My name is Marlene, and my life has been touched by Dr. Habib Sadeghi. I have a story to tell you. 11 years ago, I walked into this small office in West LA, where the waiting room held 3 people, the window in the bathroom was old, and was always open and faced out to an obscure alley.
There was a staff of 2 that could barely fit behind the desk at the same time. The smell was pleasant in that aged and lived in kind of way. Looking back, the setting was perfect.
My dear friend Ursula, and my husband Louis had been in to see this Dr. Sadeghi, and thought that I might like him. I was suffering from the after effects of Hepatitis, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, and a non functioning thyroid. I was completely run down and exhausted all of the time. All of the doctors that I had seen were at a loss and had no idea how to help me. I was willing to try anything to feel better. So, I made an appointment for a physical with Dr Sadeghi. After all, what did I have to lose?
On the day of my appointment, I remembered to drink an entire glass of water (for my blood test and urine test) and dressed comfortably so that it would be easy to get in and out of the gown that I assumed would be provided in the office. Upon entering the waiting area, I noticed immediately how calm and peaceful the waiting room was. Dr. Sadeghi came out, shook my hand, introduced himself, and led me into his office. I sat down next to his desk and introduced myself and explained why I was there. (I thought that I was there because I was exhausted and not feeling well) Much to my surprise, he leaned over and without a word, took hold of my left wrist with one hand and touched my left ankle with the other. He closed his eyes and went somewhere that I was unable to follow. WTF????? After a few deep breaths, and a moment of silence, Dr. Sadeghi opened his eyes, and in a very calm voice asked me, “What is hiding behind that mask that you are wearing?” I was so shocked that all I could think of was “I’m going to kill Ursula for sending me to this crazy person,” and “why in the world would Louis not warn me about this guy?” After all, I was there for a blood and urine test!!! Clearly, I missed that memo! All composure flew out the door, and for reasons unbeknownst to me at the time, I burst out into tears. There never was a blood test or a urine test that day… instead I wore blue tinted glasses, had acupuncture needles inserted on different parts of my body and stared at the ceiling listening to calming music for about 20 minutes. When this was all done, I inhaled the most delicious aromatherapy oil, and with a hug, I was sent on my way until my next appointment. All I could think was “What just happened in there?” And I just knew then and there that I had to go back for another appointment. And here we are 11 years later.
As Dr. Sadeghi’s patient, and with his guidance and support, I began my journey of clarity and healing from within. You see, I had an abusive father and a passive mother. While my childhood was privileged, it was an impossible time for me. I learned that the negative events and traumas in our lives get stuck in our heads and cause us dis-ease. What happens in here (head) affects in here (body). Consequently, my thyroid was shut down because I wasn’t able to speak my truth, my knees were messed up because I couldn’t move forward, and I was exhausted all of the time because I was so busy trying to keep all of the emotions locked away… the list was very long. It was time for me to start learning how to let go, which if you know me, that is a job in itself.
Painfully during this time, I was shown that love comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Love can be cruel, it can be beautiful, it can be damaging, it can be blissful, but most importantly, love is love. We all look for it, and we all thrive in it. And when all is said and done, love is what is left at the end of the day. Slowly, with a lot of faith, trust and a whole lot of love from others including myself, I began to understand my life and my illnesses. I could begin to move forward and finally heal. I eventually made amends with my father, and forgave my mother, and learned to love myself in the process.
Of course there is no way to know in advance that Dr. Sadeghi would in fact be preparing me for some of the darkest days ahead. My sister and nephew passed 2 years ago tragically and my dad passed last year from Alzheimers. There was a whole lot of shock and trauma during that time. But now, I knew how to take care of myself, how to keep myself healthy on all levels. Ironically, at the end of my dad’s life, he didn’t remember much, and I was the one that had to take care of him and watch as he “sailed away” from me. On a particularly awful day, before he passed I wrote a poem about my dad as he sat and stared out into nowhere. It is titled “Sail Away”. I knew that I needed to share these crazy, mixed feelings. And who better to do that with? I sent a copy of the poem to Dr. Sadeghi. In return, he graciously surprised me, and published the poem in his annual magazine (Mega Zen). I was touched beyond words and was profoundly honored. As awful and as painful as these life losses have been, I have managed to stay in a loving, clear and non judgmental place. And I made it out to the other side… and for the most part I emerged HEALTHY and VERY CLEAR.
Today I am whole. Do I get tired? Absolutely. Do I have ailments, sure… but Dr. Sadeghi has supported me with his love, and has given me the tools to know how to stop, adjust and move forward. Living is an ongoing process, and our selves are ever changing. Just when you think that you are feeling well, or have gotten cozy in life, another challenge comes our way. I am here to tell you that those are the lessons that we are presented with. It is important to take notice, take the time, and figure them out. Because remember… what happens here (head) affects what happens here (body)
A few years back, Dr Sadeghi founded the Love Button Global Movement in order to spread love, support humanitarian programs, and to empower humanity. I have passed hundreds of these buttons out myself, as his messenger of love. If you pay attention, you can find these buttons on peoples back packs, jackets, etc. randomly all over the world. It all started from his office, 1 button at a time.
Dr. Sadeghi has transformed so many of our lives through his integrative health practice. Through him, I know this to be true:
Where there is love, there is light… and we are filled with light with Dr. Habib Sadeghi’s presence.