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Presentation to the SB Council for Self-Esteem – 09/21/07
By Betty Hatch
Underlined statements applicable to Self-Esteem
Julia Loggins has been studying the causes of illness and disease and collecting tools for healing for three decades.
Meeting renowned progressive medical doctor, Robert Pottenger, expert in the link between environmental toxins, allergies and immune system breakdown, inspired her future work and eventually, her career.
She is a dedicated student of the effects of trauma and the specific processes that allow the reformation of a shattered psyche. Having been told she would never have children, and after suffering three miscarriages, she began working with Niravi Payne, who pioneered the mind-body connections in fertility and reproduction. Subsequently, she had a son, Luke, now thirteen, and a daughter, Hana, now nine.
Julia is the co-author of “The Unimaginable Life” which she wrote with her former husband, Kenny Loggins. She works with men and women of all ages, from those who want to experience greater vitality to those with chronic disease. She believes self-esteem is the foundation of health, both mental and physical.
It is my pleasure to introduce, Julia Loggins, who worked with me at La Belle many years ago, who is my hydro-therapist and whose beauty and performance are only surpassed by her loving and vibrant personality. Please welcome her.
The following wrap-up is by Betty Hatch
A naturally beautiful woman walked to the podium. Petite, smiling, bubbling with enthusiasm and vitality, she welcomed the audience. Her talk began with the proclamation “Today will be about celebrating our own self-esteem commitments.” She repeated what she called the flight attendants prayer—“Place your own oxygen mask securely before helping another. “
After a short poem by Mary Oliver, Julie spoke openly, directly and from her heart, and shared her personal story. She was motivated to study healing by the need to save her own life. She spent more than half of her childhood hospitalized with a variety of organ failures that were thought to be possibly fatal. By two years old, she had asthma, by five, rheumatoid arthritis, next came daily migraines and bleeding ulcers, and yet Julia holds herself responsible for creating her illnesses in the way she needed them. Believing that crisis equals opportunity for growth, she stated that “we write our own movie and select all the characters.”
Julia described herself as one who was taught to sacrifice herself for everyone else—that her job was to see the needs of others and serve them. Being a naturally optimistic and sunny person, she was not allowed any other emotion. She wanted things to work out well. She described her relationship with her dad as emotionally incestuous. She bonded with him while her sister bonded with her mother. It was a very dysfunctional family and she added to it by being very ill. She did not trust herself or her instincts. She felt disconnected from her body, as if she did not live in it. She knows now one must begin by knowing one’s self before being able to assist another.
Her illnesses caused her to be different from the rest of the children. Most children will do anything to fit in with their friends but there was nothing Julia could do to fit in with hers. When she entered school, she had to wear orthopedic shoes, take a variety of medicines and spend months at a time without hair and in hospitals. Julia carried a syringe of adrenalin in case of an asthma attack; she could give her own injections. She became addicted to painkillers went from one drug clinic to the next for treatment.
When Julia was 14, she was raped by three different individuals. She only confided that experience to her sister. Her intimate confession led to the first significant bonding she had with her. It was years later when Julia shared this information with her parents, who were Romanian Jews.
Neither the physicians nor clinics were able to cure her until, at last resort, she met Dr. Pottenger. Julia said at that time, “pills made up her four food groups.” The doctor told her she had to detoxify her body and he took her off of all pills. Doing so, Julia grew 1 I/2,” stopped having asthma attacks, and began to heal. She told us, “The best thing that can happen to you is to detoxify and put the things in your body that will allow regeneration.”
Julia also had three out of body experiences. One of which, she related to the audience. She remembered lying in a hospital bed and feeling herself leave as though she were in the room but above herself, looking down on her body. An angel, a spirit, or being, spoke, telling her she still had work to do, that she was not alone. Julia re-entered her body and for the first time felt that she and her life mattered. From that experience she learned that we all need to matter, to know that our existence is important and valuable.
As Julia matured, horses and ballet became her love. She didn’t think she was particularly skilled at either and after graduation from school she became a court reporter. That was when she learned the value of being self sufficient. She found out being able to take care of one’s self enhances your self-image and confidence.
Julia’s first marriage was to Isaac David Frees. He was a Romanian Jew that had been in a concentration camp. He was very intelligent, much older than Julia and was not interested in having children. When thinking of careers, Julia believed that healing would be the last thing she would select. Her self-esteem was low. She explained that beauty does not always make one feel good about ones self. Her husband insisted she try becoming a fashion model for at least three months to boost her self image. She agreed and was hired by Wilhelmina, one of New York’s top three agents at the time. She was selected as a Japanese television anchor for a nightly broadcast of 15 minutes. Julia confessed she threw up every night before the show for six months. Soon she realized that no one understood what she was saying, so she merely made up stories from then on!
The television job allowed Julia, to “claim her voice” in a huge arena. She giggled that this “weird profession” was perfect for her. It helped her to learn she could heal herself and knowing this, she really wanted to have children. She studied bio-feedback and found there was a caldron of stress beneath her surface even though she had thought she was stress free. She learned how to filter stress.
Money, Julia was taught, was something that men make and handle. During her second marriage to Kenny Loggins, she found out they were facing bankruptcy. She asked those in the audience,” Where are you in the money conversation.” Making the point we should not give away our power to anyone in any arena. Julia confronted the business issues and learned about it. Now she knows there is nothing she can’t talk about. Once more, a tough turn in life became an opportunity for her to learn and grow.
Julia taught us many lessons in growing through adversity. During the half hour of questions, she answered spontaneously, brilliantly and eloquently. The question that resonated with many in the audience was: when asked about the difficulty of spending time with depressed people, Julia related that many of us are too sensitive to handle those kinds of relationships. Perhaps our masks are not secure enough to deal with others’ depression. This reaffirmed her first suggestion to us ‘we must always remember the flight attendants' prayer, "Put on your own oxygen mask before helping another.”
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