|CREW Mission to Panama 2002
By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
Panama City, Panama - Mar. 3rd 2002: Today, we begin the eighth C.R.E.W. (Chiropractors Restoring Energy Worldwide) mission to the country of Panama.
I will be bringing you articles daily from different locations across the country of Panama. Most of the articles will be in somewhat of a diary format as this mission unfolds. I will attempt to include photographs from each day here so that you can better visualize the experience. I would like you to be a part of this mission of chiropractic. Now more than ever, I ask that you share the information I will bring to you this week with your colleagues, staff, friends and family. It is very important to remember that THE MISSION is not a local phenomena, it is indeed a worldwide event that will touch the lives of countless numbers of people. If I send e-mails this week, please forward them onto others as I may not have the opportunity to do so myself. Again, I want everyone possible to be a part of this mission of chiropractic.
It's 8 AM and the C.R.E.W. has gathered for our first breakfast together. This is traditional for our first Sunday morning here in Panama City as the group gets together, gets to know one another, gets reacquainted, and we get direction as to what it is we will be doing during the next seven days here in Panama.
Each of the doctors, staff, and family members take turns introducing themselves to the group. For me, this is my sixth time here in Panama and my seventh chiropractic mission. After a brief breakfast Dr. Luis Ocon stands to address the group. He shares with us his excitement for the week ahead and gives one piece of advice (that is given on every mission). "Have no expectations" are the words spoken, and while I've heard them six times before, they are words that are easier said than done.
Can we let go of our expectations and our limitations? Can I, can you? Because attached to those expectations are limitations, even though we may think there are none. Often times, people are told not to have expectations because they do not want to be let down. This is not what I speak of. In an abundant universe, it is quite the opposite. If we can free ourselves from our preconceived thoughts and emotions, we open ourselves up to that limitless abundance that is so present in each and every one of our lives.
Luis shared with us the following quote:
"The Masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their minds and their religion. They simply pursue their vision of excellence at what ever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both." - James Mitchner
Here are some of the rules:
1) We are all one
2) We are guests in this country (we are all guests on this planet)
3) Intent is critical, be focused
4) Due to the number of people that will be seen, adjusting will be centered on the upper cervical spine
5) Be your best
After Luis, Lina Ocon gives us the details. The locations in Panama are as follows: Panama City, Colon, and Chiriqui (pronounced cheer a key). In Panama City, groups will be adjusting at the Lions Club which is in the center of the city (El Centro), and "the stadium" which is literally a huge indoor stadium that seats some 5000 people. Chiropractors in Panama City will also be at EPA (a school for special-needs kids), which has had groups there on every mission. The group heading off to Chiriqui will be flying out in the morning and we will see them again on Saturday.
Chiropractors from across North America are gathered and ready to serve. Are you ready to serve? Today we begin.
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Be sure to check in tomorrow as I'll be bringing you our first update from adjusting areas along with a simple step, that if followed, will explode your practice and chiropractic worldwide in as few as 24 hours.