Dr. Laura Koniver is the leading expert on grounding in medicine.
I am Laura Koniver, M.D. aka the Intuition Physician... a medical intuitive and a physician rolled into one!
I love approaching health and well being from every angle and offering the most helpful solution to my patients.
How did I make the transition from traditional medical doctor to an intuitive physician?
It was a long road, one I’m still traveling.
Here’s how it all started:
I grew up in a very loving family and had a wonderful childhood filled with lots of laughter, hard work, and travel. Everyone in my family is super smart and super goal oriented. Very governed by the thinking and analytical mind, there was always lots and lots of doing… lots of education, lots of competition, lots of goal oriented direction to achieve a certain grade, earn a certain allowance.
This was great for the traditional path I was on, because going to college and then medical school was very natural to me and I accepted this very conventional world… while always inwardly striving to figure out what was the deeper point of it all.
I had artistic talents that I secretly loved to spend my spare time on (my favorite coloring book as a child was a black and white anatomy book that I filled in page by page with glorious color!) but I never gave art much weight in my life because it was not a strictly goal-oriented activity.
To my family, art was humored or tolerated but not considered a “real” career, and so I treated it as such too.
Buckling down to my “real” career I went through medical school and finished my internship and began my life as a physician.
Then, everything changed. I had my daughter Clara and it completely rocked my world.
Becoming a mother was the most intense thing I have ever done. It made medical school and internship feel like a breeze. It completely dissolved my notions of what I should be doing and the career I had worked so hard to achieve and opened me up.
It no longer mattered what degree I had earned and what I was thinking and where I was headed. It only mattered that I hold a space for this precious amazing souls of my children. All I had to do was breathe and I felt complete. As parenting is for everyone, it was for me too: a complete spiritual awakening.
All of a sudden it hit me… who the heck cares about what is “real” or “not real” or “goal oriented” or not?
Who is to judge what is worthwhile for someone to be doing in any given moment of time?
Why would memorizing anatomy be more important then painting, for example?
What could possibly matter more or be a better use of our precious time on earth then connecting with what makes you happy?
With what makes you feel alive?
With what brings you joy?
This was never more clear to me then as a mother, looking down at my children, and finally finding my heartsong.
I wanted NOTHING on the earth more than for my children to just be HAPPY.
It was painful and intense and overwhelming and beautiful, all at the same time. During this time I stopped working and exclusively devoted myself to mothering, and also had my son Miles.
I loved this babyhood time so much, but eventually I started wondering what, if anything, I was going to do with my medical career. I returned to seeing patients but no longer felt right in conventional medicine.
After I returned to work, I specifically remember doing a wellness exam on a young woman in the 15 minutes of time that insurance companies allowed and walking her out the door after her exam, handing her a prescription that she needed, then turning to go back into my office and vomiting.
I just felt so sickened by the brief interaction. Did I really know who I just examined? Did I know what her goals were, what her stressors were, and was I sure of the health of her relationships? Did I know that she was safe? Did I know that she was cared for? Did I know that she felt supported and had long term goals and felt loved?
No, I could not know for sure all of those things, and it made me feel sick. In fact, so sick, I vomited in the bathroom, and then I quit.
Seeing patients in the old medical model way felt so wrong to me.
Taking a medical history and doing a physical exam and seeing a patient as a number or a statistic or a symptom or a prescription just horrified me. Here I was used to dealing all day and night with these lovely, amazing, glowing souls that were my children… I could not longer see a patient as a 2-dimensional problem to solve.
It sickened me on a deep level, to finally realize that each and every person on earth is as precious and valuable and eternal as my very own children, but then to just treat them medically on the surface.
The problem is, medical school doesn’t teach you how to do anything other then take a medical history, evaluate a health problem, and treat it.
It doesn’t tell you how to connect to a patient on an intuitive and meaningful soul-level… which is essential in the healing process.
I had to find this intuitive approach towards healthcare on my own, and it took me quite a few years to find my way.
Seeing my children as the magical, amazing, eternal souls… then going in and ignoring the soul of my patient… just clinically touching and examining a person and viewing them as a puzzle to solve… it felt wrong to me. I began to feel that I didn’t fit into medicine any more.
So I left traditional medicine entirely.
I began to homeschool my children (who were now school aged) and I also started to sell art in an on-line shop.
Finally, something that I had delegated as superfluous in my life was given time to flourish because I finally realized… it made me happy.
And that is reason enough. Matter of fact, that is all the reason there is in the world to do anything!
Now that my thinking was changing so was how I wanted to spend my time.
I stopped judging what was important or worthwhile or goal oriented and I started reaching for what felt right intuitively. With patients in the office, with my lovely family at home, and in my free time with a paint brush in my hand.
I had never gone to art school or had any formal training, and for this I became very thankful.
As I didn’t really know what to do, I could do anything!
Nothing was off-limits in art!
Nothing is wrong!
Everything is right.
Here are some of my favorite paintings I painted through the years:
I found that there was room for both sides of me…
the analytical mind and the intuitive one.
I began to blog about this… at first I blogged mostly about my creating art and the meaning behind my artwork, but I soon started throwing in health ideas into the mix. So for example, I would take an illustration from my old anatomy book — LITERALLY rip it out of the book, and start painting the energy around it to illustrate the energy flow through that organ system for my readers, as you can see in some of the paintings above.
On my blog, I would write about an organ system or a disease and what I felt that it energetically represented… why a person would be expressing this particular disease and the message that disease was conveying.
I still enjoy blogging weekly and you can sign up to get my uplifting, encouraging weekly blog posts in your email inbox right here.
To my surprise, people began to write to me personally asking for advice on a huge variety of health issues.
So I started screwing up my courage and telling the people who were writing me what I intuitively felt their physical symptoms was telling us about their health and what might support their healing journey best. And over and over again, people were telling me I was right on target.
I began to figure out that I was using my intuition to sense the deeper meaning behind health issues. Not just what the issues were but the reason behind the issue, and the energy work that was needed to resolve an issue.
Now I can’t ever imagine how I practiced medicine *without* intuition.
It is my pleasure and my honor and my duty as a healer to look at health problems from a deeper level then just an analytical mindframe.
It is so important to use a heart open approach and allow intuitive information to help fill in the picture.
Running a health problem through both the lens of modern medicine and the lens of intuition reveals a bigger picture that you can’t see any other way.
Fast forward 20 years…
…and now I:
- speak as an expert on grounding for meetings and organizations nationally and internationally
- run online health classes for people all over the world to get healing support in a variety of holistic health topics
- had my artwork featured on DVD covers, movie posters, magazine covers, music album covers, as stage backdrops in concerts and more
- have been interviewed by healthcare reporters, magazines, news programs, radio shows, and websites like FoxNews, First for Women, Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, and many more…
- I write a running featured health column in the organic lifestyle magazine MaryJanes Farm
- I am an expert protagonist in four motion pictures: The Grounded, Heal for Free, the award winning film Down To Earth, and The Earthing Movie
- I published a book all about how and why grounding is so powerfully healing (hint: it’s because of how conductive our body is!) and included hundreds of ideas to inspire you to go outside and get grounded no matter where you live or what the weather is… it’s called The Earth Prescription
- and finally I developed and launched the worlds first and only line of organic, eco-friendly grounding and shielding tools that are specifically designed to be used by electrosensitive individuals.
So… am I an artist? Am I a physician? Am I a mother? Am I a soul?
Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.
And I am happy blurring the lines between all four each day.
xoxo, Laura Koniver MD