Past Meetup

Symptoms as Metaphors: Every Illness Tells a Story ~ Dr. Larry Burk

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Price: $10.00 /per person
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What if your most troubling symptom is an invitation to go on a healing adventure? Is your body attempting to get a message to your conscious mind by expressing a deeper understanding from your soul that something is out of balance in your life?

In this talk, Larry Burk, MD, CEHP, will begin with insights about the symbolism of diseases, obtained from experiences with medical intuitives who are able to access knowledge about the root energetic causes of illness. Mind-body-spirit connections can be seen in any symptoms, such as musculoskeletal pain, hemorrhoids, and postnasal drip; a frozen shoulder is one of the best examples of a metaphorical illness that manifests in a physical way that can be visualized with MRI. To elaborate on this concept, he will use the example of cancer as a disease in which blocked emotions may play a role, along with other factors such as genetics and environmental toxins.

What if there is an emotional, psychospiritual component to your illness that can be addressed by simple, safe, and inexpensive mind-body-spirit self-healing techniques? If so, it might be valuable to go on a quest to explore the mysterious story your body is telling you. We can attempt to suppress illness with drugs, although that is only shooting the messenger, with the potential collateral damage of a multitude of side effects. Radiologic imaging may show a mechanical abnormality that can be repaired by surgery, but there is no guarantee that an operation will relieve the symptom if the rest of your life is still out of alignment. We pay a large price as individuals and as a society when we ignore the powerful messages that come from our bodies.

The talk will conclude with an experiential exercise to explore the metaphors related to symptoms and to create new healing metaphors.

Dr. Burk is president of Healing Imager, Inc. in Durham, NC, specializing in musculoskeletal MRI teleradiology and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). He did his medical school and residency training at the University of Pittsburgh, and was former associate professor of radiology and director of integrative medicine education at Duke University Medical Center. He is a Certified Energy Health Practitioner, and is also certified in clinical hypnosis and trained in medical acupuncture. Dr. Burk is a former board president of the Rhine Research Center and was a founding member of the American Board of Scientific Medical Intuition. Larry’s book, Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist, was published in July 2012. He gave a lively presentation on EFT for us in 2007 and offered EFT sessions at the 2012 Psychic & Healing Fair.

While you’re waiting for this talk with Larry, you can hear him describe his healing journey in two recent interviews:

“Adventures in Healing” ( with Kala Ambrose, from October 2012 “One Radiologist’s Journey to Holistic Medicine” ( with Diane Brandon, from December 2012. Also, learn more about Larry and his work, including his scientific articles, newspaper columns, newsletters, and video blogs, at .

This month’s raffle! – $5

Enter to win 40-minute crystal light bed session, a $90 value, with Pamela Sophia Rays. Also known as an advanced chrome therapy machine, this is a spiritual treatment that uses rainbow colored light beams focused at your chakras through seven very pure quartz crystals. The alternating light produces a balancing effect on your subtle body as you lay with your eyes closed and meditate; your energy body receives the benevolent spirits of the Casa De Dom Inacio as they work to assist your spiritual and healing work. Sessions are offered at Raleigh’s Dancing Moon Books & Gifts on the first and third Thursday each month.

Pamela is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and in the Vast Holy Dharmas. She has trained in a number of energy modalities including Reiki, sound therapy, feng shui, geomancy, cosmology, and light work. Her website is ; contact her at or 336.682.1128.

Meditation – free

Come early and treat yourself to a visualizing guided meditation journey led by Vincent Genna, MSW. You will have a chance to connect directly with Spirit to ask the one question to which knowing the answer would change your life completely—a powerful experience that will lead to empowering enlightenment.

Vinny provides psychic medium readings through communication with your soul, guides, angels, transitioned loved ones, and past lives. With over 29 years of mastery in the fields of metaphysics, spirituality, and psychology, he gives guidance and healing to issues of body, mind, and spirit. He was SFF’s speaker in December 2011; was a sold-out participant at each of our last two Psychic & Healing Fair fundraisers; and donated a private session as our raffle prize last November. Learn more about Vinny and his work at .

Door prize – free

A copy of Larry's book, Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist. It will also be available for sale (hardcover $24; paperback $16) with a portion of the proceeds going to support SFF.

Refreshments – free

We serve light finger foods and water at intermission. To sponsor our refreshments in exchange for publicity for your practice or business, contact

Tom Hildebrand brings delicious artesian spring water to us from Siler City each month. You’ll find details on how to purchase this water at (