Thank you for showing up. I am Ross McKenzie and I want to share my story with you.
Even as a child I could “feel” the huge mission in life I was meant to fulfill.
I didn't know what it was and yet it was always present. Since I can remember I have always been highly sensitive. What I then perceived as a weakness I now hold in gratitude as one of my greatest strengths. My parents were loving and wanted the best for me. They enrolled me in sports and an all-boys private school. I was a good student, a star athlete…. Everything seemed good. However, I am an empath, and throughout my early years as a young boy and teenager I didn’t have tools or a frame of reference for how to understand and integrate who I was into the outer world.
At a self development seminar, in my early 20’s, after walking over the burning coals of a fire-walk initiation, I had a Kundalini awakening. I started to feel a volt of energy that could not be contained. I could not sleep, I spoke rapidly - I thought I could fly. As a result I was restrained and hospitalized. My loved ones were concerned about me because I was not acting normal. Once in the western medical model system I was subjected to traumatic and highly toxic brain/body- disabling medications (which are both the standard course of treatment in 1993 and still today) and a title was stamped in ink beside my name: Ross McKenzie - BIPOLAR.
This label, Bipolar, replaced Athlete, Son, Student, and Scholar, and was intended to predetermine the rest of my life. Just like a diabetes patient who needs insulin to stay alive, I was told I needed Lithium for the rest of my life to survive.
This diagnosis did not resonate with me- it did not “feel” right. It became very clear to me that millions of people around the world have similar stories of misdiagnoses and overmedication with psychotropic pharmaceutical medications. There had to be an alternative way to understand and address mental health challenges/symptoms. The Western Medical model did not make sense. What about a root cause resolution approach to addressing symptoms?
When you take Lithium you must do a blood analysis every 3 months ( four times a year) because it is so toxic that the levels must be checked often. Nine years into my Lithium treatment my doctor showed me my quarterly bloodwork which showed damage had been done to my kidneys. The side effects of Lithium are very harmful. I knew at this moment it was my duty to walk an alternative path. I faced 2 challenges. First, getting off Lithium safely and secondly, stabilizing my mood and unpacking the symptoms which lead to be diagnosed in the first place.
It is a miracle I am alive. It feels phenomenal to be fully detoxed and off all medications since 2010. It was a 20 year dark night of the soul journey that propelled my awakening and provided the framework for holding deep compassion for those that are still suffering. Since 2015 I now professionally empower and inspire others to take their health into their own hands. Self-discovery and healing go hand-in-hand.