By now you might be wondering how I ended up on this path?
Let me go back a little… all the way to when I was still in high school.
I’ve already mentioned that I dealt with a lot of illness when I was young. Despite all that, I still managed to grow into a strong young man. I don’t mean to brag but I was an all-state athlete and was being courted by several universities to play sports.
Like most athletes, I also dealt with my share of injuries and at one point I experienced a bad strain in my lower back. (Anyone who has had lower back pain knows all too well how debilitating it can be!) For a few days I was barely able to get up and walk.
My mother had a friend who was a chiropractor and suggested we go to see him. The pain pills given to me by my doctor weren’t helping much so I agreed, knowing absolutely nothing about what I was about to experience.
Not only did I receive a significant amount of relief for my back during that visit, but the doctor was able to help me with some other nagging issues as well. It was my first introduction to viewing the body as a holistic system. The idea that you could treat one area of the body and feel better in another area was a complete shock to me and I was extremely curious to learn more.
Through that wonderful doctor, I was eventually led to the work of his teacher and my views on health and illness were changed forever.
I’ll tell you more about him soon… but as much as I loved learning about this new approach to wellness, I had no intention of pursuing it as a profession.
All I ever really wanted to be was a film maker.
When I finally did go off to college, it was to study film … not play sports. And I pursued it with a passion.
After “paying my dues” for many years, I found myself working on some of the biggest films in Hollywood and with directors like Oliver Stone, Robert Redford and Mel Gibson.
It was a great! I was doing what I loved and making a pile of money at the same time. What could be better than that? Well… a lot, actually.
You see, the hours and stress involved in that industry are nothing short of insane! All the knowledge I had accumulated about how to care for my body was of little use when I didn’t even have time to sleep or eat properly.
My body was deteriorating right before my eyes and I knew I couldn’t keep this up much longer…
Then one day, just as I was about to complete the film I was working on, I was reintroduced to that great teacher I mentioned earlier. He had this amazing technique that had helped me tremendously in the past. For fifteen years I had wanted desperately to learn it myself. The problem was, he only taught it to other doctors.
Normal guys like me didn’t stand a chance.
But I heard through the grapevine that he was finally opening it up to some lay people. You have no idea how thrilled I was to hear this and I immediately signed up for his classes. I even considered leaving Hollywood altogether to start a whole new career helping others.
Well… a few months later I was finally ready to try this brilliant technique out on someone else. That person just happened to be my 89 year old grandmother in Sweden who was suffering a tremendous amount of pain.
Imagine how devastated I was to find out I was not able to help her!
You see, there were certain phases of the technique that required a level of participation on her part… but she was in too much pain to do it. My efforts were over before I even got started.
I was completely crushed!
Still, I had to try something. I thought of all the great principles my teacher had given me and just started improvising. I didn’t look anything like the technique I had learned but I knew it couldn’t hurt so I just did what I could.
To my utter amazement, the intense pain my grandmother was experiencing in one part of her body completely vanished! She couldn’t believe what was happening and I couldn’t explain it to her… because I didn’t even know what I had done myself!
I finally left her that night, my mind oscillating between immense feelings of gratitude for being able to help someone so dear to me, and the excitement of having stumbled onto something with enormous implications.
All the great stuff I had learned from my teacher still applied, yet somehow I had just found a way to get the same results using a method much simpler than I ever dreamed possible!
In the years to come, I worked hard to test and refine this new technique until I was able to get those results with the bare minimum of effort and complexity.
The result of that work is Cross+Lynk®.