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Dr. Judith Orloff & Interview on Emotional Freedom

Dr. Judith Orloff is an intuitive healer and unconventional psychiatrist. After learningof her life story and resonating deeply with her journey and writing, I took to her audio Professional Development Course called Becoming an Intuitive Healer. This prompted me to explore more of her alternative health initiatives.

This e-interview is part of a virtual book tour for her latest book called Emotional Freedom. As you consider whether to use this tool on your journey to wholeness, view how this dialogue prompts you to transform attitudes. Rediscover new levels of joy;

Many people are awaking to new ways of seeing and experiencing. How does this relate to Emotional Freedom?

As an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, I work in a mainstream medical system wherethe spiritual/ intuitive aspects of emotions aren’t understood and are not always accepted. During my UCLA psychiatric training, we treated depression and anxiety, as biochemical imbalances requiring medication. I’d meet with patients for fifteen minutes every few weeks, write a prescription, then send them home. This initially seemed the logical thing for me to do.

As part of a family of 3 generations of physicans myself, I gain insight into perspectives on health and well-being. Which vital lessons have you learned from your evolving experience?

I never saw medications as the whole solution, but I saw many patients experience at least partial “symptom relief,” an undeniable relief of suffering. During more than two decades of medical practice, I learned emotional freedom involves much, much more.

Some people speak of the modern era as an Intuitive Age. How do you view this affecting current and future medicine?

We are the keepers of our own healing. We are keepers of an intuitive intelligence so powerful it can tell us how to heal. The time has come for each of us to claim it again. Never forget: It is your right to heal. It is your right to look inside yourself for the answers.

Another way of looking at modern society is that it empowers each person to restore resoucefulness. What would you add?

Each person is free to detach from beliefs that are no longer appropriate. You clean the junk out and your vibration shifts to different levels of consciousness. Emotion is energy. You can learn to channel energy more effectively.

What do you hope to achieve through your latest book?

I encourage people to validate and liberate their intuition. In my book, I discuss four major components of emotions that shape your health and mood: biology, subtle energy, psychology, and spirituality. We must appreciate that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. It’s impossible to grasp how we tick emotionally without a cosmic perspective; everything about us, including our biology, is an expression of the divine. Seeing emotions as a training ground for the soul—a path to spiritual awakening--frames every victory over fear, anxiety, and resentment as a way to develop your spiritual muscles and love more.

Some people are highly-sensitive to energy vibrations. How do you know if this is you?

The trademark of empaths is that they know where you’re coming from. Some can do this without taking on people’s feelings. However, for better or worse, others, like myself and many of my patients, can become angst-sucking sponges. This often overrides the sublime capacity to absorb positive emotions and all that is beautiful. If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Negativity, though, often feels assaultive, exhausting. Thus, they’re particularly easy marks for emotional vampires, whose fear or rage can ravage empaths.

What determines whether fears are authentic?

It can be especially tricky to ascertain which fears are authentic, helpful intuitions. As empaths tend to absorb other people’s emotions, they may pick up fear and think it’s their own. To avoid this, always ask yourself, “Is the fear mine or someone else’s?” One dependable way to find out is to distance yourself from the source. Move at least twenty feet. If you experience relief, it’s likely you perceive another’s fear.

How do you know if you perpetuate your own fear?

As you reach that mental place where you are prepared to take responsibility for your thoughts and feelings, then you realize fear begins and ends in the mind. If you don't make it your business to overcome fear, you better believe it'll try to overcome you. Most people are subservient to this emotion though they may not know it. I define fear as the emotional response to danger, perceived or real.

Many people are controlled by negative emotions. How does one grow “emotionally free?”

Emotional freedom means increasing your ability to love. This requires you learn to cultivate positive emotions and compassionately observe and transform negative ones.

How does one stop absorbing other people’s negative emotions?

In "Emotional Freedom" my approach to transforming fear has two stages. First, take stock of what makes you afraid and distinguish irrational fears from legitimate intuitions. Second, take appropriate steps to heed protective fears and transform the others with courage. At times you may foresee real danger, but more frequently unproductive fears clobber you. As a rule, train the self to question fears tied to low self-esteem.

What kinds of tools do you offer your readers to help them help themselves?

A first step towards achieving emotional freedom is to know where you currently stand. I offer “The Emotional Freedom Test” in my book. This self-assessment tool covers a range of positive and negative emotions and invites readers to be more aware of how they typically respond to a variety of emotionally charged situations. Only by raising awareness is one consciously be equipped to make positive change.

Thank you Dr. Orloff, for sharing insight with the Dreambuilders Australia Blog community.

I encourage readers to check out her other bestsellers; Positive Energy, Intuitive Healing, and Second Sight. Dr. Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. She truly believes that the future of medicine involves integrating all this wisdom to achieve emotional freedom and total wellness. For further insights, see

***To purchase “Emotional Freedom” with 100 free gifts from noted transformational leaders such as Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Shirley Maclaine and more go to:

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Reader Comments (9)

Hi Liara ..that's really interesting .. and I enjoyed your interview. I learnt that not everyone can deal with others' negativity .. I wanted to offload (well spout forth is probably a better way of putting it - I can't off load it .. it's my challenge) something that was going on at the Home, which I was having to live with, and not able to deal with, poor Janice eventually said to me "Hilary I can't listen to any more .. I can't deal with that amount of your negative emotion" .. or similar words .. and it struck home - the rest of us would listen, say what we could and move on .. not Janice who is spiritual and has an understanding of where you and Judith are at .. something us 'lesser' mortals are learning about.

Interesting ..

I'm going to get my ipod up and running this pm with some audio books on .. is your book available like that? I've noted Judith's details via your site .. I'll be back ..

Thanks - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
Hilary, simply contact Amazon to determine is my Self-Disclosure book is currently available in electronic format. The hardcover version is listed on

My next book, Harness the Energy of Your Dreams will definitely be available in electronic format. I encourage you to click on this link on the front page of this site to sign up to be notified when this next book is available.

Every emotions is a wonderful teacher. You can choose particular topics to type into the "search" section of this site and locate relevant self-help articles. If you send me an email about a specific matter, I can recommend additional material.
July 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Great interview. I am off to check out her book, thank-you for sharing.
July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark
What a great interview! Thank you Liara, for bringing us the message of Dr. Judith Orloff! I really resonate with the components of emotion that shape our health and mood (biology, subtle energy, psychology and spirituality)--that makes so much sense. Thanks!!
July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJodi at Joy Discovered
Mark, Dr. Judith Orloff offers meaningful insights. I trust you enjoy the next stage of your own journey.
July 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Jodi, everything about physical existence is actually offering clues about a multi-dimensional reality. As you begin to realize energy is something you resist or permit to flow freely, you grow to sense and regulate the intensity of what you choose to feel or ignore. Another book worth reading is the Astonishing Power of Emotion by Esther & Jerry Hicks. This timeless book offers insight into the channelled teachings of Abraham.
July 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Hi Liara .. many thanks for those tips .. I'll be in touch ..
all the best Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters
July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
Thank you all for your comments and thoughts. I've been recommending this book to quite a few friends of mine that I think would benefit and am getting great feedback from them.

Dr Orloff wanted to share the 100 free gifts that were donated by a number of great people - so anyone that buys the book can visit the link at the bottom of this post for full details.

Nikki Leigh
August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki Leigh
Have you tried Emotional Freedom Technique for improving eyesight?
August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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