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Meet Aiden Seraphim of Heart Centered Transformational Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aiden Seraphim, Licensed Acupuncturist.

Aiden Seraphim learned early on that his deep desire to help others was a little different. From a young age, when he saw people suffering, he recognized that even the most heartbreaking circumstances could be transformed with a generous dose of hope and healing.

It was this desire to help people become whole that first drew him to study at Evergreen State College for a bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Counseling. From there he worked with homeless youth struggling with a host of traumas and addictions, and while they responded well to his gentle and compassionate presence, he realized they needed more.

They needed a modality that could bring healing to them as whole people, something that could help them mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually all at once. At about that time, Aiden had a profound personal experience with acupuncture. Through this experience, he saw the power of this modality to access and touch him at the deepest levels. It was then that he knew he wanted to learn how to become a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Aiden chose Classical Chinese Medicine at The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, graduating with high honors and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. He participated in internships all over the Portland area, working with clients who suffered every physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual challenge imaginable.

He also had the privilege of being part of both ends of the circle of life by working with expectant moms going through labor and even some patients facing the very end of their lives. What he found throughout all of this training is that the healing journey is deeply personal and that the tools he’d learned through his Holistic Medicine training truly made a difference.

As one of Aiden’s clients, you’ll benefit from his love of learning. He participates in continuing education, so he’s always on top of developments in the world of Holistic Medicine. He completed a year-long Master Healer program focusing on Five Element theory and essential oils in healing trauma and mental/emotional challenges in 2017.

He has undergone extensive nutritional training using a whole food plant-based approach. Aiden spent years practicing and learning meditation as well as shamanic healing techniques and energy healing approaches. His thirst for understanding and passion for healing also spur his commitment to personal growth.

While not working with his clients, you might find him meditating, participating in a spiritual community, attending meditation retreats, traveling the world, enjoying nature, and cooking healthy food.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I grew up with a lot of trauma. That trauma created a thirst in me for healing. From a young age, I was dealing with so many things that were confusing, painful and terrifying. I was also blessed with a lot of resilience, and so I figured out ways to survive and in moments even break through and shine.

I realized as I got older that I had taken all of the painful things I had experienced and turned them inward on myself. I was full of so much self-consciousness, harsh criticism, fear, and anger. In many ways, I carried these things as layers of tension wrapped up inside of my body.

When I started my own healing journey, I had a lot of work to do on learning to love and accept myself and release old traumas and limiting beliefs that were keeping me stuck. It has been a process, but all of this has made me a better practitioner.

I have more insight and compassion when working with others and I am able to sit with someone in the middle of their process (which might be super intense) and hold space in a way that allows them to experience deeper healing. I am grateful for the struggles I have had because they have helped me to grow and become the man I am today!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Heart Centered Transformational Wellness – what should we know?
As a private practitioner of Chinese medicine, my goal is to facilitate healing through empowerment, education, and the administration of natural therapies. Our bodies have an extraordinary capacity to heal themselves when we adopt a holistic mind-body approach, and my role as an acupuncturist is to help my patients resolve imbalances.

Since earning my master’s degree from the National University of Natural Medicine, I have had the privilege of assisting patients from all walks of life to improve their overall health and vitality. Over the years, I have cared for patients dealing with stress, infertility, chronic pain, digestive challenges, and other health issues, as well as the side effects of chemotherapy.

Perhaps one of the most rewarding issues I work with is infertility. I have successfully assisted many women in achieving their dream of motherhood. And supported them through pregnancy, labor and beyond. It has really been an honor to be a part of this process.

What sets me apart is my understanding of the connection between unresolved trauma, stress and physical symptoms like pain and other chronic diseases. I focus on helping people to identify these unresolved stressors (emotions) and then release them through the breath and specific acupuncture meridians.

I also guide my patients through a gentle process of upgrading their lifestyle, and we begin addressing the underlying causes of their discomfort. Sometimes this is nutritional, sometimes it is emotional, sometimes it is because they are not moving their bodies enough, getting enough sleep, or they are stuck in a limiting belief.

Every person is unique, and every treatment is designed just for them. I also lead focused wellness retreats and offer workshops on a wide array of topics including essential oils, self-care, meditation, nature healing, healthy smoothie creation and more.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I owe gratitude to my parents for giving me life and doing their best to love and care for me. I owe a lot of gratitude to my mentors, who have not only shared their talents and wisdom with me but who have also seen, encouraged and supported me. Two of them really stand out, and they are Dr. Laurie Regan and Dr. Edie Vickers.

I also owe a lot of gratitude to my spiritual and meditation teachers who have helped me to reconnect to my own heart again and taught me the importance of a regular practice focused on turning my awareness within and opening my heart. Finally, I owe a lot of gratitude to my partner Brett who has supported my dreams and loved me unconditionally.

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