She found something interesting in the work process and it has to do with the energetic connection between doctor and patient during that interaction. She describes a link, a sort of connection that sounds to me like what happens when we are in close proximity but adding another layer of vulnerability to it.
Imagine how you would feel climbing around in someone’s mouth as they lay in fear and look you in the eyes. You’d see it all. And their breath–you’d hear it and get the scent of stress and whatever else is there to detect. It’s not just about the cavity or the gums, it is about the spirit. The spirit of each of us leaks through I whatever situation we are in. IT’s very different depending upon the situation.
I was actually terrified of the dentist until my last dentist came into my life–Dr Gary Weinstein. Now retired, he sold his practice to a gentle soul of a guy Dr Kevin Duniven. They are both gifted, sensitive, talented men. And with both of them, I sought to form a bond of trust and comfort and clarity. Sitting in the dental chair with Dr Weinstein for various procedures necessitated my diving deep into my own zone and finding out why the terror, they the anxiety, why the hesitation to go back again and again. I followed my own words and did the work about tapping my own inner strength. I pulled him into it with me and shared my angst and asked for patience and also support. It worked and I found a trusting rapport and dynamic outcomes that replenished my psyche and left me with a more beautiful smile. This has carried over into my rapport and relationship with my newby Dr Duniven.
The essential point is that when we become frightened, the most natural reaction is to hide, run, escape…..or sometimes fight. In my work, I have learned that it can be most productive to just sit and allow the feelings to surface and then think them through and be courageous. I then face them through meditations and the power of my mind and spirit having faith. It works amazingly well.
My guest on The K Factor this week is Dr Marjorie Wolter. Tune in to hear us live at 10:30 am CST for a 60 minute interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thekfactor