Maranda Pleasant: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
Dr. Habib Sadeghi: Be Love Now. I’ve learned on my spiritual journey that love isn’t really something we do; it’s what we are. Think about that for a minute. If I say, “I love you,” that implies a giver/ receiver relationship that’s based in duality. If we understand that at the core of our very essence we are love, that transcends the old paradigm. It means that if I’m love and you’re love too, then there’s absolutely no separation between us. In that consciousness, I will care for you exactly as I care for myself because we are one; we are love. There’s plenty of food, money and medicine to fix the world’s problems. What’s required now is for us to wake up to our true identity. When we do, the rest will follow suit.
MP: How do you handle emotional pain?
HS: Having experienced several traumas in my past, I understand the profound importance of allowing painful emotions to flow through us, as they happen, no matter how dark and scary they may be. The alternative is to have these negative energies stagnate in the body and create illness later in life. I find it’s best to follow the emotion into the experience, rather than resist it. I don’t judge it as good or bad. I just let it unfold. Without judgment, my body can discharge the negative emotions somatically, while my heart helps me to understand what the experience is trying to teach me. I can’t do that if I’m resisting the problem, fighting it and trying to make it go away. That only creates frustration and suffering for myself. We must go into the experience without judgment and look for the lesson, or as Robert Frost said, “The best way out is always through.”
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos?
HS: I know that how I react to a problem is the problem. So, by always checking in with myself and staying conscious of my reactions, I can keep most situations in perspective. Everything that happens to me is mirroring a part of myself. That’s how I look at it. I meditate in the mornings and evenings. That’s a definite. If I’m struggling with a decision or some other issue, I’ve had wonderful experiences with stream-of-consciousness writing immediately as I come out of meditation, when my mind is clear. Often times, that will reveal what I’ve been looking for.
MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in your life?
HS: It’s that self-love is absolutely essential for any kind of personal transformation, whether it be health-related, financial, relationship- oriented or anything else. Self-love is what puts us in flow with the universe, but to achieve that, we have to go through the process of self-forgiveness. I detail that process in my book, Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss.
MP: What truth do you know for sure?
HS: Love heals. When we apply love to the places inside of us that are hurting, healing happens. I’m living proof of it.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles and author of WITHIN: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss. He is regularly sought after as an expert in the fields of nutritional therapy, dietary supplementation and detoxification for chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases.