Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?
Elizabeth Kipp: I went to a retreat on a cruise ship to offer the group an experience of the Ancestral Clearing® process I facilitate. I met Anna Pereira, Founder of The Wellness Universe, on this cruise for the first time. Anna was in the front row on my left as I began the Ancestral Clearing® event. A few minutes into the event, the ship alarm went off, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw Anna jump and freeze. I could tell she was in a full-on panic attack. I stopped the Ancestral Clearing® process and pivoted immediately to Anna and began the Bilateral EFT/Tapping process that I teach. Anna was able to look and me and copy what I was doing and saying — and calm down. Here is Anna’s description of what happened. She published this as part of her recommendation for me on LinkedIn.
The main lessons from this story are:
- Do not underestimate the power of the work you do;
- Stay aware and present;
- The stress-relieving modalities that I teach are powerful, and I am deeply grateful for them; and,
- You never know when someone will need help.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Elizabeth Kipp: After over 40 years of going to doctors all over the world looking for health and healing, Dr. Peter Przekop, D.O., Ph.D. was the first one who looked at my health situation with wholeness in mind, body, and spirit. He was a phenomenally gifted healer and a fierce force for love. He looked beyond the specific diagnosis and prognosis so many doctors had given me. He stared straight into me and saw who I truly was: a being trapped in the grip of chronic pain but who was waiting to emerge and experience the healing power that was locked inside me to fully blossom. He opened the door and then guided me into releasing the awesome, powerful potential to heal that lived inside me. He taught me and thousands of others how to live a life free of pain and suffering. One of the most profound things Dr. Przekop taught me was to accept what is. Peter was here on earth teaching us that “We don’t have to suffer” and showing us how to do that — not to suffer. For real.
Ok perfect. Now let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
Elizabeth Kipp: Chronic pain is ANY pain — physical, emotional, spiritual — felt for 15 days out of 30 for three months or more. These all send the same signal: “It hurts.” Chronic pain changes the brain. To heal, we need to bring in modalities that address these changes. Pain medication does not achieve this. You can recover from chronic pain. I have done it. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 25% of everyone in North America suffers from chronic pain. The World Health Organization estimates that fully 1/5 of the world suffers from it. Chronic pain is a silent epidemic. Doctors said I would never heal from chronic pain. They were wrong. I am the proof. The work I do helps people suffering from chronic pain that there is hope and that they can heal. Chronic pain is not a life sentence.
Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.
- Conscious breathing. There is nothing so powerfully and immediately soothing as a breath taken slowly, deeply, and consciously.
- Fall deeply in love with yourself — you are your life partner.
- Lead with kindness and compassion, and these will chart your path forward.
- Cease complaining. Be grateful for and in every moment.
- Do not judge the moment — accept what is. This doesn’t mean being a doormat. It means recognizing and accepting, without judgment, what is present for you at the moment, and then taking action from there.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Elizabeth Kipp: I am passionate about people healing and stepping up and getting serious about it. I would start a ’12 Steps of Wellness Movement.’ Here they are:
- None of us were born to suffer.
- We all have the ability to heal.
- Love with all your heart.
- Get real about your healing.
- Commit to your healing.
- Do the work it takes to heal.
- Do the work every day.
- Get real about your healing (if you missed it the first time.)
- Never let anyone or anything get in the way of your healing.
- Love yourself fiercely and without reservation.
- Accept what is.
- Be grateful for all that comes your way, and more will be revealed.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- To stay laser-focused on the task at hand. There are so many things required to get a business up and running that it is easy to lose focus, and then nothing gets done.
- Self-care comes first. It was so easy for me to put the business first. I learned that my self-care comes first, and everything else flows naturally from that.
- Learn to use Google. It took me a while to realize that Google is a source for answering many technical (and other) questions.
- Remember to breathe consciously during the day; it’s an excellent de-stressor. With so many decisions to make and actions to take in my business every day, it was easy for me to get so busy that I forgot to pause. It helps my decision-making and ability to execute necessary tasks when I include regular conscious breathing into the day.
- Check out local vendors for support. I was surprised at how many local shop owners wanted to host live group events for me. Also, there are many stores besides bookstores that sell health and wellness books as part of their product offering. Make sure to investigate the shops in your area. Shop owners are always looking for new products to sell.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?