Join us today for the Saturday Night Special with Andrea Blindt from Growing Miracles...
In this episode Andrea Blindt and I talk with you about faith, healing, and her journey...
In tonight’s Saturday Night Special, I interview Andrea Blindt. I ask Andrea to share with you why she works to help others heal in Growing Miracles. I also ask Andrea about how faith is an important component of healing. Andrea also talks with you about our struggle to find our own self–worth and how that ties into our healing journey.
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SNS 183: Saturday Night Special - Interview with Andrea Blindt about Growing Miracles
[00:00:00] Scott Maderer: Welcome to tonight's Saturday Night special episode 183.
[00:00:08] Andrea Blindt: I'm Andrea Blindt, and I challenge you to invest in yourself, invest in others, develop your influence and impact the world by using your time, your talent, and your treasures to live out your. Having the ability to focus on your path to healing is key, and one way to be inspired to do that is to listen to this amazing podcast with my friend Scott Mader, the Inspired Stewardship podcast.
[00:00:46] Really having faith, I believe is what brings us closer to healing because. If we don't have faith that we can get better or that there is a God that's good and can use [00:01:00] this experience. For good. We really stay locked in that suffering.
[00:01:06] Scott Maderer: Welcome and thank you for joining us on the Inspired Stewardship Podcast.
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[00:01:41] And tonight's Saturday Night special, I interview Andrea Blin. I ask Andrea to share with you why she works to help others heal in her program growing miracles. I also ask Andrea about how faith is an important component of healing, and Andrea also talks with you about our struggle to find our own [00:02:00] self-worth and how that ties into our healing journey.
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[00:02:52] Andrea Blen is a registered nurse, holistic health practitioner, international bestselling author, life and mindset [00:03:00] coach. She uses her personal healing journey to bring wisdom and hope to her patients. She understands that each person is unique, much like the root cause of the obstacles they. After successfully navigating her own healing journey, Andrea inspires others to reclaim their power, advocate for what is in their best interest, and learn the tools needed to be able to make decisions for themselves that are in alignment with their beliefs.
[00:03:25] Welcome to the show, Andrea.
[00:03:27] Andrea Blindt: Hi. Thank you so much for having me. Absolutely.
[00:03:30] Scott Maderer: I'm excited to have you here today. So we talked a little bit in the intro, but would you talk a little bit more about your journey and what brought you to focus on the healing work you do in Growing Miracles and what brought you to do that?
[00:03:51] Andrea Blindt: Yeah, absolutely. Thank you first for opening with that question. I lived a pretty challenging childhood where I experienced a lot of childhood [00:04:00] abuse, and that trickled into my young adult life. As I continued to grow in my young adult life, I experienced many medical challenges. I had multiple autoimmune disorders, a lot of just emotional pain that was showing up physically in my body.
[00:04:17] I got married. , I experienced infertility and ended up having to go down the route of fertility treatments with I V F. I became pregnant and I delivered my first set of twins who died unexpectedly five days after I had them. And when that happened, my entire world shifted. I went from already pretty sad to even more discouraged and in despair.
[00:04:46] I felt very alone, and I didn't want anyone else in the world to feel alone. So I decided once I found a way to support myself, I would make it my mission to make sure that [00:05:00] anyone suffering has someone to reach out to, because none of us are immune to challenges or struggles in life, but when we're able to see someone else who has also struggled and overcome that c.
[00:05:13] We're better able to believe it for ourselves. And so that's what I love to offer the clients that I have the opportunity to work with and the ears that get to hear my story.
[00:05:25] Scott Maderer: So when you talk about the work that you're doing what do you do with who comes to you for help? What are they looking for and kind what is some of the work that you do?
[00:05:37] Andrea Blindt: Yeah, so I wear many hats, , and I will say that I branched out on my practice because I experienced so many different healing modalities in my own life. I don't believe one modality is the right answer. It definitely wasn't for me. And so as I started learning these new health [00:06:00] resources, new skills, I just continued adding them to my repertoire.
[00:06:04] And so that's exactly what I do with any client that I see. I listen to them and their story. I have people who come to me for nursing help. Maybe they're on a lot of medications and they wish to really pull back on some of. Or they're just not receiving the results that they would like to have.
[00:06:21] They will come to me and I really work very holistically to try to find. The least amount of supplements someone can take and diet mindset, how I can best support their body. So that's my nursing hat. I also am the hypnotherapist life coach and mindset coach, and so I do a lot of work with limiting beliefs really.
[00:06:45] Non-judgmentally, sitting with people in their current challenge and allowing them to talk and share and be completely seen where they are as they sift through the [00:07:00] pieces and decide what's best for them in their life. And I provide resources and encouragement. I love doing that. I utilize a lot of homeopathy and Chinese medicine in my practice, so it's just a lot of really good stuff that I have, and I can't say.
[00:07:17] I have the same group of patients ever. I deal with fertility a lot, but I also, it seems to come in waves. I have an influx of younger kids currently that have a lot of stomach issues that aren't able to be resolved. And it's like you help one kid and then they refer you to another mom whose child has a similar sure condition and it just trickles that way.
[00:07:41] So I'm always excited to see what comes and , see how I can support them.
[00:07:45] Scott Maderer: So as you went through this journey and got to where you are today how did your faith journey parallel that that, that health journey that you had?
[00:07:56] Andrea Blindt: Yes, that's a great question. My faith [00:08:00] journey changed a lot and if I'm completely honest, when I grew up I was raised in a house where I believed God was a very angry, punishing God.
[00:08:11] And so my internal belief was that I must be really bad because God's leaving me in this house where I'm being abused. So he must not love me because he is letting this happen to me. And so I thought if I work harder, if I try to behave more, if I serve differently, maybe then he'll love me and he'll protect me.
[00:08:33] But that was a completely wrong image. The God that I had at the time, I just didn't know any different. So as I continued to grow, I believed, okay, maybe I don't have to do all these things and maybe he is a nice God. Okay, I'm just gonna keep working. So I stay in his good graces. And then my twins died.
[00:08:54] And when that happened, I initially felt very connected to. [00:09:00] Because I felt like I could relate to him when he loses his children. When he lost his son. And then I got very angry because I thought, wow, you did that. You sent your son for me because you loved me so much. Why do my kids have to go too?
[00:09:19] Why are they being. . And so I was very angry. I became bitter, resentful. I completely walked away from God in my relationship with him. It was a very immature punishment. I thought if you're gonna hurt me, I'm gonna hurt you back and I'm not gonna talk to you anymore. And so for about two years.
[00:09:42] I didn't even communicate with him. Of course, he still lived in my brain and in my body, and I stayed true to my values and my morals. I lived a life that I believed would make God proud in my relationship with him, even though I didn't have one at the time. [00:10:00] But that was in my core, and so I think that really supported me into getting back into a relationship with God.
[00:10:07] I'd started. Writing down wishes because I wasn't going to pray. So that was my bridge back to prayer. I would write down wishes for people and I would give a lot of gratitude in those wishes. And as I saw those wishes of healing, of transformation occurring in my life and other people's lives, it was like my ember started getting bigger and.
[00:10:33] I just said, okay, God, I don't understand what is happening here. I still don't agree with my twins dying. I don't like that I had a really terrible childhood, but I'm open to communicating with you and to seeing where this relationship can go. And from there it was again, a very bumpy journey.
[00:10:53] But I think it was also so beautiful because I could share my true heart [00:11:00] how I felt, my disappointments, my discouragements, without worrying that he wasn't gonna love me, that he might leave me. I'd already left him and he was still there. And so in that, I truly got to know him and his character and learn what his promises.
[00:11:20] and I don't have the answers for the suffering or the pain still to this day, but I have a piece within me that I never imagined possible, and I see so much goodness and so much gratitude. I can truly see how he has taken my suffering and used it to create new life and beauty and love that would not have otherwise been there, and I'm just humbled by that.
[00:11:47] Scott Maderer: And so marrying those two questions you work with a lot of people that are dealing with a lot of health struggles and difficult challenges. How [00:12:00] do you see faith and God and those sorts of things fitting into the healing journey, at least with those folks that you work with?
[00:12:10] Andrea Blindt: Yeah Really having faith, I believe, is what brings us closer to healing. Because if we don't have faith that we can get better, or that there is a God that's good and can use this experience for good, we really stay locked in that suffering and we are only able to see what we don't have and what we're not achieving.
[00:12:35] But when we can focus on the truth that God is. And that his plan is different than ours and find that piece in it that it might not look this way. You might have to go around this corner and down that street to get to where you wanna go, but I promise you I'm with you and that I am here for you and that I will use this journey and bring light and [00:13:00] love to it.
[00:13:01] Then we're more aware of all of the miracles on that journey. We. new relationships with people. We can find providers that meet us where we are, and support is how we need to be supported. We connect with people who might also be on a journey struggling and our community expands. So I think knowing that it just helps expand healing so much more and allows that peace in healing.
[00:13:28] Scott Maderer: again, when when we talk about faith in God here just. This doesn't necessarily mean that's the same experience or the same journey or looks the same for every person either. Right. Absolutely. I don't think it looks the same for anyone, to tell you the honest truth.
[00:13:49] Andrea Blindt: Just like health symptoms. No. Two people are gonna have the same symptoms for anything. And it's the same with healing and with relationships with [00:14:00] God with. Spiritual relationships, friendships, all of that is unique and there's no right or wrong way to do something. It's just allowing that ease of believing in good and in the potential of goodness and healing and allowing yourself to.
[00:14:23] To ebb and flow on the journey without needing to control exactly how it looks. .
[00:14:29] Scott Maderer: Yeah. That's always been the hard part I have with my relationship with God. It's if you just let me control it all, , yeah. Better
[00:14:35] Andrea Blindt: because I know what's best. Yeah. It doesn't work that way. I I had someone tell me the other day that the world would be so much better if everyone would just do what I said.
[00:14:48] Scott Maderer: It's yeah, I I think we all agree with you on that one. . Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. So let's you mentioned one of the areas you work with is limiting beliefs and mindset and those [00:15:00] sorts of things, and. we've, and yet it also comes into that health and healing.
[00:15:04] And I would actually say that those in some ways are the same thing too health and healing internal, external. The, there is a body mind connection. Our, if our limiting if our mind is not healthy, our body is not healthy and vice versa. Yeah, to some extent, or at least you have to work at making those.
[00:15:23] So how do you see that struggle that most people go through or that many people go through with internal beliefs and the journey that you went on and how that kind of programmed in some of those beliefs around self-worth and gratitude and those sorts of. How does that all body mind, health healing, how do you see that all interacting?
[00:15:46] That ball of wax ?
[00:15:48] Andrea Blindt: Yes. Yes. So my take on limiting beliefs and believing that we're worthy is that they keep you stuck in suffering and [00:16:00] they distract you from true healing. because if you don't believe you're worthy and your life experiences might have affirmed that belief again and again to you, then your body won't move towards healing.
[00:16:13] Because it doesn't believe it's worthy of healing or of that miracle of blessing. And so when we're able to challenge those beliefs, our entire outlook can change. And as that outlook changes instead, Focusing on bitterness that our body is not working how we want it to work or it's not moving quick enough, we're more able to acknowledge it and to give that self-love and compassion for all of the amazing things it does do daily.
[00:16:45] And a little side story, if it's okay for me to share I had a growth in my bladder from some of my medical challenges when I was younger. And I had surgery on my bladder, and when I had [00:17:00] surgery, I ended up having to leave with a catheter. That they said might end up being a permanent part of my life.
[00:17:06] And so I have kids and imagine me running around with kids and there's basically a straw that's inserted inside of my bladder and a bag connected to my leg that connects. Collects my pee all day. And that's scary because it can get snagged on things and it's just, it's a challenging place to live.
[00:17:27] And so now, years later, the catheter's not here. I live free and every time I walk into the bathroom to go pee and empty my bladder. I think I am so grateful that one, my bladder has the ability to collect pee and also that I can go to the bathroom and release it anytime I feel the need. And I just give that gratitude for what's working for me instead of staying in that, oh, I hated that time that I had that.
[00:17:55] I hope that never happens again. I really focus on that.
[00:17:59] Scott Maderer: It's [00:18:00] the framing of it as opposed to what happened. Yes. Framing and reframing, I know is a technique, but what are some of the techniques that you work with people to help them identify some of those root beliefs and re reframe or refocus on the healing side as opposed to the suffering.
[00:18:20] Andrea Blindt: Yeah, so I use a lot of different modalities to uncover limiting beliefs for people that know and are aware of those limiting beliefs Right off the bat, journaling is really great. Journaling or just open communication and start. Start getting curious about those beliefs in a non-judgmental way.
[00:18:38] Notice what the beliefs are saying, how they make you feel, where the beliefs might have come from, and then really helping that person decide if that belief is supporting them in achieving their goals and living the life they want, or if it's preventing them from living that life and reaching that healing.[00:19:00]
[00:19:00] And then once they know the answer, the next step is deciding. What they'd rather believe. What's a more empowering belief and what steps do we need to take to move towards that? If I have someone who doesn't know what the limiting beliefs are, they're just stuck in a cycle of suffering, then there's multiple options.
[00:19:22] Also, there's talk therapy. I also really love hypnotherapy and I utilize rapid transformational therapy, which is a form of therapy. That is exactly what it says. It's rapid and transformational, so it's a very gentle I like to explain it as a meditative state. You just go into a relaxed state as I guide you through.
[00:19:45] Rest, and you talk to me through it and we talk without your subconscious being alert and combative and saying, oh no, don't share this. Don't bring this up because I don't wanna make your cousin feel bad that maybe [00:20:00] they told you your freckles were ugly and it's affecting you today. So instead, it calms that voice and it allows them to uncover.
[00:20:08] Wow. I don't like looking in the mirror because I see my freckles and that was from when I was eight and this person told me they didn't like them. And then we can just let that mind know that they're no longer eight. And do you like your freckles? Yeah, I do. Okay. Then does it matter what anyone else thinks about them and in that you can really give, help them make sense of.
[00:20:31] And then give them the new positive beliefs that they want while they're in that receptive state. And then they also go home with a recording that they get to listen to for 21 days or longer to help really get those new neural pathways firing really cement in those positive beliefs that they're implementing into their lives.
[00:20:51] And I do that for many things. I do it a lot for not feeling worthy. That's a biggie for so many people. that prevents us from living the lives that [00:21:00] we desire. I do a lot of it for healing in kids that are very sick for pain management. It's just amazing. I recently did one last month for my son who was pretty ill, and he was in the hospital when he came home.
[00:21:15] We just really wanted to build his body up and so I did a hypnosis with him and made a recording that reminded his body how strong it was. And he loves cars, so I talked about cars driving through his body and scooping up all the germs and letting them flesh out. And it's just a fun way of reminding your body to work because your body's brilliant.
[00:21:40] Scott Maderer: Yeah. A lot of. And I think it's interesting cuz you use that example of the thing your cousin told you when you were eight. And I think a lot of times we all have voices in our. What we don't realize sometimes is a lot of them aren't ours. Yes. Their voices from the past or their voices from other people, or their voices from [00:22:00] what we watch on TV or culture.
[00:22:02] They're brought into us as opposed to ours. If that makes
[00:22:06] Andrea Blindt: sense. Yes. And what's so sneaky about them is that they're in our voice now, right? Because they're in our head, it sounds just like us, but they're actually from. Our past. And so once we can become more aware of those voices and what they're saying, we can challenge them.
[00:22:25] And I like to prove them wrong. So I pretend I'm in a courtroom and whatever the belief is, I like to say that's not true because. This, and this. And the more proof I can find, I just squash all of those fake beliefs and then they eventually have no strength and they just fade away.
[00:22:47] Scott Maderer: So I, I have a few questions that I like to ask all of my guests, but before I go there, is there anything else about the coaching, the work that you do or your book or anything that you'd like to share with the listener?[00:23:00]
[00:23:00] Andrea Blindt: Yeah, thank you for asking. I think the most important thing for me to share is that you're not alone and that no diagnosis is too final, past, too messy, or future too uncertain to fully live a life you love today. So one of the questions you know, my, my brand is inspired stewardship, and I run things through that lens of stewardship, and that's what we talk about a lot in different ways.
[00:23:26] Scott Maderer: And yet I've discovered over the years that's one of those words that doesn't always mean the same thing to everybody. So I'm a firm believer in defining terminology and let's make sure we're actually saying the same thing. So when you hear the word stewardship, what does that word mean to you?
[00:23:40] And how has it played out in your life? I see this so much in my life and in my world. So stewardship to me is really honoring what God is giving me and allowing his love and grace to be reflected through me in everything I do, so that more people [00:24:00] grow closer to him and get to know him.
[00:24:03] Andrea Blindt: It's also sharing. The gifts he's given me with the world. And one of those biggest things for me is with my kids. Just knowing that as much as I love them, they're not mine. I might be physically in charge of guiding them and helping them grow into the humans. God created them to be, but they're his and he loves them way more than I do.
[00:24:34] And so when I see that, I, it just really helps me refocus on the gift that I have right now and the opportunity I have to just mirror his. With them and with others.
[00:24:50] Scott Maderer: So this is my favorite question to ask every guest. If I invented this magic machine and I was able to pluck you from the chair where you are [00:25:00] today and transport you into the future, maybe 150, 200 years into the future, and through the power of this machine, you were able to look back on your entire.
[00:25:09] And see all of the ripples, all of the relationships, all of the connections, all of the impacts that you've left behind. What impact do you hope you've left in the world?
[00:25:21] Andrea Blindt: I pray that through my storytelling and stewardship, heaven would become more crowded, , and that people everywhere would know. how worthy, loved, and cherished they are, and that with God all things are possible. Not some things, but
[00:25:44] Scott Maderer: all things. So what's coming next for you on the roadmap? Is we kick off the year and get things moving.
[00:25:51] What do you have plans for? So Psalms 46 10 reminds me that being still allows me [00:26:00] to deepen my relationship and knowing of God. And so that's what I plan to do. I plan to allow myself to rest more, to truly honor myself and to soak up the time I have with my family, with friends, and with the clients I serve, while also getting to know God.
[00:26:21] Andrea Blindt: On a more intimate level through that stillness.
[00:26:30] Scott Maderer: You can follow Andrea Blen on Instagram as Andrea. And that's gonna be a N D R e A B L I n D T, or of course you can find out more about her work everything that she does the the coaching and the other work that she does over on her website, andrea bla.com. I'll have links to all of that over in the show notes as well.
[00:26:54] Is there anything else you'd like to share with the
[00:26:55] Andrea Blindt: listener? I just want you to know, [00:27:00] That I am here for you. I'm here to cheer you on and encourage you. You're not alone. I absolutely know that you are worthy and there are so many people out there eager to help you live the life that you would love to.
[00:27:15] You can reach out to me or anyone else to start that journey today.
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