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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With “Accidental Guru”, Amy B. Scher

Scher’s motivating story outlined in ‘This is How I Save My Life’ landed her a spot on The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” list for 2013.

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: October 22nd, 2013 in Culture » Society » Interviews
Amy B. Scher

“When life kicks your ass, kick back.”

That’s the self-created motto that Energy Practitioner, Amy B. Scher, lives her life by. Amy is not your typical mind-body-spirit guru. In fact, she is often lovingly referred to as an “accidental guru”. Amy’s no-nonsense “let’s deal with your stuff” approach was born from her own personal frustration with both traditional and alternative medicine while suffering from late stage Lyme disease.

Amy’s unique system releases emotional baggage or energy from the body, allowing access to heal the core. She knows what you’re thinking…. It all sounds very “woo woo” and unrealistic for your Western lifestyle. She once believed the exact same thing. That’s what makes Amy stand out. Through years of experiencing everything from traditional medicine techniques to the most outlandish fantastical claims, she discovered that although there is more to healing than mere symptom relief, there are also many alternative options that just aren’t helpful or appropraite for a large number of people.

Amy’s adventure to discover the foundation of healing is beautifully described in her memoir This Is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing, released earlier this year. She has been featured in publications such as CNN Travel, Curve magazine, Divine Caroline, the San Francisco Book Review, GAL Time, Lyme Times, and Purpose Fairy. The Advocate named Amy one of their “40 Under 40” this year.

Earlier this month, Amy sat down with us to discuss her path to energy healing, the challenges she had to overcome, her book, and much more.

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ASHLEY BAYLEN (AB): Why did you decide to embark on the path of energy healing?

AMY B. SCHER (AS): I didn’t really decide; rather, it sort of fell onto my path. I had been through some very drastic measures to regain my health, including a stem cell transplant in Delhi, India during my recovery from chronic Lyme disease. When I started facing challenges again after being well for several years, I really needed to do something totally different. I starting seeing a Chinese Medicine Doctor in London (she was Princess Di’s doctor), which taught me the body has this whole system I never paid attention to—the energy system. When I saw some improvement working with my body’s energy system as a healing method, I couldn’t deny its effectiveness. I’m such a science geek, but it was just too clear I needed to learn more. That’s where my self-healing path really began and after bringing myself back to complete health, I just knew I had to help others do the same.

My grandparents were Holocaust survivors and I only wish I would have known this when they were alive to help them release their emotional energy from that time. So many children of survivors and children of those children are carrying around energetic baggage from ancestors and feeling the heaviness just as if they had been there. It’s just the coolest thing ever to get to work with these families now and watch how this work helps people create happier lives. This path feels so meant to be.

AB: What were the biggest challenges you encountered when setting up your practice and building your clientele?

AS: It’s so funny to say this, but it seemed like it was all too easy! As soon as I “opened my doors” (or I should say my phone lines, because I do most of my work over the phone), I was lucky to be working with so many amazing clients who were really ready to move on from whatever was keeping them stuck. Now my practice stays busy with referrals so I get to give my clients all my focus. The challenge for me is always to remember that I only have so many hours in the day. Running your own business means you do everything. I can only help so many people a day, write so many blog posts a week, etc. That Jewish guilt again! I just practice loving every minute of where I am right now and knowing it is all unfolding perfectly. So far, that has proven to be easier than figuring out how to add more hours to the day!

AB: With every practice there are always non-believers, and as energy healing is fairly new, how are you able to get others to comprehend your work instead of brushing it off?

AS: I’m constantly amazed by how open people are to this work. I think it’s really because we’re ready for something different. Energy healing actually existed long before Western medicine. Most of my clients are those where “nothing has worked for them” and unfortunately, it’s easier to be open minded to alternatives when that’s the case. The work I do is so different from psychotherapy where you talk about the issues and find coping mechanisms. And it’s different obviously than medical treatment. Although those are both fantastic avenues in many ways, they don’t often address underlining imbalances that cause our symptoms. I work solely on the basis that old emotional baggage plays a huge role not only in the obvious emotional imbalance of our lives (panic, sadness, etc.), but in our physical bodies too. Stress on the immune system is the biggest trigger for disease and essential to let go of if we want to be happy, healthy people. I think this work resonates at a deep level for many people, which allows the work to speak for itself.

I think it’s also really important that I get what my clients are going through. I don’t just understand as a practitioner, but as a human being who has suffered too. I know it is comforting to my clients that I’m such a dramatic example of energy therapy’s potential too. I had some of the most radical medical treatment in the world and still wasn’t fully healed until after I used energy healing.

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