How Intuition and Spirituality Elevate Mental Health with
Dr. Anna Yusim

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Episode 167

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“In the first part, the soul is that which connects you to everybody and everything... And then the soul is also our uniqueness, that which sets you apart, which is your unique set of talents, skills, abilities, interests, and contributions to the world.” - Dr. Anna Yusim

Discover the transformative power of spirituality and conscious elevation with Dr. Anna Yusim in this episode. Dr. Yusim, a psychiatrist, shares profound insights on mental health and spirituality, advocating for an expanded understanding that includes the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Her global experiences, spanning over 80 countries, have shaped her unconventional path to spirituality and consciousness. Join us as we delve into discussions on intuition, the significance of spirituality in healing, and the potential for personal growth and fulfillment. Get ready to challenge yourself, seek introspection, and embrace growth with Dr. Anna Yusim.

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Show Notes 

00:00 Traveled the world to understand healers' beliefs.
04:19 Profound experiences led to study of Kabbalah.
07:13 Reality is empirical, 1% seen, 99% unseen.
11:04 Expanding definition of mental health to holistic approach.
15:42 Feel, process, and move forward with emotions.
18:35 Establishing Yale Mental Health and Spirituality Center.
20:22 Book well-received, led to Yale faculty invitation.
24:03 Create conferences, integrate spirituality in medical education.
28:38 Intuition is the quiet voice of reason.
31:31 Excitement about psychedelics in mental health research.
35:27 Journaling for connection and transformation after experiences.
36:42 Taking action, building momentum, unity, educating oneself.
39:50 Appreciation for Anna and listeners. Thank you!


"And had anyone told me 25 years ago that I would become a spiritual person or that this would be central to my work, I would have laughed."  - Dr. Anna Yusim

"The way that I define mental health is people being in balance in mind, body, and spirit."  - Dr. Anna Yusim

"And after my formal medical education was complete, it was my spiritual education that was just beginning."  - Dr. Anna Yusim

"The most important thing is to set up a concerted practice to go back to that experience on a regular basis... to remind yourself what you learned."  - Dr. Anna Yusim

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Claudia [00:00:00]:
Welcome to the longevity and lifestyle podcast, Anna. It's such a pleasure to have you with us today.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:00:05]:
Thank you, Claudia. It's really a pleasure to be here with you.

Claudia [00:00:09]:
So I loved, loved, loved our initial conversation, which I think we had just a short time scheduled and it went over and we went very deep in the short space space of time. And now that we've sorted out some lighting things, which I loved, we were just improvising there. I'd love to start in our conversation today with the fact that you have traveled, lived, and worked in over 80 countries. What were some of the most profound experiences that you've had amongst these 80 countries that has really impacted you and and shifted things in your life?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:00:43]:
Yeah. It's such a great question. You know, travel has always been such a huge part of my education, and I would say that it was as important of a part of my education as my formal education, perhaps even more important in many ways. And what travel always does for me is it shows me other ways that people see the world and that people see the same situations that I am grappling with day by day, and they have a totally different view on it. A completely different cultural standpoint. A completely different anthropologic perspective, and it's really, really just fascinating. My last set of travels, it was really trying to understand this very arcane concept of a soul because I went to medical school residency and ultimately became a psychiatrist, a doctor of the soul. But the idea of the soul was never really mentioned in medical school and residency.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:01:34]:
And so I decided to travel the world to understand what are different healers and different cultures believe about the soul. And those travels took me to ashrams in India and learning Buddhist meditation in Thailand and working with shaman in South Africa and South America, and ultimately finding a really brilliant shaman in Mexico whose definition of soul I really, really love, and he really helped him to encapsulate this concept. His name was Fernando Roca, and his definition of soul was a 2 part thing. Right? In the first part, the soul is that which connects you to everybody and everything. They often say that we're one unified soul, and so it's our interconnectedness. And then the soul is also our uniqueness That would set you apart, which is your unique set of talents, skills, abilities, interests, and contributions to the world. And so I love this definition of soul, which at once encompasses your interconnectedness with everybody and everything and your uniqueness.

Claudia [00:02:32]:
Oh, I love that. Because sometimes in sort of spiritual work, right, there's the the oneness piece, but then it's like the ego and, you know, that not so good ego is the separation and, but it it by defining both aspects as the soul, I guess it brings it together and that both are positive and both make the contribution. I think that's a really unique and interesting perspective. Wow. I love that. And and I'd love to touch on where did your spiritual journey begin, which is not from the traditional western way as we know. Where did that sort of initial whispers come to to pass, and and how did that lead you on to now, starting at at Yale, the the spiritual center? So, yeah, I would love to hear about that journey.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:03:19]:
Definitely, Claudia. You know, some people are born spiritual. They're, like, always seekers. I was absolutely not that. And had anyone told me 25 years ago that I become a spiritual person or that this would be central to my work, I would have laughed. It was, like, the furthest thing from my mind. And then, you know, interesting things happen in life that take you in unexpected directions. And towards the end of my psychiatry residency, really interesting things and unusual things started happening in my own life and in the life of my patient that I couldn't quite explain using the Western medical model in which I was trained.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:03:55]:
Case in point. Mhmm. At one point I remember sitting in an ice cream shop and a psychic and a baby, like, with her baby comes up to me and says, I have a message for you. I'm a psychic and an or an intuitive. Can I give you a message? And she looked relatively harmless, so I said, sure. Give me a message. And then this woman sat down and started telling me all these things about my life that, like, nobody knew, that nobody could know. It was not even things that I'd written in my diary.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:04:19]:
And it was these very deep, profound truths, including the name of the guy that I had a crush on, which also nobody knew. So there it was just, like, what in the world? And I had that experience, and it just made me think, wow. Did this person read my mind? How did this person know that? Because we have this preconception that every mind is separate and distinct. I'm thinking my thoughts, you're thinking your thoughts. But somehow this person, like, accessed something somewhere and was able to communicate that to me. So it was experiences like that. And then my patients also had things, like, they would have a dream about something that happened in my life, or I'd have a dream about something that happened in their life. And so there was, like, this bleeding in of, you know, inner world, and this truly led me down this path of really starting to understand, which then, led me to study Kabbalah in New York City, which created, you know, for me, a whole different perspective of, like, really a different theory of mind, a different theory of how the world works.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:05:17]:
And after my formal medical education was complete, it was my spiritual education that was just beginning.

Claudia [00:05:24]:
Oh, so what what was that path like with the spiritual education? I know you mentioned before with the travelling, but what what calls you? Like, where did you know to go? And people may be curious of being yearning to go more down the spiritual route. You know, what were some of the, steps you took or what would you recommend? Do you listen to something internally or, can you share a little bit about what you your steps were and what you would recommend?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:05:49]:
Yeah. And so this is all part of, you know, one night in the mid midst of all this. This is over, like, a 1 year period. I had this dream, And the dream was of a sign that said Kabbalah revealed on it. And my mother had studied Kabbalah. So my mother is very spiritual person always. My father's super rational, physics professor, biomedical engineer. My mom's also a computer programmer, so she's also very rational, but very spiritual.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:06:12]:
And my father is just wired very differently. And it was my father's way of knowing intellect that was more powdered in the family. So I developed that and didn't really develop spirituality. And so Mhmm. It was interesting when this Kabbalah dream came, I thought maybe my mom had at some point sent me a book about Kabbalah. And so I went to my bookshelf, and there was no book at Kabbalah. And so I just remember this dream, and then I was walking to meet a friend for dinner a few weeks later, and I saw the exact sign for my dream, Kabbalah revealed. It was the New York Kabbalah Center.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:06:43]:
This is so strange. This is in my dream. So then I went in and I thought, this is just such a strange interesting thing. I'll sign up for a class. So I signed up for their Kabbalah one class to learn. And that's where I started learning these, you know, very interesting theories that was Mhmm. In stark contrast to what I'd learned in medical school. For instance, one of the things that you learned in medical school, right, is that reality is that which can be seen with your eyes, touched with your hands, heard with your ears, like basically experienced with the senses.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:07:13]:
That which is real is empirical, can be seen and heard. And in Kamala, the idea is actually only 1% of reality can be seen and heard. 99% of reality is unseen and unheard. It's actually this world of mystery, which is also, you know, not inconsistent with quantum theory and a lot of more art, you know, theoretical physics concepts. But it was those ideas that started to just create this counterpoint of this is what you were taught, and here is this other way of seeing things. And then for myself, it was just curiosity. It was interest, curiosity, and yes, the spiritual principle, because Kabbalah teaches a lot of spiritual tools. So they taught me a lot of tools as to how to elevate your consciousness, how to go against your nature, how to identify what your dominant response is, and how to overcome that.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:08:00]:
Like, if your dominant response is to get angry or to get sad or get depressed, what is how do you go against your nature and elevate your consciousness? How do you do that which is more difficult specifically for the purpose of growth, healing, and transformation? Mhmm. So those are a few of the things that were in my setup. Oh, I

Claudia [00:08:17]:
love that. And what were some of the tools? Like, what would you recommend? Because, obviously, you know, awareness as as many of us know, right, is is number 1 so that we even, you know, notice what we're doing. But people who are challenged or struggle with a bit more that ego sense and trying to find a bit more that spiritual path. What are some tools you recommend and, people can start with?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:08:40]:
Yeah. Definitely. So since, you know, that time, I've really branched out beyond Kabbalah and have pursued so many different other practices, etcetera. Mhmm. And so maybe I'll give you some general tools for people. And you're you want tools for people struggling with ego in particular?

Claudia [00:08:57]:
Well, ego or I guess trying to get onto a more spiritual path and not be in that sort of monkey mind state that even people who are on a spiritual path can, end up having. Right? So just to really reconnect with self and to feel like you're growing spiritually, what would you recommend?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:09:13]:
Absolutely. Right. So so I think okay. So the monkey mind, let's talk about that for a second. Right? So the monkey mind is when something enters our mind and it takes control of us as opposed to us taking control of it. And one of the most powerful things we can do for our mind is slowly but surely learn to discipline our mind. A disciplined mind is a beautiful thing. And at the end of the day, the majority of issues in life come not from outside of us, but come from an undisciplined mind.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:09:44]:
When we're unable to control something within, and then it starts to take over. You know, it starts to grow within us. And so there's some very powerful exercises on essentially changing your relationship with your thoughts. Boss. Usually, the boss come in and they're gonna be in your mind until they're done with you. And so now it's for you to start to take control. And so it's, you know, like you said, 1st and foremost, awareness. So it's a very powerful and probably you've heard it before.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:10:14]:
Very simple meditation where you essentially let whatever comes come into your mind and then you label it. I'm having this thought about the breakfast I'm gonna have after this podcast. Right? And then you imagine a cloud floating by in front, and then you take your thought, taking my breakfast, putting it on the cloud, and watching it float away. And then as that thought leaves, there's a vacuum in your mind for the next thought to come in.

Claudia [00:10:41]:
So and I'd love to touch on the mental health piece. And, you know, that's a word that's turned around a lot of the time, and people like, yeah, mental health, and I'm doing things and whatever. But I guess for me, like, what is for you that meant definition of mental health? Like, why is that so important? And what are things that you have learned and seen that have been so impactful in helping people?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:11:04]:
Absolutely. It's such a great question because, you know, we're all talking about this mental health crisis that we are in the midst of right now. And this has been since COVID, but actually way before COVID as well. And the way that I define mental health is people being in balance in mind, body, and spirit. Oftentimes, mental health for people is limited to the mind, the mental part of the world. But you can't have stability and balance in the mind without the body and spirit also being engaged and recognized and heard. And so this is actually one of my missions is to broaden our definition of mental health, to bring in spirituality and the spirit, and then to bring in the body and other somatic practices that are so crucial to our understanding of mental well-being. You know, and when I say the body, that refers to so many things.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:11:57]:
Right? Nutritional psychology, you know, the food is medicine movement, but then there's also a lifestyle is medicine movement, a spirituality is medicine movement. Right? And so the nutritional psychology or psychiatry is one aspect. Then exercise psychology, how that affects your mental health. Our connection to nature, longevity and fertility, healthy sexuality and pleasure. All those things that are such crucial parts of body and body intelligence that are often overlooked by mental health. And so my definition of mental health is balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Claudia [00:12:32]:
And how does one, the next question, go about a, figuring out where they're out of balance. Right? Because sometimes we're so in a rabbit hole, we don't actually realize that we're even there. So how does one bring that awareness to, you know, is it balanced? Is it not balanced? And then, you know, how do you help, you know, clients, for example, that you work together with to realign, what are some of the methodologies, that you've seen that have brought great success?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:13:00]:
Yeah. And and that's such a great question. Right? You know, how do we know that we're off balance, especially if we're so high functioning and we're used to pushing ourselves and we're not So for most people, they are off balance through a source of pain. You know, Pain comes up in some way, and that pain could be something outside of themselves, a breakup, a death, losing a job, or something inside that they're burnt out. They can't get out of bed. They're suddenly depressed. They have overwhelming anxiety. They have obsessional thinking that they don't know what to do with.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:13:42]:
They're starting to have suicidal thoughts. Right? So those are sort of the stark ways that somebody is not, you know, like, off balance. And many of these things, like the transitions in life, breakups, divorces, debts, those aren't natural end parts of life. And so everybody's gonna have those things happen in their life, and it's how, is your constitution suited to deal with those changes from a mental, psychological, spiritual, and physical standpoint? And how do we help people where there maybe have some weaknesses around transitions like that? How do we help bolster them and help them be even stronger in their capacity to overcome adversity?

Claudia [00:14:27]:
Mhmm. And so let's talk about, like, life transitions or, you know, setbacks. Maybe someone lost a job that they really identified with or be it a divorce or a breakup or, you know, losing somebody, you know, a death in the family or something like that where people feel completely lost. What are the the first steps in order not to go down the depression route or maybe, you know, sort of attending there, but what are some practices? You talked about bringing in body practices, exercise, things like that too. So what are some of the protocols that you recommend people keep in order to support them in such difficult times?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:15:05]:
Yeah. Definitely. Definitely. So I think the first thing is whatever is coming up to let yourself feel your feelings, to really feel your feelings. And sometimes that could mean going into the darker parts of our nature, into our sadness, into our depression, into our rage, into our anger, and letting yourself feel metabolized and express those feelings. Because ultimately, what we don't own, what we push away will begin to own us. And if we don't those feelings, they can come back in other ways. And that can be hard for a lot of people because not everybody likes to be processing their feelings because feelings slow you down.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:15:42]:
Right? We wanna be fast and productive and ambitious and but feelings, you know, you might need to just take a day off and cry. There could be something that is and then and then you're like, what am I, baby? What am I, a sissy? No. You're you're a human being who is going through something really difficult. And some of it's giving people permission to take the time and space to be kind with themselves, to slow down a little bit and to feel. And then from that place of feeling to start to metabolize. Right? Because we want people to feel and metabolize emotions, but we don't want people to get so caught up in their emotions that they can't move forward beyond them. You know, this is why, for instance, when somebody grieves the loss of a loved one, to grieve for a few months, healthy, stable, normal. To grieve consistently and not be able to start to pick up life activities again after about 6 months, that's, you know, considered more pathologic, and then you want to how do we help that person? How do we help them move them past their grief? You know? Mhmm.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:16:44]:
So that's one framework that you could use, and there's a number of others, including frameworks like DABDA for death and dying as people have passed, and, you know, like the 5 step process for how people can deal with grief and despair in the passing of a loved one. And that was by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and her ideas.

Claudia [00:17:04]:
Mhmm. So beautiful. And how about meditation, Anna? Like, what are some of the practices that you do to maintain your spiritual awareness and and your practices, especially with such a busy, and exciting life so that you go in all the different projects. And and I'd love if you could share a little bit about, what you're what you're up to at the moment.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:17:24]:
Definitely. Definitely. You know, there are some people who've been practicing meditation in one way their whole life. For me, I usually, over the course of 6 months a year, will try for 6 months this meditation. For 6 months so for, 6 months to a year, I was doing the Joe Dispenza meditations. I've gone to multiple of his week long retreats, which I found so enriching and so expansive and just lovely. And so I've been doing some of his meditations. And then lately, I switched over.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:17:51]:
I've been working, with, Marissa Peer's work and her subconscious reprogramming. So my meditations are more around that. And so you identify what you wanna manifest, and then you program essentially through recording your own subconscious mind. And so you do the 30 minute meditation around that every night. So that's sort of been my practice. And in addition to that, I do some spiritual meditations by Steve Noble if I ever wake up too early or, you know, I will do one of his meditations. So meditating for me is always in the back, you know, in the back burner in something like a stable, steady burn in my life.

Claudia [00:18:27]:
Mhmm. Which is so important for the realignment as well. Yeah. And, Anna, can you share about some of the exciting projects that you're working on at the moment?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:18:35]:
Definitely. Definitely. Probably the most exciting is at Yale University where, together with doctor Christopher Pittenger, we're working to begin the Yale Mental Health and Spirituality Center, which is gonna be a bridge between Yale Divinity School and the medical school. And it's to research and draw attention to and create educational opportunities and clinical opportunities around all the different topics at the interface of mental health and spirituality. And so that's many different things like the nature of intuition, how we receive intuitive information, like clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience. You know, we're looking at the neural correlates of spiritual experiences. So when you have a spiritual experience or think about a spiritual experience, what part of your brain lights up? Where is that localized, and why does that matter? And looking at the spiritual side of psychedelic use. Because in the male, they study extensive neurobiology of psychedelics, but they don't have anybody currently doing work on the spiritual side.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:19:34]:
So we're looking and doing work on the spiritual side.

Claudia [00:19:37]:
It's so exciting, and thank you so much for doing this work. And maybe you can even just share the beautiful story about how this came to be.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:19:47]:
Yes. Okay. So it was it's interesting because, I wrote a book, called Fulfilled in 2017 on the science of spirituality. And at that point, I was not on, clinical faculty anywhere. I'd gone to Yale Medical. Loved my experience at Yale, but I was very happy being a private practice practitioner, studying my different spiritual practices, and I wrote a book about that. And I didn't affiliate with an academic institution to be completely unencumbered in my thinking because I was writing about a topic that was a little woo woo, and I just wanted to be able to write what I wanted to write. And so I did, but with that comes a fear.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:20:22]:
You write what you wanna write, but what if it's too woo woo? And what if you're judged by your colleagues or undermined or discredited? And so after I put my book out, I was very happy that did not happen. And actually, the book is very well reviewed by a number of my psychiatric colleagues as well as several past presidents of the American Psychiatric Association, doctor Pedro Ruiz and doctor Rodrigo Nunez. And so and based on that, Yale actually invited me to come on their clinical faculty after the book came out, and that's when we started talking about this mental health and spirituality center. And so I was thrilled. I was like, what a great outcome. It's not something I anticipated, but I was like, this feels very right. And at that time, I looked in a few doors to create the center that was in, like, 2017, 2018. And it was so clear it was not the time for the center.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:21:07]:
You know, it was just it was like a no for the universe. It's like, okay. Well, Yale seems relatively open. I'm gonna put this on the back burner, and then when the time is right, I'll know. And so I continued. And at one point, you know, about 2 years ago, I'm sitting in a Joe Dispenza meditation retreat, and I literally hear a voice. The time for your Yale Center is now. Go knock on the doors again.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:21:27]:
Okay. So I knock on the doors again, and this time, the doors swing wide open. And the chair of psychiatry, John Crystal, says, this is a really important idea. And then he calls doctor Rohrbach, who's been my supporter. He's the one who brought me into Yale. So doctor Rohrbach and doctor Pittenger, and they're, high ranking faculty at Yale, and doctor Pittenger comes on board to cofound this with me, and then we are off. So it's so interesting. You know? And then the question is, what happened between 2018 and 2 years ago? And I think what ultimately happened was psychedelics came into the picture.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:21:58]:
And psychedelics are such an interesting medicine because not only do they offer a novel biological mechanism for the treatment of our most treatment resistant conditions, they also offer a connection to spirit. So just through being, you know, in, like, the public consciousness, spirituality was on the map, and I think that's why Yale was much more open to the idea of the center and was like, you know, that was why the time was then. It's really interesting.

Claudia [00:22:26]:
What are some of the outcomes that you are excited about? What you envisage the center will be able to bring about?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:22:33]:
Keep going. I mean, I think that having world class research on these subjects would be amazing. And my ultimate goal is really to expand our definition of mental health because right now, our definition, like we've talked about before, is very mind focused, actually mind and brain focused. And my field psychiatry has two primary modalities, psychotherapy to address the mind and psychopharmacology or medication to address the brain. What's missing from this is the body and the spirit. And so for me, my goal is to create a mind, body, spirit medicine framework where you have spirituality that's prominently considered in people's mental and physical well-being, as well as all the somatic processes and body consciousness. So that is what I hope ultimately through the center to do.

Claudia [00:23:23]:
So amazing. And so how how does it work? Because you look then for volunteers. Are these students and researchers to do the investigations, to do the clinical trials. Like, how can you walk us through that process? I'm just personally so curious.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:23:36]:
Definitely. Definitely. So that key thing is funding right now. Right? Because the center is gonna be a center once it's funded. And so we are fundraising for that, and we have a number of faculty that already have been doing work in this area, and so we're incentivizing them to do more work. We want to give them funding to be able to pursue work at this. We wanna hire an endowed professor who's gonna be running the center. We wanna bring in faculty doing work all from all over the world to come to gain up for this.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:24:03]:
We wanna create conferences. We want to eventually be able to apply this to the clinical care of patients, to create lecture series, to create courses at the undergraduate level, medical school level, residency level, to be able to expose you know? And there's a ton of research already done on this that is, not very often, taught in medical school and residency. So really to be able to bring that into prominence and show that there's so much. And, you know, when we say spirituality, spirit like, people are like, but spirituality is isn't that like church and state? You know? But the reality is spirituality is how you connect to something greater than yourself. And Mhmm. You know, that that is core part of people's healing, of their identity, of their being able to live a healthy, fulfilled life.

Claudia [00:24:49]:
Mhmm. I love that. And I think no matter what religion or belief people have, I think it's that being feeling being part of something bigger than yourself is is so essential. And, we know that one of the longest running studies since 1938 out of Harvard is the one of the keys to happiness later in life and and for longevity is is social connection. And I guess it's that piece of just feeling that you belong, right, to something that's greater and and bigger than than oneself. So it just sounds so fascinating and exciting, Anna. So so well done for spearheading this and and pioneering it and and pushing it forward.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:25:24]:
Thank you, Clyde.

Claudia [00:25:25]:
You also yeah. You also touched on intuition, and this is something I am so fascinated about. And for the last few years, I've been trying to activate more. And I know I have a few friends who are, like, super intuitive and unbelievable. And growing up, my mother, the phone would ring and she like, oh, that must be so and so. And she was always right. I'm like, how does she know? This is we're talking about the the phone that was fixed on the wall. Like, I mean, really old school.

Claudia [00:25:51]:
And so some people, I think, are very sort of attuned to these things. And, have you been, you know, working on your intuition? Have you always been super intuitive? I know you said there was, like, a voice at the Joe Dispenza thing. And what are some modalities that people are curious about becoming more intuitive, that you find helpful in practicing this?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:26:09]:
Yeah. Yeah. For sure. It's such an interesting question because so, you know, I was telling you a little bit about my own childhood and how I grew up with a very rational dad and a mother who was much more spiritual intuitive.

Claudia [00:26:21]:
A little bit like my too, by the way.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:26:23]:
Totally. Totally. You know? And in my family, it was my father's way of knowing that was gonna pedestal a little bit more and my mother's was not. So there was this hierarchy. And so as I grew up, I became a lot more like my dad, really brainy, intellectual, you know, developing that part of myself, but not developing the intuitive part of myself. It was essentially a part that I disavowed. And so, you know, how I mentioned when that psychic came in and gave me that intuitive download, it was almost like something was awakened. I'm like, there's this whole other way that we as human beings could be.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:26:56]:
Right? There's and it was like and it was I think since that time that I've essentially been reintegrating that part into myself and and, like you said, developing that. And there's so many different ways. There's tons of books. There's books by Laura Day and many other brilliant intuitives who've shared their work with the world, who, you know, have medical intuitives. And then I have a number of also medical intuitive friends that that I spend time with. And I think it's also just, progressively getting, in touch with deeper and deeper levels of subtlety and awareness. That's essentially what intuition is. And, you know, there's 4 primary types of intuition, and we all have 1 or 2 main types of how we receive information.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:27:43]:
And so that's, you know, clairaudience. Some people hear voices to receive intuitive guidance. Then there's clairvoyance. Some people see visions in their in the mind's eye in order to get intuitive guidance. Then there's clairsentience. You can, feel it in your body or have an emotion of how you receive intuition, or claircognizance, which is how sometimes you just know without knowing how you know, like your mother. You know? Like, she just knew who was calling. She didn't know how she knew.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:28:09]:
She just knew. Right? And so for most people, 1 or 2 of those are dominant, but you can develop the others as well. And there's also a woman, Annalisa Eidelberg. She has a mystery school where she helps people develop the different forms of intuition. So there's a lot of people doing this work and a lot of people very curious to learn more about how to do precisely this work.

Claudia [00:28:31]:
Why is intuition so important or powerful, Anna? Like, what is what have you come across in your work?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:28:38]:
Yeah. So as I see it, the intuition is that still quiet voice that can only be heard when the other voice is in your head, like the screaming voice of reason and the screaming voice of emotion temporarily ceased to be. And as I see it, the intuition really is the voice of the soul coming full circle to, like, what is the soul. Right? Mhmm. And so the intuition can cut through the noise and help us to make good decisions. It can help you to know the answer to a question without having to reason it out or without having you know, you can use retrospective rationalization later to reason it out, and we often do. But, you know, we think that we're purely rational beings, but, actually, Daniel Kahneman's work in Thinking Fast and Slow shows that we're more intuitive beings making more instinctual intuitive decisions, and then using reason afterwards to back up and, you know, to come you know, back up into why we did what we did, to retrospectively rationalize it. So that's, I think, why intuition is so important because it really can help us make the most important decisions about the most important things in our our

Claudia [00:29:44]:
life. I love it. And you said it's also like the soul speaking, so it's personal in a way. Right? Yes. We're connected, but it's our greatest path. Right? The the rude road that we should be taking. And it sounds you know, you've been having these profound downloads that are setting up this beautiful center at Yale. Right? So it's like tapping into that more often, and, yeah, seeking guidance that way.

Claudia [00:30:05]:
And I think it's also really empowering. Right? Because we've been taught traditionally to give our power away. Somebody else knows better, like always look externally for guidance, etcetera. But it's actually going, okay. Maybe I know the answer and, you know, looking within. Do you have a journaling practice, Anna?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:30:24]:
You know, some I did for a long time. Currently, I don't. But I think a journaling practice is wonderful. And especially automatic writing, which is essentially journaling, but it's almost like you make the command to your soul. Like, you ask a question of your soul, and then it's almost like your soul and not you is writing back to you. So it's like you're asking the command of your soul and not your mind, and then you're seeing what comes back. So sometimes you'll get unexpected answers. It's like a step removed from yourself.

Claudia [00:30:53]:
Well, how does that work? Because I I'm sure some people listening are like, well, how do I know it's really my soul and not just my ego answering questions my mind?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:31:01]:
Exactly. Exactly. And and it's it it's really difficult. Right? Because sometimes you don't know. And so there's, like, a part of you you you almost have to go into your imagination and trust. And I think that for people who do this practice repetitively, automatic writing, it's something that they could pick up over time and see what is the difference in cadence and tone and voice when my soul's responding to me versus when

Claudia [00:31:25]:

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:31:25]:
my mind. Is there a difference? It could be very subtle. It could be very profound usually.

Claudia [00:31:31]:
Oh, I like that. That's good. Yeah. You can probably tell very obviously, like, the perfect handwriting and things that's the mind, and then the more flowy piece that's potentially the the soul and the spirit as well. Beautiful. Anna, you touched before on psychedelics, and this is obviously a very big topic and there's a lot of, you know, commotion positive news, going on, and there's a bit of a renaissance renaissance happening around it. And we've had several guests on also who who've discussed this, too. But what excites you most about what is happening in the space of psychedelics and the research that's coming out, especially from a mental health and psychiatry perspective?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:32:09]:
Yeah. Definitely. I feel like, these medicines are offering people real paradigm shifts, you know, in their experience. And usually, therapy progresses over time in a steady way. And, it's continuous and problems are repetitive, but for some people, psychedelics have actually proven through just a few treatments to really create a shift that ends a lot of their suffering, and that's super exciting. That's not the case for all people in all situations, but there are cases of that. So that's one of the things. And the other thing is that for many people, it creates a paradigm shift where it also helps to connect them to spirit.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:32:48]:
So it Mhmm. Spirit in to the medical practice unlike most other, medications that we presently have.

Claudia [00:32:57]:
So you said connect to spirits, and maybe for some people listening, they're like, what what is that? Like, how does that happen? Can you describe as best as possible? I know it's not easy. What that means to be able to connect to spirits?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:33:11]:
Yeah. Exactly. So what what is so let's let's define first spirituality. Right? Mhmm. And so my, favorite definition is a definition from British professor of theology, Christopher Cook, and he believes that it's a universal dimension of the human experience concerned with the most important things in life, purpose, love, meaning, and values. And it could be experienced as something deeply imminent and inner, like very subjective and internal, or something that's transcendent and beyond the self. So that is a spiritual experience, and people have these spiritual experiences through all sorts of means. They can happen unexpectedly, or they can happen sometimes with a substance like a psychedelic, or certainly with meditation or prayer or going to church or breath work or so many other things that are designed sometimes to create and open people to that.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:34:11]:
And in psychedelics, the spiritual experiences, like for instance, people can have sometimes people can connect to somebody who has passed, and this is patients that I've had that have reported, sometimes they could experience a healing in the course of the psychedelic journey. And this is many different because I've had many patients do many things in the country, outside the country, things that, you know, they we did together or things that they did separately and then came to tell me about. You know? And

Claudia [00:34:46]:
So this is psilocybin or, Ayahuasca or ketamine?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:34:50]:
Carbon. All of those. Exactly. That's But yeah. Mhmm. Yeah. Yeah. So that's that's all that's a little bit of that.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:34:58]:
Yes. So people use deeply enriching expansive things that then shift their perspective in a very profound way.

Claudia [00:35:06]:
And so people in in the space especially will know, but maybe the integration piece is such a core piece to, you know, after having these experiences. And how do you support people integrating that? So it's not just kind of a one off experience. Yeah. But actually that they can incorporate it into up leveling their life thereafter.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:35:27]:
Yeah. Yeah. I love that. And you're exactly right. That's the most important thing because they can have this experience. But then how does it change you? And so journaling is actually, I think, one of the really powerful ways for people to keep connecting to that experience if it was indeed a profound experience. And sometimes the experience could be just strange and unfamiliar, and then you still keep connecting to it because usually those experiences have meaning that will be revealed over time. And then I think a really important part, especially if it was a really profound experience, is to set up concerted practice to go back to that experience on a regular basis at least once a week for a few months to really be changed by it, to really be shaped by it, to remind yourself what you learned.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:36:13]:
And then, of course, after the experience as in the integration with the group to write down your main takeaways, How would you like to go forward from this experience, and what do you feel compelled to do from what you were shown in Reveal? Because also part of the integration is to take action. You're often given some wisdom, some knowing you can have a healing, but it's also contingent upon you taking action in a new way and actually changing your life thereafter.

Claudia [00:36:42]:
Mhmm. And I think that taking action piece with so many things is just, you know, taking that first step and building momentum and keep going. So a lot of people are like, oh, well, I had this insight of that or the other. And it's like, well, what are you doing about it? Like, oh, no. I've just, you know, had this insight. It's like it's almost like a gift that's given to you, and it's like, you know, you run with it, and continue be it from intuition or or from other experiences that we can have as well. Before we finish up today, and I'd love to also ask you, you know, where what are some of the messages? What are some of the things what you've seen in the work that you're doing and what's happening in the world today? How would you I'd like to encourage people to educate themselves to create more that sense of oneness and unity that is so needed. And maybe what are some resources, online resources, or books you would recommend that they start with?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:37:38]:
I love that. Yeah. It really is all about oneness and unity. And you're exactly right. That what's happening in our world is increasing polarization and echo chambers where people are being reflected back their own perspectives and then not really being challenged to expand their perspectives, to be more loving, to be more openhearted. And I think that that's what we all have to do for ourselves precisely because the polarization and because ultimately, my website, which is, and they can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Claudia [00:39:24]:
Beautiful. Before or as we finish up today, Anna, is there any parting message or thoughts or recommendation or ask from my audience today?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:39:34]:
Just to be the best version of yourself, to keep challenging yourself, always look in words to be introspective, and always look for what is the next way that you can grow. Kind of balance your growth and your fulfillment to push yourself and enjoy life.

Claudia [00:39:50]:
Love it. Anna, such a pleasure to have you on today. Thank you so much for the time. Thank you everybody for listening and tuning in as well. Thank you.we do want unity. And I think that there's amazing people doing work at that interface trying to elevate that. And I think that this is individuals from all walks of life and all levels.

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:38:16]:
Jeffrey Rediger at Harvard wrote a book called Cured. Lisa Rankin has written numerous books also in the mental health space of overcoming fear, on elevating consciousness, on sacred medicine. So I love other physicians doing work like this, and I feel very inspired often, you know, by these sorts of things. And what can we do really to look within our hearts and what we see as a problem externally to find the antecedents of it within us. And if we see anger, hatred, violence, look for that within you. What's the anger, hatred, violence within you? And how do you shift that? How do you become more loving? How do you expand your consciousness? Because unless you do that, that then naturally will multiply out and go out and go forward.

Claudia [00:39:01]:
Oh, beautiful. That's beautiful. I love that. And I work in people's find out what you're up to, be it social media or website, and and we can link it all in the show notes?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:39:13]:
Absolutely. My the best place is probably my website, which is, and they can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Claudia [00:39:24]:
Beautiful. Before or as we finish up today, Anna, is there any parting message or thoughts or recommendation or ask from my audience today?

Dr. Anna Yusim [00:39:34]:
Just to be the best version of yourself, to keep challenging yourself, always look in words to be introspective, and always look for what is the next way that you can grow. Kind of balance your growth and your fulfillment to push yourself and enjoy life.

Claudia [00:39:50]:
Love it. Anna, such a pleasure to have you on today. Thank you so much for the time. Thank you everybody for listening and tuning in as well. Thank you.

I’m Claudia von Boeselager

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