It’s okay to do whatever you have to do, but just remember, too that eventually you’re going
to adjust to the changes life brings your way, and you’ll realize that it’s okay to love again and laugh
again, and it’s okay to get to the point where the life you live is full and satisfying and good to
you . . . and it will be that way because you make it that way.
—Laine Parsons

By Dr. Khelly Webb

I have been licensed for over thirty-five years with an eclectic, multidimensional practice—a kind of renaissance approach in which I look at each patient as a whole person: mind, body, and spirit. I am certified as a sports physician and have taught sports-injury prevention and management.

In 1994 a drunk driver plowed into my car while I was stopped at a school crosswalk. I had spinal injuries, but the most severe injury was to my head and brain. I was told that I would not be able to work, would need to have some sort of assisted living arrangement, and would need to use braces and a cane to be able to walk. I was also told that I probably would not be able to learn new material. However, since then I have been certified in acupuncture, took a postdoctoral neurology course, and trained in Upledger protocols to treat people with brain injuries.

Going through the recovery was extremely scary because before the accident I was a very active, fast-moving person. After the accident, my intellectual ability was knocked down so much that just to dress or to eat I had to think through every single step slowly and carefully. My goal was to be able to prepare a meal without burning down the house and to get dressed without making any mistakes.

The thing I noticed most as a result of not having a fully functioning brain was that I began to function more intuitively. That has been an exciting growth process. I'd always had an awareness and trust that innate intelligence was guiding me, but after the accident. I had an even greater, more intense knowing of God's presence.

It took me three years to get back to being self-functioning, and I continue to work on it every day. I walk just fine on most surfaces. Hotel carpeting is the hardest for me. If the pattern on the floor is very irregular, I get confused trying to figure out where to put my feet. But for the most part, people who meet me for the first time have no concept that I have a brain injury.

Image of Daily WordI've gone back to work in my practice part-time. I travel less, and I do very little teaching. I check in with God all the time. Daily Word helps me do this. I begin my morning routine by reading Daily Word and another daily booklet. Some mornings I read all the Daily Word affirmations for the week and combine them with prayer. At the end of the day, I go through a thanksgiving and greatfulness process. I use the word on the day of my birthday as my annual growth theme.

There is always a large-print Daily Word in the reception area of my office. Oftentimes, depending on what's going on in their lives, people take a Daily Word or tear off a cover to have the Silent Unity telephone number. Sometimes they tear out a page that is especially interesting.

Changing the way the world sees sports and athletes and the depth of their injuries and dysfunctions is no longer my main focus. I'm more interested in creating a greater space for people to discover their inner strength however they wish to do that, with whatever they call their higher power.

In my first interview with clients, I collect an extensive history. I ask "Were you raised with some sort of spiritual foundation, and how do you feel about that now?"

A couple of years ago, one of my clients who had cancer told me that she believed she deserved to die of cancer because of how she had lived—basically for the sins of her life. It was a shocking thing to hear, but I realized I had heard it before in other ways from other clients. So I wrote a protocol related to God that I use with clients. As a health practitioner, I am not supposed to discuss religious issues with clients. However, if clients don't have a priest, rabbi, or minister, I'm willing to talk to them about their spiritual upset, their rage or anger.

I also believe that true spirituality is an inside job. I used a kinesthetic process called muscle testing on the woman with cancer. I asked her to say: I'm okay with God, and God is okay with me. Every muscle I tested in her body would go weak when she said that affirmation because she did not believe what she was affirming. She was holding on to the belief that her cancer was a punishment for the way she had lived her life. As I worked with her, she was able to see the process in a different light: she was able to see God as her source of peace, not her punisher, and she had a great sense of peace before she passed.

United Prayer
I call Silent Unity for prayer for my clients. One man was in a coma, and I asked for divine order, strength, and guidance for his family. Three hours later the family called me to tell me that he was out of the coma and wanted to eat!

I remember a ten-year-old boy who was about to have reconstructive heart surgery because there was no heart available for a transplant. All of us in my office and his family and people in their prayer circle called Silent Unity for prayer. The surgery was scheduled around Christmastime, but this boy wanted to be home for Christmas. I used a process known as Emotional Release Technique on him, having him say: "I'm okay having the surgery. I'm okay living through the surgery. I'm okay being more alive after the surgery." And I added, "I'm okay being home for Christmas." He went in on the 5th of December, and he was home for Christmas! He now is in high school and is the football team's assistant trainer.

There is a quote that I like to use. It's from B. J. Palmer, who was one of the fathers of chiropractic and a very spiritual man: "We may never know how far-reaching something we may think, do, or say today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow."

Dr. Khelly Webb is currently researching the Scriptures of the religions of the world in relationship to health and healing. A frequent motivational speaker, Dr. Webb works with post-trauma stress in combat veterans and war-trauma survivors. Her latest hobby is studying the effects of solar storms on health.

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