Fearless Failure and the Path to Joy: A Conversation with Dr. Christiane Northrup
I am so ecstatic to bring you this conversation with one of Women For One’s original Truthtellers, Dr. Christiane Northrup. She is a visionary pioneer, a bestselling author (with books like Goddesses Never Age and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, to name just a couple), and the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. A board-certified OB/GYN physician Dartmouth Medical School graduate, Dr. Northrup was also an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center for 20 years. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, Dr. Northrup helps empower women to tune in to their innate inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish.
The thing I love about Dr. Northrup is that she’s a true trailblazer, and her work has revolutionized the way women think about their bodies and souls. Having spent 30 years of her career in conventional medicine, she discusses how she walked a fine line to make sure she didn’t lose her medical license early on because of her “radical” ideas about health, sexuality, and the innate wisdom of women’s bodies.
“I expected an eviction notice because the world wasn’t ready back then,” she quips. Thankfully, it’s ready now, and Dr. Northrup’s pioneering ideas are largely responsible for the paradigm shift in how we look at holistic health. Now, her latest book, Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life is a comprehensive and engaging look at how we can integrate all parts of ourselves and operate from self-love rather than limitation.
“If you don’t feel you’re enough inside, no amount of New York Times bestsellers will help you,” she says. Her book covers how we can scratch beneath the surface and deal with the subconscious fears that can sometimes take over our lives. In this information-packed interview, Dr. Northrup discusses how we can learn from our failures, trust our intuition, get over the programming of perfectionism, and shine our lights brightly to experience the joy that is our birthright.
2:30 How simply being kind to yourself can uplift the entire universe
3:50 How we can manifest from a state of wholeness and joy rather than desperation and incompleteness
6:09 How to move out of victimhood by not trying to control other people’s behavior
9:00 How to deal with having a narcissistic parent and the importance of reparenting yourself
11:00 Evolving beyond fear and the dreaded “what ifs”
12:20 Creating a partnership between the subconscious and conscious minds
14:30 How dreams can give us a clear diagnosis of our health
17:00 Why you should trust your gut
18:42 How we get stuck when we don’t dare to make a choice—and why it’s good to be fearless about our failures
23:48 How Dr. Northrup’s entire career has been a major leap of faith
27:52 The inherent eroticism of the female body and the importance of noticing what turns us on
34:15 Becoming aware of what gives us joy
38:20 Want to be part of a solution that affects everyone on the planet? Stand in your light!